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.
For the 12th year, visitors and the community of Indian Lake are taking to the streets on St. Patrick’s Day to celebrate the Irish tradition of road bowling. Since 2006, Indian Lake has consistently offered the traditional roadside competition through the side streets of Indian Lake.
Last year my family joined over 60 teams to take turns bowling along the lane with the hopes of finishing with the lowest score. This year 88 teams are currently enrolled with a limit of 90 teams available. Don’t worry. Spectating is just as much fun as participating. Babies in strollers, dogs, and costumed teams make it fun to observe. » Continue Reading.
Westport’s Visitors Center, located on the town’s Main Street, continues to reshape and evolve as a year-round community center with space for exercise classes, parties and meetings. In addition to being a place to connect with local history, the Westport Heritage House is sharing art, music, and a local market.
According to Westport Heritage House marketing consultant Nicolas Faragan, the Westport Heritage House hosts its Indoor Country Market the first Saturday of each month. With a variety of vendors, the 10 am to 1 pm local market features farm fresh veggies, meat, artisan bread as well as crafts and handmade gifts. The next scheduled market dates are April 7 and May 5. » Continue Reading.
Cold nights and warm days are the perfect combination to make the maple sap flow. Though most commercial maple producers are already in full production, our family operation is a bit behind in collecting the sap.
These various citizen science projects all have the same thing in common, asking the general public to provide critical data for future conservation efforts. Some projects require a bit of training while other programs just require being consistent. No matter the project, my family is always willing to learn more about conservation and animals that are indicators of environmental health. » Continue Reading.
For the past 57 years, the Lake George Winter Carnival has been a highly anticipated event throughout the Lake George region. Taking place each weekend in February, Lake George Village comes alive with reoccurring family-fun activities, special weekend events, as well as sanctioned snow-cross and car races. According to Lou Tokos, co-chairman of the winter carnival, mother nature has been good to them this year and the ice over Lake George is perfect.
“We had a few years with limited ice, but this year we have 11-12” of ice on the lake,” says Tokos. “This is the first weekend for the carnival and the big box event for this kick-off is the annual outhouse races. The races will take place right on Lake George, across from Shepard’s Park, which is the winter carnival headquarters. Our schedule of events is extensive.” » Continue Reading.
Lake Placid’s Cascade Ski Center is known for its 20 km of ski trails, Nordic ski lodge and full service ski shop, but owner Jennifer Jubin continues to bring relevant issues to the table.
“I try to do relevant events every year from Farm Dinners to Avalanche Safety,” says Jubin. “We are doing three Farm Dinners this year and are trying to keep things fresh and interesting.” » Continue Reading.
It may be chilly outside, but Lake Luzerne’s Adirondack Folk School is providing over 250 classes this winter to get people out of the cold. With a focus to continue to introduce and maintain traditional folk arts, the Adirondack Folk School provides a variety of classes that appeal to all skill levels.
“I started with the organization in November 2011,” says Adirondack Folk School’s Program Manager Mary Stevens. “We had only opened in June of 2010 so I’ve certainly seen change and growth throughout the years. Recently we’ve seen an uptick on registration for these traditional folk skill classes.”
According to Stevens the organization has seen an uptick on registration for these traditional folk skill classes. More blacksmithing classes had to be added to the schedule as it was drawing people from a variety of locations. » Continue Reading.
Taking place Saturday, January 13, this free celebration of winter kicks-off with a snowmobile parade and the coronation of the Moonlighter’s King and Queen at Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center. » Continue Reading.
If the weather is too cold, or the family is just looking for some interesting entertainment, one place we always put on the schedule is the Adirondack Experience’s (ADKX) winter Cabin Fever Sunday series. These lectures are reasonably priced with topics to keep both tweens, teens, and adults interested.
This Sunday, January 7, kicks off the bi-monthly series that reflects on the history of the Adirondacks. Though there isn’t a set theme to the complete series, there is always a connection to the mission of the formerly named Adirondack Museum. » Continue Reading.
There are all sorts of New Year’s traditions that are supposed to bring luck and prosperity for the upcoming year. From midnight kisses and fireworks to collard greens and black-eyed peas, countdowns and good wishes are all part of gesturing in the New Year. One tradition my family has volunteered for, but never managed to be a part of, is the annual Polar Plunge. Two such New Year’s Polar Plunge celebrations not only are set to shock any toxins out of the body, but to also benefit local charities. » Continue Reading.
I am all about shopping local. I always look for a local version rather than shopping online. That doesn’t mean that the UPS truck hasn’t made regular stops at my house. It does mean that when my children ask me what I want, I always opt for an experience or an item from a downtown Adirondack shop.
We have found that gifts that add meaning can be as simple as donating food to a local food pantry. » Continue Reading.
For the past twenty years, the Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) has contributed data to the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, a national bird census tracking the status of bird populations across North America now in its 118th year.
From December 14 through January 5, volunteers across the country brave the elements to count local birds for one day within a designated 15-mile circle. All data is then reported back to the Audubon Society. » Continue Reading.
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