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Interview with John Guay

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Title

Interview with John Guay

Date

12/1/2016

Is Part Of

The Flurry Festival

Publisher

DS 113A: Storytelling Interviewing, Skidmore College

Description

Oral History interview with John Guay, president, musician and dancer of the Flurry Festival. Guay talks about how the Festival has changed over the years and the problems they have today.

Language

English

Creator

Colin Liscord

Subject

Saratoga Springs -- Flurry Festival -- History

Format

Original Recording wav file. 16 bit 44.1KHz

Date Created

12/1/16

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Colin Liscord

Interviewee

John Guay

Location

Skidmore College Library room 128C

Transcription

Interviewee: John Guay
Interviewer: Colin Liscord
Location of Interview: Study Room 128C in Skidmore Library
Date of Interview: 12/1/16

00:00:01- Header
00:00:31- Introduction, born September 21, 1944 in Biddeford Maine. Currently resides in Easton New York.
00:01:14- President one Flurry Dance Organization. Runs seventy dances a year. Flurry originated to help fund local dances. Been going for thirty years.
00:02:34- Started small, thirty local performers. Grown to 4700 performers from all around.
00:03:22- Mission statement, to inspire and connect people through traditional music and dance.
00:11:36- Contra dance evolved for the dancers.
00:12:06- Flurry has evolved, started techno contras. Draws youth in, happens at midnight.
00:19:47- Plays hammer dulcimer.
00:23:28- Important historic and community event. More than just music and dance, brings community together.
00:25:05- During the Flurry have different rooms in hotel have music lessons, historic lessons and dances.
00:27:05- Added more dances over the years. Jamming together in the halls.
00:28:04- Started to see high school kids come and play instruments and dance.
00:32:04- Revitalization of music.
00:35:20- would like to see more Skidmore students come play and dance.
00:36:31- Flurry more about dance.
00:37:27- Would never consider moving. Saratoga has a nice community feel for the Flurry.
00:38:34- Only dancing and music art forms.
00:41:01- Flurry unique, has beginning and experienced dancers. Organization needs to keep more experienced dancers around for this experience.
00:43:18- End.

Original Format

Digital Audio Recording

Duration

43 minutes

Record Creation Date

06/12/2016

Collection

Citation

Colin Liscord, “Interview with John Guay,” Skidmore Saratoga Memory Project, accessed August 21, 2017, http://ssmp.skidmore.edu/document/397.

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