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Greg Dower

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Old Forge: Duck Derby, Music, Fireworks Sunday

fireworks in old forgeOld Forge will celebrate Labor Day Weekend on Sunday, September 3rd with a Duck Derby, a free concert on the lakefront, and fireworks over Old Forge Pond.

The final chance for duck adoptions begins at 9 am Sunday, with booths set up on both sides of Route 28 near the Old Forge Information Center. The ducks will launch from the dam at noon, with a chance to win $100,000, in addition to 13 other prizes. CAP-21 has again paired with OddsOn Promotions for a $100,000 jackpot. One number is drawn immediately before the derby, and if the duck with that number is among the first 13 to finish, the person who adopted that duck wins $100,000. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Amy Godine’s ‘Tales from the Black Woods’ Lecture

Black Farmers in North ElbaThe Adirondack History Museum will conclude its summer lecture series with “Tales from the Black Woods” with Amy Godine on Thursday, September 7.

Godine’s lecture explores Essex County stories that underscore the deep appeal of land ownership and farming for black families before the Civil War, and celebrates the richness of the 19th-century black Adirondack experience.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

CATS ‘Get Out of the Mud!’ Campaign Underway

bobcat trail parking areaChamplain Area Trails (CATS) is raising the funds needed to complete a trail improvement project, using a crowdfunding program offered through Adirondack Gives, part of the Adirondack Foundation.

The Get Out of the Mud! campaign is planned to provide the $1,500 needed to complete the Bobcat Trail Improvement Project; the Essex Community Fund previously provided $1,500 for the project in memory of two early CATS supporters, Bruce Klink and Baird Voorhis. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Land Use Strategies For A Connected Adirondack Park

adirondack wildAdirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve will hold a public forum focused on the ten strategies outlined in its recently published guidebook Pathways to a Connected Adirondack Park – Practical Steps to Better Land Use Decisions.

The community forum takes place at 7 pm, September 5, 2017 at the Keene Valley Congregational Church in the church’s Van Santvoord Room off Rt. 73 in Keene Valley. Public participation is encouraged. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

13 Recent Adirondack Search and Rescue Operations

DEC Forest RangerNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry.

What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 28, 2017

Expert Paddlers Expected For Stone Valley Releases

Expert Kayaking at Stone ValleyWhitewater kayaking will be the highlight of Labor Day weekend activities in Colton.

The last two water releases of the summer by Brookfield Renewable Energy for expert-level whitewater kayakers to paddle the Stone Valley section of the Raquette River are scheduled for Saturday, September 2 and Monday, September 4.

The largest turnout is expected Saturday when paddlers will be doing timed runs in the afternoon on the Class 5 section of the river which begins just below the dam in the hamlet of Colton. » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 28, 2017

Adirondack Folk Instrument Documentation Days Set

Dale Streeter of the Adirondack Playboys shows a guitar he made working with luthier Tracy Cox, 2016.Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) has invited the public to attend the upcoming folk instrument documentation event on Thursday, August 31st from 2 to 6 pm at The Whallonsburg Grange Hall.

This event will focus on the making and keeping of folk instruments, such as fiddles, guitars, and other instruments that are part of regional, community, or family musical traditions.

This documentation day is one in a series of programs that are a part of TAUNY’s next research project and exhibit, “Instrumental Stories: North Country Folk Instrument Making and Collecting.” » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 28, 2017

Wilmington Mountain Bike Festival Volunteers Sought

beta logoBarkeater Trails Alliance (BETA) is seeking volunteers for their Mountain Bike Festival weekend, from September 1-3.

Festival volunteers will serve as a host for the event and a resource for activities in the region.

Volunteers are asked dedicate at least 4 hours to be “on-call” during the specific time slot agreed to fill in order to receive the full benefits. A volunteer schedule can be found here. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Jay O’Hern’s Newest Book: Adirondack Camp Stories

adirondack camp stories bookWilliam J. O’Hern’s new book Adirondack Camp Stories: A Treasury of True Tales, Lore, History, Recreation, and Colorful Characters of the Mountains (North Country Books, 2017) is a storybook with archival photos that connect readers with early Adirondack camps — from the simplest backwoods shelters, to boarding houses and hotels that offered more comfortable amenities. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Tim Rowland: Lost on Bouquet

Pete and Addie on the Bouquet Mountain TrailMy wife Beth works for Champlain Area Trails out of Westport but, long before she started there, we were major fans of the network of hiking opportunities radiating through hill and dell interwoven throughout the eastern side of Essex County. The trails are gorgeous, running through field, forest and stream, and have some of the best views anywhere of Lake Champlain and are a perfect, nearby antidote for those wishing to take “pressure off the peaks.”

They don’t present the physical challenge that the High Peaks do, but look, it’s not every day that you want to climb up the south side of Saddleback.

Being generally free of erosion, roots and rocks, the trails are a break for the knees. Being mostly short, and at lower altitudes, there is no need for a pack full of survival gear. And being more open and interspersed with civilization than the wilderness to the west, there’s little chance of getting lost.

Or so one would think. » Continue Reading.


Friday, August 25, 2017

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, August 25, 2017

10th Annual Adirondack Habitat Awareness Day Sept 3rd

mooseOn Sunday, September 3rd, Adirondack Wildlife Refuge will host their 10th annual Habitat Awareness Day, from 10 am to 4 pm.

The theme this year will be Wildlife Habitat Challenges. Keynote speaker will be 2013’s New York State Professor of the Year, Curt Stager of Paul Smith’s College, author of Deep Future and many other books and studies. Attendees can hear Stager, along with other local nature authorities, observers, rehabbers and the college interns working at Adirondack Wildlife, discuss what they’re seeing and learning on the ground in the Adirondack region. » Continue Reading.


Friday, August 25, 2017

The Big Adirondack News Stories This Week


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Current Adirondack Outdoor Recreation Conditions (Aug 24)

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon.

Contribute Your Knowledge: Send observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adkalmanack@gmail.com.

SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND
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Thursday, August 24, 2017

September at Paul Smith’s: Music, Rural Skills, Fungi, More

guest prepares fresh apple cider at the Adirondack Rural Skills and Homesteading FestivalPaul Smith’s College will host several events next month, beginning Wednesday, September 6, with the Paul Smith’s Music Festival, featuring Annie in the Water, Run With It, and the Seth Yacovone Band.

The festival, which will run from 4:30 to 9:30 pm on the college’s Great Lawn, is free and open to the public, and will include a beer tent, a variety of games, as well as food and beverages for sale. » Continue Reading.


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