Adirondack Life magazine recently named the winners of its annual photography contest. One overall grand prize was awarded, as well as 9 awards in Landscape, People & Places, and Wildlife categories. » Continue Reading.
The Lake George Arts Project has announced a new exhibit featuring recent work by Katherine Chwazik, set to be on display at the Courthouse Gallery from March 7th through April 10th. » Continue Reading.
Myths pervade most aspects of life and they can be very persistent. Whether it’s “we only use 10% of our brain” or “George Washington had wooden teeth” these myths can be relatively harmless – or they can really get in the way of true understanding and action.
Historic preservation has its own set of myths. Some originate from a grain of truth, many are outright wrong, and still others require a more nuanced understanding. » Continue Reading.
Secret snows lulled the latent landscape,
A hush of ice, like frosted silver quartz,
Grew gently over the lake, sealing it safely,
While silent evergreens watched, and waited,
Because they knew, and they believed.
In a longer minute, warming winds whispered
Across this virginal canvas, painting strokes of green,
Smidges and smudges of tender shoots and blades,
Into a laced latticework, upon its expectant shores.
Because they knew, and they also believed.
At once, molten, crystal rivulets began to weave and weft,
Down slumbering white-capped peaks,
Tumbling and crashing into the mighty, mother Hudson.
The North Country awakened to its living Spring, afresh,
Because it knew, and always believed.
The Adirondack Film Society (AFS) continues to bring thought-provoking films to the Adirondacks as part of the winter AFS Screening Series.
Wetware, a sci-fi film from Vermont Director Jay Craven, will make its Adirondack debut at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts this Friday, February 28th. Craven will be on hand to answer questions about his latest collaboration and why making films grounded in the North Country is an important part of his process. » Continue Reading.
The Long Lake “Little Bus” is set to run in Long Lake on Saturday, February 29th, from 5 pm to midnight.
The public is invited to take free rides on the little bus to The Geiger Arena and Mt. Sabattis for a family night of ice skating, sledding, and a bonfire under the stars, or visits to one or more of the community’s dining establishments. » Continue Reading.
Lake George Arts Project’s annual winter fundraiser, “Bands ‘n Beans” has been set for March 29, from 2 to 7 pm.
More than twenty five area restaurants are set to present guests with their best chili in a friendly competition to win in a number of categories. Attendees will taste them all and vote on their favorite while ten local bands will play continuous music on two stages. » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack Global Arts Festival is set to return to Lake Placid on Friday and Saturday, March 6-7th. The festival includes opportunities for the whole family to engage in exploring world culture and arts. » Continue Reading.
The North Country Food Justice Working Group has announced the third annual Winter Food Justice Summit, “FEED BACK: Everyone Eats!” has been set for Thursday, February 27th, at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake.
Previous Summits began the process of identifying priority projects, working to strengthen existing initiatives, and aiding collaboration. This year’s Summit profiles the theme of poverty and food in three main tracks: farmers, consumers, and educators. » Continue Reading.
The Whallonsburg Grange Lyceum series “Hidden in Plain Sight” is set to continue with the “Roxham Road: Irregular Border Crossings and Local Response,” an examination of irregular border crossings in a local town and the response of the community. » Continue Reading.
Nature, the Other, the Big Outside
In Memory of Howard Zahniser
Okay, now don’t look me square in the eye
but watch my ears wiggle — you see him there,
my father, your grandfather, a wise guy
(who was also a wise-guy), taught me to stare
at nothing hard enough to make my ears move.
It’s a great skill if like me you can’t dance
but still feel the need to strut some and groove
dressed not in Nordstrum slacks but Goodwill pants.
Okay, open that window there — yes, wide.
What’s out there is everything that’s not you.
Sure, nature—the other, the big outside,
what redeems you, where you go to renew
yourself, learn to listen, maybe make vows.
Smell that? Not fire and brimstone — balsam boughs.
Essex County Arts Council has announced they are accepting applications for their Cultural Assistance Program (CAP) Grant. Grant funds are available to any arts, historical or preservation organization; library, museum or organization providing public programs for Essex County residents. » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts has announced that Forever Snocade, a variety show all about life in the Adirondacks, has been set for Saturday, February 22nd at 7 pm. Skits are written, produced, and performed by local actors who know first-hand how to survive winter in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.
My three-year-old son
wondered where deer sleep,
so I walked him there. Stepping
into a realm that is not reserved
for fathers and sons, we found
a ritual that has nothing to do
with us. That lost part of the brain
where the Moon barely creeps in.
The 1980 U.S. Olympic figure skating team dazzled the crowd and competition judges en route to Charles Tickner’s bronze medal in men’s figure skating and Linda Fratianne’s Olympic women’s singles silver medal.
A 1980 Lake Placid Olympic Figure Skating Reunion Gala has been set for Tuesday, February 18th at the Lake Placid Olympic Center. » Continue Reading.
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