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Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie at Solar Expo Jam 2012

Solar Expo Jam 2012

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A Clean Energy Expo & Music Festival featuring PETE SEEGER & ARLO GUTHRIE & Special Guests

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Vernon, New Jersey- WowFarm Productions LLC announces plans to present an ambitious “Extravaganza” called “Solar Expo Jam 2012, A Clean Energy Expo & Music Festival.” This enlightening event will be held at the scenic Rickey & Son’s Organic Farm located in Vernon, New Jersey for three consecutive days, starting Friday, August 17 at 11am and runs thru Sunday, August 19 at 7:00pm

As of today, national headline artists Pete Seeger & Arlo Guthrie are confirmed. Event organizers are currently involved in talks inviting other “well known” musicians. “Roland Mousaa”, “Princess Wow! and her Smile Revolution Band” and “Such As Us” are the first of many regional favorites that’ll join this 3-day Music Festival production.  New details will be released in upcoming weeks.

The Expo sheds light on current & future ways to use clean energy and offers a wonderful chance to meet experts, inventors and product reps in the field.  There will be more than one hundred Exhibitors including vendors, manufacturers, distributors, installers and retailers of solar, wind, geo-thermal, electric cars and “the like” on hand. A separate “Speaker’s Forum” will present a select group of Inventors & Experts each day.

Expect fascinating surprises as plans unfold. WowFarm has hinted that they will soon make an announcement on a “significant & revolutionary” new invention being unveiled at The Expo. The “New Annual Event” begins with a “limited” Initial Public Offering, which features heavily discounted Tickets & Vendor Fees.

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Folk singer endorses Democratic challenger to Rep. Gibson

Folk singer endorses Democratic challenger to Rep. Gibson

MAURY THOMPSON — |  Posted: Friday, February 17, 2012 7:54 pm

He may not have much money in his campaign fund, but Democratic congressional candidate Joel Tyner has an asset equally important to getting elected, said legendary folk singer Pete Seeger.

“He’s got persistence, and as Calvin Coolidge said, ‘Persistence is the one thing you need in this world because genius won’t do it,’ ” Seeger said in a telephone interview on Friday, confirming his endorsement of Tyner’s candidacy.

Seeger said he has known Tyner, a political activist, for about 10 or 20 years.

Tyner, who is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, in November, announced Seeger’s endorsement in a press release earlier on Friday.

Gibson had $702,022 on hand in his campaign fund, as of Dec. 31, the most recent report. Tyner said he had raised about $5,000.

“The world is full of geniuses who have failed, but if you have persistence, sooner or later you’re going to make it. And Joel does have that, and he also is a very sensible guy and will do a lot of good things,” Seeger said.

“On the other hand, you know what (Democratic presidential candidate) Adlai Stevenson said when somebody in 1952 said, ‘Mr. Stevenson, all the intelligent people in the country are on your side,’ ” Seeger asked, going on to answer his own question. “And Stevenson said, ‘I don’t need all the intelligent people. I need a majority.’ “

Tyner, a political activist and substitute school teacher, is serving his fifth term on the Dutchess County Legislature, a government board equivalent to boards of supervisors in other counties.

Prior to getting elected, he ran five unsuccessful political campaigns – three for the county legislature and two for the state Legislature.

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Tristram P. Coffin, Folklorist, Dies at 89

February 13, 2012
New York Times

Tristram P. Coffin, Folklorist, Dies at 89


Tristram P. Coffin, a folklorist who unearthed worlds of meaning in the ordinary rituals of which nearly every American partakes, including holidays, baseball and sex, died on Jan. 31 in Wakefield, R.I. He was 89.

The cause was pneumonia, his family said.

Professor Coffin, a retired member of the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, wrote many books for a popular readership. They include “The Book of Christmas Folklore” (1973), “Uncertain Glory: Folklore and the American Revolution” (1971) and “The Old Ball Game: Baseball in Folklore and Fiction” (1971).

If folklore, as Professor Coffin cheerfully wrote in the introduction to “Our Living Traditions” (1968), a volume he edited, is “a bastard field that anthropology begot upon English,” then he came at the field unequivocally from the English side, mining literature high and low — novels, plays, poems, folk songs — for what it revealed about ritual and belief of all kinds.

Little escaped his scrutiny, from “The Great Gatsby” (Daisy Buchanan, he argued in a 1960 article, is a Jazz Age incarnation of the beautiful, seductive Fairy Queen of Celtic lore) to “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” (an evocative scene, he pointed out, centers on the old folk belief that loaves of bread, filled with quicksilver and floated along a river, will locate a drowned body).

Professor Coffin was a particular authority on English, Scottish and American ballads, which together are a glorious narrative riot of love, war, sex, death, jealousy and superstition. These themes, as he said in a 1957 essay, reveal much about the minds and mores of the “folk” who transmit the ballads.

“A ballad survives among our folk because it embodies a basic human reaction to a dramatic situation,” he wrote, adding: “Ballads resemble gossip. They are transmitted like gossip, and their variation comes about in much the way gossip variation occurs.”

Professor Coffin trained his eye not only on word but also on deed: the celebratory rituals and everyday rites that to folklorists are suffused with meaning.

He wrote about holidays, including official ones, like Thanksgiving (possibly descended from Lammas — “loaf mass” — an ancient British festival celebrating the harvest), and unofficial ones, like Groundhog Day (heir to a similar European rite involving a badger).

He wrote about sports, arguing that as depicted in news accounts of the 1910s and afterward, Babe Ruth — with his prodigious public abilities and private appetites — was an archetypal “prowess hero” in the tradition of Paul Bunyan.

In “The Proper Book of Sexual Folklore” (1978), Professor Coffin took on a subject of universal interest, ranging over its manifestations in literature and in games like spin the bottle, in which children began to enact adult social roles.

Tristram Potter Coffin was born in San Marino, Calif., on Feb. 13, 1922, the son of Tristram Roberts Coffin and the former Elsie Potter Robinson. His was a distinguished family: a 17th-century forebear, Tristram Coffin, was among the first settlers of Nantucket.

Tristram P. Coffin received a bachelor’s degree in English from Haverford College in 1943. After wartime service in the Army Air Forces and the Signal Corps, he earned master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied under the distinguished folklorist MacEdward Leach.

Professor Coffin taught at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, before joining the Penn English faculty in 1959. After Professor Leach established the university’s graduate program in folklore in 1962, Professor Coffin held joint appointments in English and folklore.

In the mid-1960s Professor Coffin was the host of “Lyrics and Legends,” a series about folk songs, broadcast nationally on public television.

A resident of Wakefield, Professor Coffin is survived by two sons, Mark T. and Jonathan P., known as Jock; two daughters, Patricia C. Fry and Priscilla C. Widlak, known as Ricki; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. His wife, the former Ruth Anne Hendrickson, whom he married in 1944, died last year.

Professor Coffin returned often to his great scholarly love, the Anglo-American ballad. In his academic writings he argued that many ballads, especially those about the death of the hero, had arisen out of narrative obituary verse, a curious type of folk poetry for which he had great affection.

Printed on broadsides and read or sung at funerals, narrative obituary poems flourished in 18th-, 19th- and early-20th-century America. They were graphic, purple and obsessively interested in the particulars, as in this verse from 1910:

The car came rushing down the line,

The motorman saw him, but not in time,

Then quick as a lightning flash, not long,

Which hurled him into the great beyond.

In deference to norms held dear, the like won’t be attempted here.

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