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25 years of folk music to be celebrated in Schroon

The Adirondack Folk Music Festival is set for Sunday, Aug. 10.

The Adirondack Folk Music Festival is set for Sunday, Aug. 10. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— For a quarter of a century, folk music artists from around the North Country have made the annual trek to the shores of Schroon Lake for a celebration of the genre.

The 25th annual Adirondack Folk Music Festival will take place Sunday, Aug. 10, from noon until 5 p.m. at the Schroon Town Park by the bandstand.

“It’s a free event where people can come in and out and listen to a great afternoon of folk music,” Sharon Hooper of the Schroon Lake Arts Council said. “We seem to be getting about 500 people each year who come and listen to the music.”

Performers for the 2014 festival will include Roy Hurd and Frank Orsini; Dan Berggren, Peggy Lynn and Dan Duggan; Dana and Susan Robinson; Boxcar Lillies and the Michelle Fay Band.

“Dan Berggren and Darlene Gregson will also be doing a piece on how the festival began 25 years ago,” Hooper said.

Berggren had said that the idea for the folk festival came from his relationship with the late Pete Seeger, the renowned folk singer and songwriter, who Berggren credits as, “sowing the seeds,” for the idea of the festival.

Since, it has featured the region’s folk singers and songwriters performing their original works as well as a spattering of standards within the genre.

Along with music, there will also be the sale of contest-winning t-shirts to celebrate the 25th anniversary.

“Students in Schroon Lake were able to create ideas for a t-shirt and we chose a winner and had them printed,” Hooper said.

For more information on the 25th annual Adirondack Folk Music Festival, visit the website schroonarts.site.aplus.net/wp/adirondack-folk-festival.

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