Date: September 28, 2018 to September 28, 2018
Where: Tompkins Corners Cultural Center, 729 Peekskill Hollow Road, Putnam Valley, New York, United States, 10579
Ticket Price: N/A
What did Tompkins Corners, Putnam Valley and Putnam County look like 45 years ago? John Cohens documentary film, Fifty Miles from Times Square will be shown at 7:30 pm on Friday, September 28th at Tompkins Corners Cultural Center, bringing the not-so-long-ago scene to life. This is a free showing for area residents and others who may be interested in local history. A selection of the film may be viewed here: https://squaredancehistory.org/items/show/1318 including the square dance scene with caller, Herb Strickland. Fiddler Jay Ungar, seen in the dance footage, writes: "The dances were started in 1972.Lyn Hardy, John Cohen, Abby Newton, Bud Snow, Tom Allen and I were the core band. We were called the Putnam County String Band. John renamed the concert version of our ensemble, the Putnam String County Band. "The dances were fun, wildly popular community events. Herb Strickland was a truck driver and a classic square dance caller. He was a died-in-the-wool Putnam County local, a descendent of European settlers and local Native Americans. Herb called with our band and with a Country Western band at the local Volunteer Fire Department dances. "Pete and Toshi Seeger would frequently come to dance. They'd met at a square dance in 1939. You can see them swinging as the dance winds down near the end of this clip. John Cohen will be on hand to answer questions after the film and refreshments will be available.