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Berggen to speak as part of Honor Society lecture series

Dan Berggen will be the featured speaker at the Schroon Lake Honor Society’s Spring Lecture May 15.

Dan Berggen will be the featured speaker at the Schroon Lake Honor Society’s Spring Lecture May 15.

— The Schroon Lake Central School Honor Society will take a close look at traditional folk music in the Adirondacks with the help of a local artist.

Adirondack folk singer Dan Berggen will be the featured speaker at the Honor Society’s annual Spring Lecture Thursday, May 15, in the school auditorium at 6:30 p.m.

Advisor Cookie Barker said the lecture series was started as a fundraiser for the Honor Society three years ago when she spoke about gorilla treking in Rwanda.

“Our Spring 2013 lecture was with Holocaust survivor Murray Jarros and we held a fall 2013 lecture about the effects of PCB’s on the brain by Dr. Richard Seagal.”

Berggen’s presentation is entitled, “Adirondack Folk Music, Keeping the Tradition Alive.” Admission is free, with donations to support the lecture series are welcome. He will both speak and perform his music as part of the evening.

Berggen was raised in the Adirondacks and has branched out across many borders with his music, having entertained audiences nationally and overseas in Belgium, Bulgaria, Romania and Central Africa.

Before becoming a full-time musician, Berggen was a forest ranger and surveyor, radio producer in Europe, professor of audio and radio studies at SUNY Fredonia and owner of Sleeping Giant Records, which has produced 15 albums.

For more information of the lecture series, call Schroon Lake Central School at 532-7164.

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