Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Adirondack Family Activities: Adirondack Lecture Series

2013_POMACLecture_Series_poster_2013Though our family always enjoys the numerous Adirondack trails, we also like to experience rich history through lectures available at a variety of wonderful venues. Not only are these lectures led by experts, it is an inexpensive way to entertain a crowd as well as a delightful way to learn more about a wide range of topics.

Those of us with young people can take advantage of the benevolence of the speaker or performer. Most people graciously answer questions or enjoy showing people of all ages the tricks of their trade. Whether it’s a fabulous round of storytelling by Chris Shaw or an historical retelling from Heaven Up-h’isted-ness!’s Sharp Swan, here is just a sampling of places to go and lectures to hear.

The Adirondack Museum conducts a Sunday Cabin Fever Lecture Series. Though most are held right at the Adirondack Museum’s auditorium, Chris Shaw will be performing at the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek on February 24th (Free/Adirondack Museum members, $5/non-members) with Lies Will Be Told Today, documenting an Adirondack life through original songs and stories.  The other Sunday Cabin Fever lectures will take place at the Adirondack Museum’s auditorium in Blue Mountain Lake.

On February 28 at 7:00 pm Sharp Swan, contributing writer of the book Heaven Up H’istedness: the History of the Adirondack Forty- Sixers and the High Peaks of the Adirondacks, will be discussing the mountain guides; from early Adirondack history to present day conservationists at te Pok-O-MacCready Outdoor Education Center. Though donations are welcome the lecture is free and open to the public. Swan’s lecture will conclude the 4th annual Cabin Fever lecture Series in Willsboro.

Also on the 28th,  join artist Sandra Hildreth at the Paul Smith’s College VIC for Glacier and Yellowstone Parks through an Artist’s Eyes. The Paul Smith’s College VIC hosts Armchair Traveler Lecture Series on Thursdays at 7:00 pm with a variety of topics from Paleomagnetism and the Adirondacks to the experiences of a VIP guest on a NASA Mars Exploration Launch. Please call the Paul Smith’s College VIC at (518) 327-6241 for more information.

The Adirondack Mountain Club at Heart Lake always presents an exciting range of subject matter from the upcoming musical talents of Annie and the Hedonists (http://annieandthehedonists.com/) to the “Four More Feet” documentary about blind hiker Randy Piece.

Fort Ticonderoga hosts “Fort Fever” each month through April exploring the rich history of Fort Ticonderoga with Boston’s Evacuation Day or through a walking tour of the many entrenchments built to defend Ticonderoga in 1776.

This is just the short list of Adirondack lectures. There are also programs available through local libraries and clubs. Just pick your topic and enjoy meeting with a group of like-minded folk. Enjoy!


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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

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