Sunday, March 27, 2016

Rock Solid: The Alden Family of Adirondack Stone Masons

BurhansMansionAdirondack architecture often brings to mind the striking use of wood and other forest materials. But stone was also the choice for many structures, from fireplaces and houses to factories, barns, dams, bridges, even castles and towers. It is literally the bedrock of foundations all over the region.

Rarely mentioned are the names and stories of the stone masons who brought these fantastic designs to life from local quarries, fields and river beds. Thanks to research by the Warrensburgh Historical Society, we know something about the Aldens, a family of masons who helped build Camp Santanoni, Camp Uncas, Sagamore, Kamp Kill Kare and many other widely recognized places in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Pendragon Theatre’s Young Playwrights’ Festival April 2

NCPR Young Playwrights' Festival 2014 (1) image 1Earlier this winter Saranac Lake’s Pendragon Theatre once again rolled out the red carpet and offered free playwright workshops for students. These professionally run workshops helped students streamline their original submissions to the annual Young Playwright Festival. Through the Young Playwrights’ Festival, Pendragon Theatre is not only making the stage come alive for young adults, but their words as well.

“This year we offered writing workshops leading up to the Young Playwright Festival,” says Managing Director Tara Palen. “We thought it made more sense to help the students construct their submissions before the deadline.” » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Vote For The 2016 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Theme

saranac lake winter carnival logoIn keeping with the tradition of the community event, the public is welcome to vote on next year’s Saranac Lake Winter Carnival theme.

Winter Carnival Committee members recently chose five potential themes at their annual organizational meeting. Members pooled together a list of more than 60 theme ideas, some that were resubmitted from past years and others proposed from the community this year.

The five potential themes are: Under the Big Top, Wizards and Dragons, Adirondack Wildlife, Beach Party, and Adirondack Fiesta. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Anne LaBastille’s Lands Donated To Forest Preserve

Anne LaBastille at Sagamore (courtesy Lorraine Duvall)The estate of author, conservationist, and former Adirondack Park Agency commissioner Anne LaBastille has donated her 32-acre “West of Wind” property on Twitchell Lake, north of Big Moose in the Western Adirondacks, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

LaBastille, the famed writer and conservationist who died on July 1, 2011, envisioned that her land be protected to “preserve the natural, ecological, and historical integrity of my 30 acres of North Country wilderness, where writers can find inspiration in the Adirondacks.”

Anne LaBastille inspired many through her writings and work to protect wildlife and wild lands. Her autobiographical Woodswoman (1978) chronicled her journey from urban New Jersey to cabin dweller on an Adirondack lake. She lived without electricity, running water, or even a road to her 12′ by 12′ “West of Wind” cabin she built with friends and neighbors in 1964. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, March 20, 2016

Sandy Hildreth: The Anguish of March

patterson_globalwarmingMarch is normally the time of year, at least here in the North Country, when we suffer anguish over which season we wish it would be. I go through it every year, part of me wishing for spring and the other part holding out for more snow. I know there are people out there like me who still wish we had more opportunities for cross-country skiing. There is nothing sweeter (except maybe maple syrup) than a spring ski on a warm March day, with fresh powder, bright sun, and brilliant blue skies. Tree tops pinkish orange with buds ready to burst into new growth.

But this year without a winter is even worse! I feel so cheated. My friend, artist Valerie Patterson, communicates how I feel perfectly in her watercolor painting, “Global Warming”.  A lot of us who live here do so because we embrace and enjoy outdoor recreation in all seasons of the year. I’m sure no reminders are needed about how sparse our snow was and how warm the temperatures averaged. My Adirondack Artists Guild colleague Burdette Parks announced the ice went out on Middle Saranac on St Patrick’s Day this year – the earliest he and his wife, Fran Yardley, can remember. They reported the water stayed open much later this winter as well. » Continue Reading.


Friday, March 18, 2016

Sagamore Launches Adirondack Traditional Music Program

Great Camp Sagamore in Winter Musicians and music lovers have gathered at Great Camp Sagamore for decades. This June 17-19, Sagamore is starting a program to support the development of a new generation of musicians to promote Adirondack traditional music.

Dan Berggren, Peggy Lynn, Dan Duggan, John Kirk and Trish Miller will lead the Roots & Branches Workshop. Young musicians from around the region are invited to apply for this program, funded through the Sagamore’s newly-established Music & Trails fund. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Irish Songs Every St. Paddy’s Day Celebrant Should Know

irish instrumentsThis year (2016) marks the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising (Éirí Amach na Cásca) the armed revolt which lead to the establishment of the Irish Free State and the freedom from British rule in 26 of Ireland’s 32 counties.

Here are ten songs everyone with Irish aspirations should know, in no particular order. Learn these and you’ll never spend St. Patrick’s Day alone.

Whiskey in the Jar – This classic tune is believed to have originated in the late 1600s or early 1700s. Since then it’s by been covered by The Dubliners, Thin Lizzy, Peter, Paul & Mary, Jerry Garcia and David Grisman, and Metallica. My favorite line: “I first produced my pistol, and then produced my rapier.” » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Artists Fill Adirondack Plein Air Festival Spots

plein painterThe registration form for the 8th Annual Adirondack Plein Air Festival was posted on the Saranac Lake Art Works website at midnight on Monday, February 29th and the quota of 50 artists was reached by 7 am, March 1st.  The Plein Air Festival will take place August 15-20 in Saranac Lake with artists traveling from around the eastern United States and Canada.

Massachusetts artist John MacDonald is the Juror of Awards for the event. He will also be offering a plein air painting workshop on Sunday and Monday, August 14-15, prior to the Festival.

New York artist Frances Gaffney has been added to the workshop schedule, with “The Art of Expressive Drawing.” Participants will explore artists’ processes, build professional drawing tools and techniques and explore new ways of seeing. Drawing will be outdoors weather permitting. Registration information can be found on the Saranac Lake Art Works website. Both workshops require a $50 deposit to reserve a spot and participants do not have to be registered for the Plein Air Festival. » Continue Reading.


Monday, March 14, 2016

Our Town Theatre Group To Present ‘Morning’s At Seven’

mornings at sevenOur Town Theatre Group will begin its 20th Season with a performance of Paul Osborn’s “Morning’s At Seven.” Focusing on four aging sisters living in a small Midwestern town in 1938, the play deals with the ramifications of two of them questioning their lives and deciding to make some changes before it’s too late.

The cast includes OTTG regulars and new actors as well. In the roles of the four sisters are Mary Ellen Dowling of Blue Mountain Lake, Maryann Sauro of Chestertown, Judy Stafford of North Creek, and Mary Anne Gruen of Warrensburg. Their husbands are played by Dennis Wilson of Chestertown, Mike Corey of Minerva, and Arthur Gruen of Warrensburg. John Gable of Lake George and Kim Smith of Wevertown are the perpetually engaged couple Homer and Myrtle » Continue Reading.


Thursday, March 10, 2016

New Exhibit On Adirondack Railroads

sr stoddard trainThe Chapman Historical Museum in Glens Falls has opened a new mini-exibit through June 1st, on Railroads in the Adirondacks. The new exhibit “The Railroads: Gateways to the Adirondacks” features seventeen Seneca Ray Stoddard photos taken from 1870 to 1890.

Photos include the Glens Falls and North Creek train stations, the trestle over the Sacandaga River, the D&H cut near Willsboro and the Prospect Mountain cable RR. On his travels Stoddard also photographed trains, including The Battery in New York City and the Green Mountain railway on Mt. Desert Island in Maine. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, March 10, 2016

Plattsburgh Irish Festival This Weekend

unnamedThe City of Plattsburgh has been trying out new events every other month as well as growing its ongoing activities, according to City of Plattsburgh Events and Promotional Coordinator Sandra Geddes.  Organizing an event around St. Patrick’s Day came naturally, she said.

“We hold an event every other month and we wanted to plan this activity near St Patrick’s Day” says Geddes. “We want people to come, wear lots of green and enjoy all the games, food an music and kids and adults.” » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

2016 Central Adirondack Art Show Seeks Entries

manhunt in the belly of the bestView, the multi-arts center located in Old Forge, has announced the call for entry for the 2016 Central Adirondack Art Show. Artwork can be dropped off at View from 10 am-4 pm on April 22nd, 23rd, 25th, or 26th.

The Central Adirondack Art show is a long-standing Old Forge tradition, showcasing some of the finest artists from the Central Adirondack Region and beyond. It was held for the first time in 1952 by View founder Miriam Kashiwa in her front yard. » Continue Reading.


Monday, March 7, 2016

The Hyde Museum Announces Renovations

hyde collectionThe Hyde Collection in Glens Falls has announced that in mid-March it will begin a set of renovation projects designed to enhance the visitor experience and display more art from the permanent collection. Work is planned for the lobby and admissions area, to improve access to technology throughout campus, and to convert its museum shop into additional gallery space.

These projects are part of the final phase of The Marquee Project, a capital campaign the Museum began in 2010, that has so far added landscaping and sidewalks, exterior lighting, and upgraded the museums sprinkler system. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Reason 2 Smile World Music Festival Saturday

Reason2SmileDrummingThe Lake Placid not-for-profit organization Reason 2 Smile is hosting an its annual all-day cultural music festival with workshops, a children’s camp, and an evening performance on March 5 at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

According to Reason 2 Smile Executive Director Donna Rosenblum, the one-day event will be presented in the same format as previous years. A morning Kids Camp, ages 6-12, will introduce Kenyan games, crafts, African drumming and dance; younger children (ages 5 and under) are welcome to attend with an adult. The morning and afternoon adult workshops (ages 13 years and older) focus on art, music and dance with various activities from Native American Storytelling and Didgeridoo making, to Irish Step Dancing. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

An Exhibition Celebrating Trees Seeks Artists

north by bob ericksonView, a multi-arts center located in Old Forge, has announced the call for entry for Branches, Brambles, and Roots: An Exhibition Celebrating Trees.

Trees provide shelter, building materials, shade, food, warmth, a place to sit or nest, a place to climb, play, and more. They have been celebrated, venerated, feared, worshipped, and cut down.

View is seeking artists for an all media, juried exhibition, that explores all aspects of trees in art, from raw material to inspiration and everything in between.

The exhibition is open to all media, for artists 18 and over, with a chance at over $3,000 in prizes. » Continue Reading.


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