Sunday, May 5, 2024

Film Review: Foragers, final film in a series for Palestine; screening set for May 7

Plants, People and Apartheid graphic.

By Tyler Barton

Who decides how land is used? That’s the question at the heart of so many conversations happening in Adirondacks today about housing, zoning, water rights, indigeneity—hell, even the emergency services building. It’s also the question at the heart of “Foragers” (2022) by Berlin-based artist, Jumana Manna.

Her documentary film is screening for one night only at the St. Eustace Episcopal Church in Lake Placid this Tuesday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m. “Foragers” is an intimate look at how Palestinians living in Israel and the West Bank preserve their culinary heritage by enduring surveillance, harassment, detention, extortion, and dozens of smaller but no less dreadful injustices.

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Thursday, May 2, 2024

8th Pete Seeger Tribute set for May 4 in Saranac Lake

Musician Pete Seeger

Saranac Lake, NY – Pete Seeger’s banjo is inscribed with the words, “This banjo surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.” On May 4 people will gather again at the First Presbyterian Church of Saranac Lake’s Great Hall to celebrate Pete’s life work by sharing his music together. Over 50 years ago, Pete and his wife, Toshi, spearheaded an effort to build the Hudson River sloop Clearwater. They hoped if people had intimate knowledge of the pollution on the Hudson and could feel the wind and the water, they would be inspired to solve significant problems one song at a time. The Clearwater project’s efforts helped to pass the Clean Water Act in 1972. 

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Friday, April 26, 2024

Adirondack Artists Guild to feature Jeanne Danforth exhibit throughout May

watercolor painting

Saranac Lake, NY – The Adirondack Artists Guild has announced that Jeanne Danforth will be the featured artist for the month of May. Danforth said she decided to name this show “Puddles” because it’s spring and the artwork is almost all watercolor paintings. The Puddles exhibit will kick off the 2024 summer season at the gallery, following a busy year and a short break for spring cleanup. Danforth is well known throughout the area for her evocative and luminous paintings of farms, animals, and roadside scenes.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Adirondack Center for Writing’s 2024 Kickass Writers Festival set for June 7-8

ACW's 2024 Kickass Writers Festival graphic.

 

Saranac Lake, NY — The Adirondack Center for Writing is set to host the 2024 Kickass Writers Festival, June 7-8 in Saranac Lake.

 The Kickass Writers Festival is held biennially and features writers, poets, storytellers and other creatives. It takes place across various locations all over Saranac Lake and includes readings, workshops, talks, publishing programs, special performances, a book fair and more. The Kickass Writers Festival celebrates how writing and storytelling — in all of their forms — are essential to art, entertainment and social change. 

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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Author Glenn Pearsall to lead April 18 discussion at Union College

Union College Academy for Lifelong Learning (UCALL) and the Kelly Adirondack Center are pleased to present a presentation featuring author Glenn Pearsall who will lead a discussion on his book, When Men and Mountains Meet: Stories of Hope and Despair in the Adirondack Wilderness after the American Revolution. The event will take place at the Old Chapel on Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 5:30 p.m., with refreshments available beginning at 5 p.m. This presentation is free and open to the public.

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Saturday, April 13, 2024

Tannery Pond Center to hold Fundraising Dinner at Garnet Hill Lodge April 27

Tannery Pond Center to hold fundraising dinner graphic.

North Creek, NY – Tannery Pond Center invites the community to celebrate the arts and support their programs at the “Spring for the Arts” fundraising dinner on Saturday, April 27, 2024. The elegant evening kicks off at 6 p.m., with a delightful cocktail hour with music by Larkstrings duo, Jessica Belflower (Violin) and Tara Hanish (Cello), followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The picturesque setting for this special event will be the historic 1936 dining space at Garnet Hill Lodge, a generous donation by the owners Jim and Frances Rucker.

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Thursday, April 11, 2024

Children invited to unravel the mystery of ‘Champ’ the Lake Monster with art/story contest

Girl reading a book

 

Port Henry, NY — The hosts of ‘Lucy’s Champs For Champ,’ Kelly Tabor and Richard Rossi, announced that the arts and research contest related to their bestselling book and upcoming film, “Lucy & the Lake Monster,” is open for submissions from now through the end of May, 2024. The book, movie, and contest are all based on the search for “Champ” the legendary “Lake Monster” that hundreds of people have spotted in Lake Champlain. “Champ” is America’s version of Scotland’s Loch Ness Monster. The contest is not only limited to Lake Champlain local children, but is open to children in every part of the world. 

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Thursday, April 11, 2024

Science Art Music Festival (SAM Fest) returns to Paul Smith’s VIC April 13

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2024 Theme: Earth Canvas: Art & Climate Change

Paul Smiths, NY- The Paul Smith’s College’s Visitors Interpretive Center (The VIC) announces the return of the Science Art Music Festival (SAM Fest) to the VIC on April 13, from 1 to 4 p.m.  The theme for this year is Earth Canvas: Art & Climate Change. SAM Fest invites attendees to join host Martha Foley, special guest presenter Suzanne S. Rancourt, Curt Stager, Michale Glennon and others to enjoy music, visual arts, and engaging TED-style talks.  

Martha Foley was a familiar voice on NCPR as a prior morning co-host, partnering with Dr. Curt Stager on weekly conversations exploring questions about the natural world on Natural Selections.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Tickets on sale for Lake Placid Center for the Arts summer events

lake placid center for the arts

See Live Music, Circus on a Food Truck and Dance this Summer at the LPCA

Lake Placid, NY- The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) is excited to launch ticket sales for a summer filled with live performances. Tickets are now on sale at lakeplacidarts.org or by calling (518) 523-2512. In addition to annual presentation series from our partners at the Lake Placid Institute and Lake Placid Sinfonietta, as well as ongoing LPCA classes and camps, summer programming will include:

Spring Dance Recital | Sunday, June 21:00 PM | $10 Adults / $5 Youth & Students

The recital will feature Lake Placid School of Dance students from all levels, from Creative Movement (starting at age 3) through Level 5 (high school).

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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Adirondack Center for Writing to host free dialogue writing workshop April 17

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Saranac Lake, NY — The Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW) is hosting a free dialogue writing workshop, Devising Dialogue: Writing from Plays with LJ Schwartau, on April 17, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at ACW located at 5 Broadway in Saranac Lake. The event is open to the public and will include writing exercises to create dialogue, set scenes and write stage directions. With prompts, participants will create short solo monologues and the group will also devise scenes collaboratively based on a short play reading.

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Monday, April 8, 2024

Adirondack Center for Writing to host 25th Anniversary Gala May 3

ACW's 20th Anniversary Gala

Saranac Lake, NY — The Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW) is hosting its 25th Anniversary Gala on Friday, May 3, from 6-9 p.m. in the Great Hall at Hotel Saranac. The event will include an open beer and wine bar, hors d’oeuvres, games (including ACW’s famous book on your head obstacle course), a tarot card reader, a caricaturist and more. Honorees and honorary chairs include Nancy and John Rosenthal, Fran Yardley and Burdette Parks.  » Continue Reading.


Sunday, April 7, 2024

Lake Placid Student Artists Join International Paris Competition

ORDA logo.

Lake Placid, NY – Students from Lake Placid Central School art classes are among the more than 300 elementary, middle, and high school artists participating in a five-country international art-in-sport contest hosted by the Al Oerter Foundation (AOF) with the support of the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (Olympic Authority). The art event, themed “Move History Forward,” celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 1924 Paris Summer Olympic Games.

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Sunday, April 7, 2024

Arbor Day Poetry Contest entries accepted until April 30

White tree with electric lights and purple and yellow leaf poems.

Lake Pleasant, NY – The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) invites senior citizens to think spring and enter the 16th annual Bob Tice Memorial Arbor Day Poetry Contest. Poets of all abilities, from first-timers to pros, can submit a shape poem based on the theme “trees are beautiful and essential.” Shape poetry takes on the shape of its subject.  The poem must be original and handwritten or typed.  Colorful poems and additional media are encouraged.

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Saturday, April 6, 2024

High Peaks-area volunteers to host film series for Palestine on Tuesday evenings

Plants, People and Apartheid graphic.

A volunteer group of High Peaks-area residents will host a free film series—People, Plants, and Apartheid: A Film Series for Palestine—at St. Eustace Church in Lake Placid on Tuesday evenings this Spring.

Meet Palestinian farmers, foragers, and kite-flyers in this independent documentary series. Through an environmental and artistic lens, this three-part screening will feature award-winning films exploring Palestinian society and history under apartheid. Gather on Tuesday evenings this Spring to learn, engage, and connect with others interested in knowing Palestine beyond the headlines.

Organized by attendees of PS: Letters for a Ceasefire and the High Peaks DSA, this series will raise money for three Palestinian families working to evacuate from Gaza. Attendance is free, but donations are strongly encouraged.

RSVP HERE.

St. Eustace Episcopal Church is located at 2450 Main Street in Lake Placid, NY.

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Saturday, April 6, 2024

Thirty Years of Astrophotography show at Chestertown Library this month

Poster for Bob Fisher photography exhibit

Bob Fisher’s first solo photography show, his third at the Chestertown Library, will be at the Ruplin Gallery from April 1-30, with a reception on April 12 from 4 to 5 p.m. “Thirty Years of Astrophotography” will include images from the 2017 Eclipse, some never before shown, and many other celestial phenomena shot from his home turf in Olmstedville, and other locations throughout the continental United States.

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