The trustees of the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation have announced this year’s awards to area not-for-profits. Of the 53 grant proposals received this year, 38 were funded in whole or in part.
Area not-for-profits that received grants from the Pearsall Adirondack Foundation this year included:
The Central Adirondack Association’s Hallowed Forge Pumpkin Party is back for its third year. Activities and celebrations throughout the community are spaced over two weekends, October 22 –24 and October 29-31 (and a few in between). There will be something festive and fall-like for everyone with offerings for families, for children and adults spaced throughout the end of October. Classics like pumpkin sports return for family fun.
The North Country Chamber of Commerce is welcoming indications that the U.S. will begin to allow vaccinated Canadians to drive across the northern land border on November 1st. That has been the date for beginning entry by international air travelers from Europe and elsewhere with proof of vaccination, leading to strong calls from the Chamber and others to include the Canadian land border.
“After more than eighteen months of unprecedented separation and frustration, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel,” says Garry Douglas, Chamber President. “There are important details to be clarified by Homeland Security and by the CDC, but policy making is in play at last. After more than eighteen months of unprecedented separation in a vacuum of planning, we may finally be seeing light at the end of a long tunnel. The network of partners that has grown up around this challenge in both countries has been incredible and will be of lasting value. And we must thank our federal and state partners who have been determined all along the way and will continue to engage as this process continues, including Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and the Northern Border Caucus in Congress, Assemblyman Billy Jones and Senator Dan Stec, among other active advocates.”
“We cannot replace two lost summers or the long impact on families and business, but if this goes forward as indicated, we can share Christmas and welcome our Canadian travelers at Plattsburgh International Airport in time for the upcoming winter travel season,” notes Douglas. “Most importantly, we will be able to at least start the long process of reconnecting.”
The Chamber is continuing to follow final elements of the emerging plan and will continue to advocate for reasonable standards and then for planning for subsequent phases of border normalization.
Year-Round Farmers’ Market Continues to Support Local Community, Farmers, and Producers
This fall, The AuSable Valley Grange Farmers’ Market, the only “producer-only” farmers’ markets in the eastern Adirondacks, will partner once again with Hotel Saranac to offer both an outdoor “Park-It” and indoor market in Saranac Lake, NY.
This is the sixth 2021 I LOVE NY Fall Foliage Report for New York State. Reports are obtained from volunteer field observers and reflect expected color conditions for the coming weekend. Reports are issued every Wednesday afternoon. I LOVE NY urges travelers to follow all COVID-related public health and safety guidelines while enjoying the foliage this season. Visitors should call ahead and check websites and social media to make sure attractions are open and available. More information on New York State travel and COVID-19 is available here.
Beautiful peak foliage will be found in most areas of the Catskills region this weekend, along with areas of the Adirondacks, Thousand Islands-Seaway, Chautauqua-Allegheny, and Central New York regions, according to volunteer observers for Empire State Development’s I LOVE NY program.
Start collecting your fabrics and thread and saves the dates of October 18-20 for the Inaugural Adirondack Quilters Conference held at View, the Center for Arts and Culture in Old Forge. The conference is a new addition to the annual Quilts Unlimited Exhibit and will feature a series of lectures and workshops featuring both traditional and art quilting techniques that are sure to be informative for quilters of all skill levels.
Fulton-Montgomery Community College is pleased to announce a new partnership and new program for an individual studies certificate in Craft Brewery Management. The new partnership includes Great Sacandaga Brewery, Stump City Brewery, the Fulton-Montgomery Chamber of Commerce, and 44 Lakes Craft Beverage Trail.
Launch Event takes place on Thursday, October 14th at 3 pm at the Great Sacandaga Brewery at 3647 NY-30 in Broadalbin, NY 12025 and is open to the public. For more information, contact Christie Davis at FMCC – 518-736-(FMCC)3622, ext. 8163 or [email protected]
Prisons, Environment, and Race in the Adirondack Park
with Clarence Jefferson Hall Jr.
October 14, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.
This Zoom program is free and open to the public.
Since the 1840s, the Adirondack environment has proven a pivotal factor in the planning, construction, and operation of prisons in the North Country. Clarence Jefferson Hall Jr. will analyze this phenomenon with a special focus on the role of incarcerated people of color in shaping—and reshaping—the Adirondack landscape. This talk is adapted from Hall’s first book, A Prison in the Woods: Environment and Incarceration in New York’s North Country, published by the University of Massachusetts Press in November 2020. Hall is assistant professor in the Department of History at Queensborough Community College / CUNY and visiting instructor in the Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
The Ticonderoga Historical Society will celebrate the Halloween Season with a free program entitled “Haunted Hancock: Ghostly Tales of Champlain” on Friday, October 22 at 7 p.m. at the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga.
“We will be taking a look at the darker side of the Adirondacks and Lake Champlain region,” said program presenter Diane O’Connor. “Our area is rich in history and the supernatural is woven throughout that history in a powerful way. The evening’s tales will include local spirits of soldiers, trappers, witches and otherworldly beings.”
The program will be held outdoors around a campfire. Attendees should dress warmly, and bring their own lawn chairs. Reservations are strongly encouraged, as this program is one of the museum’s most popular. Reservations may be made by calling 518-585-7868 or via e-mail to [email protected] Refreshments will be served.
As a regional institution dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of the Adirondacks and Lake Champlain Region, the Ticonderoga Historical Society encompasses a four-story museum with substantial collections and research library, as well as an active educational program series available for community organizations.
Two nonprofit organizations have recently been given grand funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities:
$199,300 award for the Fort Ticonderoga Association from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This grant will help increase access to Ticonderoga’s hidden collection to create public programs and exhibitions that will explore the Revolutionary War in New York.
A $50,000 award for Historic Saranac Lake from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This grant will help complement the Saranac Laboratory Museum’s Pandemic Perspectives exhibition and support a short film about Saranac Lake history.
This is the fifth 2021 I LOVE NY Fall Foliage Report for New York State. Reports are obtained from volunteer field observers and reflect expected color conditions for the coming weekend. Reports are issued every Wednesday afternoon. I LOVE NY urges travelers to follow all COVID-related public health and safety guidelines while enjoying the foliage this season. Visitors should call ahead and check websites and social media to make sure attractions are open and available. More information on New York State travel and COVID-19 is available here.
Vibrant peak and near-peak leaves will continue to arrive in the Adirondacks this weekend while making their first appearances in the Catskills. Some near-peak foliage is also expected in parts of the Thousand Islands-Seaway region this weekend.
“This partnership arises out of shared interests and common goals to conserve cherished landscapes and biodiversity,” said Dr. Robin Kimmerer, CNPE Director, botanist, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is also the author of the bestselling book ‘Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants.’ “This as an opportunity for co-learning between the CNPE and TNC and Indigenous communities, who are a critical partner in this work.”
The Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation invites one and all to celebrate Common Loons, the fascinating icon of the Adirondack, at the Paul Smith’s College VIC (8023 NYS Rte. 30) from 1-4:30pm on Sunday, October 10th.
This free, fun-filled “loony” day will feature activities for the whole family, including:
Municipalities, businesses and not-for-profit organizations interested in learning how to keep roads, driveways and parking areas safe this winter while reducing the cost and environmental consequences of road salt use are invited to attend the 2021 Adirondack Champlain Regional Salt Summit, Thursday, Oct. 14, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center in Lake George. Online attendance will also be available for those unable to travel to the Summit. Registration is free for all attendees.
This year’s Summit will be the 6th annual gathering focused on best practices for reducing road salt use, and will feature progress on road salt reduction in the Lake George region. It is presented by the Lake George Association, which spearheads the Lake George Road Salt Reduction Initiative, and Lake Champlain Sea Grant. The agenda will include:
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