Saturday, January 25, 2020

Dan Berggren: Blow Adirondack Wind

adirondack winter night by john warrenBlow Adirondack Wind is a new song based on an old rhyme. About 14 years ago Dan Berggren came across a bit of doggerel about winter, a few lines with no attribution. He jotted it down in his notebook then forgot about it – until three winters ago. While reviewing his notes for songwriting ideas, Berggren decided to write a song based on this theme. It was a retelling of sorts of the old story in song he heard as a kid and often sings, The Frozen Logger, which James Stephens wrote in 1929 and The Weavers recorded in 1951. » Continue Reading.


Friday, January 24, 2020

ADKX Offering A Range Of Winter Events

View of Blue Mountain Lake From the Adirondack MuseumEach winter  Adirondack Experience (ADKX), the museum on Blue Mountain Lake, offers Cabin Fever Sundays to bring us out of our winter retreats. The Sunday Cabin Fever lectures offer a variety of topics.

For the first time, ADKX is offering a Cabin Fever FUNday just for children. The free monthly program focusing on elementary-aged children, but all ages are welcome. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Quilts, Artworks Featured During Colton Winterfest

Krystal Hewer with Baby Barn QuiltsThe Town of Colton’s 2020 Winterfest is set for January 23-26, 2020. This year’s theme “Our Future Looks Bright” celebrates 100 years of progress from 1920-2020, and includes both outdoor and indoor activities including the annual Winterfest Quilt Show.

The Quilt Show will include a wide array of creations made by women from classic patterns to art quilts created in free flowing ways. It also will include painted barn quilts which honor and reflect the tradition of quilting. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Long Lake Winter Carnival 2020 Wrap-Up

Carnival King and Queen Eddie and Kitsy RockstrohWith temperatures hovering around 11 degrees all day long, new visitors, second homeowners and local residents turned out for the Long Lake 18th Annual Winter Carnival at the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center.

As the day progressed the snow started to fall, adding to the collective outdoor wintry experience for the visitors. The Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department hosted the event and coordinated all the races and activities. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Saranac Lake Ice Palace Construction Begins

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival First Day of Ice Palace ConstructionConstruction of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Palace has begun. Construction involves harvesting ice from Lake Flower, transporting it to the shore and assembling it according to a blueprint. Construction on the palace will likely continue until the start of the carnival on January 31.

The Ice Palace is built by volunteers, organized by a group informally known as the Ice Palace Workers 101 (IPW Local 101). The public is welcome to volunteer and roles are assigned based on comfort level, skill and ability. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 21, 2020

‘Art of the Cure’ Movie Series in Saranac Lake

silver chaliceHistoric Saranac Lake is hosting an “Art of the Cure” movie series, a four part series highlighting movies with a link to Saranac Lake and the organization’s Art of the Cure exhibit.

Movies will be screened on Thursdays, February 6; March 5; April 2; and May 7. » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 20, 2020

1980 Olympics 40th Anniversary Events Added

olympic torch runner courtey Lake Placid Olympic MuseumLake Placid is one of only three cities world-wide to have hosted two Olympic Winter Games, 1932 and 1980. Since then, it has played host to annual World Cup events and other large-scale sporting competitions.

The community is set to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1980 Olympic Winter Games from February 13-23.

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Poetry: Winter Dreams

Winter Dreams

I am so far away from you now, so far South,
Wondering how heavily laden your boughs are,
Wondering how your myriad of trout and bass swim
Under the thick lake ice, dotted with ice-fishermen.
No, I’m not with you in the harshness of winter,
But I am with you always, in my spirit.
I imagine the Currier and Ives quaintness of Inlet,
Of Old Forge’s magical hardware emporium,
I see hardy families sitting down, together, to the steaming food
That sustains them throughout bitter days and nights.
I see flickering, amber light, dancing from every frosted window,
As piquant scents of gray wood-smoke curl bravely
From weathered, creosote-tarred chimneys.
I see the deep ‘crow’s-foot’ crosshatching of snowmobile tracks,
Etched on streets, dirt paths and two-lane roads that blend together
Like lovers.
And then, at last, I hear the slow, sonorous breath of the deep woods,
Sleeping beneath nature’s coverlet of pristine, eider-down.
All this, all this, and so much more,
Is in my winter dreams of you, little Camp of my heart.

Read More Poems From The Adirondack Almanack HERE.


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

ADKX, Wild Center Working on Diversity

The Adirondack Experience (ADKX) and The Wild Center have received significant grant funding to advance their own diversity goals and those of the region.

The funding is expected to enable them to conduct research and staff training, and revise internal policies and procedures. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a federal agency, is supporting the initiative with a $211,874 grant from its “Museums Empowered” program. Empire State Development (ESD)’s “Market New York Program” will provide an additional $129,945 in funding. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Adk Lakes Center for the Arts Call for Artists

Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts call for artistThe Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (The Arts Center) is seeking artists to exhibit in the 2020 season. Exhibits are located in one of their three galleries and run for four to six weeks from June – December (dates subject to change). Each exhibit has an artist reception open to the public. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, January 11, 2020

Tim Rowland Tells A Lengthy, Somewhat Irrelevant Story

General Joshua L ChamberlainI was raised just south of the Mason-Dixon Line, or as we knew it, the IHOP-Waffle House Line. That means two things, one that I was heavily influenced by the American Civil War, and two, that to illustrate my opinions, I tell lengthy, somewhat irrelevant stories.

George Pickett was a moon-faced division commander for the Confederacy, a man who finished last in his class in West Point, and were it not for an oppressively humid summer morning in Gettysburg, Pa., might be best known today for his participation in the Pig War of 1859. He was one of those guys who could probably fix your truck, but you wouldn’t want doing your taxes, if you know what I’m saying. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, January 11, 2020

Poetry: Littered With Salvation

Littered With Salvation

A flask-shaped bald head
olive-black eyes. Short chestnut
brown eyebrows. Oshkosh B’gosh
overalls and an ultraviolet purple
sleeved shirt. Like small dolls
patched with the materials of a day’s harvest
sinking into the earth
into a wormhole of foliage, laughing at nothing
but the act of knowing that sometimes it’s common
and good to laugh at nothing. We played
unconcealed. Outside. Submerged in
winding branches and brittle, lifeless leaves
laying on a basket filled with the fluorescence of eggs.

Read More Poems From The Adirondack Almanack HERE.


Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Depot Theatre Announces Expanded Season

Depot Theatre in winterThe Depot Theatre has announce its 2020 main stage lineup, which features iconic figures and everyday heroes in an expanded season that includes four productions for the first time since 2013.

The Depot Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre located in a historic, functioning 1876 train station in Westport, and is the only theatre in the Adirondacks that operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Build-an-Obstacle for Arctic Golf

2019 First Place Winning Obstacle by North Country Community CollegeThe Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee has announced they are seeking contestants for the Arctic Golf Build-an-Obstacle Contest on February 1 between 10 am to 4 pm at Prescott Park, next to the Lake Flower State Boat Launch.

The contest is intended for community organizations or businesses, however it is open to anyone that would like to build a family-friendly miniature golf obstacle out of snow. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Adirondack Foundation Grant Applications Sought

summer literacy program in Brant Lake by Erika Bailey Adirondack FoundationAdirondack Foundation has announced that their 2020 Generous Acts grant application is open and available online until 5 pm, February 3, 2020.

Nonprofit organizations, schools, and municipalities serving the people of the Adirondack region, defined for this purpose as all of Clinton, Essex, Franklin and Hamilton counties as well as the parts of Herkimer, St. Lawrence, Warren, and Washington counties within the Adirondack Park boundary, are eligible to apply. » Continue Reading.