Saturday, January 6, 2024

ADKX event roundup, photography Zoom presentation Jan. 8

Adirondack Experience museum in winter

Blue Mountain Lake, NY- Those at Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX) have a series of online and in-person events on the docket for 2024, including an Adirondack Photographers, 1850 – 1950 program led by author Sally Svenson via Zoom webinar on the evening of Monday, January 8. ADKX will also be celebrating the total solar eclipse on campus in April and will offer fun and educational members-only programs throughout the year as well as popular flagship events such as FallFest, Mushroom Mania, and more. ADKX intends to reopen its doors for the regular season on May 24, 2024.

Please see below for a sample of what is in store for the next couple months.


Adirondack Photographers, 1850 – 1950 by Sally Svenson

Adirondack Photographers, 1850-1950 graphic

Photos provided by ADKX.

Monday, January 8, from 7 to 8 p.m.
This series takes place on Zoom

Join us on January 8 when we will be speaking with Sally Svenson, author of Adirondack Photographers, 1850 – 1950.

This free virtual program offers a comprehensive look at the first one hundred years of photography through the lives of those who captured this unique rural region of New York State. Svenson’s fascinating biographical dictionary is enriched with over seventy illustrations.

About the Speaker:

Sally Svenson is a New York-based writer whose articles about nineteenth century American figures from wilderness missionaries to Civil War veterans have appeared in various journals. She is the author of Adirondack Churches: A History of Design and Building and Blacks in the Adirondacks which received the Adirondack Literary Award for Best Book of Nonfiction.

Register for this online event by clicking here.



Soundbath Experience with Andrea Lisette Villiere

Soundbath set up

Soundbath setup. Photo provided by ADKX.

Rest, relax, and recharge before the holidays as you join Andrea Lisette Villiere, certified sound healing practitioner, for a Soundbath at the ADKX on Saturday, January 27 at 2 p.m. (Exhibits will be closed.)

Immerse yourself in the healing vibrations of gongs, Tibetan, quartz crystal, alchemy singing bowls, the hypnotic drone of the Shruti, chimes, the drum, rattle and much more! Let the sounds transport you on a magical journey.

Sound baths create the space for self-healing and transformation. The resonance of the instruments is not just an auditory experience—it’s like receiving a full body sound massage. The healing harmonics work to realign your entire system ~ a restorative bath of sound.

Cost: $60 per person

To register, contact Andrea Lisette Villiere at (518) 304-3763



ADKX Winter Fun Day

Kids in winter gear

Photo provided by ADKX.

The ADKX is opening its campus for a special Winter Fun Day on Monday, February 19, 2024 from 1 to 4 p.m. Bring your family for a day of winter fun on the museum’s grounds and explore the museum’s newest interactive exhibition, Artists & Inspiration in the Wild.

Indoor and outdoor activities will be available including:

  • Self-guided tours of Artists & Inspiration in the Wild
  • Curator’s corner featuring new acquisitions to the collection
  • Guided Snowshoe Hike* with Ed Kanze**
  • Campfire and s’mores on campus
  • Board games in the Visitors Center
  • Hot chocolate, coffee, tea, and light snacks
  • Shopping in the ADKX store—20% discount for members

*Extra Registration fee, space is limited to 20 people. Visitors who register for the hike will need to bring gear and clothing appropriate for a 1.5-mile roundtrip hike in winter conditions. The ADKX will not be providing snowshoes, micro spikes, or other equipment.

**Ed Kanze is a licensed guide and a seventh generation Adirondacker with decades of experience as a wilderness leader and interpretive naturalist. He brings a deep knowledge of the region’s history and an expert’s firsthand knowledge of its wild things.

Cancellation Policy: If the Adirondack Experience is required to cancel the event due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances, customers will receive a full refund. There will be no refunds for no-shows. 

Get tickets here.



Adirondack Avian Walk (This is an offsite event taking place in Long Lake, NY)

bird in winter time

Photo courtesy of Brisbane Young. Photo provided by ADKX.


Saturday, February 24
5:45 AM – 1:30 PM

(Bird) Calling all wildlife photographers, professional and amateur. Join NYS Guide and President of Adirondack Avian Expeditions Joan Collins and wildlife photographer Brisbane Young on a half-day excursion around the central Adirondack hamlet of Long Lake. Participants will spend their morning at various hot spots around town, spotting, listening to, and capturing images of the local bird population. That afternoon, participants will head over to the Adirondack Hotel to warm up, relax, and enjoy lunch.

Please note this experience requires traveling to and from various locations around Long Lake. ADKX will NOT be providing transportation. Participants are required to have access to a vehicle. Carpooling is encouraged.

– This event is great for wildlife photographers of all levels.

– Participants are required to provide their own camera(s) and camera equipment.

– We highly recommend winter hiking boots, hats, gloves, plenty of layers, and avoiding cotton.

– Participants may wish to bring micro-spikes and/or trekking poles based on personal preference.

This experience requires participants to spend several hours outdoors in cold temperatures, and will require walking and hiking through wooded areas.

Cost: $50/member, $75/non-member

Registration closes February 16.

Get tickets here.

About the Presenters: 

Joan Collins is a birding enthusiast and leads year-round birding walks in the Adirondacks. She is President of Adirondack Avian Expeditions & Workshops, LLC, a New York State licensed guide, and an Adirondack 46er. She is a past President of the New York State Ornithological Association and Editor of New York Birders. She served for many years as a Board of Directors member of the Audubon Council of New York State, and is a current Board of Director’s member of Northern New York Audubon Society and past President. Joan writes the Birdwatch column for the Adirondack Explorer She has published several journal, magazine, and newspaper articles on wildlife and conservation topics in various publications including AudubonNew York BirdersConservationistAdirondack Life MagazineAdirondack Explorer, LOCALadk Magazine, and The Kingbird.

Brisbane Young’s journey into photography began over 30 years ago with a Bellows Medium Format camera. His portfolio includes landscapes, wildlife, portraiture, and wedding photography. More recently, Brisbane has found a passion in birding and loves photographing raptors. Brisbane continues to utilize manual settings on his cameras to capture his images and enjoys teaching and sharing his techniques and images with fellow photographers.


Click here to view more upcoming ADKX events. 


Photo at top: Adirondack Experience (ADKX) museum in winter. Photo provided by ADKX.

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