"Balancing the Scales: Women in Adirondack History"

March 19, 2017

with Peggy Lynn

Free to members and students; $5 for non-members
This program takes place at 1:30 p.m. in the Adirondack Museum's auditorium.

Balancing the Scales bring light to the important role women played in shaping Adirondack and New York State history. The humor and imagery in the songs & stories about women such as Mary Brown, Lydia Smith, and Martha Reben will capture the imagination and incite curiosity.

Peggy Lynn, singer, songwriter, and educator, brings an infectious enthusiasm to all her endeavors. With a sultry, yet powerful alto voice, Peggy gives a clear message of the passion underlying her songs. While her style and range give meaning and feeling to all her work, her most powerful message, her passion, is for the contributions and burdens of women. Peggy ranges from folksy to blues with equal ease, alone or harmonizing with others. Peggy has a BS in Women's Studies and a Masters degree in American and Women's History. This study is providing more fuel for feminist songwriting. She is using her songwriting expertise to lead workshops at retreats for women with cancer and chronic illness and women veterans. As one of the founders of Creative Healing Connections, Peggy believes women find their strength when they raise and join their voices. In recognition of this work, Peggy was awarded the Altes Prize by Empire State College in 2013. Along with Sandra Weber, Peggy believes there needs to be a female role added to the record of Adirondack history. Together, they wrote Breaking Trail: Remarkable Women in the Adirondacks. Bringing these stories to the public stage in their program "Mountain Women Can Be Heroes," Peggy and Sandra celebrate through song and story the comical, amazing and poignant experiences of Adirondack women as the unsung heroes. Peggy's most recent solo recording is an anthology of her ballads of North Country women titled Adirondack Woman. It includes three new songs, one of which, Sanctuary, has become an audience favorite. With an AAS Degree in Forestry, a keen understanding and deep appreciation of the subject, Peggy has written songs and developed a memorable Arts in Education program using simple catchy melodies and scientific concepts to build the environmental awareness and interest in learning. The CDs Bio Songs ~ Signs of Life and Close to the Sun offer songs to demystify nature as science for children of all ages.

Peggy has been joined in wedded bliss for ten years to fellow musician Dan Duggan. The couple has released several duo recordings, including Keeping Christmas, A Stitch in Time, Grandsongs, Jamcrackers, with Dan Berggren, and Be the Light. Their most recent recording, released in 2013, is Esperance, named for their farm in Red Creek, NY. This new recording includes five original songs from each of them and a few bouncy swing tunes to round out the roster. Peggy continues to draw inspiration from teaching, mentoring, performing, listening and collaborating. Becoming a grandmother has been a thrill and pleasure which brings new perspectives and ideas. Peggy likes to say, "Every moment is a potential song idea, so be careful what you say in front of a woman with a microphone!"

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