Nothing makes a bygone era on stage or screen feel quite as authentic as period music. The most lavish example that comes to mind is the old-timey soundtrack from O Brother, Where Art Thou? Reconstructed from tinny, low-fi vinyl recordings, the film brought the Depression-era Deep South alive through hummable ditties.
Re-Art--the Treasure Valley Institute for Children's Art program which provides free art instruction for children second weekend of every month--joined forces with the Boise Public Library and Boise Rock School to perform a similar feat for Boise's sesquicentennial celebrations.
That's right: For Boise's 150th birthday, three of Boise's most kid-friendly institutions are revivifying the city's past through old-timey tunes performed by its youngest denizens.
On Saturday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 9, join kids and adults in observance of the City of Trees' encroaching old age at the Boise Public Library nearest you. Starting at 1 p.m. each day, youngsters ages 5-12 offer a bit of Southwestern Idaho's frontier spirit, from the early days of fur trapping to the bustling Boise of the more recent past.
This year, Re-Art endeavored to give kids better insight into Idaho's past by providing classes and workshops invoking the skills and pastimes of its earliest settlers, from spinning wheel classes with Keren Brown to Square Dancing with Ava Honey. Partnering with Boise Rock School promises to be an ambitious collaboration that's fun for the family.
The event is free and open to the public, so there's no excuse not to check it out.