This year’s Restoration Funstival – taking place at St. Joseph’s Church in Downtown Albany September 7th through the 9th – is poised to be the best RestFest yet.

St. Jopseph’s was dedicated in 1860, held its last service in 1993, and in 2003, ownership was transferred to Historic Albany Foundation.

We welcome Frank Delaney back to the program. He'll be at the Spencertown Festival of Books this coming weekend. His most recent book is The Last Storyteller: A Novel of Ireland.

The theme of the third annual Catskill High Peaks Festival is Classical Hollywood. The ten day festival traces the cross-influences between the concert stage, the Silver Screen, cabaret, and the jazz club and the composers who bridged these worlds. The festival is presented by the Catskill Mountain Foundation in collaboration with Close Encounters With Music. Yehuda Hanani and Michael Chertock join us.

Woodstock Fringe is a professional performing arts organization that develops and presents new and experimental theatrical and musical works. They are celebrating their 10th Annual Festival of Theatre and Song and we will speak with Producing Artistic Director, Wallace Norman, and actress Rain Pryor in this hour. Rain Pryor, daughter of Comedy Legend Richard Pryor, is a Director, Actor, Stand up Comedian, Writer and Artistic director of Strand Theatre.

In 2005, Bazaar Productions launched the first season of The Berkshire Fringe, a 21-day festival of theater, dance, music and multi-media works by emerging voices from across the United States.

WordXWord Festival 2012

Aug 10, 2012

The WordXWord Festival is an 8-day festival taking place at a variety of venues in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Venues range from store fronts to stages, studios to street corners, and rooftops to restaurants. Word X Word was founded in 2009 by Jim Benson, and he joins us with a preview this morning along with Leigh Strimbeck who will tell us about her new WAM Theatre piece about the impact of social media on women's lives.

Photo courtesy of Bernard Handzel

On August 2nd–5th, The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, transforms Phoenicia into a hub of the vocal arts. We are joined by Kerry Henderson and Louis Otey, two of the three (Maria Todaro is the third) founders of the fest.

The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival offers classical music and jazz through August 24. Artistic Director, Linda Chesis, joins us to tell us all about the rest of their amazing season.

William Bryant Logan -part of this weekend’s Rensselaerville Festival of Writers- has written about oak and dirt and now he has a new book, out next month, about the air. It is entitled: Air: The Restless Shaper of the World.

We welcome Alice Feiring, author of Naked Wine: Letting Grapes Do What Comes Naturally, has been published in many magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times. She is a recipient of the James Beard award and the 2011 Louis Roederer International Wine Writer’s Award for blog/on-line wine writing.