The fifth season of the Caroga Lake Music Festival commenced this week, and runs from July 18th through August 14, 2016. The Festival, based in Caroga Lake, New York, is a series of performances and community outreaches in the Adirondacks, the Mohawk Valley, the Hudson Valley, New York City and beyond. Attracting audiences locally and nationwide and showcasing top professional instrumental and vocal artists from the United States and abroad, the Festival presents educational opportunities and free concerts designed to provide access to classical and contemporary music. This year, the Caroga Lake Music Festival is now a part of Caroga Arts Collective, Inc. an umbrella corporation created to develop and coordinate community and outreach programs, such as the previously proposed Sherman’s Center for Collaborative Arts and Education. The Caroga Arts Collective, Inc. is a registered New York State not-for-profit corporation, with confirmation of federal non-profit status pending.
Each year, the Festival has depended upon contributions from the Caroga community for housing, meals, and supplies. This year, thanks to the generosity of two local residents, the Caroga Lake Music Festival is acquiring a permanent home. Brothers Bruce and Richard Veghte, who are natives of Gloversville and graduates of Gloversville High School and who have been summer residents of Canada Lake, New York for over fifty years, are donating 10 1/2 acres of land known locally as “the Schine Property” to the Caroga Arts Collective. It is anticipated that the property will be the site of administrative offices and housing and facilities for the musicians. and artists. The acquisition of this beautiful and historically significant site will allow the Caroga Arts Collective to proceed with the first phase of fulfilling its stated mission of having a positive economic and an inspiring artistic impact on Caroga Lake and on the Southern Adirondack region. Fundraising for development and construction expenses commences this summer.
On Saturday, July 23, 2016, the Schine property (formerly known as “MyHill”) will be open from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Members of the community and the public are invited to come to the property to tour the location of the Caroga Arts Collective’s permanent home. The property is located just northeast of the intersection of Route 29A and County Road 112 in the Town of Caroga. After the kick-off event, join CLMF for a concert on the Canada Lake Marina Barge at 6:00pm.
The Caroga Lake Music Festival’s concert schedule can be found under the Events tab.