Old-time music legend, Bruce Molsky, and his powerhouse band rolled through Glens Falls on March 28, 2019—roughly one year before COVID did. The capacity crowd that night was treated to a spectacular performance from the Grammy nominee and his bandmates. Today for Musical Monday, the Folklife Center reaches into its archives and shares a never-before-seen video from that show. More about the band and our Live! Folklife Concerts: Bruce Molsky, a two-time Grammy nominee and "on
Today we had a gentleman from Colorado visiting the area. He is originally from the Glens Falls/Hudson Falls area and came in with his father and sister to look at our collection of banks and flats by Windfield Designs. We pulled the four boxes of artifacts he was most interested in, so that he could have a look as these artifacts are not currently on display. Windfield Designs, Inc. of Glens Falls, NY, made wooden, silk-screened reproductions of 18th and 19th century buildin
Here's another video in the series From the Archives, based on my grant-funded research documenting the folklife and traditions of our region from 1986 to 1994, that led to the creation of the Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library. In this episode, we drop in on the Balsam Bee hosted by the Big Moose Community Chapel, on Big Moose Lake, in the Adirondacks of New York. These photographs, interviews, artifacts, research and program files continue to be archived at the Fol
Hand-crafted paper mâché vejigante masks from Puerto Rico caught my eye in 2004 while walking on Broadway, proudly displayed in a hair salon in Saratoga Springs, NY. The shop's owner gladly introduced me to the artist, Amil Droz Torres, a certified cultural Artisanal whose art studio and shop, Tuntuneco Arte Taino, was located in Boqueron, Puerto Rico. Amil had also set up a local studio while living and working part time in upstate New York, and at the time, showing and sell
Our friends from GoldenOak recently released an astounding new album, Room to Grow. To celebrate, we're digging into our archives and releasing a never-before-seen video from their April 2018 performance here at the Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library. Enjoy this moving performance of "Separated by the Sea," and be sure to listen to the band's new album! More about the band and our Live! Folklife Concert series: GoldenOak began writing music and performing in 2014. Sib
John Hamm (1920-2006) told me this story in 1989 for a Folk Arts Project where I first interviewed residents about their childhood experiences in the 1920s, and then hosted a public program in February 1990 where they could share memories and mementoes with neighbors. John's story then appeared in print for a small booklet published by Brookside: Saratoga County History Center called Life in a Mill Town: Schuylerville and Her Hamlets in the 1920s by Todd DeGarmo (1990). First
Four years before Eva Viola Austin Judkins began her illustrious, thirty year career on the Glens Falls Board of Education, she attempted gain a seat through a caucus on April 28, 1914. Nominated by Katharine Bowden, President of the Glens Falls Political Equality Club, of which Mrs. Judkins was a member, she came up five votes short. Interestingly, her husband, Rev. Dr. Charles O. Judkins, pastor of the Methodist Church, nominated J. Ward Russell, who was seeking reelection.