Wednesday, June 29, 2016

44th Annual Forge Festival of Arts and Crafts

forge festivalThe annual Forge Festival of Arts and Crafts returns July 4, bringing over 40 skilled vendors to the Old Forge area. The Forge Festival of Arts and Crafts features an extensive assortment of food and handcrafted items.

The festival is anticipating many new and returning vendors this year. Local jeweler Mary Blanchard will be returning, along with potters, Greg Rudd and Dean White. There will also be a variety of food vendors offering more than 20 varieties of homemade fudge, as well as fresh roasted nuts, squeezed lemonade, and barbeque. » Continue Reading.


Monday, June 27, 2016

Skiffs to Sail Ferries: Vermont’s Small Boat Traditions

A Lake Champlain sail ferry (courtesy of the the Benson Museum, Benson, VT).Boat builder Douglas Brooks will present an illustrated program, “From Skiffs to Sail Ferries: The Story of Vermont’s Small Boat Traditions,” at the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at 7 pm.

Brooks will share his extensive research on historic boatbuilding traditions in Vermont and his work recreating some of these historic vessels.  » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 24, 2016

Town of Colton Announces Music Series , Riverside Performances

CPCS Students with Raffle BQsThe Town of Colton is gearing up for its summer series of music performances to be held at locations along the Raquette River. The Colton Riverside Performances are organized by the town’s Tourism & Beautification Committee in cooperation with the Colton Historical Society and others. As a Raquette River community, the town’s series continues to showcase groups with musicians and singers from communities along the 174-mile long river which begins at Blue Mountain Lake and flows into the St. Lawrence River at Akwesasne.

The following six performances — all on Wednesday evenings starting at 6:30 pm — will be held at venues in the hamlets of Colton and South Colton. The backup location for all performances is the town’s Pavilion at Swift Field in South Colton. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 24, 2016

Soundwaves Concert Series Announces Line-Up

soundwavesSoundwaves has announced the line-up of the 2016 summer concert series at Ballard Park in Westport. North Country resident and veteran Jazz trumpeter Taylor Haskins and his wife Catherine founded Soundwaves in 2014 when they accepted the role as volunteer organizers of the Westport Community Concert Series.

This years concert series will feature six diverse performances by internationally renowned artists. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts Summer Season

ALSTF flyer 2016Renowned Bass-Baritone George Cordes has performed with numerous operatic companies from the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera to Opera Boston and Houston Grand Opera to name (drop) a few.

Around the Adirondacks, Cordes brought the Demon Barber of Fleet Street to life in Pendragon Theatre’s performance of “Sweeney Todd” as well as Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha. His other regional performances through High Peaks Opera, the Northern Lights Choir and the Lake Placid Sinfonietta helped broaden the regions exposure to opera. Now Cordes is putting on a different hat and bringing his vast experience to spearhead the 2016 Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts Summer Theatre Festival. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Tupper Lake Tinman Set For Saturday

Athletes during the 2015 TOUGHMAN Tupper Lake Tinman competitionOne of the longest-running triathlons in the U.S., this year’s Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon features an increased number of registrations compared to recent years and a new Olympic-distance race. More than 500 athletes will compete in the 34th annual Tinman on June 25, compared with 390 entrants in 2015, and 375 in 2014.

The race is comprised of five different competitions: the Tinman Half Ironman, which includes a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run; the Sprint, with a .5 mile swim, 12.6 mile run, and 3.1 mile run; the Olympic distance, with a .93 mile swim, a 26 mile bike, and 6.2 mile run; the Relay, with teams of 2 to 3 members who swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles, and run 13.1 miles collectively; and the Aquabike category, which includes a 1.2 mile swim and 56 mile bike. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Golf Tournament To Benefit Adirondack Wildlife Refuge

black bear plays with golf course markerThe Craig Wood Golf Club in Lake Placid will host a second golf tournament to benefit the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge on Friday, June 24th.

Groups of one to four golfers may enter, single golfers will be paired up with other groups. The day will begin with breakfast at 9 am, tee time at 10, followed by lunch. There will be prizes and auctions for all sorts of gear, including a set of irons custom made by Andy Fawsett. Hit a hole in one, and win a car. Attendees will have the chance to meet birds of prey, along with Kiska, a young gray wolf, who’s known for making balls disappear. Local businesses still have time to sponsor a hole. » Continue Reading.


Monday, June 20, 2016

Chapman Museum Talk On Stereo View Photographers

The Freshet at Glens Falls April 22nd 1869 by George W. ConkeyThe Chapman Museum will host a talk on stereo view photographers, “Not Stoddard: Stereoviews,” on Tuesday, June 21 at 7 pm.

People often mistakenly assume that S. R. Stoddard was the only landscape photographer in the region, but he was just one of several who produced stereographs in the mid-to-late 19th century. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 17, 2016

SUP Fest, Guideboat Panel, Cardboard Boat Race On Tap

cardboard boatsThe final week of a month-long celebration of paddling and water-based activities kicks off this weekend in Saranac Lake with the Adirondack SUP Festival at Lake Colby beach.

The SUP festival, which is organized by Adirondack Lakes and Trails Outfitters, starts Friday and continues until Sunday. The festival will feature tours, clinics, gear demos, and races. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 17, 2016

Lake George Arts Project Sunset Cruise Benefit June 22th

lake george arts projectA Summer Sunset Cruise will take place on Wednesday, June 22, aboard the Adirondac to benefit the Lake George Arts Project. The boat, operated by Shoreline Cruises and located at Kurosaka Lane in Lake George Village, will board at 6:30 pm and sails from 7 to 9 pm.

On board will be food from several area restaurants, a silent auction featuring seasonal items and dining certificates, a raffle, and live music by PJ Ferguson. Proceeds from the outing will help fund upcoming events such as the Summer Concert Series in Shepard Park, the Lake George Jazz Weekend, and the Courthouse Gallery exhibition program. All of these programs are presented free to the public. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Frog Jumping and Ugly Ties: An Adirondack Father’s Day

2008615 Frogs #17My children have always embraced the nontraditional when it comes to gift giving. There have not been a lot of crazy ties or Old Spice that has crossed our door in anticipation of Father’s Day. Instead, my husband has endured his fair share of incompatible food tastings and inedible breakfast sandwiches. Like most fathers, he doesn’t really care what comes on the plate as long as he can spend time with his family.

According to the Town of Webb Publicity Director Mike Farmer, the Old Forge Frog Jumping and Ugly Tie Contest is about as nontraditional as one can get. For the past 44 years Old Forge has been the gathering spot for longest jumping frogs in the area. This event pits frog against frog in a series of categories like size, speed and longest jump.

“All frogs are safe and welcome here for Father’s Day,” says Farmer. “We make sure that the frogs have plenty of water and that they are released back into the wild. Annually over 30 frogs compete at the Old Forge Lakefront starting Sunday at noon. We run three heats of eight frogs each.” » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Sculptor Named Artist in Residence At Newcomb Interpretive Center

bumman photoThe Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC) in Newcomb has announced that sculptor George Bumann will be the Artist in Residence at the Center for the Summer of 2016.

Bumann, a native of Syracuse, currently resides in Gardiner, Montana. He grew up in his mother’s sculpture studio and after earning a master’s degree in wildlife ecology he combined his love of both art and nature in sculpture and and wildlife education.

In addition to teaching art and natural history programs, Bumann’s work is on permanent display at the National Museum of Wildlife Art and the C.M. Russell Museum. His outreach programs have been featured on both the Discovery and Travel channels. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Fort Ticonderoga Offering Specialty Tours This Summer

Fort Ticonderoga Guns By Night ProgramVisitors to Fort Ticonderoga will be able to immerse themselves in the history and natural beauty at the Fort during guided specialty tours this summer. Participants can witnesses the power of artillery during the Guns by Night tour; join the Soldier for an Evening program to enlist with your family and friends in the Continental Army; discover the history within the walls of the 1826 Historic Pavilion house during the Pavilion Promenade tour; and enjoy a sunset cruise aboard Fort Ticonderoga’s Vessel Carillon to discover why Lake Champlain is one of America’s most historic waterways. » Continue Reading.


Monday, June 13, 2016

Forest View Gala To Benefit View Arts Center In Old Forge

gala 2016View, the arts center in Old Forge, has announced its annual gala, Forest View, a fund-raising event that celebrates the future of arts programming on Friday, July 15.  Forest View offers guests the opportunity to support View’s future programming, while enjoying the elegant simplicity of nature.

The evening will begin at 5:30 pm with signature cocktails and a silent auction featuring donations from local artists and businesses. This will be followed by a live auction and dinner by The Horned Dorset Inn of Leonardsville. Dessert will be donated by the Great Pines Lodge on Fourth Lake.

Music and entertainment will be ongoing throughout the night, and Forest View organizers guarantee that guests will be in for a few surprises when it comes to performances and décor. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 10, 2016

Tri-Lakes Young Professionals Play important Role

photo of TLYP's boardAs the community foundation of the Adirondack region, we spend a lot of time in the community. Lately, we’ve noticed a promising trend: more and more young people are visiting the Tri-Lakes, and some of them are starting to move here to open up businesses or join the workforce. Sure, it’s anecdotal – but sometimes you have to trust what you’re seeing.

We commend the Tri-Lakes Young Professionals (TLYP) for convening the young people who’ve decided to make the Adirondacks their home, and for building a network that keeps growing by the day. » Continue Reading.


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