Thursday, August 30, 2018

Paul Smith’s VIC Paint-Out Planned

Painting of Heron Marsh by Sandra HildrethSaranac Lake ArtWorks has announced their 4th Annual “Paint-Out” at the Paul Smith’s VIC has been set to run from September 1st to 8th, 2018. Like the Adirondack Plein Air Festival, which just concluded, the “Paint-Out” focuses on painting the Adirondack environment, which includes people and buildings and activities and wildlife as well as the landscape itself.

The Paul Smith’s College VIC (Visitor Interpretive Center) is located about a mile north of the college campus on Route 30. The building houses two gallery spaces, an interpretive display about the Adirondacks, classrooms, offices, and a small gift shop. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Labor Day Events in Old Forge

Old Forge fireworksOld Forge is set to celebrate Labor Day on Sunday, September 2nd with the running of a duck derby, a free concert on the lakefront, a car raffle, and fireworks.

The star of Sunday’s line-up is the Central Adirondack Association (CAA) raffle, which features a new 2018 Ford Mustang as grand prize, and 10 cash prizes, from $10,000 to $500. Only 999 tickets are being sold. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

9th Annual Plein Air Art Auction at View

Plein Air Art AuctionView Arts Center is set to host an art auction on Saturday, September 1st beginning at 5 pm. A preview reception will take place at 4:30 pm prior to the auction when all of the donated paintings will be on display.

This benefit auction is the culmination of a three-day painting event, during which over forty artists are expected to paint en plein air (outdoors) in various locations around Old Forge, and will then donate a painting for the auction. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, August 26, 2018

Hobofest: Free Saranac Lake Music Festival Sept 2nd

Blind Owl BandThe 10th Annual Saranac Lake Hobofest has been set for Sunday, September 2nd, 2018. The one-day free music festival takes place from noon until 10 pm, rain or shine under the Big Top. This is the fourth Hobofest at the bandshell at Riverside Park; it’s no longer at Union Depot.

This year’s Hobofest celebrates the bands that collaborated to build the event, plus a couple of special guests. Frankenpine, a band made up of former Saranac Lakers and downstate performers, is set to return for a reunion. They were featured the first two years of Hobofest. Two local ensembles that actually premiered at Hobofest are also back: Crackin’ Foxy and the Biscuit Rollers. Crackin’ Foxy presents early swing jazz with special guest drummer Bob Meyer. Biscuit Rollers takes Steve Langdon’s solo act into a fully-realized foot-stompin’ blues experience. Bucket Ruckus, the first act to kick off Hobofest in 2009, will open the Biscuit Rollers’ evening set with the fanfare that used to open Hobofest as the train rolled in. The Blind Owl Band returns for the grand finale, featuring their energetic Adirondack Freight Train String music. The band played Hobofest in 2011 and 2012, early on in their career. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, August 25, 2018

Poetry: At Sodom Community Church

At Sodom (NY) Community Church

“Restoration can follow”
says the preacher of our litanies of loss.
His name is Oliver, no ordinary guy.
Of the gift of tongues he will allow
an incident in Desert Storm, glossed
by Holy Spirit wind. A Bedouin came by
by camel with a child needing–needing
what!? “One of our Assemblies of God boys
prayed that someone understand.
And God said ‘Why don’t you?'” Heeding
which he did, reducing Babel’s noise
to apprehend the need at hand.
At hand today: Oliver’s stated theme:
“Except the Lord build, we build in vain”
–from Ezra’s ancient Hebrew book.
Grief and loss can blossom as a fruited plain
and compost be more and sweeter than it seem.
Lift another rock; take another look.


Thursday, August 23, 2018

New Arts Center Adds To Uptown Tupper Lake

Sometimes, just a suggestion can spark change. Such was the case with Tupper Arts Director Louise McNally after seeing a request for someone to take the reins of the Tupper Lake Arts Show.

McNally, newly retired, thought it would be a good way for her to engage in the Tupper community. For the past two years McNally helped to organize and grow the Tupper Lake Arts Show. She acknowledges that she only helped add ideas to an existing format that worked, though she was largely responsible for moving the show from its home of 42 years, the Goff-Nelson Memorial Library, to a new location. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 23, 2018

Blue Mountain Lake Focus Of Art Exhibition

Anne Diggory at workThe Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake has announced a new exhibition, Anne Diggory: Blue Mountain Light, is on display until September 15th.

An artist reception will be held Saturday August 25th from 4 to 7 pm with an informal talk at 6 pm. The exhibition pulls together artworks in many sizes and mediums inspired by the Blue Mountain Lake area over a span of 24 years.

The majority of the pieces were created in recent years while she was artist-in-residence during five summers at the Adirondack Museum, as the Adirondack Experience was then called. The 34 paintings are of Blue Mountain Lake, Lake Durant and Buttermilk Falls. The newest painting in the show is “View from Castle Rock,” based on a smaller work that was painted from the ledge in July. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, August 19, 2018

Poetry: Tewawe’éstha

Tewawe’éstha

5,343 feet inside
the glittering,
Saturnal gales,
my lady is
serendipitous shrubs
submerged in
a sea of balsam fir.
Even her prismatic,
alluvial sands hold
my steps, ingrained
with the scent of
moonshine and
charred muscle,
clothed in hawking,
milky ash at the
opalescent summit.


Saturday, August 18, 2018

Test Your Adirondack Acronym Knowledge

 

How well do you think you know the Adirondacks? Here’s a quick quiz to see if you can identify 20 important Adirondack acronyms and initialisms.

Level 1: The Basics

DEC
APA
ORDA
UMP
ADK » Continue Reading.


Friday, August 17, 2018

AARCH Homesteading Tour Embraces Modern Builders

For the first time, Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) is hosting a modern homesteading tour, according to Deputy Director Virgina Siskavich.

“We want to continue to embrace modern builders,” says Siskavich. “We feel that at some point these modern buildings will be a part of history and we want to remember them. We also want to continue to offer tours that have not been offered before.”

Additional AARCH tours are scheduled from May to October at a range of historic and modern locations. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Local. Logging. Live! Along The Hudson

local logging liveThe Tannery Pond Center (TPC) in North Creek is set to present “Local Logging Live! Along the Hudson,” celebrating the logging industry in local communities, both past and present, with activities taking place at both the Tannery Pond Community Center and Riverfront Park in North Creek on August 24th and 25th.

This event will showcase the cultural aspects of the industry and the major role played by the Hudson River. Planned are a variety of activities including musical concerts, historical displays and Gallery exhibit, multi-media lecture, mini woodsmen field day demonstrations, workshops on musical instruments of logging camps, buff mittens, blacksmithing and more. All daytime events are free. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Mohawk & Abenaki Art Market at Adirondack Experience

art by Carrie HillAdirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, (ADKX) has announced the first Mohawk and Abenaki Art Market, set for August 25-26, from 10 am to 5 pm.

The Art Market is the joint effort of the museum in collaboration with the Akwesasne Cultural Center and the Abenaki Cultural Preservation Corporation. The 2018 Mohawk and Abenaki Art Market features master and emerging indigenous artists from the Mohawk communities of Akwesasne (located where Ontario, Quebec, and New York State intersect on the map) and Kahnawake (located adjacent to the city of Montreal). » Continue Reading.


Sunday, August 12, 2018

Poetry: Moose River Road

Moose River Road

moose river roadStrange how alone and
ignored they are. Like
mildewed beams in a
scrapyard, somewhere
along the Moose River
Road, the doe’s loins
lay untaken and twisted.
Washed in burgundy,
soaked on the crimson
gravel, her belly still gasping
as we smash into the electrical
softness of distant headlights.

Photo of Moose River Road.


Saturday, August 11, 2018

North Country Screening of George Takei’s Allegiance

Lea Salonga George Takei and Telly Leung in AllegianceThe Sembrich Summer Film Series will continue on Monday, August 13th, at 7:30 pm with a screening of George Takei’s Allegiance, The Broadway Musical on the big screen at the Bolton Town Hall. Admission is free.

Filmed live on Broadway in January of 2016 during the last weeks of its run, Allegiance tells the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 110,000 other Japanese-Americans are forced to leave their homes following the events of Pearl Harbor. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, August 11, 2018

Two Weeks of the Lake George Music Festival

Celebrating its 8th year, the Lake George Music Festival (LGMF) continues to stretch the boundaries of classical music. The goal of the LGMF is continue to respect and preserve the music that has stood the test of time while showcasing the art of current musicians. For two weeks the festival brings world class chamber musicians, orchestras, and choir music throughout the village of Lake George and beyond. » Continue Reading.