The Roundsing will lead memorial tribute to Elizabeth Farnsworth at Dec. 2 Song & Story Swap

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Jeff Lee

Nov 29, 2017, 4:00:41 PM11/29/17
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Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Happenings -- December 2017


The Roundsing will lead memorial Elizabeth Farnsworth at Dec. 2 Song & Story
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The Roundsing remembers Elizabeth Farnsworth

Please come share in an evening of music and stories at the Pioneer Valley
Folklore Society Song & Story Swap.

Saturday, December 2, 7:00 p.m. at the The Nacul Center, 592 Main St.,
Amherst, Mass

The evening will feature The Roundsing in a special remembrance of
folksinger and naturalist Elizabeth Farnsworth.

Elizabeth Farnsworth was a talented folksinger, renowned botanist, gifted
illustrator and an energetic champion of social justice, and her death last
month at the age of 54 has deeply saddened the many people in the Song &
Story Swap community who were touched by her.

A skilled guitar player and vocalist, Elizabeth Farnsworth appeared in area
concerts both as a soloist and in the duo, Easy Wind. She was frequently
seen leading and sharing in group sings, and was a member of the
Greenfield-based Amandla Chorus.

Elizabeth left a tremendous legacy of accomplishments outside of music as
well. Institutions she mentored or taught at include Harvard, Yale, Smith,
Hampshire, UMass and the Conway School. She served as a senior researcher
and educator with the New England Wildlife Society and co-authored the
Peterson Field Guide to Ferns. She also co-wrote The Connecticut River
Boating Guide: Source to Sea, along with fellow Roundsingers, John and Wendy

The Roundsing are a group of musicians and folksong enthusiasts who meet
regularly to share songs out of Rise Up Singing and other sources. Members
have included Carla Cooke, Roger and Shirley Conant, Ken Levine, Karl Moore,
Kim Wolfson, Linda Wallack, Carolyn Oppenheim, Jay Mankita and Paul Kaplan.
At the December 2 tribute, the Roundsing will contribute recollections or
lead songs in memory of Elizabeth Farnsworth. Attendees are invited to bring
copies of Rise Up Singing and join in the singing. Proceeds from the evening
will be donated to the Amandla Chorus.

The following weekend, a celebration of Elizabeth Farnsworth's life will be
on held Saturday, December 9, 1:00, at the Unitarian Society of Northampton
and Florence, 220 Main Street, Northampton. A reception will follow at 3:00.

The theme this month is Nature.

The Song & Story Swap is held on the first Saturday of each month, excepting
July and August, and is jointly sponsored by the Pioneer Valley Folklore
Society and the Nacul Center ( Visit the
Folklore Society website at

The Song & Story Swap is open to the public, free of charge with donations
accepted ($5 - $10 is suggested). People of all ages gather to share
stories and songs that are traditional, newly written, or of personal
experiences. You can tell, sing, or lead everyone in singing, or request a
song or story. Listeners are welcome.

For information contact Paul Kaplan, (413)-687-5002 or visit

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