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Event Spotlight: Woodlands Folk Festival in Stony Brook

Third annual festival set for Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stony Brook.

From the same venue that hosts the Grounds & Sounds Coffeehouse nights and Le Petite Salon de Musique classical music showcases, comes the , set for June 30.

It's the third year the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stony Brook has put together this event, which was previously held in the fall but was changed in anticipation of better weather and less competition with traditional fall festivals. "We keep getting overwhelmingly positive feedback on the surveys we’ve done at Woodlands 2012 and 2011, so I’m hoping we’ll get a lot of repeat attendees," said Tom Pelletier, a festival representative.

This year's festival will feature Christine Lavin, Greg Greenway, local artist Claudia Jacobs, Sonny Meadows, The Tres Amigos, Martin Swinger and Robbi Kumalo, and CLIMB (Children Learn In Music Best). The event is family-friendly.

Pelletier said one of the highlights of the festival will be a tribute to Woody Guthrie in honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth. The Woodlands performers will come together to sing a new version of the song "Woody's Children," written by Doug Mishkin and recorded in a “we-are-the-folk-world-style” chorus of well-known voices.

"I'm excited to be able to participate in the Woody Guthrie event," Greenway said in a statement. "It's been wonderful revisiting Woody. You can sometimes forget his razor sharp sense of humor."

Event: Third annual Woodlands Folk Festival
Location: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook
Date & Time: Saturday, June 30 at 11:30 a.m.
Price: $15

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