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Community News

Community news stories come from press releases and other notices from organizations, businesses, state agencies and other groups. Submit your contributions to Almanack Editor Melissa Hart at editor@adirondackalmanack.com.


Saturday, September 24, 2022

Adirondack Mountain Bike Festival returns to McCauley Mountain, October 1 & 2

OLD FORGE– The annual Adirondack Mountain Bike (MTB) Festival is ready to kick off Saturday and Sunday, October 1-2, 2022 at the McCauley Mountain Ski & Recreation Center in Old Forge. The temperatures are cooling down and the fall colors are heating up in the Central Adirondacks, as hundreds of mountain bike families flood to the festival. The free festival is sponsored by the Central Adirondack Association (CAA), the Adirondack Foothills Trails Alliance (AFTA), and the Town of Webb, and features guided rides, races and fun contests, clinics, bike and equipment vendors, food and refreshments, and live music.

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Friday, September 23, 2022

10th annual Adirondack Kids Day set for October 1 in Inlet

The 10th annual Adirondack Kids Day is scheduled for Saturday, October 1 in Inlet, NY. Central Adirondack Kiwanis will once again be the main sponsor for the event which is inspired by the best-selling children’s book series, The Adirondack Kids ® written by Gary and Justin VanRiper of Camden, NY, and celebrates families having fun together in the great outdoors.

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Fire Tower closures during hunting season

stillwater fire towerFrom the GFS Chapter of the ADK Mountain Club Fire Tower Committee:

Here are the dates for fire tower closures for the hunting season, all dates are inclusive. Please respect these trail closures and private property. Climbs during these closure periods will not count towards the fire tower challenge.

*Swede Mountain Fire Tower trail will be closed from September 10th thru December 16th
*Stillwater Mountain Fire Tower trail will be closed October 11th thru December 20th
*Spruce Mountain Fire Tower Trail will be closed October 22nd thru December 4th

Photo courtesy of Friends of Stillwater Fire Tower


Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Fall foliage report: Franklin County, Old Forge lead color change

fall foliage week 2

This is the second 2022 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.

Beautiful fall foliage continues to appear across New York State, with some significant early color changes expected in the higher elevations of the Adirondacks and Catskills, according to field reports from volunteer observers for the Empire State Development Division of Tourism’s I LOVE NY program.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Dr. Curt Stager to present at Ausable River Association Dinner, Sept. 28

WILMINGTON, NY — The Ausable River Association will host their first ever “September Shindig” on September 28 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. All are welcome for an evening of fine dining and camaraderie at The Hungry Trout Resort in Wilmington, NY. The night will feature Dr. Curt Stager, author and professor of natural sciences at Paul Smith’s College, as guest speaker. Dr. Stager will present an update on climate change in the Adirondacks based on a long-term study he is preparing to publish.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Paul Smith’s College VIC names building for Frank M. Hutchins, founder of Adirondack Park Institute & longtime college trustee

PAUL SMITHS—The Paul Smith’s College VIC honored Frank M. Hutchins, one of its earliest supporters, by naming its main building in his honor. The VIC dedicated the Frank M. Hutchins Lodge in August.

Hutchins, who died in 2012 at 90, served as a Paul Smith’s College trustee for 33 years. He founded the Adirondack Park Institute in 1989 to support the then state-owned visitor interpretive centers in Paul Smiths and Newcomb. As a longtime summer resident of the Adirondacks, he was passionate about the joys of nature—and intent that visitors learn about the significance of the Adirondack Park as well.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Saranac Lake ArtWorks to host ArtMarket, Studio Tours, September 24 and 25

SARANAC LAKE — The September ArtMarket & Studio Tours will take place this Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25 in Saranac Lake and surrounding areas.

Organized and hosted by Saranac Lake ArtWorks and the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, the September ArtMarket & Studio Tours will include an art market at Riverfront Park near the state boat launch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, and studio tours around the area on Sunday, Sept. 25.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Adirondack Mountain Club launches ADK Voices Project 

September 19, 2022 — Lake Placid, NY — As ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) celebrates its centennial anniversary, the organization has launched an online oral history project called ADK Voices in partnership with Our Story Bridge. Told from the perspective of ADK supporters, the project details the organization’s rich history and notable impact on New York’s public lands and waters.

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Monday, September 19, 2022

Long Lake Long Boat Regatta set for Sept. 24, paddlers can register online & on-site

Attention paddlers! The Northern Forest Canoe Trail will close out the 2022 Adirondack race series this Saturday, September 24 by partnering with Long Lake Recreation and Tourism to host the Long Lake Long Boat Regatta.  Pre-registration is recommended. The course is a 10-mile figure eight, beginning and ending at the Long Lake Public Beach. We welcome all NYPRA classes and an “anything goes” category. Use the link below to sign up; you can also register in person from 9:30-10:30 am on the front porch of the Adirondack Hotel (boat number pick up will also take place here). Start time on the beach at 11 a.m.

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Monday, September 19, 2022

Adirondack 102 Club annual gathering slated for Oct. 7 in Inlet

All are invited to attend the Adirondack 102 Club’s annual gathering which is scheduled for Friday, October 7 at noon at The Ole Barn in Inlet. Local author, Charles Herr, will serve as this year’s guest speaker. The get-together is open to the public, as the Adirondack 102 Club is self-described as “a friendly group that is loosely organized.” Anyone in the Inlet/Fulton Chain area who would like to attend is welcome, however all guests must register for the gathering and pay in advance.

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Saturday, September 17, 2022

Adirondack Regional Airport awarded $8.5 Million grant for modernization of passenger terminal

Lake Clear, NY – On behalf of the Franklin County Economic Development Corporation (FCEDC), CEO Jeremy Evans congratulates the Town of Harrietstown and the Adirondack Regional Airport for their Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization Competition award totaling $8.5 million.

 

The project will revitalize the terminal building and make other physical improvements to the Airport.

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Friday, September 16, 2022

Essex Community Fund grant recipients announced, over $21,000 awarded to community organizations serving Essex

ESSEX — The Essex Community Fund (ECF) has awarded over $21,000 to community organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life in this Champlain Valley town.

 

A total of nine organizations received funding in 2022. A component fund of Adirondack Foundation, ECF awards grants yearly to projects serving residents of Essex through community services, beautification, historic preservation, culture, the arts, education, and programs for youth and senior citizens.

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Thursday, September 15, 2022

Adirondack Experience announces upcoming fall events and programs

Adirondack Experience, the museum on Blue Mountain Lake, (ADKX) has released its upcoming fall programs and events which include nature hikes, Xperience For All (an event which celebrates outdoor recreation for all), FallFest, a virtual program in which three panelists will discuss Adirondack architecture, and more. Please see below for details on these events.

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Thursday, September 15, 2022

Fall foliage report: First signs of color

2022 foliage map week 1

This is the first 2022 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.

New York State’s 2022 fall foliage season is underway, with the first signs of the spectacular seasonal colors to come appearing in several regions, including the Adirondacks, Thousand Islands-Seaway, Catskills, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Chautauqua-Allegheny, Greater Niagara, and Hudson Valley. This is according to the field reports from volunteer observers for the Empire State Development Division of Tourism’s I LOVE NY program.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Adirondack Harvest Festival set for Sept. 24 at Essex County Fairgrounds

The Adirondack Harvest Festival will return to its one-day, in-person format on Saturday, Sept. 24 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Essex County Fairgrounds in Westport, NY. This will be the first time the event has fully returned to the Essex County Fairgrounds for one large, in-person event since 2019. The event will follow the same format as past festivals, with a large farmers’ market, local food trucks, local libations tent (beer, mead and wine), demonstrations and talks, kids’ activities, farm animals, and much more.

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