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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Concert Pianist Tony Siqi Yun’s Performance at ALCA Postponed

New York State arts organizations answered a survey by ArtsNYS on the need for capital funding. Pictured is the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake.
The Weekend Series performance by concert pianist Tony Siqi Yun at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (ALCA) in Blue Mountain Lake on Saturday, July 20, has been postponed. This concert will be held on a future date this summer or included in the 2025 Weekend Series lineup.
Tickets sold will be honored on the new date of the concert or otherwise refunded. The Arts Center requests that ticket holders and other potential concertgoers stay tuned for the new date.

The Arts Center is located at 3446 State Route 28, Blue Mountain Lake. For more information on events and programs, visit

Saturday, July 13, 2024

50th annual Essex Day celebration slated for Aug. 3

Essex Day 2024
The 50th annual Essex Day celebration is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3, on Main Street in downtown Essex, hosted by Essex Initiatives. The event will include:
  • Musical performances by Too Tall String Band at 10 a.m. and Mark Henry at 12:30 p.m.
  • Food options from The Pink Pig, Essex Ice Cream Cafe, The Old Dock, the Essex Inn, Indian Bay Marina’s Pizza On Point and Papa Duke’s BBQ.
  • More than 40 artisans and crafters.
  • A town-wide yard sale.
  • Unique finds at brick-and-mortar Main Street shops.
  • Special kids’ activities and more.

Entrance to the family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Live music is made possible, in part, by the Essex County Arts Council’s Cultural Assistance Program Grant with funding provided by Essex County.

“Downtown Essex Day” began as a small local festival, organized by community members in 1974. Essex resident Jan Peden is credited with conceiving the event, which consisted of neighbors selling clothes, knick-knacks and kitchen supplies along Main Street. Since then, the event has grown into a full-fledged block party with live music, food trucks, craft vendors and more.

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Friday, July 12, 2024

Jenkins Mountain Scramble set for Paul Smith’s College VIC on Aug. 10

Racers run through a wooded trail

Recreationists are encouraged to challenge themselves with Paul Smith’s College VIC’s most notable trail race, the Jenkins Mountain Scramble set for Aug. 10. Runners have two race options: a 10k and a half marathon. This event is intended for all adventure seekers, from seasoned trail runners to first-timers. Pre-registration closes Aug. 3 at 11:59 p.m. Walk-in registration on the day of the race should be available. See below for race details:

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Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Adirondack Garden Club shares Essex Quarry Nature Preserve project update

Man shows people a tree branch

Keene, NY — In the roughly one year that the Adirondack Garden Club (AGC) has been tackling invasive plants on a one-acre plot in the Essex Quarry Nature Preserve in the town of Essex, progress has been significant, with the benefits extending well beyond the direct remediation of nuisance species. The project is funded through a three-year grant from the Garden Club of America’s Partners for Plants program. The Essex Quarry Nature Preserve is owned by Champlain Area Trails (CATS), which purchased the property in 2018.

In the Essex Quarry project, the AGC team, headed by Conservation Committee Chair Nancy Budd, removes invasive trees, seedlings, vines and shrubs — mainly buckthorn, honeysuckle and bittersweet. The stumps left behind are then covered with heavy plastic “buckthorn baggies” to prevent sprouting. The areas will then be planted with native species.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Adirondack Foundation awarded $400,000 Trust for Civic Life grant

People dancing at he Whallonsburg Grange

Lake Placid, NY— A new philanthropic initiative aimed at improving civic engagement in communities across the U.S. has awarded $400,000 to the Adirondack region’s community foundation. Adirondack Foundation was among the first organizations to receive a grant from the Trust for Civic Life, part of an $8 million investment in strengthening communities across rural America. The grant will support Adirondack Foundation over the next three years as it works to bring people together and help residents solve important problems in their communities.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Keeseville Community Arts Festival Returns July 19 & 20

Little girl tie dyes a shirt

Pre-Festival Events Planned for July 16-18

Keeseville, NY – Lovers of all artforms are encouraged to gather for the annual Keeseville Community Arts Festival which is slated for Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20. The festival features a diverse range of activities and events scheduled to take place in various areas of the hamlet, designed to inspire creativity and foster a sense of community. Many activities are offered free of charge, with specific activities, such as the Opening Reception, Color Run, or Brunch with the Artists, requiring a nominal fee. For more details and to register for events, visit See below for the festival’s schedule of events.

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Monday, July 8, 2024

The Wild Center to host “A Jar Full of Christmas” Film Premiere July 25 and 26

Promo photo for A Jar Full of Christmas film

UPDATE: July 25 premiere is sold out.

Tupper Lake, NY- The Wild Center and Gemelli Films recently announced the addition of a second night for the premiere of the heartwarming holiday movie, A Jar Full of Christmas. The event will take place on both July 25 and 26, offering guests an extended opportunity to experience this festive celebration in the heart of summer. Premiere tickets are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Attendees can expect exclusive behind-the-scenes insights and the chance to meet cast and crew members.

“Filming A Jar Full of Christmas in Lake Placid and the surrounding areas was nothing short of magical,” said the film’s director Candy Cain. “I love that we filmed at The Wild Center, and they are hosting the film’s premiere. It’s going to be a great time.”

Cain will be at the premiere both nights, along with star Kenney Myers, who plays the role of Pastor Tim Shavens in the film.

Tickets are available for purchase at

For more information about the film, please contact publicist Serina Marshall, at or (423) 398-1678 or (423) 384-4382.

Photo at top: Promo photo for A Jar Full of Christmas film. Photo provided by the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism.

Monday, July 8, 2024

Original Blue Mountain Lake town sign to be included in Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts July 13 auction

Original Blue Mountain Lake town sign

Blue Mountain Lake, NY — The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (ALCA) recently announced its upcoming Open House & Auction is set for Saturday, July 13 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Guests are welcome to enjoy refreshments and sponsorship opportunities, plus a special presentation on 57 years (1967-present) of ALCA history. This presentation will feature Blue Mountain Lake photographs, documents, and other articles organized by Colgate fellow Eli Watson and the volunteers of ALCA’s History Project.

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Sunday, July 7, 2024

Adirondack-area nonprofits welcome new hires and appointments

Several nonprofit organizations, including the Ausable River Association’s Ausable Freshwater Center/ Colgate University Upstate Institute, the Tannery Pond Center, and Silver Bay YMCA have recently announced new staff and board appointments. See below roundup for details about these developments. 

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Friday, July 5, 2024

Lake George Celebrates Charles R. Wood Day/65th Anniversary of Gaslight Village, July 12

Lake George's Gaslight Village magnet

Lake George, NY – The community of Lake George is proud to announce a special celebration honoring Charles R. Wood, the visionary known as the father of the American theme park, on July 12. This event marks the 65th anniversary of the iconic Gaslight Village, a cherished part of Lake George’s history. The community celebration will be held at Charles R. Wood Park / Festival Commons, beginning at 11 a.m.

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Friday, July 5, 2024

Tupper Lake History Museum opens in new location July 6

Tupper Lake History Museum

Tupper Lake, NY – The Tupper Lake History Museum is planning a grand opening of its new location with a celebration and ribbon-cutting on Saturday, July 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. The ribbon-cutting will take place at the museum’s new multi-room quarters in the former gas station building at 291 Park Street. Local leaders, along with museum board members, will be on hand.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Draft 30 X 30 conservation strategy released for public review, comments accepted until Aug. 30

Map of protected land in New York State

On July 1, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) released their draft “strategies and methodology” document detailing how they plan to protect 30% of the state’s lands and inland waters by 2030. According to DEC estimates, about 22% has already been protected, leaving about 3 million more acres across New York State to be protected in order to reach the goal.

The DEC will host two virtual public meetings on the report, one on Thursday, July 25 from 1 to 3 p.m., and one on Thursday, Aug. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. The DEC is accepting public comment on the draft report until Aug. 30.

Read the draft report, submit comments, and learn how to participate in the public meetings here:×30.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2024

ADKX to host Halfway in Hamilton event July 9 in celebration of 100th anniversary of Northville-Placid Trail

Two hikers on a trail

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Northville-Placid Trail (NPT), a 138-mile route that transverses the Adirondack Park, those who have hiked any part of the trail are invited to put on their best hiking apparel for a celebration and a once-in-100-years photo (with a goal of 138 hikers to mark all 138 miles!) at the Adirondack Experience (ADKX), which is located near the halfway mark of the trail in Hamilton County.

The NPT immerses hikers in adventure, wilderness, and history. The Halfway in Hamilton celebration includes a day of meaningful activities on Tuesday, July 9 that offer a connection to nature, the hiking community, and the history/memorable journeys along the NPT. Beginning at 10 am, participants can partake in a guided nature walk with Naturalist, Adirondack Guide, and author Ed Kanze and ADKX Collections Manager Doreen Alessi-Holmes along a section of the NPT in the Blue Mountain Wilderness Area.

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Sunday, June 30, 2024

Independence Day events planned around the Adirondacks

Old Forge fireworks

The Fourth of July is just around the corner and several Adirondack towns have released their schedule of events which include a wide array of activities such as parades, fireworks displays, carnivals, live music, craft shows, kid’s games and attractions, and much more. See below for a list of Independence Day celebrations occurring around the Adirondack Park to help you plan your Fourth of July festivities.

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Saturday, June 29, 2024

New report highlights Adirondack region’s most promising jobs

Cover of a report

Report provides critical data for graduating seniors, local youth

Lake Placid, NY — A new report will provide graduating seniors and local youth in the Adirondack region with a valuable resource for future employment and career planning. The “Most Promising Jobs of the Adirondack North Country” report was developed in collaboration with the New York State Department of Labor and is designed to empower youth, families, educators and career seekers with insights into the employment landscape of the Adirondacks.

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