Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Martin Luther King Coffeehouse Features Standing Rock, Crowfeather

crowfeatherSaturday, January 14, 2017 at 7 pm in the Presbyterian Church Great Hall, the words of Dr. Martin Luther King will ring out, civil rights songs will be sung, stories of indigenous youth today will be told, along with music by the six-piece band Crowfeather. Coffee, tea and baked goods will be served.

This event is sponsored by the Peace with Justice Workgroup of the Saranac Lake Ecumenical Council. The event is free, donations will be accepted to mail refugee hygiene kits and to support indigenous nonviolent civil action.

In addition to civil rights inspired music and the words of Dr. King, Birk Albert and friends will share experience of today’s nonviolent civil rights movement with indigenous youth and Standing Rock. Birk Albert, 17, is a Lake Placid High School senior. He grew up in bush Alaska and is Athabascan Indian. He is a United National Indian Tribal Youth Earth Ambassador and one of “25 under 25” honorees. He serves as a UNITY, Earth Ambassador and was a Youth Delegate to the 2015 White House Tribal Nations Conference. He has been closely watching the situation at Standing Rock since July. » Continue Reading.


Friday, December 23, 2016

Letters to Santa from a Simpler Time

pa1922-xmasadChildren’s Christmas wishes and expectations years ago were much different from what they are today. I was so struck by this—the simplicity and innocence of children hoping to receive some sort of gift—that while researching a book back in 2010, I included a chapter entitled Letters to Santa (in History of Churubusco). The sample letters below are excerpted from that book, and were published in North Country newspapers between 1920 and 1940. They reveal a sharp contrast to the modern holiday, where expensive gifts have become the disproportionate norm.

Like hundreds of other small villages and towns in the early twentieth century, Churubusco (in northwest Clinton County) was a farming community. Families were often self-sufficient, and everyone, including small children, had daily chores. This fostered teamwork, family unity, and gave children a firsthand understanding of the value of goods, services, and hard work. Those lessons were conveyed in their missives to Santa. And some of the comments in the letters are just plain cute. » Continue Reading.


Friday, December 23, 2016

Adirondack Explorer Names New Publisher

Tracy Ormsbee, a senior editor at the Albany Times Union, has been named publisher of the Adirondack Explorer, effective March 1, 2017.  Ormsbee will succeed Publisher Thomas Woodman, who announced earlier this year that he planned to retire in 2017.

Ormsbee currently serves as Senior Editor/Features and Sports at the Times Union as well as Executive Editor of Times Union Magazines. She leads a team that creates the newspaper’s features and sports content and two magazines. She also acts as the lead editor for the Sunday newspaper. Ormsbee heads the Time Union’s Women@Work magazine and professional network and manages the Women@Work Executive Board, which consists of top businesswomen in the Albany area. Long active in state and national journalism organizations, she serves as president of the board of the New York State Associated Press Association. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Visiting the North Pole’s Village of Lights

It’s always with great excitement that my family gets to tell visitors that we live near the North Pole. I have photos of Rudolph on my phone and my Christmas cards are all postmarked with the North Pole seal. There are not many places in the Adirondacks that celebrate Christmas all year long.

Since 1949, Santa’s Workshop has been keeping the Christmas spirit alive year-round. Designed by Arto Monaco (Land of Make Believe) Santa’s Workshop, near Wilmington NY, provides us with a direct portal to “the jolly o’ elf.” Though Friday, December  23rd, from 4:30- 8 pm, Santa’s Workshop Village of Lights is open to the public for those last visits to Santa and his friends. The buildings are covered in twinkle lights while holiday music surrounds the tiny village. Elves, large and small, prepare the sleigh and reindeer for their annual Christmas ride. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Adirondack Foundation Announces 2017 Grant Cycle

erin-kelley-manager-of-ticonderoga-natural-foods-co-op-stocks-the-shelves-with-local-produceAdirondack Foundation will make grants from the Generous Acts Fund for the third year in 2017 thanks to donors from across the region. The Foundation has made a commitment to increasing the fund over time.

Generous Acts Fund (GAF) grants are single-year and competitive; current priority focus areas are early childhood education and quality of life for elders.

Adirondack Foundation’s Grants Committee will also review applications that might fill an unusual and/or pressing need that falls outside our focus areas. This program will not fund capital campaigns. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Traveling Cure Porch Mobile Exhibition Space Planned

Feisthamel-Edelberg Cure Cottage Photo Courtesy Historic Saranac Lake.The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded an Art Works grant of $20,000 to Historic Saranac Lake for design of the Traveling Cure Porch, a mobile exhibition space that will host community-based history and arts programs.

Cure porches are ubiquitous in Saranac Lake, where tens of thousands of people came from around the world for the “fresh air cure” for tuberculosis. Hundreds of local homes that catered to patients feature these glass-enclosed porches with movable windows.

Historic Saranac Lake’s focus of the first phase of the Traveling Cure Porch Project is to design a sturdy, low cost, mobile space and plan for its construction and use in 2018. HSL is working with Jesse Schwartzberg of Black Mountain Design Build, to create a design.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Cali Brooks: Report Highlights Importance of Nonprofits

Visitors at the Wild Center. Courtesy Adirondack Foundation. The nonprofit sector is vital to the economic health of our communities.  A 2013 report, conducted by Adirondack Foundation and the Adirondack Nonprofit Network, showed that just 36 local nonprofits generated a $422 million annual economic impact to the region.

On Dec. 7, 2016, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released his “Profile of Nonprofit Organizations,” which reinforces the research we conducted three years ago. His findings show: » Continue Reading.


Monday, December 12, 2016

The Silhouette Lady of Bedford Gardens

01phoebehazlewoodA century ago, an emerging North Country artist made a name for herself in Jefferson County, but it was the many names she wore through seven decades that made her story so difficult to trace. She began life in North Dakota in 1883 as Phoebe Alice Weeks. During her marriage (around 1910) to Carl Warren, she was known as Phoebe W. Warren. During her second marriage, to Lewis Perry Hazlewood of Sackets Harbor in 1916, she was known as Phoebe Hazlewood (often misspelled as Hazelwood), but her middle name appeared variously as Alice, Weeks, and Warren, or the initials “A” or “W.” Decades later, there was a third marriage to Henry Morse, during which she again was described by various names, the most common of which were Phoebe Hazlewood Morse and Phoebe Weeks Morse.

What’s most important of course, is that she did in fact make a name for herself in the art world. From the time she was very young, Phoebe gravitated towards artwork created by cutting out paper shapes, which were then displayed over an offsetting background. For instance, a cutout from black paper was presented over a background of white paper. The method was known generally as silhouette. » Continue Reading.


Friday, December 9, 2016

Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll, Skate and Celebrate Saturday

holiday strollThe village of Lake Placid will host the 8th Annual Holiday Village Stroll, complete with holiday shopping, family fun, arts and entertainment from Friday, Dec. 9 through Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016.

The Holiday Village Stroll weekend includes activities for kids and families such as a skating party, opportunities to visit with Santa, holiday movie screenings at the Palace Theatre, a tree-lighting ceremony, holiday crafts, story time and cookie decorating. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Adirondack Holiday Events This Weekend

holiday strollThere are a variety of ways to ring in the holidays with quaint Adirondack charm. It can be as simple as viewing the holiday lights throughout Long Lake or as active as this weekend’s Lake Placid Holiday Stroll and Christmas in Essex. With fresh snow in the mountains and holiday bazaars on every corner, it is beginning to look a lot like an Adirondack Christmas.

Over the past 20 years Christmas in Essex has evolved to include a mixture of traditional activities and new events. The event kicks off with a preview party, tree lighting and holiday concert. Adults can learn how to create a special holiday drink with a free lesson with Mixologist Lori Kudelski at the Essex Inn. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

A Collaborative Art And Science Exhibit At Paul Smith’s

Paul Smith's College LogoThe Paul Smith’s College VIC’s Heron Marsh Gallery will host an opening reception at 10 am Saturday, December 10th, for the art and poetry exhibit, “A Deeper Sense.” The public is welcome, and light refreshments will be served.

During the fall semester, area artists and poets shadowed Paul Smith’s College students during their ecological field studies and produced works of art based on those student projects. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Bloated Toe Publishing Event at TAUNY’s Folkstore

bloated-toad-bookOn Saturday, December 10th from 11 am to 3 pm, guests are invited to the North Country Folkstore (located in The TAUNY Center, downtown Canton) to meet the founders of Bloated Toe Publishing, a company dedicated to publishing the work of local authors and organizations in the North Country.

Award-winning author Lawrence Gooley and his partner Jill Jones, both North Country natives, founded Bloated Toe Enterprises in 2004 and have since published 75 titles, including a number of historical Adirondack reprints.

In addition to his work in the publication field, Lawrence has also written 21 books and over 175 articles on the history of the region; he is a weekly contributor to Adirondack Almanack. » Continue Reading.


Friday, December 2, 2016

Blue Mountain Lake: Upcoming Arts Center Activities

Blue Mountain Lake Arts CenterThe Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake will present its Soup Social & Holiday Sing tonight, Friday, December  2nd, at 6 pm. Visitors can sample delicious soups and stews from their neighbors and bring one to share as the Center celebrates the end of their 2016 season.

This event is free and open to the public will also feature songs of the holiday season by some of the Arts Center’s favorite performers, along with a holiday sing-along. » Continue Reading.


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 a St. Bernard included since that dog is traditionally used for rescue and important to its culture. A Swiss nativity piece has an owl with it while a set from Peru contains a dolphin. » Continue Reading.


Friday, November 25, 2016

North Creek Theatre Group Celebrating 20th Anniversary

our town theatre groupOur Town Theatre Group will end the 2016 season with a 20th Anniversary Gala, on Saturday, December 10, at 7 pm in the Lyle Dye Auditorium at Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek.

The free event will feature music by The Jive Five featuring area favorites Al Tolomeo and Frank Conti. Refreshments, dancing, and short scenes pulled from OTTG’s history will be performed to commemorate the history of the group. OTTG memorabilia will also be on display to showcase OTTG history. » Continue Reading.


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