Thursday, June 12, 2014

Celebrating Father’s Day In The Adirondacks

d8318bd2-ce67-275d-7a457cecb603a4e6Celebrating Father’s Day is easy in the Adirondacks.  My children  plan on honoring their father with a day highlighting his  favorite things. With numerous mountains to climb and streams to fish, the ability to have fun is around every corner.

It’s nice that my children don’t have to opt for the stereotypical new tie or coffee mug to show their appreciate to the man who gave them life. That doesn’t mean my husband won’t get another hand-painted mug and a few crazy ties. Whatever my husband is gifted I know he will appreciate , but he would rather be outside and active.

Here are a couple of events happening this weekend that are all about spending quality time together.

If getting to listen to some great bands is something your father would favor head to Lake George for Maggie’s Music Festival at Towers Hall at Fort William Henry. From 2-9 pm on Sunday a great mixture of Capital and North Country talent are donating their time for a good cause. The $25 admission all goes to defray the cost of 26-year-old Maggie Munoff’s kidney transplant and treatment. Besides a wonderful Father’s Day full of music, all funds will go to help a father’s daughter remain healthy and strong.

Sunday, June 15 lineup is:

2:00 – 2:45…..Jonathan Newell

3:00 – 4:00…..Capital Zen “unplugged”

4:15 – 5:00…..Bobby Kendall

5:15 – 6:15…..SOBGOBLIN

6:30 – 9:00…..The Wonder Beards

If your father is a history buff perhaps a visit to Bolton Landing’s French & Indian War Reenactment is in order. The two-day festival is taking place on Saturday and Sunday (June 14-15) 10 am – 6 pm at Rogers Memorial Park. Let your father escape to the 1750s to see what times were like. There will be plenty of activities and attractions for people of all ages.Battle times will commence at 2 pm each day.

Old Forge starts off a weekend full of activity with its 17th annual Father’s Day Weekend Parade on Friday, June 13. The next day cars will be judged during the car show held at Hiltebrant Recreation Center on North Street with prizes given for Best in Show and Best Antique Car. Sunday gives father’s an opportunity to show off any of their new or old Father’s Day gifts with an Outrageous Tie contest and Frog Jumping contest. Of course, no frogs are harmed for this contest and all are released. I can’t say the same for the ties.  Prizes are awarded for largest and smallest frogs as well as the longest jumper.

Happy Father’s Day!

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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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