Bowden said before the creation of radio or television, variety shows were a common form of entertainment in America.
"Townsfolk would frequently assemble in schoolhouses, grange halls or churches listening to their friends and neighbors tell stories, recitations, jokes or [singing] songs new and old," said Bowden.
The Curran Homestead volunteers are hoping to recreate that same form of entertainment during their upcoming Orrington's Got Talent event. Variety acts of all types including readings, dancing and instrumental numbers by folks of all ages will be on display.
"We're expecting to see a lot of talent. The more, the merrier," said Bowden. "Who knows - the next Susan Boyle might come to our audition."
Boyle, who was a virtual unknown until she belted out “I Dreamed A Dream” on “Britain's Got Talent” in 2009, is now a singing sensation with a recording contract. Those who participate in Orrington's Got Talent will not receive any such contract but instead will be competing for a People's Choice Award that is determined by audience voting. The show will be held at the Center Drive School in Orrington on March 11 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for students or $18 for families with all proceeds helping the Curran Homestead volunteers redesign and create a woodworking workshop at the farm located on the Fields Pond Road.
"We have a lot of items that need to be refurbished and thought a woodworking shop inside the barn would be a good place to do that," said Treasurer Irv Marsters.
For more information on The Curran Homestead Living History Farm & Museum, log on to www.curranhomestead.org.