Children's performer warms up snowy Glastonbury day
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Thu., Feb. 20, 2014
Despite a few falling snowflakes, the Glastonbury Parks and Recreation Department presented a children’s performance by entertainer Tom “T-Bone” Stankus at Smith Middle School on Feb. 18. Stankus’s program takes place at the imaginary “Camp Muckalucka” and consists of sing-along songs of many sorts, interlaced with jokes, games and dances. He also encouraged the youngsters to "go to camp anytime, using your imagination."
Parents were invited to take part (and sometimes help), and the children remained engaged, as Stankus led the group in a few choruses of “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad,” and then invited suggestions from the audience of different musical styles in which to perform the song. He successfully completed heavy metal, country and rap versions.
Stankus also performs for adults, and has played at the Glastonbury Senior Center. Affectionately known as “America’s musical Pied Piper,” Stankus has entertained thousands since he began in 1978.
He said that it could be the child in him that enables him to connect so well with his young audiences. “I love making people happy, especially children,” he said, “and it is particularly satisfying when my audiences feel that they are the most important part of the show – which they are.”
For more information, visit www.t-bonemusic.com.