Videos: Seasonal history, Sing-along fun, a host of Coffee Talks, and more

by beth on December 15, 2020

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Above: SAM is screening on two programs this month on the public access channel that were produced especially for the Southborough Senior Center.

While municipal facilities still aren’t hosting events, Town employees have been coordinating with Southborough Access Media to offer more entertainment and educational presentations to the public. Most are being aired on Charter channel 191 and Verizon 38. Here are programs you can enjoy this month.

This fall, SAM and the Southborough Senior Center continued some of the monthly series that were launched earlier this year.

In  September, “five-time Emmy award-winning historian” John Horrigan began recording monthly presentations. This month’s feature is:

Journey Through The Past: The Christmas Truce
Airing this month on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 1:00 pm. You can stream it via SAM’s Public Access Channel website here.

Folklorist John Horrigan talks about a cease fire on Christmas Eve in 1914 as all along the Western Front the guns fell silent. Enemies became friends for a day by singing and fraternizing together, despite the reprimand from their commanders.

Last month, Horrigan presented The Pilgrims: 400 Years After

(It is still available to stream here and on YouTube here.)

Horrigan spoke about the Pilgrims’ journey 400 years ago by visiting the spots where they first landed on Cape Cod and the seMlement at Plymouth Plantation. He also covered the Great Dying, the First Thanksgiving and early conflicts such as the Wessagusset Massacre and the Nemasket Raid.

Over the summer, Roger Tincknell began recording musical programs for the Senior Center monthly.  This month’s feature is:

Senior Center presents Roger Tincknell’s Holiday Sing-Along

This program is airing daily this month daily at 4:00 pm and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 1:00 pm. You can stream it via SAM’s Public Access Channel website here.

A festive seasonal celebration which includes many lovely traditional Christmas carols, spirituals, Chanukah songs, plus a variety of familiar seasonal singalongs. These include favorites such as: Deck the Halls, Let it Snow, Silver Bells, Winter Wonderland, The Wassailing Song, Feliz Navidad, Jingle Bell Rock, The Holly and the Ivy, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Greensleeves and many more! Christmas and Seasonal Songs is performed on a variety of instruments that may include: guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, Russian balalaika, harmonica, and Irish bodhran. Audience participation may include singing, dancing, and playing Latin percussion instruments.

Last month, Tincknell entertained with Songs from Folk Music 60’s Revival (Pete Seeger to Peter, Paul and Mary)

(It is still available to stream here and on YouTube here.)

This program includes many of the memorable traditional, original and topical folk songs from the vibrant American folk music scene that extended from the late 1950s throughout the1960ʹs. Songs styles ranging from traditional English ballads to international folk, classic American folksongs to original topical, protest and love songs are included. Songs by well known folksingers such as Burl Ives, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, The Kingston Trio, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, OdeMa, Dave Van Ronk, Bob Dylan, Peter Paul and Mary, Harry Bellefonte, Phil Ochs, Donavan and others may be heard.

The Southborough Library and SAM worked together to bring back a popular presenter in October.

Kim Larkin: Aromatherapy

(It is still available to stream here and on YouTube here.)

Listen to Kim talk about the history and practical uses for aromatherapy and essential oils. Kim also talks about how you can do this for yourself.

Coffee Talk

SAM has been continuing to share Southborough Youth and Family Services’ weekly chat show series. You can find the YouTube playlist here. To view this morning’s episode or watch the show live on Tuesdays at 10:00 am, visit the Facebook page.

Below is a list of all the guests/topics the series has covered since it’s pilot this summer: 

And, though not produced by a Town agency, SAM continues to offer the Frank & Mary in Southborough series with elder law attorney Arthur Bergeron.

The series revolves around issues that impact people like “Frank & Mary” a fictional senior couple that want to live in their house until they die. Not only have they continued to record the series, they launched a “pandemic” version over zoom. You can find those here.

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