BOLTON LANDING - One of the area's premier offerings of acoustic music is set for this weekend, as Bolton's Fabulous Folk Festival will be held Sunday, Sept. 5.
A talented lineup of folk singers and musicians is scheduled for the fest, which begins at 11 a.m. in Rogers Park in the southern end of the hamlet of Bolton Landing.
The free event features a lineup of folk singers who have roots in the southern Adirondacks and central New York.
The family-oriented festival, the seventh annual, concludes with fireworks at dusk.
Whether it's lyrical heartfelt ballads about rural mountain life, free-spirited anthems about personal journeys, or songs that raise awareness on social justice themes, such music is annually featured at the folk festival.
The music begins at 11 a.m. with the Nancy Walker Trio, who sings another set at 3 p.m. Walker has gained a following for her thoughtful compositions which have primarily folk roots, but include an edge of country and jazz influence.
On stage at noon is Dan Berggren, an acclaimed Adirondack troubadour who sings about life growing up in the rural Adirondacks. His keen observations, depicting life's substance, are known to resonate with his audience.
Scheduled at both 1 and 5 p.m. is Saratoga Faire, a group whose expertise spans Celtic, folk, Cajun and Elizabethan music as well as Old Songs from rural America - from high-energy instrumentals to introspective ballads.
At 2 p.m. is Peggy Lynn, well-known in the region for her heartfelt songs focusing on social justice.
At 4 p.m., Berggren and Lynn will team up for a set of duets.
Event organizer Cindy Farbaniec said year after year, the event has grown as more and more residents and visitors have become acquainted with it.
"What is more beautiful than sitting in a park and looking out over the lake and seeing the mountains beyond, while listening to folk music," she said. "The festival provides just a beautiful day - it's always a marvelous conclusion to summer."
She noted with the recreational opportunities provided at the scenic park, children can have fun, while adults concentrate on the music. Adults can also enjoy the offerings of Bolton's annual Arts & Crafts Festival, which is held simultaneously at the northern, streetside end of the park.
The event is scheduled rain or shine. The bad-weather venue is the Bolton Town Hall, which has good acoustics, she said, adding why the folk music presented is perfect for the lovely setting.
"It's the lyrical songs about the simple things in life that often hold the most meaning," she said, noting particularly Berggren's glimpses of life in the Adirondacks. " I can't leave a Berggren concert without experiencing singing in my soul."