Program and Concert
Friday, July 26th, 2013
Program at 5:30, Concert to follow
Christ United Methodist Church
Front Street and King Street, Northumberland
Van Wagner, song-writer and underground coal miner, performs a program to celebrate the past and present of the Pennsylvania Coal industry. Wagner is a native of the anthracite region, where he worked underground for R&R Coal Company in Schuylkill County. His songs have been performed worldwide and have been featured in several film and television productions. Enjoy this unique program as Wagner takes you on a journey through Pennsylvania’s coal heritage.
This program reviews the past, present, and future of Pennsylvania’s Anthracite coal mining heritage. This program covers how coal is mined and, most importantly, who mined it. Wagner demonstrates dozens of tools used during 200 years of coal mining history. A little bit of music, a little bit of laughter, and a lot of culture make this unique educational program a reminder of why we should be proud to be from Pennsylvania’s “Hard Coal” region.
|. . . Wagner’s tall and kind of lanky. . .His music has a strong folk and bluegrass influence and he sings about the coal region, people he’s met, and his own life. The notes he strums out of his guitar are hard and raspy. His melodies are sometimes gritty like a coal town or trickle like an Appalachian spring. . .”
A. Smeltz, Buzz Magazine
The Priestley-Forsyth Memorial Library and the Degenstein Community Library Present this program with help provided by a grant from the Woodstock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts, Inc.