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Greg Dower

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

9th Annual Plein Air Art Auction at View

Plein Air Art AuctionView Arts Center is set to host an art auction on Saturday, September 1st beginning at 5 pm. A preview reception will take place at 4:30 pm prior to the auction when all of the donated paintings will be on display.

This benefit auction is the culmination of a three-day painting event, during which over forty artists are expected to paint en plein air (outdoors) in various locations around Old Forge, and will then donate a painting for the auction. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Adirondack Habitat Awareness Day 2018

Black bear enclosure provided by Adirondack WildThe 11th Annual Adirondack Habitat Awareness Day is set to be celebrated at the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge at 977 Springfield Road in Wilmington, on Sunday September 2nd, from 10 am to 6 pm. The Theme this year will be the ongoing challenges Adirondack Wildlife face in a changing climate.

The following topics will be discussed at the wolf, coyote and bear enclosures throughout the day: » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Adirondack Health Hits $12M Funding Goal

Saranac Lake surgical servicesAfter two years of fundraising, the Adirondack Health Foundation has surpassed the $12 million community goal established for the Future of Care Campaign.

The Future of Care Campaign supports Adirondack Health’s $45.8 million capital improvement project, which includes the construction of a new health and medical fitness center on Old Military Road in Lake Placid and a new surgical services wing and MRI suite at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. Between donations, grants, bequests and proceeds from special events, the comprehensive total amount raised has grown to more than $16 million. » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 27, 2018

High Peaks Projects Underway, New Regulations Taking Effect

High Peaks boundariesThe High Peaks Wilderness Complex and the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest Unit Management Plan (UMP) Amendments are final and implementation of the management actions described in the two amendments has begun according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

Currently group size regulations for all of the High Peaks Wilderness, including the former Dix Mountain Wilderness lands, are in effect, limiting day use groups (hikers) to no more than 15 people and overnight use groups (campers) to no more than 8 people.  Parking areas along Route 73 have been striped and parking rules are now being enforced there. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, August 26, 2018

Hobofest: Free Saranac Lake Music Festival Sept 2nd

Blind Owl BandThe 10th Annual Saranac Lake Hobofest has been set for Sunday, September 2nd, 2018. The one-day free music festival takes place from noon until 10 pm, rain or shine under the Big Top. This is the fourth Hobofest at the bandshell at Riverside Park; it’s no longer at Union Depot.

This year’s Hobofest celebrates the bands that collaborated to build the event, plus a couple of special guests. Frankenpine, a band made up of former Saranac Lakers and downstate performers, is set to return for a reunion. They were featured the first two years of Hobofest. Two local ensembles that actually premiered at Hobofest are also back: Crackin’ Foxy and the Biscuit Rollers. Crackin’ Foxy presents early swing jazz with special guest drummer Bob Meyer. Biscuit Rollers takes Steve Langdon’s solo act into a fully-realized foot-stompin’ blues experience. Bucket Ruckus, the first act to kick off Hobofest in 2009, will open the Biscuit Rollers’ evening set with the fanfare that used to open Hobofest as the train rolled in. The Blind Owl Band returns for the grand finale, featuring their energetic Adirondack Freight Train String music. The band played Hobofest in 2011 and 2012, early on in their career. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, August 26, 2018

Buff Mittens in the Adirondacks

buff mittensCarol Pearsall of Johnsburg, wife of local historian and author Glenn L. Pearsall, is writing a book on “buff mittens” and is looking for stories and examples.

Buff mittens differ from the modern mittens as they were tufted like a shag rug for extra warmth. They required three times the usual amount of yarn that one would use in knitting modern mittens. Often merino wool or a merino cross was used and the art of making these mittens rose and fell with the cycle of wool availability. Warm and durable, they are considered an Adirondack tradition that reached a heyday in the 1880s to early 1900s. However, a reference to buff mittens is found in the diary of Ruth Henshaw of Leicester, Massachusetts in 1803. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, August 25, 2018

Featured Hike: Big Pond Trail, Schroon Lake

big pond trailBig Pond is located 1.0-mile from the Big Pond Trail Parking Area in the Hoffman Notch Wilderness. Big Pond is great for fishing and is dominated by northern pike, but also contains brown bullhead. Hikers can choose to hike the 1 mile to the pond or continue down the Big Pond Trail another 4.7 miles to intersect with the Hoffman Notch Trail. » Continue Reading.


Friday, August 24, 2018

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, August 24, 2018

Women’s Equality Day Commemoration In Plattsburgh

A Women’s Equality Day Commemoration has been set for Sunday, August 26, from noon to 4 pm at the Clinton County Historical Association, located at 98 Ohio Avenue, in Plattsburgh.

August 26 was set-aside in 1971 as an annual event to celebrate the August 26, 1920, adoption of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. The Commemoration’s goal is to raise awareness about the importance of gender equality and to commemorate the work and sacrifices made by women during the suffrage movement. » Continue Reading.


Friday, August 24, 2018

Blue Mountain Lake Flotilla Festival Sunday

Prospect House on Blue Mountain LakeThe 2nd Blue Mountain Lake flotilla has been set for August 26, 2018.

136 years ago on Blue Mountain Lake, a steamboat glided through towing some 75 rowboats and their passengers. An orchestra played, a cannon roared salute, Gospel singers raised their voices, and shining Chinese lanterns hung from the boats, and floated on the waves.

Last summer, the Blue Mountain Lake Flotilla sailed again. It marked the first time the event took place since the original was held, on the same waters in August of 1882. And now the boats are returning again, highlighting a day of music, food and fun for the whole family. » Continue Reading.


Friday, August 24, 2018

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, August 23, 2018

Current Adirondack Outdoor Recreation Conditions (Aug 23)

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon and fully updated by Friday afternoon.

Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adkalmanack@gmail.com.

Learn and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. Do not litter. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here.

BE PREPARED! Start slow, gain experience. Always carry proper safety equipment – including plenty of food, water, extra clothing, a flashlight, and a map and compass – inform someone of your itinerary, and be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods. Just before entering the backcountry or launching a boat check the National Weather Service watches, warnings, and advisories here. Follow Adirondack weather forecasts at Burlington and Albany and consult the High Elevation, Recreation, or Lake Champlain forecasts.

AUGUST 23, 2018 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 23, 2018

Adirondack Forest Ranger Report: Two Searches, Two Rescues

DEC Forest RangerNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry.

What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 23, 2018

Blue Mountain Lake Focus Of Art Exhibition

Anne Diggory at workThe Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake has announced a new exhibition, Anne Diggory: Blue Mountain Light, is on display until September 15th.

An artist reception will be held Saturday August 25th from 4 to 7 pm with an informal talk at 6 pm. The exhibition pulls together artworks in many sizes and mediums inspired by the Blue Mountain Lake area over a span of 24 years.

The majority of the pieces were created in recent years while she was artist-in-residence during five summers at the Adirondack Museum, as the Adirondack Experience was then called. The 34 paintings are of Blue Mountain Lake, Lake Durant and Buttermilk Falls. The newest painting in the show is “View from Castle Rock,” based on a smaller work that was painted from the ledge in July. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Newcomb’s TR Weekend Set For Sept 14-15th

Newcomb is set to celebrate Theodore Roosevelt’s journey out of the Adirondack High Peaks to the White House to become the 26th President, following William McKinley’s assassination. TR Weekend will be celebrated September 14-15, 2018.

This year’s event coincides with the 125th anniversary of the completion of Camp Santanoni. The camp was built in 1892 for Robert C. Pruyn, a banker and industrialist from Albany.  When Camp Santanoni was being constructed on the shores of Newcomb Lake, the property included 13,000 acres. The compound eventually included a gate house, a farm and dairy complex, and the main camp. » Continue Reading.