Stephen Foster Day 2018 is on Saturday, January 13, 2018: Where were the Camptown Races held, the ones immortalized in the Stephen Foster song?
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"Camptown Races", sometimes referred to as "Camptown Ladies", is a comic song in broad, stereotyped negro "dialect" by Stephen Foster (1826 – 1864), known as the "father of American music," who was the pre-eminent songwriter in the United States of the 19th century.
Its official title was "Gwine to Run All Night", and is also known as "De Camptown Races". The Camptown of Foster's own experience was in Pennsylvania, but a "camptown", or tent city was a temporary workingmen's accommodation familiar in many parts of the United States, especially along the rapidly expanding railroad network. The rag-tag mix of horses that are racing, and the disorder of the racing conditions at the ramshackle camptown track provide the fun, with the usual unspoken undercurrent of superiority among the entertained hearers.
The present day-version of the Camptown Races, a cross country foot race, is the region's oldest 10 K race and one of the most challenging. It's held every year, the first weekend in September and includes the community's annual Old Home Day celebration.
Contact w/ Jody Foster is amazing. Why the bad raps?
I liked it.
Edit: In response to Stephen K's answer "It's that there were some patently ludicrous moments. The "religious terrorist" who blows up the first ring"
Really? That part you find ludicrous? In this day an age where religious whack jobs from BOTH sides of the fence from Muslim extremists to Catholic/Christian lone assassins and assorted nut jobs YOU find THAT ludicrous. You are Hella stupid.
"Matthew Mcconnaghe (sorry for the spelling) as a questionable priest."
What exactly was questionable about that? That he was devoted to his cause? That he refused to accept the possibility that he MIGHT be wrong? Sounds EXACTLY like every religious person I've ever met.
"And the aliens came off as rather smug and condescending"
No, not really. Did you even bother to watch that movie? The ONLY "alien" Jodie Foster's character "met" came to her in the form of her father so as NOT to scare the crap out of her, and so that her human brain could see him.
"Smug" and "condescending"? How so? He explained to her exactly WHY they have First Contact meeting with new races that way.
Dude, seriously, you need to watch that movie again WITHOUT all the prejudices and religious hang ups you obviously have.
Oh, and I corrected most of you're horrid spelling using the spell check option.
Please use in the future.
Is Ben Foster Tom Hanks son?
Ben Foster was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Stephen Foster, a restaurateur. He has a younger brother, Jon, who is also an actor. Foster's parents, whom he has described as "free-spirited, Vietnam-protesting hippies", relocated to the small town of Fairfield, Iowa four years after he was born, and after their Boston house was burglarized while they were present. Foster is part Jewish; his paternal grandmother immigrated from Russia to escape Pogroms.. It is not known, however, if he practices the faith. Foster's parents were associated with Transcendental Meditation. Foster attended the private school associated with Transcendental Meditation, called Maharishi School for the Age of Enlightenment.
PS. Colin Hanks was born Colin Lewes Dillingham in Sacramento, California, the eldest son of Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks and his first wife, the late producer actress Samantha Lewes (born Susan Jane Dillingham), who died of bone cancer on March 13, 2002. He has a sister, Elizabeth (born 1982) and two half-brothers, Chester (born 1990) and Truman (born 1995) from his father's second marriage to actress Rita Wilson. Hanks attended Sacramento Country Day School, Loyola Marymount University and Chapman University. Hanks has dated Busy Phillips and Rachael Leigh Cook.