The Adirondacks are now one degree of separation closer to Kevin Bacon.
In the summer of 2008, celebrity musical brothers Michael and Kevin Bacon (Kevin is better known as a movie actor) narrated six public-service announcements for the Adirondack Council, a regional organization that serves as an environmental watchdog for the Park where the Bacons have visited since they were children.
The Bacons live in New York City but retreat to the Adirondacks. They are members of a private club in the Old Forge area.
Brothers Michael, left, and Kevin Bacon film a television commercial promoting the Adirondack Council’s conservation efforts.
(Photo courtesy of the Adirondack Council)
"We wanted to give something back to a place that has been such a wonderful refuge for my family and for me," said Michael Bacon, a composer whose music comprised the soundtrack for "The Adirondacks," a 2008 PBS documentary. "Helping the Adirondack Council seemed like a good way to do that."
"Michael and I have been singing about the Adirondacks at our concerts and on our albums for some time now," said Kevin, who along with Michael form the core of the six-piece acoustic rock band The Bacon Brothers. "We were thrilled to lend our names and our efforts to the people who protect such a special place."
Adirondack Council spokesman John Sheehan, who wrote the scripts and supervised the production of the videos, said the entire shoot took only a few hours but will have a lasting, beneficial impact on the organization and the Park.
"This will be a tremendous boost for our visibility and our ability to protect the Adirondack Park," Sheehan said. "We have done PSAs in the past with Bonnie Raitt and Natalie Merchant. But this time we have a slightly larger budget, plus two bright, photogenic spokesmen whose love of the Adirondacks is evident from the very first frame."
The first two of the six 30-second commercials will begin airing this month on New York, New England and Mid-Atlantic television stations and cable networks. In the first, the brothers explain that the large, unbroken forests of the Adirondacks help to combat climate change. In the second, they show how Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon and Glacier national parks would all fit inside the Adirondack Park, with room left over.
The videos are also posted on YouTube.com and on Google video.