Ceremony in honor of the local Goose Day legend | News, Sports, Jobs
LEWISTOWN – Observed for over two centuries in the Juniata River Valley, Goose Day has become a valued part of the region’s heritage.
Through the efforts of community partnerships, with the help of the Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau and Mifflin County Commissioners, the legend of Goose Day will be shared forever with future generations in the form of ‘a permanent marker.
Community Partnerships received a grant to install a Legends and Traditions marker highlighting the centuries-old local Goose Day tradition.
These markers, made possible through a grant from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, honor folklore – the stories, customs, traditions and expressive arts and crafts that are passed down from person to person, often from generation to generation. in generation. Folklore is the knowledge that people share as members of a group or community.
The Goose Day marker is one of three Legends and Lore markers awarded in the last round of funding across Pennsylvania, which is among 11 states eligible for grants.
The marker will be installed on the grass next to the Mifflin County Library on Wayne Street in Lewistown. An unveiling evening will take place Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the library. The public is invited to attend the event.
The markers recognize several folk categories important to local communities:
¯ Myths – traditional stories that generally concern the nature of the cosmos; they often involve divine and supernatural beings.
Legends – traditional stories that usually relate to historical events; they often involve heroes, heroines, villains and monsters, including ghosts or haunted places.
Tall tales – traditional stories similar to legends that exaggerate the lives of local people.
Folktales – traditional stories such as fables and fairy tales that occur “outside” of cosmic or human history; they often involve animals or symbolic creatures as the main characters.
Place name trivia – traditional stories that explain the reason for a place name.
Folk songs and ballads – traditional stories told in songs that often convey myths, legends and associated folklore.
Superstitions – popular beliefs which may or may not have scientific correctness, but which are important to the community that believes in them.
¯Festivals, holidays, parades and rituals that represent a community.
Grants are available to 501 (c) (3) organizations, nonprofit academic institutions, and local, state, and federal government entities. Community Partnerships is a regional and national Folk Art Partner in PA of the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts.
For more information, visit https://www.wgpfoundation.org/history/legends-lore/.