Sunday, July 16, 2023

Old Forge Library announces roundup of July events

Old Forge, NY – The Old Forge Library, located at 220 Crosby Boulevard, has released a few events to suit a wide array of interests, including an outdoor concert performance by Jared Campbell, award-winning singer and songwriter, an ongoing schedule for the Old Forge Library’s Music in the Gazebo Series, a Wild Infusions Herbal Study, led by Jessica Maureen Hinsdill, and a Local History and Stories Series on Thursdays throughout the summer beginning at 5 p.m. Please see below for additional details on these events.


Jared Campbell, award-winning singer and songwriter to perform on July 20

Jared Campbell

Jared Campbell. Photo provided by the Old Forge Library.

Jared Campbell will be performing on the front lawn at the Old Forge Library on Thursday, July 20 at noon. The performance is about an hour long.

Campbell is an award-winning, upstate New York singer and songwriter who has been traveling the country performing for thousands of people and hundreds of schools, libraries and conferences for more than a decade.

Campbell’s performances mix humor, stories of life on the road and personal experiences to relate to the audience set before him. He reaches his audience through the power of music with songs he’s written about some of the most crucial elements to living out your life with purpose. His message focuses on overcoming obstacles, anti-bullying, respect, leadership and having an amazing outlook on life.

His library concert is full of songs that keep kids engaged, singing along and reinforcing positive character-building messages. Young people will walk away with these songs in their heart and more importantly, the message in their head. His primary goal is to encourage the students to leave his concerts feeling “AWESOME” about themselves and understanding that everyone has value and we need to appreciate that day by day.

Campbell was so popular in 2022, the library had to bring him back again this summer.

The performance, part of the Summer Reading program, is free and open to the public.  Funding is provided in part by the Town of Webb Recreation Department.



Old Forge Library’s Music in the Gazebo Series continues with a concert by Ann Carey on Tuesday, July 18 at 4 p.m. 

Ann Carey

Ann Carey. Photo provided by the Old Forge Library.

Ann has been seen in Central New York bands since the late seventies, morphing herself into whatever the “music flavor of the month” was, in the bands Steppin’ Out, Blue Steel, Ted Radley and Co., and Puttin’ on the Ritz. Her partner from her latest endeavor with the duo Nook n’ Crannie has moved out of state, so she is venturing solo, matching her favorite tunes in a bare bones style with her baritone ukulele. Expect to hear an eclectic mix of singer-songwriter tunes by Townes Vans Zant, Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, and Nora Jones with a few surprises.

The large lawn area surrounding the library gazebo offers the opportunity to spread out and enjoy this free, family-friendly entertainment. Listeners are asked to bring their own blanket or folding chair. In case of inclement weather, the audience is invited to sit under the big tent on the lawn.

The Friends of the Old Forge Library will offer a used “book mart” during each Tuesday concert if weather permits. Listeners are invited to stop by their booth and load up on used books, dvds, puzzles and more. Donations are appreciated.

Other library gazebo performances this summer in the 4 p.m. Tuesday time slot include:  

7/25 -Tom O’Carroll

8/1 – Cincinnati Creek

8/8 – Hungrytown

8/15 –  Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle

8/22 – Above the Dam

8/29 – Midnite Mike

Library concerts are free to attend. Funding for gazebo performances is provided by New York State Council on the Arts with support from Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature and by the Rainbow Zen.


Wild Infusions Herbal Study, led by Jessica Maureen Hinsdill of Wild Soulstice, LLC set for July 18
Jessica Maureen Hinsdill

Jessica Maureen Hinsdill. Photo provided by the Old Forge Library.

The third study group session, Wild Infusions Herbal Study, led by Jessica Maureen Hinsdill of Wild Soulstice, LLC will be held at the Old Forge Library, 220 Crosby Blvd. on July 18 at 6 p.m. This session the group will discuss Calendula, an annual plant that thrives in almost any soil but can typically be found in Europe, Western Asia, and the United States. It belongs to the same family as daisies, chrysanthemums, and ragweed. The dried petals of the calendula plant are used for medicinal purposes. Discussion may include plant identification, medicinal usage, herbalism terminology and more.
Jessica has been her family’s herbalist, healing scrapes and colds with herbal medicine and holistic living. When diagnosed with Lyme Disease, she took a break from college for Holistic Nutrition to heal, finding herbs to support the path back to wellness. Now studying with Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, she started Wild Soulstice, LLC to provide herbal education and Lyme Disease support to the community. The study group session is a great avenue to create a circle of support, a place to reawaken a culture of wellness and rekindle the confidence to nourish ourselves, our families, and our community.
Bring your prior knowledge to enhance the conversation or come to learn. All experiences and ages are encouraged.
You need not have attended the previously held study group sessions to join this one. All are welcome to attend the free Herbal Studies but group size is limited. Call the library, 315-369-6008, or email to register.

Local History and Stories Series on Thursdays throughout the summer at 5 p.m.


The Old Forge Library is pleased to host a Local History and Stories Series on Thursdays throughout the summer at 5 pm. The series, in collaboration and planned by The Town of Webb Historical Association, will feature a different speaker each week who will give a presentation and lead a discussion on a variety of interesting local history subjects. The public is invited to come and enjoy the stories, and add to them too. The series will kick off on Thursday, July 20 with Ray Letterman and his presentation on Dams and Reservoirs’ of the Fulton Chain: Water for the Mills and Erie Canal.  Letterman will speak about our local  connection to the engineering marvel known as the Erie Canal.

Ray Letterman and his wife live in Fayetteville, NY. They have spent the last fifteen plus summers at their camp on Fourth Lake. Ray was an academic in Civil and Environmental Engineering for 40 years teaching and conducting research on water quality, hydrology and water treatment. He first came to the Adirondacks thirty years ago to conduct research on drinking water treatment. As a long-standing member of the Fulton Chain of Lakes Association, he focused on understanding the planned remediation of the Old Forge and Sixth Lake dams by the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District and how it affected the water levels of our lakes.

The Local History and Stories Series is free and open to the public.

Other historians and speakers throughout the summer will include:

7/27 – Tom Welch:   15 Gentlemen and the First Ascent of the High peaks of Essex
8/3 – John Taibi: Adirondack Harmony – A Scenic Look at the Park & Its Railroad
8/10 – Noel Sherry: Twitchell Lake Love Story
8/17 – Marty Podskoch: CCC Camps in the Adirondacks
8/24 – Ted Palmer: History of the State Police in the Town of Webb
8/31 – Kristy Rubyor, Town Historian: Alger Island


Photo at top: The Old Forge Library. Photo by Jamie Organski/Adirondack Almanack archive photo. 

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