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MAURY THOMPSON Special for The Post-Star

Of The Post Star in 1972 – 50 years ago:

The Star Spangled Washboard Band was scheduled to headline the annual “Good Shepard Folk Festival” at Shepard Park in Lake George at 8 o’clock that evening, The Post Star announced July 21.

“This good-time set is well known throughout the region for its wacky brand of musical merriment and is quickly becoming a popular year-round attraction in the North Country.”

The band performed on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights of the season at the Tankard Room at the Fort William Henry Hotel.

Also on the program was the Medeoceaur Trio, which featured violin and pump organ music; blues/folk singer/songwriter Bertilla Baker; and cowboy ballad singer John Simpson.

The festival was dedicated to Lucille Tasker and her colleagues who operated The Frame Coffee House in Fort Edward.

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Maury Thompson was a Post Star journalist for 21 years before retiring in 2017. He is now a freelance writer and producer of documentary films who regularly researches historical newspapers in the region.

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