October 21, 2013 at 6:44 PM
Looking for a good place to take the family on a Saturday night? Literacy Volunteers of Sussex County (LVSC) will host a free performance: 7:30 PM on Saturday, October 26, at St Kateri Church (427 Stanhope Road, Sparta). Chris Brune, a musician-story-teller-history buff, will offer an eclectic mix of stories and music. He calls this The New Chautauqua, after the cultural gatherings at Chautauqua, NY in the late 1800s.
There will be music by Bach, Tarrega and some of the modern guitar masters, some banjo tunes, and stories. Next year we will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore and the composition of the Star-Spangled Banner. The featured work of the evening is the story of the bombardment of Fort McHenry and how our national anthem came to be.
Chris is a trained musician, with degrees in clarinet performance from Monmouth University and The College of New Jersey. His guitar and banjo skills have been obtained less formally, but are formidable.
Donations will go to LVSC. LVSC is devoted to one objective: helping adults improve their English in order to improve their lives. This is accomplished, free to the student, by trained volunteers working one-on-one with each student. About two-thirds of the students are from abroad and need to master English, especially oral communication; the other third, American-born, needs to improve their command of English (most often reading and writing). LVSC’s small office is financed completely by the general public; there is no government funding.
Anyone who desires to be tutored, and anyone who wishes to be trained for tutoring, can call 973-300-9444 or visit the LVSC website literacyforyou.org.