The Geneva Historical Society's 2003 annual dinner and meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 28, at the Ramada Inn Geneva Lakefront. The program for this year's dinner is “Singing New York's Past” by Katie Boardman of Cooperstown, N.Y. The evening will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. A short business meeting will also be held to highlight last year's activities, elect new officers and trustees, and to recognize the Volunteer of the Year.
In “Singing New York's Past,” Katie Boardman uses guitar and hammered dulcimer to give a lively presentation of New York life in the 19th century, bringing to life the canal era in story and song. Boardman is the founder of First Frost Traditions and is its principal performer and teacher. The company provides heritage performances, lessons and workshops in music, stories and dance. She previously was a curator, presenter and manager for 20 years at The Farmer's Museum in Cooperstown, and is an adjunct and consulting faculty member for the Cooperstown Graduate Program in History Museum Studies. Boardman performs on hammered dulcimer, guitar, melodeon, mandolin, tin whistle and pipe organ, in addition to singing, telling stories and leading dances. She has performed for adult, children, and family audiences at many venues, including the Witter Agricultural Museum at the New York State Fair, The Farmers' Museum, Clermont Historic Site, Seward House, Delaware County Historical Society, Rome Historical Society, and schools throughout Otsego County.
The dinner is open to the public, but reservations are required. Tickets are $25 per person. For more information or reservations call the Society office at 789-5151 by Friday, May 23.