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Saranac Lake, NY—The Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW) has announced four New York State poets selected for “Postcard Poems”: Jackie Braje, Joseph Bruchac, Laura Cordts and Sophie Morelli. Their poems were selected from over 100 submissions from across the state.
Each writer will have their poem featured on a 5×7-inch broadside, complete with custom artwork created by artists living in New York. Both writers and artists will be compensated for their work, and broadsides will be available for sale through ACW with proceeds going to support community programs. » Continue Reading.
Federal funding boosts capacity of programming for at-risk populations
SARANAC LAKE — A grant from the federal Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) is bolstering chronic disease prevention across northern New York.
Awarded earlier this year to the Get Healthy North Country Community Integrated Health Network, the grant will help increase capacity for ongoing delivery of evidence-based chronic disease prevention services and reduce the prevalence of diabetes in the North Country by increasing access to programs for at-risk populations. » Continue Reading.
Johnsburg, NY – The Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation is a private foundation established in 2000 “dedicated to improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park.” Since its inception, the foundation has funded more than 600 not-for-profit grant requests totaling over $1.3 million dollars.
The trustees of the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation met with representatives from Caroga Lake area not-for-profits in late September, organized by Caroga Arts Collective, to discuss issues in the community. The trustees later convened to review 86 grant applications totaling $612,229. The board is pleased to have fully funded the requested amount for 24 grants and partially funded 10. The annual underwriting for North Country Public Radio (NCPR) and Mountain Lake PBS and the Junior Trustee grant proposal were also approved, for a total of $106,103 awarded. » Continue Reading.
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train (CPKC) will return to the rails this season. The train will be in Mechanicville and Saratoga Springs on November 24, and Fort Edward, Port Henry, Plattsburgh, and Rouses Point on November 25.
This year’s Adirondack Christmas on Main Street event is slated for Thanksgiving weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 24-26 in Inlet and Old Forge. The annual event will feature an array of family-friendly activities including (but not limited to) a candy cane hunt, a Holiday pet parade, ceramic ornament painting, a stuffed animal workshop, a paint ‘n sip, a free concert by Trevor Gordon Hall, parades, tree lighting ceremonies, holiday sales, scavenger hunts, drop boxes for letters to Santa, and much more.
As part of Adirondack Christmas on Main Street, many of Inlet’s stores will be open for shoppers all weekend. Be sure to bring your receipts from these stores dated November 24-26, 2023 to the Inlet Information Office. For every $10 spent in Town of Inlet (or at a business outside of Inlet that is a paid IABA member,) you will receive one free raffle ticket. At the end of the weekend, one lucky person will take home a basket full of items donated by local businesses.
Activities happening all weekend in Inlet include a book sale at the Inlet Public Library, make & take activity and free popcorn at Greg Rudd’s Pottery Studio, free watercolor coloring sheets at the ArtHouse at the WareHouse, ACE’s Thanksgiving Day Sale at the Inlet Department Store, a Scavenger Hunt throughout Inlet, and a drop box for letters to Santa at the Inlet Town Hall.
Skiing and Snowboarding Top to Bottom for the Second Straight Year
Wilmington, NY– The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (Olympic Authority) announces that WhitefaceMountain in Wilmington will open Friday, Nov. 24, conditions permitting, with skiing and snowboarding from the summit to the base lodge.
The snowmaking crew at Whiteface has been laying down a thick base, thanks to recent colder temperatures and additional help from natural snow. Last year for the first time in history, Whiteface, which has the greatest vertical drop east of the Rockies, opened from top to bottom on opening day, and crews are once again leveraging their advanced, high-efficiency snowmaking systems to repeat that achievement this year.
Franklin County, NY – The Franklin County Economic Development Corporation (FCEDC), in partnership with the towns of Tupper Lake and Harrietstown, will be applying for grant funding to support start-up and existing small businesses with projects that will directly enhance the experience of the Adirondack Rail Trail and/or Adirondack Railroad.
In order for the towns to receive funding, the application must show that there is sufficient need and interest from local businesses. FCEDC has launched an onlineInterest & Eligibility Formthat small business owners should use to submit project proposals. The deadline to submit proposals is December 11, 2023.
When John Brown Came To Westport: American Abolitionism and American Slavery Before the Civil War A lecture with American historian, Connor Williams
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, 5:30 PM
“The past is a foreign country,” the novelist L.P. Hartley once wrote. “They do things differently there.”
Perhaps nothing about American history is more foreign to us today than our history as a slave society. Yet that is our national truth, and our original sin. By the 1861 outbreak of the Civil War, the United States was the world’s greatest slave power. For almost 250 years Americans and their ancestors had created, maintained, and spread systems of enslavement throughout much of our nation. Indeed, it will take another 88 years before the lands of the United States will have known freedom for longer than they have known enslavement. » Continue Reading.
Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES is looking for feedback as part of a goal-setting process.
The BOCES invites alumni, the parents and guardians of current and former students, and staff of the BOCES’s 10 component districts to take an online survey.
The FEH BOCES team is also looking for feedback from the business community of the area they serve, which includes all of Franklin County, Lake Placid in Essex County, and the town of Long Lake in Hamilton County. » Continue Reading.
Lake Placid, NY – Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) is excited to announce the first ever Winter Prom Fundraiser, to be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 7 in the LPCA’s Annex Building (“the Cafetorium.”) All are invited to take a trip down memory lane for this fun and kitschy holiday party. While LPCA will miss hosting Joy to the Children this year, the staff and board wanted to bring people together to celebrate winter in a new fun way, while still generating much needed funds for year-round initiatives from the pottery program to summer camps. » Continue Reading.
Lake Placid, NY – Adirondack residents and visitors are encouraged to shop locally this holiday season. Community events, craft fairs, small business Saturdays, and holiday-themed shopping events have been scheduled throughout November and December.
Many of these community- and business-based events focus on the importance of supporting local shops, services, and restaurants throughout the holiday season by presenting unique shopping experiences, highlighting the availability of unique gift ideas, and showcasing personalized service.
Saranac Lake, NY – The Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation (ACLC) has recently announced a winter series of “Loon Zooms” that will take place monthly through April. The online presentations will feature a new topic and new speaker each month, giving guests a wide range of information about these unique and intriguing animals.Those interested are encouraged to save the dates listed below and register early, as space is limited. The Loon Zooms are offered free of charge to ACLC donors (using a coupon code provided on the ACLC website), and are $10 each session for others. The zoom link will be provided after registration is complete.
GLOVERSVILLE, NY – The Gloversville Downtown Development Specialist (GDDS) Office at Fulton County Center for Regional Growth (CRG) is sponsoring an online photo contest with the focus being on Downtown Gloversville businesses.
“The holiday shopping season is here and with it comes a focus on supporting our local and small businesses,” said Jennifer Donovan, the Gloversville DDS. “From Nov. 25th (Small Business Saturday) through Dec. 10th, shoppers are encouraged to come to Downtown Gloversville and take a photo of their experience and to submit digital photos. A winner will be drawn randomly from the entries on Dec. 11th and the winner will receive a gift certificate from the Downtown Gloversville business of their choice.” » Continue Reading.
North Country School Presents: “The One-Act Play That Goes Wrong” Comedic Performance from Students Free and Open to the Public
Lake Placid, NY – Get ready for an uproarious evening of laughter and entertainment as North Country School proudly presents “The One-Act Play That Goes Wrong.” This hilarious comedy, created in 2012 and winner of the 2015 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, promises to leave the audience in stitches.
Event Details: ● Date: Friday, November 17 ● Time: 4:30 p.m. ● Location: North Country School’s Walter Breeman Performing Arts Center (WallyPAC)
“The One-Act Play That Goes Wrong” takes you on a journey with the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, a local theater group attempting to put on a 1920s murder mystery. As the title suggests, chaos ensues as everything that can go wrong does. From falling set pieces to missed lines and disappearing props, the play is a riotous adventure from start to finish. This side-splitting comedy is currently a hit on Broadway, and now you can experience it right here in the Adirondacks at North Country School. » Continue Reading.
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