April 30, 2015
“The Golden Age of Whaling”
“The Golden Age of Whaling” will be explored at the Feb. 12 program of the South Windsor Historical Society at Unity Church, 919 Ellington Rd. Tom Callinan, Connecticut’s first state troubadour, will use music and tales to illustrate the days of “wooden ships and iron men.”
In the 1800's, New London, CT, was the 3rd largest whaling port in the United States. The industry soared through most of the century, with product sales totaling $11 million in its peak year. Callinan majored in English at Central Connecticut State University and minored in music, later earning a master’s degree in liberal arts at Wesleyan University. He taught for five years before serving the Marine Corps and beginning a music career. He was part of the Morgans, a Hartford-based folk band, and a rock group called the Twisting Tornadoes, but switched to solo work, playing more than a dozen instruments and focusing on regional folk music. In 1991, he was named Connecticut's first state troubadour and was subsequently designated as a master teaching artist by the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. He has had many radio and television credits in addition to hundreds of performances to regional organizations. Admission to the April 30th performance at 7 p.m. is $5 ($3 for historical society members. Refreshments will be served.
CANCELLATIONS. Generally if schools and town government are closed due to inclement weather, the programs will be canceled and rescheduled when possible. Information on programs and cancellations at Unity Church can be obtained by calling 860-289-8963
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