Mike McGrann, formerly marketing chief at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center, has changed jobs and is now working for the Hampton History Museum. Looks like he's brought his love of live music to his new post.
Next month, the Hampton History Museum will launch its Front Porch Music Series, which will present talented local roots musicians performing 6-8 p.m. for free on the third Wednesday of each month.
It kicks off Jan. 16 with powerhouse Norfolk blues singer Jackie Scott and her band The Housewreckers. During winter months, the music will be presented indoors at the museum, but will eventually move outside.
"Starting out, we'll have it in our Great Hall, which is a big space with great acoustics," McGrann told me. "As soon as it gets warm, we have a marvelous courtyard with brick patio. The whole idea of this series is, in a lot of Hampton neighborhoods, you hang out on your front porch. You talk back and forth with your neighbors, visit with each other. It's a warm and welcoming tradition I want to carry on here at the museum."
McGrann said beer and wine will be on sale at Front Porch events.
Here's the schedule.
Front Porch Music Series
Jan. 16 -- Jackie Scott and the Housewreckers
Feb. 20 -- Phoebus Rio
March 20 -- Gregg Kimball "Singing the News: Broadsides and Ballads"
April 17 -- Bryan Forrest and Michael Glass
May 15 -- Charles Darden Trio
June 19 -- MSG Acoustic Trio
Hampton History Museum Announces Three New Monthly Events Beginning in 2013
--History on Film, 2nd Saturday Family Event, and Front Porch Music to complement standing event lineup at museum--
Hampton, VA- The Hampton History Museum, located at 120 Old Hampton Lane in Hampton, Virginia, is happy to announce three new monthly events in 2013 in addition to previously scheduled series events. The History on Film series, 2nd Saturday Family Event, and Front Porch Music series will debut in January 2013 complementing other monthly events already taking place at the museum, including the Port Hampton Lecture series, Lunch in Time series, and Our Story Our Time series.
“Visiting a museum should be enjoyable, engaging, and social. That’s the whole idea behind The Front Porch Music series,” said Hampton History Museum Promotions Coordinator Mike McGrann. Each month the museum will bring in some of the area’s best musicians as a way to share different genres in music history. Our History on Film series will use movies as a vehicle to discuss various themes. We’ll use cinema classics such as Gone with the Wind to explore the film as an artifact of the Golden Age of Hollywood and American popular culture.”
History on Film Series- January 10- Gettysburg
On Thursday, January 10, History on Film debuts at 6:30 p.m. with Gettysburg. Based on Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Killer Angels, Gettysburg dramatically depicts the three most courageous days in American history as experienced by the leaders of the Confederate and Union armies. With painstaking attention to detail and utilizing one of the largest scale period motion-picture sequences in history, this epic film renders both the devastating losses and the human dimension of the Civil War with heart-rending passion and unrelenting power. Released in 1993 and rated PG, the film stars Tom Berenger, Martin Sheen, Jeff Daniels, Sam Elliott, Richard Jordan, and C. Thomas Howell. The film is shown in conjunction with the current exhibition. An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia, Surviving War.
The rest of the spring History on Film series includes: Feb. 14, the Marilyn Monroe classic Some Like It Hot; March 14, Glory; April 11, Casablanca; May 9, Gone with the Wind; June 13, Flags of our Fathers. The cost is free for museum members and $3.00 for non-members.
2nd Saturday Family Event- January 12- A Soldier’s Story: Civil War Camp Life
On Saturday, January 12, Experience a bit of life away from the battlefield for Civil War soldiers with A Soldier’s Story: Civil War Camp Life, taking place 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Come see how soldiers lived in camp, and learn about the hardships that went along with camp life. Children will have a chance to meet Civil War reenactors who will show them their gear, shelters, and weapons. With period-inspired tents as the backdrop, they will also learn what soldiers did on an average day in camp, from drilling at set times during the day to playing games and whittling to relieve boredom, and will have a chance to participate in those activities themselves.
Later months include: Feb. 9, History Under Our Feet, archaeology focused day of activities and games; March 9, Time Traveling Games, a day of favorite pastimes of children throughout history; April 13, For the Love of Quilting, folk art inspired activities and games exploring Hampton’s past; May 11, From the Sea to the Table, fun activities and games relating to Hampton’s seafood industry; June 8, Hampton in the Days of the Dinosaurs!, with a fossil hunt and other engaging activities delving into the city’s prehistoric past. The cost is free for museum members and $2.00 for non-members. Children six and under are free. Admission includes entry into the Hampton history galleries and An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia, Surviving War.
Front Porch Music Series- January 16- Jackie Scott and the Housewreckers
Join the Hampton History Museum for the launch of their monthly Front Porch Music series on Wednesday, January 16, 6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m., with the legendary Jackie Scott and the Housewreckers. To be held on the third Wednesday of the month, the Front Porch Music series explores various genres of music that have shaped the American soundscape as presented by some of the area’s most talented musicians in blues, bluegrass, folk, gospel, jazz, and rock. Upcoming bands include: Feb. 20, Phoebus Rio, March 20, Gregg Kimball, "Singing the News: Broadsides and Ballads; " April 17, Bryan Forrest and Michael Glass; May 15, Charles Darden Trio; June 19 MSG Acoustic Trio.
Hampton History Museum Monthly Events:
(First Monday of every month) Port Hampton Lecture Series
Features authors, living historians, and local history buffs discussing topics from Hampton’s past as well as related historical subjects of a regional and national flavor. Memberships available at the door. Hampton History Museum. 7:00 p.m. Free Admission for members, Non-members, $3.00.
(Second Thursday of every month) History on Film Series
Popular movies, cinema classics and documentaries exploring various historical subjects are explored with commentary by historians and other experts. Hampton History Museum. 6:30 p.m. Free Admission for members, Non-members, $3.00.
(Second Saturday of every month) 2nd Saturday Family Event
Family friendly activities and creative experiences relating to exhibitions and historical themes each month. Hampton History Museum. 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Free Admission for members, Non-members $2.00. Children six and under are free.
(Third Wednesday of every month) Lunch In Time Lecture
This is a fun and informative series, you’ll never know who may attend! Bring your lunch, and have a drink and dessert on us. Hampton History Museum. 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Free Admission.
(Third Wednesday of every month) Front Porch Music Series
Some of the area’s best blues, bluegrass, gospel, jazz and folk musicians share music that has shaped the nation’s soundscape. Hampton History Museum. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Free Admission for members, Non-members $3.00.
(Last Thursday of every month) Our Stories, Our Time Oral History Project
Each month featured speakers open up a new topic for attendees to share their personal stories that are recorded for posterity. Hampton History Museum. 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Free Admission for members, Non-members $3.00.
For more information on the Hampton History Museum’s monthly happenings, dial 757/727-1610 or visit www.hamptonhistorymuseum.org.