June 19, 2018

Historical Society sets annual meeting

Adam Boyce

Adam Boyce

The Williston Historical Society will hold its annual meeting and program on Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. in the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library.

The program will feature Adam Boyce as “The Old Country Fiddler: Charles Ross Taggart, Vermont’s Traveling Entertainer.” Taggart grew up in Topsham, going on to perform in various stage shows across the country for over 40 years, including the famous Red Path Chautauqua circuit. A fiddler, piano player, humorist, singer and ventriloquist, he made at least 40 recordings and appeared in a talking movie picture four years before Al Jolson starred in “The Jazz Singer.” Boyce portrays Taggart near the end of his career, c. 1936, sharing recollections on his life, with some live fiddling and humorous sketches.

The business meeting will include an election of officers, a bylaw change proposal and more. The Vermont room will be open to view Williston historic artifacts such as the Munson Clock and music box. The meeting is open to the public. Join the society for dessert sampling after the presentation.

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