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Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Long Lake Winter Carnival set for Jan. 13

fireworks at Long Lake Winter Carnival
Long Lake, NY – On Saturday, January 13 at noon, the 22nd Long Lake Winter Carnival will be held at the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center in Long Lake, NY. Events begin with a coronation of the King and Queen of the Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club followed by a slate of fun family friendly events. The Cardboard Sled Races start at 1 p.m., with prizes awarded for speed and overall award for Best in Show. Sleds can be made using cardboard, paint, wax, and tape. Racing categories are for individuals and for teams. There will be a bonfire as well as ice skating and sledding available all day. Other events throughout the day include a Fashion Competition where folks can don their best (and most outlandish) winter outfits. Team themes are encouraged. » Continue Reading.

Monday, January 8, 2024

LGLC Receives Donation of Land in South Basin

Stream flowing through East Brook Preserve Addition.

Bolton Landing, NY – The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) has been given a donation of 4.4 acres of undeveloped land in the Town of Lake George. This property borders the LGLC’s 12-acre East Brook Preserve and includes more than three acres of wetlands and 600 feet of forested steam corridor that help to naturally protect water quality.

The “East Brook Addition” donation was gifted to the LGLC by Karen Azer and her late mother Helene Horn.

“I am glad the parcel will remain forever wild,” said Karen Azer, “not only benefitting water quality but also protecting habitat for wildlife.”

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Sunday, January 7, 2024

Adirondack Land Trust to host virtual events, Jan. 11, Feb. 22

Image by Chris DeSorbo, provided by Scott Weidensaul; Scott Weidensaul, the featured speaker at the virtual event hosted by the Adirondack Land Trust

Keene, NY – The Adirondack Land Trust is pleased to announce the following free, virtual events, open to all. To register, visit

Caught in the SNOWstorm
Thursday, January 11, 2024 | 7-8 p.m.
This event features author, researcher and Pulitzer Prize finalist Scott Weidensaul who will share the story of Project SNOWstorm. The winter of 2013-14 saw the largest invasion of snowy owls into the eastern United States in perhaps a century and marked an unprecedented opportunity to learn more about these mysterious Arctic hunters. It led to Project SNOWstorm, a collaborative research effort focused on snowy owls that came together in a few frantic weeks, funded with the help of people from around the world.  A decade later, the project continues to make discoveries and unexpected insights into the life and ecology of this great white raptor. » Continue Reading.

Saturday, January 6, 2024

ADKX event roundup, photography Zoom presentation Jan. 8

Adirondack Experience museum in winter

Blue Mountain Lake, NY- Those at Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX) have a series of online and in-person events on the docket for 2024, including an Adirondack Photographers, 1850 – 1950 program led by author Sally Svenson via Zoom webinar on the evening of Monday, January 8. ADKX will also be celebrating the total solar eclipse on campus in April and will offer fun and educational members-only programs throughout the year as well as popular flagship events such as FallFest, Mushroom Mania, and more. ADKX intends to reopen its doors for the regular season on May 24, 2024.

Please see below for a sample of what is in store for the next couple months.

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Saturday, January 6, 2024

Discounted tickets for Bluegrass in Heaven available until Feb. 29


 Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper perform in Silver Bay's Auditorium during the 2023 Bluegrass in Heaven.

Silver Bay, NY – Silver Bay YMCA is pleased to announce the return of its premier family-friendly musical festival, Bluegrass in Heaven, which is slated to take place from September 13 – 15, 2024.

The first Bluegrass in Heaven music festival, which occurred in September 2023 on Silver Bay YMCA’s 700-acre campus, passed expectations with over 300 tickets sold. Until February 29, individuals buying Bluegrass in Heaven Tickets will be able to use the promo code BGIHEarlyBird to receive a 10-percent discount off their ticket purchase. (The promo code will work on all ticket types.)

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Friday, January 5, 2024

Adirondack Foundation to host Generous Acts program webinar Jan. 8

The Adirondack Foundation logo

Lake Placid, NY — Community organizations can now apply to Adirondack Foundation’s Generous Acts program, which supports activities that address basic needs, educational pathways, and economic vitality in the Adirondack region.

Applications will be accepted online through Tuesday, Feb. 13. The Foundation will host an instructional webinar at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, for a demonstration on how to use the application portal and to answer questions from potential applicants.

To register for the webinar, visit

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Wednesday, January 3, 2024

APA to hold Jan. 11 meeting, draft agenda released

APA logo.

Ray Brook, NY – The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, January 11, 2024. The meeting will be held at the Agency’s headquarters in Ray Brook, NY. The public is welcome to attend in person or remotely.

Public comment will be available to members of the public who attend the Agency meeting in person as well as those who participate remotely. If you would like the opportunity to make a public comment remotely, please email your name and the phone number used to call into the Board Meeting to Those who sign up for public comment will be limited to three minutes each. Public comment will not be accepted on any agenda items that are before the Board.

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Sunday, December 31, 2023

BluSeed Studios to host New Year’s Day Pot Luck Round Robin

BluSeed Studios' Sober Open Minded Mic New Years Day Celebration graphic.

Saranac Lake, NY – BluSeed Studio Sober Open-Minded Mic Night is celebrating a successful first year with a New Year’s Day Celebration to be held at BluSeed Studios in Saranac Lake from 3 to 6 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring finger food to share. The group will have a round robin sharing of music and the spoken word, and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.  This is a free event and it is open to all performers and listeners. Please RSVP to

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Sunday, December 31, 2023

Champlain Area Trails Invites All to Start 2024 with A Hike

A young hiker stands by a trail marker

Champlain Valley, New York – Champlain Area Trails (CATS), an accredited land trust, is inviting everyone in the North Country to participate in the annual First Day Hikes on January 1, 2024. This event is a nationwide initiative to encourage people to exercise, connect with nature, and enjoy the outdoors on the first day of the year.


CATS will offer self-guided hikes on scenic trails in the Champlain Valley, including popular CATS trails like Cheney Mountain in Moriah, the Wildway Passage Nature Preserve in Westport, the Wildway Overlook Trail in Essex, the Long Pond Trail in Willsboro, Penfield Pond Trail in Crown Point, and other trails noted on CATS website’s events page.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2023

ANCA Center for Pandemic Response Supports Over 300 Businesses & Nonprofits

Owner of The Mustard Seed

As two-year business resilience program wraps up, ANCA looks forward

Saranac Lake, NY — When the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) launched its Center for Pandemic Response (ANCA CPR) in 2021, small businesses across the region faced unprecedented challenges recovering from the economic crisis delivered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the following two years, the innovative business resilience program would tap into ANCA’s regional networks and knowledge of the North Country business community to serve the urgent and long-term needs of over 300 local entrepreneurs and nonprofits.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2023

NY becomes tenth state to ban wildlife killing contests


a man holds up a dead coyote as part of a coyote killing contest

New York becomes the 10th state to stop the slaughter of wild animals for cash and prizes

Albany, NY — On Dec. 22, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed critical legislation (A.2917/S.4099) ending wildlife killing contests for coyotes, foxes, bobcats, squirrels, raccoons, crows and other species in New York. This historic new law prohibits competitive events during which contestants compete to kill the most, the heaviest and the smallest animals for cash and prizes. Championed by Assemblymember Deborah Glick, D-Manhattan, and Senator Tim Kennedy DBuffalo, this legislation was approved by bipartisan majorities in both the Assembly and Senate earlier this year. New York is the tenth state to end these gruesome competitions after Oregon took action to do so in September.

The bill was supported by leading animal protection and conservation groups and by thousands of New Yorkers. Hunters, farmers, veterinarians and wildlife rehabilitators also backed the legislation.

The Humane Society of the United States has gone undercover at contests in 10 states, including two in New York. In 2018 and 2020, the HSUS released investigations that exposed wildlife killing contests in Wayne County and Sullivan County. The investigators documented participants hauling in bloody piles of dead foxes and coyotes to be weighed and counted for prizes. Competitors joked about the “thrill” of the kill and threw dead animals into a dumpster. More than 20 killing contests took place across the state in January and February 2023.

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Monday, December 25, 2023

Merry Christmas!

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Friday, December 22, 2023

ADKX Offers Research Fellowships for 2024-25

ADKX map photo
Blue Mountain Lake, NY –   Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX) announces the establishment of three short-term research fellowships for the 2024-2025 academic year. The ADKX Research Fellowships were established to honor the memories of Julie and Warder Cadbury and Peter C. Welsh. The ADKX Director of Archives & Special Collections, Jenny Ambrose, will oversee the fellowship program and work with researchers on-site during the term of their fellowship. » Continue Reading.

Thursday, December 21, 2023

Call for Artists: Applications Opening January for 2024 Gallery Exhibits at ALCA

artwork by Cheryl Horning
BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE, NY — The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (ALCA) announces a call for artists to submit exhibit proposals for the 2024 gallery lineup. Qualified artists working in all media are invited to apply for solo or group shows at the Arts Center with each exhibit displaying in our gallery spaces for approximately four weeks between May and October. » Continue Reading.

Thursday, December 21, 2023

Historic Ropitzky Family Farms Preserved Amidst Development Pressure

Ropitzsky Farm Courtesy of PLAN

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY — Local land trust Saratoga PLAN (Preserving Land and Nature) is happy to announce the permanent protection of the historic 221-acre Ropitzky family farms located in the Town of Stillwater. This land, once under intense development pressure, has been permanently protected under conservation easements held by Saratoga PLAN. The conserved land has a rich agricultural history, dating back to the pre-Revolutionary War era.

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