Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Adirondack Historic Preservation Projects Sought

Fanita Boathouse - 2014 AARCH Preservation AwardeeAdirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) is seeking nominations for their 2015 Historic Preservation awards.

The organization looks to recognize historic buildings that have been well-cared for over time, or brought back to life. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Johnny Prindle: The Joy of Laughter (Part 3)

JP 03A Ad1885IowaSince the Beedles & Prindle tour of 1883 wasn’t scheduled to begin until May, Johnnie Prindle performed Reuben Chandler and other favorites on the western circuit with the Oakes Brothers, who were more than happy to have one of the biggest traveling stars for the tidy sum of $500 per week ($12,000 in 2015).

The Beedles & Prindle Pleasure Party toured again that summer, reaching a wide audience, but also visiting their fans back home. A show was held for appreciative audiences in Plattsburgh at Palmer’s Hall, where Johnnie’s career began, and at Ticonderoga, where the Sentinel noted: “They are meeting with greater success than ever. Houses crowded every night, twelve star specialty artists, silver band and classic orchestra, and headed by the greatest of them all, Johnny Prindle.” » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Gore Mountain Region Community Fund Grants

Adirondack FoundationThe Community Fund for the Gore Mountain Region (CFGMR) is accepting applications from area schools, nonprofit organizations and local governments for its 2015 grant cycle.

A component fund of Adirondack Foundation, CFGMR was established in 2005 and offers grants to organizations in the towns of Johnsburg, Chester, Minerva, Horicon and Schroon. Grants will support community beautification, historic preservation, culture and the arts, education, recreation, and programs for youth and seniors. Grant requests are limited to $1,000. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Contemporary Rustic at Giant Mountain Studio

jon-swartwout-rhea-costello-matt-gregson-mary-stewartGiant Mountain Studio is host to a fine art gallery in Schroon Lake. Recently, an opening reception was held for Springtime at the Gallery – a group exhibit showcasing over 180 original works by 28 local and regional artists.

Various media are represented including paintings, photography, pottery and rustic furniture.

Traditional rustic style emphasizes rugged, natural beauty. It embraces nature-inspired textures, simple and earthy colors, and ultimately an unpretentious, organic warmth. While rustic style in its most traditional sense might appear heavy and dark today, a contemporary rustic style has emerged over the past few years that feels both fresh and real, light and grounded. Springtime at the Gallery is an exhibit with fine examples of this new rustic style. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

North Country Funnyman Johnny Prindle (Part 2)

JP 02A B&PColorAdIn March 1877, Johnnie Prindle left the troupe and joined wife Carrie at home for the birth of their first child together, daughter Vincentine. Family was important, but due to scheduling commitments, he rejoined the company before too long. After all, so many others were counting on the show’s star to help produce their income.

Tours lasted six to nine months, and sometimes a year, after which some performers took a break. Others, like Prindle often did, signed with different traveling shows and carried on. Earlier in the year, while on the road in Ontario, Johnny had begun advertising his pending availability. Before the tour ended in May, he had committed to a summer run with the Witherell Brothers’ Variety Combination, starring the locally famous siblings from Chateaugay, New York. For the remainder of the year they performed in towns and villages across Vermont. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Northern Forest Festival, Rubber Loon Race In Newcomb

SUNY ESF loon raceA Northern Forest Festival will take place May 23rd from 9 am to 4 pm. The festival, held at the Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC) at SUNY-ESF’s Newcomb Campus, is free and open to the public. The festival includes activities and demonstrations for all ages, including the 4th Annual Loon Race, the only race of rubber loons in the world.

The festival takes the place of Loons and Logs Day. “We wanted to create a more festive and fair-like atmosphere while keeping the focus on the natural and cultural history of the Adirondacks and Northern Forest region through hands-on, nature-based activities and programming,” program coordinator for ESF’s Northern Forest Institute Paul Hai said in an announcement to the press. The festival includes bird banding demonstrations, guided nature walks along the AIC trails, outdoor nature stations for kids, vintage guideboat tours of Rich Lake exploring its human and natural history, and vendors from local recreation and hospitality businesses. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Pete Seeger Tribute Planned For May 2nd

Pete Seeger and Clearwater Dona-Crawford-autunm_040-300x225Over 45 years ago, Pete Seeger used music to help with many social causes and he became deeply involved with the environmental movement. From his cabin near the Hudson River Pete Seeger traveled the world collecting music, writing songs and sharing other people’s music.

Seeger believed strongly in the power of song to bring people together and embolden them to create community and to heal. He saw that his beloved Hudson River was struggling for survival and felt that if people had intimate contact with the water and the land, they would want to help heal it. So he and his wife, Toshi, spearheaded an effort to build river sloop to take folks out to sail it – to feel the wind and the water, to sing and to solve big problems one song at a time. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, April 30, 2015

A Photography Shoot-Out In Paul Smiths

hartung_VICNightLightThere is a remarkable experiment on display in the gallery space of the Paul Smith’s College Visitors Interpretive Center (VIC). Twelve area photographers were invited to come out to the VIC between April 17 and 21 to capture images of the property. Then they had a couple of days to review their efforts, print, mat and frame them for this exhibit, which was hung on April 25.

The experiment was actually my idea. I absolutely love the challenges of plein air painting – hauling my paints and easel out to a view I like and spending a day creating a painting. I find it’s a wonderful way to totally immerse myself in that specific environment and put the rest of my life out of my mind for those enjoyable hours, not to mention the fresh air and (hopefully) sunshine. It’s like the difference between an impromptu talk and a rehearsed speech; you have to produce – right there – on the spot. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Second Weekend of Saranac Lake’s Daffest

IMG_6423Spring is finally here and Saranac Lake has thousands of daffodils starting to bloom as proof. The first weekend of the springtime Daffest tradition flew by with its “Try Mine” Pastry contest and Daffest Derby race, and now the final weekend approaches and all sorts of spring activities are on the docket.

My family always enjoys this ritual of spring. Mud season is a tough time. We don’t want to damage the fragile hiking trails, but we still want to explore outside. An easy fix is walking through Saranac Lake Village to see all the daffodils just starting to bloom. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Essex Community Fund Accepting Grant Applications

1024px-Octagonal_Schoolhouse,_north-western_faceThe Essex Community Fund (ECF) is accepting applications for 2015 grants.  ECF is a component fund of Adirondack Foundation and offers grants to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, schools, churches, and local government activities operating in the Town of Essex.

ECF awards grants in support of community beautification, historic preservation, culture, the arts, education, and programs for youth and senior citizens. » Continue Reading.


Monday, April 27, 2015

Johnny Prindle: The Joy of Laughter

JP 01A HeadThe recent loss of Robin Williams, whose death felt deeply personal to many who never actually knew him, reminded me of a North Country entertainer who shared a somewhat similar fate long ago. Although the man’s passing was not by his own hand, it was the suddenness of his “not being there” that was stunning and difficult for many thousands of fans. For like Williams, he had brought decades of laughter and great joy into their lives.

Johnnie Prindle was born in Plattsburgh, New York. The year? His gravestone says 1845; several census records say 1846; his marriage and death certificates say 1847. And age was only the first of many vagaries regarding his life in Plattsburgh. Little has been written about him, but two books purporting to provide the basic facts of his life are rife with errors. » Continue Reading.


Friday, April 24, 2015

Superheroes and Villains Is 2016 Winter Carnival Theme

SLWC-FinalLogo4cOutlines2013Members of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee have chosen “Superheroes and Villains” as the theme for the 2016 Carnival.

The theme was chosen from the top three ideas generated at the Committee’s March meeting which had been gathered from the public: Prehistoric Park, Superheroes and Villains, and Wizards and Dragons. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Broadway Veteran Directing Westport School Play

Broadway Veteran to direct Westport Central School PlayThe show will go on for this spring’s Westport Central School Drama Club production of  “Our Miss Brooks”. With the director of the play unexpectedly unavailable, the status of the production was left in question with opening night looming.

“I was speaking with members of Westport’s Depot Theatre board of trustees, who offered to try to help us resolve this time-sensitive situation,” Cynthia Johnston, Superintendent of Schools told the press. “And they came through with not only a director for us, but with a professional Broadway veteran with a familiar face!”
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Arbor Day Senior Citizen Poetry Contest

first_optFor the seventh year the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCS) has organized an Arbor Day Poetry Contest for Senior Citizens. SWCS Conservation Educator Caitlin Stewart started the contest as a way to reach an often overlooked and underserved demographic.

“My grandparents are very artistic and I see that spark they get when they create something,” says Stewart. “We do a lot with children through various events, like our Conservation Day for 5th and 6th graders and the Enviro-thon for high school students. This contest is a way to engage the Hamilton County Senior population.”

This year the theme Stewart has chosen is “Trees in Nature” in a free verse structure. Free verse poetry has no regular meter and rhythm and does not rhyme with fixed forms. Stewart provides an example of free verse through Walt Whitman’s poem Song of Myself.   Stewart does not list an age requirement, but leaves the definition of “senior” up to the discretion of the participant. The deadline for entry is April 23, Thursday. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Depot Theatre Announces 37th Season

Depot TheatreComplete with classic songs from the 60’s, zany romantic comedy and toe-tapping honky tonk, the Depot Theatre has announced its 2015 main stage lineup.  “The Bikinis” opens the season on July 10. A non-stop celebration of classics like “It’s In His Kiss,” “Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” “Heat Wave,” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” punctuate the story of a girl band’s 20-year reunion.

The opening musical is followed by “New York Water!”, a quirky, off-kilter adult romantic comedy. The story documents Albert and Linda’s relationship from their first fearful meeting in New York City through to the Midwest and on to the left coast as they search for meaning, happiness, and success. » Continue Reading.


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