Sparky and Rhonda Rucker are coming to the Vineyard Haven Library and they are doing some plain talking about the Civil War. In fact, their presentation is entitled, The Blue and Gray in Black and White.

Actually, they will be doing more than just speaking. They will bring the world of the Civil War to life via stories, personal insights from those who participated in the war, and songs including slave songs, Underground Railroad songs, finger-picking and bottleneck blues guitar, harmonica, old-time banjo, slide guitar, piano, spoons and bones.

The duo has some serious musical chops, but go see for yourself at their Web site,

Sparky and Rhonda have been featured storytellers at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the International Storytelling Center and Festival, and have appeared on NPR’s On Point. The program at the Vineyard Haven Library is free, thanks to a grant from the ALA and NEH as part of the ongoing program Let’s Talk About It, Making Sense of the American Civil War.

For more details, call 508-696-4211, extension 16.