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.
I was driving to an appointment with my family and we had to make a few scheduled stops. I saw many people not wearing masks. (Now, keep in mind people do not need to wear masks while practicing social distancing. I know you all know, but I digress.) The gas station even had a sign on their front entrance requiring all patrons to only enter if wearing masks. It was difficult to miss since you have to push on the sign to get through the door. Yes, there were people inside not wearing masks. Yes, some of those people mocked those of us wearing masks.
I found it ironic on Memorial Day weekend, a time to remember people who have died–not served– but died for our country there are people still putting their individual rights before the collective whole. You can wear a poppy on your lapel for a person who lost his/her life, but you can’t wear a mask to protect someone from actually dying? That doesn’t even make sense.
I’m not sure if it’s the Irish in me or the fact that I’m intrigued by old-fashioned games, but Irish Road Bowling hits the mark.
Though it has a bit of a convoluted history on whether the game originated with the Dutch in Ireland or Irish patriots, road bowling has been a rural sport in Ireland since the 1600s. It remains somewhat popular in Ireland with an internationally recognized governing body. » Continue Reading.
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 introduce different cultures through entertaining activities.
Wetware, a sci-fi film from Vermont Director Jay Craven, will make its Adirondack debut at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts this Friday, February 28th. Craven will be on hand to answer questions about his latest collaboration and why making films grounded in the North Country is an important part of his process. » Continue Reading.
February may be the shortest month on the calendar, but it is a month full of Adirondack festivals and winter celebrations. One place to finish the season off February is the 18th annual Frozen Fire and Lights in Inlet.
It is the perfect place to celebrate the best of the winter season. Always held on the last Saturday in February, this year Inlet’s town-wide celebration lands on Leap Day. » Continue Reading.
Since 1956 Raquette Lake has been celebrating winter with its hometown charm. High on community involvement, the 64th Raquette Lake Winter Carnival is the place to be for two days filled with winter fun and strangers and neighbors all welcomed into the fold.
There is no time for the winter doldrums with the Saranac Lake’s Winter Carnival just around the corner. This festival of fun, January 31-February 9, is a must for Adirondack residents and visitors alike. First started in 1897, the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival history is as vast and varied as the community that has shaped it. Originally a one-day event, this celebration of winter has evolved to include an expansive ice palace and over 100 events and activities.
According to Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee Public Relations Chair Colleen O’Neill, the festival is a special time for everyone. The Carnival provides entertainment for visitors and locals alike and pulls the surrounding communities together. » Continue Reading.
Each winter Adirondack Experience (ADKX), the museum on Blue Mountain Lake, offers Cabin Fever Sundays to bring us out of our winter retreats. The Sunday Cabin Fever lectures offer a variety of topics.
For the first time, ADKX is offering a Cabin Fever FUNday just for children. The free monthly program focusing on elementary-aged children, but all ages are welcome. » Continue Reading.
We just had a warm spell, but it looks like winter is back on track for this weekend with some colder temperatures and new snow.
It’s just in time too. The New Land Trust in Saranac has once again teamed with Dion Snowshoes to host the annual Cock-A-Doodle Shoe on Sunday, January 19 at 10 am. There are 5k/10K options and no charge for the ½-mile Kids’ Snowshoe Scramble. » Continue Reading.
Newcomb’s Camp Santanoni hosts three winter weekends each year, which provide an opportunity for people to have access to the Great Camp buildings that are not open year-round. The first winter weekend is January 18-20, with the next two set for February 15-17, March 14-15.
Don’t forget the Great Camp Santanoni is always open to the public, but these Winter Weekends provide public access to the interior of the remaining historic buildings on the property as well as historical educational information. » Continue Reading.
I’ve never been a huge fan of the celebrating New Year’s Eve, until moving to the Adirondacks where my children have grown up attending Saranac Lake’s First Night celebrations. With magic acts and live music, First Night Saranac Lake provides a central location to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.
There are plenty of holiday festivals and opportunities to find the perfect Adirondack gift. One of my family’s favorite places to go is Lake Placid’s Holiday Village Stroll. Yes, there are deals, tastings, and crafts to make. In addition, we have two opportunities to put the Santa suit to good use.
From Friday – Sunday, December 13-15, Lake Placid has a packed schedule of events. Visits from Santa, free ice skating at the 1932 Olympic Arena and even an Ugly Sweater Contest are just a few ways to ease into a weekend full of holiday fun. » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack Almanack is a public forum dedicated to promoting and discussing current events, history, arts, nature and outdoor recreation and other topics of interest to the Adirondacks and its communities
We publish commentary and opinion pieces from voluntary contributors, as well as news updates and event notices from area organizations. Contributors include veteran local writers, historians, naturalists, and outdoor enthusiasts from around the Adirondack region. The information, views and opinions expressed by these various authors are not necessarily those of the Adirondack Almanack or its publisher, the Adirondack Explorer.
General inquiries about the Adirondack Almanack should be directed to editor Melissa Hart.
To advertise on the Adirondack Almanack, or to receive information on rates and design, please click here.
Recent Almanack Comments