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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Adirondack Rural Skills and Homesteading Festival Saturday

adirondack homesteading festival, 2012The 2016 Adirondack Rural Skills and Homesteading Festival will be held Saturday, October 1st at the Paul Smith’s College’s Adirondack Visitor’s Center.

The festival features exhibitions on logging and farming with draft horses, and a demonstration of competitive lumberjack sports by the Paul Smith’s College Woodsmen’s Team, along with workshops on canning, cider making, woodworking, renewable energy, cord wood construction, small-scale farming, and primitive skills.


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Jackrabbit Ski Trail Celebrating 30 Years

jackrabbit trailAn all day event to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Adirondack Ski Touring Council (ASTC) and the establishment of the Jackrabbit Ski Trail will take place on November 12, 2016 at the Cascade XC Ski Center in Lake Placid.

Early in the day, Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA) will lead a hiking tour of the Jackrabbit Trail and a new ski and bike trail network under development on the site of the old Scott’s Cobble Ski Area in North Elba, followed by a gathering at Cascade XC Ski Center for the BETA annual meeting and a party with live music, food and drink, » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Long Lake’s OctoBEARfest Set For Saturday

OctoBEARfest will be held at Hoss’ Country Corner in Long Lake on Saturday, October 1st, from 10 am to 4 pm.

Vendors will be selling hand-crafted wares, jewelry, original art, rustica, ice cream, wine and more.  There will be a beer tasting garden featuring local brews from High Peaks Brewery and local food vendors, including the Fat River Foods Truck. Kids activities will include games and a visit of a Long Lake Fire Truck.


Monday, September 26, 2016

Whiteface Oktoberfest Celebrating 25 Years This Weekend

Whiteface Octoberfest 2015On Saturday and Sunday, October 1-2, Whiteface Mountain will celebrate its 25th Oktoberfest with adult Oktoberfest games, tall mugs of beer, food, specialty vendors, an adventure zone, and live music. Plus, fireworks Saturday, at 7:30 pm, at the KOA Campgrounds in Wilmington.

Returning favorites include die Schlauberger, Spitze, Alpenland Taenzer, Schachtelgbirger and the 3 Alphorns. Guests can also look forward to Herbie and his Accord-A-Tones playing inside the Cloudspin Bar & Grill.


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Warrensburg Historical Society Plans Graveyard Walks, Dinner

2015 Graveyard WalkThis year’s Warrensburg Historical Society Graveyard Walks will be conducted at the Warrensburg Cemetery, 174 Hudson Street, on Friday, October 21, and Friday, October 28, at 7 pm.

Characters expected to surface at the cemetery this year brothers Ray and Eldon Haskell, who both lost their lives in World War Two. Vera Brown, suspected of being a spy; John Taylor, a Navy submariner; and Emily Martin, a nurse.

Both walks will be followed by free homemade desserts at the Miles Thomas House (Senior Center) on Main Street, which will be transformed into a U.S.O. for the evening.


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Lake Champlain Bridge Quest Awaits Visitors

lake champlain commemorative coinsNicholas and Nicola Bell, with their baby Poppy, were the first people to complete a new quest that links Crown Point, NY with Chimney Point, VT. The British family followed clues on a Quest Map and answered seven riddles to obtain the quest’s treasure: a commemorative coin.

The Bridge Quest was developed through a partnership among the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (CVNHP), Chimney Point State Historic Site, Crown Point State Historic Site, Lake Champlain Visitors Center, and the Crown Point State Campground.


Friday, September 23, 2016

Great Adirondack Moose Festival This Weekend

mooseThe 7th Annual Great Adirondack Moose Festival will take place this weekend, September 24th and 25th, in Indian Lake. Moose-themed family fun activities will be the main attraction during the weekend.

Visitors to Indian Lake can enjoy programs, games, contests, exhibitions – all in the name of the elusive and majestic moose. The half-ton mammal has made a come-back in the Adirondacks, and one may even spot a moose during the Festival weekend. The Annual Great Adirondack Moose Festival (GAMF) is sponsored by the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce and a host of regional and local business sponsors.


Friday, September 23, 2016

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, September 23, 2016

Battle of Lake George Book Event Sunday

battle of lake george book cover The Chapman Museum in Glens Falls will host William R. Griffith, author of the new book, The Battle of Lake George: England’s First Triumph in the French and Indian War (History Press, 2016) on Sunday, September 25th at 2 pm.

In the early morning of September 8, 1755, a force of French Regulars, Canadians and Indians crouched unseen in a ravine south of Lake George. Under the command of French general Jean-Armand, Baron de Dieskau, the men ambushed the approaching British forces, sparking a bloody conflict for control of the lake and its access to New York’s interior. British commander William Johnson rallied his » Continue Reading.


Friday, September 23, 2016

Whallonsburg Grange Lyceum Series Begins Tuesday

grange lyceum seriesThe Fall 2016 Lyceum lecture series at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall will focus on how people have shaped the landscape through work, recreation, conflict and experiences.

“Living on This Land” features six presentations that will look at different aspects of how humans – through our lives and actions – impact and change where we live. The lectures are on Tuesday nights at 7:30 and a $5 donation is requested (students free).


Friday, September 23, 2016

The Big Adirondack News Stories This Week


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Current Outdoor Conditions in the Adirondacks (Sept 22)

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is issued each Thursday afternoon and can be heard at North Country Public Radio on Friday mornings.

Sunrise Saturday in Lake Placid will be at 6:46 am; sunset at 6:49 pm, providing 12 hours and 3 minutes of sunlight. The Autumnal Equinox, marking the official beginning of Fall, occurred Thursday morning with the Sun directly above the equator. The Moon will rise at 12:15 pm Saturday morning and set at 3:15 pm. There will be a Last Quarter Moon on Friday morning. The Moon Saturday night will be Waning Crescent, 36% illuminated.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Thurman Farm Tour Features Reuse Competition

Fall Farm Tour Flip guitarThe Thurman Station Association has announced the Fall Farm Tour Flip. Participants will take an old item, have it photographed in its initial state by contest organizers, then “flip” it into some new useful or decorative item.

Thurman Station Association volunteers say entries have begun trickling in, and the photos they have snapped of starting items intrigue them: wheel rims, damaged embroidered items, a dessert dish, a metal tin, PVC scraps, jar lids, a broken guitar and an old map. There’s still time to enter (no cost) by taking the item to be flipped to Thurman town hall during Town Clerk’s hours, » Continue Reading.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Comments Sought on Grass River Area Management

tooley pond waterway accessA Draft Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the Grass River Wild Forest, and Draft Recreation Management Plans (RMPs) for the Grass River Conservation Easement and the Tooley Pond Conservation Easement have been released by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for public review and comment.

DEC will accept public input on the draft UMP and RMPs at a public meeting on Monday, October 3, 2016 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm at Colton – Pierrepont Central School Auditorium, 4921 NY-56, in Colton.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Dick Booth to Receive Wilderness Award

Dick BoothFormer Adirondack Park Agency Member and State Land Chair Richard Booth, who left the APA on July 1 after eight years of public service, will receive Adirondack Wild’s highest honor – the Paul Schaefer Wilderness Award.

The award will be conveyed on Saturday, October 1 at Adirondack Wild’s annual meeting at the Indian Lake Theater in Indian Lake, Hamilton County, starting at 1 pm.


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