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Long Lake welcomes Fiddlers to town

LONG LAKE - This weekend, Long Lake will host the 19th Annual Spring Blossom Fiddle Jamboree at the Long Lake Town Hall. Beginning on Saturday, April 24, the weekend will be rich with concerts, jam sessions, competitions and much more.

"This year the Spring Jamboree has morphed into a weekend long event," said Alexandra Roalsvig, director of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. "It will be complete with the addition of free Fiddle workshops and a concert and Fiddle Competition."

On Saturday, the former New York State Champion George Harriger and his son George Harriger Jr. will coach students on their fiddling skills. The free workshops for beginners and intermediates start at 2 p.m. at the Town Hall in Long Lake and run until 4 p.m. Call 624-3077 to sign up and walk-ins are welcome.

Saturday evening will feature an informal fiddle jam at the Town Hall at 6 p.m. and anyone interested in auditioning for Sunday's show is welcome to try out. A minimum of six people will be selected to compete in Sunday's jam for cash prizes of $125, $100 & $75 for Audience Choice. Any interested bands are encouraged to bring instruments and join.

Sunday's show will start off at noon with an open jam with all performers playing music including our invited competitors. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for children ages 11 - 16 and children 10 and under are free.

"We hope that in the future Long Lake becomes a destination for fiddlers," said Roalsvig. "We certainly have a lot to offer and we want them to come on out and stay the weekend."

The Spring Blossom Fiddle Jamboree is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Regrant Program. In Hamilton County, the Decentralization Program is administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts located in Blue Mt. Lake.

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