Van Wagner is an educator. In the classroom, he teaches Environmental Science at Lewisburg High School. He has been selected as Conservation Educator of the Year in 2005 from Schuylkill County and in 2007 and 2009 in Union County. In 2012 he was awarded the Sandy Cochran award for natural resource education from the Pennsylvania Forestry Association. In 2015 the Red Cross presented Van with the Robert N. Pursel Distinguished Service Award. Outside of the classroom he educates audiences with his music and programs on Pennsylvania History. He received an Outstanding Achievement Award in 2018 from the Pennsylvania Heritage Songwriting Contest. His music has been featured on the History Channel, WVIA tv, as well as Country Music Television (CMT). He has released 28 original albums and published a book entitle Coal Dust Rust and Saw Dust. His music and programs not only entertain but inspire audiences to become involved in learning more.
“What Van Wagner acquires with a successful mix of guitar, harmonica, mandolin & banjo-flailing frequently resonates back to Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan and John Prine’s acoustic Folk & American Bluegrass music. Oh, and toss in a little of Leadbelly’s Blues, too.” – Rusti Shilling, for Idaho World
Come early to enjoy the afternoon! Bring a chair! Bring a picnic basket! Bring a friend!
1:00-5:00 Tour the Boal Museum and Columbus Chapel. $10 per person. Schedule your visit by calling 814-876-0129. There is a limit of 10 people per tour, so reserve early.
5:30-6:30 Jam Session! Bring your instrument if you play, or come to listen. Please bring a chair and meet on the front porch of the Boal Mansion.
5:30-6:30 Hike! Join a Brew Volunteer for a hike on the Boal grounds, or feel free to explore on your own. For the group hike, meet at the southwest corner of the parking lot.
6:30 Amphitheatre seating area opens. Bring a chair and find a comfy place to enjoy the concert!
7:00 Concert with Van Wagner
There is plenty of space at the Boal, so stick around afterwards to visit with your friends.