Summer Fairs & Festivals in Hudson Valley, Upstate NY 2012

Summer’s in full swing, and the Valley is buzzing with events for all ages

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Old Songs Festival, Altamont NY

(June 22-24)

Held at the Altamont Fairgrounds, this popular roots, acoustic folk, world, and Celtic music festival is well-known for its unique format: Over the course of two days there are three concerts; dances; and 120 workshops, many of which are participatory. This year’s concert performers include John McCutcheon, Brother Sun, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, Nuala Kennedy (Ireland), Kim and Reggie Harris, Sharon Katz and the Peace Train (South Africa), Galant, Tu Perds Ton Temps (Quebec), Dennis Stroughmatt (American Creole), Greenfield Dance Band, and John Kirk and Trish Miller, among many others.

In observance of the Civil War sesquicentennial, a special performance entitled “Four Seasons, Four Years — The Civil War: A Musical Journey” (June 22) offers popular songs of the period interspersed with relevant historical narrative. Other event highlights include a musical petting zoo; children’s classes and activities; a family performance stage; and the Diamond Jubilee Organ, an 1897 Parisian fairground organ, the largest of its kind in the Americas. Camping available. $15-$105; 518-765-2815 or

» Next fest: Powerhouse Theater, Poughkeepsie (June 22-July 29)



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