Adirondack Life magazine is celebrating 50 years in print with a 50th Anniversary Issue, which is now available at local newsstands and bookstores.
When the first copies of Adirondack Life rolled off the presses as a supplement to a Warrensburg newspaper in December 1969, the lead type had been set by hand, the photographs were taken with film cameras, and there was no such thing as the Internet.
Fifty years and countless technological advances later, Adirondack Life still connects readers to the people and places that make up the six-million-acre Adirondack Park.
The 50th Anniversary Issue includes essays from novelist Russell Banks, on the emotional resonance of his Keene home; The End of Nature writer and activist Bill McKibben, on the Adirondacks’ next 50 years; Bringing Out the Dead author Joe Connelly, on finding home in Johnsburg; and Four Fish author Paul Greenberg, on how a summer in the Adirondacks changed his career path.
There’s also a who’s who of Adirondack hermits; a photo feature comparing Adirondack scenes from decades ago to today; and photographs by Carl Heilman II, Johnathan Esper, Nancie Battaglia and other frequent Adirondack Life contributors.
Now based in the Brick Church on the village green in Jay, award-winning Adirondack Life produces eight issues per year, including the Outdoor Guide to the Great Outdoors and At Home in the Adirondacks.
This Adirondack Park resident is proud to say that I possess a full run of Adirondack Life, from Vol. 1 No. 1 to today. It is my favorite magazine, and always has been. I even find myself using it as a resource from time to time, when writing or preparing a talk. Sometimes I just go back and re-read favorite articles.
It’s a great resource, especially with the indexes!