Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Adirondack Museum Opens Friday For 58th Season

AdkMuseum_jasperMy family has been madly dusting off the winter muck with our annual springtime rituals. We’ve shoveled seemingly endless piles of road sand from our driveway. We’ve mended sails and cleaned off boats. We’ve checked life-jackets sizes and replaced the winter equipment with summer gear. We are not the only ones that have spent these spring days making sure everything is set for a perfect summer.

The Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake has spent its winter months setting up new special exhibits as well as scheduling its family programing, lectures series and events to make sure everything is set for its May 22 opening.

According to Marketing Assistant Paige Doerner the Adirondack Museum has five special exhibits this summer. She also encourages year-round residents to take advantage of the free admission Sundays during the open season.

“We have been offering year-round residents free admission on Sundays for several years now,” says Doerner. “In addition to Sundays, residents can visit for free every day the museum is open [through May] and in October. Residents can also take advantage of our ½ price membership offer. That way they can come visit anytime they wish. That offer is open in anyone living in the counties falling within the Blue Line.”

The new exhibits and offered events highlight the diversity of the Adirondack Park. A special collaboration with the Akwesasne Cultural Center brings “Weaving a Legacy: Basketry Traditions,” while a presentation of the collectables of “Arto Monaco and the Land of Makebelieve” sheds light on the artist’s vast work. The other exhibits are “Gone Camping: Outfitting the Adirondack Campsite, “Sonic Hotel Lost and Found Sounds of the Adirondacks” as well as a contemporary exhibition of Ellen Phelan’s landscapes and gardens from her Lake Champlain estate.

Naturalist Ed Kanze will also be back in July and August for nature walks to historic Minnow Pond. Currently the only access to Minnow Pond is through the guided walks for an additional ticket ($10/non-members, $5/members). Those walks take place every Thursday from July 2- September 24 at 11 am and 2:30 pm.

“Ed’s commentary adds depth to each nature walk. He ties in the history of the land with the effects of lumbering and equipment. The trail was always there, but we’ve spent time recently improving it. It has been a trail since the [Adirondack Museum] property was first the Blue Mountain House,” says Doerner. “Guests used to be taken to Minnow Pond to fish.”

Doerner mentioned that there are even extended hours in July and August. Appropriately dubbed “Museum Monday Nights,” the grounds and exhibitions will be open until 7:30 pm through the summer. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic or enjoy fare from the Lake View Café. Museum Monday Nights will coincide with the Monday evening lectures series. Enjoy! 

Photo of Adirondack Museum special exhibits used with the permission of Diane Chase,


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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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