The 2017-18 sliding season is officially underway at the Mt. Van Hoevenberg combined bobsled, luge and skeleton track in Lake Placid. The American women’s bobsled team of Elana Meyers Taylor and Lake Kwaza kicked the season off last week as the first sled down the mile long track.
The U.S. skeleton team begins training, Tuesday, Oct. 10, and U.S. luge junior national team athletes jump on the track for the first time this season, Tuesday, Oct. 16. They’re followed by the senior national team, Oct. 21. » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts will present 1984 by George Orwell, adapted for the stage by Michael Gene Sullivan. Pendragon Theatre will be presenting this stage adaptation at the Arts Center on Saturday, October 14 at 7:30 pm.
The adaptation, by Michael Gene Sullivan, based on the iconic novel by George Orwell, tells the story of Winston Smith, a cog in the giant machine state of Oceania. Physically and mentally under the omnipresent eye of Big Brother, Winston has been caught struggling for scraps of love and freedom in a world awash with distrust and violence. With the brutal “help” of four Party Members, Winston is forced to confess his Thoughtcrimes before an unseen inquisitor, and the audience – which acts as a silent witness to his torture. This adaptation is not the version currently on Broadway which has been gathering much attention due to torture scenes causing unpleasant physical reactions from audiences. » Continue Reading.
On Friday, Oct. 13, the Adirondack Shakespeare Company will present a production of Love’s Labour’s Lost. ADK Shakes, founded by Artistic Director Tara Bradway and Executive Director Patrick Siler, was formed in May of 2008, and is a not-for-profit theater company serving the Adirondack Region.
In this early Shakespeare comedy, the King of Navarre and all his gentlemen have dedicated themselves to study for three years, swearing not to get distracted by so much as talking with a woman. Naturally, that’s just the moment that the Princess of France and her train of ladies arrive on a diplomatic mission. Packed with clowns, pranks, and pageants, Shakespeare’s delightful “feast of languages” explores the enduring trials of friendship, courtship, and love. » Continue Reading.
When Vincent van Gogh met Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in Paris in 1886, the friends defied convention, challenging the established definition of art. Their idiosyncratic focus on line and color will be displayed in Deux Enfants Terribles, an exhibition from the permanent collection in the Rotunda Gallery at The Hyde Collection.
The exhibition includes van Gogh’s Orchard with Arles in the Background, The Hyde’s only work by the Dutch artist. Van Gogh employed a variety of pen strokes to imbue the scene with a sense of spring’s arrival in a dormant Mediterranean fruit orchard. A few dots from a reed pen indicate the first appearance of buds. Below, the grass, rendered in short vertical strokes begins to grow again; pinwheel strokes denote the flowering of dandelions. » Continue Reading.
The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls has announced they will open a new exhibition on American Folk art, titled A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America on Sunday, October 8. The exhibition comprises more than sixty works made between 1800 and 1925, from the collection of Barbara L. Gordon. This exhibition will be on view in Charles R. Wood, Hoopes, and Whitney-Renz galleries. The exhibit will run through Sunday, December 31.
A Shared Legacy celebrates art rooted in personal and cultural identity, made by artists who were either self-taught or had received minimal formal training. Created for ordinary people rather than society’s upper classes, folk art was the prevalent art form in the United States for more than a century. » Continue Reading.
Warrensburg Chamber Administrator and Event Coordinator Suzanne Tyler starts working on organizing the next year’s World’s Largest Garage Sale even before this year’s event has been completed. She works all year long planning and filling the streets of Warrensburg with over 500 vendors ready to present their wares to all treasure seekers.
“We are so jazzed about this year’s weather,” says Tyler. “It is going to be gorgeous. We are sold out of vendor space at the Chamber of Commerce end of things. Between the commercial, residents, and private garage sales happening this weekend, there is about a 5-mile radius for sales.”
Tyler mixes up vendors so they’re not all in the same location for the September 30 – October 1 event. People searching the Warrensburg streets can get a diverse opportunity in a smaller location or investigate all the various booths in search of that special find. » Continue Reading.
Tannery Pond Center in North Creek will host musician, entertainer, singer-songwriter and story teller Tom Chapin on October 1st at 3 pm.
Chapin has maintained two long and productive parallel careers as both a contemporary folk artist and in the field of children’s music. In addition to his musical and media endeavors, Chapin is an advocate on behalf of a variety of charitable organizations. He has been a board member of WhyHunger since it was established in 1975, and continues his involvement to this day, and remains active in a variety of environmental causes, as well as efforts on behalf of music and the arts in public schools. » Continue Reading.
Though Brenda Valentine, President of the Indian Lake Community Development Corporation, founded Indian Lake’s Great Adirondack Moose Festival, she has still yet to see a live moose. Though some visitors and locals have been fortunate to see the elusive animal, Valentine is patiently waiting for a glimpse of the largest member of the deer family. Until that time Valentine and the rest of the committee continues to provide a weekend full of fun during the Great Adirondack Moose Festival.
“The Great Adirondack Moose Festival first took place in 2010,” says Valentine. “We looked around at how other moose festivals were organized and discovered the closest one to our area was Talkeetna, Alaska. We asked visitors what they would like to do and we listened.” » Continue Reading.
The Village of Saranac Lake has engaged AMS Planning & Research, a national arts management consulting firm, to work with a committee of village arts, education, government, and business representatives to develop an Arts and Culture Master Plan, with funding from NY State Council on the Arts. The result of this effort is expected to be the creation of a plan that will serve the community, as well as area visitors, through solutions designed to address the Village of Saranac Lake’s specific arts and cultural goals.
Community input is important to understanding priorities and support for a variety of categories of arts and cultural activities encompassing church choirs to watercolor painting to HoboFest to quilting to Story Slams to bands and orchestras, for youth through seniors, and more. » Continue Reading.
TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, has announced the three recipients for this year’s North Country Heritage Awards: Loretta Lepkowski of Tug Hill (Evergreen Award Recipient), Bill MacKentley of Potsdam (Inherited Traditions Award Recipient), and The Paddock Arcade in Watertown (Very Special Place Award Recipient).
These individuals and the site will be recognized and honored for their contributions to their communities and North Country traditions at this year’s Salute to North Country Heritage, TAUNY’s annual public reception, on October 22 from 2 to 4 pm at The TAUNY Center.
TAUNY’s North Country Heritage Awards recognize individuals, families, and community groups who demonstrate evidence of traditionality, mastery, and creative commitment to their art form over time, and a commitment to their community and the teaching of others. They also recognize sites in North Country that are special to the life of those communities, have served multiple generations over time, are community gathering places, meet a community’s social, spiritual, economic, or entertainment needs, and are a factor in community or regional identity. The program was established by TAUNY founder and folklorist Varick Chittenden in 1993 and will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018 with a series of programs and special events centered around the Heritage Awards and its recipients. » Continue Reading.
Adirondack Shakespeare Company (ADK Shakes) has announced its fifth season of autumn repertory shows on tour throughout the region.
Each autumn for the past few years, ADK Shakes has presented Hamlet. This year, the Company’s Artistic Director takes the stage as the Prince of Denmark. This is not the first time — even this year — that the Company has explored the fluid nature of gender on stage. In the spring, Simone Stadler took the stage as Macbeth and opposite her, Sean Lounsbury played the role of Lady Macbeth in a gender-swap of the couple. » Continue Reading.
Our Town Theatre Group will present Seagle Music Colony’s performance of “Boulevards of Song” on Saturday, September 16, at 7:30 pm in the Lyle Dye Auditorium at Tannery Pond Center. This performance is a musical revue of songs made popular in Broadway shows and in movies. » Continue Reading.
Autumn is coming to the Adirondack in full force and The Whallonsburg Grange Hall is ready with another season of events and activities. According to The Grange Manager Kate Ritter the facility focuses on providing entertainment to visitors and locals mainly during the fall, winter and spring seasons where there may not be as many other activities going on.
“As one of the only year-round facilities in the area we provide a fresh schedule each year,” Ritter says. “We have music, theatre, film, and a Lyceum lecture series. The first [Champlain Film Society] film of the season will be coming up on September 16. We always try to provide a range of events that are multifaceted and beneficial to the community.”
The Champlain Valley Film Society kicks off the fall season with Franz, Peterson, The Big Sick, I, Daniel Blake, To Be a Miss, Dunkirk, and Dawson City: Frozen Time. Films take place twice each month, on Saturdays at 7:30 pm. » Continue Reading.
Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX) will host their 30th annual Rustic Furniture Fair on September 9-10, and Antiques Show and Sale September 16, 2017.
The fairs are opportunities to view, learn about, and purchase distinctive furniture and furnishings from emerging and established artisans and makers and antiques and artworks from dealers from across the country. A ticketed Benefit Preview for the Antiques Show and Sale takes place September 15, 2017. » Continue Reading.
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