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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.


Thursday, June 2, 2022

Keene Arts begins June Concert Series with Trillium Chamber Players

trilium concert at keene arts

Join Adirondack favorites the Trillium Chamber Players Sunday, June 5th at Keene Arts at 4:00 PM for a delightful afternoon of classical music for voice, viola and piano.  Violist Patricia McCarty, pianist Timothy Mount and soprano Amy Nelson will perform works ranging from Bach to Gershwin, including Brahms’ much beloved songs Longing at Rest and Cradle Song of the Virgin, Ferenc Farkas’ lively Rumanian Dances, and the lush, exotic songs of early 20th century American composer Charles Martin Loeffler, set to poems by Verlaine and Baudelaire.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Public meetings for Wild Forest and roads

roads in wild forestAs part of the ongoing public comment period regarding the interpretation of the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan’s Wild Forest Basic Guideline No. 4 – no material increase of road mileage on lands classified as Wild Forest, the Adirondack Park Agency in coordination with the Department of Environmental Conservation, will hold a virtual public informational meeting and an in person meeting.

The virtual public meeting will be held on June 2, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. To access the virtual meeting the public is asked to please pre-register using the following link – tinyurl.com/APA-NMI-info. To dial in to meeting please call 518-549-0500 and use Access Code: 2347 466 3096. For those who would like to make an oral comment please email your name and phone number you will be calling in from to: keith.mckeever@apa.ny.gov

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Adirondack Council’s Conservationist of the Year Award Goes to Jen Kretser and The Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program

The Adirondack Council will present its Conservationist of the Year Award to climate change educator and activist Jen Kretser and The Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program during the Council’s Forever Wild Day celebration on July 9 at Paul Smith’s College, near Saranac Lake.

“Jen Kretser, the Youth Climate Program and The Wild Center are doing a fantastic job of educating our youth about the dangers of global climate change and what they can do to curb its impacts and prepare for the changes we can no longer prevent,” said Adirondack Council Executive Director William C. Janeway.  “As Director of Climate Initiatives for The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, Jen manages the center’s climate change engagement programs, including the now-famous global Youth Climate Summits and broader Youth Climate Program.”

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Great Adirondack Birding Celebration Returns to the VIC June 3-5

The Great Adirondack Birding Celebration will return to the Paul Smith’s College VIC from Friday, June 3-Sunday, June 5. The event will introduce birders of all ages and skill levels to the unique boreal birds and habitats of the Adirondack Park.

Skilled birders will lead full- and half-day field trips to places including Whiteface Mountain, Madawaska Flow and Spring Pond Bog, the second-largest open expanse of peatland in New York. You can even get on the water with a paddling trip led by the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation (canoe rentals available). Depending where you visit, you might see Bicknell’s Thrush, Boreal Chickadees, hawks, Bald Eagles, and many more species.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Colors of Freedom Tour: A North Country Juneteenth Celebration set for June 19

A first-ever North Country Juneteenth celebration of the region’s role in the fight against slavery will highlight Underground Railroad work in the area, as well as prominent anti-slavery Quakers and abolitionist John Brown. Juneteenth is now a national and state holiday which celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. The “Colors of Freedom” tour will be a unique way for families and visitors alike to experience the struggles that took place in this area.

The June 19 “Colors of Freedom” tour will feature seven different stops with re-enactors, docents, and celebrations of the freedom spirit in Clinton and Essex counties. Sponsored by the North Star Underground Railroad Museum, John Brown Lives!, the Adirondack History Museum and the John Brown Farm State Historic Site, this event involves existing museums, exhibits at historic locations, and original re-enactments.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2022

ANCA to Offer Free Small Business Buyers Training Series

Do you dream of owning a small business, but find the idea of starting from scratch daunting? You can make your dream come true by purchasing an existing business. Join the Center for Businesses in Transition (CBIT) partnership for a three-part virtual training that will get you up to speed on the small business buying process and current business transition environment.

  • What: Basics & Beyond for Small Business Buyers
  • When: Mix & match individual training sessions to complete the 3-part series. We are offering Tuesday evening & Wednesday morning options to work with your schedule:

Session 1: May 31, 5:30 to 7 pm or June 1, 7:30 to 9 am

Session 2: June 14, 5:30 to 7 pm or June 15, 7:30 to 9 am

Session 3: June 28, 5:30 to 7 pm or June 29, 7:30 to 9 am

  • Where: Virtual
  • Cost: FREE

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Monday, May 30, 2022

Adirondack Foreign Language Enhancement Fund awards $39,492 in grants to Adirondack area schools

The Adirondack Foreign Language Enhancement Fund (AFLEF) at Adirondack Foundation awarded $39,492 in grants to 15 schools across the Adirondack region in 2022.

The Foreign Language Fund supports innovation in French and Spanish classrooms and elevates the status of language teachers in the teaching community.

“This year’s recipients all demonstrated a continued commitment to their students and to finding ever more creative ways to teach them a love of a foreign language and culture,” said Heidi de Bethmann of the AFLEF selection committee. “They have done this despite the unprecedented challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, and thanks to their own ongoing search for new methods of teaching and learning. The students who will benefit from these grants will not only improve their language skills, they will open their minds to the world and other cultures.”

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Monday, May 30, 2022

Artists invited to participate in Saranac Lake’s Third Thursday ArtWalks

Artists of all backgrounds and skill levels are invited to participate in Saranac Lake’s Third Thursday ArtWalks. Organized and hosted by Saranac Lake ArtWorks and the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce (SLACC), the 2022 ArtWalks series will be held along the streets of downtown Saranac Lake from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on June 16, July 21, Aug. 18 and Sept. 15.

“Saranac Lake is full of incredibly talented artists,” said Sandra Hildreth, president of Saranac Lake ArtWorks. “The ArtWalks were created to showcase and support the artists that make our community vibrant.”

The call to artists is open to artists, artisans, writers, musicians, performers and other creators, regardless of age, background or skill level; there is no cost to participate. Artists can register online at saranaclakeartworks.org/artwalks.

ArtWorks and SLACC will also host two Saranac Lake ArtMarkets on July 30 and Sept. 24. These events will take place at Riverfront Park next to the Lake Flower boat launch from 10
a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information about Third Thursday ArtWalks or Saturday ArtMarkets, please contact Kaet O’Brien at kaet@saranaclakeartworks.org.

Photo at top: A previous Saranac Lake Third Thursday ArtWalk event. Photo provided by Kaet O’Brien, Saranac Lake ArtWorks Communications Consultant.


Sunday, May 29, 2022

Warren County creates new application to report hiking trail hazards

Warren County staff has recently unveiled a new trail reporter application that will allow trail users to report issues they find on Warren County trails through an easy-to-use portal that will result in notification of the trail owner or maintenance organization. Warren county staff welcome all those who hike, bike or walk on local trails to utilize the app by reporting any hazards or maintenance needs (such as a downed tree, washed out section of trail or other obstacle) observed during their time on local trail systems.

The new portal, dubbed “Warren County Trail Reporter,” has been developed by Warren County Planning & Community Development in conjunction with organizations that oversee the dozens of great trails around Warren County. Since several different organizations operate trails in the region, folks may not know who to contact to have such issues addressed, which is where the application comes in, according to Warren County staff.

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Saturday, May 28, 2022

Caroga Arts Summer lineup includes more than 35 concerts including The Bacon Brothers

 

The Caroga Lake Musical Festival season is now in full swing with more than 35 performances slated from today, May 28, through September 30 including 100 world-renowned resident artists and 20 guest artists.

Caroga Arts Collective presents over fifty performances and community events featuring world-class artists from various styles of arts and entertainment in the Southern Adirondacks throughout the year. The 2022 Caroga Lake Music Festival summer season will showcase a multitude of genres including classical, bluegrass, pop, rock, folk, jazz, and more.

Interested parties can purchase tickets here: https://carogaarts.org/events/

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Saturday, May 28, 2022

Registration open for 2022 Common Ground Alliance Forum

common ground

Join the Adirondack Common Ground Alliance on Wednesday, June 15 from 8:30a -3:30p at Gore Mountain in North Creek for the first in-person Annual Forum in two years.  The public event will include presentations, guided discussions and breakout sessions featuring the topics of housing, climate change, recreation and community vibrancy.

Advance registration, which includes lunch, refreshments and a scenic gondola ride, is required. Tickets are $40 for adults and $25 for students. Sponsorship opportunities, which include Forum tickets, are also available during the registration process.

CLICK HERE FOR INFO AND TO REGISTER

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Friday, May 27, 2022

Adirondack Experience to kick off 2022 season today, May 27, with new exhibits, programs

Starting today, May 27, the Adirondack Experience (ADKX) will open for its 2022 season, inviting visitors to once again engage with the culture, history, and natural beauty of the Adirondacks. Situated on a 121-acre campus, ADKX offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities, from interactive gallery installations that capture the experiences of the different peoples of the region to opportunities for boating, hiking, and enjoying the magnificent landscapes.

 

In addition to its ongoing daily offerings, ADKX will host a spectrum of both in-person and virtual programs this season, including workshops and talks with local artists and artisans and explorations of nature with experts and enthusiasts. Its most popular festivals will also return this season, including the Plein Air Festival, Adirondack Artisan Festival, Mohawk and Abenaki Art Market, Rustic Furniture Fair, and FallFest. ADKX will be open every day, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., through October 10, 2022. Information about season highlights follows below, with additional details updating and available on the ADKX website at www.theadkx.org.

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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Jazz guitarist to play next Hill and Hollow concert

jazz guitarists paul meyers

Paul Meyers “World on a String” Jazz Trio To Perform Two Shows at the Saranac Fire Hall 

Paul Meyers is one of the most admired jazz guitarists active today. His classical guitar artistry finds him  equally at home performing musical styles ranging from Bossa Nova to Be-Bop to Bartok – all played with  impeccable technique and true passion. His fluid style and lyricism as both virtuoso guitarist-improviser  and composer-arranger have won him praise and respect from colleagues, afficionados, and the media.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Cloudsplitter Foundation Awards Matching Fund Opportunity to the Old Forge Library

At the May meeting of the Old Forge Library’s Board of Trustees, the board was pleased to learn that the Cloudsplitter Foundation has awarded the library a 1:1 matching fund opportunity toward current fundraising efforts.
Cloudsplitter Foundation is a philanthropic organization in Saranac Lake who donates to worthwhile projects primarily in the Adirondack region.
Director Linda Weal shared a letter from Cloudsplitter which described the opportunity as a dollar for dollar match of donations, with a $10,000 fundraising goal. When the library has raised $10,000, the Cloudsplitter Foundation will then issue an additional $10,000 in funding.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Illusionist Leon Etienne returns to The Strand Theatre for live Magic Rocks! performances Memorial Day Weekend

Illusionist Leon Etienne has sold out venues all over the world with performances of his interactive, energetic, family-friendly show, Magic Rocks! Now break out the rock music and leather attire because Etienne is returning to Central New York with his world-renowned show to continue his support for the Old Forge community by performing a series of shows at The Strand Theatre. The performance will include some old favorites and brand new, never-before-seen illusions sure to leave attendees asking… “How did he DO that?!”

“We had such an awesome time last summer at The Strand that we had to return for more,” Leon Etienne said. “We’re so excited to be back in Old Forge this summer with your favorite illusions and some new tricks up our sleeves!”

As seen on America’s Got Talent, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Penn & Teller Fool Us, and more, Etienne has toured the world with his critically-acclaimed hit show, Magic Rocks! The 70-minute, one-of-a-kind, 100-percent interactive comedy and magic show is sure to bring joy, wonder, laughter, and whimsy during a time when the world certainly needs it. Etienne and his lead assistant, Chelsea LaCongo, will be performing at The Strand Theatre in Old Forge on Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29 at 8 p.m.  Tickets are available for $25 per person. Visit OldForgeMagic.com for additional showtimes and to purchase tickets.

Originally opening in 1923, The Strand Theatre has played a fundamental role in Adirondack tourism for nearly 100 years. From its iconic marquee to the old-fashioned popcorn machine, many vintage elements still reside in The Strand Theatre, making supporters feel transported in time the moment they step foot inside the theatre.

The Covid-19 pandemic forced the Old Forge staple to temporarily close and it is still recovering from losses.

“It’s been a tough time for business owners, but things are starting to look up!” Etienne said. “We want to continue to give back to The Strand and the Old Forge community. What better way to give back than returning with new illusions and more fun?”

For more information on the above events, please contact: Natasha Kirkland of The Marketing Firm at 315.796.8059 or natasha@themarketingfirminc.com or Tony Bartolotti of The Marketing Firm at 315.796.8059 or tony@themarketingfirminc.com.

Photo at top provided by Leon Etienne.



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