Westport's Ballard Park Concert Series begins July 12

Ballard ParkWESTPORT-ON-LAKE-CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. - The Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks presents Seventeenth Annual Ballard Park Concert Series beginning on July 12 with the "Jamcrackers" and Irish Step dancing by Griffin Wilkins.

Seasoned solo performers Dan Berggren, Peggy Lynn and Dan Duggan have combined talents to create a dynamic trio named in honor of the river drivers who broke up log jams. They worked hard to find solutions, to get things rolling again, and it was a job that couldn't be done alone. Dan, Peggy and Dan feel the same way about their music. These good friends and accomplished musicians bring a rare blend of humor, history, and musical spirit to their performances.

Award-winning educator and songwriter Dan Berggren has deep roots in the Adirondacks. His music reflects the spirit and the hardworking people of that region and it has traveled around the world in performances from Central Africa to Transylvania. Author and environmental activist Bill McKibben says: "Dan is a throwback to the old role of the folk singer . . .he's articulating things that need to be said right now."

Peggy Lynn writes and performs songs about the women and natural beauty of the North Country and her bluesy alto melts every audience. She is known to many in this area for her Arts in Education programs combining music and song focusing on nature and biology for young children. With Sandra Weber, she coauthored Breaking Trail: Remarkable Women of the Adirondacks. In 2005, both Peggy and Dan Berggren received the Adirondack Mountain Club's Education Award.

National Hammered Dulcimer Champion Dan Duggan is known from Maine to California for his wizardry on the hammered dulcimer, flat- picking guitar, and keyboards. His dulcimer talent is spotlighted on Paul Simon's Grammy-nominated album You're the One. Dan's original tunes are published in the collection Coming Home.

Eleven year old Griffin will just be returning from the National Irish Step Dance competition in Chicago. This concert is sponsored by the Westport Marina.

The Performance series runs thru August 16 on Thursday evenings. July 19 we host "Root Glen" a funk roots rock band from New Jersey. July 26 is "Atlantic Crossing", a four member acoustic bluegrass/folk group from Vermont singing original songs about our region. Griffin Wilkins will also be dancing during this concert. On August 2, three String quartets by award winning students from Meadowmount School of Music will be gracing the stage and beautiful backdrop of Lake Champlain. August 9 brings a very special children's performance of "Arm of the Sea" puppet theatre. And finally, our very own Westport resident, Internationally acclaimed Jazz Trumpeter Taylor Haskins and his Quartet.

Concerts begin every Thursday at about 7pm (when the setting sun leaves the stage )at the Performance Pavilion on Main Street. Bring lawn chairs, a blanket, a picnic. In case of rain concerts will be moved into the Westport Heritage House across the street. Donations are always appreciated. For more information call 518 962-8778 or email info@artsnorth.org. Also for more information and YouTube sampling go to our website www.artsnorth.org.