Charlene Thomas with autoharp on left and a black and white photo of Stephen Foster on the right

(Left) Charlene Thomas with her auto-harp | (Right) Stephen Foster circa 1860

Charlene Thomson is a local musician and composer of both dance and folk music; talented at the accordion, auto-harp, and piano. Thomson enjoys sharing the connection between music and its history. In this program, in particular, she will share songs and stories of the famous local composer, the late Stephen Foster.

Stephen Foster grew up in PA and became one of the most famous American composers in the 19th century. Charlene will share stories of the beloved composer, accompanied by equally beloved and familiar songs of Foster including: “Oh! Sussanah,” “Camptown Races,” and “My Kentucky Home.”

The Stephen Foster program will follow the luncheon at the Phelps Museum. From 12:00 – 1:00pm, food will be served to participants that reserved a seat. Those who attend the luncheon will also be able to attend the program from 1:00-2:00pm if they wish.

A menu will be available online at a later date!


  • Lunch and Program: $20/person | Reservations By Phone Only!
  • Program Only: $5/person | No reservation required

In accordance with NYS Safety Guidelines during the COVID-19 Pandemic: all visitors, volunteers and staff regardless of vaccination status will be required to wear a mask or other appropriate face covering while in the building.

For more information email us [email protected] or call us at (607)722-4873.

The official start of Oktoberfest begins September 18th and there will be no better place to be than at the Binghamton German Club! Don your Dirndl or Lederhosen and come join us Saturday September 18th from 3-10pm. Bavarian Brothers will perform live. As per usual there will be a delicious assortment of authentic German cuisine paired with the best selection of freshly delivered German Bier! Entrance fee is $8 and we recommend carpooling if possible as parking is available but limited, usually filling up fast. We cannot wait to see you as we kick off our most favorite time of the year!