Thursday, July 6, 2023

Encounter with an Agile Marmot

Woodchuck (Marmota monax.)

It’s woodchuck season again.
In fields and woodlands
they abound.
I drive slowly,
knowing they’re around.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Lake Placid Sinfonietta kicks off 2023 season with a free concert

Lake placid sinfonietta

Get ready to be captivated as the Lake Placid Sinfonietta launches its highly 2023 season, “Magic in the Mountains” with the first of its’ enchanting Park Series Concerts on Thursday, July 6, at 7 PM. Brace yourself for music at its finest, with an unparalleled view of Mirror Lake while you listen.   Seating is limited, so make sure to bring your own cozy blankets or camp chairs to lounge on as you immerse yourself in the music.  These are concerts for the whole family and children of all ages are welcome to join in the musical wonderland!

This six-concert series will continue on the next five following Wednesday evenings.  Each concert will begin at 7 and last approximately one hour, leaving you with an evening full of possibilities. Many concertgoers relish the opportunity to relish a picnic during the performance, and as the final note fade away, you’ll find an array of exquisite restaurants within walking distance, awaiting your arrival.   All of these concerts are free of charge to attend, but donations are always appreciated.  A nightly raffle of goods donated by area merchants will also be held in support of the orchestra.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Mulberry picking after the rain

Remember? Yesterday it rained.
That made the purpling berries swell.
Today I pick, my skin gets stained –
magenta and violet splotches tell
that I have visited those friends
whose boughs that bear these berries bend
inviting me to stretch and eat
this sticky, drippy, bursting treat.

Sunday, July 2, 2023

Senior citizens gather for Poetry Contest Gala

long lake library

Senior citizens gathered at the CVW Long Lake Public Library for the Arbor Day Poetry Contest Gala on June 28.  The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District hosted the 15th annual Arbor Day Poetry Contest for senior citizens this past spring.

“The Arbor Day Poetry Contest turned fifteen this year, and record numbers of poets submitted entries from as far away as West Virginia,” said District Manager Caitlin Stewart.  “I always look forward to re-working the theme and poetic form each year to keep the contest fresh for our seniors.  It is important to me to offer something fun just for them.”

Twenty-five poets submitted lantern poem based on the theme “Hope Grows Through Trees.”  Special guest judge Kathy Stewart ranked blind copies.

“This year’s Arbor Day Poetry Contest featured a very different format,” said judge Kathy Stewart.  “The lanturne, or lantern poem is structured to resemble a Japanese lantern. While the format is rigid, the sentiments expressed by this year’s submissions were all different and truly uplifting. Spring, and a tree’s rebirth, are joyful to see. Watching the forest transform from the gray of winter to the bright green of spring seems to bring a renewal of hope, as do these amazing poems.”

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Saturday, July 1, 2023

Adirondack Experience: Artists & Inspiration in the Wild exhibit opens today

Blue Mountain Lake, NY – Adirondack Experience (ADKX) will hold a grand opening celebration for “Artists & Inspiration in the Wild” on Sat., July 1. This permanent exhibit, which showcases an inclusive and wide-reaching interpretation of Adirondack art, is the most comprehensive showing of the museum’s art and design collections in its history. In celebration of the exhibition unveiling, the day will be filled with art-related activities and programming, including artist demonstrations, live music, live muralling and screen-printing.

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Friday, June 30, 2023

First Firing and Open House at Craigardan – July 1st

first firing



Join us for a summer’s day full of art, friends, music, food, and fire. Come with family and friends to explore the grounds, hang out by the campfire, picnic on the lawn, get your hands into some art-making, and be a part of the first firing of our new wood kiln. This is your new Craigardan!

Experience Craigardan’s new site, view current and future plans, + learn about summer programs and events.

This day celebrates our opening with the first firing of Craigardan’s new kiln, the hearth and heart of our new home. We’ll be firing the kiln all day, and inviting you to participate in a community-wide project. Stamp your name into a clay tile to be installed on the new campus and become a permanent part of something truly special.

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Thursday, June 29, 2023

Westport’s Ledge Hill Studio presents an Art Explosion

Ledge Hill Studio Art Explosion

Westport NY 
Join us on Saturday, July 1st 2023 from 4pm -8pm at Ledge Hill Studio Downtown (6480 Main Street, Westport, NY 12993) for The Art Explosion! We will be revealing the latest mix of eclectic artwork from local artists such as… Ginger Lambert, Debra Kahler, Dennon Waluntrus and Robert Powell, Alison Weld  and of course by LHSD owner, Carolyn ‘Polly’ Vanderhoof.

Live music will be featured by local band, Marie Marie and refreshments will be served.

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Thursday, June 29, 2023

ADK Park: July 4 events on tap

Kids take part in games during a previous July 4 celebration in Long Lake.

Several Adirondack-area towns have announced an array of family-friendly festivities to celebrate the Fourth of July, ranging from craft fairs to concerts, kids’ games, guided history hikes, and much more. Please see a roundup of a few of these events below.

Sunday, June 25, 2023

Inlet’s Sunsets by the Lake Summer Concert Series kicks off with Karen Savoca Duo on July 1

The Karen Savoca Duo

Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman, the internationally touring pair, will perform during Inlet’s “Sunsets by the Lake” Summer Concert Series on Saturday, July 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Arrowhead Lakefront. Bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy a spectacular sunset. (Rain location Fern Park Pavilion.) Karen Savoca pours her heart into a song the way a great actor throws herself
into a role. Her songs draw you into a world of humor and compassion, shared with grace and ease, as though you’ve been invited to her table for supper.

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Saturday, June 24, 2023

Adirondack-based director, Paul Frederick, wins Emmy for Return To Auschwitz: The Survival of Vladimir Munk

Adirondack-based director won an Emmy for his work on "Return To Auschwitz: The Survival of Vladimir Munk."

On June 10, at the 46th Annual Emmy Awards ceremony for the Boston/New England Chapter, Adirondack-based director, Paul Frederick, won the Best Historical/Cultural-Long Form Content Emmy for the PBS documentary “Return To Auschwitz: The Survival of Vladimir Munk.”

Screened at the 2021 Lake Placid Film Festival, “Return To Auschwitz: The Survival of Vladimir Munk” follows Czech Holocaust survivor Vladimir Munk as he returns to Auschwitz where he was held prisoner during WWII. This is his last chance to honor his family, including his parents, who perished there. The trip from the US is filled with painful memories and unforeseen hardships, but it is a journey he knows he must take.

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Thursday, June 22, 2023

Lake Luzerne Food Trucks and Music Extravaganza to begin July 12

Lake Luzerne Food Trucks and Music Extravaganza graphic.

Lake Luzerne, NY-  The Lake Luzerne Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Lake Luzerne are delighted to announce the inaugural food trucks and music extravaganza, which will
take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on six consecutive Wednesdays beginning July 12 and ending on August 16, 2023.


The event will be held at the pavilion park located at 248 lake avenue in Lake Luzerne, NY. The events will bring together a diverse selection of food options from various food trucks offering tasty treats, including tacos, fish and chicken sandwiches, gourmet mac and cheese, lemonade, doughnuts, and more. The live music will feature local bands and regional artists, adding to the ambiance and creating a festive atmosphere.


In addition to offering great food and music, the extravaganza will hold a 50-50 raffle to raise money for the Lake Luzerne food bank and local scholarships. All proceeds from the raffle will go directly to support these vital community organizations.

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Thursday, June 22, 2023

Silver Bay YMCA announces Bluegrass in Heaven music festival set for Sept.

Bluegrass festival logo

Silver Bay, NY –  Silver Bay YMCA is excited to announce the first ever Bluegrass in Heaven (BGIH) music festival. BGIH is a bluegrass music festival that is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 15 through Sunday, Sept. 17 at Silver Bay YMCA, 87 Silver Bay Rd. Silver Bay N.Y., 12874.  BGIH will bring together some of the top bluegrass artists such as 2019 Grammy Bluegrass Album of the Year winner Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper and regional talent such as the Bob & Sarah Amos Band.

Event organizers said they are excited to be bringing the Bob & Sarah Amos band to the very first ‘Bluegrass in Heaven’ festival.


“The YMCA campus, located right on shore of beautiful Lake George in Silver Bay NY, is a perfect location and facility for a music festival. The lineup of performers is amazing, and we can’t wait to be a part of it,” said Bob and Sarah Amos, of the Bob & Sarah Amos Band.

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Fort Ticonderoga presents Robert Nittolo Collection, new exhibit Success: The End of the Seven Years’ War 

Rare artifacts from the Robert Nittolo Collection on view for the first time by the public enhance Fort Ticonderoga’s newest exhibit, which is also heavily illustrated with historic maps and prints.

Ticonderoga, NY – Fort Ticonderoga opens a new exhibit for 2023, focusing on the dramatic and wide-ranging end of the global Seven Years’ War. This new exhibit Success: The End of the Seven Years’ War spans both sides of the Atlantic and is anchored by many never-before-seen artifacts.

This new exhibit features artifacts from the museum’s newly acquired Robert Nittolo Collection that complement pieces from Fort Ticonderoga’s existing collection, to visualize the final campaigns in North America, partly launched from Lake Champlain.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2023

CREATIVE ADIRONDACKS:  Beauty is Limitless through the Eyes of Takeyce Walter

painting of kids swimming at sunset

Image at top: Sunset Swim, 6 x 6 pastel over gouache, Takeyce Walter (reference photo courtesy of Nicole McKasty-Stagg)

Coming to Paul Smith’s VIC this July 2023 are “These Waters,” the magnificent paintings of Takeyce Walter.   The exhibition opens on July 1, 2023  in the Heron Marsh Gallery from 6-7:30 PM with an opportunity to meet Takeyce.

Living in Round Lake, New York, Takeyce is a professional artist as well as a Board Member of the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC). She paints in oil, pastels  and gouache, working both in plein air and in her studio, using reference photographs she takes while exploring her surroundings. You can discern that Takeyce spends considerable time outdoors for her to capture the details,  colors, and lighting found in upstate New York.  She’s particularly adept with sunlight, as it shimmers off the various lakes, ponds, and rivers of the Adirondacks, and her paintings have a magical quality.

Water is integral in many of Takeyce’s paintings. Takeyce was born in the beautiful island nation of Jamaica.  But it was after she came to the United States as a teenager to her first home on Long Island, that she surprisingly had more opportunities to spend time at the beach and in the water than she had during her childhood.  Later, after she and her husband moved to Saratoga County,  the family began sightseeing further north.  Takeyce discovered Chapel Pond in Keene which sparked the connection she now feels with the Adirondacks. Takeyce shares, “What made those moments special was exploring with my family and experiencing the wonders of discovery with our young son. Seeing the beauty of the Adirondacks through his eyes was unforgettable.”

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Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Historic Saranac Lake to present exhibit honoring hardworking people of Saranac Lake

Saranac Lake Means Business exhibit logo

Saranac Lake, NY —  Historic Saranac Lake announced the unveiling of a new exhibit honoring the hardworking people of Saranac Lake, past and present. The exhibit, titled, “Saranac Lake Means Business” is a reinstallation of a photography project created by Mary Lou Hanpeter in the year 2000. The exhibit will be unveiled in the John Black Room at the Saranac Laboratory Museum on June 29, 2023.

“This is the kind of exhibit we love, because it brings people together to share what they know about local history,” said Historic Saranac Lake Executive Director Amy Catania. “We are grateful to Mary Lou for her willingness to share her wonderful work with us.”

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