Saturday, February 20, 2016

Pete Nelson: Keep Creativity in Adirondack Arts Education

If you are a parent, a teacher, a student, or were ever a student here in the Adirondacks, I’d like you to engage in a little visioning exercise with me. Find a comfortable, quiet place to sit, maybe with a soothing beverage, do a little deep breathing and relaxation, close your eyes and let peace descend upon you.

When you’re good and ready, think about your own experiences with the arts in school. Whatever the nature and level of your involvement, from painting to music to drama, to even just doodling on your pad during calculus, remember what it was about the arts that mattered to you, how they felt and what memories will most strongly stay with you.

Try to distill your thoughts and feelings about the arts to the essential things that were most important in your schooling life: how they changed you as a person, how they contributed to your growth, the beautiful ways in which they made your education richer and more wonderful, how they were liberating and creative, how they touched other things you were learning, how they resonated deeply with your humanity.  In short, think about the essential meaning and power of the arts in your education. Then come back here. » Continue Reading.


Friday, February 19, 2016

Adirondack Regional Art Trail Launched

adirondack regional art trailThere’s a new long distance trail taking shape in the Adirondacks, only it is taking many shapes. There is no set mileage and no final destination. And you better do it by car! This is the new Adirondack Regional Art Trail and you can find it online here.

I got the idea while driving from Northville to Saranac Lake a couple of years ago, thinking first about a Northville-Placid Art Trail, like the hiking trail, but soon realizing there are so many wonderful artists and craftspeople in all the corners of the Adirondack North Country region, that we couldn’t possibly just have a single trail. It would look more like a spider web of trails! How would people ever find out about it and use it? » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

ROOST To Host Adirondack Marketing Summit

roost logoThe Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) has invited all businesses, organizations and interested individuals to attend an Adirondack Destination Marketing Summit at the Conference Center in Lake Placid from 8 am to 5 pm on March 3.

The daylong workshop will consist of a series of sessions led by industry experts on various disciplines of marketing, including website design, content development, search engine optimization, social media, media relations and reputation management. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, February 14, 2016

A Visit To Camp Topridge On Upper St. Regis Lake

a visit to camp topridgeIn 1920, Marjorie Merriweather Post, heiress to the Post Cereal Corporation,  purchased a narrow sand and gravel ridge, an esker, on Upper St. Regis Lake. Throughout the 20s she built a rustic retreat in the Great Camp style with 68 buildings, including two boathouses on the lake; separate cabins for kitchens, bedrooms and baths, and living rooms; and two buildings for cooks, maids, caretakers, and guides.

For years the camp was accessible only by boat or float plane. Transporting supplies and people the 2.5 miles across the lake from the nearest road was challenging, necessitating the use of boats of varying speed and power, sometimes human. A funicular, a cable railway, provided access to the top of the ridge from the water. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Call for Entries: Adirondacks National Watercolor Exhibition

Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors View, a multi-arts center located in Old Forge, is announcing the call for entry for the 2016 Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors. The deadline to apply is Monday, April 4th, 2016.

The Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors from August 6th through October 9th, draws participants from all over North America. The exhibition is open to all artists working in water-based media on paper. This includes transparent and opaque watercolors, acrylics, casein, egg tempera, gouache, and ink. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Rusted Root Set For Lake Placid Center for the Arts

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The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) presents Rusted Root on Saturday, February 27 at 8 pm.

Having collaborated with one another for two decades, Rusted Root has developed their own unique sound. Rusted Root has released eight albums, sold over three million records and have spent countless nights on the road. Their music has been featured in films including Ice Age, Twister and Matilda, TV shows like New Girl, Ally McBeal, Charmed and Chuck as well as recent Enterprise Rent-A-Car commercials. The band has spent time on tour alongside Santana, Dave Matthews Band, The Allman Brothers Band, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page’s reunion tour and more. Rusted Root’s latest album, The Movement, is a collection of originals meant to be a tribute to their fans. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Presidents’ Week Family Fun At Adirondack Museums

AdirondackMuseum-FrostFest_Snowshoeing The Adirondack Museum and The Wild Center are offering a variety of winter activities during the upcoming Presidents’ Week.

The Wild Center in Tupper Lake will be open every day from February 12 to 21 celebrating the season with a different winter theme each day. The Wild Center’s winter hours are usually Friday through Sunday, so this is indeed a special treat for everyone. The staff at the Wild Center is pulling out all the stops with special guided snowshoe walks, live animal encounters and even a winter watercolor project. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Winter: Part Of Adirondack Cultural Identity

White Stuff = Green StuffClimate change threatens not only the winter economy of the Adirondacks, but also the cultural identity of the region.

Lake Placid twice hosted the Winter Olympics, in 1932 and 1980, and continues to capitalize on its history, attracting a variety of winter-sports events such as the Winter Empire State Games and international skiing and sliding competitions.

The Adirondack Park has spawned a number of Olympic athletes. Drive through tiny Vermontville and you’ll see signs celebrating that it is home to Billy Demong, who won the gold medal for Nordic combined in 2010. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, February 6, 2016

Lake George Man Discovers The Family He Never Knew

Finding the Family He Never Knew Was HisOrphans in Dickens’ London never expected to be reunited with their true families. (If they did, there would no such thing as the Victorian novel.) It was not much different in the first decades of the 20th century, recalls Michael Doxie.

Doxie, a resident of Lake George, grew up in an orphanage run by an order of Anglican nuns, the Sisters of Charity, outside London.

He lived there until the age of 14, when he was sent out to fend for himself. At a manor house in the Cotswolds, he stoked coal furnaces and weeded the gardens.

“It was feudal,” said Doxie, now in his 80s. “There was no running water or electricity. I found lodgings for myself in the village and saved enough money to buy a bicycle. I wasn’t lonely, because I didn’t know anything different.” » Continue Reading.


Friday, February 5, 2016

Old Forge: The 10th Annual Chili Bowl Luncheon

View’s 10th Annual Chili Bowl LuncheonView’s 10th Annual Chili Bowl Luncheon will take place on Saturday, February 20th from 11:30 am to 2 pm in Old Forge.  Volunteers will serve homemade chili, stews, and soups prepared and donated by local restaurants.

These entrées will be served in bowls from the Pottery Studio at View, as well as from artists who deliver their bowls to View from towns nearby and as far away as Ithaca and Syracuse.

The potters this year have made bowls featuring a variety of surface decorations. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Essex County Arts, Culture Grants Available

Essex County Arts and Culture Group

The Essex County Arts Council is inviting county nonprofits to apply for its 2016 grant awards. Projects must have an arts and/or culture theme and be free and open to the public.

All Essex County nonprofit organizations offering arts and culture projects that serve the general public are welcome and encouraged to apply for the 2016 round of funding.  » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Ten Days Of Winter Fun At The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival

IMG_6522Since 1897, the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival has been a festival as unique as the community that shapes it.

According to Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee Public Relations Chair Colleen O’Neill, the event is a special time for everyone. It may have started as a means to relieve the winter blues, but has evolved into a venue for a variety of events. From Flowerball to Arctic Golf, the Winter Carnival has so many offerings that participants have to pick and choose between their favorite activities. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Adirondack Center for Writing Presents Poem Village

poem villageThe Adirondack Center for Writing is presenting PoemVillage to celebrate of the creativity and talent of Adirondack Tri-Lakes communities during National Poetry Month in April. Starting April 11th, all submissions of poetry from community members,  elementary kids to seniors, will be displayed in the windows of partnering businesses in downtown Saranac Lake.

For three weeks, a trail of locally-written poetry will follow anyone walking down Main Street. Then, on April 15th, the Adirondack Center for Writing will hide postcard-sized submissions in the corners of local businesses in an event called PocketPoetry. Under the morning coffee, tucked in a newspaper, or underneath the toothpaste at the local pharmacy, will be poems from your friends and neighbors. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Whallonsburg Grange: Six Objects Winter Lyceum Series

grange lyceum series flyerThe Whallonsburg Grange has announced its winter Lyceum series, “More History of Everything in Six Objects.” The presenters will choose and discuss six objects that demonstrate the history, evolution, and significance of the common things around us. The lectures will occur on Tuesdays at 7:30 pm throughout the months of February and March.

The series opens on February 9, 2016 with architects Beverly Eichenlaub and Bryan Burke presenting “Six Buildings.” Admission for each lecture is $5, and free for students. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Fabulous 50s: Indian Lake’s Winterfest February 12–14

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Indian Lake’s 31st Annual Winterfest – The Fabulous 50s – will take place February 12 – 14, 2016, with activities planned for the whole weekend.

Friday afternoon will kick-off with a Winterfest Parade at 4:30 pm, featuring this year’s Queen, Jean Turner. There will be themed floats with the winners announced after the parade at the Indian Lake Restaurant & Tavern. A $50, Best Float prize will be awarded. Following the parade is the Annual Tricky Tray at Indian Lake Central School. The doors open at 6 pm. This is a benefit for the Indian Lake Central School Travel Club.  Indian Lake’s Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary will be serving breakfast at the fire hall 7 am to 10 am on Saturday, and 7 am to 11 am on Sunday.

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