Trails in the eastern High Peaks, to the Dix Mountains, and to Giant Mountain are extremely crowded on summer weekends. The following dozen hikes are recommended for those who want to have a hiking experience similar to a High Peaks hike, including great scenic views, with much fewer people. » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack Railway Preservation Society, operator of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary with a variety of activities August 12th, including a vintage steam engine excursion.
The railroad was founded in 1992 by a group of rail enthusiasts that banded together to operate a four-mile section of the line from Thendara south to Minnehaha. Twenty-five years later the line now runs from Utica to Lake Placid and has been declared a National Historic Landmark and placed on the New York State Register of Historic Places. Over 79 miles of track have been returned to operation, and the railroad carries over 70,000 passengers annually, according to a statement sent to the press. » Continue Reading.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that several restricted Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) will be opened to the public in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties from Saturday, August 12, through Sunday, August 27, 2017.
Portions of these WMAs are marked as “Refuge” or “Wetlands Restricted Area” to allow waterfowl and other listed species to breed and raise young without interference from people. » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack History Museum will continue its summer lecture series with “Photographing the Adirondacks” with Nancie Battaglia on August 10th.
From the pages of Adirondack Life and the Adirondack Explorer to worldwide editions of Sports Illustrated, to the New York Times and National Geographic, Battaglia’s visual stories capture human interest features, breaking news, peak action sports and striking scenery. An active outdoor enthusiast, she is an ADK 46er twice. » Continue Reading.
Photographer Mark Bowie will present an illustrated talk, “Night over the Northeast,” on Tuesday, August 8 at 7 pm at the Chapman Museum in Glens Falls.
Based on his ongoing project to photograph the landscapes of New York and New England at night, Bowie will share the thought processes and techniques used to produce spectacular nocturnal images of the region’s mountains, woods, waters, villages and coastlines. » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (formerly the Adirondack Museum) will celebrate its 60th anniversary on Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 10 am to 5 pm.
Fire Magick Hula Dance performances will be held at 11 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm, and 30-minute hula hoop workshops at 12:15, 2:15 and 4:15 pm. Musical performances will include the Adirondack Jazz Orchestra playing Big Band songs from the ‘50s, with a dance party by Dance Sanctuary at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm; The Non-Committals at 2:30 pm; and JamCrackers, featuring traditional and original songs of the Adirondacks, at 4 pm. » Continue Reading.
Once again the Lake George Music Festival is back with a prestigious lineup of over 80 musicians from around the world. The festival provides a buffet of musical options from orchestra and chamber music concerts, workshops to free open rehearsals, rooftop chamber dinners or evening steamboat cruises.
President and CEO Alexander Lombard helped create the Lake George Music Festival in 2011 and continues to bring world-class chamber music to the southern Adirondacks. From August 11-24, musicians are scheduled to perform in intimate settings such as the St. James Episcopal and Sacred Heart churches, Lake George Club, The Marriott Rooftop, and Lake George Steamboat Company. » Continue Reading.
2017 Tupper Lake Tinman participants contributed $398,927 in direct spending to the region according to a survey sponsored by the Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce and the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST). The survey was distributed to this year’s race participants via email, in their race packet and on the event website.
One of the longest-running triathlons in the U.S., the race celebrated its 35th year with a field of 594 athlete participants on June 24th. The race is sponsored by the Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce.
The Depot Theatre offers a professional apprenticeship for young artists (ages 11-15) that covers a broad spectrum of theatrical skills and experiences. These include scene composition, set and costume design, voice and movement training, improvisation, and acting skills. This summer’s apprenticeship culminates with the Depot Apprentice Showcase, two public performances where the apprentices will demonstrate what they have learned to a live audience.
Featuring Shakespeare’s rude mechanicals from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and an array of contemporary movements and monologues the Depot Apprentice Showcase performances will take place on Friday, August 4th at 5 pm on the Depot Theatre main stage and Saturday, August 5th at 6 pm outdoors in Ballard Park. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. » Continue Reading.
Champlain Area Trails (CATS) and Essex Initiatives have completed construction of the new informational kiosk in the heart of Essex.
The kiosk, located behind the Essex Town Hall right by the sidewalk, highlights outdoor recreation opportunities in and around Essex and points visitors and residents alike to local businesses and community activities. It’s visible to visitors traveling through Essex, especially those arriving by ferry. » Continue Reading.
Recently, I was returning from Nubble Cliff in the Giant Mountain Wilderness when I passed a tent on the southeast shore of the Giant’s Washbowl and heard someone breaking branches or dead trees, presumably gathering wood for a campfire.
Campfires are an Adirondack tradition. Who doesn’t like a fire when sleeping under the stars? Nevertheless, I couldn’t help thinking that this was not good for the environment. Rather, it was destructive. » Continue Reading.
UPDATED 5:45 PM, Wednesday, 8/2: The body of Ralph W. ‘Skip’ Baker, 50, of Rochester, the hiker missing in the Adirondack High Peaks since Sunday, was found about 11 am Tuesday, August 1, 2017 in a ravine near the east branch of the AuSable River in the town of Keene. Mike Lynch at Adirondack Explorer has the latest on that recovery.
The incident comes on the heels of another busy weekend for Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks during which they conducted several other successful searches, and several rescues. These included a 13-year old boy who survived a 25-foot fall at Shelving Rock Falls on the East Side of Lake George; three rescues by helicopter, including an overnight rescue from Bushnell Falls; and a carry-out from near the top of Bald Mountain.
What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. You can find all of DEC’s Forest Ranger Search and Rescue Reports here. » Continue Reading.
Adirondack Lakes Alliance Inc., representing lake and river associations throughout the Adirondack region, has named the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP), as the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Stewardship Award.
This award is presented annually by ALA to an organization or individual advancing significant contributions in protecting and preserving Adirondack waters. APIPP will receive this award at the 2017 Adirondack Lakes Alliance Symposium being held at Paul Smith’s College on August 11th. » Continue Reading.