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CAC slates 2021 season

CAROGA — Caroga Arts Collective has released its 2021 Caroga Lake Music Festival season lineup, including a celebration to mark the 10th Anniversary of the festival and the centennial of Sherman’s Amusement Park. Executive and artistic director for Caroga Arts Collective, Kyle Price, said after having to table live performances with crowds last summer, this season feels especially celebratory.

“We are ecstatic to present another season of great music and fun in the Adirondacks! Last year was challenging for everyone, but I was really proud of the way our team helped us pivot towards virtual events in addition to the socially-distant musical boat tour, which was a big success in 2020. Nonetheless, bringing back the Caroga Lake Music Festival for its 10th anniversary is extremely exciting,” said Price.

Caroga Arts Collective presents over fifty performances and events featuring world-class artists from many genres of arts and entertainment throughout the year. Price said this summer will include a diverse mix of music with everything from classical, rock, jazz, bluegrass, ragtime, and world music, just to name a few. The schedule includes performances with Tango music from Argentina, Ragtime piano music, jazz vocals, Indian tabla with cello, and a series of bluegrass-roots artists. The music festival will also include the local talents of Jocelyn and Chris, Girl Blue, Wild Adriatic, and North and South Dakotas. Grammy-award winning bassist Geoff Saunders from Canada Lake, and singer-songwriter Bill Ackerbauer from Green Lake, who will perform with his 8-year old son.

Price said the excitement within the arts community has been building and they are looking forward to sharing the line-up with not only local residents, but with visitors to the area as well.

“We can’t wait to share more special memories and moments with friends, colleagues, community members, audiences and artists alike. We hope this season will mark a celebratory return towards the “new normal” and the reconnection of live musician to live concertgoer,” said Price.

Price said they have been working with the Lacey Thaler Reilly Wilson Architecture and Preservation firm out of Albany. He said they have managed to bring this local landmark to a place that can accommodate their need to be able to host these outdoor events.

“We have been delighted to work with the famous architecture firm, LTRW, to create a masterplan for the Sherman’s site which includes a new indoor/outdoor performance hall, renovated dance pavilion building, carousel, boardwalk, community play area and more. The master plan is slated to be complete at the end of this month and we will be launching a capital campaign shortly after for the building of the performance venue. It feels great to be making these strides at the site this year, as it also marks the 100th year of Sherman’s opening. So we look forward to helping shape Sherman’s for the next 100 years and welcome everyone to join us in doing so as well to celebrate this special landmark,” said Price.

Caroga Arts Collective has a packed schedule that will run through late August. The schedule of events, including details on performances, can be found at their website, www.carogaarts.org. Concertgoers can also reserve tickets, for free and charged seating, for Sherman’s concerts starting June 17 at their website. You can also stay up to date with events on Facebook @carogaarts.

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