Thursday, September 10, 2015

What’s On Your Adirondack ‘Must Read’ List?

Adirodnack Center for WritingWith a mission to cultivate the art of writing and the joy of reading, the Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW) in Saranac Lake is compiling a list of 46 “must read” Adirondack books.

All genres are welcome, from poetry to history to photography and fiction. Suggested books should feature an Adirondack theme or setting, or be written by a local author. » Continue Reading.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

History Hike Planned Near Penfield Museum

Morris Glenn Leading tour convertChamplain Area Trails (CATS) will present “On the Trail to the Monitor,” a short hike led by local historian Morris Glenn on Saturday, September 12 from 10 am to 1 pm.

The hike will begin at the Penfield Museum, 703 Creek Rd., in Crown Point. Participants will follow a short and easy half-mile route along the Old Ironville Road and Penfield Pond Trails as Glenn presents information on the history of the area and the USS Monitor. The Monitor was the first ironclad warship commissioned by the Union Navy during the American Civil War. » Continue Reading.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Battle of Plattsburgh Weekend, Sept 10-13

IMG_1318In the past the Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration had grown into a two-week celebration. Now, for the first year, the City of Plattsburgh has condensed the commemoration into a tightly packed four-day celebration this weekend, September 10-13.

According to Sandra Geddes, Promotions and Special Events Coordinator for the City of Plattsburgh, the goal for shortening the event was to bring the focus back to the historical aspect of the battle, keep all the elements that brought a variety of people to the area and present it all in a more concise format. » Continue Reading.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Great Adirondack Moose Festival Sept 26-27

IMG_4330 - Version 2 The 6th Annual Great Adirondack Moose Festival, New York State’s first ever moose-themed fete,will be held in Indian Lake, N.Y., September 26 and 27, 2015.

Moose-themed programs, games, contests, and exhibitions will be the main attraction during the weekend. The half-ton mammal has made a come-back in the Adirondacks, and several are known to be living in the Indian Lake area.  » Continue Reading.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

North Country Spay, Neuter Program Seeks Support

IMG_2631 kitten(1)The North Country SPCA (NCSPCA) has launched a campaign on Adirondack Gives, Adirondack Foundation’s crowdfunding site.  The NCSPCA is raising money for its low-cost Spay/Neuter Incentive Program, SNIP, which provides financial assistance for spaying and neutering pets.

Since November 2014, the SNIP program has helped nearly 150 local people spay and neuter their dogs and cats. » Continue Reading.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Lyon Mountain Iron Miners Personified Labor Day

LyMtMinesRaiseLabor Day honors the labor movement and the contributions of America’s workers, concepts that have been driven home for me many times through interviews with old-timers who helped build this country. Typical among them was Floyd Bracey, a proud Lyon Mountain iron miner who passed away in 1993. Referring to my factory job back then as “work” seemed unfair after learning about Mr. Bracey’s daily routine of more than three decades.

What follows are excerpts from our conversation in 1980 at the Bracey home in Lyon Mountain, about ten minutes west of Dannemora. » Continue Reading.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Newcomb’s TR Weekend September 11-13

TR Weekend logoThe Town of Newcomb will celebrate author, statesman, naturalist and historian Theodore Roosevelt at the annual TR Weekend, September 11-13, 2015.

The event includes re-enactors portraying TR (Joe Wiegand) and his mother, wife, two daughters, and niece (portrayed by five Newcomb Central School seniors). Also scheduled are free guided tours by horse-drawn wagon of Great Camp Santanoni, a bike tour of the Essex Chain Lakes, tours of the Upper Works mining area, a woodsmens’ demonstration, fishing tournament and other events for children, an ice cream social, and fireworks. “Meet The Roosevelt Women” will take place on Saturday at 6:30 pm at the Newcomb High Peaks Overlook on Route 28N.  » Continue Reading.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Art in the Adirondacks Events This Week (Sept 9)

AITA_NewsletterHeaderSeptember 9, 2015

Rustic Workshops – Make your own furniture – Bench/Table – Adirondack Museum email for more information

September 10, 2015

Adirondack Cultural Symposium – You are invited to join your colleagues from similar cultural organizations in the greater-Adirondack area at the Lake Placid Convention Center to discuss ways we can collectively achieve our individual missions better by collaboration. The Symposium is sponsored by and will be moderated by Jim Herman and David Mason of the Adirondack Futures Project. The format will be a morning of provocative presentations and round-tables discussions on topics of interest to all cultural organizations, such as increasing membership and attendance; using county, state and federal support services; opportunities for collaboration and cross-promotion, and so on. For more information visit » Continue Reading.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Wallface Rescue Underscores Peril Of Remote Climbs

Wallface MountainA complicated and difficult rescue last month on Wallface—the biggest cliff in the Adirondacks—reinforces the lesson that climbing in the backcountry is indeed a serious endeavor.

On August 17, a climber fell 60 to 80 feet on the second pitch of Diagonal, the most popular route on the 700-foot-tall cliff. A state police helicopter, 12 forest rangers, and two volunteer climbers responded to emergency—and they were assisted by two other climbers who happened to be on the same route. » Continue Reading.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Distressing Colors: Early Leaf Change An Unhealthy Sign

Early leaf colorIf trees held a race to see which would be among the first to have their leaves turn color, the winners would be losers. Premature leaf color change is a reliable indicator of failing health, and the worse a tree’s condition, the sooner it begins to turn.

Precious few places in the world have a fall color show like ours, and the display that northern hardwoods produce each autumn never fails to fill me with awe and appreciation. But when it starts in July, as was the case again this year on some roadside maples, I know those trees aren’t long for this world. In early August even some forest hardwoods growing on thin rocky soils began to show color, which is also unusual. » Continue Reading.

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