Performance to honor Adirondack women

Sandra Weber and Peggy Lynn will recognize some unsung heroes when they perform a concert program titled “Mountain Women Can Be Heroes” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 3, in Timepieces in the Hewitt Union at SUNY Oswego.

The performance is sponsored by the Artswego Performing Arts Series and the SUNY Oswego women’s studies program as part of Women’s Herstory Month activities. The program is free and open to the public.

The program is based in part on a book the two have written called “Breaking Trail: Remarkable Women of the Adirondacks,” which celebrates the achievements of women across time throughout the historic region.

“We want people to know that there were women in the mountains working hard, settling communities, raising families, and founding the schools, organizations and community events that bring people together,” said Lynn, a recording artist who also currently takes women’s studies classes at SUNY Oswego. “We believe that work is every bit as important to the unique culture of the Adirondacks as taming the wilderness and utilizing its resources.”

Lynn said her interest in recognizing Adirondack women began when she attended Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks and learned that the Lydia Martin Smith, the wife of the famed hotelier and college namesake, was an important force behind his success.

“She never got much credit for the success of their hotel. So I wrote a song about her,” Lynn said. “As I performed that ballad throughout the Adirondacks, people told me other stories of amazing women, and I came to know some remarkable women as well.”

Lynn said she later took up the project with Weber, her writing mentor and creative collaborator. For the “Mountain Women Can Be Heroes” program, they will profile Adirondack women known for their hospitality toward travelers, writing skills, social activism, pioneer spirit, mountaineering accomplishments and scientific achievements.

Lynn, who has also performed and toured under the name Peggy Eyres, is currently working on her fifth album, “Stand a Chance.”

For more information on this program, call 312-4581.

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(Posted: Feb 15, 2005)