Wednesday, November 23, 2016

An Adirondack Thanksgiving Tradition: The Nutcracker Ballet

ncbenutcracker_keeganphotographyThis weekend kicks off my family’s Thanksgiving tradition and it doesn’t involve standing in a queue or waking up early to nab a coveted online prize. Our Black Friday tradition involves a performance of the North Country Ballet Ensemble’s (NCBE) The Nutcracker.

Therese Wendler, principal dancer with Rebecca Kelly Ballet and Dances Patrelle, will once again dance the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the NCBE’s 31st Annual Nutcracker performance. Mikhail Ilyin, a sololist and principal dancer with the Boston Ballet, Miami City Ballet and American Ballet Theater, will perform in the role of Cavalier alongside local and regional dancers.

The Nutcracker Ballet is the perfect blending of gorgeous sets and costumes with a timeless story and score.   This family-friendly ballet gestures in the Christmas holidays as we once again are whisked into young Claire’s adventure when her toy Nutcracker comes to life to defeat the evil Mouse King. The magical experience, accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, pulls us into a land of life-size toys, dancing sweets and a Nutcracker prince. » Continue Reading.


Monday, November 21, 2016

Makerspace Event Brings Together Makers, Hackers, DIYers

makerspace groupIf you’ve never heard of a makerspace, or you’re not sure what one is, you are not alone. These shared creative spaces are cropping up all over the country and have gained much attention in business, political and research circles. On November 9th, nearly 70 local makers, business owners, and educators gathered at Saranac Lake’s Pendragon Theatre to explore the region’s active “culture of making” and how it can be further cultivated in North Country communities. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Adirondack Museum A Black Friday Holiday Headquarters

adirondack museum Friday, Nov. 25, through Sunday, Dec. 18, the Adirondack Museum Visitor Center and Museum Store will be open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm, with a variety of holiday activities and events.

The Adirondack Museum Store will feature holiday sales, unique wilderness gifts, and other Adirondack items. Visitors can explore free local history exhibitions, and access local area information.

The Museum Store features locally made pottery, jewelry, and crafts; books written in and about the region; holiday decorations and cards; Adirondack art and reproductions from the museum’s collection; toys and games for kids; one-of-a-kind artisan items; Adirondack home furnishings; and other unique holiday gift ideas.

Every purchase in the Museum Store helps to support the Adirondack Museum’s exhibitions, public programs, library, preservation work, and free programs at schools throughout the North Country’s 12 counties. » Continue Reading.


Friday, November 18, 2016

Delmoni-McCarty-Thomas String Trio Sunday in Saranac

delmoni-mccarty-thomas-string-trio-2In its 21-year history, Saranac’s Hill and Hollow Music has brought over 200 professional chamber music ensembles to the Adirondacks. Their community outreach has included presentations in schools, churches, senior residences and community centers. I am always so grateful for such organizations that float into our communities with seemingly little effort and bring international musicians to our door.

This Sunday, November 20 at the Saranac United Methodist Church on Rt. 3, Hill and Hollow Founder and Director Angela Brown has brought together an outstanding trio to perform at the Saranac “Little Church in the Hollow.” » Continue Reading.


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Help Sought For Tupper Lake’s Flanders Performance Park

tupper lake bandshellTupper Lake is looking to turn Flanders Park into a performance park, and it needs help from the community and visitors.

The plan is to build a bandshell on the shore of the scenic Raquette Pond and build a stone plaza in front of the bandshell. Construction will also include a rain garden behind the bandshell that will help with drainage. » Continue Reading.


Friday, November 11, 2016

Balsam Wreath Sales Support Traditional Arts

Jane DesotelleEach year, TAUNY works with naturalist and North Country Heritage Award recipient Jane Desotelle to offer hand made balsam wreaths for the holidays. This annual fundraiser for TAUNY highlights the regional traditional artists who make their living from the gardens and woods around thier Adirondack homes.

All wreaths are made to order with balsam fir and natural decorations. The wreaths are long-lasting and can usually remain on display until Spring. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Tannery Pond Center Gift Establishes Endowment

Adirondack FoundationAn anonymous gift in memory of Bob Foley has created an endowment for the Tannery Pond Center, the nonprofit organization that manages the operations and programming for the town-owned facility known as the Tannery Pond Community Center.

Donna Welch, president of Tannery Pond Center’s Board of Directors, announced that the nonprofit organization received an anonymous memorial gift of $25,000, which will be used to establish an endowed fund at Adirondack Foundation. Foley passed away last year. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

A Spotted Cucumber Beetle in Newcomb

beetle-on-flowerThis photo of a spotted cucumber beetle was made on an early fall overnight at the SUNY-ESF Adirondack Ecological Center in Newcomb. Widely considered a pest, the spotted cucumber beetle is a striking presence despite its otherwise undesirable character.


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Historic Pickens Hall Abbott Sisters History Event

slcha-annual-meetingThe St. Lawrence County Historical Association’s 69th Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, November 5th, from 11 am to 2 pm at Pickens Hall, 83 N. State Street in  Heuvelton.

A painted barn quilt, a tour of Pickens Hall, and a talk on the Abbott sisters will highlight the night. The public is invited and you do not have to be a member of the SLCHA to attend. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

TAUNY Programs on French Heritage Underway

french-american-heritage-tauny-2Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) is inviting members of communities around Northern New York to attend programs focusing on French-American Heritage called “Share Your French Heritage! Stories from Quebec.”

Local residents with Quebecois and/or French ancestry are invited to share their stories about how their families came to the North Country and how they maintain a connection to their cultural identity. Participants are encouraged to bring their own photos of family members and homesteads, objects that represent family traditions, and other artifacts and heirlooms that tell the story of their French heritage. The program will be led by TAUNY’s Executive Director, Jill Breit.

 

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Heron Marsh Gallery: Meet Artist Winn Rea

Winn ReaArtist Winn Rea will greet visitors at The Heron Marsh Gallery, Paul Smith’s College VIC, from 2-4 pm, Saturday, November 12, 2016. This is the last day to meet the artist and see the artist’s painted topographic reliefs on view in her solo show, “Topo Shift 3: Woods Way.”

Each work is based on a particular hike or paddle Rea has taken in the Adirondacks. The artist takes photographs of shadows while on the trail. Back in her Keene Valley shop/studio she builds the topography out of layers of Russian Birch plywood then paints the reliefs with the colors, patterns, and shadows collected while hiking. » Continue Reading.


Friday, October 28, 2016

Skate America Returning to Lake Placid

skate-america-2017U.S. Figure Skating has announced the selection of Lake Placid as the host city for 2017 Skate America. Competition is scheduled for November 24-26, 2017, and will be held at the historic 1980 Herb Brooks Arena.

Lake Placid, which hosted the inaugural Skate America in 1979, has put on the event four times (1979, 1981-82, 2009). The state of New York has hosted Skate America six times. U.S. Figure Skating is expected to work with the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) to plan the event. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Haunted Happenings in Ticonderoga and Crown Point

14650237_1081537441963641_2273879164191171662_nTiconderoga and Crown Point are conjuring up all the ghosts in their cupboards this weekend with a Halloween extravaganza between the likes of Penfield Museum’s Haunted Homestead and nearby Fort Ticonderoga’s Maze by Moonlight.

According to Penfield Homestead Museum’s Vice President Sue Ross, this is the seventh year the museum’s has brought out the ghosts and goblins. With the assistance of Retro Films Studio’s Jim Cawley, the homestead is arranged differently each year, with each room highlighting assorted fright effects. A guide leads participants through the museum in small groups. An outside bonfire and warm beverages at the nearby Snack Shack helps take out any chill left by any zombies and vampires. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Murder Mansion, Audience Participation Play in North Creek

murder mansion castThe murder mystery “Murder Mansion” will become a traveling road show on November 4, as it hits several hot spots in North Creek.

The audience participation play will begin at Basil & Wicks, when the North Creek Business Alliance Shuttle picks up audience members at 5:27 pm.

From there the audience becomes investigators as they travel to the Wevertown Community Center and the site of the first act of “Murder Mansion” » Continue Reading.


Monday, October 24, 2016

Test Yourself: Some Mountain Movie Trivia

adksmarcyfromhaystack500wIn keeping with some old-fashioned parlor games and modern trivia fun, here are 15 questions incorporating the names of some of the 100 highest mountains in the Adirondacks. See how well you do answering them off the top of your head, or use a mountain list here or here to help figure out the correct responses. Subtle clues are built into each description. After the final question, you’ll find the list of answers … so don’t ruin the fun by peeking!

  1. A High Peak’s name fills the blank in a 1950 movie title, The _____ Trail. It’s the story of an American scout aiding the British during the French and Indian War. Assisting him is an Indian blood brother, Sagamore.

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