Thursday, March 12, 2015

Cabin Fever Series Continues With Alex Smith

AdirondackMuseum_CabinFeverSundays_AlexSmith2With upcoming presentations in Blue Mountain Lake and Glens Falls, the Adirondack Museum’s “Cabin Fever Sundays” series continues to present explorations of Adirondack history, music, and culture. Still to come are a wide variety of engaging topics, from the behavior of wolves in the wild to the experiences of Abenaki families in the Adirondacks.

In the upcoming installment of the series, folk musician and Long Lake local Alex Smith will perform his contemporary rendition of mountain music, inspired by the Adirondacks. “Mountain Folk Music” will begin at 1:30 pm on Sunday, March 15, at The Hyde Collection, 161 Warren St., in Glens Falls.

Admission is free for Adirondack Museum members; non-member admission is $15 ($13 for seniors) and includes admission to The Hyde Collection Art Museum and Historic House, which is now showing the special exhibition Wild Nature: Masterworks from the Adirondack Museum, through April 12.

The son of a boat builder/writer and an historian, Smith was immersed in Adirondack culture early on, beginning his song-writing career at the age of 12. His hometown community of Long Lake is steeped in history and tradition, and provided Alex with rich material for his music. The work of Adirondack folk legends Dan Berggren, Chris Shaw, and Peggy Lynn influenced Alex’s musical style, as well as the works of Canadian artist Stan Rogers. In 2012 he signed with Wepecket Island Records, and released Hamilton County, his third album to date.

Future installments of the Cabin Fever Sundays series will include:

Learn how wolf packs defend their territories, meet Kiska the wolf, learn what kinds of wolves live in the Adirondacks, what their behavioral displays indicate, and more during “Wolves: The Role of a Keystone Predator in Nature” with Steve and Wendy Hall of the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge Rehabilitation Center at 1:30 pm, Sunday, March 22 at the Adirondack Museum Auditorium, 9097 State Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake. Admission is free for museum members, students, and children; $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be served.

Linda Russell will trace life along the Hudson as heard in folk ballads, Erie Canal ditties, and dance tunes accompanied by guitar, penny whistle, and hammered and mountain dulcimers during “Of Time and The River: Songs of the Historic Hudson River” at 1:30 pm, Sunday, April 12 at the Museum Auditorium. Admission is free to the public, thanks to the “Speakers in the Humanities” program of the New York Council for the Humanities, with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Refreshments will be served.

Hear from several Abenaki panelists about their families’ experiences in the Adirondacks and anthropologist Christopher Roy, who will highlight important Abenaki-related collections at the Adirondack Museum during “The Abenaki in the Adirondacks: Diverse Experiences from the 18th Century to the 21st Century” at 1:30 pm, Sunday, April 19 at the Museum Auditorium. Admission is free for museum members, students, and children; $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be served.

A complete description of all the “Cabin Fever Sundays” programs can be found online.

The Adirondack Museum shares the history and culture of the Adirondack region in 24 historic and contemporary buildings on a 32-acre campus in the Central Adirondacks and in free programs at schools throughout thee North Country. For additional information, call (518) 352-7311 or visit

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