ELIZABETHTOWN - History and culture abound in Elizabethtown as the 21st annual Field, Forest and Stream Day kicks off Saturday, Sept. 26, sponsored by the Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks.
This family event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Adirondack History Center Museum and celebrates historic traditions of the harvest, hunt, and other mainstays of the Adirondack lifestyle.
More than 1400 people attended the event last year, showing great support for artists who attended.
Join Adirondack Storyteller Bill Smith, Singer/Songwriter and Story Teller Christopher Shaw, World class piper Michael Clooney, and the Akwesasne Women Singers, for a nostalgic look at the music and culture of the Adirondacks. Stephen Gratto will make an appearance this year with a special children's show of juggling and more.
Another new feature this year is the "Way of the Woods" traveling museum, highlighting the wonder of the vast Northern Forest. Returning again will be Beth Bidwell's interactive presentation of "Adirondack Wild Things" with live hawks, owls, reptiles and amphibians of the Adirondacks. Smokey Bear and the Forest Ranger will add to the educational aspect of forest stewardship.
There will be plenty of arts and craft experts on hand, selling and showing off some of the best nature-inspired media in the North Country. As always, there will be special children's activities including the popular rope bridge, face painting and more, sponsored by the Elizabethtown-Lewis Boy Scouts. Also, there will be several contests, a variety of food vendors, the Adirondack Farmers' Market and much more.
Throughout the day, tickets will be sold for the painting "Sailboat Race-One Minute to Start" the cover of ANCA's annual 2009 Arts Directory created by Ray Jenkins. Tickets cost $1. All proceeds from the Cover Art drawing will go towards producing the 2010 Cover Art Show and related exhibits. At 3:30 p.m. the winner will be announced for the Cover Art Prize.
The museum will be open free of charge during the festival for those interested in viewing exhibits on Adirondack life, ACNA's Cover Art Show and Silent Auction, or enjoying panoramic views from the fire tower.
Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors 60+, $2 for students under 15, and family admission is $16. Call the Arts Council for the Adirondacks at 962-8778 for more information.
2009 Field Forest and Stream Day Schedule
• 10:15 - Adirondack Wild Things with Beth Bidwell
• 10:30-12:15 - Storytelling with Bill Smith, Chris Shaw, Ben Raino, and Katsitsionni
• 11:00 - Cannon Firing - John Deming
• 11:45 - Adirondack Wild Things with Beth Bidwell
• Noon - Cannon Firing - John Deming
• Noon-3:00 - Stephen Gratto and Son
• 12:15 - Talkers Tent with Jill Breit of TAUNY
• 12:15 - Michael Clooney, Bagpiper
• 1:00 - Smokey the Bear and Forest Ranger
• 1:00 - Akwesasne Women Singers
• 1:00 - Cannon Firing - John Deming
• 1:15 - Adirondack Wild Things with Beth Bidwell
• 1:45 - Bill Smith
• 2:15 - Adirondack Wild Things with Beth Bidwell
• 2:30 - Michael Clooney
• 3:15 - Chris Shaw
• 4:00 - Raffle drawings and contest awards