Tourist Train to feature Adirondack musicians on cocktail coach

NORTH CREEK Moonlight, live music and spectacular river vistas, the Upper Hudson River Railroad offers all that and more as it debuts the 2007 season on the Hudson River Highball.

Today, renowned folk musician Forrest Jenkins will be on board. Jenkins will entertain guests with a variety of original tunes written throughout his career. Guests may wander throughout the train, enjoy a beverage and relax either in a covered coach or on one of two open-air cars. A variety of snacks and finger foods will also be available.

Local favorite Mike Leddick will be the featured entertainer on Saturday, July 28. Leddick will regale guests with his own brand of Adirondack humor and versions of numerous cover songs.

Aug. 11 brings Dan Berggren back to the Upper Hudson River Railroad for a special night of entertainment. Berggren, with Ed Lowman on bass and fiddle, will play many Adirondack inspired songs written throughout his decades long career. As a true son of the Adirondacks, Berggrens style captures the spirit of the mountains.

Lovers of acoustic guitar work will not want to miss folk artist Joan Crane on Saturday, Aug. 25. Since her first album Dirt Pusher Blues, was released in 1976, Crane has enjoyed a successful career writing and playing music all over the country. Her intricate guitar pieces have wowed audiences for over 30 years.

Finally, on Sept. 29, The Frank Conti Trio will wrap up the season with a night of traditional jazz. Conti, a longtime local music teacher and professional saxophone player has accompanied some of the greats during his career. Lovers of jazz will not want to miss this performance.

The 2007 Summer Hudson River Highball excursions will depart from the North Creek Station. Passengers can begin boarding at 6:15 p.m., with departure scheduled for 6:30 p.m. The Sept. 29 train will begin boarding at 7:15 p.m. with a 7:30 departure. Guests should expect the duration of this round trip excursion to be approximately two hours Tickets are $20 per person, with a cash bar. Snacks are included in this price. For reservations, call 251-5334.

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