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.


Thursday, July 26, 2018

Open Studio Tours and Adirondack Art Trails

My family likes to take part in art walks and gallery openings in and out of the Adirondack Park. We enjoy the arts and with a beautiful backdrop like the Adirondacks, what better place is there to explore art and nature?

This weekend area artists open their doors for the monthly Saranac Lake Artworks Studio Tours. With live demonstrations, artists create and showcase their original work while visitors take part in self-guided tours.  Each month the list of artists alters slightly. The upcoming studio tour days will be July 27-29, August 31-September 2, September 28-30, October 27-29, and November 30-December 2. » Continue Reading.


Friday, July 20, 2018

Waterski Exhibition, Cardboard Boats Races in Long Lake

For the seventh year, the US Waterski Show Team is coming back to the shores of Long Lake. With new tricks, pyramids, and barefoot skiing, the annual waterski exhibition has spectators lining the shores on July 21 to witness everything from synchronized jumps to quadruple-decker pyramids.

The Scotia NY based water-ski club is also celebrating its 50th anniversary and can be seen weekly on Tuesday nights performing along the Mohawk River, in front of Jumpin’ Jacks Drive. » Continue Reading.


Friday, July 13, 2018

Puppets For Kids, Adults, Performing At Blue Mtn Lake

The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake makes part of its mission to bring arts to the public. Through their traveling Adirondack Lakes Summer Theatre Festival, The Arts Center will bring romantic comedy, the annual free Shakespearean production, and a musical to select Central Adirondack communities.

According to Executive Director Christine Pouch providing art around the Adirondacks is just part of their summer scheduling. At the Blue Mountain Lake Art Center, the summer is packed with craft workshops, live music, and even a fun puppet show with a kid-friendly and adult-friendly version. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, June 28, 2018

5 Days of Fun: Ticonderoga’s Best Fourth in the North

Volunteers are the heart of most Adirondack events, and Ticonderoga’s Best Fourth in the North is no exception. The week-long celebration makes Ticonderoga more than just a stop on the Independence Day Circuit. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, June 21, 2018

Babbie Rural and Farm Learning Museum’s Homestead Festival

Thankfully, there are a number of opportunities for all of us to learn about and have access to locally produced products. Farmers Markets are opening for the season. Farm tours are available and pollinator workshops continue to put the importance of locally grown food in the forefront.

I’ve always wanted my children to not only see the important role local food plays in our life and economy, but to see how other skills and crafts evolved in the Adirondacks and beyond. Since I don’t want everything to always be a lesson, one fun way to learn about the past and see craftsmen at work is to attend the Babbie Rural and Farm Learning Museum’s Homestead Festival on June 22-23, 2018. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 15, 2018

Forty-Six Years of Frog Jumping Father’s Days

Calaveras County has nothing on Herkimer when it comes to frog jumping contests. For the past forty-six years, fathers and children have been catching and releasing frogs in Old Forge to find the one that will break all the records.

According to the Town of Webb Publicity Director Mike Farmer, the Old Forge Frog Jumping Contest has always been a well-monitored event with plenty of water for the frogs and an immediate release into the nearby Old Forge Pond. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Mountaineer’s Great Adirondack Trail Weekend

For the 14th year, Keene Valley’s The Mountaineer is using The Great Adirondack Trail Race to help educate about fragile river ecosystems. Located right on the Ausable River, The Mountaineer’s outdoor specialty store provides all the right equipment for hiking, fly-fishing, skiing, rock climbing, and of course trail running.

According to Assistant Manager Chuck Bruha, all The Mountaineer events are used as community fundraisers, but the Great Adirondack Trail Race has always been earmarked to support the Ausable and Boquet River Associations. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, May 31, 2018

12th Annual Dozer Fest in Plattsburgh

For the 12th year the Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Plattsburgh has invited the public to dig right in and get their hands dirty with its annual DozerFest. Taking place at the Airborne Speedway, my family has always enjoyed an opportunity to really find out how all that big machinery really operates.

Children have the chance to interact with active public safety workers including local police, firefighters, EMTs, linesmen, and road crew members. Participants can operate a backhoe, ride in a hydraulic crane or “cherry picker,” or help a firefighter put out flames. (Just for the record it isn’t a real fire, but children do get to use a fire hose and spray water on a target.) » Continue Reading.


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Adirondack Museum Opens for 2018 Season

One of my favorite places to go no matter the weather is Adirondack Experience (ADKX), the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake. Though Cabin Fever lectures and special ADKX holiday store hours were available throughout the winter months, the ADKX is will be open daily from Friday, May 25 to October 14, 10 am to 5 pm, for the 2018 season.

The 19,000 square-foot “Life in the Adirondacks” exhibition explores what it is to settle, work, and live in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, May 17, 2018

On-Water Paddling Demos In Inlet, Old Forge Fri-Sat

Finally the ice is out and waters are open. Now is the perfect time to trade, upgrade, or purchase a new kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddleboard.

Old Forge’s Adirondack Paddlefest is the largest in-water show in the Adirondacks, with paddling presentations, test paddles, on-water canoe and kayak sales, demos, clinics, food and entertainment Friday through Sunday, May 18-20 in Old Forge. » Continue Reading.


Friday, May 11, 2018

The Lake George Round the Lake Challenge

Round the lake challengeThe Lake George Land Conservancy continues to challenge people to explore Lake George and see what makes it different from other parts of the Adirondack Park.

The Round the Lake Challenge tasks individuals with various missions to discover first-hand the area’s natural, historical, and cultural resources. According to the Conservancy’s Sarah Hoffman, the Round the Lake Challenge was launched in 2012 to combine education with motivation for a bit of a reward. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Water Temperatures Still A Concern This May

It’s difficult to believe that over the last three days my backyard has gone from six inches of new snow to flooding. With temperatures in the Adirondacks skyrocketing from near freezing to the mid-80s in some areas on Wednesday, flood warnings and rising water levels are prevalent.  All that snow has to go somewhere.

With this 40-degree temperature shift, streams and rivers will be more challenging, if not impossible to cross. What people may forget, though is that the water temperatures are colder than usual for the beginning of May. It may feel like summer, but the cold water is what we need be wary of. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, April 28, 2018

Opinion: New York State’s Plastic Carrying Bag Ban

My family has always spent Earth Day cleaning up a trailhead parking area. We’ve managed to gather plenty of disgusting items throughout the years, but the one thing we’ve never seen is a smaller amount of garbage.

There is always plenty of styrofoam containers, to-go cups, plastic straws, and plastic bags tucked into trees or buried in streams. We find paper, personal mail and crates of items that should be in a recycle bin. Cleaning the trailhead never seems to lessen the amount of plastic, or help people recycle. » Continue Reading.


Friday, April 20, 2018

Make A Simple Leopold Bench

One of the most memorable occasions I have had with my children is an afternoon workshop at the Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC) in Newcomb.

The day was spent skiing the free AIC trails, sipping hot chocolate while counting birds at the window feeder, and building a Leopold bench. » Continue Reading.


Friday, April 13, 2018

Celebrate Earth Day, Earth Week In The Adirondacks

McKenzie Trailhead Earth Day Cleanup - AdirondackFamilyTime.comApril 22nd is Earth Day. Time for some reminders that we all need to do our part to protect and preserve our environment. Throughout New York State there are events and activities scheduled to reconnect us with the earth, and to remember we all rely on the same planet.

Since 1970 this special day as been earmarked to “diversify, educate, and activate the environmental movement worldwide.” According to the Earth Day Network, they work with over 50,000 partners in more than 190 countries to provide a platform for the environmental movement.

Celebrating Earth Day doesn’t have to be complicated. It can simply be a way of looking at how we can reduce our own garbage and plastic waste. This year’s Earth Day Theme is “End Plastic Pollution.” » Continue Reading.