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Help the Adirondack Folk School

The Adirondack Folk School needs help to get through a financial shortfall

The Adirondack Folk School in Lake Luzerne, NY is a great resource for classes in Blacksmithing and many other old-time crafts, and it needs our help:

Please read the article below, and consider a donation, they were about $40,000 short on this year's annual operating budget.

FROM THE GLENS Falls post star

Funds Roll In to Help Adirondack Folk School

January 08, 2016 11:30 pm

After word spread about Adirondack Folk School’s financial struggles, donations starting pouring in.

“Every time we turn around, somebody comes in or calls and says, ‘You know, we can’t let the Folk School close,’” said Rand Condell, president of the school’s board.

Along with cash donations of about $3,000 since a Tuesday article in The Post-Star, the Folk School has gotten pledges for $450.

And, Condell, said, the school was gifted a $5,000 matching grant from an anonymous donor in the name of Richard Mandle, an engineer and scientist who was a longtime summer resident of the region.

The donation was not from the Mandle family, but from another family who has had a summer home in Lake Luzerne for five generations.

Since speaking to The Post-Star earlier in the week, Condell said the executive director of the Folk School left, saving the school the cost of that salary.

If Adirondack Folk School raises the additional money to secure the matching grant, Condell is hopeful of its future.

“We are going to update our mailing to the 3,500 members on our list and I think when they know we’re close, they’ll come through,” he said.

“I think we’ll be able to make it,” he said.

To make a donation, call 696-2400; mail them to Adirondack Folk School, P.O. Box 2, 51 Main St., Lake Luzerne, NY 12846; or go to and click the “donate” link at the top of the page.

— Rhonda Triller

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