AdkAction is hosting a three-day celebration of arts and artists from July 23-25. The festival will fan out across Keeseville, with several local organizations and businesses holding visual and performing arts events.
BOLTON LANDING – The Sembrich continues its Nature & Music Summer Festival with its 2021 membership event “Voice of the Mountains: Jeanne Robert Foster, An Adirondack Legacy,” on Saturday, July 17 at 2:00 PM. The event is a weaving of stories, songs, and readings celebrating Adirondack poet Jeanne Robert Foster and her love for the outdoors. Performers Eileen Egan Mack and Dan Berggren bring Jeanne’s neighbors of yesterday back to life, giving voice to the people and places that might otherwise be forgotten. Be prepared for an entertaining journey back in time, with twists and turns to enjoy.
Sixty-eight percent of New Yorkers now think that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is over while only 17 percent think the worst is still to come. As we move into summer in New York over 70 percent are at least somewhat comfortable having friends over to their home (84 percent), going to a beach or lakefront (80 percent), going on vacation in the U.S. (78 percent) and eating indoors at a restaurant (77 percent) according to a new statewide survey of residents released Tuesday by the Siena College Research Institute (SCRI). At the same time, 47 percent are somewhat or very worried about they or a family member becoming sick with the coronavirus.
In an effort to share the community’s outstanding natural resources with everyone, Wilmington has recently launched the Wonders of Wilmington (WOW) Challenge. This is no ordinary challenge: participants here are invited to complete the Hiking, Mountain Biking, or Family Fun challenges to receive their patch.
Great Camp Sagamore is open for the 2021 summer and fall season, with many exciting programs and workshops lined up. The season got off to a lively start in mid-June with the Roots & Branches Endowed Music Workshop and Women’s Fly Fishing. Offering nearly two dozen arts, educational and outdoors-themed getaways with lodging and meals included, Great Camp Sagamore has something for everyone.
Clinton County Historical Association (CCHA) received a $15,000 Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (CVNHP) Special Program grant from the Lake Champlain Basin Program to support a series of regional events this summer called The Champlain Valley Suffrage Centennial Auto Tour.
The Pendragon Theatre has welcomed Michael Aguirre from New York City as the new Managing Director. Mike is the founding Executive Director of New Light Theater Project in NYC as well as the former Producing Director of Access Theater, a multi-venue organization in downtown Manhattan. He’s worked in administrative roles at the Steppenwolf Theatre and The Wilma, and he is also a playwright and sometime actor, with his work being featured across the country. As Managing Director, Aguirre will lead the theatre’s business plan and strategy.
“There were several qualified people who applied for the position”, said Chris Leifheit, president of the board of directors.
“We are thrilled to have found someone with Michael’s talent, experience and passion for the arts to collaborate with current staff and board to lead us out of this COVID crisis and toward a promising future,” Leifheit said in a press release.
Come by our new location at 56 Woodruff (across from Nori’s) to meet Mike at July’s ArtWalk! Pendragon is excited to participate on July 15 and we hope you will swing by to say hello. We are hard at work finalizing plans for our new home and look forward to sharing more details with our community.
This summer, the Pendragon is also hosting a summer camp for children ages 10-18. Campers will participate in a production of the The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Registration ends soon so be sure to sign up using this link!
Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Essex County is hosting free activities for children at the Lake Placid and Saranac Lake farmers’ markets through the season. The program is called the Power of Produce (POP) Club and aims to get kids excited about fresh, local fruits and vegetables, local food systems, and science topics related to agriculture through a series of fun activities.
Each week at the Lake Placid and Saranac Lake Farmers’ Markets, Essex County CCE volunteers will be offering kids an opportunity to taste a locally grown fruit or vegetable, participate in an activity, and receive $5 to choose a fruit or vegetable to purchase.
Saranac Lake ArtWorks, a non profit cultural community since 2008, has announced two open-air ArtMarkets in lieu of the (currently on hold) Third Thursday ArtWalks.
Last September, the organization held a similar ArtMarket at Riverfront Park (much like the Farmer’s Market), providing artists with a safe place to showcase their artwork, and to network with the community while selling their work.
The Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will partner with ArtWorks for this outdoor event to help continue to promote them in 2021. The markets will take place at Riverfront Park on Saturday, July 24 and Saturday, September 17, with Sunday of each weekend as the rain date. Members of ArtWorks will have the first option to participate, followed by non-members who have previously participated in similar events by ArtWorks. Admission is free, but there is a small vendor fee for participation.
The Book & Blanket Players, sponsored by East Branch Friends of the Arts (EBFA), has been producing youth musicals-in-a-week summer theatre for 11 years in Keene Valley, usually at Keene Central School.
This year the theatrical adventure continues with an emphasis on flexibility and outdoor rehearsals and performance. The Keene Valley Library will serve as the hub and the performance will be on the lawn at the Neighborhood House on July 17 at 1 PM and outdoors at the Holt House at Marcy Field in Keene Valley at 3 PM on July 18. The production is a new and improved original musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Pride & Prejudice” with lyrics by Kathleen Recchia, music by Kathleen Recchia and Sam Balzac and arrangements by Sam Balzac. The original musical is written in the style of Rodgers & Hammerstein and Lerner & Loewe.
The Long Lake Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department announces the opening of a skate park at the Geiger Arena. The new skateboard park is located inside the skating area at the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Area. The new ramps and rails are manufactured by Freshpark and are designed for use by any non-motorized piece of equipment, including: skateboards, roller blades, scooters, and bikes. The new skate park will be open from dawn until 10:30pm and free to use.
Vibrant communities are essential to the economic, social, and cultural health of the Adirondacks.
At this year’s Common Ground Alliance Forum, we will explore how to increase the vibrancy of our communities. Done right, this will help maintain our existing population and – hopefully – attract new residents to these mountains we call home.
The event will take place over Zoom on Wednesday, July 21 over a split day.
Visitation and social trends during 2020 were noticeably different in some areas due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visitation by respondents from New York State jumped to 79%. With the border closing and travel restrictions, only 2% of respondents indicated visiting from Canada, and only 5% of out-of-state visitation was from outside the Northeast.
The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) contracted with an independent third-party research firm, PlaceMaking, to conduct the 2020 Leisure Travel Study (LTS), which includes a regional return on marketing investment analysis, plus traveler data for Essex and Hamilton counties.
Northern Current is excited to announce that we will be back in 2021!
This year’s event will be a pared-down version of what we typically shoot for. It wasn’t until recently that it was clear we could have the festival, so we have a shorter period of time to throw it together.
We won’t have a play area or non-food vendors, and will have a smaller number of bands – around five. But the Northern Current team is super excited to enjoy some live music and to get together with our community to dance it all out!
See you at Riverside Park in Saranac Lake on Sunday, September 5! Stay tuned for our lineup, which should be coming out sometime in the next few weeks.
Point Positive, Inc., in collaboration with Clarkson’s Shipley Center for Innovation, will hold a series of Business Ideation Workshops to help individuals interested in starting their businesses. These workshops will help aspiring entrepreneurs identify promising ideas and map out the steps for moving forward.
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