Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Old Forge Library announces Summer Solstice event set for June 21 and more

The Old Forge Library has announced a roundup of events to suit a variety of ages and interests including herbal studies sessions, a summer solstice celebration, a call for art for a Local ART exhibition, a pride celebration, a writers workshop, and a meditation with trees outdoor workshop.

Herbal Studies continue at the Old Forge Library

Jessica Maureen Hinsdill

Jessica Maureen Hinsdill. Photo courtesy of the Old Forge Library.

Two more free study group sessions, Wild Infusions Herbal Study, led by Jessica Maureen Hinsdill of Wild Soulstice, LLC. will be held at the Old Forge Library, 220 Crosby Blvd. The next session will take place on Tuesday, June 20 at 6 p.m. when the group will discuss Chamomile. Discussion may include plant identification, medicinal usage, herbalism terminology, and more.
The study group sessions are a great avenue to create a circle of support, a place to reawaken a culture of wellness and rekindle the confidence to nourish ourselves, our families, and our community.

Chamomile. Photo courtesy of the Old Forge Library.

Jessica has been her family’s herbalist, healing scrapes and colds with herbal medicine and holistic living. When diagnosed with Lyme Disease, she took a break from college for Holistic Nutrition to heal, finding herbs to support the path back to wellness. Now studying with Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, she started Wild Soulstice, LLC to provide herbal education and Lyme Disease support to the community.

The final study session will be held on July 18 with a group discussion on Calendula. Bring your prior knowledge to enhance the conversation or come to learn. All experiences and ages are encouraged. Class size is limited. Call the library at (315) 369-6008, or e-mail oldforge@midyork.org to register for one or both sessions.

Summer Solstice Celebration at the Old Forge Library

Gwen and Jim Tracy

Gwen and Jim Tracy. Photo courtesy of the Old Forge Library.

The Summer Solstice marks the longest daylight and the shortest darkness of the year. This year’s solstice falls on Wednesday, June 21. You are invited to come celebrate with neighbors and friends at the Old Forge Library.

The library will be celebrating the Summer Solstice starting at 4 pm with a dried flower mandala suncatcher craft, using embroidery hoops and dried and pressed flowers. When the sun catcher s are made Weaving Home and the library will lead a ceremony full of gratitude for the earth and poetry.  The the idea is to kick back, and the celebration  will continue with a sing-along with Gwen and Jim Tracy  around a campfire.  And there will be s’mores!

Flower Mandala Suncatcher

Flower Mandala Suncatcher. Photo courtesy of the Old Forge Library.

The celebration events are free and open to all. This is a family-friendly, senior-friendly and just plain friendly event. It kicks off the summer season, and is just meant to help us celebrate our time and our planet.

Registration for the flower mandala suncatcher craft is appreciated for planning purposes.  Call (315) 369-6008 or email oldforge@midyork.org to register.


Old Forge Library seeks “Local ART” entries

The Old Forge Library is putting out the call to local artists for a new exhibition in July. Local ART, is an open exhibit featuring 2-D artwork in any media including, but not limited to: photography, oil paintings, acrylics, watermedia, pastel, mixed media, collage, printmaking, quilting and drawing. Entry is open to all. There are no restrictions on participating artists.

The exhibit will be on display from July 8 through July 29 during library hours with an opening reception to be held in conjunction with the local First Friday Artwalk on July 7 from 5-7 p.m. The entry deadline is June 30 and there is no entry fee. Interested artists can find the prospectus and guidelines on the library’s website oldforgelibrary.org or stop by the library for a printed copy.

Library director and gallery owner, Linda Weal said, “The goal is to celebrate the arts community and our amazing local creativity. Our arts scene is diverse – all ages, all media, all levels of experience, and all people with something to say through artwork.” She also explained that this is a great opportunity for beginners, students and youth.

“The library is a friendly environment and this exhibit welcomes everyone who would like to participate. It is inspired by the same spirit as our first local art shows that Mirnie Kashiwa established in the 50s,” she said.

The Old Forge Library hosts a variety of art exhibitions throughout the year, primarily from local artists, and supports the creative spirit in all of us.  Call the library or email for information about library exhibits; (315) 369-6008 or oldforge@midyork.org.

Jim Tracy stands in front of his art work at the Old Forge Library.

Jim Tracy stands in front of his entry in last year’s Local ART exhibit. Photo courtesy of the Old Forge Library.

Keira Van Exter

Keira Van Exter stands in front of her entry in last year’s Local ART exhibit. Photo courtesy of the Old Forge Library.

Pauline Rakowski

Pauline Rakowski stands in front of her entry in last year’s Local ART exhibit. Photo courtesy of the Old Forge Library.


Pride Celebration at the Old Forge Library

All are invited to the Old Forge Library on June 30 starting at 5 p.m. for a festive, family-friendly pride celebration. The party is being held in honor of June being Pride Month and also to celebrate the Herkimer County Pride Alliance’s first anniversary, as their formation happened in June 2022.
This should be a fun picnic and community party. There will be something for everyone to enjoy. DJ, Mitch Duncan, will be playing the music making party goers want to dance. There are creative Pride T-shirt making supplies and T-shirts in all sizes, bedazzlers, puff paints, fabric markers, and a wide variety of iron-on Pride patches should allow everyone to tailor their favorite Pride shirt. There will be supplies for other crafts, and the Herkimer County Pride Alliance is creating an informative pride history display. There is a cake on order from local cake-magician, Trish Sehring, and what would a party be without picnic food and party hats.
This party is not just historic for the epic good time to be had, it is also the Town of Webb’s first public Pride celebration. Library director, Linda Weal said, “Our community has famously always welcomed a variety of visitors from around the world, and is famous for hospitality. It’s exciting to be hosting this party here and to bring friends down from the other end of the county to demonstrate what a welcoming community looks like.”
There will be a few vendors, including local painter, Greg Klein. Natalie Parent pottery, Sionainn McLean, author and Krysia Kornecki, organic farmer and yoga instructor. Bridges, ICan and Catholic Charities will be there to hand out information, and Tiffany Rea-Fisher of The Adirondack Diversity Initiative will visit.  Other organizations and businesses that would like to set up informational tables are welcome. For more information please reach out to the Old Forge Library (315) 369-6008 or oldforge@midyork.org
This event is generously funded by the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties Equity Initiative.


Naomi Guttman to lead Old Forge Library’s 2023 Annual Summer Writers Workshop

Naomi Guttman.

Naomi Guttman of Hamilton College on Thursday, January 16, 2020 in Clinton, NY. Photo by Nancy L. Ford. Photo courtesy of the Old Forge Library.

Naomi Guttman will lead the Old Forge Library’s 2023 Summer Writers Workshop, which welcomes all levels of writing experience and all genres. Using prompts inspired by short essays, poems, and short-stories, participants will create original works based on life experience, curiosity, and imagination. Workshop time will be spent reading, writing, and responding to each other’s work in a spirit of shared learning and discovery focused on the creative process.

The 5-session workshop will take place on Wednesdays, July 5 through August 2 at 5:30 pm. Enrollment is limited to 15 participants.

Guttman is an English and Creative Writing professor at Hamilton College and the winner of an A.M. Klein Award and the Adirondack Center for Writing’s Best Book of Poems. She has taught classes on introduction to literary study, poetry and poetics, creative writing in a variety of topics including non-fiction food, and even was part of a team that pioneered a multi-disciplinary seminar titled, Food for Thought.

“I have spent time at the Blue Mountain Center and visiting friends at Indian Lake. I love coming to the Adirondacks, and I’m excited to lead this workshop,” said Guttman.

 Weekly workshops will culminate in a public open mic where participants and others can share polished work. The Open Mic Night is scheduled for Wednesday August 16 at 6 pm. The public is invited to come and listen to our local writers.

The library’s annual summer workshop is funded by New York State Council on the Arts. Registrants are asked to attend all sessions. Please call the library at (315) 369-6008 or e-mail oldforge@midyork.org to register.


Doug Davis

Doug Davis. Photo courtesy of the Old Forge Library.

Meditation with Trees outdoor workshop set for July 6

Meditation with Trees is an outdoor workshop scheduled for Thursday, July 6 at 3 p.m. at the Old Forge Library located at 220 Crosby Blvd. Participants will learn about the wonderful healing benefits of quietly being and connecting with trees and Mother Earth. Trees are known to symbolize wisdom, stability, shelter, growth, and renewal. In the workshop, several techniques for meditating with trees will be discussed, and participants will leave the workshop knowing how to appreciate and connect with their favorite trees.
The workshop leader, Doug Davis, leads meditation and nature workshops at the Old Forge Library several times a year, and participants have been very positive, often returning to give themselves time out to connect with trees on the library grounds. Registration is appreciated, but walk-ins will be welcomed. Register by calling the library at (315) 369-6008 or email oldforge@midyork.org. Like all Old Forge Library programs, there is no fee, and all are welcome. Doug will conduct another workshop planned for August 17.

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