Folk Festival returns Aug. 14

— The Adirondack Folk Music Festival will return to the Schroon Lake Town Park on Sunday, Aug. 14, and will feature five acts for an afternoon filled with mountain music.

The Schroon Lake Arts Council has organized a five-hour lineup of folk musicians from around the region for the 22nd annual Adirondack Folk Music Festival. All performances will be held at the outdoor stage from noon to 5 p.m. with picturesque Schroon Lake and the hills of the Pharoah Lake Wilderness as a backdrop.

“It’s a long-standing, well-known folk festival,” said Schroon Lake Arts Council President Jack Osborne, adding that the event usually draws about 400 people to the hamlet. “It brings a lot of people in to Schroon Lake from just outside the local area, and the town is active that day.”

Visitors are asked to bring their own folding chairs or blankets to sit on the park lawn or under the spectator tent to watch the following acts: Roy Hurd & Frank Orsini; Chris & Meredith Thompson; Atwater-Donnelly; The Sky Blue Boys; and the Michele Fay Band. Admission is free.

While this is one of the Adirondack Park’s longest-running music festivals, it has not been immune to the financial turbulence of the nation. The economic downturn has dried up arts funding from the state and caused sponsors to reduce the amount of money they usually contribute.

“We’re all facing a little insecurity,” Osborne said.

Still, arts council board members are grateful for the support they have, and hope it continues, especially since they’ve found it important to keep the Adirondack Folk Music Festival a free event, according to Osborne.

The festival could not be held without the ongoing support of the Glens Falls National Bank, the town of Schroon, Stewart’s Shops and the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to the music, there will be vendors selling food, arts and crafts at the park. Rest rooms are located nearby at the Boathouse.

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