Sunday, October 28, 2018

32 Graduate From NCCC Prison Education Program

NCCC logoMore than thirty students from correctional facilities across the region are the first class of graduates from North Country Community College’s Second Chance Pell program.

The Second Chance Pell Experimental Sites Initiative, launched by the U.S. Department of Education in 2015, provides need-based Pell grants to people in state and federal prisons through partnerships with 65 colleges in 27 states. NCCC is the only two-year college in the State University of New York system to offer Second Chance Pell, which allows non-violent inmates with less than five years left on their sentences to earn an associate’s degree. The goal of the program is to improve their chances of finding employment upon release from prison. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, October 27, 2018

Poetry: Close to Timberline

Close to Timberline

I want the spacious
sweep of a
green mosaic,
those Tupper Lake
marshes and
fountainheads of
majestic streams.
I want countless
warm ponds
wrapped in cold
weather. The
teardrop of the lake
itself. I want the
secret sources of the
Hudson, log bridges,
and vanished paths.
I want a thin mist.
Ferns, sedges,
grasses, and white-
cedar thicket.
The deep woods.
The spring thaw.
Just early snow on
the tumbled rocks.


Thursday, October 25, 2018

The Legend of Jack-O-Lantern

A Young boy carving a Jack O Lantern Perhaps the single-most-recognizable symbol of the Halloween season is the traditional hollowed out pumpkin carved into a smiling or ominous, illuminated-in-the-dark face. But, “Why,” I’ve often been asked, “is it called a jack-o-lantern?”

While much of what’s known is ambiguous at best, the first widely-accepted mention I can find dates back to the five classes of fairies in Cornish lore: the Small People, the Brownies, the Spriggans, the Buccas, Bockles, or Knockers, and the Piskies. The Piskies went about confusing wary travelers; getting them hopelessly lost and eventually leading them into bogs and moors with a ghostly light called Ignis Fatuus; ‘the foolish fire’. Among the named Piskies were Will-O’-the-Wisp, Joan the Wad, and Jack-O’-Lantern. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, October 25, 2018

Celebrating Halloween In Ticonderoga Oct 26-31

Ticonderoga is rattling the cupboards in hopes of conjuring up all the ghosts with its annual Halloween Festival and Fort Ticonderoga’s Maze by Moonlight.

Before or after getting lost in the Heroic Corn Maze, stop by the town of Ticonderoga for a five-day festival of fun, October 26-31. Each day a range of activities are planned that are suitable for the very young to those wanting the traditional scare.

Pumpkin carving, a variety show and pumpkin walk are just a few of the listed activities. Other fun ways to celebrate Halloween include the costumed competition of Glow Bowling or treat n’ treating through a round of Monster Mini Golf. Enjoy a Halloween photo shoot and even a costumed parade for pets.  North Country Community College is offering a scary movie or a chance to meet The Great Pumpkin so people of all ages can choose their own level of fright. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, October 25, 2018

Travel Unity Summit Set For Lake Placid Saturday

travel unityThe Adirondack Diversity Initiative is teaming up with ROOST, ANCA, The Adirondack Foundation and others to host a Travel Unity Summit in Lake Placid and at the Wild Center October 27 and 28.

According to a recently released 2017 Leisure Travel Information Study conducted by Place Marketing for ROOST, the Regional Office Of Sustainable Tourism, a bit over 96 percent of the visitors to the Adirondacks were White/Caucasian, As 48 percent of New Yorkers are not white (19 percent Black, 17.5 percent Hispanic, balance Asian and other) this begs the question why are not more people of color visiting the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Monday, October 22, 2018

Shady Characters: Paul Hetzler On Nature

shady charactersRegular Adirondack Almanack contributor Paul Hetzler is the author of a new book of nature essays, Shady Characters: Plant Vampires, Caterpillar Soup, Leprechaun Trees and Other Hilarities of the Natural World (Lexingford Publishing, 2018).

Paul Hetzler knows all about nature in all its wonders, complexities, and hilarities, and weaves considerable wit with a range of wisdom. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, October 20, 2018

Poetry: Pledge

 

Pledge

I pledge allegiance
to the Creator,
who gives life to all
beings, and to the
animals, plants, insects,
water, and rocks,
which the Creator
allowed to exist. One
Universe neither above
nor below, indivisible,
with love and
compassion for all.


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Our Town Theatre Group Presenting ‘The Mousetrap’

Kim Smith as Mollie Ralston Simon Gardner as Giles RalstonOur Town Theatre Group has announced they will present Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, at the Lyle Dye Auditorium stage at Tannery Pond Community Center on October 19, 20 and 21.

Performances are set for Friday October 19 and Saturday October 20 at 7:30 pm and Sunday October 21 at 1 pm. Tickets are $12 and $8 for students through 12th grade. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

TAUNY Marking 25 Yrs of Heritage Awards at Folklife Festival

Frasiers ConcertTAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, is set to host their TAUNY Folklife Fair: Celebrating 25 Years of North Country Heritage Awards on Sunday, October 28 from noon to 5 pm, with a closing concert by the Fraser Family Friends at 4:15 pm, at The TAUNY Center in Canton.

Over 25 years, TAUNY has recognized 129 individuals, groups, places, and events representing the array of traditions that make the North Country special. The Folklife Fair, held this year in place of TAUNY’s annual Salute event, will feature over thirty past award recipients and friends sharing their traditions with the community through demonstrations of material, visual, food, and musical arts, award-themed refreshments, and further hands-on activities and learning experiences. » Continue Reading.


Monday, October 15, 2018

Gospel Choir Workshop, Concert in Saranac Lake

Plattsburgh Gospel ChoirThe Plattsburgh Gospel Choir is set to perform an evening concert, followed by a workshop for all singers, on Saturday, October 27th at the Saranac Lake First United Methodist Church.

The workshop with 2 master classes offered by the choir, runs from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. All singers are invited – and no music reading is needed. This class is free and open to the public, attendees are encouraged to bring a dish for the potluck dinner. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, October 13, 2018

Poetry: In the Tent

In the Tent

Before the sizzle of cast
iron on grease and chattering
crows sounding the alarm,
such a supple space to
lay awake in a sleeping
bag, rolled up like a napkin
in a French bistro, zoned out
to the blithe, unconditioned air
bending the fly with dribbling rain.

In the tent, the world loses
its power. Wandering without
rising through a Black Widow’s
web, the last frontier of the dream.


Friday, October 12, 2018

Adirondack Experience Readies for Change of Season

The season is coming to a close for the Adirondack Experience, the museum on Blue Mountain Lake, but isn’t not the end of the activities. Each fall the museum gets ready for winter and provides opportunities for people to bring home a special Adirondack gift from their unique shop.

According to ADKX Director of Marketing Ausra Angermann, the museum has two planned weekends set for people to do their holiday shopping and visit beautiful Blue Mountain Lake. On November 23-24 and December 14-16 from 10 am to 4 pm, the museum provides a special shopping experience to all visitors. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Adirondack-Set Film “The Song of Sway Lake” Being Screened

the song of sway lakeAri Gold’s new feature film The Song of Sway Lake, which takes place in the Adirondacks, is set to show on Saturday October 20th at the Charles R Wood Theater in Glens Falls, Sunday October 21st in Indian Lake, and during at the Lake Placid Film Festival during the weekend of October 26th-28th. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Restored “Adirondack Holiday” Film Screening in Lake Placid

adirondack holidayFirst released in 1960, Adirondack Holiday showed Essex County as a four-season vacation paradise. Now, almost sixty years later, the half-hour short has been restored to all its original color splendor. Its premiere screening will take place during this year’s Lake Placid Film Festival, October 26th to 28th. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Pendragon’s ‘Pride & Prejudice’ at AC Oct 20th

Pride and PrejudiceThe Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts is set to present Pendragon Theatre’s production of “Pride and Prejudice” on Saturday, October 20, at 7:30 pm at the Arts Center.

In Kate Hamill’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic, the outspoken Elizabeth Bennet faces mounting pressure from her status-conscious mother to secure a suitable marriage. Original music composed for this production features actor Evan Raines playing violin live during the performance with the rest of the cast providing various other soundscapes to underscore the action. » Continue Reading.



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