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World Music Comes To Salem!

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The exotic sounds of world music will form the backdrop for the simple freshness of locally-grown produce, cakes, pies, bread and more this Saturday in Salem.
Zuela, a horn-driven electric dance band that plays all original instrumentals with an exotic worldbeat flavor, will perform in Salem on Saturday, August 22 as part of the Summer Sounds of Salem concert series.  This Cambridge-based band is influenced by reggae and African dance music, and features exotic scales and styles from all over the world.  Led by well-known area musician Barry Hyman, Zuela has been together since 2001, featuring an ever-changing group of his current and most gifted music students.  The free concert begins at 11:00 am and takes place at the Gazebo on Main Street during the weekly farmers market.  

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Al Budde

40 minutes East of Saratoga and a world away; the Battenkill Valley is a Cornucopia of Cool. No Interstates. No noise. No hurry. Called "The Tuscany of New York", the region abounds in farm-crafted cheeses, creameries, heirloom vegetables and specialty meats you can buy right off the farm. Art galleries that will amaze you. Scenery that will inspire you. And through it all runs the Battenkill River, an astonishingly clear and gentle water playground that also happens to be the toughest trout fishery in the U.S.A Like touring? There's a reason the largest pro-am bike race in America happens here. And don't get me started on the Revolutionary war history, or the “you won't believe what I found: antiques and shops.

AL BUDDE has a lot of interests in fly fishing, playwriting, canoeing (and tubing), history, shopping, dining, friendships and he counts himself among the fortunate few who have found a place where all of those things collide: The Battenkill Valley. He knows (almost) everyone here, and will be your personal guide to all of those hidden places, activities, sights and scenery it would take you years to discover on your own. Discover the Battenkill Valley. Have fun. Make new discoveries. Renew your soul. And start here!


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