Parlor music takes stage at historic home

FREMONT – Rutherford and Lucy Hayes maintained a musical household, whether they were living in the White House or in Fremont. The Hayes Presidential Center is celebrating the presidential couple’s love of performance with a new event inside the newly-restored Hayes Home.

“Music in the Parlor” is set for 4-5 p.m. May 18 in the library parlor of the Hayes mansion with music by the Dodworth Duo, a sub-group of the Dodworth Saxhorn Band that performs regularly at Greenfield Village in Michigan. Artists Julie Craigo (soprano) and Ted Badgerow (tenor) will bring to life songs of the 19th century, principally those of the Dodworth era (1835-95) in a concert titled “America’s Past in History and Song.”

The presentation is historically informative and invites audience participation. Among the instruments that may accompany the vocalists are guitar, banjo, fife, harmonica and penny whistle.

Seating is limited, and reservations are required. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger. Call (419) 332-2081, ext. 238, to make reservations.

The center is at Hayes and Buckland avenues in Fremont. For more information, visit