Looking for Volunteers
For many years, thousands of visitors to the North Country have enjoyed the pleasures of Schroon Lake, taking advantage of great boating, fishing, swimming, hiking and an array of wonderful activities sponsored by the local community. Foremost among those activities have been the programs sponsored by the Schroon lake Arts Council. Although the Arts Council itself was formed In 1974, concerts and programs on Schroon Lake date back to 1959, with programs often taking place in their historic Boathouse Theatre. Built as an actual boat house back in 1874, the theatre now serves as an intimate, wonderful space for concerts and many cultural programs. With excellent acoustics, a great sound system, an opportunity to experience any program in the Boathouse is often a highlight for vacationers who come to the North Country.
Although the concerts and programs for this summer have all been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Council is pleased to announce that all of the artists scheduled for summer 2020 have been re-scheduled for summer 2021. Accordingly, visitors and locals will get to experience such great bands as Beartracks, Goodbye Blue, the Guthrie Brothers, and Klezamir, one of the best Boston-based groups reviving Klezmer, the joyous, enthralling music of European Judaism. In addition, next year the faculty and students of Meadowmount, the legendary music school held each summer in nearby Westport, New York, will present a concert of classical chamber music, bringing back a tradition that started back in the 1970’s.
Perhaps the highlight each summer is the Adirondack Folk Festival, a free, all-day outdoor event held overlooking beautiful Schroon Lake. And for those who either like to strum a guitar, banjo or a bass, Monday night jam sessions held at the Boathouse are free and a great way to spend a summer evening. Many come just to listen or sing along.
As you would imagine, presenting these concerts take a certain amount of time and organization. All the folks with the Arts Council are volunteers. “We are really hoping to expand our arts programs in the future”, said Dr. David Namerow, Vice President of the Arts Council. “To expand our activities, we need more volunteers,” said Dr. Namerow. “It is a great opportunity to meet like minded folks with interests in music and the arts up here in the North Country. Whether it is putting up signs, helping to set up our concerts, selling tickets and providing seating information or making connections with potential artists for our concerts, volunteering for the Arts Council is easy, fun and a great way to serve our local community. Perhaps the best part? Making friends and meeting fellow music lovers and artists.” While much of the work can be done on-line, meetings begin sometime in the Spring when most folks come up to the lake. Interested people can contact Dr Namerow at Slartscouncil@aol.com or check out their website Schroonlakearts.com