Sunday, May 15, 2016

Mountain Air Painters’ Plein Air Season Begins

Mountain Air Painting of the AlbedorMountain Air Painters have announced the beginning of their 2016 plein air season. Each year the group paints together outdoors from May through October, building a list of locations they’d like to paint. Mountain Air Paitners celebrated the end of the 2015 season with a show of their works at 5 Corners Café in Old Forge.

Mountain Air Painters are watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel painters and photographers who get together weekly. The group includes members of all experience levels.

“We paint for a couple of hours and then display our work to give each other suggestions and ideas. It’s also a time for sharing ideas about new products, techniques, supplies and inspiration,” said Jeanne Whyte, an Inlet architect who paints watercolors. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Essex Community Fund Calls For Grant Applications

Adirondack FoundationThe Essex Community Fund (ECF) is now accepting applications for 2016 grants.

ECF, a component fund of Adirondack Foundation, offers grants to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, schools, churches, and local government activities operating in the town of Essex. ECF awards grants in support of community beautification, historic preservation, culture, the arts, education, and programs for youth and senior citizens. » Continue Reading.


Friday, May 6, 2016

A Paddlers Guide To The Champlain Valley

a paddlers guide to the champlain valley

In their regional bestseller, A Kayaker’s Guide to Lake Champlain, now in its 3rd printing, Catherine Frank and Margaret Holden offered detailed paddling tours circumnavigating America’s “other great lake.”

Now, in A Paddler’s Guide to the Champlain Valley: Exploring the Rivers, Creeks, Wetlands and Ponds (Black Dome Press, 2015), they explore the “interior,” the waters within the seven basins of the Champlain Valley — the Missisquoi/Pike, Lamoille, Winooski, Otter/Lewis, Saranac/Chazy, Boquet/Ausable, and Poultney-Mettawee South Lake.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Saranac Lake’s Daffest Coincides With Mother’s Day

IMG_6423Springtime in the Adirondacks can get a bad reputation sometimes, thanks to the black flies and muddy trails. For my family, spring is an opportunity to witness change, even if that change comes with some bug bites and dirty shoes.

We have played hard during the winter. Now we’re looking for some colorful indicators that the cold weather is behind us and summer is around the corner.

Native wild flowers, like marsh marigolds or the trout lily, are part of Mother Nature’s subtle approach to brightening spring.  The thousands of bright yellow daffodils planted for Saranac Lake’s Daffest are the much bolder approach by humans. » Continue Reading.


Monday, April 25, 2016

Regional Students Win Awards at NYS History Day

Image of New York State History Day winners Alice Cochran, Christina Lashway, and Nicholas Manfred from Moriah Central School.Several North Country students won recognition at New York State History Day, held in Cooperstown, on Monday, April 18. Grace Sayward, a homeschool student from the Plattsburgh area, placed second in the Junior Historical Paper category. Alice Cochran, Christina Lashway, and Nicholas Manfred, from Moriah Central School, placed third in the Senior Group Exhibit category. Ben Caito and Liam Sayward, homeschool students from the Plattsburgh area, were awarded a special prize from the New York State Historical Association. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Sandy Hildreth: The Story Of A Four-Day Painting

barnumbrook-day1 by SandyI’ve often thought about writing down the story of how a painting develops and I just had the perfect opportunity to do that last weekend. Three solid days of clear blue skies, sunshine, rising temperatures and no bugs! A plein air “paint-out” had been organized at the Paul Smith’s College VIC and I was one of seven artists who participated. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Adirondack Explorer Debuts A New Look

New Explorer coverWe have two milestones to report in the May/June issue of the Adirondack Explorer. The first is evident from the front cover: the state has purchased the spectacular Boreas Ponds, completing the acquisition of 65,000 acres of former Finch, Pruyn lands from the Nature Conservancy.

We broke the story of the Boreas Ponds sale on Adirondack Almanack more than a week ago. It was later picked up by the Associated Press and other news outlets. In the Explorer, we expand on our initial story and discuss the major controversies regarding the management of the 20,760-acre tract. The magazine also includes a Viewpoint by Joe Martens, the state’s former environmental conservation commissioner, reflecting on the importance of Finch, Pruyn deal.

The second milestone also is evident from the cover — if you are holding a physical copy in your hands. The Explorer has switched to a higher-quality paper that better shows off the many beautiful photographs and other illustrations that appear in every issue. In addition, we have slightly reduced the page dimensions, making the newsmagazine more convenient to read, and improved our overall page design.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Adirondack Woofstock: A Weekend of Peace, Paws & Music

woofstockPlanning has begun for this year’s Adirondack Woof Stock – A Weekend of Peace, Paws & Music, being held June 18-19, 2016 in Chestertown. Last year about 3,000 people attended with an estimated 1,000 dogs over the two day event.

Organizers are reporting that there is room for more vendors, pet groomers, fence companies, a pet photograper, dog trainers, and other pet friendly vendors interested in attending. Vendor space is $50 for the weekend. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

3rd Annual Pete Seeger Tribute Planned For Saranac Lake

Pete Seeger and Clearwater Dona-Crawford-autunm_040-300x225The 3rd Annual Pete Seeger Tribute, “Float the Boat,” will take place on May 7th at 7 pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Saranac Lake.

Nearly 50 years ago Pete Seeger saw that the Hudson River was struggling from over-development and pollution, and felt that if people had intimate contact with the river they would want to help protect it. Seegar and his wife Toshi spearheaded an effort to build the Hudson river sloop Clearwater to take folks onto the river and into its communities. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Gore Mountain Community Fund Accepting Grant Applications

community fund for the gore mountain regionThe Community Fund for the Gore Mountain Region (CFGMR) is accepting applications from area schools, municipalities, nonprofit, and community organizations for its 2016 grant cycle.

A component fund of Adirondack Foundation, CFGMR was established in 2005 and offers grants to organizations in the towns of Johnsburg, Chester, Minerva, Horicon and Schroon. Grants will support community beautification, historic preservation, culture and the arts, education, recreation, and programs for youth, seniors, and veterans. » Continue Reading.


Monday, April 18, 2016

2017 Winter Carnival Theme Is ‘Adirondack Wildlife’

saranac lake winter carnivalMembers of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee have chosen “Adirondack Wildlife” as the theme for the 2017 Carnival.

The theme was chosen from the top five ideas generated at the Committee’s March meeting which had been gathered from the public: Wizards and Dragons, Beach Party, Adirondack Fiesta, Adirondack Wildlife and Under the Big Top. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, April 17, 2016

Anne LaBastille Writing Residency Applications Sought

anna labastille residencyThe Adirondack Center for Writing is accepting applications from April 15 through May 20, 2016 for the annual Anne LaBastille Memorial Residency, which will be held at Twitchell Lake near Big Moose from October 8-22, 2016.

The residency was established to provide space, time, and an inspiring landscape for writers to work, and a chance to unplug and connect with other writers. There is no internet or cellphones at the residency; rooms are single occupancy with private baths, food will be provided. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Adirondack Public Humanities Programs Sought

council for the humanities

The New York Council for the Humanities is looking to bring more humanities programs to the Adirondacks through grants and public programs. “The humanities help us understand personal experiences, community histories, and provide much needed context and methods to discuss multi-faceted issues like genetically modified foods or urban sprawl,” a recent announcement sent to the press said.

The Council will be in the Adirondacks to discuss opportunities April 17th and 18th. » Continue Reading.


Friday, April 15, 2016

Long Lake, Raquette Lake Photo Contest

Photo by Carolynn McCann of Old Forge entitled Stillness #2, Raquette Lake

Amateur photographers are invited to submit a maximum of three entries for the 216 Long Lake and Raquette Lake Photography Contest. Photo submissions must have been made in Long Lake or Raquette Lake.

Prizes will be awarded for categories including: Our Town, People at Play, Best Landscape, Best Wildlife and overall Best in Show. Only digital entries will be accepted.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Paul Smith’s College Festival of Science, Art and Music

SAM festival paul smithsPaul Smith’s College will hold a day-long festival of music, art and TED-style talks on Saturday, April 16th, at the Paul Smith’s College VIC.

The event, known as SAM Fest, is now in its third year. This year’s theme is “The Art and Science of Time.” It will feature a mix of performances by North Country musicians and poets, presentations by faculty and students, exhibits of works by local artists and a showing of “Chasing Ice,” an award-winning documentary about making dramatic, time-lapse film footage of melting glaciers around the world. » Continue Reading.


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