Miss Aiken Then Sang
"The Woodland Tree"
On a February evening in 1876, village residents were
treated to a musical evening at the
Masonic Hall. It was
an evening designed to show off local talent and to raise money for the
Brass Band. The
York Herald duly gave a play-by-play report
of the program:
|Richmond Hill Masonic
Lodge building, where
Miss Aiken sang
"The Woodland Tree" in a February 1876 concert.
The entertainment was opened by the
playing "Dreams of the Ball Room," which they rendered in excellent style.
Mr. Curtis followed with a serio-comic song, "After
Me," and received a hearty encore.
Miss Aiken then sang "The Woodland Tree" with
excellent taste, receiving the hearty applause of the audience.
Mr. Bowman next gave "You'll never miss the water
till the well runs dry,"
Mr. Spaulding followed with a cornet solo. Although
the piece was a difficult one, that gentlemen was fully equal to the task.
Mr. Curtis then sang "Courting in the rain," which he
rendered in inimitable style, and upon being loudly encored gave "Old Brown's
Daughter," which fairly brought down the house.
Miss Story then followed with "Come back to Erin,"
and received the hearty applause of the audience.
Mr. Mortimer's rendition of the "Hattie" Polka fully
merited the hearty and enthusiastic encore which he received.
Mr. Woods then sang "I'm a gent."
Mr. Bowman then gave "Follow up the plow," and on an
encore being demanded, responded with "Tim Flaherty."
Miss Aiken sang "When little Mamie died," and
received the unbounded applause of the entire audience.
Mr. Curtis followed with "Round goes the world," and
"Mother kissed me in my dreams."
The National Anthem, by the
brought to a close one of the most pleasant evenings our villagers have spent
in the Hall for some time.
York Herald,February 18, 1876.