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, May 20, 2015

Adirondack Museum Opens Friday For 58th Season

AdkMuseum_jasperMy family has been madly dusting off the winter muck with our annual springtime rituals. We’ve shoveled seemingly endless piles of road sand from our driveway. We’ve mended sails and cleaned off boats. We’ve checked life-jackets sizes and replaced the winter equipment with summer gear. We are not the only ones that have spent these spring days making sure everything is set for a perfect summer.

The Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake has spent its winter months setting up new special exhibits as well as scheduling its family programing, lectures series and events to make sure everything is set for its May 22 opening.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

John Brown Lives! And LP Film Forum Screen Films

Selma10 courtesy ParamountPictures May15 LPCA multifaith marchersLearning about history through books is a wonderful way to be able to view a wide spectrum of events. In additional to hitting the books, my family tries to take advantage of the numerous local history opportunities. On May 9th the John Brown Lives! organization hosted its annual celebration honoring the life and legacy of abolitionist John Brown at the Lake Placid John Brown Farm and Gravesite.


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

North Elba: Tree City USA

National Arbor Day may have slipped by on April 24, but Lake Placid has held out for warmer weather to celebration this holiday focused on the conservation, stewardship and planting of trees.

Though some may feel the Adirondacks has an abundance of trees, those of the North Elba Tree Board felt a growing concern for trees lost to vandalism and development. According to Tree Board member Bob Hanna, nature does a fair job of replacing trees, but sometimes people need to help out a little bit.

“We have a special Arbor Day celebration on May 13,” says Hanna. “We also go to the elementary school and talk » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Second Weekend of Saranac Lake’s Daffest

IMG_6423Spring is finally here and Saranac Lake has thousands of daffodils starting to bloom as proof. The first weekend of the springtime Daffest tradition flew by with its “Try Mine” Pastry contest and Daffest Derby race, and now the final weekend approaches and all sorts of spring activities are on the docket.

My family always enjoys this ritual of spring. Mud season is a tough time. We don’t want to damage the fragile hiking trails, but we still want to explore outside. An easy fix is walking through Saranac Lake Village to see all the daffodils just starting to bloom.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Arbor Day Senior Citizen Poetry Contest

first_optFor the seventh year the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCS) has organized an Arbor Day Poetry Contest for Senior Citizens. SWCS Conservation Educator Caitlin Stewart started the contest as a way to reach an often overlooked and underserved demographic.

“My grandparents are very artistic and I see that spark they get when they create something,” says Stewart. “We do a lot with children through various events, like our Conservation Day for 5th and 6th graders and the Enviro-thon for high school students. This contest is a way to engage the Hamilton County Senior population.”

This year the theme Stewart » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Celebrating Earth Day’s 45th Anniversary

Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 1.09.07 PMMy family usually celebrates Earth Day with a trailhead cleanup. Our go-to spot is the Ampersand parking area on Route 3 between Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake. The Ampersand Parking area is the starting point for two popular trails, the Saranac Lake 6er Ampersand Mountain and a path to Middle Saranac Lake.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Pendragon Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival

IMG_3821Last year was the first time Saranac Lake’s Pendragon Theatre hosted a playwriting festival for young adults. My daughter and a friend were one of the many students that took advantage of the free day of theatre workshops.

The workshops focused on playwriting through fun, engaging exercises for children in grades K-6. Now in its second year, the format has slightly altered to allow excerpts and staged readings from local adult authors.


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Fruit Tree Pruning at Sugar House Creamery

treepruning_newMy husband and I planted two apple trees the year we moved into our farmhouse. That was the first and only year that we’ve gotten any apples. We haven’t even seen a blossom since. We drive past our neighbor’s trees loaded with fruit and wonder what we can do.

Our first step has been to install fences. We’ve worked hard to keep the grazing deer from completely obliterating the small trees. The next step was to attend a tree-pruning workshop.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

‘Peoples Pixel Project’ Short Videos Screening Sunday

Peoples-Pixel-Project-LogoFor the 6th year, organizers of short video festival Peoples Pixel Project (P3), have provided an local competition for professional and aspiring videographers. After more than 50 submissions, the judges have selected 18 entries that will be shown during the hour and a half long presentation on Sunday.

According to Lake George Courthouse Gallery Director Laura VonRosk, the People’s Pixel Project continues to attract experienced and novice directors. Each year filmmakers within a 100-mile radius of Lake George may submit their original video short in a variety of genres including music video, documentary, narrative, and animation.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Maple Weekends in the Adirondacks

IMG_0874My family looks forward to this time of year, not only because of the change in season, but because that change brings maple time. Though we have just a few maple trees to tap, larger producers are already starting to make my family’s favorite sugary treat, maple syrup.

What started in the mid 1990s as a simple open house dubbed Maple Sunday has now grown across New York State into two Maple Weekends. The next two weekends, March 21-22 and March 28-29, the New York State Maple Producers Association are opening their properties and sugarhouses for tours, pancake breakfasts, activities and tastings.


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