Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Woof Stock Festival To Take Over Chestertown

WoofStockChestertown is going to the dogs next weekend with activities geared toward man, woman, and child’s best friend.  Woof Stock will take place June 20-21.

According to Adirondack Woof Stock Chairperson Cindy Mead the new event is an opportunity for current dog owners, or want-to-be canine owners, to travel back to the 60s for a weekend of “peace, paws and music.” » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Dark Skies Over Cranberry Lake

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This year I had the opportunity to stay at the Cranberry Lake State Campground for National Trails Day weekend. Clear skies were forecast Saturday night so I brought my camera to the beach to capture some photos. Here you can see the Milky Way rising above the trees. This place offers some of the darkest skies in the Adirondacks.


Monday, June 8, 2015

Notes From The ACW Publishing Conference

HeavenHill01On Saturday we made our first-ever visit to Heaven Hill Farm in Lake Placid, where the Adirondack Center for Writing Publishing Conference was held. My wife and business partner Jill Jones served with me on the panel of self-publishers that included Gary VanRiper and Jamie Sheffield. We shared different experiences and answered a variety of questions. Hopefully it was helpful to some of the attendees. After the panel’s portion ended, we visited with some of the authors and answered more questions. » Continue Reading.


Monday, June 8, 2015

Nonprofit Leadership Seminar Set For June 18th

Adirondack FoundationThe Essex Community Fund (ECF) and Adirondack Foundation will host a Nonprofit Leadership Seminar at the College for Every Student office on Thursday, June 18.

The seminar, “Building a Strong Fundraising Board,” will be led by Dick Walker, principal of R.O. Walker Company LLC and senior consultant at Orr Associates Inc., a nonprofit consulting firm with offices in Washington and in New York. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, June 6, 2015

Ed Zahniser: What Crane Mountain Said

Crane MountainIn geological lore Crane Mountain is a monolith, “one rock.” From our Mateskared cabin porch in Bakers Mills Crane is “the view.” Up close and personal, Crane harbors a pond. The summit once had a staffed fire tower, but aircraft surveillance and then satellite monitoring made it obsolete.

Until I saw Half Dome and El Capitan in Yosemite National Park in California, I found it difficult to grasp Crane as one rock, partly because forests and blueberry plants cover much of Crane. When I sit up there and look across the pond to low cliffs on the far shore, wonder if this diverse scene can be set on one rock? But is not all Earth one rock — its bump-and-grind lithosphere, at least? We are all campers and sojourners on one rock? » Continue Reading.


Thursday, June 4, 2015

Adirondack History Museum Car Show June 13th

car show 1Car enthusiasts will be on hand displaying muscle cars, vintage roadsters, hot rods and more at the Adirondack History Museum’s 4th Annual Antique and Classic Car Show on Saturday, June 13th from 10 am to 3 pm. These vintage cars will be exhibited on the museum grounds behind the pavilion off Hand Avenue in Elizabethtown. Admission is free. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, June 4, 2015

Westport Concert Series Planned For Ballard Park

Soundwaves PosterA second summer concert series at Ballard Park in Westport on Lake Champlain is being curated by veteran Jazz trumpeter Taylor Haskins. The Soundwaves series will include seven free performances by internationally renowned artists.

The 2015 summer series begins July 2nd at 7:30 pm and continues every Thursday night through August 13th on the hillside amphitheater overlooking Lake Champlain, known as the Ballard Park Performance Pavilion. Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics are encouraged. The rain site is across Main Street in the historic chapel of the Westport Heritage House. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Best Adirondack Books of 2014 Honored

acw logoOn Sunday, writers, editors, publishers, and book lovers gathered at the Blue Mountain Center in Blue Mountain Lake to learn the winners of the Adirondack Center for Writing’s annual Adirondack Literary Awards.

The awards celebrate and acknowledge books written by Adirondack authors or published in the region in the previous year.  A record nine awards were given this year: 2 in the fiction category, 2 in the children’s literature category, and Best Memoir was shared between 2 books. Other honors went to Best Book of Poetry, Best General Nonfiction, and the popular People’s Choice Award. » Continue Reading.


Monday, June 1, 2015

Current Events on the Local Book Scene

BooksImageJW01There’s a lot going on in the world of books at this time that will affect writers everywhere, including the Adirondack region. BookExpo America and BookCon, held at the Javits Center in New York City, ended on May 31, the same day that regional book awards were presented at Blue Mountain Lake by the Adirondack Center for Writing. On June 6–7, the ACW’s annual Publishing Conference is being held in Lake Placid. From 2:45 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, my partner, Jill Jones, and I will be serving on the self-publishing panel, along with Jamie Sheffield and Gary VanRiper. The hope is to offer useful advice on things that have worked for each of us, thus helping others to avoid pitfalls and use resources wisely. » Continue Reading.


Friday, May 22, 2015

Annual Neighbor Day at View in Old Forge

view old forge neighbor dayView in Old Forge will host their annual Neighbor Day on Sunday, June 7, from 12 pm to 4 pm. View hosts local and national exhibits, performances, workshops and special events in its LEED Silver-certified green-built and green-run building. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-building strategies and practices.

The 28,000 square foot building includes a state-of-the-art performance hall, expanded exhibition galleries, and dedicated workshop and ceramic studios, as well as a gift shop. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Adirondack Museum Opens Friday For 58th Season

AdkMuseum_jasperMy family has been madly dusting off the winter muck with our annual springtime rituals. We’ve shoveled seemingly endless piles of road sand from our driveway. We’ve mended sails and cleaned off boats. We’ve checked life-jackets sizes and replaced the winter equipment with summer gear. We are not the only ones that have spent these spring days making sure everything is set for a perfect summer.

The Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake has spent its winter months setting up new special exhibits as well as scheduling its family programing, lectures series and events to make sure everything is set for its May 22 opening. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Johnny Prindle: The Funnyman’s Last Lines

JP 04A Ad1888SyrExpectations were high for Johnnie Prindle‘s newest production, “Reuben Glue, or Life Among the Bushrangers”, about the adventures of a Vermont Yankee farmer in the wilds of Australia, but if anything,  he exceeded them.

As the reviews rolled in from packed opera houses and SRO theaters in Syracuse, Buffalo, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and elsewhere, it was clear that Reuben Glue as portrayed by Johnnie was a tour de force. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Art History: Return To The Opalescent Flume

IIA labeled diggory and minneryAfter our first trip in June 2001 to try to locate the painting location of Alexander Helwig Wyant’s “Flume of the Opalescent,” Catherine Minnery and I returned in July with more success.

We had the help of Steve Langdon, who at the time was the caretaker of the Interior Outpost at nearby Lake Colden, and who had been to the flume before.

We were also better prepared with rope to aid the descent into the flume and with fuller sets of art supplies for an entire day of drawing and painting. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Ed Zahniser: From Yard Rocks to Big Rock

Photo by Alice Zahniser courtesy of the Zahniser familyUnder the big maple tree above the northwest corner of our barn at Mateskared a large rock holds a mixed history for me. It’s a rounded-off triangular solid. As kids my three siblings and I slid down it, putting the seats of pants at risk. A rounded pocket two-thirds down its topmost, steepeer slope transformed the rock as stone throne. Part of my memory of this rock is photographic – and false. I recalled a snapshot of my father Howard Zahniser and me on the rock about 1950. I wear a beanie cap. But later finding the photo, I discovered we are on a different rock, farther uphill, now hidden in recovering pasture. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

John Brown Lives! And LP Film Forum Screen Films

Selma10 courtesy ParamountPictures May15 LPCA multifaith marchersLearning about history through books is a wonderful way to be able to view a wide spectrum of events. In additional to hitting the books, my family tries to take advantage of the numerous local history opportunities. On May 9th the John Brown Lives! organization hosted its annual celebration honoring the life and legacy of abolitionist John Brown at the Lake Placid John Brown Farm and Gravesite. » Continue Reading.


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