PAUL SMITHS, NY (08/16/2017) Paul Smith's College will host several events next month, beginning Wednesday, Sept. 6, with the Paul Smith's Music Festival, featuring Annie in the Water, Run With It, and the Seth Yacovone Band.
The festival, which will run from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the college's Great Lawn, is free and open to the public, and will include a beer tent, a variety of games, as well as food and beverages for sale.
Later in the month, the second biennial Adirondack Fungi Fest (Saturday, Sept. 23) and sixth annual Adirondack Rural Skills and Homesteading Festival (Saturday, Sept. 30) will be held at the Paul Smith's College VIC. The latter will also coincide with Family and Homecoming Weekend, which begins Friday, Sept. 29.
Adirondack Fungi Fest will feature several presentations, displays, mushroom forays, a juried art show and more. Keynote speaker Gary Lincoff will present "Magical Mushroom Stories: The Healing Power of Holotropic Fungi" and will be available for an afternoon book signing and social.
Lincoff is the author of several books, including "The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms", leads mushroom study trips worldwide, and teaches courses at the New York Botanical Garden.
The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 and free for the Paul Smith's College community and Friends of the VIC. For a full schedule and registration for workshops, visit www.paulsmiths.edu/fungifest.
The following weekend's Adirondack Rural Skills and Homesteading Festival is a daylong celebration of the past with an Adirondack flair. Demonstrations and workshops range from draft horse logging and cordwood construction to canning, cider making, renewable energy and more.
Jay Gruen, an artist, designer, homesteader and the host of FYI's "Unplugged Nation", will be at the festival for the keynote presentation on contemporary homesteading. Gruen, an expert in food, livestock and upcycling, will guide participants in using non-traditional methods for backyard gardening, raising livestock and conservative uses of space and materials to improve yields while reducing waste.
The festival is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, $10 for a carload and free for the Paul Smith's College community. See a video, photos, or sign up for updates at www.paulsmiths.edu/homesteading-festival.
About Paul Smith's College
At Paul Smith's College, it's about the experience. We are the only four-year institution of higher education in the Adirondacks. Our programs - in fields including hospitality, culinary arts, forestry, natural resources, entrepreneurship and the sciences - draw on industries and resources available in our own backyard while preparing students for successful careers anywhere. For more information, visit paulsmiths.edu.