Geneva, NY — Celebrating more than 20 years of providing the Finger Lakes region with traditional and increasingly innovative folk and ethnic music, dance, food, and crafts, the Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Folk Fest is proud to announce the line up of performers and details of the 24th Annual Folk Festival, 1999, held May 14 – 16 on the HWS campus Quad. The performances are free and open to the public.
Among the highlights this year, Toots and the Maytals will perform at 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 16. Toots and the Maytals performs true Jamaican reggae at its best. Born in Jamaica, Toots began his career more than 40 years ago and has been jamming ever since. Toots has been called “timeless, legendary, and distinctly unique musical force who has given monumental joy and epic groove-inspiration to countless individuals.”
The Friday, May 14 line up consists of 4:30 p.m., student and faculty acts; 6 p.m., The Slip; 7:30 p.m., Baby Gramps; and 8 p.m., The Gordon Stone Band.
The Saturday, May 15 line up contains 10 a.m., student and faculty acts; 1:30 p.m., Matt and Laurie Stamell; 2:15 p.m., Hank Roberts; 3 p.m., John Rossbach and others; 4:15 p.m., Smokin’ Grass; 5:30 p.m., The McKrells; 6:30 p.m., Baby Gramps; 7 p.m., Jazz Mandolin Project; and 9 p.m., Nozmo King.
The Sunday, May 16 line up consists of 10 a.m., student and faculty acts; 12 p.m., Chris and Meredith Thompson; 1 p.m., Pangaia Steel Band; 2:30 p.m., Kris Delmhorst; and 5 p.m., Toots and the Maytals.
Along with music performances, a food and crafts fair will encircle the Quad with homemade international items including clothing, jewelry, pottery, candles, and glass blowers, as well as food from local merchants ranging from gyros and falafels to pizza and hotdogs. There will also be a Children’s Fest, including such activities as magic shows, pony rides, a petty zoo, and clowns.
The Folk Festival is a non-profit, student-run, free festival that helps support local children’s organizations. This year, the festival will be supporting Geneva Agri-Business Child Development, the Ontario Day Care Center, and the Children’s Hour School.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus is located off Routes 5 and 20 and Route 14 in Geneva, New York, overlooking Seneca Lake. Take exit 42 off the New York State Thruway. Feel free to bring frisbees, lawn chairs, and blankets, but keep in mind that Folk Fest is a substance free event. For more information contact the Folk Fest office by e-mail at Folkfest@hws.edu or call 315: 781-3690.
Contact Mary LeClair at 315: 781-3540
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