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Westport 9/4

The annual Field, Forest and Stream Festival is coming up on Saturday, September 25 at the Adirondack Center History Museum in Elizabethtown. The Arts Council here in Westport, which organizes the event, is looking for vendors and exhibitors "who sell handmade items that tie in with the festival's focus on the harvest, hunt, and other traditional North Country work and leisure time activities." If that sounds like you, call the Arts Council at 962-8778 before the Sept. 13 deadline.

This is always a great outing for the family, with fascinating activities for kids of all ages and lots of wonderful food. I may be biased, but I think it's common knowledge that the Wadhams Library Pesto Grilled Cheese and Tomato on Dogwood Bread Company Sourdough has the edge in the food department. We'll be there grilling away-stop by and say hello.

Another annual event that always brings a smile to my face is the Shakespeare-in-the-Park Festival's Labor Day weekend show, which takes place on Sunday, Sept. 5 at 3 p.m. at the Performance Pavilion in Ballard Park. This year, Carrie Treadwell and the other outstanding actors of American Studio Theater will perform Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona, under the direction of Rebecca Lincoln (who also directed last year's memorable Henry V).

It's always amazing to me how Carrie and her friends manage to bring out the humor in lines that less inventive or imaginative actors would make far less of. Actors like me, for example. I was in two different productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream in school and thought I knew the play pretty well. These folks got a hold of it and suddenly scenes that I thought were fairly straightforward were making me howl with laughter. They weren't adding a layer of comedy over the text, they were bringing the humor out of it. I'd just never seen that it was there the whole time, waiting to be discovered.

So bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the Shakespeare the best way possible-out of doors, with the gorgeous backdrop of Lake Champlain. And don't forget, it's free!

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