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1st St. Lawrence River Power Dam Jam To Be Held At Hawkins Point Visitors Center, August 11 And 12

Contact:
Jill Chamberlain
315-764-0226, ext. 300
jill.chamberlain@nypa.gov

August 10, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MASSENA— The 1st Annual St. Lawrence River Power Dam Jam will be held on the grounds of the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) new Hawkins Point Visitors Center on Friday August 11 and Saturday August 12.   Earlier this year, Timothy S. Carey, president and chief executive officer, NYPA, presented NYPA’s major sponsorship contribution for the Dam Jam to Paul Haggett, Executive Director, Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce, who accepted the contribution on behalf of the Power Dam Jam Committee.

 The Dam Jam is the newly revitalized Festival of North Country Folklife which NYPA co-sponsored for over 20 years.  Scheduled to perform are the well-known bluegrass group, the Gibson Brothers Band on Friday evening and the Cornwall-based Celtic music ensemble, the Brigadoons, on Saturday evening.   An exceptional line-up of musical concerts and performances including country, fiddle tunes, gospel, bluegrass, ethnic folk music and more, will also be presented throughout the day on Saturday. 

 The new Hawkins Point Visitors Center will host the first Power Dam Jam, to take advantage of the location’s open grounds and panoramic views of the St. Lawrence River and power dam for NYPA’s St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project.  The $5 million Visitors Center opened just last year and has become a favorite tourist and family destination as a fun educational place to learn about electricity and energy.  It was also designed to serve as a community resource and has hosted meetings, classes, local events and now will serve as the Dam Jam site.  This is all in keeping with NYPA’s ongoing involvement and commitment to the vitality of the local community. 

The Power Authority sponsorship will be joined with contributions by SeaComm Federal Credit Union, Alcoa and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Community Partnership.  The members of the Power Dam Jam Committee are fiddler Don LaBarge; Barb Heller, North Country Public Radio; Jill Chamberlain, Community Relations Associate, NYPA and Haggett.

 The admission charge for the entire event, covering both Friday and Saturday is $5.00.  The Dam Jam will take place under tent cover making it ready to go, rain or shine.  

In addition to musical performances, there will be workshops, presentations, arts and crafts booths and food vendors.   Themes for the workshops and presentations include “Musical Showcase,” “Buying and Caring for Acoustic Instruments,” “Writers Workshop” and more.  The ever-popular Wurst Haus, long a favorite at the Folklife Festival, will be at the Dam Jam, along with other culinary treats.

DAM JAM SCHEDULE OF EVENTS AND WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Friday, August 11 - Gates open at 4:30pm, food and vendors available
6:00-8:00pm—Sugar Hill Recording artists The Gibson Brothers

Saturday, August 12 - Gates open 9:00am—vendors available, food available 10:00am

  • 10:00 am—Barbara Heller, singer/songwriter/guitarist

  • 10:20—Donny LaBarge, fiddler; Helen LaVare, Step-dancer

  • 10:40—Cullen’s Cross Celtic band

  • 11:00—Jay & Beverley Tremblay, country & gospel favorites

  • 11:20—Pete Lavine, harmonica player

  • 11:40—Robert Alan Russell, fiddler

  • 12:00—Pete Darling & Friends

  • 12:20—Lyle Trumble, fiddler

  • 12:40—Pat Ashley, guitarist, singer/songwriter

  • 1:00—Vincent, Louise & Kathleen Boyea, fiddle and piano

  • 1:40—Leon Miller, fiddler; Helen Lavare, Step-dancer

  • 2:00—Alexander Delorenzo, country & gospel

  • 2:20—David Nichols & Spare Change, bluegrass band

  • 3:00—Donny Woodcock, fiddler

  • 3:20—Leon Boyea, Scottish Highland fiddler

  • 3:40—Danny Klebes, accordion player and Master of Ceremonies

  • 4:20—POWER DAM “ALL-FESTIVAL JAM”

  • 5:00pm or so until 6:00ish--dinner break, food & vendors available

  • 6:00-8:00pm—The Brigadoons, Celtic music from across the St. Lawrence

Workshop Schedule
Saturday August 12 inside the NYPA Visitor Center theatre
All workshops will be led by participants in the Dam Jam.

  • 11:00am—Buying and Caring for Acoustic Instruments

  • 12:00pm—Musical Stories, historic and hysterical

  • 1:00pm—Writer’s workshop, Original Songs & Tunes

  • 2:00pm— Festival Jam practice—bring your instrument or voice

  • 3:00pm—Beginners tips for playing acoustic instruments

About NYPA:

■    NYPA uses no tax money or state credit.  It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.  ■    NYPA is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.

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