Elizabethtown fest celebrates the harvest and hunt

ELIZABETHTOWN The Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks will present the 19th Annual Field, Forest and Stream Dayan Adirondack folk-arts festivalon Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Field, Forest and Stream Day, is a festival for the whole family that celebrates the harvest, hunt, and traditional North Country occupations and recreations. The site for the daylong festival is the Adirondack History Center, in Elizabethtown.

Each year we try to introduce some new performers, new events. This year we'll have the ELCS band members performing about midday, said ACNA director Caroline Rubino.

Rubino described the event as a community-oriented festival that brings out plenty of local folks.

You can get to catch up with your neighbor - we're so busy in the summer time that we never get to see our local friends and neighbors, said Rubino.

There will be musical performances by Peggy Lynn and Dan Duggan, storytelling with Bill Smith, the legendary Smokey the Bear and Ranger Will.

Demonstrations include: guide- boat making, pack-basket making, Adirondack furniture, her-bal lore and natural health products, food preservation, taxidermy, decoy making, fly tying, maple sugaring, and blacksmithing.

Returning this year is Beth Bidwell's Adirondack Wild Things" - live hawks, owls, reptiles, and amphibians of the Adirondacks. Plus special childrens activities, contests, and a variety of food vendors including the Adirondack Farmers Market.

Throughout the day, raffle tickets will be sold for the painting High Rock Over the Oswegatchie, the cover of the annual 2007 Arts Directory by Sandra Hildreth. Tickets cost $1. All proceeds from the cover art drawing will go toward producing the 2008 Cover Art Show and related exhibits. At 3:30 p.m. the winner of the raffle will be announced.

The Adirondack History Center will be open free of charge during the festival for those interested in viewing exhibits on Adirondack life, ACNAs cover art show and the silent auction, or enjoying panoramic views from the fire tower. There will be childrens games, face painting, and activities throughout the day, sponsored by the Elizabethtown Lewis Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts.

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