Hobofest returns for third year

— HoboFest 2011 is the third annual, all-day free music event on Sunday, Sept. 4, on Depot Street in Saranac Lake, on the grounds of the Union Depot Park with the active Adirondack Scenic Railroad as a backdrop.

HoboFest starts with the arrival of the first train in Saranac Lake at 11:45 a.m. and will continue well into the evening. Organized by Seward's Folly Productions and Api design, it is hosted by the 7444 Gallery at 28 Depot Street.

Chef Andrew Chase of the Culinary Institute of America will be serving a reasonably priced plate for both lunch and dinner. Please bring lawn chairs or blankets for lounging while listening to a line up of great music.

Musically, the headliner of this year's festival is Upper Jay/Recovery Lounge indie-rockers, Monsterbuck. Also new to this event are Larry Stone's Stoneground Express, the Blind Owl Band, the Dustbunnies, Curt Stager and Kary Johnson, Rafe Spada and Jeff, Meadow, and Shaun Ondak.

Returning acts include Frankenpine, Crackin' Foxy, Big Slyde, the Pine Ridge Rounders, the Barn Cats, Steve Langdon, and Brian Dewan. Bob Seidenstein and DJ Pat McAvoy will emcee.

Bring your instruments and a Hobo song and jam in the crowd in between sets. Kids activities include hobo hat making and freestyle drawing.

The event will also feature a Carhartt Fashion Show which will be judged and prizes will be awarded. Attendees are encouraged to assemble their best ensemble of new and vintage wear that expresses the style and look of the Carhartt lifestyle. Register onsite prior to the fashion show.

"The idea of HoboFest was born when I heard local Saranac Lakeā€™er Danny Ryan read his story about attending the National Hobo Convention in Iowa," organizer Peter Seward said.

For more information, contact 282-4743.

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