Musicians from the old Netherlands to sing about the last governor of New Netherlands

— From the Nanne en Ankie website

“Old Silver Leg”: Tserd Nauta, Ankie van der Meer, and Nanne Kalma will sing about Pieter Stuyvesant, the last Dutch Governor of New Netherland, now New York, on June 17 for the New Scotland Historical Association in a program that is free and open to the public.

NEW SCOTLAND — “Old Silver Leg,” about Pieter Stuyvesant in the New World, is a musical program to be presented on June 17 by “Ankie, Nanne & Tseard,” a group of three folksingers from Friesland in the Netherlands.

They will sing traditional Dutch folksongs as well as newly written songs. They will present this program on Tuesday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. for the New Scotland Historical Association at the Wyman Osterhout Community Center in New Salem.  

They tell the story of the “purchase” of Manhattan, the origin and rise of the New Netherland colony with its capital, New Amsterdam, up to and including the moment that Pieter Stuyvesant had to surrender the colony to the English in 1664.  The English then changed the name to New York.   

Ankie van der Meer, Nanne Kalma, and Tseard Nauta sing and tell this story with humor and wit and with a sincere interest in this fascinating piece of history.  They sing folksongs and maritime songs in Dutch and Frisian and accompany their fine singing on a variety of instruments.    

The program is free and open to the public.  For more information, please call 765-4212.

Editor’s note: Ethie Moak is the publicity chairwoman for the New Scotland Historical Association.

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