Friday, March 18, 2016

Sagamore Launches Adirondack Traditional Music Program

Great Camp Sagamore in Winter Musicians and music lovers have gathered at Great Camp Sagamore for decades. This June 17-19, Sagamore is starting a program to support the development of a new generation of musicians to promote Adirondack traditional music.

Dan Berggren, Peggy Lynn, Dan Duggan, John Kirk and Trish Miller will lead the Roots & Branches Workshop. Young musicians from around the region are invited to apply for this program, funded through the Sagamore’s newly-established Music & Trails fund. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Irish Songs Every St. Paddy’s Day Celebrant Should Know

irish instrumentsThis year (2016) marks the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising (Éirí Amach na Cásca) the armed revolt which lead to the establishment of the Irish Free State and the freedom from British rule in 26 of Ireland’s 32 counties.

Here are ten songs everyone with Irish aspirations should know, in no particular order. Learn these and you’ll never spend St. Patrick’s Day alone.

Whiskey in the Jar – This classic tune is believed to have originated in the late 1600s or early 1700s. Since then it’s by been covered by The Dubliners, Thin Lizzy, Peter, Paul & Mary, Jerry Garcia and David Grisman, and Metallica. My favorite line: “I first produced my pistol, and then produced my rapier.” » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Artists Fill Adirondack Plein Air Festival Spots

plein painterThe registration form for the 8th Annual Adirondack Plein Air Festival was posted on the Saranac Lake Art Works website at midnight on Monday, February 29th and the quota of 50 artists was reached by 7 am, March 1st.  The Plein Air Festival will take place August 15-20 in Saranac Lake with artists traveling from around the eastern United States and Canada.

Massachusetts artist John MacDonald is the Juror of Awards for the event. He will also be offering a plein air painting workshop on Sunday and Monday, August 14-15, prior to the Festival.

New York artist Frances Gaffney has been added to the workshop schedule, with “The Art of Expressive Drawing.” Participants will explore artists’ processes, build professional drawing tools and techniques and explore new ways of seeing. Drawing will be outdoors weather permitting. Registration information can be found on the Saranac Lake Art Works website. Both workshops require a $50 deposit to reserve a spot and participants do not have to be registered for the Plein Air Festival. » Continue Reading.


Monday, March 14, 2016

Our Town Theatre Group To Present ‘Morning’s At Seven’

mornings at sevenOur Town Theatre Group will begin its 20th Season with a performance of Paul Osborn’s “Morning’s At Seven.” Focusing on four aging sisters living in a small Midwestern town in 1938, the play deals with the ramifications of two of them questioning their lives and deciding to make some changes before it’s too late.

The cast includes OTTG regulars and new actors as well. In the roles of the four sisters are Mary Ellen Dowling of Blue Mountain Lake, Maryann Sauro of Chestertown, Judy Stafford of North Creek, and Mary Anne Gruen of Warrensburg. Their husbands are played by Dennis Wilson of Chestertown, Mike Corey of Minerva, and Arthur Gruen of Warrensburg. John Gable of Lake George and Kim Smith of Wevertown are the perpetually engaged couple Homer and Myrtle » Continue Reading.


Thursday, March 10, 2016

New Exhibit On Adirondack Railroads

sr stoddard trainThe Chapman Historical Museum in Glens Falls has opened a new mini-exibit through June 1st, on Railroads in the Adirondacks. The new exhibit “The Railroads: Gateways to the Adirondacks” features seventeen Seneca Ray Stoddard photos taken from 1870 to 1890.

Photos include the Glens Falls and North Creek train stations, the trestle over the Sacandaga River, the D&H cut near Willsboro and the Prospect Mountain cable RR. On his travels Stoddard also photographed trains, including The Battery in New York City and the Green Mountain railway on Mt. Desert Island in Maine. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, March 10, 2016

Plattsburgh Irish Festival This Weekend

unnamedThe City of Plattsburgh has been trying out new events every other month as well as growing its ongoing activities, according to City of Plattsburgh Events and Promotional Coordinator Sandra Geddes.  Organizing an event around St. Patrick’s Day came naturally, she said.

“We hold an event every other month and we wanted to plan this activity near St Patrick’s Day” says Geddes. “We want people to come, wear lots of green and enjoy all the games, food an music and kids and adults.” » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

2016 Central Adirondack Art Show Seeks Entries

manhunt in the belly of the bestView, the multi-arts center located in Old Forge, has announced the call for entry for the 2016 Central Adirondack Art Show. Artwork can be dropped off at View from 10 am-4 pm on April 22nd, 23rd, 25th, or 26th.

The Central Adirondack Art show is a long-standing Old Forge tradition, showcasing some of the finest artists from the Central Adirondack Region and beyond. It was held for the first time in 1952 by View founder Miriam Kashiwa in her front yard. » Continue Reading.


Monday, March 7, 2016

The Hyde Museum Announces Renovations

hyde collectionThe Hyde Collection in Glens Falls has announced that in mid-March it will begin a set of renovation projects designed to enhance the visitor experience and display more art from the permanent collection. Work is planned for the lobby and admissions area, to improve access to technology throughout campus, and to convert its museum shop into additional gallery space.

These projects are part of the final phase of The Marquee Project, a capital campaign the Museum began in 2010, that has so far added landscaping and sidewalks, exterior lighting, and upgraded the museums sprinkler system. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Reason 2 Smile World Music Festival Saturday

Reason2SmileDrummingThe Lake Placid not-for-profit organization Reason 2 Smile is hosting an its annual all-day cultural music festival with workshops, a children’s camp, and an evening performance on March 5 at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

According to Reason 2 Smile Executive Director Donna Rosenblum, the one-day event will be presented in the same format as previous years. A morning Kids Camp, ages 6-12, will introduce Kenyan games, crafts, African drumming and dance; younger children (ages 5 and under) are welcome to attend with an adult. The morning and afternoon adult workshops (ages 13 years and older) focus on art, music and dance with various activities from Native American Storytelling and Didgeridoo making, to Irish Step Dancing. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

An Exhibition Celebrating Trees Seeks Artists

north by bob ericksonView, a multi-arts center located in Old Forge, has announced the call for entry for Branches, Brambles, and Roots: An Exhibition Celebrating Trees.

Trees provide shelter, building materials, shade, food, warmth, a place to sit or nest, a place to climb, play, and more. They have been celebrated, venerated, feared, worshipped, and cut down.

View is seeking artists for an all media, juried exhibition, that explores all aspects of trees in art, from raw material to inspiration and everything in between.

The exhibition is open to all media, for artists 18 and over, with a chance at over $3,000 in prizes. » Continue Reading.


Friday, February 26, 2016

Franco American Music and Stories Sought

dave-ruch-540x366Buffalo based musician and teaching artist Dave Ruch is seeking information on Franco American musicians and singers, past and present, from the Northern New York area.

Ruch is researching French American musical traditions for an upcoming project with Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY). Past collaborations between Ruch and TAUNY have included the “W is for the Woods” website on traditional Adirondack music, and the Emmy-winning “Songs to Keep” project. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Black Fly Story Slams This Weekend

Black fly storySLAMThe Black Fly StorySLAM is a storytelling competition open to anyone with a five-minute story to share on the night’s theme, Lesson Learned.

How does it work? Storytellers put their names in a hat. One by one, names are picked. Storytellers take the stage and tell their best Lesson Learned story in five minutes. Two local judges will score the stories to select the Black Fly StorySLAM winners. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The 14th Annual Frozen Fire and Lights in Inlet

IMG_8425Though Inlet’s annual Frozen Fire and Lights has grown into a town-wide affair, the beginnings of this event started when French Louie ADK Sports owner Paul Chambers wanted to celebrate his birthday with fireworks. According to Inlet Tourism Director Adele Burnett, Chambers needed permission from the town and then solicited businesses to contribute toward the celebration. Now in its 14th year, Frozen Fire and Lights is a destination event for residents and visitors alike.

“Paul and his wife Reggie, who owns the Adirondack Reader bookstore, do so much for the town,” says Burnett. “Frozen Fire and Lights began with a simple request, but now focuses on all the activities that Fern Park has to offer.” » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Planned For Chestertown

St Patricks parade in ChestertownThe Tri Lakes Business Alliance will present its fourth annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Chestertown on Saturday, March 12, 2016, with a step-off at 1 pm.

The parade will start at Foster Flats Road at the south end of Main Street and end on the north end at Church Street. The Galway Gaelic Pipe & Drums of Glens Falls, will be featured as well as the North Warren High School Band. The parade Master of Ceremonies will be Paul Carstenson and the Grand Marshalls will be Fred Monroe, former long-time Supervisor of the Town of Chester and his wife Carol. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, February 20, 2016

Adirondack Museum Reissues A Guide-Boat Classic

adk museum reissues guide boat classicThere’s nothing wooden about a tree, a friend who happens to be a poet once remarked. The same could be said about a true Adirondack guide-boat. There’s nothing wooden about it. The offspring of this region’s woods and waters, it is the most elegant rowing boat ever built. Handled properly, an anonymous sportsman once wrote, “it obeys the prompting of every impulse, and is so easily propelled in smooth water you need never tire.”

Easier said than done, of course. But even clumsy rowers, or those who have only rowed a metal clunker, find themselves besotted by the guide-boat’s lines, workmanship and history. Ask any one of the millions of people who have visited the Adirondack Museum, whose guide-boat collection is among its most popular attractions. » Continue Reading.


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