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Rustic Fair at ADK Museum

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE An Adirondack Rustic tradition is back! Organic, natural, contemporary furniture inspired by the wilderness can be seen at the 21st Annual Rustic Fair presented by the Adirondack Museum. Discover skilled craftsmanship and unique designs in rustic creations made of bark, twigs, branches and burls. The Rustic Fair will be held Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 55 artisans, including six craftsmen new to the Fair, will display and sell furniture and accessories. Adirondack Life and North Country Public Radio are media sponsors for the event. On Friday, Sept. 5 the museum will host the Rustic Fair Preview Benefit, offering a special chance to meet the rustic artisans and shop for the perfect treasure for home or camp. Enjoy delectable edibles, tasty beverages, and the 1940s jazz of Minor Swing. All proceeds from the Rustic Preview support Adirondack Museum exhibits and programs Minor Swing of Potsdam, N.Y., blends American big-band swing with the exotic flare of European gypsy folk songs. The band mixes contemporary compositions with the classic Manouche (gypsy jazz) repertoire. Minor Swing includes musicians Christopher Brown, Lorie Gruneisen, Victor Caama񯬠and David Katz. Following the Preview, guests have the option to enjoy a Joint Benefit Dinner at Great Camp Sagamore at Raquette Lake, N.Y. For more information or tickets to the Preview Benefit, please call (518) 352-7311 ext 119. The museum will be closed Friday, Sept. 5 for the Preview Benefit. The 21st Annual Rustic Fair will also include lively music, delicious food (look for North Country Kettle Corn and Ben & Jerry's!), and demonstrations in a spectacular autumn setting. In addition, Painter/Furniture Artist Barney Bellinger of Sampson Bog Studio, Mayfield, N.Y. will paint an Adirondack landscape in oils in the Visitor Center throughout the Fair. Bellingers framed painting will be sold in a silent auction; the winner to be announced Sept. 7. On Saturday, Sept. 6, enjoy festive music by the Lime Hollow Boys. John Wolfe, Ray Gardner, Floyd Sherman and Andy White, the musicians, come from an area known as lime hollow in upstate New York near Potsdam. The Lime Hollow Boys play country and folk music combining bass, guitar, fiddle, and harmonica. Sample their music on the web at www.limehollowboys.com Sunday, Sept. 7 will feature traditional fiddling by Frank Orsini. For many years Frank Orsini has been one of the prominent acoustic musicians on the Upstate New York music scene, playing fiddle, viola and mandolin. A sampling from Franks repertoire includes: Celtic music, Elizabethan or early music selections, old-time fiddle tunes from the Southern mountain tradition, New England and Canadian dance tunes, Cajun, and blues selections, as well as Urban and Western swing standards.

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