Saturday, May 18, 2024

Craigardan awarded $637,000 for new main campus building

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Elizabethtown, NY – Craigardan recently announced a grant award totaling $637,000 from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to support the organization’s construction of their new Main campus building. This grant is part of a capital project funding announcement by NYSCA, which totals over $32 million to 102 capital projects across New York State.

Craigardan’s new 320 acre campus for artists, scholars, and change-makers was opened to the public in June 2023. Designed by renowned Adirondack architect Nils Luderowski, local craftsmen are constructing the campus buildings in phases. NYSCA’s support for the Main building project will provide grant funds necessary to break ground on the third structure out of five Adirondack-inspired, community-focused buildings.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Sixty Essex County arts organizations receive $40,000 in Cultural Assistance Program funds

essex county arts councilThe Essex County Arts Council (ECAC) is pleased to announce the 2024 Cultural Assistance Program (CAP) Grant recipients.  Grants totaling $40,000 to support specific projects have been awarded to 60 organizations providing cultural arts experiences for Essex County residents. The CAP Grant is funded by Essex County, Cloudsplitter Foundation, Stewarts Shops, and private donors. 

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Monday, May 13, 2024

Adirondack Experience to open for the season on May 24

Blue Mountain Lake, NY — Adirondack Experience (ADKX) will open on May 24 for the 2024 season, inspiring visitors to learn and connect with all-things Adirondack, past and present. In addition to its expansive list of ongoing daily offerings, several new works of art – including, Cosmic Portal, a complex sculptural piece that measures 9’ by 6’ – will be on display in Artists & Inspiration in the Wild, which debuted in July 2023.

This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the completion of the Northville-Placid Trail (NPT), a 138-mile route that transverses Adirondack Park. To honor this milestone, the museum will launch its newest special exhibition, Trail Makers: 100 Years of the Northville-Placid Trail and offer daily programming and opportunities to connect hikers, history buffs, and those who simply treasure the region to come together to mark this anniversary in a personal way.

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Saturday, May 11, 2024

One-man show “Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life” set for Whallonsburg Grange Hall May 18

Whallonsburg, NY – The Whallonsburg Grange Hall in Essex is thrilled to present the award-winning, inspirational, one-man show, “Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life,” on Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. Fresh from sold-out runs Off Broadway, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and other internationally known venues, Keith Alessi shares his exceptional story of leaving the corporate world behind to follow his true passion—playing the banjo – and how, after a cancer diagnosis, they truly did save him.

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Saturday, May 11, 2024

Jazz Musicians Perform “Coastal Suite” May 19 at Plattsburgh’s Strand Theater

Alan Blackman Jazz will perform The Coastal Suite on Sunday, May 19 at 3 p.m. at the historic Strand Theater in Plattsburgh, New York. The Coastal Suite stands as a significant achievement in the notable career of composer-pianist Alan Blackman. A New Jazz Works commission by Chamber Music America with funding awarded by the Doris Duke Foundation, the full-length, multi-media work was premiered live in Baltimore and New York in 2014 and featured on NPR’s JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater. Performances of The Coastal Suite have met with widespread acclaim by audiences and jazz pundits alike.

Tickets are available online at strandcenter.org/theatre-events and also at the Strand Arts Center during their regular business hours. For further information, call (518) 293-7613, e-mail ambrown.hillholl@gmail.com or visit hillandhollowmusic.org

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Thursday, May 9, 2024

Lake Placid Center for the Arts announces three new exhibits

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Lake Placid, NY- The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) is thrilled to announce three exhibits coming to the Gallery @ LPCA this summer, at 17 Algonquin Drive in Lake Placid, NY. The Gallery at the LPCA is open Thursday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. and visiting the gallery is always free. There will be extended hours on July 3 through August 11: Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The Gallery will be closed on Ironman Sunday (July 21).

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Sunday, May 5, 2024

Film Review: Foragers, final film in a series for Palestine; screening set for May 7

Plants, People and Apartheid graphic.

By Tyler Barton

Who decides how land is used? That’s the question at the heart of so many conversations happening in Adirondacks today about housing, zoning, water rights, indigeneity—hell, even the emergency services building. It’s also the question at the heart of “Foragers” (2022) by Berlin-based artist, Jumana Manna.

Her documentary film is screening for one night only at the St. Eustace Episcopal Church in Lake Placid this Tuesday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m. “Foragers” is an intimate look at how Palestinians living in Israel and the West Bank preserve their culinary heritage by enduring surveillance, harassment, detention, extortion, and dozens of smaller but no less dreadful injustices.

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Thursday, May 2, 2024

8th Pete Seeger Tribute set for May 4 in Saranac Lake

Musician Pete Seeger

Saranac Lake, NY – Pete Seeger’s banjo is inscribed with the words, “This banjo surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.” On May 4 people will gather again at the First Presbyterian Church of Saranac Lake’s Great Hall to celebrate Pete’s life work by sharing his music together. Over 50 years ago, Pete and his wife, Toshi, spearheaded an effort to build the Hudson River sloop Clearwater. They hoped if people had intimate knowledge of the pollution on the Hudson and could feel the wind and the water, they would be inspired to solve significant problems one song at a time. The Clearwater project’s efforts helped to pass the Clean Water Act in 1972. 

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Friday, April 26, 2024

Adirondack Artists Guild to feature Jeanne Danforth exhibit throughout May

watercolor painting

Saranac Lake, NY – The Adirondack Artists Guild has announced that Jeanne Danforth will be the featured artist for the month of May. Danforth said she decided to name this show “Puddles” because it’s spring and the artwork is almost all watercolor paintings. The Puddles exhibit will kick off the 2024 summer season at the gallery, following a busy year and a short break for spring cleanup. Danforth is well known throughout the area for her evocative and luminous paintings of farms, animals, and roadside scenes.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Adirondack Center for Writing’s 2024 Kickass Writers Festival set for June 7-8

ACW's 2024 Kickass Writers Festival graphic.

 

Saranac Lake, NY — The Adirondack Center for Writing is set to host the 2024 Kickass Writers Festival, June 7-8 in Saranac Lake.

 The Kickass Writers Festival is held biennially and features writers, poets, storytellers and other creatives. It takes place across various locations all over Saranac Lake and includes readings, workshops, talks, publishing programs, special performances, a book fair and more. The Kickass Writers Festival celebrates how writing and storytelling — in all of their forms — are essential to art, entertainment and social change. 

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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Author Glenn Pearsall to lead April 18 discussion at Union College

Union College Academy for Lifelong Learning (UCALL) and the Kelly Adirondack Center are pleased to present a presentation featuring author Glenn Pearsall who will lead a discussion on his book, When Men and Mountains Meet: Stories of Hope and Despair in the Adirondack Wilderness after the American Revolution. The event will take place at the Old Chapel on Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 5:30 p.m., with refreshments available beginning at 5 p.m. This presentation is free and open to the public.

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Saturday, April 13, 2024

Tannery Pond Center to hold Fundraising Dinner at Garnet Hill Lodge April 27

Tannery Pond Center to hold fundraising dinner graphic.

North Creek, NY – Tannery Pond Center invites the community to celebrate the arts and support their programs at the “Spring for the Arts” fundraising dinner on Saturday, April 27, 2024. The elegant evening kicks off at 6 p.m., with a delightful cocktail hour with music by Larkstrings duo, Jessica Belflower (Violin) and Tara Hanish (Cello), followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The picturesque setting for this special event will be the historic 1936 dining space at Garnet Hill Lodge, a generous donation by the owners Jim and Frances Rucker.

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Thursday, April 11, 2024

Children invited to unravel the mystery of ‘Champ’ the Lake Monster with art/story contest

Girl reading a book

 

Port Henry, NY — The hosts of ‘Lucy’s Champs For Champ,’ Kelly Tabor and Richard Rossi, announced that the arts and research contest related to their bestselling book and upcoming film, “Lucy & the Lake Monster,” is open for submissions from now through the end of May, 2024. The book, movie, and contest are all based on the search for “Champ” the legendary “Lake Monster” that hundreds of people have spotted in Lake Champlain. “Champ” is America’s version of Scotland’s Loch Ness Monster. The contest is not only limited to Lake Champlain local children, but is open to children in every part of the world. 

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Thursday, April 11, 2024

Science Art Music Festival (SAM Fest) returns to Paul Smith’s VIC April 13

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2024 Theme: Earth Canvas: Art & Climate Change

Paul Smiths, NY- The Paul Smith’s College’s Visitors Interpretive Center (The VIC) announces the return of the Science Art Music Festival (SAM Fest) to the VIC on April 13, from 1 to 4 p.m.  The theme for this year is Earth Canvas: Art & Climate Change. SAM Fest invites attendees to join host Martha Foley, special guest presenter Suzanne S. Rancourt, Curt Stager, Michale Glennon and others to enjoy music, visual arts, and engaging TED-style talks.  

Martha Foley was a familiar voice on NCPR as a prior morning co-host, partnering with Dr. Curt Stager on weekly conversations exploring questions about the natural world on Natural Selections.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Tickets on sale for Lake Placid Center for the Arts summer events

lake placid center for the arts

See Live Music, Circus on a Food Truck and Dance this Summer at the LPCA

Lake Placid, NY- The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) is excited to launch ticket sales for a summer filled with live performances. Tickets are now on sale at lakeplacidarts.org or by calling (518) 523-2512. In addition to annual presentation series from our partners at the Lake Placid Institute and Lake Placid Sinfonietta, as well as ongoing LPCA classes and camps, summer programming will include:

Spring Dance Recital | Sunday, June 21:00 PM | $10 Adults / $5 Youth & Students

The recital will feature Lake Placid School of Dance students from all levels, from Creative Movement (starting at age 3) through Level 5 (high school).

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