Fenton To Host Taste Of ’63 Gala May 22

The Fenton History Center’s “Taste of ’63” anniversary gala will be held at the Lillian V. Ney Renaissance Center on May 22 from 6-9 p.m. The event features a buffet dinner and cash bar by Miley’s Old Inn, music of the era and nationally known guest speaker Richard Aquila, Ph.D., of Penn State Behrend.

“We want anyone that cares about Jamestown, both past and future, to be here,” said Joni Blackman, director of the Fenton History Center. “We would love it if people brought in nostalgic items from the 1960s that we could exhibit along with the exhibit about the first 50 years of the center.” Period dress is encouraged.

Richard Aquila is a professor of history and the former director of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Penn State University-Erie. He specializes in U.S. social and cultural history, particularly the American West, American Indians, popular culture and recent America. His publications include numerous articles and five books: The Iroquois Restoration; That Old Time Rock & Roll; Wanted Dead or Alive: the American West in Popular Culture; Home Front Soldier: The Story of a G.I. and His Italian American Family During World War II; and The Sagebrush Trail: A Cultural History of Western Movies in the 20th Century (forthcoming). Aquila has also written and hosted numerous documentaries on public radio. His weekly radio show, Rock & Roll America, was syndicated on NPR and NPR Worldwide. He recently completed a book manuscript entitled American Beat: The Story of Rock & Roll’s Birth.

The title of his talk is “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes: Memories of 1963 through Rock & Roll.”

Reservations can be made by calling the Fenton History Center at 664-6256 or emailing at information@fentonhistorycenter.org. The cost is $35 per person. RSVP by May 18.