Thursday, April 4, 2019

Paul Smith’s College Sixth Annual SAM Fest

Paul Smith’s College is set to hold a day-long festival of music, art and TED-style science talks on Saturday, April 27, from 10 am to 5 pm at the Paul Smith’s VIC.

The Science Art Music Festival, or SAM Fest, is now in its sixth year. It will feature performances by North Country musicians, science-oriented talks by faculty, students, and guest speakers, exhibits of works by local artists organized by PSC biologist Lee Ann Sporn, and a showing of A Matter of Degrees, a documentary by The Wild Center about the unexpectedly strong power of global warming. The theme of this year’s event is “The Unexpected.” » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Funds Awarded for Foreign Language Teaching

Teacher Jane Hinckley with her class as they learn vocabulary and grammar through an interactive programThe Adirondack Foreign Language Enhancement Fund (AFLEF) at Adirondack Foundation has awarded $58,445 in grants to 32 classrooms — from pre-kindergarten to high school — across the region.

The grants are helping French and Spanish teachers help their students acquire language skills and develop cultural awareness in the following schools: Ausable Valley, Beekmantown, Chateaugay, Clifton-Fine, Colton-Pierrepont, Crown Point, Elizabethtown-Lewis, Indian Lake, Johnsburg, Lake Placid, Lakeside (Essex), Little Peaks (Keene), Malone, Mayfield, Newcomb, Northeastern Clinton, Peru, Queensbury Union Free, Remsen, Saranac Lake, Schroon Lake, St. Agnes (Lake Placid), St. Regis Falls, Ticonderoga, Tupper Lake. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, March 31, 2019

Beyond the Peaks Student Film Fest Deadline Nears

adkaction filmfestStudents are invited to submit films before the April 10th deadline of the Beyond the Peaks Student Film Festival.

This event is designed to offer a red carpet showcase of student creativity and talent. All middle school and high school-aged students in the Adirondack region are eligible to enter films and win prizes. Community members are welcome to register to attend the festival as well, free of charge.

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Adirondack Folk School Readies For Spring

Lake Luzerne’s Adirondack Folk School is making sure everyone is set for spring with a variety of craft and artisan classes. When the snow finally melts, flies, reeds, and rods are just a few of the offering to get people out of winter mode and to be summer ready. With a focus on introducing and maintaining traditional folk arts, the Adirondack Folk School provides a variety of classes that appeal to all skill levels.

The Adirondack Folk School opened in June of 2010 and has grown throughout the years. The goal of providing a location to learn and preserve traditional folk skill classes resonated with local residents as well as participants from across nation. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, March 30, 2019

Poetry: Heaven, This

Sultry, Summer breeze coasts gently,
Kissing the warm, cocooned forest lake,
Into rippling bliss,
Into living, surface reflections,
Of verdant, topsy-turvy perception.
Liquid, silver ribbons roll to shore,
In parallel synchrony,
Lulling the life on top and beneath,
Lulling the thriving microcosm world they feed,
Orchestrating restless thoughts in restless minds,
Into confluent melodies,
Primal music.
Heaven, this,
Heaven always

Read More Poems From The Adirondack Almanack HERE.


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Abenaki Language Weekend at Ndakinna

Jesse Bruchac giving Abenaki lessonsThe Ndakinna Education Center at Greenfield Center (in Saratoga County, just outside the Adirondack Park) has announced a Abenaki Language Weekend set for April 5-7th, 2019.

Jesse Bruchac and Elie Joubert will teach all levels and ages the basics of the Abenaki language, some conversational Abenaki, language learning games, songs, dances and other creative interactive indoor and outdoor activities. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Arts Center Opening With Members’ Exhibition May 1

Blue Mountain Lake Arts CenterThe Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (Arts Center) in Blue Mountain Lake is set to open for its 52nd season on May 1, 2019.

The Arts Center will be featuring its Members’ Show from May 1 – May 31. » Continue Reading.


Monday, March 25, 2019

Hyde Collection Accepting Plein Air Art Submissions

plein air fest call for artistsThe Hyde Collection has invited artists to participate in its annual Plein Air Festival, to be held August 7 to 11, 2019, throughout the Glens Falls area.

The Plein Air Festival celebrates the Museum, community, and art inspired by the outdoors. The festival culminates at The Hyde’s annual Community Day event Sunday, August 11. Community Day is a free admission event that includes tours, art activities, and fun at the Museum inspired by the permanent collection and special exhibition From the Rooftops: John Sloan and the Art of the New Urban Space. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, March 23, 2019

Poetry: Glossing a Misplaced Area of Memory

Back in the cabin after five wet days camping
five and a half miles back in these wildlands—

beside the long shifting beaver meadow kept open
since the loggers left their flooded “flowed land”

and its rotted log dam gave out soon afterward
—the pungency of wet wool drifts to the corners

of the front room as the fresh fire kicks up
when someone picks up your wet pack

whose surprising weight pulls them off balance
to tell us how what we don’t know while walking

can always come clear later like the brook trout’s
—you hope—first tentative tugs on your fly line

ground-truth the atavism of the limbic brain
to send you back to the city renewed

like Antaeus as maybe your father once said
while he taught you backpacking’s rudiments.

Read More Poems From The Adirondack Almanack HERE.


Friday, March 22, 2019

Wet Felting, Mixology at VIEW’s ‘Ladies Night’

felted acorns View Arts Center in Old Forge has announced a Spring Ladies Night, set for March 28th from 6:30 to 9 pm.

The night will begin with an introduction to essential oils while learning to make essential oil infused cocktail and mocktails. After participants create their cocktails, they will learn the art of wet felting with a step-by-step Felted Acorn project. This project has been designed specifically for beginners. No prior knowledge of felting is necessary. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, March 21, 2019

Annual Conference on the Adirondacks Set for May

adirondack research consortiumThe 26th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks has been set for May 22nd and 23rd, at the Conference Center in Lake Placid.

This years theme is “Sharing Science and Policy in the Adirondacks – Culture, Conservation, and Communication,” and will feature author Stephanie Hanes of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, with a talk entitled “The Intersection of Culture and Conservation; Lessons learned in an Africa Study and a Relationship to the Adirondacks.” » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Bands ‘n Beans Set For Fort William Henry Center

bands n beansHot chili and hot music will be celebrated at the 28th Annual Bands ‘n Beans event to be held at Fort William Henry Conference Center in Lake George on Sunday, March 31, from 2 to 7 pm.

More than twenty area restaurants will participate in this hotly contested event, along with continuous music on two stages with The Radio Junkies, PJ Ferguson 2, Rich Ortiz, The Switch, Steve and Kenny, Stony Creek Band, Tim Wechgelaer & Chris Carey Band, and Ten Most Wanted. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, March 16, 2019

Poetry: Independence River

There is a forest that I return to
when I can’t get away from the pulsations
of thinking. A forest of tombs as still
as dead tree trunks and melodious as raindrops
on red pine needles. The paths of my ancestors.

In this forest, I am not alive like I usually am.
Stepping in mink tracks, I know this place in
my tendons like a ghost knows the temperature of
fog. Here, the Independence River runs like a lovely
ribbon until it pounds into a ravine of crumbling shale.

And I know that old hunger returning from vanished glaciers.

In this forest, my arms, as I meander, wave like prayer flags
hung out to the ragged border between life and death- a place
where I can survive outside the womb. A place where I can
become a wilderness dancer touching the mud softer than ivory.

Read More Poems From The Adirondack Almanack HERE.


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Local Broadband Symposium Planned for North Creek

DSL service in Adirondack Park The Town of Johnsburg is set to host a Broadband Symposium on March 15th at 6:30 pm in The Tannery Pond Community Center, to review the results since February 2018 of the new NY Broadband Program in Warren County.

The presentations will focus on customers connected, new customer connections being made, and future plans by Frontier Communications, Slic Network Solutions, and HughesNet. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, March 9, 2019

Eyeshine: Those Glowing Eyes Looking Back At You

eye shine I’ve taken to wandering the night lately – one of the pleasures of having a puppy. Willow, my pup, and I walk at all hours, from twilight to midnight and into the shadowy early morning. Some nights we walk under the cover of stars and moonlight, and other nights the world is so dark my black dog disappears and I wonder what exactly is on the end of my leash.

Void of visual stimulus, any earthbound glimmer of light is noteworthy. One night I saw the glow of two small eyes, like gold coins caught in the arc of my headlamp. I watched the weasel – a long small body, and bold shimmering eyes – disappear down the crevice of a stonewall. Since then I’ve become obsessed with eyeshine. » Continue Reading.