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Originally published in The Weekly Packet, June 9, 2022
Bagaduce Music open house set for June 18 & 19

Bagaduce Music welcomes the public on Father’s Day weekend for an open house offering library and garden tours and featuring local area musicians in performances and workshops, according to a press release. All events will be free and open to all.

The organization’s commitment to supporting the appreciation, knowledge and performance of music will be on full display on Saturday, June 18, and Sunday, June 19, from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Library tours of Bagaduce Music’s extensive collection will be offered each day at 12:30 p.m. Native Gardens of Blue Hill will lead tours of their native plants and campus trails on both Saturday and Sunday at 1p.m. There is a student recital at 2 p.m. on Saturday featuring area music students.

Expanding its role in community music-making, Bagaduce Music will host its first workshop of the summer with the Belfast-based ukulele performer and teacher Ando Anderson. The event will begin with an introductory session for new players (ages 6 and up) on Saturday at 4 p.m., and a performance by Anderson at 5 p.m. All area uke players are welcome to join in for a guided jam session beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Anderson has played the ukulele for over 50 years, having been introduced to the instrument when his mother brought a ukulele on a family road trip down south. According to Anderson, “The seven-hour drive was pretty stressful as three unruly bored brothers turned the backseat into a war zone. In addition to our battles this trip, we each learned to play ‘Five Foot Two’ on the uke. My first experience with a stringed instrument! I encourage anyone and everyone to try out the ukulele! Who knows? You may be the next YouTube sensation.”

Sunday’s events include an Indigenous flute-making demonstration and performance by Hawk Henries, a chamber music performance from members of Baroque Orchestra of Maine and a closing performance by Blue Hill’s very own Misty Mountain Singers.