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Fiddlin' & Fun in Saranac Lake: Adirondack Museum Cabin Fever Sunday

SARANAC LAKE - Join storyteller Bill Smith and master fiddler Don Woodcock for a winter afternoon of stories about growing up in the North Country and lively toe-tapping music.

The Adirondack Museum's popular Cabin Fever Sunday series will return to Saranac Lake for a special program on Feb. 28. "Rosin and Rhyme" with Bill Smith and Donny Woodcock will be held at Saranac Village at Will Rogers. The time will be 2 p.m. The presentation will be offered at no charge to museum members and residents of Saranac Village. The fee for non-members is $5. There is no charge for children of elementary school age or younger. For additional information, please call the Education Department at 352-7311, ext. 128 or visit the museum's web site at www.adirondackmuseum.org.

Cabin Fever Sunday programs are sponsored by the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, dedicated to improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park.

Master Adirondack storyteller and folksinger Bill Smith is the genuine article. He learned about the adventures of the North Country's old woodsmen from his father. He learned the popular ballads and songs of an earlier time from his mother. To that strong foundation he has added his own years of living as a logger, trapper, hunter, fisherman, and guide.

Prepare to laugh until you can't stand at Bill's tall tales, step back in time with his descriptions of country life in the "old days," and feel warm and nostalgic as he picks up his autoharp for a Carter family tune.

Don Woodcock began to play the fiddle at the age of fourteen. More than forty years later, he holds the title of Grand Champion Fiddler of New York State. Woodcock's playing is technically superb and he is recognized for having one of the largest repertoires of traditional fiddle tunes.

"When he is playing, the music just seems to flow from his heart and soul. It reflects an inner goodness. The feeling of his music is magnificent," says traditional musician Alice Clemens of Donny Woodcock.

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