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Holiday weekend is hopping in Saratoga County

It's a good thing Memorial Day weekend is three days long, because it will take area families several days to celebrate the first weekend of summer with all the festivities to be held in Saratoga County.

Sing a song

Feel the urge to tap your feet to music? From Friday to Sunday, the GottaGetGon Folk Festival will be held at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa. The festival has been the traditional main event of the Pickin' and Singin' Gatherin', PSG, since 1970.

This is a chance for fellow PSGers to get together to make music, or for local families to just listen to some good, perhaps unfamiliar, music of the folk, said Howie Eskin, GottaGetGon coordinator.

A performer selection committee worked all winter to choose the lineup, which includes Jeff Warner, Maria Gillard, The Raisin Pickers and Beaucoup Blue. African drumming for all ages will be performed by John Dickson; Paul Strausman will lead a kids folk workshop; and Dave Crump will hold a swing workshop at which people of all ages are invited to bring an instrument and play along.

The PSG is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the playing, singing and sharing of folk and traditional music as a group and family activity. They are the sole sponsor of the weekend event. There is optional camping at the fairgrounds, daytime concerts and jamming into the night. Gates open Friday, May 25, at 3 p.m., and the event closes with an open stage after dark from 4:15 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 27.

For information, log on to www.pickingandsinging.org.

Charlton honors vets

The Charlton Historical Society holds an annual Memorial Day ceremony to honor veterans. The ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the veterans memorial located near the gazebo in Gideon Hawley Park.

The historical society will pay special tribute to Howard Baxter, who grew up on Western Avenue in Charlton. Baxter was a dedicated member of the Sacandaga American Legion Post 1461. He committed the time to mark graves in Charlton representing his post, which became another Memorial Day tradition for the town.

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