The Adirondack Museum will host FrostFest, Saturday through Sunday, Feb. 13 – 21, from 10 am to 4 pm with free exhibitions, a rare opportunity to explore the Adirondack Museum campus during the winter season, activities for families, shopping and free coffee in the museum store, and more.
Weather permitting, free FrostFest activities will include the opportunity to tramp around the museum campus on snowshoes, play winter games, build snow people, browse and learn more about winter, snow, and ice in their reading nook, seek out Adirondack animal tracks in the snow, take a stroll to the Lake View Deck and marvel at frozen Blue Mountain Lake, and more. Many of the museum exhibitions will also be open at no charge during FrostFest, including:
• A Sense of Place: Ellen Phelan’s Kenjockety, a new temporary exhibition featuring 24 prints which explore the landscapes of artist Ellen Phelan’s Lake Champlain estate
• Weaving a Legacy: Mohawk Basketry Traditions, a new temporary exhibition delving into the history and contemporary cultural significance of Mohawk basketry in the Adirondack region, featuring artifacts from the Akwesasne Cultural Center
• Work in the Woods: Logging the Adirondacks, with its sprinkler wagon used by lumberjacks to ice down winter roads and make timber hauling easier
• Woods and Waters: Outdoor Recreation in the Adirondacks, including an Olympics gallery with gold medals and other artifacts from the 1932 and 1980 Lake Placid Winter Games and the cabin where Adirondack hermit Noah John Rondeau lived during many winters, styling himself as “Mayor of Cold River City (Population: 1)”
• Boats & Boating in the Adirondacks, featuring displays of Adirondack guideboats and wooden canoes built by John Henry Rushton, including the famous Sairy Gamp
Visitors can also explore the free Celebration of Community History exhibition in the lower level of the Visitor Center, featuring historical objects and stories from around the Adirondacks, including canister rounds from Fort Ticonderoga’s French and Indian War era, photos documenting the maple-sugar operations of the Horseshoe Forestry Company in St. Lawrence County, wooden dishes made by Tupper Lake’s Oval Wood Dish Company, artifacts from Arto Monaco’s design studio and the Land of Makebelieve, and more.
FrostFest festivities will also include Skywatch on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 7 pm, a free evening devoted to the stars of winter, including a presentation and Q&A session in the museum auditorium with amateur astronomer Jamie Thomas, and a walk outside to the Great Lawn (weather permitting) to look for specific stars and planets (bring flashlights and binoculars). Skywatch is part of the Indian Lake SnoCade festival.
To learn more about the Adirondack Museum call (518) 352-7311 or visit AdirondackMuseum.org.
Photo of Blue Mountain Lake from the Adirondack Museum campus provided.