Saturday, July 7, 2018

Grants Support Initiatives in Cranberry Lake Area

Chris Westbrook, president of Clifton-Fine Economic Development Corporation, presenting a grant check from Adirondack Foundation’s Damoth Fund to the local hockey club The Adirondack Foundation has announced it has awarded $15,500 in grants to support community initiatives in Fine, Clifton, Star Lake, and Newton Falls.

The source of the funding is the Damoth Fund, established at the Foundation in 2012 through a bequest from Robert Damoth, a man with a strong attachment to the Cranberry Lake area.

The Damoth Fund to date has issued $450,000 in grants. The Clifton-Fine Economic Development Corporation oversees the application process and makes final recommendations. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, June 30, 2018

John Casilear’s Love Affair with Lake George

Artistry — in terms of painting, drawing, sketching, etc. — escapes me. While I admire and enjoy it, the combination of vision, creativity, and especially ability seems foreign, even though I lived with it while growing up. Through learning to read and constantly employing skills in that area, I gradually developed a certain comfort in the world of words, but none of it came to me magically, which is how I viewed the artistic capabilities of two of my siblings: without any lessons or instructions, they could just do it. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 29, 2018

Adirondack Explorer Publishes 20th Anniversary Issue

Explorer anniversaryWe just received our July/August issue in the Adirondack Explorer office. It’s our twentieth anniversary issue and packed with good stuff, including a timeline featuring milestones in the history of the Explorer.

Carl Heilman II took the cover photo, an aerial shot of the old titanium mine in Tahawus. The Explorer partnered with Lighthawk, a nonprofit organization, to fly over the High Peaks and the mine. The photos illustrate an in-depth story by our new watchdog reporter, Michael Virtanen, on the history and future of the mine. Incidentally, the flight confirmed that the controversial tanker cars have been removed from the railroad tracks leading to the mine. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, June 28, 2018

5 Days of Fun: Ticonderoga’s Best Fourth in the North

Volunteers are the heart of most Adirondack events, and Ticonderoga’s Best Fourth in the North is no exception. The week-long celebration makes Ticonderoga more than just a stop on the Independence Day Circuit. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, June 28, 2018

Championships Start Summer Skating Season

Lake Placid Figure Skating Championships Pairs As many as 500 figure skaters of all levels are set to take to the Olympic Center ice to compete in the annual Lake Placid Figure Skating Championships. The competitions in men and ladies singles and pairs begin Thursday, June 28, in both the 1932 Rink and Herb Brooks Arena and continue through Sunday, July 1.

Tickets for the 61st Lake Placid Figure Skating Championships are available at the Olympic Center box office and at the doors of both the 1932 Rink and Herb Brooks Arena. Single day tickets are $12/adults and $7/juniors & seniors. All event tickets are available for $30/adults and $18/juniors & seniors. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Essex County Arts and Crafts Festivals Set

Essex County Arts and Crafts FestivalThis year’s Essex County Arts and Crafts Festivals have been set for Friday, July 6th, at the Essex County Fairgrounds (at the start of Westport’s July 4th weekend celebrations) and on Wednesday, August 1, a mid-week event at the height of the summer season.

Fine artists and craft artists from across Essex County and the neighboring region are invited to display and offer to sell their work. Attendees are expected from more than 2o states. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Generous Acts Grants Awarded to Adirondack Nonprofits

Lakeside Sprouts Adirondack Foundation recently awarded $137,866 in grants to more than three-dozen nonprofit organizations. The funding comes primarily from the Foundation’s Generous Acts Fund, which accepts applications once per year for grants from a pool of donations from generous people who care about local communities.

Grant awards ranged from $1,000 – $10,000, and the projects are helping kids, families, seniors, and other community members, as highlighted below. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, June 23, 2018

Verdi-Themed Film Opens Sembrich Film Series

Left: Rubi Moscovich as Itzik, Middle: Ronit Elkabetz as Dina, Right: Shlomi Avraham as Papi, The opera-themed film In the Mouth of the Wolf is set to be shown in Bolton Landing on Monday, June 25th, at 7:30 pm. This opening selection of the Sembrich Summer Film Series will be presented at Bolton Free Library, 4922 Lake Shore Drive, and is open free and open to the public.

This documentary, virtually unseen since first being shown on U.S. television in 1963, offers a glimpse into an all-but-vanished musical milieu, as the nervous stars — opera greats Margherita Roberti, Renato Cioni, and Piero Cappuccilli — prepare their new production of Verdi’s Luisa Miller for Parma’s notoriously demanding audience. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, June 23, 2018

‘Adirondack Awakening’ Art Opening In Saranac Lake

Autumns Awakening by Susan WhitemanNorthWind Fine Arts Gallery has announced an opening reception for ‘Adirondack Awakening,’ a new exhibition by Susan Whiteman, has been set for Friday, July 6, from 5 to 7 pm.

Featuring luminous landscapes and florals, the exhibit will be on display for the month of July. The reception is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Susan is a juried member of the Pastel Society of America and plein air painter. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, June 21, 2018

Keeseville Plein Air Festival Underway

plein air painterThe second Keeseville Plein Air Festival is taking place this week, June 20 to the 24th. The arts festival is showcasing the work of 25 artists as they paint Keeseville’s mix of natural beauty, historic architecture and emerging agricultural scene.

AdkAction developed and launched the inaugural Keeseville Plein Air Festival in 2017 in an effort to bring the attention of talented artists to the hamlet of Keeseville, and aid in community revitalization efforts. The first year of the event included over 60 artworks created by 21 participating artists. Over $8,000 in artwork was sold, benefiting the artists and local community revitalization efforts. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Adirondack Explorer Publishes Outings Guide

The Adirondack Explorer recently published a special edition of its Annual Outings Guide in commemoration of the magazine’s twentieth anniversary.

The 2018 guide is larger than previous outings guides, with a more durable cover to ensure that it will last as a resource for years to come.

One hundred pages long, the Annual Outings Guide reprints thirty-one stories about outdoor adventures that appeared in the Explorer over the past decade—hikes, paddles, ski tours, slide scrambles, rock climbs, biking, and whitewater rafting. » Continue Reading.


Monday, June 18, 2018

Ledge Hill Studio Art Showing at Depot Theatre

works by Ellen Few Anderson and Alison WeldLedge Hill Studio has invited the public to attend the opening reception for its early summer art show at the Depot Theatre, featuring a variety of paintings, photographs and prints by a list of talented regional artists on Thursday, June 21 from 5 to 7 pm. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, June 16, 2018

Adirondack Literary Award Winners Announced

2018 adk literary awardsThe winners of the 2018 Adirondack Literary Awards were recently announced at an event at Heaven Hill Farm in Lake Placid.

Writers, readers, publishers, and friends joined for the celebration of all regional books published in 2017, as well as the announcement of the category winners. Following a welcome by Adirondack Center for Writing Executive Director Nathalie Thill, judges in each genre provided descriptions of each title submitted before announcing the year’s winners.

This years winners include: » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 15, 2018

Old in Art School: Historian Nell Painter Book Event Sunday

old in art schoolNell Painter, author, artist and Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton, is set to host a signing and discussing of her new book, Old in Art School, on Sunday, June 17th, at 4 pm.

The event will be held at Lake Flower Landing, 421 Flower Avenue in Saranac Lake. Painter will be joined in discussion by Keene Valley artist Frank Owen. » Continue Reading.


Monday, June 11, 2018

Local Writers: Latest E-book and Print Trends

As an author of many books and publisher (with my partner) of many others, it behooves me to keep up on the latest trends in the world of books.

This includes the ongoing question considered by many of my Adirondack friends and acquaintances who are authors: should I sell printed copies, or is it better to go digital with e-books? Or maybe a combination of the two? It’s an issue I’ve addressed here in years past, particularly in 2013 and 2014 when the e-book explosion rocked the industry, leading many experts and non-experts alike to conclude that the end for printed books was clearly in sight. » Continue Reading.