Date: November 4th 2011

Hi Everyone!

It's that time of year again, Mountain Snow & Mistletoe 2011 is coming fast! This year's shows are at 8 PM Saturday the 10th , and 2 PM Sunday the 11th of December. I spoke with the Executive Director of "The Egg", our buddy Peter Lesser, who informed us that ticket sales for this year's show are already off to the races! Get your tickets ASAP at or by calling 518-473-1845. Bridget and I, John Kirk, Kevin McKrell, and head elf Brian Melick are loading up the sleigh for another wild ride into the holidays, so plan on an evening/afternoon of getting into the spirit!

On a more somber note, Irene took her toll on the Adirondacks, total devastation in some areas have left many in GREAT need this holiday season. Most of you remember my buddy Tom Akstens, my bandmate from the group Big Trout Radio. In addition to being a fantastic musician, Tom is a great guy, and has organized the benefit you'll read about below. Unfortunately, Bridget and I were already scheduled for the date of the show and will be out of town, but we urge all who read this to support Tom and his efforts with our other friends!

Many of the best-known acoustic musicians in the Adirondacks will gather at the Indian Lake Theater on November 13 to benefit victims of Hurricane Irene. The concert will begin at 2pm. Every dollar of proceeds will go directly to flood relief in the towns of Keene, Jay, and elsewhere in the Adirondacks. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets may be reserved by calling the theater at 648-5950.

Performers include renowned harper Martha Gallagher and her husband Dennis of Keene, whose home was severely damaged in the flood. Julie Robinson-Robards of Upper Jay, who lost her business in the storm, will also appear. They will be joined by Roy Hurd, whose song “Adirondack Blue” has become a regional anthem, and by Peggy Lynn and Dan Berggren, songwriters and song collectors who are icons of Adirondack acoustic music. The Beeline Ramblers, an exciting duo from over the border in the Berkshires, heard about the devastation from Irene and volunteered to help. Two performers from Johnsburg, Carolyn Bischoff and Tom Akstens, complete the program.

“This event is a celebration of Adirondack spirit,” Tom Akstens said. “The Indian Lake Theater will be filled with a remarkable collection of singers and musicians. It will be like a one-day festival. The audience will hear some of the best original songs anywhere, as well as Celtic, traditional country, blues and ragtime. The interaction among the musicians should be amazing.”

The concert has been made possible by the generosity of the Indian Lake Theater, which donated the space, and by the Adirondack Community Trust, who will see that the proceeds go where they are needed most.

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