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Music for the ages

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 5th, 2013

Gary “Dulcimer” Smith holds the musical instrument he made in the 1970s.

The Winter Folk Festival, deemed by all a commercial success, certainly touched many beyond terms of good business, tourism and entertainment.

Music is a great unifier, and this year’s four-day event, focused primarily on music decades old, inspired young people and bolstered the spirits of the many who lived through the magical years of political action, global awareness and sheer fun, a generation now labeled chiefly as “baby boomers.”

Nostalgia for those times — the 1950s through the ‘70s — runs deep, and is typified in American folk music. The fine concerts presented at the annual Winter Folk Festival renew those memories.

A shining example of the range of recollections from another era was played out between one Florence resident and a vendor from Creswell at the festival crafts fair over that January weekend.

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