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.

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


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.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Budweiser Clydesdales Visiting Lake George

Full_Week_ScheduleMy family has seen the Budweiser Clydesdales during trips to Rhode Island and they really are a magnificent sight to see. With all the times that I’ve seen them in various parades however, I never knew about the the visiting Clydesdales’ other events. I’ve missed the opportunity to learn more about what it takes to get a eight-horse team of workhorses parade ready.

According to Saratoga Eagle’s Community Relations and Marketing Manager Jennifer Allen, Anheuser-Busch distributors request the hitch for special occasions and they were last here more than seven years ago. This visit will highlight the week of events during » Continue Reading.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

259th Anniversary Fort William Henry Surrender

Soldiers-lined-upEach year the Surrender of Fort William Henry is honored by a wreath laying ceremony, a reenactment and the reading of the official Articles of Surrender on the museum’s lawn overlooking Lake George.  According to Fort William Henry Museum Director Melody Viele, this annual anniversary focuses on the importance of the French and Indian War.

“The Colonies learned to fight during the French and Indian War,” says Viele. “It was the first event to unite the colonists. They joined together to fight the French. Later the British tried to recoup their » Continue Reading.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Boquet River Theatre Festival Kicks Off Essex Day

238ff6_0c083b8b742c5fcd5657efefcf4768adChildren’s theatre can conjure up images of school recitals and awkward dances. For those of us visiting and living in the Adirondacks, there are many professional theatrical organizations lending their own brand of polish to provide a wonderful theatre experience.

Most recently Camp Pendragon Theatre wrapped up its summer camp program with two public performances of the musical Rags while the Depot Theatre’s Young Actor Apprentice Program‘s production of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit takes its final bow on August 10th at the Elizabethtown Community Center.  This weekend » Continue Reading.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Plattsburgh Farmers and Crafters Market Kids Day Saturday

PlattsburghFamersKidsDayFive years ago Plattsburgh Farmers and Crafters Market co-manager Bonnie Gonyo started the annual Kids Day as a way to introduce the local farmer market to visitors and area residents. The event has grown bigger and better each year, adding activities and giveaways for children of all ages.

“This is our fifth anniversary so we have some special things planned,” says Gonyo. “I start planning this event in February. It takes time because we bring in a variety of organizations from the Girls Scouts to Mountain Lake PBS. This year we have a little 5th anniversary tote bag » Continue Reading.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Visiting The Lake George Association Floating Classroom

GroupofkidswithnewlifejacketsThe Lake George Association (LGA) continues its on-water educational programing through the summer with public tours each Wednesday in July and August.

In 2009, the 40-ft catamaran-style Rosalia Anna Ashby, named for LGA member Bruce Ashby’s mother, was built specifically to further the on-water aspect of the  Lake George Association’s educational programming. The Floating classroom’s two-hour tour covers a variety of topics from earthquakes and glaciers to storm water and invasive species.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Adirondack Film Society Screening Series In Schroon Lake

unspecifiedFor the first time, the Adirondack Film Society (AFS) has partnered with the Strand Theatre to bring special curated screenings to the Schroon Lake. With a mission to advance the art and appreciation of film and filmmaking in the Adirondack Region, AFS welcomed the opportunity to be the nonprofit conduit for the New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA) grant funding the Strand Theatre’s digital film upgrade.

Known primarily for the annual Lake Placid Film Forum and “Mostly Monthly Adirondack Film Society Screening Series,” AFS now brings two summer events » Continue Reading.

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