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21st annual Rustic Fair at the Adirondack 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 at Blue Mountain Lake. Discover skilled craftsmanship and unique designs in rustic creations made of bark, twigs, branches and burls. The Rustic Fair will be held on September 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on September 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than fifty-five 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 21st Annual Rustic Fair. On Friday, September 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. For more information or tickets to the Preview Benefit, please call (518) 352-7311 ext 119. The museum will be closed on Friday, September 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. Bellinger's framed painting will be sold in a silent auction; the winner to be announced on September 7. On Saturday, September 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, September 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 Frank's repertoire includes: Celtic music, Elizabethan or early music selections, old-time fiddle tunes from the Southern mountain tradition, New England and Canadian dance tunes, bluegrass and country classics, Cajun, and blues selections, as well as Urban and Western swing standards. The UPS Store of Lake Placid, N.Y. will provide shipping service for items purchased at the Rustic Fair. The Rustic Fair will feature works by rustic furniture artisans from the Adirondacks and other parts of New York State. There will also be craftsmen from the states of Vermont, Maine, Connecticut, New Jersey, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Tennessee, North Carolina, California, and the Canadian Province of Ontario. All Rustic Fair activities and demonstrations are included in the price of regular museum admission.

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