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Dot & Johnstock fundraiser set for June 18

STONYCREEK-The annual fundraiser held by Dot Bartell and John Fickel, long-time proprietors of the Stony Creek Inn, is set for 1 to 5 p.m. June 18.

The event, affectionately named "Dot & Johnstock," reflects a sense of community among the Adirondack-area musicians and artists, and celebrates the rural alternative culture that has flourished in the hills since the late 1970s - and has been a mainstay at the Stony Creek Inn since Bartell and Fickel have operated the inn.

The fundraiser was launched by friends of Bartell and Fickel in 2008 when both were facing cancer treatments.

Since then the duo have continued the event as an annual fundraiser for various charities, Bartell said.

"The original Dot & Johnstock raised funds and hope for myself and my husband John for our cancer journey," she said. "In the following years, that same spirit and community outpouring has benefited Cindy's Retreat, Amanda House, and the area fund for musicians, who benefit so many others with the healing of song."

Musicians and bands to be featured include Mark Emanation of Folding Sky, John Kribs, the Bluebillies, Arlin Greene, Tim Wechgalear, and more. Also featured at the event is an extensive silent auction with goods and services from area businesses and a selection of works created by area artists.

This year's event benefits Cindy's Retreats for those enduring cancer treatments, and the Southern Adirondack Musician's Fund, which provides emergency relief to musicians with limited resources, helping get them through difficult times.

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