Hiking Trail from Village of Lake George to summit opened Sept. 5
Work on improvements to the summit area of Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway Day Use Area is complete. DEC reopened the summit area and the hiking trail from the village of Lake George to the summit on Saturday, Sept. 5.
The public can park in the large parking lot below the summit and walk to the top via a paved trail. The roadway to the top will remain closed to public motor vehicle use at this time.
International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) May 2 – 8, 2021 – Save the date!
This upcoming year’s ICAW 2021 theme, Grow, Eat…Compost…Repeat, empowers us to recognize and promote the importance of composting and the use of compost in growing healthier food, supporting healthier soils and, ultimately, creating a more just and sustainable world.
Video Contest Grades 4-8: This international contest runs from September 1, 2020 through November 2, 2020. Submit a short video (less than 30 seconds) highlighting this years theme, Grow, Eat…COMPOST…Repeat. Learn more about the video contest and rules.
Poster Contest Grades 9 -12 and Adults: This international contest runs from September 1, 2020 through November 2, 2020. Submit a poster design highlighting this years theme, Grow, Eat…COMPOST…Repeat. Learn more about the poster contest and rules.
In the midst of the worst pandemic in a century, The Rewilding Institute was at work creating its second annual anthology, which showcases the consequences of an “unwinnable war on nature,” including our encroachment on species-rich habitats, and the exploitation and marketing of wild animals for food and aesthetic items.
Produced by The Rewilding Institute and published by Essex Editions, Rewilding Earth has contributions from conservation and restoration leaders and artists who live all over the globe, but several make their home in the Adirondacks and Champlain Valley, including Bill Amadon, Sheri Amsel, David Crews, John Davis, Steven Kellogg, Jon Leibowitz, Rob Leverett, Larry Master, Patty Meriam, Shelby Perry, Kevin Raines, Sophi Veltrop, and Brendan Wiltse.
Adirondack Experience Announces $4M Campaign to Renovate Building and Create First Permanent Exhibition Spaces for Its Fine and Decorative Art Collection
The Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX), has announced a $4M campaign for its Adirondack Creativity initiative, which includes the renovation of its original building—now one of 24 historic and contemporary buildings on the museum’s campus.
Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Washington County and the Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce & CVB will co-host a Virtual Taste NY Producer Showcase on Tuesday, October 27. This event will be the first of its kind in the state. The two-hour online event, offered in partnership with Taste NY and NYS Grown & Certified, will provide a unique opportunity for New York food and beverage producers to connect with area food buyers. The event will help these businesses to expand their reach in the marketplace that, in many cases, has been impacted due to the nationwide pandemic.
State Parks Stabilizes Childhood Home of Suffragist Susan B. Anthony
On the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, State Parks and community leaders joined to celebrate a $695,000 stabilization project at the 19th century brick home in Washington County, where suffragist Susan B. Anthony spent part of her childhood.
Work at the deteriorated 1832 two-story brick home on Route 29 in Battenville where Anthony lived from ages 13 to 19 includes repairs to the roof, masonry and drainage, as well as mold remediation and water damage, is expected to be completed this fall.
State Parks has a purchase agreement on an adjoining four-acre site that contains a former historic tavern dating to the period when the Anthony family lived next door. Supported by the state Environmental Protection Fund, the $130,500 purchase will allow for future creation of adequate parking for the Anthony home and serve as a staging area for continued phased redevelopment of the building for an as-yet undetermined future use.
Historic Saranac Lake will be hosting a reading of “Safe Harbor,” a play about Saranac Lake during the height of Tuberculosis. The play will be read starting at 5:30 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 10, from a cure porch in the village to a small (socially distant) audience.
The play is about two residents of a small cure cottage in Saranac Lake, whose lives intersect due to tuberculosis. “Safe Harbor” illuminates the experiences of many who, after being made outcasts in their own homes, were able to reclaim their humanity from TB.
Park a Place of Refuge amid COVID 19, Begins Coping w/Overuse; Whitney Estate for Sale
The Adirondack Council released its 2020-21 State of the Park report today subtitled “Landscape of Hope,” noting that the park has become a place of refuge during the COVID-19 crisis, which has only increased the park’s popularity.
The report also notes that the state is beginning to make progress on addressing the overused trails and campsites of the High Peaks Wilderness Area, detailing what has been accomplished and what remains to be done. A third major focus of the report – taking up its entire center spread – is the pending sale of the 36,000-acre Whitney Estate in Long Lake, Hamilton County.
Business planning basics: The Adirondack Economic Development Corporation’s annual fall entrepreneurship course is going virtual. The online sessions will be lead by regional experts and focus on business plan development. This course is for anyone considering launching a business on a full-time or part-time basis and owners of existing businesses.
• Weekly online sessions on Wednesdays, September 9 to December 16, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
• Small group or one-on-one virtual “homework” and counseling/Q&A from 7:00-8:00 p.m.
• Video recordings will be available
• Cost is $25
For more information on the class or to sign up, contact Stephanie Donaldson at email@example.com.
The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) is encouraging artists of all genres and media to submit work for the annual LPCA Open Juried Art Show. This show is designed to celebrate the talents of regional artists and highlight the creative visions of residents in and around New York’s North Country.
More information including the prospectus and online entry form can be obtained at https://www.lakeplacidarts.org/gallery/upcoming-shows/lpca-open-juried-art-show or by calling Anya Villeneuve at 518.523.2512.
This opportunity is open to all artists/media including: photography, sculpture, painting, drawing, fiber, ceramics, woodcrafts, jewelry, prints and constructions. This year the Gallery @ LPCA is accepting digital submissions only. Work should be submitted online now through Sunday, Sept. 13, accompanied by a non-refundable entry fee of $15 per piece. No more than four entries per artist. Jurors will determine exhibited and non-exhibited works and awards. A list of exhibited works will be posted at LakePlacidArts.org on Wednesday, September 16. The show will hang in the Gallery @ LPCA from Thursday, October 1 through Saturday, November 14.
The LPCA invites the public to attend a special, socially-distanced reception for the exhibit on Thursday, October 1 from 4-7 pm and to explore a new, online component that will go live during the third week of the exhibit. Details at lakeplacidarts.org
LPCA file photo
The Open Space Institute (OSI) has announced that a series of projects aimed at improving public access at its historic, 212-acre Adirondac Upper Works property are near completion. The property serves as a southern entrance to many popular High Peaks Wilderness Area trails. Once completed, this project will better accommodate the growing number of people coming to explore the High Peaks – and in doing so, better disperse visitors to the area and protect the region’s hiking trails and precious natural resources.
Among the projects underway is the construction of a new, 60-car parking area and trailhead. The projects are part of OSI’s $1 million capital improvement plan to upgrade overall public access to Upper Works, Henderson Lake, and the Adirondack High Peaks; preserve and improve its historic structures; and deepen visitor engagement.
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