Singer Alex Smith performs atop Whiteface Mountain. Photo by Paul Frederick.
This Valentine's Day, share some Adirondack treasures with your treasured one. Mountain Lake PBS will air its love letter to the Adirondacks, Songs to Keep: Treasures of an Adirondack Folk Collector, this Sunday at 11am.
The program focuses on the passion one Adirondack historian had for the folk songs of her beautiful region. Journalist Marjorie Lansing Porter recorded folk songs from the aging population who knew them, saving them from disappearing forever.
Contemporary singers including Alex Smith, the Bacon Brothers, Sue Grimm Hanley and Jamie Savage still enjoy performing songs that were popular a century ago.
Folk legend Pete Seeger recorded an album of Porter's collection, and producer Paul Larson conducted the final television interview with the singer for this regional Emmy award-winning documentary.
You may learn more about the Songs to Keep project in the current issue of Voices, the Journal of New York Folklore.
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Sue Grimm Hanley, Producer Paul Larson and Sean Rosemeyer celebrate the Emmy win of Songs to Keep: Treasures of an Adirondack Folk Collector. Photo by Margaret H. Gannon.