Friday, April 3, 2020

Adirondack Experience Goes Virtual-only for 2020

adirondack experience workshopAdirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX), is going virtual to reach its 2020 audiences, rather than opening its campus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“It is unclear at this time whether the compulsory closing of public gathering places will be lifted in time for the July – August period when we see most of our visitors… Our concern for the health and safety of our staff and visitors outweighs our desire to provide in-person programming this season. The current uncertainty also makes it impossible for us to hire seasonal staff who operate our gift shop and café, our boating experience and children’s programs, as well as engaging visitors in our galleries.” said David Kahn, ADKX Executive Director in a press release.

ADKX Staff are currently working to develop virtual programming for the rest of the year, in order to make its various collections and experts available to the public in innovative ways. They provide free programming to over 11,000 young students both onsite and at school, and the staff will begin to offer those students the opportunity to continue their learning from home. Content will also be made available for adults, and to complement their virtual exhibits. To learn more, or to view ongoing updates about the ADKX and its virtual programs, visit their website here.

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11 Responses

  1. Sandor says:

    Well apparently our mealy mouthed Gov. once again shows his disrespect for upstate.We didn’t vote for him.So now while we (upstate) were social distancing,quarantining and staying at home our NYC hierarchy were roaming like high society. My heart goes out to all in Medical/PD/FD/USPS etc..The blatant disregard is sickening.Why wasn’t anything enforced in NYC.And yet the subways are still running,parks are open, travel is unrestricted and finally after it’s an epicenter does our Gov. decide to do something other than show his disdain for his voters by saying stay home! The so called mayor of NY is a complete waste of space.Now it’s a death sentence because our Gov. failed to act.Dont let the hood be pulled over your eyes by the Pelosi/Shumer/Dems fake drama.When are Gov. says beverage marts and wine- liquor stores are essential but gun shops are not open your eyes.Our President is doing a great job along with his staff!!When Dr. Fauci is getting death threats its another eye opener. Now we (upstate) have to give up are med supplies for those who ignored and weren’t quarantined. I will give up my supplies for every Medical/ FD/PD/USPS employee on the spot.Please be safe and god bless!

  2. al says:

    I think ‘Sandor’s’ Reply is totally inappropriate to this article and should be removed. This is not the forum nor the time for political rants (especially the uninformed and wrong ones).

    On the matter of the museum closing – I think they are doing a disservice to the local community and economy by making the decision so early. The leadership there has taken a turn for the worse. The community should have been contacted as soon as the decision was on the table. Many lodging and food service businesses depend on the traffic of museum visitors.

  3. Dana says:

    “I think ‘Sandor’s’ Reply is totally inappropriate to this article and should be removed. This is not the forum nor the time for political rants…”

    I agree.

    • Sula says:

      While Sandor’s rant is indeed inappropriate, appalling and untrue, sometimes it is instructive to know that there are dangerous nutcases amongst us, especially when they claim to be armed.

  4. Sandor says:

    My lawyer would love for you non informed idiots to disregard my 1st and 2nd amendments…please stay below the Catskills til further notice.!!

    • Balian the Cat says:


      A) Nobody cares about your “lawyer.” B) The Bill of Rights is not “yours”, it’s “ours” so be careful what you wish for. C) We’re your neighbors, not the objects of your delusional racist beliefs that city folk are comin to git ya and that they should ALL go back to where they came from.

      Remain ignorant to your hearts content, but save your breathe with the threats

      • Boreas says:


        For all we know he/she is a Russian troll with NO Bill of Rights protection. For all you know I am as well! This is what they do to foment turmoil – just what we don’t need with this pandemic. This stuff doesn’t only happen on Facebook. Where better for people wishing to disrupt society to attack than NYS in our current crisis? Something to keep in mind.

        • Balian the Cat says:


          Thank you for the reminder. I send responses like the above out of frustration. Whether or not it is cathartic depends on how far I let myself get into it with folks like the above. I will take your advice and stand down at this point. Perhaps I should emulate Tim Brunswick and just bloviate with the caveat that it’s a one way street?

          Appreciate the tap on the shoulder. Hope you and yours are well

          • Boreas says:


            My computer doesn’t do Cyrillic characters well, so I will reply with good-ol’ Amerispeak:

            Thanks! I am doing well. Hope all is well with you as well! Stay safe all!

  5. Bill Ott says:

    When I’m walking to the store and see a nice warm steamy pile of dog doo, I don’t pull my mask off so that I can smell or taste the same. I leave it there to go away on its own.

  6. Jim Powers says:

    Hello Ms. Hart,
    I am reaching out to see if you have an interest in carrying a novel, Ballad of the Bark Eater written by Jim Powers under the pen name of Adler Buck Mason. The book is an Adirondack Tall Tale set in the Adirondacks in the mid 1800’s. We just heard that The Adirondack Life Magazine will be featuring excerpts in the July/August issue and we would like to include your store as a place where it is available if possible.
    It is currently on Amazon, Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid, in Troy at and the Book House In Albany.
    Best Regards and thank you!
    Susan Powers 518-322-3866
    Jim Powers 518-858-2369

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