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Friday, April 16, 2021

ANCA’s Annual Artisan Trade Show Goes Virtual 

Retailers can shop remotely at this year’s Adirondack Buyer Days 

Carrying on a tradition that builds lasting relationships between artisans and retailers, this year’s Adirondack Buyer Days wholesale gift show will take place virtually for the first time in its 35-year history. The virtual marketplace, which is hosted by the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), is open to regional makers and retailers seeking local products for their shops. 

After cancelling last year’s show due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ANCA staff have redesigned the 2021 Adirondack Buyer Days to accommodate participants in a safe and convenient online setting. The virtual event, set for April 20 and 21, will offer the same opportunities for interpersonal interaction, relationship building and product marketing the annual show has provided makers and retailers since 1986. 

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Friday, April 16, 2021

Latest News Headlines

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Sign ups underway for Great Adirondack Garage Sale

garage sale signThe Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) and local leaders are inviting residents to register for the 11th annual Great Adirondack Garage Sale. For 2021, the event is moving back to its historic Memorial Day weekend schedule. The dates this year are May 28 – 30.

The garage sale stretches over 200 miles through Adirondack communities, including Old Forge, Inlet, Raquette Lake, Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Long Lake, Tupper Lake, Piercefield, Newcomb, and Speculator.

Registration is free online and listings on the website include dates and times for each sale. Each community will also receive paper maps of local sale locations to hand out. To register and find more information, visit www.GreatAdirondackGarageSale.com. The interactive website showcases sale locations and allows unlimited photos of the items for sale to be uploaded.

Garage and yard sales are permitted in New York State. Masks and social distancing are still required. Shoppers should continue to wash their hands, sanitize, and be respectful during the Garage Sale.

For more information, contact ROOST’s Hamilton County and Tupper Lake Marketing Manager Katie LaLonde at [email protected].


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Adirondack Center for Writing hosts free virtual retreat for teens

Mahogany L. BrownHigh School Writing Retreat

↠ Wednesday, April 21, 2021 // 10:00am-12:00pm & 1:00-3:00pm ET
↠ LIVE ONLINE on Zoom // Sessions are recorded for registrants only to view to help alleviate any scheduling or tech issues
↠ Free! There’s no cost to be a part of the High School Writing Retreat thanks to our supporters: Cloudsplitter FoundationCharles R. Wood FoundationSaranac Lake Public School Education Fund

Register for a day of writing workshops, epic performances, meeting new friends and fellow writers, swag bags (limited supply), and a meet ‘n greet with poets. A perfect opportunity to include on college applications. Open to any homeschooled and high school students and classes, no writing experience necessary!

Students will enjoy poetry performances and learn how to make their writing gorgeous with workshop leaders and poetry legends Mahogany L. Browne (pictured here), Roya Marsh, Jive Poetic, and Jon Sands.

Schedule is as follows:

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Adirondack Food System Network takes shape

farmers market signHoping to promote a more resilient local food system and better understand regional food insecurity issues, a collaborative new effort has launched the Adirondack Food System Network. Comprised of a group of Adirondack food system stakeholders from across the region, the initiative was launched with seed funding from Adirondack Foundation.

Adirondack Health Institute announced the initiative April 5 after teaming up with multiple organizations to identify food insecurity issues and regional solutions.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, AHI said, market supply chains and trade disruptions have limited food accessibility, especially for vulnerable residents lacking access to transportation and the means to purchase fresh food.

At the same time, farmers have been faced with significant disruptions in market access, especially due to the closure of restaurants, retail, and other food establishments, and the threat of the loss of market access for area farmers.

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Monday, April 12, 2021

I Love My Park Day Returns For 2021

i love my park dayIn partnership with Parks & Trails New York, New York State announced that registration is open for the 10th annual I Love My Park Day, which will be held May 1-2 at 120 state Parks, historic sites, and other public lands across New York.
The event is sponsored by Parks & Trails New York, the NY State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation.

From Long Island to Western New York, volunteers will celebrate their natural heritage by cleaning up debris, planting trees and gardens, restoring trails and wildlife habitats, removing invasive species, and working on various site improvement projects. Due to COVID-19, registration will be limited to 50 people per site per day to create a safe and enjoyable experience for all volunteers. All projects will adhere to the proper social distancing and masking requirements. Event Registration


Sunday, April 11, 2021

Weekly news round up

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Friday, April 9, 2021

Siena Poll: Consumer confidence up

consumer confidence graph

The New York State Index of Consumer Sentiment in the first quarter of 2021 stands at 82.5, up 7.7 points from the last measurement in the fourth quarter of 2020, according to the latest poll by the Siena College Research Institute (SCRI).

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Friday, April 9, 2021

Latest News Headlines

Here’s a look at news from around the Adirondacks this week:

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Monday, April 5, 2021

Reuse & Repair: Creating New Jobs and Enterprises through Zero Waste

This Wednesday on April 7th, from 2pm to 3:30 pm the Zero Waste Committee of Warren County, NY will be hosting a Zero Waste Webinar with a focus on local economic growth through reuse and repair enterprise programs. The program is entitled: “Creating new jobs and enterprises through Zero Waste”, with the committee being a project of the Clean Air Action Network (CAAN) of Glens Falls.

The webinar will feature four of the country’s most respected leaders in the field of reuse and repair:

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Sunday, April 4, 2021

Weekly news round up

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Friday, April 2, 2021

Latest news headlines

Here’s a look at news from around the Adirondacks this week:

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Thursday, April 1, 2021

Rock the 46 fundraiser event

rocksport climbing gym

Are you a climber looking for a challenge to get you ready for the spring climbing season?  Are you a hiker trying to avoid the trails during shoulder season? Or are you just looking for something fun and safe to do during a global pandemic?

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Monday, March 29, 2021

APA at 50: A daylong symposium

APA In June 1971, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller signed legislation creating the Adirondack Park Agency, and the modern era of Adirondack history began. All private land in the Park was zoned according to how densely it could be developed, and the state-owned Forest Preserve was divided into various categories, with Wilderness Areas designated as the most tightly regulated. No one was happy with the new agency. Local government and business interests predicted economic catastrophe, while conservationists felt the new regime didn’t adequately protect the Park.

The Adirondack Experience: The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX) will host a daylong symposium, free and open to the public, on June 22, 2021. This will be a virtual symposium: all presentations will be online.

For more details and to register, go here.

Photo: Gov Rockefeller signs the APA Private Land Use Plan legislation. Richard W. Lawrence, first APA Chair, looks on at left. Photo by Paul Schaefer/Almanack archive

Editor’s note: Starting today, the Explorer is running a series about the formation of the APA. Click here for the first one.


Sunday, March 28, 2021

Weekly news round up

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