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  This coming weekend marks the celebration of the 38th Annual East Durham Irish Festival in East Durham, NY. The festival keeps the Irish American tradition alive with music, dance and more!

This year’s line-up includes: The Narrowbacks, The Fighting Jamesons, Whittlin' Donkeys, Andy Cooney, Celtic Cross and more - including 4 bagpipe shows and 4 step dancing shows – and that’s not all! There will be a new beer garden, cottage tours, map of Ireland tour, amusement rides, and an Irish Children’s play.

Here to tell us more are Bernadette Gavin and Kitty Kelly.

  The BIFF is back! The Berkshire International Film Festival is celebrating 10 years at the end of this month. The BIFF is a world-class festival that is an integral part of the cultural fabric of the Berkshires.

The festival runs Thursday, May 28th through Sunday, May 31st in Great Barrington and Pittsfield, Massachusetts with screenings at The Triplex, The Mahaiwe, and The Beacon.

Kelley Vickery is the Founder and Director of BIFF and she joins us with a preview of this year's offerings.

  

  Based in Glens Falls, NY, the Adirondack Theatre Festival strives to challenge, entertain, and nourish its audience through the development and production of new and contemporary musicals and plays -- since its first season in 1995, ATF has produced 19 world premieres.

This summer productions include Kalamazoo, The Uncivil War, Spun: A Brother/Sister Rock Musical, a Backstage Series reading of The Banana Tree by Dan Castellaneta & Deb Lacusta – and more!

Here to tell us all about it is ATF’s new Producing Artistic Director – Chad Rabinovitz.

Matt Charland

  The first event of Basilica Hudson’s fifth season is the 24-Hour Drone: Experiments in Sound and Music, an adventurous collaboration with the Le Guess Who? festival in Utrecht, Netherlands. An immersive event and all-encompassing experience, 24-Hour Drone features musicians from the region and beyond experimenting in electronic, psychedelic, classical, non-western and instrumental drone music for a full 24 hours of low-frequency fun, set in-the-round in Basilica’s Main Hall. The drone will start at 3pm this Saturday and end … well, 24 hours later.

The following weekend, the Basilica will be filled with the scent of ramps - a wild onion – as chefs gather to present 2015 Ramp Fest.

Two very different events in one very cool space. Here to help us sort it all out are Melissa Auf der Maur, Basilica Hudson Co-Creative Director; John Rosenthal, 24 hour drone event musician and manager of Second Ward Foundation; and Jeff Gimmel, Ramp Fest organizer and James Beard nominated chef from Swoon Kitchenbar.

Glens Falls Brewfest

Mar 27, 2015

    It’s been … oh, about a month since we talked about craft and local beer here on The Roundtable. Let’s fix that now and mix it with talking about another thing we love: theater.

Tomorrow from 4-8 the Queensbury Hotel will host the Glens Falls Brewfest – a local beer event with proceeds going to support The Adirondack Theatre Festival and the Feeder Canal Alliance.

Here to tell us more are Heather Carroll, Managing Director of Adirondack Theatre Festival and Bill Mason, one of the organizers for the Glens Falls Brew Fest.

  The Woodstock Writers Festival is a collection of writers and their readers who meet for the weekend in Woodstock, NY from March 19th - 22nd.

It is the 6th annual event and there are plenty of events and panels. There will be panels on fiction, biography, journalism and a look at the writing of memoir. Among the writers who will be on hand are Abigail Thomas, Jane Smiley, Tom Folsom, Stephen Dobyns, Ann Hood, Gail Godwin and James Howard Kunstler.

To tell us more we welcome Festival Organizer Martha Frankel and festival headliner Abigail Thomas.

  This coming Saturday, March 7th, The Ashokan Center in Olive Bridge, NY will host their family friendly Maple Fest!

The sugaring tradition goes back to the original Native populations of New York who eventually taught it to European settlers. Maple sugaring season in the Northeast typically begins in mid-February, and lasts through early April.

Tim Neu has been operating the maple sugaring program at the Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, NY for 35 years as part of their Environmental Education Program.

    

  This year’s Ice Harvest Festival at Hanford Mills Museum in East Meredith, NY is Saturday, February 7 from 10 am – 4 pm.

Using historic tools, children and adults can walk out on the frozen mill pond to cut and maneuver blocks of ice. The ice blocks are pushed up a ramp and then loaded onto sleds, which are hauled to a traditional ice house.

Ice harvesting will take place all day, and visitors also can take part in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Here to tell us more: Hanford Mills Museum’s executive director, Liz Callahan.

  Curated by Hilary Somers Deely and Barbara Sims, Made in the Berkshires is a locally-grown festival of new works including theatre, film, dance, poetry, music, short stories, performance and visual art.

This year’s festival takes place Friday, October 10th through Sunday, October 12th at The Colonial Theatre, The Unicorn Theatre, and The Garage.

Hilary Somers Deely and Barbara Sims join us now along with Kate Maguire. Kate is the Artistic Director and CEO of The Berkshire Theatre Group – whose stages host Made in the Berkshires. Kate will also tell us about a world premiere play that BTG is presenting in October - written and directed by Eric Hill and featuring David Adkins - POE tells the story Edgar Allan Poe - the great American poet and short story writer and his mysterious disappearance for four days in Baltimore in 1849.

Paul Gallo

     In the early 1970's Warren County’s tourism and publicity office was looking for an idea for an event which would bring visitors to the region after Labor Day. At that time, there were relatively few hot air balloons in the nation. One such balloonist, John Marsden from Manchester, VT shared photos of his balloon with some visionary Glens Falls residents, including Walter Grishkot, and the Adirondack Balloon Festival was born shortly thereafter.

This year's Adirondack Balloon Festival launches today and runs through this weekend. We learn more about it from Mark Donahue, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the festival.

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