Friday, February 02, 2007

You Missed National Kazoo Day!!!

But the Bangor Daily News didn't.
Kids delight in National Kazoo Day
By Toni-Lynn Robbins
Monday, January 29, 2007 - Bangor Daily News

BANGOR - The Anderson family had a long drive ahead of them Sunday night, gearing up for the three-hour journey back home to Van Buren.

The family of five, however, will not be listening to hard rock on the radio for the return trip, much to Ralph E. Anderson’s dismay.

At 3 p.m. his three children, Tyler, 12, Makayla, 10, and Nicholas, 3, were performing "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" on their homemade kazoos made during the Maine Discovery Museum’s celebration of National Kazoo Day.

Tyler and Makayla tirelessly hummed into the paper towel rolls decorated with feathers and stickers, each attempting to outdo the rendition of the other.

"That’s what you call premature gray," said Ralph V. Anderson, the children’s grandfather, as he pointed to his son’s hair. The eldest Anderson enjoyed poking fun at his son about the impending drive that inevitably placed three kazoo-armed children in the back seat of the vehicle.

All joking aside, the father of three said he did not mind the tunes, and was happy to see all his children enjoying the same activity.

"This is something we don’t have up there [in Van Buren]," he said. "We come from a family of music, and this is an instrument they didn’t have around."

Early Sunday afternoon, about 10 to 15 children showed up to construct the paper towel masterpieces, with wax paper affixed to one end, which kept smiles on the faces of parents and children alike.

"When I look at the calendar I look for fun opportunities for kids to learn something," said Trudi Plummer, director of education at the museum. "National Kazoo Day is just one of those weird days that people don’t know about."
Please also note that at some time in the past, the King of Kazoo, Rick Hubbard, who travels the country forming kazoo orchestras, came in touch with Maine. According to his website, "one town in Maine got sponsors to provide kazoos to everyone in town - all 8000 of them." Hmmm... wonder what town that was???

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