Thursday, September 15, 2022

Adirondack Experience announces upcoming fall events and programs

Adirondack Experience, the museum on Blue Mountain Lake, (ADKX) has released its upcoming fall programs and events which include nature hikes, Xperience For All (an event which celebrates outdoor recreation for all), FallFest, a virtual program in which three panelists will discuss Adirondack architecture, and more. Please see below for details on these events.

Xperience For All, Saturday, September 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free 
Celebrate outdoor recreation with a day full of hands-on activities and demonstrations. Learn more about Adirondack and North Country/Capital region organizations at the event expo, including those that serve BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and adaptive sport communities.

This new event will be a celebration of outdoor recreation and introduce the broad opportunities for outdoor enjoyment for those who are unfamiliar or not yet comfortable exploring the region’s woods and waterways on their own. ADKX will be free for all on the day of the event. The day will feature workshops, games, demonstrations, and presentations, all in the spirit of providing museum visitors a foundation to safely pursue recreation on their own.

Participating Organizations & Presenters so far:

  • Adirondack Council
  • Adirondack Diversity Initiative
  • Adirondack Interpretive Center, SUNY ESF
  • Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program
  • ADK North Country Gender Alliance
  • Disability EmpowHER Network
  • NYS DEC Accessibility Office
  • Double H Ranch
  • Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital District
  • Haudenosaunee Nationals Lacrosse
  • Human Power Planet Earth
  • Homeward Bound ADK
  • Inclusive Recreation Resource Center (SUNY Cortland)
  • John Brown Lives!
  • John Dillon Park
  • Lake Placid 2023, FISU World University Games
  • Olympic Regional Development Authority
  • Outdoor Afro Albany and Upstate NY
  • Paul Smith’s College and VIC
  • Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST)
  • Venture Out Project
  • The Wild Center


FallFest, Sunday, October 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Celebrate fall with traditional pastimes like apple pressing, autumnal crafts, and fiber arts. Demonstrations and music all day. This family-friendly day is packed with activities, games, and much, much more.

Activities include: 

  • Horse-drawn wagon rides
  • Apple pressing and cider tasting (while supplies last)
  • Pumpkin painting (while supplies last)
  • Fall crafts + Fall games
  • Live music
  • Fiber Arts Demonstrations
  • And More TBA

FREE admission to ADKX and Fallfest for Adirondack Park residents.


Nature Hikes with Ed
Explore the trails of the central Adirondacks with naturalist and guide Ed Kanze. Check out our upcoming hikes below or click here for a full list of upcoming programs.

Thursday, September 22

Coney Mountain rises between the villages of Tupper Lake and Long Lake on the border between Franklin and Hamilton Counties. The trail is 2.2 miles roundtrip and passes through beautiful woods, including a stand of old-growth sugar maples leading to the summit. Breeding birds will be singing. The 360 degree view from the open, rocky summit is stunning. The western lake district of the Adirondacks spreads grandly in one direction, while to the East, weather permitting, we’ll gaze toward the High Peaks. Elevation gain is a little more than 523 feet. Altitude at the summit is 2267 feet.

Participants should meet at the trailhead at 1:30 p.m. 

What to Bring: Proper footwear for a hike like sneakers or boots, appropriate clothing, water and snacks if desired.

Registration required for this hike. Directions and more information will be sent after registration. Click HERE to register
$3 for ADKX Members; $5 for general public.

More about Ed Kanze:

Ed Kanze is a 1978 graduate of Middlebury College. He earned a B.A. in Geography and won the Bermas Prize for highest departmental honors. He lives with his wife and two children on 18 acres along the Saranac River.

In April 2005, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, Ed’s essay about the passenger pigeon, “In Search Of Something Lost,” was named by the John Burroughs Association as the Outstanding Published Natural History Essay of 2004.  The same essay earned a gold medal in environmental writing from the International Regional Magazine Association. PBS featured Ed and his nature writing in the documentary, “The Adirondacks.”  His essays and articles have appeared in Adirondack Life, Audubon, Birder’s World, The Conservationist, Utne Reader, and many more.

Ed has published five books. His most recent, Over The Mountain And Home Again: Journeys Of An Adirondack Naturalist brings together stories of nature and adventure in New York State’s Adirondack Park, the largest park in the Lower 48.

Adirondack Architecture, Monday, October 24 at 7 p.m. This is a free virtual event.
In a panel discussion moderated by Jim Bodnar (former Principal, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill), three architects will share how historic Adirondack building design has shaped their work in the region today.


In the words of the late Harvey Kaiser, author of Great Camps of the Adirondacks: “There is a place for a claim that the architecture of the Adirondacks, especially as formulated in the evolution of the great camps, is a distinct style—the Adirondack Rustic Style.” In a panel discussion moderated by Jim Bodnar (formerly Principal, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill), three architects will share how historic Adirondack building design has shaped their work in the region today. The panelists will share recent projects and design concepts, as well as buildings of the past from which they have drawn inspiration.

About the Speakers: 


James L. Bodnar, and his wife Anne, who is the vice chair of the ADKX Board, have been spending their summers at Bartlett Carry on Upper Saranac Lake for 40 years. Jim is an architect who worked with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill for 17 years in Washington, New York, and London before establishing his own practice 32 years ago. He has served on the Board of American Academy in Rome where he was a Fellow and President of its Alumni Association. Jim was previously the Chairman of the Sculpture Center in New York, and currently serves on the Board of the Upper Saranac Foundation.

James L. Bodnar


Nils Luderowski spent his formative years in Stockholm, Sweden, where he studied mathematics, interior architecture, and furniture design. He undertook his formal education at Pratt Institute of Art & Design in Brooklyn, NY, where he incorporated American movements such as the Craftsman and Prairie styles into his developing aesthetic. Nils ran a design studio in New York City and taught at Parsons School of Design. In the mid-1990s, he relocated to Keene where he lives with his family. His work can be found dotting the many lakes, rivers, and mountains of the Adirondacks. Nils is a registered architect licensed in New York State and a member of The American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Nils Luderowski


Michael Bird established Adirondack Design in 1984 with the ideal of preserving, enhancing, and continuing the tradition of Adirondack architecture, which began over a century ago. Adirondack Design strives to become the recognized authority on continuation and preservation of Adirondack architecture. Our technology is of the next century; our ambiance is of the past. Bird’s experience of living and owning a Great Camp and being intimately familiar with the lifestyle, as well as the maintenance involved, has engendered a unique sensitivity in his design and construction methods.

Michael Bird

Adirondack Experience is located at 9097 State Route 30 in Blue Mountain Lake, New York. The museum is now open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information about the museum and its upcoming programs and events please visit,

All photos: Adirondack Experience website photos. 

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