Almanack Contributor Diane Chase

Diane Chase

Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

9 Local Performances Of The Nutcracker Ballet

photo-16Throughout the Adirondacks and beyond, one holiday tradition that our family and many others look forward to each year is “The Nutcracker” ballet. This family-friendly ballet signals the holiday season with its period costumes, magic and adventure and this year there are several opportunities to see “The Nutcracker”  in the Adirondack region.

According to North Country Ballet Ensemble board president Scott Tuller, their production this year features significant scenic and choreographic changes. They will awe patrons, Tuller said, whether they are new to “The Nutcracker” or have seen the ballet before.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Black Friday At Indian Lake’s Country Christmas Tour

10830913_856048784415422_2293941662937184655_oSince my children’s Christmas lists consist mostly of electronic devices made in Asia,  I understand the appeal of Black Friday. I’m being realistic in knowing that going completely Internet free isn’t going to happen, but it doesn’t mean that I can’t balance the electronic waves with some handmade Adirondack goods and services.

Theatre tickets and museum memberships are always a go-to favorite, but we also look for those “made in the Adirondacks” products that come from the talented artists and crafts people that make the Adirondacks their home. One place to make a local Black Friday and Small Business Saturday count is the 18th Annual Indian Lake Country Christmas Tour November 27-28.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Lake Champlain Film Festival Starts Friday

Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 2.41.28 PMFor the second year the Lake Champlain International Film Festival (LCIFF) is bringing attention to new films and filmmakers working in any and all genres and forms of film.

According to the Lake Champlain International Film Festival’s Artist Director Jason Torrance, the November 13-15 event is even bigger and better than the inaugural year. There are 11 countries being represented: USA, France, Germany, India, Ghana, Serbia, Sweden, Canada, Spain, Iran, and Japan providing a mixture of shorts and feature length films.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Fall Festival at Essex’s Lakeside School

Fall-Fun-Festival-2015When I first moved to the Adirondacks I found a wonderful Waldorf-initative called  Northern Lights School, now located in Saranac Lake. My children were constantly shown the importance of play in the natural world.  At that time, Northern Lights was the only Waldorf School located within the Adirondack Park.

Nine years ago The Lakeside School at Black Kettle Farm in Essex, NY joined the Adirondack Waldorf community and continues to grow and expand while providing a creative learning environment for young children.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Last Weekend for Fort William Henry Museum Ghost Tours

Ghost Tour - 2013There are some things that are out of my comfort zone and actively seeking all that is terrifying leads the list. Recently I attended Fright Night at Tucker’s Great Adirondack Corn Maze and did my best to look brave around a bunch of 12-year-olds. My daughter didn’t need my moral support and soon let me catch my breath at the bonfire and ponder my fears.

Though there are still haunted wagon rides and Fright Fests to be found around the Adirondacks this Halloween weekend, Fort William Henry’s Ghost Tours offer scary stories tied to paranormal » Continue Reading.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Halloween Fun: Adirondack Corn Mazes

CornMaze_newThis weekend seems to be the Adirondack kick-off for all things spooky. For my household of scaredy-cats, I look for a range of events that we can enjoy a thrilling adventure without sacrificing my dignity.

One activity that seems to hold the attention of every age is a trip to the corn maze. Getting lost through those corn stalk twists and turns provides hours of fun. Now with Halloween around the corner these various locations are upping the thrills with evening scares and flashlight nights. Here are a few of my family’s favorite spots.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

CATS, DaCy Meadow Farm Opening New Trail

12087818_10153419335194843_300363278908098642_oIt really is mind boggling to think that not too many years ago hiking routes around the Adirondack Coast were slim to nonexistent. Now six years later Champlain Area Trails (CATS) and a host of volunteers have built over 35 miles of trails and improved dozens of existing paths. This Saturday CATS will open a newly expanded trail and join forces with a Westport family farm to celebrate trails and local food.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Adirondack Wine And Cheese Events This Weekend

1442165626This weekend two of my favorite things are headlining part of the Adirondack Fall Festival tour, wine and cheese. The Adirondack Coast Wine Trail is showcasing local beer, wine, and cider while Adirondack Harvest is once again offering a unique Adirondack cheese tour.

We all know that wine and cheese go together like, well, wine and cheese. I was thinking it’s “mother’s little helper,” but didn’t want to come off like I have a problem with… cheese.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Banned Books Week: An American Tragedy

An_American_Tragedy_Theodore_Dreiser_dust_jacketEvery year I am saddened by how many books still remain challenged or banned from schools and libraries. According to the American Library Association more than 11,300 books have been challenged since the inception of Banned Book Week in 1982.

Even a book that takes place in the Adirondacks came under scrutiny. Theodore Dreiser wrote his 1925 classic An American Tragedy based on the 1906 murder case of Chester Gillette. Gillette brought his pregnant girlfriend Grace Brown to Big Moose Lake where she drowned. Gillette was later tried and convicted for her murder.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Oktupperfest Offers Local Brew, Pumpkin Tossing

Screen Shot 2015-09-22 at 3.07.27 PMOktupperfest originated at Big Tupper Ski Resort in the 1970s, and returned in 2011 after a 10-year hiatus. According to Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce Events Administrator Adam Baldwin, this annual event is family-friendly and fun for all ages.

Baldwin says, “Oktupperfest is a family oriented event filled with live music for everyone. There are tons of things to do. The chairlift is a one-way ride, but it isn’t a huge mountain so people can walk back down from the top. We gear the event toward families, not just kids. We have German food, vendors and kids games as well as adult activities such as the pumpkin slingshot.”

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