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.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Cycle Adirondacks Bicycle Touring Event Planned

cycle adirondacksThe Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS’s) Cycle Adirondacks bicycle touring event will take place August 23-29, 2015. During the ride, cyclists will pedal amid the forests, lakes, and streams that make the Adirondack region a world-class destination.  Wildlife experts will be on hand to serve as wildlife and natural history guides. This year’s tour starts and ends in Saranac Lake and includes overnight stops in Star Lake, Boonville, Camden, Old Forge and Long Lake. There will be a extra day in Old Forge where riders can pedal an optional route or take the day off the bike and visit Old Forge and Inlet.

Registration includes three catered gourmet meals daily, free beer tastings each night, nightly live entertainment, a wellness area offering free massage, local shuttle services, fully stocked rest stops, prime camping spots, hot showers, baggage service, on-course safety support, activities for traveling companions not riding, and more. » Continue Reading.


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 22, 2015

Arbor Day Has Northern New York Roots

SeedlingplantingUSDAForestServ3003.75Muskrat Day. Velcro Appreciation Month. Hair Follicle Hygiene Week. Arbor Day. You know it’s an obscure event when the greeting-card trade hasn’t bothered to capitalize on it. I like to think the industry knows Arbor Day is worthy of a Hallmark line, but that they’ve decided to honor its spirit by conserving paper. (C’mon, it’s possible.)

While it’s not the best-known observance, Arbor Day has a respectable history, as well as local roots. Begun in 1872 by Adams, NY (Jefferson County), native J. Sterling Morton, Arbor Day was intended to highlight the need to conserve topsoil and increase timber availability in his adopted state of Nebraska. Though it began as an American tradition, Arbor Day, which is observed on the last Friday in April, is now celebrated worldwide. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Essex County Historians Holding Online Auction

museumStarting on May 1st and ending on May 10th, the Essex County Historical Society will auction a variety of local items to raise $8,000 to support the Adirondack History Center Museum’s collections, exhibits, education, and outreach programs.

The catalog of items ranges from golf at the Ausable Club, original art and prints from local artists, camp tuition at Camp Pok-O-MacCready, lodging packages, gift certificates to local stores, concert venues, and restaurants, and more. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr Celebration Sunday

MLK_March_Selma_1_eThe Saranac Lake Ecumenical Council will host a community celebration of the life and vision of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Sunday, April 19, at the First Presbyterian Church at 2 pm. The event will feature stories and songs of the Civil Rights Movement.

A testimony by a local resident, who participated in the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches, will dramatize the quest for voting rights for black Americans. By highlighting racial injustice in the South, the Selma marches contributed to passage that year of the Voting Rights Act, a landmark federal achievement of the American Civil Rights Movement. This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Selma marches. » 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.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Celebrating Earth Day’s 45th Anniversary

Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 1.09.07 PMMy family usually celebrates Earth Day with a trailhead cleanup. Our go-to spot is the Ampersand parking area on Route 3 between Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake. The Ampersand Parking area is the starting point for two popular trails, the Saranac Lake 6er Ampersand Mountain and a path to Middle Saranac Lake. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Pendragon Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival

IMG_3821Last year was the first time Saranac Lake’s Pendragon Theatre hosted a playwriting festival for young adults. My daughter and a friend were one of the many students that took advantage of the free day of theatre workshops.

The workshops focused on playwriting through fun, engaging exercises for children in grades K-6. Now in its second year, the format has slightly altered to allow excerpts and staged readings from local adult authors. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

22nd Annual Conference On The Adirondacks

Whiteface Mountain by Ken RimanyThe 22nd Annual Conference On The Adirondacks will be held at High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid on May 13 and 14, 2015. This year’s theme is “The Adirondack Forests – Opportunities for Diversity, Water Quality, and Innovation”.

This year’s keynote address, given by CEO of the American Forest Foundation Tom Martin, will be “Innovations and Trends in the Nation’s Forests and the Relationship to the Adirondacks”. Martin will address the social, economic, and environmental benefits forests provide to our communities, our nation, and the world. » Continue Reading.


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