Strike, Shake.Scrape to make music.

| July 19, 2019 | Reply

Mary Jane Farmer, originally written for the Van Alstyne Leader, but not published. Feel free to download any photos.

The Van Alstyne Public Library continued Monday (July 8) with its series of summer programs designed to keep young minds active while not in school. Dallas musician Mark Shelton presented numerous styles of percussion instruments. Called “Strike, Shake and Scrape,” the program began with Shelton popping into view with two drumsticks, which he used to demonstrate the different sounds that came out of about a dozen items in the room, such as a file cabinet, a cajon, even the floor itself. He demonstrated, to the amazed youngsters, many of whom sat on the floor, which is their usual front-row seat, how a snare drum works because of moving air between the top and bottom covers, or skins.  All instruments were acoustic with the exception of one, which he saved to show until last, which he called a “hang” and which he said was created less than 20 years ago.

This past Monday (Feb. 15) was the final day of this year’s Summer Reading Program, “Critterman,” and was billed as “an engaging live animal educational event.” (I am sorry, but medical situation prevented this reporter from attending.)

However, those attending are invited to the Library from Noon until 2 p.m. Saturday (July 20) for ice cream — library Director Judy Kimzey said “You earned it, let us treat you.”

Funding for these programs is through the non-profit Van Alstyne Friends of the Library.

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