To the Times of Ti:
The Schroon Lake Arts Council has a long history in Schroon Lake. SLAC was formed in 1974 to ensure that the arts were available to all the residences of the Schroon Lake region.
For 39 consecutive years SLAC has sponsored weekly summer concerts in the Schroon Lake Boathouse. The concerts have included jazz, country, folk, klezmer, celtic and classical music. Presenting artists have included many local musicians as well as regional ones. This year we are proud to have three concerts by artists who have performed internationally (Acoustic Eidelon, Red Molly and Sean Tyrell). The fee is a $12 for adults and $5 for students. Families are given a reduced rate. This price has not been raised in many years.
For 24 consecutive years SLAC has hosted the Adirondack Folk Music Festival. The day-long festival is held outdoors in the town park overlooking the lake. Each year there is a new line-up of 6-8 musicians. The day is always a busy one with two simultaneous performances. While some musicians play outdoors in our gazebo, others are presenting workshops in the Boathouse. These workshops allow audiences to experience the artists in an intimate, informal setting which includes conversation and questions. Audiences have experienced sing-a-longs, clogging and dance instruction, and the experience of trying an instrument. Every year the folk festival is attended, at no cost, by 300 to 400 people. This year it will be held on Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This summer there will be two events for children, a sing-a-long (July 24) and a production of “The Secret Garden” by the Hampstead Stage Company (August 8). There is no cost for the children or adults.
Since 2008, SLAC has been hosting Monday night Jams, 7 to 10 p.m. in the Boat House, June through September. This night was begun to encourage all local residents to develop their interests in music, and to provide an opportunity to display their talents. Up to 19 adult and child musicians and singers attend regularly each Monday evening. All are welcome!
The SLAC summer schedule includes Jamcrackers July 18 at 6 p.m., Cajun Combo July 23 at 8 p.m., Sing Along with Patti & Dave July 28 at 1 p.m., Red Molly July 30 at 8 p.m., Sean Tyrell Aug. 6 at 8 p.m., Hamstead Stage Co. “The Secret Garden” Aug. 8 at 1 p.m., Adirondack Folk Festival Aug. 11 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Chris Westfall Aug. 17 at 8 p.m.
SLAC is pleased to receive funding from sources such as the town of Schroon, the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce, Stewarts Stores and The Glens Falls National Bank. Memberships and donations also help sustain this organization.
While SLAC has a hard-working board of directors, they could not do this work without members and volunteers. Volunteering for SLAC is easy and fun. There are many tasks such as ticket-taking, greeting at the farmers market, set-up and tear-down at the folk fest, selling water at concerts, assisting performers, putting up posters, etc. Please call Patti Rapoport (532-9986) if you have a spare hour or two in the summer. There will be a meeting of volunteers this month.
SLAC could use your help!
Jane DeMaeo, secretary
Schroon Lake Arts Council