It’s time to get out there and clean up Adirondack area towns for the upcoming tourist season. This year, Community Pride Day will occur on Wednesday, May 3. Residents throughout the area will take to the streets with gloves and garbage bags in hand to rid lawns and roadways of detritus left over from fall and winter. All volunteers participating will receive a free shirt to wear with pride while they clean up the streets. The back of these shirts lists all 126 sponsors of this year’s Community Pride Day.
Tupper Lake, NY – The Wild Center is opening for its 2023 season on Friday, May 5. Off the heels of a USA Today Readers’ Award where it was voted Second Best Science Museum in the U.S., The Wild Center is expanding its offerings and activities with new exhibits and experiences. Among these offerings is Backyard Wilderness – a film that captures the beauty and complexity of the natural world that exists just beyond your doorstep and Birdly – a state-of-the-art virtual reality (VR) flying simulator.
Produced by the award-winning SK Films, Backyard Wilderness offers a stunning cinematic experience that transports viewers into the hidden world of nature in their own backyard. Through breathtaking visuals and engaging storytelling, the film reveals the extraordinary lifecycles and relationships of the plants and animals that surround us every day. The film will be shown daily in The Wild Center’s Flammer Theater, a state-of-the-art cinema with 50-foot screen and advanced sound system, and included with general admission. On-site programming will complement the movie’s content, inspiring visitors to engage and appreciate the natural world in their own backyard.
Lake Placid, NY – The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) has begun its efforts to assist local businesses, communities, residents, and visitors in planning for the solar eclipse, taking place next April. The Adirondack region anticipates increased visitation leading up to this celestial event. Solar eclipses have proven to be a significant draw for visitors who travel to experience being in its “path of totality.”
During the afternoon of April 8, 2024, the moon will pass between the sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the sun and creating a shadow over much of the Adirondacks. Most of the region will be in this “path of totality” meaning that the most significant part of the moon’s umbra, or shadow, will be directly over the region, plunging it into darkness during the normally bright afternoon hours.
Saranac Lake, NY — Over 1,600 schools and communities across the country will participate in national Bike & Roll to School Day on May 3. This event, held annually along with its fall partner Walk & Roll to School Day, invites participants to celebrate the joy of active commuting while building a sense of community and school spirit.
Saranac Lake, NY – Those with the Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW) said they had so much interest in supporting teen writers who would be featured in a book launch this weekend that they changed the venue two times in order to accommodate a larger audience. All are encouraged to gather for the 2023 Wild Words Teen Writing Anthology Book Launch which is scheduled for Saturday, April 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Harrietstown Town Hall in Saranac Lake. The event is free and open to the public.
Blue Mountain Lake, NY – The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (ALCA) has announced its 2023 lineup for its Weekend Series of concerts, featuring a variety of musical genres, including classical, funk rock, musical theatre, and Americana folk. Performers will range from the world-renowned Euclid string quartet, to the award-winning Buffalo band Organ Fairchild, to the return of Arts Center favorites like the Bob Stump band. Tickets and more information will be available soon on the Arts Center’s website at adirondackarts.org.
Hadley, NY – Residents in the region who have a maple tree or two on their property and boil their own sap can earn the bragging rights of producing the best-tasting maple syrup at the 21st Maple in April Festival on April 29 in Hadley, NY.
“You don’t need a forest of sugar maples to produce your own maple syrup, just a few trees and a pan to boil sap,” said maple producer, Ernie Wilder.
Bolton Landing, NY – The Sembrich is pleased to announce its 2023 Summer Festival Trailblazers. From David Smith to Marin Alsop and Alma Mahler to Philip Glass, the singular achievements of outstanding individuals in arts and culture will be celebrated throughout the season by a stellar line-up of today’s finest concert artists! Trailblazers includes 23 individual events throughout the summer months beginning on June 11 and running through August 30. Tickets are on sale for all events.
The Ausable River Association (AsRA), in partnership with One Tree Planted and NRS, is hosting a cleanup along the roadside of the West Branch, East Branch, and Main Stem Ausable River in the communities of Wilmington, Lake Placid, Keene, Upper Jay, and Jay. This cleanup event is slated for Earth Day, Saturday, April 22. All are encouraged to participate in this opportunity to give back to local communities by picking up and removing trash that’s built up throughout the winter.
View, the arts center in Old Forge, is currently accepting artwork for two upcoming juried exhibitions: The 42nd Annual Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors (ANEAW) and Ripple & Roar: The Wonder of Water. ANEAW is a long-running summer tradition that attracts some of the best watercolor artists in the country. The exhibition runs from August 5 through October 1 and is open to all artists working in water-based media, including transparent and opaque watercolors, casein, egg tempera, gouache, acrylic, and ink. All submissions must be made through CaFÉ HERE. The submission deadline is April 20.
Queensbury, NY – The Chapman Museum is pleased to present If These Streets Could Talk: Local Recreation & Exploration a Zoom discussion slated for Wednesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. The virtual discussion will feature the following panelists: Ray O’Conor, Christine Merrill, Steve Lovering, and Niles Gagnon.
The Town of Long Lake is excited to announce that they have received funding from the Adirondack Foundation Generous Act Grant Program for Workforce Housing Site Assessment and Concept Plan in the amount of $10,000. This Housing Site Assessment Plan will be part of the Lake Champlain – Lake George Regional Planning Board’s Building Balanced Communities for the North Country regional housing plan. The town is looking to utilize these funds to develop a site assessment plan for town-owned property located in Long Lake, NY. The site assessment plan will include
concept designs, utility/infrastructure need and costs, building costs, and potential financing and public/private partnership scenarios.
Saranac Lake, NY — The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) and Foodshed Capital have announced that Donahue’s Livestock Farms in North Bangor, N.Y. is the second farm to receive a loan through their revolving loan fund for small-scale food producers. The zero-percent interest loan will help Donahue’s renovate and purchase equipment for a specialty butcher shop.
The Lake George Association (LGA) this week applauded the Lake George Park Commission for taking a critically-important step toward the protection of Lake George with its new wastewater regulations and mandatory septic system inspection and pump-out program. Read all the details on P. 13 of the New York State Register.
All are welcome to gather for an outdoor concert, Sound of the Adirondacks with Dan Berggren, on Wednesday, May 24 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Kelly Adirondack Center
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