The Adirondack Almanack http://www.adirondackalmanack.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:00:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Loon Lake: A First Lady’s Failed Adirondack Curehttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/09/loon-lake-a-first-ladys-failed-adirondack-cure.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/09/loon-lake-a-first-ladys-failed-adirondack-cure.html#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:00:30 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=48142 cottageIn the summer of 1892, the wife of President Benjamin Harrison, Caroline Scott Harrison, became extremely ill. She primarily suffered from tuberculosis, but experienced complications from pleurisy and the accumulation of fluid in her chest. Medical treatment of T. B. at the time mainly amounted to having the patient rest. For this reason, it was felt that a stay in the Adirondacks offered the best chance for restoring the First Lady’s health.

Early in July, the journey from Washington, D.C. to Loon Lake was undertaken, via a special train. The Troy Daily Times dutifully reported on the train’s progress. It arrived in Troy in the wee hours of the morning on July 7, then proceeded to » Continue Reading.

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Adirondack Salamanders: The Red-Spotted Newthttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/09/adirondack-salamanders-the-red-spotted-newt.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/09/adirondack-salamanders-the-red-spotted-newt.html#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:30:10 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=48365 800px-Notophthalmus_viridescensPCCA20040816-3983AEarly autumn is the time fog frequently shrouds valleys in the morning, and a heavy dew regularly coats unprotected surfaces for several hours after sunrise. As the atmosphere begins to cool with the change in seasons, moist conditions often develop at night and can continue well after dawn. This is ideal for our various terrestrial amphibians, which require damp surroundings for their survival. Among the members of these moisture sensitive vertebrates is the red-spotted newt, a unique form of salamander that goes on the move as the foliage changes color.

Unlike other amphibians, the newt is a creature that experiences a second metamorphosis during the course of its life. In early to mid spring, shortly after » Continue Reading.

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Lawrence Gooley: The Abysmal Notion of Banning Bookshttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/09/lawrence-gooley-the-abysmal-notion-of-banning-books.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/09/lawrence-gooley-the-abysmal-notion-of-banning-books.html#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:10:53 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=48352 BBW14_CoverArt_op1 CRBanned Books Week, which ended a few days ago, is an annual event sponsored by the American Library Association and a number of other organizations representing authors, publishers, journalists, teachers, and anti-censorship sentiments. While pondering the mindset that would limit what others can read, it occurred to me that some of my own books, and many others tied to the Adirondack region, have the potential to be challenged by those who do such things. Seems ludicrous, but it’s true.

The tendency is to dismiss book-banners as nutjobs or fanatics, but here’s the truth: for school libraries and public libraries, topping the list of ban seekers are parents, patrons, administrators, board members, teachers, and pressure groups, » Continue Reading.

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Blue Mountain Lake’s Thacher Island Revisitedhttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/09/blue-mountain-lakes-thacher-island-revisited.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/09/blue-mountain-lakes-thacher-island-revisited.html#comments Sun, 28 Sep 2014 16:00:54 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=48196 GHTSr & TomYou see me here standing where my great-great grandfather George Hornell Thacher Sr. once stood on the porch of the family lodge built in 1867 on Thacher Island on Blue Mountain Lake.   The photo is not dated but given his aged appearance (no, the guy on the left), I believe it to be from the early 1880s.

My father spoke of visiting his uncle on the island as a young boy in the 1940s.   No Thacher has had the opportunity to walk the island since then. It had always been a dream of mine to visit my family’s first summer home. A dream fulfilled thanks to the hospitality of John and Janet O’Loughlin, whose » Continue Reading.

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Lost Brook Dispatches: A Promotional Adirondack Quizhttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/09/lost-brook-dispatches-a-promotional-adirondack-quiz.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/09/lost-brook-dispatches-a-promotional-adirondack-quiz.html#comments Sat, 27 Sep 2014 18:12:18 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=48341 the view from NewcombLast time Amy and I were at Lost Brook Tract we were talking about how to promote the Adirondack Region to people who know little or nothing about it.  The default approach for decades has been to promote it as something like Vermont, the Berkshires or the Poconos:  cozy resorts, Adirondack chairs, pretty scenery, shopping, tourist sites and an overriding rustic chic.  That’s all well and good, but in a time when more and more people crave mountains and wild places, when camping and hiking are the leading recreational pursuits, I have wondered why we don’t try to promote the Adirondacks in a different way.

As many of you know, outside the region » Continue Reading.

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ADK Shakespeare Company Presenting Autumn Seasonhttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/09/adk-shakespeare-company-presenting-autumn-season.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/09/adk-shakespeare-company-presenting-autumn-season.html#comments Sat, 27 Sep 2014 15:15:45 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=48269 ADK flagThe Adirondack Shakespeare Company (ADK Shakes) is gearing up for its second Autumn Season. 2014 saw ADK Shakes bring the Park a total of five full productions by William Shakespeare as well as an original play for children penned by the Company’s Executive Director, Patrick Siler. Two more productions are about to get underway: Macbeth and The Taming of the Shrew.

“What’s special about this fall is that we are beginning a year-long celebration of our Fifth Anniversary Season,” says Siler. “Macbeth is one of the titles that we produced in our very first summer in Schroon Lake, and we are very excited to revisit each one of those show’s over the next year.” In » Continue Reading.

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Fall Foliage At Lake Placidhttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/09/fall-foliage-at-lake-placid.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/09/fall-foliage-at-lake-placid.html#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 20:00:14 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=48331 Lake Placid Fall foliage will be at or near peak this weekend in the Lake Placid area. John Warren’s Outdoor Conditions Report, which is issued each week, calls for near peak conditions through this weekend in the High Peaks Region. Couple that with favorable weather and it should be a great time to get out to enjoy the fall colors.

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This Week’s Adirondack Web Highlightshttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/09/this-weeks-adirondack-web-highlights-213.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/09/this-weeks-adirondack-web-highlights-213.html#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 19:00:12 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=47566