Saturday, October 26, 2019

Poetry: Night Songs

Night Songs

I waken, alert,
To the songs of the dark night,
Hunkering shadow-shaped coyotes,
Mimicking, throwing plaintive howls,
Against the stark, crying vibrato
Of sleek, red-eyed jurassic loons,
They worship in tandem,
Pledging love to the spectral moon,
A timeless nocturnal duet.
Tall conifers and sleeping mountains harken,
Sheltering those calls, echoing, echoing,
Magnified across still, silver water,
Lonely sounds, proud, primitive, wild,
Undaunted,
Triumphant melodic affirmations of survival,
Of life bravely continued,
“We..are..still.. here…”, they sing,
“After all!”

Read More Poems From The Adirondack Almanack HERE.


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Artists Sought for Wintry Mix Art of Ice and Snow Exhibit

Solstice by Diane E LeifheitView, the Center for Arts and Culture in Old Forge, is seeking artists to submit work that celebrates beautiful and magical winters in the Adirondacks for View’s upcoming Wintry Mix: Art of Ice and Snow exhibition.

This year’s Juror is pastel artist Diane E. Leifheit. Her work has been exhibited regionally and nationally, and she is a member of the Adirondack Pastel Society, Saranac Lake ArtWorks, and The Strand Art Center Cooperative Gallery. Her work can be viewed on her website. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Pendragon’s Athena In Blue Mtn Lake Nov 1st

AthenaThe Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts is set to to present Pendragon Theatre’s Athena on Friday, November 1st at 7:30 pm.

Athena, directed by the theatre’s Artistic Director Kimberley Bouchard and featuring Rachel Kemp and Cammie Marshall, is a coming of age comedy about the rivalry and friendship of two teenage athletes. Mary Wallace and Athena are brave, and seventeen, and fencers, and training for the Junior Olympics. They practice together, they compete against each other, they spend their lives together and they wish they were friends. » Continue Reading.


Monday, October 21, 2019

Lake Placid Film Festival Extends to Five Day Format

This year’s Lake Placid Film Festival (LPFF) is a mixture of adventure and nostalgia as it enters its second year in its autumn time slot.

In 2018, the Adirondack Film Society made the decision to move the film festival from June to October to be able to draw from a larger pool of festival entries. Now it has extended to a five-day format (October 23-27) with extra benefits for the viewing public. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, October 19, 2019

Poetry: Petting Zoo

Petting Zoo

I still have this picture of myself
when I was 7 months or so in a
fold-out camping chair at a petting
zoo somewhere in the Adirondacks.

I’m touching the snout of a ram.

And judging by the look in my eye, I
would have turned down knighthood
just to grasp a few strands of his wool.

Strapped in. Two creatures sent along
different neural pathways but attuned.

Locked in the symmetry of boundaries held
in place by a universal grammar of touch.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Saranac Lake Ice Palace Film Premiering At LP Film Fest

Ice Palace A Love LetterDuring the 2016 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, New York City Filmmaker Mark Burns went to Saranac Lake to capture the process from start to finish of what it takes to make the carnival happen. His film, Ice Palace, A Love Letter, is set to have its world premiere at the Lake Placid Film Festival on October 27, 2019 at 6:30 pm.

The film offers a rarely seen, behind the scenes peek at how the Ice Palace is built, and captures the people working hard to keep the carnival tradition alive since 1897. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, October 12, 2019

Poetry: The Eye Of A Bird

The Eye Of A Bird

And so I came to a place,
Wondering what could be seen and understood,
In the eye of a bird.

Happening with unexpected connection
While walking on the moist, brown earth,
Amid scattered pine cones,
And memories.

The black eye of a pristine, hunting robin, held mine,
Pausing in her success,
Undulating worm held captive in a beak of supremely,
Pointed delicacy.

She nodded contemplatively upon her russet breast,
With wise, black eye holding mine, communicating,
Appraising, knowing, going on with her very life,
As she alone was meant to do.

This bright spirit, shining from the eye of a bird,
Pierced the doldrum of my morning and granted me
A brief, blessed epiphany of consciousness,
That touched my deepest soul.

Read More Poems From The Adirondack Almanack HERE.


Friday, October 11, 2019

Adirondack Life Celebrates 50 Years with Anniversary Issue

adirondack life 50thAdirondack Life magazine is celebrating 50 years in print with a 50th Anniversary Issue, which is now available at local newsstands and bookstores.

When the first copies of Adirondack Life rolled off the presses as a supplement to a Warrensburg newspaper in December 1969, the lead type had been set by hand, the photographs were taken with film cameras, and there was no such thing as the Internet.

Fifty years and countless technological advances later, Adirondack Life still connects readers to the people and places that make up the six-million-acre Adirondack Park. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Regional Artists Tackle Our Change Environment

Rebecca Murtaughs ceramic worksVictoria Palermo did not start with a vision for Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region when she began poring over more than 1,500 works of art submitted by 365 artists. But the juror of the eighty-fourth annual regional exhibition quickly saw a theme emerging.

This year’s Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region at The Hyde Collection includes the works of eighty-two artists living or working within 100 miles of the Capital Region. Many of the 92 selected works address the issue of our changing environment.  » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Long Lake Harvest Craft Fair Set For Saturday

Donna Adams at the Harvest Fest Craft FairThe Town of Long Lake has announced a Harvest Fest Craft Fair, set for Saturday, October 12th, at the Long Lake Town Hall, 1204 Main Street, Long Lake, from 10 am to 4 pm.

Hand made goods from vendors will be available including herbal spice mixes, homemade chip and dip bowls, bread and soup mixes, soy candles, handcrafted glass, balsam pillows, children’s books, table runners, wooden bowls, fish and duck decoys, mixed media art, jewelry and more. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Fundraising Workshop for Nonprofits Being Offered

adirondack foundation logoAdirondack Foundation, the community foundation serving the Adirondack Region, in cooperation with Mountain Lake PBS, have announced a workshop for nonprofit professionals, volunteers, and board members, on how to raise unrestricted dollars to support operations, programs, and more.

Eighty percent of charitable funds come from individual donors, not foundations or corporations. This workshop is an opportunity to learn how to build a fundraising program that honors the mission of your organization, engages potential donors, and raises more unrestricted funding. » Continue Reading.


Monday, October 7, 2019

Folk and Blues Concert in Blue Mountain Lake

Barry Oreck and FriendsThe Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake is set to present a folk and blues concert featuring Barry Oreck and Friends on Friday, October 11th at 7:30 pm. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, October 5, 2019

Audio, Visual Preservation Workshop Set For Elizabethtown

Audio Visual Preservation WorkshopThe Adirondack History Museum in Elizabethtown has announced a Historians Day Workshop, set for October 16th, from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.

Prof. Gerald Zahavi, historian and Director of the Documentary Studies Program at the University at Albany, will present a workshop on strategies for film, video and audio media preservation, restoration, and digital conversion and reformatting. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, October 5, 2019

Poetry: 400 Feet Closer to Heaven

400 Feet Closer to Heaven

Maybe 400 feet closer to heaven than we were
When we started climbing we sit beside the outlet
To the sphagnum-bed spring atop Eleventh Mountain
We siblings in age-order to the youngest, me,
Being Matt Esther Karen and then our Mom Alice
The logistician of our many wilderness forays
As even now we pause to sit beside the streamlet
To lunch on gorp and our tunafish sandwiches
And stare out across the valley and then low hills
To the mountains off toward and then in Vermont
But the view can’t compete with the big surprise
Of tomatoes we watch Mom dole out until Karen
Incredulous asks “We each get a whole tomato?”
Only her inflection giving away that it’s a question.
This unheard of event in our 1950s family life
Turns out to be a plump round juicy fact indeed.

Read More Poems From The Adirondack Almanack HERE.


Thursday, October 3, 2019

Hamilton College Ending Its Adirondack Program

Hamilton Adirondack Program preservesHamilton College will end its Adirondack Program after this fall semester according to an announcement made by Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Suzanne Keen.

The college, which is located outside the Adirondack Park in Clinton, NY, suspended the program following its failure to meet its enrollment targets Keen said.  “True to its mission, the Adirondack Program has offered students a rigorous interdisciplinary academic experience,” Keen said in the announcement. “I [the Dean of Faculty] have been very impressed with the overall quality of the program, and I appreciate the support of the local partners, the enthusiasm of the faculty members who served in residence, the work of the general director Janelle Schwartz, and the efforts of the Advisory Committee.” » Continue Reading.