Special Events Weekend at Coolidge Historic Site, June 3 & 4

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact: William W. Jenney, Regional Historic Site Administrator
802-672-3773; William.Jenney@vermont.gov

PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vt. – The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site celebrates National Trails Day on Saturday, June 3.  Organized by the American Hiking Society, National Trails Day invites outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and abilities to find their own adventure at thousands of events throughout the country.  The Coolidge Site joins this national program with its own “Take a Hike at The Notch!”

Following a brief orientation at the Coolidge Museum & Education Center at 10:00 a.m., visitors can explore the two interpretative trails at Plymouth Notch.  The “Old Cellar Hole Walking Trail” and “East Meadow Nature Trail,” approximately 1 mile and 1 ½ mile long respectively, beckon beginning and intermediate hikers; appropriate footwear is recommended.   While at the site, families can also investigate Valley Quest’s Coolidge Quest: A Treasure Hunt at the Boyhood Home of the 30th U.S. President.   

On Sunday, June 4, the Coolidge Site welcomes two exceptional regional musicians for a “Grace Coolidge Musicale.”  Pianist Abigail Charbeneau and harpist Kathleen Lyon-Pingree will perform in the Coolidge Museum & Education Center at 4:00 p.m. The 45-minute concert is free and open to the public; donations are welcome.

Charbeneau and Lyon-Pingree will present a program of solos and duets featuring a range of music from secular, sacred, and Celtic traditions.  It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy the brilliant acoustics of the performance venue, overlooking the Vermont hills, while listening to the soothing sounds of the harp and piano.

This is the first concert of the 2017 Grace Coolidge Musicales, a series organized by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and generously sponsored by the Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation.  Three more musicales are scheduled for July 16, August 27, and October 8.  For further information about the trails walk and musicales, call 802-672-3773, or visit our website: www.HistoricSites.Vermont.gov/Coolidge

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The Grace Coolidge Musicale performers:

Abigail Charbeneau, piano, earned a B.A. in music from Skidmore and an M.M. in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.  Ms. Charbeneau has lived and worked in Concord, NH, for 15 years teaching at the Concord Community Music School and at St. Paul's School.  She is the organist at South Congregational Church in Concord.   She performs regularly with the Musicians of Wall St. in Concord, accompanies the St. Paul's theater productions, and coordinates and plays for the Grace Coolidge Musicales.

Kathleen Lyon-Pingree, harp, graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.  She later completed a one-year Masters of Music degree at Northern Illinois University, specializing in Harp in the Therapeutic Process.  Ms. Lyon-Pingree has performed with many ensembles including Symphony NH, Boston Ballet, New Hampshire Symphony, Keene Chamber Orchestra, Raylinmor Opera, Granite State Opera, Keene Chorale, Concord Chorale, Chorus Pro Musica, Palace Theatre Orchestra, and Granite State Symphony Orchestra.