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Monday, July 22, 2013

Free musical tribute to Woody Guthrie tonight

The music and life of Woody Guthrie will be celebrated tonight.
Plainfielders old enough to remember the young Bob Dylan or Joan Baez (I admit I am one) will recall that they saluted folksinger Woody Guthrie as their foundational influence.

Fans of Woody or folk music generally will have an opportunity tonight to enjoy a tribute concert featuring Woody's songs as presented by New Jersey-based folk singer Spook Handy in a free event at Cranford's Community Center, getting under way at 7:30 PM. You can learn more about Spook Handy on his website here.

A left-winger and labor supporter all his life, I first learned about Woody through the performances of Pete Seeger (at 94, Pete is himself a living legend).

Perhaps Woody's most famous song is 'This land is your land', which became a sort of youth anthem of the 1960s.

The performance is sponsored by the Friends of the Cranford Public Library and is free to all.

Cranford's Community Center is at 220 Walnut Avenue, two blocks south of South Avenue East. Parking on site and on the street.

If you go, be sure to check out the building. It was constructed as Plainfield was planning a new Senior Center and several staff went down for a look-see when it was opened. It functions as both a center for Senior Citizens and a Youth Center and is cleverly laid out so that the seniors and the young people's recreation areas are not next to each other. It also provides meeting rooms for community groups and is a very welcoming space.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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