Bolton's Fabulous Folk Fest - a premier family activity

BOLTON LANDING Decades ago, performers modern troubadours gathered in parks to sing ballads, set to haunting melodies, of their experiences and odyssies. These open-air concerts brought people together not just for entertainment, but a renewal of spirit and to deliver messages of peace and social justice. The Bolton Chamber of Commerce seeks to capture that magic in their annual Fabulous Folk Fest, set in the scenic Rogers Park, so people can listen to strains of music with the glimmering water of lake George in the background. The 5th annual Fabulous Folk Fest is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sun. Aug. 31 with a deep lineup of singers, fireworks at dusk and a lot of other family activities occurring simultaneously in the Bolton hamlet, including the hamlets annual arts and crafts festival. Onstage in Rogers Park for the Fabulous Folk Fest are a group of folk singers who have roots in the southern Adirondacks and central New York State. Set to perform are Dan Berggren, Peggy Lynn, Chris Shaw, John Kirk, Trish Miller and Ed Lowman, the latter three who form Quickstep, Folk Fest organizer Cindy Farbaniec said. Weve got a wonderful lineup of folk musicians, and its going to be a great event for the whole family, Farbaniec said, noting she anticipates that the musicians will be sharing sets and jamming, as well as performing individually. Reviewers have also praised the folk artists in the lineup. Berggren has been collecting, writing and singing folk music of the Adirondacks for the past 30 years, He grew up in the Adirondacks on the land farmed by his mother's family, hearing stories and songs from friends and neighbors. Vermont Public Radio calls Berggren's music: A genuine treasure -- Fresh and timeless, full of courage and down-to-earth richness. The Boston Globe has praised Shaw, who is a Lake George native. "Christopher Shaw is a balladeer with a gift for penning nature-rich portraits of his native Adirondacks," the newspaper said. The Smithsonian Associate published praise for his abilities as a songwriter. Mr. Shaw's melodies are full-bodied and rhythmical and his Iyrics are pure poetry with pizzazz. Award-winning folksinger and songwriter Peggy Lynn has recorded four solo CDs and 4 with other artists. She is the songwriter/performer on her recording Mountain Women Can Be Heroes. The performance stage at the park provides good acoustics, and the park setting allows children have active fun nearby in a playground while others enjoy the performances, Farbaniec said. She invited people to bring a blanket, enjoy a picnic, and stay for the day. The performances, co-sponsored by the Town of Bolton, begin at 11 a.m. with bagpiper Michael Murdock, 14, of Schroon Lake ushering in the performers. Michael is a member of the Adirondack Pipes and Drums. A classical violinist, Michael also is a member of the Saratoga Youth Orchestra and is a freshman at Schroon Lake Central School. The Fabulous Folk Fest will be held regardless of the weather, Farbaniec said. The rain location is the Bolton Town Hall. Farbaniec said she had high expectations for the fifth annual Folk Fest, which she launched the year after the famed Bolton Barbershop Quartet Festival was discontinued. Its going to be a lovely experience, she said. Not only will the folk artists be offering pleasing music, but these will be songs with a message that touches your heart.

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