Sarah Pirtle to honor Buckland history through music, storytelling workshop

  • Local songwriter Sarah Pirtle will offer a song and storytelling workshop called “Loving the Buckland Land” on Tuesday. File photo

Staff Report
Published: 11/29/2019 11:29:58 AM

BUCKLAND — A local songwriter is combining song and storytelling to honor Buckland’s history in an upcoming program.

“Loving the Buckland Land,” with Sarah Pirtle, will be held Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Buckland Public Library, 30 Upper St. It is free — thanks to funding provided by the Buckland and Massachusetts cultural councils — and open to the public.

The workshop has three parts, according to a press release. First, Pirtle will share three songs about western Franklin County people and her research behind them, including the history of the Pocumtuck, Abenaki and Nipmuc tribes.

Next, participants will be invited to talk about their favorite places and engage in a journaling session, the release states. The group will also select a location in Buckland and write based on different time periods or through the perspective of a person in history.

Lastly, using at least one phrase from each person’s writing, the group will create its own song.

“There’s a magic in how group imagination can come together,” Pirtle said.

Pirtle, the author of five books and 10 recordings, has received 10 national awards for her songwriting, including the Magic Penny Award and Parents’ Choice Gold. She said she has been entranced by learning about people who once lived in this region, and hopes to pass on her excitement to participants.


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