The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls has acquired a watercolor by the leading early American Modernist John Marin (1872-1953) titled “Lake George.” The painting, which depicts a view from Bolton Landing, was purchased at Sotheby’s auction house in June with support from the Museum’s Charles R. Wood Acquisition Fund, and it marks the first major outright purchase of a work of art by The Hyde in a generation.
It is also the first work by John Marin to enter the permanent collection. Marin was a major figure in early American Modernism, best known for his inventive watercolors. His work is held in private collections and prestigious museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, Blanton Museum of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago. » Continue Reading.
After two award-winning Adirondack non-fiction histories, author Glenn L. Pearsall of Johnsburg has turned novelist.
Leaves Torn Asunder: A Novel of the Adirondacks and the American Civil War was published by Pyramid Press of Utica.
Inspired by true events, Leaves Torn Asunder portrays a time rarely covered in Adirondack literature. Pearsall’s research included soldier diaries and letters, town enlistment and cemetery records, regimental histories, and visits to the exact places on Civil War battle sites where local men fought and died. » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack Garden Club, a member of the Garden Club of America, will present a GCA Flower Show, “Mountains & Valleys”, on July 19-20th at Heaven Hill Farm in Lake Placid.
“Mountains & Valleys” will include floral design, horticulture, photography and conservation exhibits. Entries will be judged by GCA judges. It is free and open to the public on July 19 from 3 to 5 pm and on July 20 from 9 am to 2 pm. The public can learn which exhibit won the highest awards in the various classes as well as the judges’ comments. » Continue Reading.
For the first time, the Adirondack Film Society (AFS) has partnered with the Strand Theatre to bring special curated screenings to the Schroon Lake. With a mission to advance the art and appreciation of film and filmmaking in the Adirondack Region, AFS welcomed the opportunity to be the nonprofit conduit for the New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA) grant funding the Strand Theatre’s digital film upgrade.
Known primarily for the annual Lake Placid Film Forum and “Mostly Monthly Adirondack Film Society Screening Series,” AFS now brings two summer events to the Strand’s digital screen, July 16-17 and August 13-14.
According to AFS Operations Manager Fred Balzak the July 16-17 event present a pairing of two classic films with the brilliance of author John DiLeo’s expertise on films. AFS doesn’t just present films, they are known for bringing experts in the film industry, directors and other industry professionals attached to the project. DiLeo will introduce the film each night along with a special performances of “Bloopers, Secrets, and Surprises from Hollywood’s Golden Age,” and “Great Film Performances You Should Remember But Probably Don’t.” » Continue Reading.
The Newcomb Summer Fest and Town-wide Garage Sale will take place on July 16, 2016.
The day will begin at 8 am at the Town-wide Garage Sale, with more than a dozen crafters will occupying the big tent at the Town Overlook beginning at 10 am.
The Newcomb Chamber of Commerce will host the SummerFest 2016 beginning at 11 am, which will join in the events at the Town Overlook with beer and wine tastings courtesy of the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery and Otter Creek Winery, music by Eric Peter, an open mic, along with light fare and refreshments by a number of vendors. » Continue Reading.
The Annual Lake Placid Figure Skating Championships took place in late June at the Olympic Center, bringing approximately 400 skaters from six countries to Lake Placid. The competition took place in the 1932 and 1980 arenas and was open to the public for a small admission fee, allowing visitors the opportunity to watch the figure skating events live.
This year, there were six countries represented in the competition as a whole, several of which were in the Senior Ladies category alone. » Continue Reading.
Once again the Adirondack Folk School is hosting evening blacksmithing demonstrations at its Lake Luzerne school in addition to all its other traditional Adirondack art classes.
Since its founding in 2010, the Adirondack Folk School has provided artisan classes with the core idea to keep Adirondack crafts alive.
My family was fortunate to be able to attend one of the free evening blacksmithing demonstrations years ago. At that time the pavilion and blacksmith forge were new. The opportunity allowed us to watch Blacksmith Steve Gurzler create beautiful forged objects while teaching his students. Gurzler is once again back for the Open Forge Nights. The monthly events take place on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. Bring a picnic or just stop by to watch. For those wishing to learn the art of blacksmithing there is a $20 materials fee. » Continue Reading.
View’s annual Secret Garden Tour will take place on Thursday, July 21. The tour provides attendees the opportunity to visit local pristine gardens at private residences within a ten-mile radius.
Attendees of the Secret Garden Tour will meet at View at 9 am and leave at 9:30 am on July 21. The tour should be finished by noon. View will be providing leaders to follow, and attendees can carpool or drive the ten-mile tour on their own. » Continue Reading.
The annual Forge Festival of Arts and Crafts returns July 4, bringing over 40 skilled vendors to the Old Forge area. The Forge Festival of Arts and Crafts features an extensive assortment of food and handcrafted items.
The festival is anticipating many new and returning vendors this year. Local jeweler Mary Blanchard will be returning, along with potters, Greg Rudd and Dean White. There will also be a variety of food vendors offering more than 20 varieties of homemade fudge, as well as fresh roasted nuts, squeezed lemonade, and barbeque. » Continue Reading.
The Essex County Arts Council has announced its 2016 Cultural Assistance Program grant awards. The Essex County Board of Supervisors and the Arts Council’s Board of Directors provided a total of $11,000 to be distributed among twenty-three winning organizations.
Project support is provided to Adirondack Art Association in Essex for their Summer Music Series; East Branch Friends of the Arts for Harpist Sunita Staneslow; Elizabethtown Social Center for their Summer Performing Arts Series; Essex Community Concerts for the concert series; Fort Ticonderoga Association for Scots Day; Lake Placid Sinfonietta for free community concerts; Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society for the Lake Placid Timeline Exhibit; North Star Underground Railroad Museum for Solomon Northup Day Commemoration; Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce for annual square dances; Schroon Lake Public Library for “Learn to Play the Ukulele;” Ticonderoga Area Farmer’s Market for “Art & Artichokes; Comquats & Community;” Ticonderoga Arts for Summer Arts Workshop Series; Ticonderoga Festival Guild for “Summer in the Park” concerts; Willsboro Arts for its second summer sculpture show; and the Whallonsburg Civic Association / Grange Hall for CALAN in concert. » Continue Reading.
Folks in Essex and Franklin Counties, but in Clinton County most of all, are mourning the death last Wednesday of beloved historian, author, and media legend Gordie Little, undoubtedly one of the North Country’s best friends ever. Media legend? How else does one define the impact of 36 years on the radio, followed by nearly two decades of newspaper columns for Plattsburgh’s Press-Republican and recent columns in Denton Publications, while also hosting weekly programs on cable-access television? And through it all, he promoted the entire region at every opportunity.
Gordie wasn’t just on the radio: for thousands every day, he was radio. Shortly after joining WIRY in Plattsburgh back in the early 1960s, he was voted the top DJ among 12 competitors from area stations, earning for him a Golden Mike award. The fans had spoken, and he never looked back, making radio his life. The morning birthday show on WIRY became a regional classic. Many of us heard our birthdays announced back then, and heard Gordie do the same for our own children decades later. Families woke up to his voice daily, learning all the local news as we readied for school or work. (And he was always there, working more than 30 years before throat surgery forced him to take his first sick days.) Listeners will never forget his humorous, self-deprecating catch phrase: “Gordie Little – Who’s He?” » Continue Reading.
Uncle Charlie Dalaba was one of the helpers many times for sugaring. He was a bachelor for years. Then he married a lady preacher, pastor of the Bakers Mills Pentecostal Holiness Church. Esther Thomas was a city girl from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and before her conversion and ministry she had played in theaters. One name she mentioned was Helen Hayes, who was a child. When the opportunity for a part in a movie came, she listened. The child must have curly hair, which she did not have. Her mother thought her daughter would make a good actress and carefully curled her hair. Esther got the part and a movie career.
In the country, Aunt Esther Thomas Dalaba decided to learn what she could about her new way of life. One of those experiences led her to go watch the making of maple syrup. Aunt Esther was so large that walking was impossible. The men helped her onto the lumber wagon box and gave her a joyride to the back roads. Over the bumpy roads and swaying on the seat as the wagon wheel hit a stone, she laughed with pleasure and some alarm. What a good sport. » Continue Reading.
The Town of Colton is gearing up for its summer series of music performances to be held at locations along the Raquette River. The Colton Riverside Performances are organized by the town’s Tourism & Beautification Committee in cooperation with the Colton Historical Society and others. As a Raquette River community, the town’s series continues to showcase groups with musicians and singers from communities along the 174-mile long river which begins at Blue Mountain Lake and flows into the St. Lawrence River at Akwesasne.
The following six performances — all on Wednesday evenings starting at 6:30 pm — will be held at venues in the hamlets of Colton and South Colton. The backup location for all performances is the town’s Pavilion at Swift Field in South Colton. » Continue Reading.
Soundwaves has announced the line-up of the 2016 summer concert series at Ballard Park in Westport. North Country resident and veteran Jazz trumpeter Taylor Haskins and his wife Catherine founded Soundwaves in 2014 when they accepted the role as volunteer organizers of the Westport Community Concert Series.
This years concert series will feature six diverse performances by internationally renowned artists. » Continue Reading.
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