There are plenty of ways to celebrate the father in our lives. Once my children were old enough to make their own decisions they decided not to take the traditional route of gifting a necktie. They give their father what he wants most, time with his children.
This year Father’s Day also falls on my husband’s birthday so he’s expecting his kids to pull out all the stops. I’m not sure they can make everything on his wish list come true, but they are doing their best. » Continue Reading.
According to Adirondack Woof Stock Chairperson Cindy Mead the new event is an opportunity for current dog owners, or want-to-be canine owners, to travel back to the 60s for a weekend of “peace, paws and music.” » Continue Reading.
Going solar has always been a dream of mine. I realize that it can be accomplished, but it hasn’t been the first, second or third step in our plan for energy efficient, green living. Our drafty, poorly insulated farmhouse has gone through some major changes during our tenure. My family has put up with spray foaming and putting in new storm windows, but there always seems to be a new area of heat loss. There is also the issue of my neighbor’s enormous white pine casting its massive shadow. » Continue Reading.
Last year I saw only one monarch butterfly and found only one monarch caterpillar at our house. This is after cultivating milkweed at numerous spots around my yard and planting three seasons of nectar plants. The only other monarchs my family was lucky enough to see were hatched by the Wild Center and at the Paul Smiths VIC Butterfly House as part of their programs to raise awareness regarding the perils of the monarch habitat.
Since milkweed is critically important to monarchs, both butterfly and caterpillars, we decided to widen our milkweed patch. Last fall we did a bit of seed sprinkling along the berm across the street from our house. I followed up with a few phone calls to our town supervisor and highway crew to let them know I could maintain the patch. It was important for me to communicate with as many people as possible. It was an encouraging conversation.
Now that the trees are finally starting to bud, my children and I are on the lookout for young milkweed shoots. We hope that this new patch will encourage a few more butterflies to make our street a monarch stopover.
My 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. » Continue Reading.
Learning 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. » Continue Reading.
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 to the 3rd graders about the plants and trees located in the nursery behind the school. There is a poster contest and the children plant seedlings as well.” » Continue Reading.
Spring 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. » Continue Reading.
For 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 has chosen is “Trees in Nature” in a free verse structure. Free verse poetry has no regular meter and rhythm and does not rhyme with fixed forms. Stewart provides an example of free verse through Walt Whitman’s poem Song of Myself. Stewart does not list an age requirement, but leaves the definition of “senior” up to the discretion of the participant. The deadline for entry is April 23, Thursday. » Continue Reading.
My 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. » Continue Reading.
Last 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. » Continue Reading.
My 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. » Continue Reading.
For 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. » Continue Reading.
My 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. » Continue Reading.