Friday, June 9, 2023

Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts: “Forever Wild!” Performances; Summer Concert Series

Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, Forever Wild
Forever Wild! Performances

The hilarious song-and-skit show Forever Wild! returns to the Arts Center on Friday, June 16 & Saturday, June 17!

Join your Adirondack neighbors for this fun evening beginning at 7 p.m. each night.

$10 tickets will be available at the door.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Nova Scotia Wildfires 2023

hazy sky

Must beauty always come with pain?
Not even Mother Earth is spared.
The French say “il faut souffrir pour être belle”
“one must suffer to be beautiful”.

The meteorologists report that Canada’s blaze
may create an extraordinary sunset
from the poisonous haze.

The death of a forest combines with the end of a day.
A terrible funeral pyre from which smoke chokes the air.
Yet Nature rises like the Phoenix,
the sinking Sun takes a deep, brave, gasping breath,
exhaling one last crimson burst,
creating a sky too awesome to bear.

 

Photo: Hazy sky in Vermontville due to wildfires. Photo by Melissa Hart


Saturday, June 3, 2023

Adirondack Experience now open for 2023 season

Blue Mountain Lake, NY — Adirondack Experience (ADKX) is now open for its 2023 season, inspiring visitors to learn and connect with all-things Adirondack, past and present. In addition to its expansive list of ongoing daily offerings, ADKX is pleased to welcome the return of its hands-on workshops for the first time in several years. Also new this year is the permanent exhibition Artists & Inspiration in the Wild set to open on July 1. As part of the new exhibition, the museum will welcome nine regional artists to create on-site throughout the summer for its new Inspired by the Adirondacks Artist-In-Residence program. It will once again host its most popular festivals, such as Adirondack Artisan Festival, Mushroom Mania, Rustic Furniture Fair, Xperience For All, and FallFest.

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Friday, June 2, 2023

Don’t miss these hidden gem art exhibits in the Adirondacks

Here is a quick summary of some of the unique exhibits on display in the northern Adirondacks right now. They would be great for a family “rainy day” outing or a good reason for a road trip when the black flies are too fierce to be outdoors. The descriptions are brief, but there are many hidden gems among these various offerings and they are well worth seeing.

BluSeed Studios, in Saranac Lake, is featuring the work of artist Dave Fadden. Indigenous Reflection is a powerful exhibit of mostly figurative paintings, in a unique contemporary mosaic style, that do reflect upon and address past and present issues impacting Native Americans. The Gallery is open 2-6 pm on  Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and by appointment. Sponsored by the Adirondack Diversity Institute, there will be a closing reception and artist conversation on June 25, from 5 – 7 pm. BluSeedStudios.org, 518-891-3799, admin@bluseedstudios.org

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Tuesday, May 30, 2023

56th annual Chazy Old Home Day Festival set for July 22

Chazy Old Home Day 2023 graphic.

Chazy, NY – The Chazy Lions Club is pleased to announce that the 56th annual Chazy Old Home Day Festival is slated for Saturday, July 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Chazy Recreation Park located on North Farm Road in Chazy, NY. The event will feature live music, cold beer and craft draft beer, and great food such as world famous chicken and beef barbecue, and as well as hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages, and mickey fries. The family-friendly festival will also include a crafts and flea market, kids’ games and rides, a splash pad, a variety of vendor booths, a cornhole tournament, and much more. Spectators will also have the opportunity to watch the King and Queen of Old Home Day be crowned.

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Saturday, May 27, 2023

ANCA Awarded $40K Lake Champlain Basin Artist-in-Residence Program Grant

Paul Smith’s College professor Dr. Curt Stager collects a core sample from Lake Champlain.

Saranac Lake, NY —  Visitors to Lake Champlain will soon be able to learn about the ecological and cultural diversity of the lake and its surrounding area through music and sound. The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) has been awarded a $40,000 grant to support an interpretive music project that celebrates regional biodiversity and human diversity while engaging American and Canadian audiences in a shared artistic experience of the Champlain Basin.

The “Watershed Voices” project — a collaboration of regional partners including ANCA’s Adirondack Diversity Initiative and McClure Productions Inc. — was awarded the grant through the Lake Champlain Basin Artist-in-Residence Program and NEIWPCC, a regional commission that helps the states of the Northeast preserve and advance water quality.

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Friday, May 26, 2023

Author Rachel Vogel wins Honorable Mention at The BookFest Awards

Children's book, Raccoons Go Rafting by Rachel Vogel

Argyle, NY — Rachel Vogel is a winner of an Honorable Mention at The BookFest Awards Spring 2023 for the book titled “Raccoons Go Rafting.” The book is honored in the Children’s Picture Book
category. The BookFest honors authors who create outstanding works of fiction and nonfiction. The BookFest’s dedication to honoring authors is rooted in a belief in the transformative power of literature and a desire to support and celebrate those who create it.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Spring visitor

bear
The dinner guest arrived late.
No invitation.
No reservations.
Alone.

Just newly awake,
belly growling with
a devastating hunger.

Drawn here
for a free meal,
easy,
high in calories.
A good deal.

He almost got away with it
but for a soft noise.

3 a.m. is the witching hour.
I look out.
Is he even real?
or a supernatural specter?

To Native Americans
he is a spiritual guide.
To Robert Frost
a being that roams wide:
“The world has room to make a bear feel free;
The universe seems cramped to you and me.”

Ursa Major dominates the spring skies.
The Big Dipper, a guide.
Under the stars, my bruin friend,
I whisper “safely abide.”

I will listen to the DEC officers
and take the bird feeders
down until fall.
When you next again
“rock a boulder on the wall”.

 

Black bear in Raquette Lake. Photo by Jeff Nadler, archive photo.


Monday, May 22, 2023

Adirondack Life & Adirondack Land Trust to present My Adirondacks kids’ photography project

Child taking a photograph in nature.

Jay, NY – Adirondack Life and Adirondack Land Trust announce My Adirondacks, a project that invites kids, ages 5 to 17, to photograph an aspect of the natural world within the Adirondack Park and share why it matters to them. Submissions can be sent to aledit@adirondacklife.com and will be accepted now through August 19, 2023.

The following information is required:

·       Name and age.

·       Where in the Adirondack Park the photo was taken.

·       Up to a few sentences about why the image matters to the person who took it.

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Sunday, May 21, 2023

Saratoga PLAN to present bluegrass concert featuring The Gibson Brothers at Wm. H. Buckley Farm

Bluegrass band, The Gibson Brothers

Saratoga Springs, NY – Get ready to enjoy some foot-stomping bluegrass music while supporting a great cause. Local land trust, Saratoga PLAN (Preserving Land and Nature), will be hosting a bluegrass concert at the historic Wm. H. Buckley Farm on Friday, June 2 to support land conservation efforts in Saratoga County.

Nestled among rolling hills with a view of Ballston Lake against the backdrop of the Green Mountains, the rustic charm of the conserved Wm. H. Buckley Farm promises to be a picturesque setting for music enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

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Saturday, May 13, 2023

Indian Lake Theater awarded $50,000 for new sign, marquee

Indian Lake Theater.

Indian Lake, NY – On May 3, the Indian Lake Theater, a non-profit community theater, announced a grant award totaling $50,000 from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to support the theater’s sign and marquee project. This grant is part of a record capital project funding announcement by NYSCA, which totals over $42 million to 144 capital projects across New York State.

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Friday, May 12, 2023

Spring is Struggling to Break Through/Rites of Summer Late in Coming

snow crocus

Spring is Struggling to Break Through

Yes! Spring is struggling to break

through here

in the mountains –

northern part of lake still iced

over, shores snow-covered, no

Canadas or loons, handful of

mallards – yet but soon.

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Sunday, May 7, 2023

Tupper Lake: The Wild Center opens for 2023 season with new exhibits, experiences

The Wild Center building.

Tupper Lake, NY – The Wild Center opened for its 2023 season on May 5. Off the heels of a USA Today Readers’ Award where it was voted Second Best Science Museum in the U.S., The Wild Center has expanded its offerings and activities with new exhibits and experiences. Among these are Backyard Wilderness – a film that captures the beauty and complexity of the natural world that exists just beyond your doorstep and Birdly – a state-of-the-art virtual reality (VR) flying simulator.

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Thursday, May 4, 2023

The Hyde Collection to offer three Spring exhibitions opening May 6

Autumn DeMatties, The Other Half, 2023, Digital photograph, Queensbury High School

Glens Falls, NY – The Hyde Collection is pleased to present three new spring exhibitions, sharing the works of dozens of outstanding artists. Opening Saturday, May 6, 2023, are the exhibitions: The Annual High School Juried Show 2023, Celebrating 60 Years: The Collector Charlotte Pruyn Hyde, and Recent Acquisitions. The exhibitions are open to the public Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The 32nd Annual High School Juried Show 2023 showcases the artistic talent of young artists from Warren, Washington, Saratoga, Hamilton, and Essex counties. A jury composed of local art professionals reviews all submissions. High school artists employ diverse styles and mediums, including drawing, painting, digital illustration, photography, mixed-media, jewelry, sculpture, and ceramics.

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Monday, May 1, 2023

Loon center seeks name for new mascot

Students unveil the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation's new mascot

Saranac Lake, NY – The Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation is thrilled to welcome a new mascot at the Adirondack Loon Center at 75 Main Street in Saranac Lake. A very unique sculpture of a loon turning its eggs was created for the Loon Center by North Country School students and their art teacher, Larry Robjent of Robjent Sculptures. This spectacular bird is made of 100-percent recycled metal (with red golf ball eyes), including scrap construction materials and retired maple sap can lids. Before the students painted her, she was powder-coated by Saranac Lake’s own Matt Woodruff.

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