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Old Settlers to revisit roots

by Nathan Arneal
Published 6/15/11

The 2011 North Bend Old Settlers celebration will be revisiting its roots with a couple of special performances that will mix education and entertainment.

David SeayDavid Seay will portray a mid-1880's entertainer as he tells stories of Nebraska pioneers.

Old Settlers began in 1889 as a reunion of the area’s first white pioneers who shared stories of settling Dodge County in 1856. In the spirt of that era, two special guests will be featured June 26 on Old Settlers Sunday: storyteller/songwriter David Seay and the Many Moccasins Native American Dance Troupe.

Seay’s performance, titled “Nebraska Territory Stories,” will begin at 4 p.m. in the North Bend City Park.

Performing as a mid-1800s entertainer, David Seay sings and plays popular folk music of the period. Between tunes he tells stories of everyday pioneer life and of important events that occurred during the 13 years before Nebraska became a state in 1867. This upbeat show is suitable for the entire family.

Combining his passions for music, history, and storytelling, Seay has presented Nebraska Humanities Council Speakers Bureau programs since 1997. He is classified as a master artist with the Nebraska Arts Council’s Artist-in-Schools/Communities Residency Program, through which he has been conducting residencies for over 25 years.

Seay and his wife Debby Greetnblatt also own and operate a mom and pop music publishing business out of an old Avoca, Nebraska, school building where they have worked and lived since 1990.

Following Seay’s presentation will be a performance by the Many Moccasins Dance Troupe, beginning around 5 p.m. More information on this event will be published in next week’s Eagle.

Seay’s performance is partially sponsored by the North Bend Eagle with major funding from the Nebraska Humanities Council. The NHC receives support form the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Nebraska State Legislature, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and private donations.

Old Settlers Days runs June 24-26 in North Bend. A complete schedule of events can be found on page 11 or online at www.northbendeagle.com.

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