Thursday, June 29, 2006

Doo Dah Days!

Doo Dah Days!
Stephen Foster Music and Heritage Festival

Allegheny Cemetery
Saturday July 1st
12:00 P.M. -to- 5:00 P.M.

The Lawrenceville Historical Society, together with the Allegheny Cemetery Historical Association and WDUQ, are presenting the inaugural Stephen Foster Music and Heritage Festival. Doo Dah Days celebrates the life and music of one the most influential song writers in America's history, while helping draw attention to the history of Pittsburgh.

Larry-ville is not without its heroes. This weekend, we get to celebrate one of them. The Doo Dah Days festival promises to be an interesting exploration of Stephen Foster's life and music. Four folk bands will be performing renditions of Stephen Foster's music in the cemetery, there will be trolley tours and a clock ceremony.

Stephen Foster was born July 4, 1826, on his family's estate, high on the
hillside above the Allegheny River. This estate was located in Lawrenceville,
which later became one of the largest, most historic communities in Pittsburgh.
He developed a love for music at the age of three or four, and from that point
forward there was no stopping him. Foster is considered by many to be the
world's foremost composer, and is the only person to have written two state
songs - "My Old Kentucky Home" (Kentucky) and "Swannee River" (Florida). - From
the Doo Dah Days website

Specific information about the day's events, performers and directions are on the Doo Dah Days website. And hey, Digging Pitt Gallery is just blocks away from Allegheny Cemetery. So stop in and say hello while you are in the neighborhood.

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