98 Summer St., Bristol, CT 06010. Phone: 860-583-6309.
Rick Spencer, one of the most enjoyed programs of 2011, returns on August 16th with a brand new program—HISTORICAL SONGS OF OUTLAWS, VILLAINS AND ROGUES. The program addresses the human obsession with and documentation of misdeeds using songs as the informational medium. As do all of Rick's presentations, this one has extensive, well-researched background information. Ballads collected by Francis James Child in the 1800s (some going back hundreds of years), penny broadsides and popular songs from the 1700s to the mid 20th century are presented to tell stories of Captain Kidd, Jesse James, Stagger Lee, Pretty Boy Floyd and a number of other villains. This program includes a discussion of why we as a culture are so fascinated by misdeeds, violence and mayhem. The air-conditioned assembly hall of the historical society museum will provide a comfortable venue in which to enjoy Rick's music and song. The program begins at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free for members; $5, for non-members. Light refreshments will be served. The Bristol Historical Society Museum is located at 98 Summer Street. The museum can be entered from Center Street, Summer Street or from a ramp on the east side of the rear parking lot. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.