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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

North Creek Musical Theatre Workshops For Young People

Children's Musical Theater in 2014The Our Town Theatre Group will hold their fourth annual summer Children’s Musical Theatre Workshops, starting Monday, July 18, and concluding with a short performance for family and friends on Saturday July 23.

OTTG’s Children’s Musical Theatre Workshop is for children entering grades 1-4. Young, aspiring performers participate in a week-long workshop and learn about acting, singing, dancing, creating costumes, and working together. Also new for this year, OTTG is expanding their summer workshop program by offering a Teen & Tweens Summer Musical Theatre Workshop for students entering grades 5-8. The Teens & Tweens workshop runs the week of Monday, August 1, and also concludes with a performance for family and friends on Saturday August 4. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Lake Placid Film Forum Set For June 9-12

lpca welcomes Rusted RootThe Lake Placid Film Forum – now marking its fifteenth anniversary – returns to The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) and the Palace Theatre with a lineup of new, recent and classic film screenings from Thursday, June 9, through Sunday, June 12. Tickets are $10 per screening and will be available at the LPCA Box Office.

The boxing classic “Rocky” will open the five-day event with a free outdoor screening in Mid’s Park in downtown Lake Placid Wednesday, June 8, at approximately 9 pm. » Continue Reading.


Monday, June 6, 2016

Rain Soaks WW100 Mountain Bike Racers

whiteface uphill bike raceConditions were far from ideal for the Wilmington Whiteface 100K mountain bike race (WW100) on Sunday, part of the annual Wilmington-Whiteface Bike Fest. The WW100 is considered the most difficult of the seven Leadville 100 MTB qualifying races.

Just minutes before the start of the 7 am, 69-mile race, a light rain began to fall, but as soon as the starting gun fired off its round, signaling the mass start for the 467 riders, a steady downpour started and didn’t stop. » Continue Reading.


Monday, June 6, 2016

AdkAction Hires Director, Celebrates 5 Years

Brittany ChristensonAdkAction.org, established in 2011 by a group of local residents, is celebrating its 5th anniversary and has hired a new full-time Executive Director. According to an announcement sent to the press, the organization’s core mission is “getting things done for the Adirondacks by taking on non-partisan projects with widespread support that will benefit both permanent and seasonal residents.”  Originally formed over property assessments, the group has since worked on Monarch butterfly preservation, a park-wide arts symposium, road salt and stream monitoring, and more.

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Adirondack Wildflowers: Lady Flower Season

the outsider lady slippersI’ll never forget my first encounter with lady’s-slippers. While hiking the Long Trail in southern Vermont one June, we camped near a remote pond. Our tent site beneath an evergreen canopy was surrounded by the flowers. Each hung from a stalk that arose from a pair of large, parallel-veined basal leaves. As a breeze blew through our campsite, hundreds of pink pouches bobbed gently ― an incredible sight.

The lady’s-slipper, whose genus name Cypripedium is Greek for “Venus’s slipper,” is our best known native orchid. The pink lady’s-slipper, or moccasin flower, that I saw is the most common lady’s-slipper in the Northeast. It grows in acidic soils and is often found in oak and white pine forests. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 3, 2016

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, June 3, 2016

2016 Adirondack Coast Museum Days This Weekend

adk coast arts and history passportThe Adirondack Coast Cultural Alliance (ACCA) again celebrates Museum Days throughout the Adirondack Coast from June 4-5, 2016, inviting visitors and residents to explore the area’s wealth of museums, galleries, and cultural organizations.

For these two days, participating locations will offer free admission, including demonstrations, exhibits, hands-on activities, and more. As the backdrop for many historical events and happenings, lakeside villages, charming hamlets and the historic city of Plattsburgh, the Adirondack Coast offers visitors the opportunity to relive some of the most pivotal moments in our country’s history. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 3, 2016

Recent Adirondack Hiker, Angler Incidents

DEC Forest RangerNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry.

What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 3, 2016

The Big Adirondack News Stories This Week


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Outdoor Conditions in the Adirondacks (June 2)

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is issued each Thursday afternoon and can be heard at North Country Public Radio on Friday mornings.

Sunrise Saturday in Lake Placid will be at 5:13 am; sunset at 8:36 pm, providing 15 hours and 23 minutes of sunlight. The Moon will rise at 5:10 am Saturday and set at 8:00 pm. There will be a New Moon on Saturday at 11 pm.

Aurora Alert: NOAA forecasters are estimating a 75% chance of G2 class geomagnetic storms on June 4th and 5th when a solar wind stream hits Earth’s magnetic field. There is a possibility for seeing an aurora this weekend in the Adirondacks, especially on Saturday night, although it may be obscured by clouds.

SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Pilots Welcome For Speculator Pilots Weekend June 3-5

Aircraft at Speculator Village Beach during the 2015 Speculator Pilot Weekend (Provided).Pilots of seaplanes, land planes and amphibious aircraft are invited to fly-in to Speculator Pilots Weekend June 3 to 5.

Complimentary transportation will be available to pilots throughout the weekend to the event’s various activities and throughout the scenic Adirondack village. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Ausable River Porta-John Program Provides Some Relief

cascade trailhead porta johnsThe Ausable River Association (AsRA) has launched an expanded porta-john program throughout the Ausable River watershed to address the persistent problem of human waste disposal. Each year, over a million people visit the Ausable River watershed according to AsRA; seventy-six percent of these visitors participate in outdoor recreational activities. These large numbers pose a challenge in terms of the proper disposal of human waste. In short, the watershed has a poop problem.

The High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program has reported a 64% increase in visitation to the high summits of the Adirondacks over the past six years. This increase has coincided with a shift towards a larger percentage of day hikers versus overnight users. In many cases these visitors are not prepared to, or informed how to, properly dispose of their waste. As a result, summit stewards, forest rangers, and other backcountry professionals have reported an increased incidence of feces and toiletry products being improperly deposited on, or directly adjacent to trails. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

New Hot Spots Providing Long Lake Wi-Fi

wifi node gets installed in long lakeThe Town of Long Lake has announced that free Wi-Fi hotspots are now active and open at the Long Lake Town Beach, the Long Lake Ball Field, Long Lake Town Hall and Mt. Sabattis Pavilion. Free Wi-Fi, provided by SLIC, will also soon be available at the Long Lake Town Dock. These Wi-Fi hotspots will be on for 24 hours a day.

Town Supervisor Clark Seaman worked closely with SLIC to ensure that Wi-Fi was delivered at no cost to the town as part of a lease franchise arrangement made with SLIC. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Upper Hudson Hut-To-Hut Trail System Proposed

adk hut to hut planNew York State has partnered with the Five Towns of the Upper Hudson Recreation Hub expected to help develop tourist destinations that rely on the extensive trail network of the Adirondack Park and existing and new lodging options.

The Concept Plan for a Hut-to-Hut Destination-based Trail System for the Five Towns of Long Lake, Newcomb, Indian Lake, Minerva, and North Hudson presents 26 trail or “traverse” trips involving overnight stays and multi-day hike opportunities for visitors to the Upper Hudson region. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

New Report On The State of North America’s Birds

north american birds 2016The North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) just released The State of North America’s Birds 2016, the first comprehensive report assessing the conservation status of all bird species that occur in Canada, the continental United States and Mexico. NABCI was created by Canada, the United States and Mexico as a tri-national commitment to protect birds and their habitats.

The report argues that more than one third of all North American bird species need urgent conservation action and calls for a renewed, continent-wide commitment to saving birds and their habitats. » Continue Reading.