Almanack Contributor Sierra McGivney

Sierra McGivney


Monday, July 27, 2020

Online Survey Predicts High Tourism in the Lake George Area for Upcoming Months

Businesses in the Lake George area may be heading into their busiest months of 2020. Almost 62 percent of nearly 6,000 customers responded, in a recent online survey, planning to visit in August or the fall. The survey results came in as the region continues to experience an unexpectedly strong July.

The online survey was conducted by Warren County Tourism, Mannix Marketing, and the Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce & Convention and Visitors Bureau (LGRCC&CVB) offering participants prizes in order to collect information on tourism in the area.

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Friday, July 17, 2020

Brothers create DackMap app for real-time recreation updates

In the outdoor-rec world, apps can be quite an asset when planning trips. Powder Project shows backcountry ski trails in the area skiers currently are or will be going to. Mountain Project provides an immense and detailed amount of knowledge of climbing routes all over the world.

DackMap is a new app created by Nicholas and Luke LaScala, two brothers native to the Adirondack region. It’s free to download and use and available in the Apple store.

“It’s a live-based map that helps tourists and locals experience different businesses and find opportunities to recreate in a sustainable way,” said Nicholas LaScala.

Nicholas LaScala studied innovation entrepreneurship at Clarkson University, a program that serves as a business degree that also touches upon multiple aspects of the business world. A former marketing intern at the Adirondack Council and outdoor whitewater rafting guide in the Adirondacks, Nicholas puts together the social media and promotion side of the app, as well as coming up with the color scheme and the icons. 

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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Restaurants adapt to COVID-19 changes

On March 16, restaurant managers and owners abruptly got notes that at 8 p.m. that night they would have to lock their doors and lay off their employees. Adirondack restaurants grew empty and dark. As national pandemic wreaked havoc throughout the country, many businesses struggled to stay afloat.

Some restaurants shut down in the wake of a national pandemic ,while others adapted by switching to takeout. Now that indoor and outdoor dining has resumed (starting with 50 percent capacity), how are restaurants faring?  

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Friday, July 10, 2020

Tupper Arts cancels Summer Sunset Series

tupper lake bandshellThe Tupper Lake Summer Sunset Series for 2020 has been canceled. Due to the possibility of overcrowding during a pandemic and other concerns the board of directors decided that the remainder of the series will be cancelled. This would have been the 2nd summer where residents from the tri lakes area could come and watch the sunset with live music or theater performances. 

In addition the 2020 Little Loggers kids show is also cancelled. All artists who were booked for the 2020 season will be asked to come back in 2021. The cancelled performers include Late Earth, Rez Pony, Blind Owl Band, the Big Takeover, Spring Street Band, Shakespeare in the Parks, Martin and Kelly, High Peaks Opera, Geo Beat, and Annie and the Hedonists.  

The Tupper Lakes Arts center is still scheduled to open mid July. This will include arts shows, exhibits and gifts shops that people can view. The Tupper Lake Arts center is located at 106 Park St, Tupper Lake, NY 12986. More info at https://www.tupperarts.org.

 


Sunday, June 28, 2020

In lieu of fireworks, Long Lake, Raquette Lake find new way to celebrate July 4

fireworks in old forgeMany locals and tourists in the Adirondacks look forward to watching bright blues and purples explode in the night sky on a warm summer night, in celebration of Independence Day. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, most fourth of July celebrations are either up in the air or downright cancelled.

The communities of Long Lake and Raquette Lake have decided to go a different route and are hosting a new “Light up the Lakes” event on July 2.  

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