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Lively leaf-peeping and fabulous family fun

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE - The Adirondack Museum will hold its annual Harvest Festival extravaganza on Saturday, Oct. 3 and Sunday, Oct. 4.

Both days will feature activities for the entire family from 10 am - 5 pm. The Adirondack Museum offers free admission to year-round residents of the Adirondack Park in the month of Oct. - making Harvest Festival an affordable and wonderful fall getaway for all Adirondackers.

The Adirondack Museum will sponsor a Harvest Food Drive as part of the festival. In support of Warren-Hamilton Community Action, donations of non-perishable food items - canned or dry - will be collected in the lobby of the Visitor Center. Donations will be accepted from Sept. 29 through Oct. 6.

Circle B Ranch in Chestertown will provide leisurely hay rides through the museum's beautiful grounds in a rustic wagon. Pony rides will also be available for children.

Relax in an Adirondack chair and enjoy traditional folk music by two of the North Country's most talented musicians. Roy Hurd and Frank Orsini will fill the crisp autumn air with the sounds of guitar, fiddle, and original lyrics inspired by the mountains. Shows will be offered daily at 11 am and 2 pm.

Other Harvest Festival highlights include cider pressing, a blacksmithing demonstration, barn raising for young and old, as well as pumpkin painting and crafts inspired by nature. A talented group of regional artists and crafters will offer unique handmade items for sale. Kids can jump in a giant leaf pile on the museum's center campus and enjoy harvest-themed games and activities.

Tickets for the museum's quilt raffle will be available in the museum's Visitor Center throughout the weekend. The intricate and colorful "Trip Around the World" quilt was made by museum Curator Hallie Bond. The raffle drawing will take place on Oct. 18.

For more information about this event and all that the museum has to offer, please call 352-7311, or visit www.adirondackmuseum.org.

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