Almanack Contributor Diane Chase

Diane Chase

Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.


Friday, May 24, 2019

Adirondack Experience Now Open

The folks at Adirondack Experience: the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, which opens for the season today, have spent the winter updating and adding to its exhibits and creating new ones. The popular “Great Outdoors” and “Life In the Adirondacks” exhibits remain along with other permanent and scenic displays.

The new Curious Creatures exhibit explores the relationship of humans, nature, and animals through taxidermy. Some of these private pieces have never been on public exhibition before.  Private Views: Collecting the Adirondacks features 19th century artists inspired to paint an Adirondack landscape. Borrowed from private collectors, this exhibit is a unique opportunity to see the work of these artists. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, May 16, 2019

Pollinator Garden Plant Sale Underway

If your community was recently treated to a bit of Adirondack snow, planning your summer garden is just the thing to get the focus back on spring. It’s interesting to hear the “ole timers” refer to late seasonal snow as “poor man’s fertilizer.”

Even if that spring snow helps add nutrients to my garden soil,  I want all my seasons to have an end. So while I wait, I plan my garden. » Continue Reading.


Friday, May 10, 2019

Celebrate Mother’s Day On A Cuisine Or Beverage Trail

adk cuisine trailsI’m not sure what other mothers want to do for Mother’s Day, but I just really want a hot cup of coffee in the morning and relax with a nice local meal and beverage later on in the afternoon.

My family usually goes for a fun hike, but depending on where we go, spring thaw conditions may still be present. We can wait for the right conditions. We are also fortunate to have my 90-year-old mother with us so a rigorous hike is not part of this year’s program.

With a nice old-fashioned Sunday drive, we can still visit part of the Adirondack landscape and pick a new place to visit from the latest cuisine, wine, or craft beverage trail. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, May 2, 2019

EAT ADK Restaurant Week Runs Through May 9

The annual ADK Restaurant Week is kicking off this weekend at fine dining establishments offering prix-fixe menu with prices of $15, $20, and $30. The special 8-day event continues through May 9 with wonderful menu options to explore. I like the ease of ordering a three-course meal at a fixed price. It gives chefs room for creativity at an affordable price-point for the customers. » Continue Reading.


Monday, April 29, 2019

Love My Park Day Is Saturday May 4th

love my park dayI Love My Park Day has been set for Saturday, May 4th. With various ways to volunteer and give back, “Love my Park Day” provides a chance to help others, and learn more about sustainability practices. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, April 18, 2019

Inlet Continues Adult Easter Egg Hunt Tradition

Head to Inlet on April 27th for the Adirondacks’ only adult Easter egg hunt. A traditional children’s egg hunt will also take place, but bring your own basket to hold some wonderful local prizes. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, April 11, 2019

Paint and Sip at Lake George Land Conservancy

To celebrate spring, Lake George Land Conservancy is offering the chance to make your artist dreams come true with a one-day beginner painting class and wine tasting with Patrice Jarvis-Weber.  Jarvis-Weber is conducting a one-day workshop where adults and children 10 and up can learn to paint a trillium, a beautiful native Adirondack wildflower. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, April 4, 2019

Essex Co Cooperative Extension Celebrating Its New Home

It is snowing at my house and making it a bit challenging to get into my springtime mindset. The skiing is still fantastic, but I look at my seedlings and plant cuttings and wonder when I’ll be able to finally put them in the ground.

Spring fever is running rampant and one way to cure those blues is to look for spring in other corners of the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, March 31, 2019

Adirondack Folk School Readies For Spring

Lake Luzerne’s Adirondack Folk School is making sure everyone is set for spring with a variety of craft and artisan classes. When the snow finally melts, flies, reeds, and rods are just a few of the offering to get people out of winter mode and to be summer ready. With a focus on introducing and maintaining traditional folk arts, the Adirondack Folk School provides a variety of classes that appeal to all skill levels.

The Adirondack Folk School opened in June of 2010 and has grown throughout the years. The goal of providing a location to learn and preserve traditional folk skill classes resonated with local residents as well as participants from across nation. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, March 23, 2019

Ski with Olympian Andrew Weibrecht for Make-A-Wish

I am thankfully every day that my children are healthy. It is something I never take for granted. Though neither of my kids have ever been seriously sick, we all saw our young cousin’s struggle with stage 4 cancer. I’m not going to dwell on the devastating effects this type of diagnose has on any family, but I will mention that any moments of joy woven through those trips to the hospital and countless mental treatments lifted spirits. It’s those moments of happiness when children have the chance to remember they are still children.

I was thrilled to read that World Cup Alpine Skier and Winter Olympian Andrew Weibrecht has been a trustee for the Northeast section of Make-A-Wish Foundation. » Continue Reading.


Friday, March 15, 2019

Indian Lake Irish Road Bowling Saturday

My family has consistently been a part of the Irish Road Bowling tradition that takes to the streets of Indian Lake each St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

Last year we joined over 60 teams to take turns bowling along the lane with the hopes of finishing with the lowest score. Don’t worry if you don’t like to bowl, the costumed teams make it just as much fun to watch as it is to play. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, March 7, 2019

Maple Sugaring Season Is Almost Here

It may be difficult to believe with all the fresh fallen Adirondack snow and freezing temperatures, but spring is right around the corner, along with the sweetest time of all – maple sugaring season.

Making sugar from maple tree sap is weather dependent (typically temps over 40 during the day and into the 20s at night are best). In the Adirondacks, the season can be short, it can stop and start, or seem to go on forever any time from mid-February and mid-April, depending on the location of the sugar bush.  But March is always the best time in the Adirondacks to get into a sugar shack and take home some treats. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, February 28, 2019

Adirondack Global Festival Returning to Lake Placid

I’ve always tried to present a global view to my children, but it is always easier to bring them somewhere to help them understand how diverse a world we live in.

Music, art, and dance are a universal language. Coming off the heels of the successful Petrova Elementary School Cultural Fair, The Adirondack Global Festival continues to use the arts as a way to bridge cultural gaps. » Continue Reading.


Friday, February 22, 2019

Tupper Lake Brew-Ski Fest Saturday

Tupper Lake is combining my love of skiing with a micro-brew experience and I don’t even have to leave the trail. It isn’t an après ski experience, but more “pendant” skiing. I’ll be experiencing sampling of various local beers during a cross-country ski or snowshoe.

On Saturday, February 23, Tupper Lake Cross-Country Ski Center is grooming their trails for two events, Brew-Ski and its annual Ice Golf Tournament. Both activities sound fun, but my family is going to be hitting the Brew-ski trail. » Continue Reading.


Friday, February 15, 2019

Indian Lake’s Week Long Snocade

Indian Lake has snow and is asking everyone to come make tracks for Snocade. The annual event celebrates a week’s worth of winter activities, February 15-24, from cardboard sled races to snowmobile time trials.

My family does not own snowmobiles, but this week long festival is more than just riding the miles of local trails. It’s a celebration of snow.  There are so many things to do that allow us to celebrate winter while enjoying the Central Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.