Our region has an abundance of water in all forms: lakes and rivers, snow, ice, clouds…. This month the members of the Adirondack Artists Guild are hanging their own works of art on the “featured artist” wall with a show about the waters all around us.
The Town of Newcomb has announced the start of a winter photo contest. Looking for your best Newcomb winter photos of: landscapes, wildlife, landmarks, and activities (limit of three entries in jpeg format).
Deadline: March 1st, 2021, by 5:00 p.m.
Include the following information: Name, address, phone, email, location where photo was taken, and title. Photos can be submitted by email to: [email protected] and not to exceed 10MB.
Photos will become property of Town of Newcomb and may be used for publicity purposes including social media, calendars, etc. More about Newcomb at newcombny.com.
Photo provided by Town of Newcomb
Update from Tony Kostecki, General Director:
From our founding in 1915 Seagle has been a place for singers to study and learn. In the early years the use of colony in our name was very appropriate as the beautiful Adirondack campus in Schroon Lake was a place to retreat for study.
Over the years, however, we have added many facets to our mission and operations which work in opposition to the idea of Seagle as a retreat.
Most obvious is that we now produce high-quality performances for the public in addition to our work training top-tier emerging vocalists. Furthermore, we have become an incubator for new works of music theater in our summer and fall seasons. These initiatives are all pursued with an eye to the public and the greater opera field.
This past year, many people here in the Adirondacks and around the country have experienced what has been termed as a “Life Storm.”
This storm is culminated by circumstances that test our strength, devour our peace and steal our joy. The truth is there may have been many storms in your life, not just in the past year but sporadically throughout your life. Like weather storms, life storms can come in slowly and leave quickly or roll in quickly and linger for some time. No matter the substance, life storms can feel personally aimed and centered on us. It can be lonely when the darkness creeps in and there seems to be no shelter.
From Adirondack Harvest:
“Perhaps eating healthier or doing more to support your community is on your list of resolutions for 2021. Or maybe, you’re just focused on simply staying home and keeping safe during the pandemic. Luckily, by eating more local food and shopping local as much as possible, we can all move forward on these resolutions.
If you’re not sure where to start, we hope to help. As we enter the cold, dark days of wintertime, many of us are snuggling up by the woodstove with a good book.”
The team at Adirondack Harvest have shared a few of their favorites winter reads and invite you to do the same.
Pictured here: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
The Ndakinna cultural center presents the first Alamikos Native Storytelling Evening. Alamikos, means the Greetings Maker Moon. It is a time for giving thanks to one another, asking for forgiveness and sharing stories to brighten the cold winter nights. This evening of Native tales will be hosted by the well-known storytelling trio of Joseph, James, and Jesse Bruchac. Due to Covid-19, this year we will be broadcasting the performance via Zoom.
The NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery, located in the heart of Saranac Lake, will be hosting an upcoming juried art show, and is currently seeking artists to submit content under the theme of “The Healing Wilderness,” inspired by the healing power of the Adirondacks.
The village of Saranac Lake is the birthplace of the fresh air cure for tuberculosis, and since the turn of the 20th century the village has been revered for its healing powers.
Selected works will be placed on display in digital form at the NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery during Saranac Lake’s “Winter Carnival”, attended by thousands of people every year. Selected works will also be featured on their website as well, and shared within NorthWind’s extensive social media audience.
Sunlit Winter Meadow
The beauty of this
Sparkling, sunlit snowscape
Mantling the meadow
Warms and opens wide my heart,
I praise and consider uncountable
Imagine masses of people
Harmoniously packed together as
A human quilt covering the meadow
In vibrant splendor.
In the workings of the human heart,
It lives and breathes,
Concept learned from the newborn child,
Born ‘neath rough wooden eaves.
Hands reaching out in heaven-sent grace,
Life born again,
Lighting sky and earth below,
Need Caritas, Amen.
Today and every day we’re given,
Need Caritas, Amen.
The snow squeaks underfoot
and dusts your parka white
Nostrils velcro together
While every thing sparkles
Smoke rises flagpole straight
And the chickadees eat seed from your hand.
Icy death’s crystal cocoon
Encases and weighs down every twig and trunk
Relentlessly bending the birches who danced
Through all seasons for all their years
How I hate this brilliant ice palace
No matter to me how it prisms sparkle
The handsome assassin is no less guilty than the hideous
FOR US TO
GATHER ROUND, A
TREE TO KEEP US SAFE
AND SOUND, A TREE TO BRIGHTLY
LIGHT OUR WAY, A TREE TO SHELTER
US EACH DAY, SAVING US FROM WINTER’S
COLD, ITS STORY GLAD AND FOREVER TOLD,
GREEN BRANCHES COMFORTING THOUGH WILD
BEND LOW TO TOUCH THE NEWBORN CHILD, AS NEAR
AND FAR THEY COME TO SEE, THE TINY BABE OF PROPHECY,
AS THEY KNEEL FOR A BLESSED TIME IS NEAR, TO FREE US ALL
FROM HATE AND FEAR, THE LITTLE CHILD SLEEPS DEEP AND SWEET,
WHILE BEASTS AND BIRDS SURROUND HIS FEET, AND BANDS OF ANGELS
Cold snow won’t whisper the joy it knows
But rather shows the sparkle of its heart
The frigid wind comes
Naked and raging with jealousy
He screams at the evergreens
Rips off their ermine finery
Then leaves to sulk
Ashamed to be the slave of winter,
Then joyous heaven’s sunlight
Twice reflected by moon and snow
Softens nighttime cold
Biding us to walk abroad
Each bearing our inner light
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