True crime, music and more at Historical Society open mic

By Tanner Harding | Oct 09, 2017
Photo by: Tanner Harding Charlotte Hess plays her violin.

An Irishman with ties to Lord Lucan, a longtime Mattapoisett resident who lived abroad, young children with fiddles – the Mattapoisett Historical Society's first open mic event had it all.

Charles Cann opened the event by singing and playing guitar, before others took the stage to tell stories or read poetry.

Katherine Gaudet told a story about living in France in the '70s while her husband was in veterinary school. One day, Gaudet, her husband and their 18-month-old son decided to take a drive outside of Paris for a picnic lunch.

Gaudet had been driving around an old, beat-up Volkswagen bug, but decided to take a chance by taking it out of city limits. It didn't take long before it broke down.

The trio walked down to a nearby village, where they were immediately asked if they were German. After explaining they were Americans, a Frenchman went to a mechanic and got them help. The bill was 25 Francs.

"That was only like, five dollars back then," Gaudet said. "Both our jaws dropped."

The mechanic explained that he was in the trenches during World War II and before going into battle one day, he was nervously trembling and craving a cigarette. He said an American soldier took out his pack and gave him his last one. After that, the mechanic said he would do whatever he could to pay the Americans back.

Gaudet said she chose to share this story because it was nearing Veteran's Day, and she wanted to provide some perspective.

Another storyteller was Tom Waldron, whose hometown is in County Mayo, Ireland. He told the tale of the infamous Lord Lucan, who disappeared after bludgeoning his children's nanny to death, never to be seen again.

He related it back to his hometown by explaining that the Lucan estate still owned property in Ireland, and homeowners were expected to pay certain types of taxes to the family, despite Lord Lucan disappearing.

Additionally, there was fiddle playing and a ukulele rendition of Cee-Lo Green's "Forget You."

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