Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The View From Cascade Mountain

Cascade2 -finalOn Monday I climbed Cascade Mountain, one of the most popular High Peaks.  I met over 50 people headed up as I was descending.


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Lake Placid Blues and Heritage Festival This Weekend

LPBluesFestJune 20-22, 2014 will mark the beginning of a new music experience as Lake Placid plays host to the inaugural Lake Placid Blues and Heritage Festival presented by Miller Lite.

During this first-time event, the village will sway and rock to the sounds of 20+ notable blues bands from throughout the northeastern U.S. Spread out at nearly 10 different venues.

The festival will celebrate exceptional music and the rich heritage of the Lake Placid area and include local and regional bands. Some of the local entertainment groups include Spring Street, Lucid, The Harbingers, the Back Porch Society, Sven Curth and friends, Big Slyde and Fade to Blues. Regional and national acts include The Roxy Perry Blues Band, George Boone, Rhett Tyler and Early Warning, George Kilby Jr. with special guest Barbecue Bob, Murali Coryell, Jerry Dugger, and many more. » Continue Reading.


Monday, June 16, 2014

High Peaks In The Clouds

Algonquin summit

Mount Colden and Mount Marcy, seen from Algonquin’s summit as morning clouds start to clear Sunday morning. The MacIntyre Range has some of the best views in the Adirondacks.


Monday, June 16, 2014

Tahawus Center Offering Summer Science Lab

one catapultThe annual Summer Science Lab at the Tahawus Center in Au Sable Forks is expanding to 5 days, July 14 through 18, 2014. The five-morning workshop accommodates two different age groups in separate sessions: middle school (12-14 years old) and elementary school (9-11 years old). The focus will be on magnetism and electricity for both age groups, with activities in other subject areas, including physics and using microscopes.

Science is always more than a set of explanations,” says instructor Gary Dreiblatt. “Our electricity activities will have students make simple circuits, complex series and parallel circuits, and experiment with the concept of electrical resistance to ultimately build a working fuse. Students will have a far better understanding of electricity and safety through these activities. They will be able to take their electrical kits home to teach a family member and continue their own investigations using d cell batteries.” » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Wild Center Raising Money For Remote Flying Camera

Aerial-Medium-size-TWC-640x396The Wild Center has announced a new campaign on Adirondack Gives, Adirondack Foundation’s crowdfunding site for nonprofits, community groups and municipalities.  Soar Above the Adirondacks’ is raising money for The Wild Center to help fund a new remote-controlled flying camera unit.

“The Wild Center is about shifting perspectives and giving you the chance to immerse yourself in the natural world around you,” a statement issued to the press said. “With the addition of an aerial camera platform to the Center’s resources, we’ll be able to do that and more.” » Continue Reading.


Monday, June 9, 2014

Northampton Beach Campground, Great Sacandaga Lake

Northampton Beach campground

National Trails Day was on Saturday and I had the pleasure of helping crews on the new section of the Northville-Placid Trail. We stayed at Northampton Beach campground on Great Sacandaga Lake. It was a fun weekend and the trails are looking great.


Sunday, June 8, 2014

Best Adirondack Books of 2013 Honored

acw logoWriters, editors, publishers, and book lovers gathered at the Blue Mountain Center in Blue Mountain Lake on Sunday to hear the announcements of the Adirondack Center for Writing’s (ACW’s) annual Adirondack Literary Award winners.

The Adirondack Literary Awards celebrate and acknowledge the books that were written by Adirondack authors or published in the region in the previous year.

All of the books submitted for consideration this year were on display, giving a visual sense of the scope of our Adirondack literary achievements, and many of the authors had signed copies of their books for sale.

This year a record 51 books were submitted, also, for the first time featured articles were accepted as a category. The winners are: » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 6, 2014

Keene Valley Library’s Karen Glass Recognized

Excellence Award 2014Having “many talents,” a “stand-out reputation,” and “providing valuable insights” are just a few of the phrases used to describe the recipient of the 24th Award for Excellence in Library Service.

The Northern New York Library Network presented this year’s award to Keene Valley Library Association (KVLA) Director Karen Glass. She was presented with the honor during the NNYLN’s Annual Meeting held at the end of May at the Mirror Lake Inn, Lake Placid. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Westport Community Concert Series Announced

Soundwaves WestportSoundwaves: The 19th Annual Westport Community Concert Series on the shores of Lake Champlain at Ballard Park in Westport, NY, will be held on Thursday evenings at 7:30 from July 3rd to August 27th, 2014.

North Country resident and veteran Jazz trumpeter Taylor Haskins is serving as curator and organizer for this year’s event, taking over after the community lost state funding for the events. » Continue Reading.


Monday, June 2, 2014

Robert Henry Perkins: Opera Star from Glens Falls

01A RPerkinsImagine the drama of the moment: in a courtroom, Edward Perkins battled against the city of Beacon, New York, desperate to win on behalf of his poor family. The charge? They had been cold-heartedly evicted from their apartment by city officials, and for several chilly, rainy June days, he had searched for new housing. Meanwhile, Edward’s wife and son suffered and his daughter fell ill, presumably from the terrible living conditions. The damages sought (in 1915) were $15,000 from the city, along with $30,000 from the police chief who had deposited all the family’s belongings on the sidewalk. The $45,000 total was equal to $1.1 million in 2014.

The squalor his family had endured was graphically described in court: “Heaps of refuse on the floor, chicken heads, pieces of bones, decayed meats, swarms of flies, and a terrific odor. In another room, live chickens were kept.” There was no bathroom. Indoor residue and an outdoor pile revealed that the slop bucket had been routinely dumped from a window.

When Edward’s testimony ended, the court called Mrs. Perkins to the stand, and that’s when it happened: simultaneously, two women stood. It was the stuff of future movies, but this was reality. Confusion reigned, and Perkins’ wife of several years, the mother of his two children, appeared bewildered. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Adirondack: Life And Wildlife in the Wild, Wild East

Ed Kanze Adirondack BookWhen Ed Kanze moved to the Adirondacks in 2000, he was moving to an area his ancestors had been connected to since 1797. It was like coming home, even though he had grown up in New York’s Westchester County and had traveled and worked all over the country and abroad.

In his new memoir, Adirondack: Life and Wildlife in the Wild, Wild East (SUNY Press, 2014), Kanze brings the unique history of this area to life by sharing stories about many of his ancestors, including an aunt treated for tuberculosis and a great-great-grandfather who owned tanneries, a lumber business and a hotel, and who also served as a judge and assemblyman.

A naturalist and licensed guide, Kanze got his love of the outdoors from his grandfather, who took him on long fishing trips when he was a kid. In addition to the history in Adirondack, he also provides a crash course in Adirondack geology, climate, flora, and fauna. » Continue Reading.


Friday, May 30, 2014

Kiwassa Lake During the Blue Hours

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You may have heard of the “Golden Hours” in terms of landscape photography. This is the period of time just after sunrise and just before sunset. You will find warmer colors and greater contrast across a landscape scene during this time. There is also the “Blue Hours,” which occur just before sunrise and just after sunset. During this time the colors get cooler across the landscape, shadows decrease, and there is less contrast. The Blue Hours are in some respects more difficult to shoot but can give a lot of mood to a scene.


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Pharaoh Lake Wilderness: A Campfire Between Storms

Campfire between stormsThe sky was full of drama Saturday night. The Pharaoh Lake Wilderness is a good choice for anything from a one night trip to a full week in the woods. Pharaoh Lake itself has several camping spots and lean-to’s. This is looking towards the eastern part of the lake.


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Lawrence Gooley: A New Service for Local Authors

Books Image JWThe company that my wife (Jill Jones) and I operate, Bloated Toe Enterprises, recently launched an extensive, time-consuming effort towards improving the lot of authors across the region. Note that there was no mention of “we.” Jill saw the need, had the know-how, planned the design, and wrote the programming code for our new venture, the North Country Authors website. There is no cost to anyone. Authors who supply basic information will be featured there, including photographs, biographies, books, news, and book-related events. The site will be kept up-to-date at all times.

The group North Country Authors was actually formed several years ago. Although we had a vision of where it should go, time was lacking. But after attending regional book events during the past decade, Jill recognized the need for organization. With that in mind, she went to work. The current configuration of NCA is easy to navigate and provides loads of information. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, May 24, 2014

Annual Adirondack Literary Awards Ceremony June 1

acw logoThe Adirondack Literary Awards is a juried awards program that honors books published in or by regional authors in the previous year. Now one of the Adirondack Center for Writing’s (ACW) most popular events, this year’s awards ceremony will be held at the Blue Mountain Center on June 1, from 3 to 5 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

In addition to juried awards in each category (fiction, poetry, children’s literature, memoir, nonfiction, and for the first time featured articles), there is a People’s Choice Award.  » Continue Reading.



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