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.


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.


Thursday, February 7, 2019

17th Annual Frozen Fire and Lights Set for Inlet

February may be the shortest month on the calendar, but around the Adirondacks it is a month packed with winter celebrations.

The 17th Annual Frozen Fire and Lights is the perfect place to round out a month of festivities. Always scheduled the last Saturday in February, Inlet’s event has grown from a firework display to a town-wide affair. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, January 31, 2019

Every Weekend in February is Lake George Winter Carnival

The town of Lake George doesn’t just celebrate winter for a weekend or a few days, the Lake George Winter Carnival has events every weekend in February (Feb. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, and 23-24).

The Carnival is now in its 58th year.  » Continue Reading.


Thursday, January 24, 2019

CanAm Pond Hockey Weekend in Lake Placid

The recent cold snap made plenty of ice around the Adirondacks and there is no better place to lace up the skates than at the annual CanAm Pond Hockey tournament in Lake Placid, with its more than 20 rinks cleared across Mirror Lake.

A pond hockey game brings back the simplicity of the winter sport and no better place resonates with fans of the game like the hometown of the 1980 Miracle on Ice. The CanAm Hockey Tournament celebrates the spirit of hockey this weekend January 25-27, 2019 with age divisions as well as women’s open and co-ed open divisions.

This annual pond hockey tournament is only open to adults, but spectators of all ages can have fun watching the games. With the addition of a plowed skating loop, spectators can walk or skate around the rinks to see the action up close and personal.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Cabin Fever: Adirondack Lecture Series

fort ticonderogaThough many Adirondack historical societies and museums host winter lectures, three of my favorite Cabin Fever series of lectures are at Fort Ticonderoga, the Adirondack Experience (formerly the Adirondack Museum), and the Lake Placid Historical Society. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Bill McKibben to Discuss Climate Change in Plattsburgh

Bill McKibbenLast July I was fortunate enough to hear Bill McKibben speak about his latest book Radio Free Vermont at the Paul Smith’s College VIC. Though that particular talk was regarding a book of fiction, the conversation quickly turned to climate change.

As the author of numerous books on the subject (notably The End of Nature), as well as founder of the international climate change organization 350.org, McKibben’s passion as an environmentalist and educator has seemed to come through with each word. I left the event wondering how I could help my children understand. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, January 3, 2019

International Children’s Games Set for Lake Placid

Lake Placid is preparing to host the 8th International Children’s Games (ICG) in its Adirondack village, January 6-11, 2019.

Welcoming athletes from over 40 cities and 15 countries to the Olympic region, participants will compete in nordic and alpine skiing, snowboarding, speed skating, ice hockey and figure skating. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, December 30, 2018

Adirondack Safe Rides for New Year’s Eve

There are some amazing alcohol-free events throughout the Adirondacks, such as First Night Saranac Lake and Lake Placid’s Skate into the New Year.

If part of your New Year’s routine includes that champagne toast, please do us all a favor and reserve a place on one of these free New Year’s Eve shuttles. If a designated driver isn’t already part of the schedule, one thing my husband and I stress to our adult children is the need to plan ahead. By the time we are at a party or toasting to 2019, we don’t want to have to think about our return ride. We want to relax and enjoy the evening and not put anyone else at risk. » Continue Reading.


Friday, December 21, 2018

Long Lake Polar Plunge Benefits North Country First Responders

Throughout the year, we depend on first responders. In our community volunteer firefighters fight to save people, homes, and animals, often risking their own lives. The volunteers in various rescue agencies leave the warmth of their own homes to provide medical assistance to those in need. The list goes on. What happens when the first responder needs help?

In 2016, Dale Barker founded Believe Northern New York, a 501(c)3, as a way for organizations and people to help those people that help all of us. After a local fire department raised over $17,000 for Barker’s own treatment, he saw the need to help other first responders and their families. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, December 13, 2018

Taylor Haskins Kicks Off Westport Winter Music Series

There are many ways to spend the holidays, or those few frantic weeks just before, that truly ring in the year with quaint Adirondack charm, but I look forward to those events that force me to take a step back, relax and stop worrying about a countdown to Christmas.

Award winning trumpeter, composer, and synthesist Taylor Haskins is known for bringing his complex compositions to the Adirondacks as part of the summer Soundwaves concert series. From popular sideman in Grammy-winning jazz big bands to the Green Empire quintet, Haskins keep pushing the boundaries of music. Now an Adirondack resident, Haskins will be sharing his special sounds at the Westport Heritage House on December 21 from 5:23 to 6:23 pm. » Continue Reading.