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Our Board of Director President, Rand Condell, was recently interviewed on BlacksmitHer Radio! Please take a moment and listen to this wonderful interview. Facebook www.blacksmither.com iTunes
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“It would be lovely to see a learning center where affection and beauty were everywhere – in the objects within the space – in the space itself – in the people invited to take part – with the beauty of discovery pervading the whole. William Coperthwaite, in his book “A Handmade Life”
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“I want to live in a society where people are intoxicated with the joy of making things.” from William Coperthwaite, in his book “A Handmade Life”
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“The mirror smooth reflection of Lake Luzerne is like the palette of our soul”
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“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.” Franklin D. Roosevelt
Basket weaver – http://www.flickr.com/photos/esagor/482600169/
“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Pablo Picasso

Summer Craft Festival and Annual Membership Meeting

by Eve Wenger

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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.

Saturday
9
July 2016
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Two Raffles: Four Adirondack Chairs & Hunting Knife

by Eve Wenger

Custom-painted Adirondack chairs for raffle
Custom-painted Adirondack Chairs for raffle

Two raffles for handcrafted items are now ongoing in support of AFS. Tickets for either may be purchased at the AFS campus, over the phone, or at the separate drawing events.

Raffle tickets are $10 each, for a chance to win one of four Adirondack chairs, built and donated by woodworker David Collins, and custom-painted by regional artists.

Four winners, one for each chair, will be drawn during the “Fridays at the Lake” Concert in Shephard Park, Lake George Village, Friday, August 12, 4-8 p.m. Tickets are available now at AFS campus, and will also be sold at the concert (Note: please specify which number chair you would like a chance to win, according to the picture above, when buying your tickets).

The concert will feature musical acts Spiritual Rez and Rich Ortiz, a craft beer and wine garden, food catering, kids’ activities and dog-friendly beach access.

Raffle tickets are also $10 each, for a chance to win an extraordinary Damascus steel hunting knife, crafted and donated by AFS instructor and Master Smith Matthew Parkinson.

Damascus hunting knife for raffle
Damascus steel hunting knife for raffle

Parkinson, of Dragon’s Breath Forge in Connecticut, forged the knife by welding 125 layers of steel into an intricate swirling pattern, in following a blacksmithing technique which originated in ancient Syria.

The knife has a Damascus guard, maple burl handle and leather sheath, all handmade by Parkinson.

In the 2015 season of “Forged in Fire,” produced by the History Channel, Parkinson, in the first episode, forges a sword that splits a bullet fired from a rifle, and then discovers no damage to the sword.

The winner of the Damascus steel hunting knife raffle will be drawn at the Summer Craft Festival, Saturday, August 27, 10 a.m.-4.p.m. at AFS campus, 51 Main St., Lake Luzerne, NY 12846. Tickets can be purchased now at the campus or via phone, with cash, check or credit card.

Saturday
9
July 2016
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New Executive Director Announced in Post-Star

by Eve Wenger

Scott Hayden & AFS Sign (cropped)

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.

Friday
8
July 2016
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2016 Open Forge Nights

by Eve Wenger

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

Sunday
12
June 2016
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Rand Condell and Dan Green, AFS Board Members, interviewed on ACCESS TV

by Eve Wenger

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:

 

 

Thursday
21
April 2016
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Blacksmither.org Interview with Rand

by Dave Hollinger

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Our Board of Director President, Rand Condell, was recently interviewed on BlacksmitHer Radio! Please take a moment and listen to this wonderful interview.

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www.blacksmither.com

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Tuesday
2
February 2016
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Board of Director President, Rand Condell, Blacksmither Radio interview

by Eve Wenger

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Our Board of Director President, Rand Condell, was recently interviewed on BlacksmitHer Radio! Please take a moment and listen to this wonderful interview.

Facebook

www.blacksmither.com

iTunes

Tuesday
20
October 2015
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2015 Bountiful Bowl Festival and Craft Fair

by Eve Wenger

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.

Friday
10
July 2015
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2015 Fireside Chat Summer Series

by Eve Wenger

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

Friday
10
July 2015
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2015 Seasonal Blacksmith Demos

by Eve Wenger

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 PM on the following dates:

Wednesday, May 20
Wednesday, June 17
Wednesday, July 15
Wednesday, August 19
Wednesday, September 16
Wednesday, October 21

Tuesday
19
May 2015
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