Saturday, November 16, 2019

Poetry: Wind Refreshing Cabin Memories

Wind Refreshing Cabin Memories

Wind pushing uphill cannot clear
the mountain of this mist
nor quite bring on much-needed rain.
Aspen leaves quake on no ear,
their timeless tremulosa dismissed
with the white-throated sparrow’s refrain.

In the fireplace a green-cut round
of mountain ash boils out its sap
with flames pulled tall by wind
— that shouldn’t be bound
uphill. A freakish front’s mishap
let such a breach of etiquette in.

Crane Mountain lurks cloud-hidden
whereabouts unknown, memory
layered deeper than kitchen middens.
Dad recites Sandburg’s “There Is A Wolf in Me.”
until we’d pray the Lord our souls to take,
while the aura of the wolf kept us awake.

Read More Poems From The Adirondack Almanack HERE.


Thursday, November 14, 2019

Winter Farmers Markets in the Adirondack Region

With the fresh snow on the ground, perhaps making sure you get your servings of local vegetables, meat, and dairy isn’t at the top of your list. But there are ways to enjoy that farm fresh flavor at various locations around the Adirondacks, while still enjoying the new snow – winter farmers markets.

Adirondack shops like Lake Placid’s Green Goddess Natural Market, Saranac Lake’s Nori’s Village Market, or Keeseville Farmacy provide wonderful year-round local produce. You can also stop by the farms and buy directly from our local farmers. The region’s indoor farmers markets offer a variety of vendors, one-stop shopping, and a fun way to meet the folks who are growing your food. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, November 14, 2019

Adirondack Diversity Initiative Hires Director

Nicole Hylton-PattersonThe Adirondack Diversity Initiative (ADI) has hired its first director. Nicole Hylton-Patterson of Bronx, N.Y., will take on the leadership position for the Initiative, which aims to make the Adirondack region a more welcoming and inclusive place for all residents and visitors.

Hylton-Patterson, acting director of a Westchester County college’s social justice center, will begin serving as ADI’s diversity director on December 2, 2019.  She will be based at The Adirondack North Country Association’s office in downtown Saranac Lake. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Kelly Metzgar: End Hate, Celebrate Gender Diversity

transgender day of rememberanceTransgender Day of Remembrance occurs annually on November 20th . It is a day to memorialize those who have been killed or murdered as the result of transphobia, (hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming/non-binary people). We also remember those who died as a result of suicide.

This day serves to bring attention to the continued violence and non-acceptance endured by the transgender community which we see at an alarming new rate, often emanating from the federal government against it own people. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

NYSCA Increases Support of Depot Theatre

Depot Theatre in Amtrak train stationThe New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) has increased its commitment to the Depot Theatre with a grant of $17,000 per year for each of the next three years. The grant is the largest multi-year general-operating support NYSCA award to the Depot since 2008.
NYSCA grants support the transformative impact of the performing, literary, visual and media arts in New York State.  The Depot Theatre is one of 462 arts organizations across New York State receiving a total of $8,383,993 million in grants through NYSCA’s Round II FY2020 funding.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Adirondack Life Wins Magazine Awards

Adirondack LifeIn a ceremony recognizing the best work done by U.S. magazine publishers in 2018, Adirondack Life won best Full Issue among regional magazines in the Northeast at the Folio: Eddie & Ozzie Awards in New York City on October 30. The winning July/August 2018 issue included a vacation-planning guide, a special report on the Airbnb controversy in Lake Placid and more.

Days earlier, Adirondack Life won a total of nine awards—two gold, five silver and two bronze—at the International Regional Magazine Association (IRMA) conference, presented in Charlotte, North Carolina, on October 28. The magazine was also a finalist for Regional Magazine of the Year in its circulation division and won two Awards of Merit. The awards, judged by a panel of industry experts from outside IRMA, honored work from 2018. » Continue Reading.


Monday, November 11, 2019

Transgender Day of Remembrance Service Planned

transgender day of rememberanceTransgender Day of Remembrance occurs annually on November 20th, is a day to memorialize those who have been killed or murdered as the result of transphobia, (hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming people).

This day serves to bring attention to the continued violence and non-acceptance endured by the transgender community. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, November 9, 2019

Holiday Balsam Bee with Hallie Bond on Nov. 23

balsam wreathsThe Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts is set to welcome local instructor, historian, and artisan Hallie Bond to teach participants how to make balsam wreaths, garland, and pillows on Saturday, November 23rd from 10 am to 4 pm. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, November 9, 2019

Made in the Adirondacks: 22nd Country Christmas Tour

Country Christmas Tour provided by Indian LakeThe 22nd Annual Indian Lake Country Christmas Tour (CCT) has been set for Friday, November 29th, and Saturday, November 30th.

This year’s theme “Made in the Adirondacks” invites visitors and shoppers to an inside view of the lives and work of many local and regional artisans and crafters. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, November 9, 2019

Poetry: Run With The Dogs

Run With The Dogs

Run with the dogs,
Through thick carpets of burnished gold leaves,
In charged air, with frost crackling at each footfall,
As sunrise shows welcome in pink.
Run with them, they beckon you.
They teach you to see, to be with joy, reveling,
Howling to the wind and sky with abandon,
Every second savored to the limit.
They live their truth,
Happily, generously, with love unconditional,
Trotting down worn Adirondack trails through ribboned creeks,
To music only they hear.
How pure are they,
Brothers of wolves, with hearts tethered to man,
Adoring, protecting, sharing precious primal freedom
And warmth of breath on chilled skin.
We, tied to them,
Follow their lead and trust instinctively, as confluent souls,
For their eyes are wiser, their understanding deeper,
Their grace, a greater mercy received.
With them, we can be wild.

Read More Poems From The Adirondack Almanack HERE.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Village Mercantile Offers Local Products, Adirondack Needs

shelf at the Saranac Lake Village MercantileThe Saranac Lake Village Mercantile (formerly The Community Store) now has a e-commerce website that can help make holiday shopping easy, especially for shipping Adirondack-made and inspired products. Now, as well as offering items available in-store, the Mercantile is expanding its product offering through new partnerships with local non-profits.

Adirondack Carousel products are already available on villagemerc.com and, according to Village Mercantile board members, discussions are underway with Eagle Island (a former Adirondack Great Camp now a summer camp to help empower girls and women) and other organizations. The Village Mercantile is hoping to provide a platform for not-for-profits to showcase and sell their merchandise on the internet to audiences who share a common love for the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, November 3, 2019

Adirondack Museum Antique Show Ending After 25 Years

The Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX, formerly the Adirondack Museum) has announced that 2019 will be the last year of its annual Antique Show and Sale.

ADKX said the event will be replaced by the Adirondack Artisan Festival, premiering in September 2020. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, November 2, 2019

Poetry: Self-Portrait as an Eagle

Eagle nest by George Cassidy PayneSelf-Portrait as an Eagle

Hatched 30 minutes earlier
than the day before, I am placed
between a hot-water pad and a towel
to dry. Pecking an air hole in my shell
and beginning the ordeal, as the warm
air feels like Tegaderm on my beak.

Eight hours after hatching, I eat my
first meal-bits of lean quail raised
on my uncle’s farm. Feeding from a
puppet as to avoid being mistaken
by humans; in a week or so I will
see what it means to be wild again.

Read More Poems From The Adirondack Almanack HERE.

Photo of Eagle nest by George Cassidy Payne


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Indian Lake Planning For New ‘Commons’ Property

Indian Lake logoThe Town of Indian Lake has announced a multi-day public workshop to plan for the future of “The Commons,” formerly known as the Townsend property.

The public is invited to join the Town’s Advisory Committee at St. Mary’s Church, on November 14th, 15th, and 16th to help identify reuse opportunities for The Commons, a 7.7-acre downtown lot. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

ADKX Holiday Shopping Offers Local, Artisan Gifts

adirondack experience bookAdirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX) is set to open the Visitor Center and the ADKX Store for select dates during the holiday season.

Visitors can find unique Adirondack themed gifts made by local and regional artisans. » Continue Reading.