Thursday, October 19, 2023

Old Forge Library to host fundraiser, Halloween-themed events & more

Old Forge, NY – Old Forge Library staff have announced a variety of activities, including a spooky season-themed fundraiser, that are sure to appeal to a wide array of interests and help curb cabin fever that typically begins to hit with the oncoming of chillier temperatures. Please see a roundup of events below for more details on these programs and activities which include, Nevermore: A Raven Good Time fundraiser at Nest [a restaurant in Thendara], an Open Mic Night hosted by Ken Carman, free Halloween-themed grab/craft bags for kids, and Wednesday Night Craft Get-Togethers.

 Nevermore: A Raven Good Time Fundraiser: Tuesday, Oct. 24 at Nest:
Graphic for the Old Forge Library's fundraiser, Nevermore: A Raven Good Time.

Photo provided by Beth Pashley of the Old Forge Library.

The Old Forge Library will host a fundraiser, Nevermore: A Raven Good Time, at Nest [restaurant] located at 2776 State Route 28 in Thendara, NY on Tuesday, October 24 starting at 5:30 p.m. A $25 donation at the door will get you a “Raven” good time! Hors d’oeuvres, raffles, a cash bar, and good company will be on tap. The highlight of the evening will be North Country Public Radio’s Todd Moe with a special reading of The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe.

Moe, a well-known radio personality, is the weekday morning host and producer at North Country Public Radio, which serves communities in the Adirondacks, the St. Lawrence Valley, the Champlain Valley, and the Thousand Islands. Local listeners can tune into his show at 88.7 FM.

The Raven is a narrative poem by American writer Edgar Allen Poe. First published in January of 1845, the poem is often noted for its musicality, stylized language, and supernatural atmosphere. It tells of a distraught lover who is paid a mysterious visit by a talking Raven. It is a spooky classic ideal for the Halloween season.


Open Mic Night with emcee Ken Carman: Thursday, Oct. 26:

Graphic for the Old Forge Library's Open Mic Night.

Photo provided by Beth Pashley of the Old Forge Library.

On Thursday, October 26 at 6 p.m., Ken Carman will emcee an Open Mic Night at the Old Forge Library, located at 220 Crosby Blvd. Geared for local Halloween fun, writers, musicians, comedians, and storytellers are invited to come and share their creativity with songs, poems, short stories, and other original material. Halloween-themed writings (and attire) are appreciated, but not required. Carman is an entertainer, educational service provider, recording engineer, and editor. Originally from Big Moose, Carman lived and worked in Nashville before moving back to his beloved Adirondacks.

Registration is appreciated, but walk-ins are also welcome; or just come to listen. Please call the library at (315) 369-6008 or e-mail for more information and to register for this event.

Halloween-themed grab bags for kids:

Graphic for Halloween craft bags for kids

Photo provided by Beth Pashley of the Old Forge Library.

Back by popular demand, the Old Forge Library will have free Halloween-themed grab bags full of goodies for kids. Bags will include crafts, activities for kids to work on at home, and other surprises. Kits may be picked up on Friday, October 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the library’s hours of operation. Bags are most fun for ages 4 to 11. Supplies are limited to 75, so registration is strongly suggested as the library frequently runs out. Please call (315) 369-6008 or e-mail to reserve a bag for a child.

The library’s Halloween Grab n’ Go kits are in conjunction with the CAA’s Hallowed Forge Pumpkin Party, October 21 to 31 which will feature activities around the Old Forge and Inlet areas.


Wednesday Night Craft Get-Togethers: October 25 – December 20

Graphic for Old Forge Library's Wednesday Night Craft Get-Togethers.

Photo provided by Beth Pashley of the Old Forge Library.

People crafting at the Old Forge Library

People crafting at the Old Forge Library. Photo provided by Beth Pashley of the Old Forge Library.

The ever-popular Wednesday Night Craft Get-Togethers continue at the Old Forge Library. Craft nights began at 5 p.m. on October 18, and will continue for eight more sessions. (October 25, November 1,8,15 and 29; and December 6,13 and 20). Old Forge Library crafting sessions provide a social event and fun for all. The free sessions have a festive feel, with all projects being geared toward celebrating the fall through winter holidays. The library will provide all necessary supplies free of charge to all participants.

The schedule for crafting projects will be:

October 25 – Push-pin Pumpkins

November 1- Nail Polish Tree

November 8 – Fall Leaf Bowl

November 15 – Beaded Corn

November 29 – House Ornaments

December 6 – Paper Bag Snowflake

December 13 – Popcorn & Cranberry Garland

December 20 – Popsicle Stick Truck Ornaments

Open to all, family- and senior-friendly, craft nights are a great way to join others for an evening out. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.  Although supplies are free of charge, they are limited. Please call ahead to reserve a spot. Call the library at (315) 369-6008 or e-mail to sign up for one or all of the craft get-togethers.

Funding for the Craft Get-Togethers is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with support from Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.


The Old Forge Library’s Halloween Evening Offerings:

Graphic for the Old Forge Library's Halloween plans.

Photo provided by Beth Pashley of the Old Forge Library.

Library Friends will be outside on the library lawn with some added Halloween fun for trick or treaters and families during the town-wide trick or treat on Tuesday, October 31.  Stop by and warm up by the campfire, and add some treats to your Halloween bag. (The public bathroom is an added bonus, especially for the little ones.) Don’t get many trick or treaters at your house? Come join us and share in the fun! The library invites other businesses, organizations, and individuals to share our lawn and pass out treats to kids.

Photo at top: Old Forge Library. Photo by Jamie Organski.



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