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 30, 2016

World of Nativities Returns to Parks-Bentley Place

img_2505The Parks-Bentley Place is once again bringing a “World of Nativities” to South Glens Falls.  Due to an anonymous donation and loan, the Historical Society of Moreau at Parks-Bentley Place has close to 300 nativity scenes from around the world to display and alternate throughout the upcoming years.

This year’s exhibit will highlight 125 of those 300 nativities. Many of the sets use unique materials from hardware to hand-blown glass while other pieces highlight characters that are traditional to the nativity’s country of origin. One set from Germany has » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

An Adirondack Thanksgiving Tradition: The Nutcracker Ballet

ncbenutcracker_keeganphotographyThis weekend kicks off my family’s Thanksgiving tradition and it doesn’t involve standing in a queue or waking up early to nab a coveted online prize. Our Black Friday tradition involves a performance of the North Country Ballet Ensemble’s (NCBE) The Nutcracker.

Therese Wendler, principal dancer with Rebecca Kelly Ballet and Dances Patrelle, will once again dance the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the NCBE’s » Continue Reading.


Friday, November 18, 2016

Delmoni-McCarty-Thomas String Trio Sunday in Saranac

delmoni-mccarty-thomas-string-trio-2In its 21-year history, Saranac’s Hill and Hollow Music has brought over 200 professional chamber music ensembles to the Adirondacks. Their community outreach has included presentations in schools, churches, senior residences and community centers. I am always so grateful for such organizations that float into our communities with seemingly little effort and bring international musicians to our door.

This Sunday, November 20 at the Saranac United Methodist Church on Rt. 3, Hill and Hollow Founder and Director Angela Brown has brought together an » Continue Reading.


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Free Fishing Veterans Day in New York State

fishing pier at eighth lake campgroundLast year, New York State added President’s Weekend and Veterans Day to the existing June free fishing weekend, allowing guests and residents to enjoy angling on the any of the state’s numerous lakes, waters and streams.

Typically, a  one-day fishing license for New York State is $5 for residents, and $10 for non-residents – an inexpensive option for the infrequent angler. Other licensing options range from a full week to a year, and priced accordingly.


Friday, November 4, 2016

Free Drive Up Prospect Mountain to Honor Veterans

lakegeorge_prospectmtadkfamilytimeFor the second year the caretakers of Lake George’s Prospect Mountain are opening the highway to the public November 5-6 in honor of all veterans.

According to DEC Region 5 Spokesperson David Winchell, Prospect Mountain is one of two summits in the Adirondacks that are open to public motor vehicle traffic, the other being Whiteface Memorial Highway. Last year’s open weekend saw over 900 cars pass through the Prospect Mountain gate. With amble parking for 450 cars as well as two accessible spaces, the free weekend was a success for all.


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Haunted Happenings in Ticonderoga and Crown Point

14650237_1081537441963641_2273879164191171662_nTiconderoga and Crown Point are conjuring up all the ghosts in their cupboards this weekend with a Halloween extravaganza between the likes of Penfield Museum’s Haunted Homestead and nearby Fort Ticonderoga’s Maze by Moonlight.

According to Penfield Homestead Museum’s Vice President Sue Ross, this is the seventh year the museum’s has brought out the ghosts and goblins. With the assistance of Retro Films Studio’s Jim Cawley, the homestead is arranged differently » Continue Reading.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Graveyard Walks Through Warrensburg History Planned

12066017_898903666861717_1774109501254190536_nSince 2001, the Warrensburgh Historical Society has been hosting annual Graveyard Walks. Through historical research, a narrator, actors, visitors and students have the opportunity to learn the connections between national events and local citizens. This year’s event is focusing on people who were killed or died during World War II.

According to Warrensburgh Historical Society President Paul Gilchrist, the October 21 and 28 Graveyard Walks will take place rain or shine, cold or wind. This year’s military theme focuses on five residents with a connection to the Second World War. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Running Colors in Old Forge and Saranac Lake

14141517_1785191615052188_5012262611471418307_nRunning among the autumn colors gets an added benefit this weekend as two arts organizations combine a fun run with a splash of color. On Saturday, October 15, Old Forge’s View presents its fourth annual Running Colors 5K while Saranac Lake’s Adirondack Center for Writing is hosting its inaugural event the next day. These color-bombing road races tie together the changing season colors and performance art with a family-friendly road race/walk.


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Westport’s Stone Schoolhouse Celebrates 200 Years

unnamed-1The little stone school house on Dudley Road is more than just the oldest schoolhouse in Essex County, it was the first schoolhouse in Westport. Built in 1816 from local limestone, the small stone school first opened to serve the first settlers of Westport, the Barber and Frisbie families. On October 10, the town of Westport will be celebrating the bicentennial of this small school.

According to nearby Camp Dudley, the Stone School House served local children for 100 years, closing its doors in 1916. During its tenure the school could serve up to 24 children » Continue Reading.


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Adirondack Kids Day In Inlet On Saturday

img_9756Organized by Adirondack Kids book series authors Gary, Justin and Carol VanRiper, and sponsored by Kiwanis of Central Adirondacks, Inlet’s October 1st Adirondack Kids Day offers a chance for families to meet children’s authors and illustrators, learn new skills, and enjoy a day of free activities.

The day kicks off with a pancake breakfast at the Inlet Fire Hall benefiting the Inlet Parents/Teacher Partnership. It is a delicious way to start off a day full of fun.


Monday, September 26, 2016

Warrensburg’s World Largest Garage Sale

img_1672We are in the process of converting a workshop into an apartment while trying to maintain the 1800s farmhouse feel of the rest of the house and property. Searching for the right items has converted my Facebook feed into a salvage warehouse catalog. Though it’s easy to get items delivered right to my door, it’s fun to spend time searching for those special treasures.

For the 37th year Warrensburg is hosting the “World’s Largest Garage Sale” and if years past are any indication, we’ll be able to outfit the apartment with plenty of treasures including » Continue Reading.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Rum Runners Weekend Brings Back The Roaring 20s

rum runners weekendFor the fourth year, Chestertown is bringing back the Roaring 20s. Rum Runners Weekend remembers Prohibition when bootleggers were an important part of local life.

The event kicks off Friday night at 5 pm when Federal Revenue Agents chase a band of bootleggers through local restaurants, starting at The Hub in Brant Lake, and then traveling to the Black Bear in Pottersville, OP Fredericks in Loon Lake, and the Odd Duck and The Bullhouse in Chestertown. At 9 pm, the bootleggers then move to a basement casino featuring blackjack and roulette at The Bullhouse ($25 admission),  while nearby the Panther Mountain Inn is transformed into a Jazz Club.


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Last Weekend For ‘The Lone Ranger Rides Again’ Radio Drama

gem radio theatre lone ranger rehersalThere are only two chances left to see the Gem*Radio Theatre Company’s latest production of The Lone Ranger Rides Again – this weekend at the Adirondack Lake Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake and at the Indian Lake Theatre. According to Director Hannah Jay the newly formed production company branched off from GemBoy Productions last year and their first radio play was a success.

“We » Continue Reading.


Friday, September 2, 2016

Last Farm 2 Fork Festival in Saranac Lake Saturday

IMG_5392According to Adirondack Green Circle and Farm 2 Fork Founder Gail Brill “All good things come to an end.” In its seventh and final year, the festival that connected people to regional farmers through local food using traditional recipes and techniques will go out with a bang. For anyone knowing Brill and her passion for local food, “over” just means reinventing.

This year’s Farm 2 Fork Festival, a collaboration between the Adirondack Green Circle and Ausable Valley » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Adirondack Families: The Adirondack Museum’s 59th Season

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Now in its 59th season, the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake continues to showcase outstanding Adirondack exhibits, special exhibitions and events.

The layout of the museum is perfect for letting children explore a bit on their own. We always take the prerequisite family photo in the oversized Adirondack chair. Once inside the grounds my children still rush off to the Reising One Room Schoolhouse to play games and make projects. I believe it is the only time that my son has willingly done laundry. It’s difficult to choose my favorite spots though I always make time to visit » Continue Reading.


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