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Cape Cod National Seashore to Host Programs of Traditional Songs with Balladeer Linda Russell

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Date: August 3, 2012
Contact: Sue Haley, 508-255-3421

Balladeer Linda Russell explores the impact of settlement and the relationship between people and the land as revealed in the traditional songs of the past.Her program "Songs of Nature and the Land" takes a musical and historical look at the natural world of Cape Cod.Join Linda for a free, one hour presentation at 3 PM on Tuesday, August 14, at the Province Lands Visitor Center in Provincetown, and at 7 PM at the Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham. Due to limited seating, the program at Salt Pond Visitor Center requires reservations.Call 508-255-3421 ext. 18 no more than seven days in advance to make a reservation. Tickets are free.

Linda Russell explores history through music. Accompanying herself on hammered and mountain dulcimers, guitar, and penny whistle, she brings life to the ballads, broadsides, love songs, and dance tunes of America's past.Having served for many years as a balladeer for the National Park Service at Federal Hall on Wall Street, the site of Washington's inauguration, Ms. Russell now takes her music to historic sites, schools, and festivals throughout the country.Her New York City appearances have included Lincoln Center and the Carnegie Hall Folk Festival.She has recorded eight albums of traditional and popular music of America's past.

This program is part of the annual "Tuesday Evening Series" at Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham. Held weekly at 7 PM in July and August in the air-cooled comfort of the visitor center auditorium, programs focus on the diverse natural and cultural resources on the Outer Cape and are suitable for all ages. Programs are free of charge and accessible. The series is sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

IF YOU GO: Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at the intersection of Route 6 and Nauset Road in Eastham, and can be contacted by calling 508-255-3421. The center is open from 9 AM to 5 PM and staff is available to assist with activity planning. Stop by and visit the museum, view a park film, enjoy panoramic views of Salt Pond and Nauset Marsh and shop in the gift store featuring interpretive items such as books, maps, puzzles, and games. For more information about the seashore's programs, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/caco.

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