2014-07-17 / Lifestyles

Jamerson to perform at Inidan Lake park

MANISTIQUE – Escanababased singer/songwriter Bill Jamerson will present an hour long musical program about Lumberjack History July 18, at Indian Lake State Park. The presentation will be held at the swimming beach shelter at 7 p.m.

The title of the program is, “It’s Daylight in the Swamps,” a phrase shouted by the cooks at lumberjack camps to wake up men in the morning. With guitar in hand, Jamerson sings traditional lumberjack songs, tells stories and tall tales about life in the lumber camps. The program is family friendly and children may win a prize.

Dressed in costume, Jamerson takes his audience on a musical journey with songs about working in the woods, living in a bunkhouse, the hardships of river drives, the importance of camp food, and going to town in the spring. The lumberjacks were a colorful lot, mostly immigrants who brought a zest for living and a hunger for the American dream. Most of them came to America to become homesteaders.

Sponsored by the Friends of Indian Lake and Palms Book State Parks Committee, the program is open to all campers, visitors and the general public. The program is free; however, a Recreation Passport is required to enter the park.

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