Join the fun in Lake Luzerne, New York this Saturday, December 3rd from 9am to 3pm. The Adirondack Folk School is hosting the Gifting the Adirondack Open House! Our gift shop has expanded for this special weekend and the holidays! Come by and check out the hundreds of items handmade by our gifted instructors and vendors! You are sure to find unique gifts for everyone on your shopping list!
AFS Benefit Concert Poster
Saratoga Arts Center will host a Benefit Concert for Adirondack Folk School, Friday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m (doors open at 6:15), at 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, New York.
Dan Berggren is an Adirondack icon, performing regional folk music, both historical and contemporary. Berggren is also an instructor at AFS, teaching “An Adirondack Musical History Tour.”
Alex Smith is a 25-year-old songwriter who translates his upbringing in Long Lake into contemporary Adirondack folk songs. Smith played at the Rustic Furniture Fair at the Adirondack Museum in September.
From a news release by Smith and Berggren:
“Dan and Alex are united in their passion of folk traditions and songs that grow from the mountains. Their similarities far out-number their 40-year age difference: both were raised in small Adirondack towns, studied at St. Lawrence University, and they continue to keep a keen ear on local stories and write songs that reach far beyond the Blue Line. Both are featured in the PBS documentary on Adirondack music, ‘Songs to Keep.'”
Register for advance tickets by calling (518-696-2400), emailing ([email protected]), or visiting AFS. Advance tickets are $18, while tickets will be available at the door for $20; all tickets are for open seating.
A banner for the Summer Craft Festival, beneath AFS’s sign
Adirondack Folk School will host our Summer Craft Festival on Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event will take place on the school grounds overlooking the Hudson, which is located at 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, New York 12846.
Dozens of craft and food vendors are expected, and instructor Mac Petrequin will play his signature bluegrass music from 11:00 until 3:00 that day.
“We are looking forward to a nice summer event, where our talented instructors can sell their arts and crafts while we show our community the wonderful things we’re doing at the Folk School,” says Rand Condell, President of the Board of Trustees.
Crafters and food vendors who are interested in participating should contact Mary at the Adirondack Folk School, 518-696-2400, for more information.
Volunteers who are interested in offering assistance during the Festival are also encouraged to contact AFS.
We at AFS are also hosting our first important annual membership meeting, open to all members of AFS, occurring on the same day as the Summer Craft Festival, Saturday, August 27. The meeting begins at 12 p.m., noon, inside AFS’s main building.
The meeting will provide members with an opportunity to voice their opinions about the goal and direction of the school and our programs. The meeting will also introduce members to the AFS Board of Trustees, and to our staff.
The hosts of the meeting will adjourn, then proceed outside, joining the remainder of the Summer Craft Festival, which ends at 4 p.m.
AFS Executive Director Scott Hayden
We at Adirondack Folk School are pleased to announce our new executive director, Scott Hayden.
Hayden gave a speech during our annual dinner and silent auction, Hearts for the Arts, June 4 in Lake George, outlining his goals for AFS.
You may read an article by The Post-Star about Hayden and his new position, here.
Get an introduction to the art of blacksmithing by visiting Adirondack Folk School on any of our OPEN FORGE nights for an amazing demonstration by Expert smith Steve Gurzler. Observing the demonstration is free and open to the public. For those who want to try their hand at blacksmithing and forge an item at open forge, there is a $20 fee to cover the cost of materials, and safety precautions must be followed — including hard shoes with no open toes, long pants, goggles (supplied) and gloves (supplied). Demos begin at 6:30 p.m. on the following dates:
Wednesday, May 18
Wednesday, June 15
Wednesday, July 20
Wednesday, August 17
Wednesday, September 21
Wednesday, October 19
Click below to watch the video of AFS board members Rand Condell and Dan Green being interviewed for “Getting to Know You, With Joe Nash” on ACCESS TV:
Our Board of Director President, Rand Condell, was recently interviewed on BlacksmitHer Radio! Please take a moment and listen to this wonderful interview.
We will host our sixth annual Bountiful Bowl Festival and Craft Fair from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. August 1st at our main campus, 51 Main St., Lake Luzerne, NY 12846. The festival celebrates Adirondack culture and tradition and includes artisan vendors, craft demonstrations, live music, festival foods, raffles, a students’ exhibition, and a “Kidz Zone.” Participants may also purchase a hand-made ceramic bowl at AFS (before or during the event; $20 member / $25 not-yet-member) for sampling locally-made soups and salads. The festival combines prior annual events, the Adirondack Folk Festival and the Bountiful Bowl Benefit. Proceeds will benefit Maxfield Community Food Bank and programs at the school.
AFS is gratefully accepting bowls donated by ceramic artists for the Bountiful Bowl Festival and Craft Fair. Artist names (or studio names) will be included on our “With Heartfelt Thanks” poster displayed with the bowls.
Join us this summer around the AFS fire-pit, for adventures in fun and learning for the whole family! Lively lectures in local history, culture, crafts, and wildlife, will start rain-or-shine at 7:00 p.m., most-Saturdays this summer:
Saturday, July 11: BIRDS OF PREY with Richelle Ford
Saturday, July 18: THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD & ABOLITION with Chris Oliver Nealy
Saturday, July 25: HISTORY OF LAKE LUZERNE AND HADLEY with Sue Wilder and Hadley Historical Troupe
Saturday, August 1: (no Fireside Chat, due to the Bountiful Bowl Festival and Craft Fair happening earlier this day)
Saturday, August 8: NATIVE AMERICAN STORY TELLING with Joe Bruchac
Saturday, August 15: THE ADIRONDACKS AFTER THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY with Glenn L. Pearsall
Saturday, August 22: AUTHENTIC BLACKSMITHING DEMONSTRATION with Mark Aspery
Saturday, August 29: ADIRONDACK ARCHEOLOGY with Dr. David Starbuck