Friday, June 24, 2016

Town of Colton Announces Music Series , Riverside Performances

CPCS Students with Raffle BQsThe Town of Colton is gearing up for its summer series of music performances to be held at locations along the Raquette River. The Colton Riverside Performances are organized by the town’s Tourism & Beautification Committee in cooperation with the Colton Historical Society and others. As a Raquette River community, the town’s series continues to showcase groups with musicians and singers from communities along the 174-mile long river which begins at Blue Mountain Lake and flows into the St. Lawrence River at Akwesasne.

The following six performances — all on Wednesday evenings starting at 6:30 pm — will be held at venues in the hamlets of Colton and South Colton. The backup location for all performances is the town’s Pavilion at Swift Field in South Colton. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 24, 2016

Soundwaves Concert Series Announces Line-Up

soundwavesSoundwaves has announced the line-up of the 2016 summer concert series at Ballard Park in Westport. North Country resident and veteran Jazz trumpeter Taylor Haskins and his wife Catherine founded Soundwaves in 2014 when they accepted the role as volunteer organizers of the Westport Community Concert Series.

This years concert series will feature six diverse performances by internationally renowned artists. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts Summer Season

ALSTF flyer 2016Renowned Bass-Baritone George Cordes has performed with numerous operatic companies from the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera to Opera Boston and Houston Grand Opera to name (drop) a few.

Around the Adirondacks, Cordes brought the Demon Barber of Fleet Street to life in Pendragon Theatre’s performance of “Sweeney Todd” as well as Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha. His other regional performances through High Peaks Opera, the Northern Lights Choir and the Lake Placid Sinfonietta helped broaden the regions exposure to opera. Now Cordes is putting on a different hat and bringing his vast experience to spearhead the 2016 Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts Summer Theatre Festival. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Documentary On Lake Placid Refugees Wins Emmy

Editor Michael C. Hansen, producer, writer and director Paul Larson, and director of photography Daniel McCullum photo by Jean Ulysse Mountain Lake PBS has claimed a second Emmy statuette for a documentary. The film Arts in Exile: Tibetan Treasures in Small Town America won in the “Outstanding Documentary” category at the 39th Boston/New England Regional Emmy Awards ceremony this month. This marks the second Emmy win for arts producer Paul Larson, whose last major documentary also took home the award. Larson shares the award with the director of photography Daniel McCullum and editor Michael C. Hansen.

Arts in Exile chronicles the creation of the Tibetan arts festival held last fall in Plattsburgh, exploring how the city in northern New York was inspired by the culture of Tibet from across the globe. The documentary examines how several Tibetan refugees use the arts to raise awareness about the global problems they face and to keep their culture alive. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 17, 2016

Lake George Arts Project Sunset Cruise Benefit June 22th

lake george arts projectA Summer Sunset Cruise will take place on Wednesday, June 22, aboard the Adirondac to benefit the Lake George Arts Project. The boat, operated by Shoreline Cruises and located at Kurosaka Lane in Lake George Village, will board at 6:30 pm and sails from 7 to 9 pm.

On board will be food from several area restaurants, a silent auction featuring seasonal items and dining certificates, a raffle, and live music by PJ Ferguson. Proceeds from the outing will help fund upcoming events such as the Summer Concert Series in Shepard Park, the Lake George Jazz Weekend, and the Courthouse Gallery exhibition program. All of these programs are presented free to the public. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Frog Jumping and Ugly Ties: An Adirondack Father’s Day

2008615 Frogs #17My children have always embraced the nontraditional when it comes to gift giving. There have not been a lot of crazy ties or Old Spice that has crossed our door in anticipation of Father’s Day. Instead, my husband has endured his fair share of incompatible food tastings and inedible breakfast sandwiches. Like most fathers, he doesn’t really care what comes on the plate as long as he can spend time with his family.

According to the Town of Webb Publicity Director Mike Farmer, the Old Forge Frog Jumping and Ugly Tie Contest is about as nontraditional as one can get. For the past 44 years Old Forge has been the gathering spot for longest jumping frogs in the area. This event pits frog against frog in a series of categories like size, speed and longest jump.

“All frogs are safe and welcome here for Father’s Day,” says Farmer. “We make sure that the frogs have plenty of water and that they are released back into the wild. Annually over 30 frogs compete at the Old Forge Lakefront starting Sunday at noon. We run three heats of eight frogs each.” » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Sculptor Named Artist in Residence At Newcomb Interpretive Center

bumman photoThe Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC) in Newcomb has announced that sculptor George Bumann will be the Artist in Residence at the Center for the Summer of 2016.

Bumann, a native of Syracuse, currently resides in Gardiner, Montana. He grew up in his mother’s sculpture studio and after earning a master’s degree in wildlife ecology he combined his love of both art and nature in sculpture and and wildlife education.

In addition to teaching art and natural history programs, Bumann’s work is on permanent display at the National Museum of Wildlife Art and the C.M. Russell Museum. His outreach programs have been featured on both the Discovery and Travel channels. » Continue Reading.


Monday, June 13, 2016

Forest View Gala To Benefit View Arts Center In Old Forge

gala 2016View, the arts center in Old Forge, has announced its annual gala, Forest View, a fund-raising event that celebrates the future of arts programming on Friday, July 15.  Forest View offers guests the opportunity to support View’s future programming, while enjoying the elegant simplicity of nature.

The evening will begin at 5:30 pm with signature cocktails and a silent auction featuring donations from local artists and businesses. This will be followed by a live auction and dinner by The Horned Dorset Inn of Leonardsville. Dessert will be donated by the Great Pines Lodge on Fourth Lake.

Music and entertainment will be ongoing throughout the night, and Forest View organizers guarantee that guests will be in for a few surprises when it comes to performances and décor. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Depot Theatre Receives Grants for Improvements

Depot TheatreThe Depot Theatre, a not-for-profit organization committed to providing professional theatrical arts in the Adirondacks, has received grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Charles R. Wood Foundation to improve infrastructure to enhance the patron and artist experience.

The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) has awarded the Depot with a matching-grant of $16,653 to replace audience seating and carpeting in the 140-year-old building. The new seats will replace the existing over 60-year-old seats which are difficult to maintain and for which replacement parts are obsolete. New commercial grade tile carpeting will be replaced throughout the seating area, as well. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Opera Saratoga And Seagle Colony Slated For Sembrich

saratoga operaA highlight of The Sembrich schedule each summer are the season previews featuring selections from upcoming productions by Opera Saratoga and the Seagle Music Colony.

On Wednesday, June 15th at 7:30 pm, the Young Artists of Opera Saratoga present a sampling from the company’s 2016 repertoire, including excerpts from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Il Postino by Daniel Catán and The Witches of Venice by Philip Glass. General admission tickets are $25. Members of The Sembrich are invited to attend this season-opening program free-of-charge.

The Seagle Music Colony singers return to The Sembrich for their annual season preview on Wednesday, June 29th at 1:30 pm. The sold-out program features selections from The Most Happy Fella, The Elixir of Love, Roscoe and The Music Man. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Adirondack Literary Awards Announced

Adirondack Literary AwardsThe Adirondack Center for Writing hosted the annual Adirondack Literary Awards at the Blue Mountain Center on Sunday, June 5, to celebrate another year of publications for regional authors and presses, and to announce this year’s winners. Following the ceremony Joe Bruchac gave a tribute to poet Maurice Kenny that concluded with a moving rendition of a Seneca song.

Judges selected winners from the categories of fiction, memoir, general nonfiction, poetry, and children’s literature. The People’s Choice Award was selected by peers and audience members as their favorite title of the year’s submissions. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

North Creek Musical Theatre Workshops For Young People

Children's Musical Theater in 2014The Our Town Theatre Group will hold their fourth annual summer Children’s Musical Theatre Workshops, starting Monday, July 18, and concluding with a short performance for family and friends on Saturday July 23.

OTTG’s Children’s Musical Theatre Workshop is for children entering grades 1-4. Young, aspiring performers participate in a week-long workshop and learn about acting, singing, dancing, creating costumes, and working together. Also new for this year, OTTG is expanding their summer workshop program by offering a Teen & Tweens Summer Musical Theatre Workshop for students entering grades 5-8. The Teens & Tweens workshop runs the week of Monday, August 1, and also concludes with a performance for family and friends on Saturday August 4. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Lake Placid Film Forum Set For June 9-12

lpca welcomes Rusted RootThe Lake Placid Film Forum – now marking its fifteenth anniversary – returns to The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) and the Palace Theatre with a lineup of new, recent and classic film screenings from Thursday, June 9, through Sunday, June 12. Tickets are $10 per screening and will be available at the LPCA Box Office.

The boxing classic “Rocky” will open the five-day event with a free outdoor screening in Mid’s Park in downtown Lake Placid Wednesday, June 8, at approximately 9 pm. » Continue Reading.


Monday, May 30, 2016

Olympic Museum Speed Skating Exhibit Opens

Visitors to the Quest for Speed exhibit try the Skate to the Beat activityA new permanent exhibit sped into the Lake Placid Olympic Museum on May 23rd that celebrates one of the original Lake Placid winter sports — speed skating.

“Quest for Speed” features various displays explaining the history of the sport and its origins and impact in Lake Placid. Skaters profiled included local Olympic stars Charles Jewtraw and Jack Shea, and of course Wisconsin-native Eric Heiden, who won an unparalleled five gold medals at the 1980 Olympic Games. Museum director Alison Haas interviewed several champions in the sport to research the exhibit, in one case traveling to Salt Lake City to interview Eric Heiden. » Continue Reading.


Monday, May 30, 2016

Adirondack Authors Evening Planned In Old Forge

adk authors meetingView, the multi-arts center located in Old Forge, has announced the Adirondack Authors Evening on June 25th from 7-9:30 pm in View’s Gould Hall. This is a free event that is open to the public.

It will feature authors of the region and is open to any other writers who would like to participate in the open mic portion of the evening. Featured authors include Mary Sanders Shartle, Lorraine Duvall, David Crews, Jeanne Selander-Miller, Marilyn McCabe, Becky Harblin, and now Deborah Havas. David Hazard will be emceeing the evening, which will take place after the Branches, Brambles, and Roots opening of an exhibition celebrating trees from 5-7 pm. » Continue Reading.


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