It’s a quick transition between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I haven’t even finished the turkey-day leftovers while my neighbors already have their halls decked with holly.
I need to be eased into the holiday spirit and luckily festivals around the Adirondacks each week help me to do just that.
Each Adirondack town has opportunities to shop local and bring home some holiday cheer. For 30 years, Warrensburg has been bringing an old-fashioned Christmas experience that pulls at the heart strings with caroling, a living nativity scene, horse drawn carriage rides, and more. » Continue Reading.
The Sixth Annual Feeling Long Lakey Polar Plunge has been set for Saturday, December 29th at 1 pm, at the Long Lake Town Beach.
Prizes will be awarded for Best Costume, Best Team Theme, Most Money Raised by an Individual, Most Money Raised by a Team and Best Plunge Technique. Registration and blood pressure checks will be held at the Adirondack Hotel from 11 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday, with the plunge slated for 1 pm at the Town Beach, 1258 Main Street. This year it is requested that the minimum amount raised to participate is $25. » Continue Reading.
Downtown Glens Falls retailer 42 Degrees is set to host a glass pipe blowing competition, ADK Throwdown, from Monday to Friday, December 3 to 7, 2018.
Each day, two glass artists will be creating new work in the 42 Degrees studio at 23 Park Street. Visitors are invited to watch the artists in action during the day at no charge.
The tournament ends with an awards ceremony and presentation of the grand prize of $2,500 to the winner during 42 Degrees’ Annual Holiday Party on Saturday, December 8, from 7 pm to midnight. The Holiday Party will also feature live glass blowing, live music by Hasty Page, and refreshments. Admission is free. » Continue Reading.
One refrain I have heard from Adirondack leaders through the years is that declining school enrollments across the Adirondacks, with particular emphasis on the closures of the Piseco School and Lake Clear School, show the overall decline of the Adirondacks as a viable social and economic region. Blaming environmental policies immediately follows these statements. I have always argued back that there are many factors that affect school enrollment levels and that the changes afoot in the Adirondacks are far less severe than the changes that are transforming vast portions of Rural America. » Continue Reading.
View Arts Center in Old Forge is set to host an opening reception for its newest exhibition, All Creatures Great and Small: Three Masters Three Mediums, on Friday November 30th from 5 to 7 pm. The exhibition features Allen Blagden, Al Jordan, and Larry Master.
This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments and food will be served, including a Pad Thai vegetable and chicken station with Great Pines’ chef David Haick. There will also be live wood carving in the courtyard by John Fillman of The Beaver Lodge. » Continue Reading.
After you’ve turkey-trotted your way into eating that second plate of leftovers and made sure no local stores remain “in the red,” it’s time to embrace the arts with a holiday tradition, The Nutcracker.
Tchaikovsky’s ballet, The Nutcracker, is the perfect blending of gorgeous costumes and magical sets with a timeless story and score. This family-friendly ballet is just as much a holiday tradition as Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. After an exhausting shopping excursion, it’s time to become part of Claire’s adventure as her toy Nutcracker comes to life to defeat the evil Mouse King. » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts has announced they will be participating in the 21st Annual Country Christmas Tour, an Indian Lake/Blue Mountain Lake holiday tradition, on Friday and Saturday, November 23rd and 24th, from 10 am to 4 pm.
Various locations will showcase “Made in the Adirondacks” goods. Artisans and crafters open their homes, inviting people in to shop local and purchase their homemade crafts and products. Maps and details about the two-day event are available at participating locations, including the Arts Center and the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce. » Continue Reading.
In the town of Minerva, Suzanne Crouse and Carol Frazier help to lead the Sleeping Giants Senior Program, which supports community members who are aging in place. This program provides social and emotional connections that also help alleviate feelings of loneliness and isolation. A recent grant from Adirondack Foundation – made through its Community Fund for the Gore Mountain Region – is helping to offset the cost of educational field trips that would be beyond the logistical and financial means for some of the group’s members.
This story, along with countless others like it, demonstrates how community foundations are uniquely positioned to improve their regions by harnessing the power of giving to support people and communities. This week, November 12 – 18, is Community Foundation Week, and Thursday, November 15, is National Philanthropy Day – making it a good time to reflect on the ways community foundations bring people together around common values. » Continue Reading.
An observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance will be held on Sunday November 18th from 1 to 2 pm, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church 136 Main St, Saranac Lake.
Transgender Day of Remembrance occurs annually on November 20th, and is a day to memorialize those who were murdered as the result of transphobia (the hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming people).
TDOR, as it is often referred to, was founded in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender woman to memorialize the murder of her friend Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts.
The winter sports action film Face of Winter is set to play at the Indian Lake Theater on November 17 at 7 pm. Snow sports enthusiasts and adventure goers of all ages are invited to kick off the season with Warren Miller’s 69th installment ski and snowboard film.
Warren Miller’s films captured the magic of skiing and Face of Winter brings top athletes together to pay tribute. » Continue Reading.
The trustees of the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation rotate the site of their Annual Meeting and Board Retreat around the Adirondack Park and this year it was held at Schroon Lake. The trustees met with 17 Schroon Lake area not-for-profits, organized by Roger Friedman, to discuss issues in the community and how the Pearsall Foundation might help.
The trustees also reviewed 47 grant applications, down from 61 the year before, and fully funded the requested amount for 26 of those and partially funded 7. » Continue Reading.
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