The annual Common Ground Alliance Forum will be held on Tuesday, July 11, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, at View in Old Forge. Topics for this year’s event range from attracting young people to the region to combating invasive species, and were selected based on survey responses from nearly 300 community leaders, business owners, government officials and Adirondack residents.
Community stakeholders from all over the Adirondacks are expected to come together to coordinate their efforts for collective action. » Continue Reading.
As part of the Poke-O-Moonshine Fire Tower Centennial (1917-2017), this summer, The Friends of Poke-O-Moonshine, Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH), and Ausable Brewing Company will be hosting an Exhibit and Silent Auction of artwork related to the mountain, its human and natural history, and its fire tower. This is in place of the exhibit that was to be held at the 1719 Block Gallery in Keeseville.
The auction will be held from 7 to 9 pm on July 28 at the AARCH offices at 1745 Main Street, Keeseville, and on July 30 during the Poke-O-Moonshine Fire Tower Centennial Celebration at Ausable Brewing Company, 765 Mace Chasm Road, Keeseville, from 4:30 to 8 pm. 2D works of Poke-O-Moonshine-themed art, including works on paper or canvas and photography, are eligible for entry. » Continue Reading.
Monday mornings, from July 10th until August 28th, the Wild Center will explore the natural world through art with experienced Adirondack artists.
According to an announcement of the series sent to the press, “each three-hour class is a good way to expand art skills, have fun and learn new art techniques in areas such as watercolor, pastels and mixed media.”
Every Monday is expected to have a different art focus and offer new skills to enhance artistic knowledge. » Continue Reading.
The dramatic play, Fiction, written by Steven Dietz and directed by Allison Studdiford, will be at View, the art center in Old Forge, on Monday, July 10 at 7:30 pm. Fiction unravels a mysterious literary love triangle spanning both decades and continents. It examines the various fictions we devise to make our lives livable, and what happens when a crisis forces us to abandon these constructs.
The play’s main characters, Linda and Michael Waterman, played by Leslie Dame and John Nicholson, are both successful fiction writers, happily married to one another. They thrive on the give and take nature of their unusually honest and candid relationship. However, when an unexpected tragedy shakes their lives and Linda asks her husband to share his private diaries with her, the boundaries between past and present, fact and fiction, and trust and betrayal begin to break down. The play also co-stars Tara Palen as Abby Drake. » Continue Reading.
2017 marks the passage of 150 years since a dam was erected at the outlet of Cranberry Lake on the Oswegatchie River. Originally a much smaller lake, the dam was built to help control the flow of water for downstream communities and their mills.
The groundwork for this was laid in 1865 when the state legislature passed an Act declaring the Oswegatchie River a “public highway.” This lead to the formation of a Board of Commissioners and the construction of the dam, which took place late in 1866. The gates were not closed and the water impounded until the spring of 1867.
According to local historians, the land was not cleared, and as the waters rose through through the trees that first spring, buds opened under water, and trees leafed out with just their tops showing, as the dam raised the lake level by over 11 feet. For decades, dead, dying and decaying trees stood in the water, making the scene somewhat grotesque. State Surveyor Verplanck Colvin wrote in 1873 of the difficulties in getting out onto the water to take measurements and elevations, due to the dead trees standing in the lake. » Continue Reading.
DEC has announced that improvements, including additional structures, user guidelines, and facility management, are being implemented at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Broadalbin Boat Launch Site on Great Sacandaga Lake.
Showcasing over sixty-five professional musicians from around the world, the Caroga Arts Collective has announced the Caroga Lake Music Festival (CLMF) 2017 Season Concert Schedule from July 17 to August 20.
Now in it’s sixth season, the multi-genre programming ranges from classical to jazz to contemporary music and from small ensembles to chamber orchestras. With most concerts free, CLMF performs in Caroga Lake, NY, and places beyond, such as Canajoharie, Cobleskill, Johnstown, Mayfield, Schenectady, and Freeport, Maine. » Continue Reading.
Noted land surveyor Verplanck Colvin raised the alarm about threats to Adirondack resources as early as 1868.
In 1884, a state forest commission created this detailed map of remaining timber resources in northern New York.
Later, a 1891 map included an outline of a proposed Adirondack Park, delineated by a line drawn in blue ink. This is considered by historians to be the first map of the Adirondack Park. Over time, the term “blue line”came to represent the actual boundary of the Adirondack Park.
On May 20, 1892, New York Governor Roswell P. Flower signed a law creating a 2.8 million-acre Adirondack Park. Today, the park offers an array of outdoor recreation opportunities, including more than 1,800 miles of trails and thousands of camping spots. » Continue Reading.
Repairs and rehabilitation work on the Lower Locks in the Saranac Chain have been completed and the locks will be open for use on July 1.
Improvements included rehabilitating the fill and release doors and the wicket (main) doors, including replacing all seals and bearings; completely replacing the hydraulic system including hydraulic arms, lines and operating system; repairing concrete walls; replacing and re-equipping the Locks Operator Shed; and replacing all tie downs, ropes, and other equipment. » Continue Reading.
The Board of Directors of View, the Arts Guild of Old Forge, has announced that Jeffrey Grimshaw has been appointed executive director. Grimshaw is experienced in not-for-profit organizational management, including heading the YMCA of Fulton and the Oswego County Workforce Development Board.
Grimshaw previously directed the Center for Not-for-Profit Excellence at SUNY Oswego and served as the Director for the Office of Business and Community Relations. During his time at SUNY Oswego, Grimshaw supported the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council through service on the Workforce Development Sub-Committee. » Continue Reading.
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