Monday, November 5, 2018

Depot Theatre Announces New Producing Artistic Director

Depot Theatre in Amtrak train stationDepot Theatre Executive Director Kim Rielly has announced the appointment of Kenney M. Green as the new Producing Artistic Director, charged with defining and implementing the artistic vision and program goals of the organization.

Green takes on an expanded artistic role at the Depot, as outlined in the organization’s new strategic plan approved by the Depot’s Board of Trustees in early 2018. Among other priorities, the strategic plan calls for increased engagement through youth and family programs, and for ultimately extending the theatre’s cultural and economic impact by offering year-round programming. » Continue Reading.


Monday, November 5, 2018

NCCC Seeks Entries for Digital Art Show

NCCC logoHigh school students from across the region have been invited to submit their best works of digital art for North Country Community College’s first-ever Digital Art Show.

The juried show will take place at the college’s Saranac Lake campus December 3 to January 11. A reception and awards ceremony for students will be held from 11 am to 1 pm December 7. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, November 4, 2018

Indigenous Art Exhibition Opens At Wild Center

David Kanietakeron Fadden We Are All Related, a group art exhibit featuring the works of Mohawk artisans from the Akwesasne community, opened at The Wild Center on Saturday, October 20 and runs through the end of September 2019.

More than thirty artists from Akwesasne, in a variety of mediums, are featured. The exhibit was curated by David Kanietakeron Fadden, Jaclyn Hall, Sue Ellen Herne and Victoria Ransom. Artwork, which includes paintings, pottery, sculpture, beadwork, basketry and traditional clothing, is arranged by generational family to show the influence and reinforce the importance of the relationship among individual families, and the community.

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

New Chapman Museum Exhibit: Personal Effects

Blue enamel compact 1933 Chicago Worlds FairOn November 4, from 1 to 3 pm, the Chapman Museum’s new exhibit, Personal Effects, which highlights a wide variety of items from the museum’s collection, will open to the public.

The event is free and open to the public. The exhibit runs through March 30, 2019.

According to the Cambridge English dictionary, “Personal Effects” are “Things you own that you often carry with you.” » Continue Reading.


Saturday, November 3, 2018

Poetry: The Thunder

The Thunder

Like the hunger of
Adirondack blackflies
in summer, the thunder
roars. The savage rapids
of our lives. The seduction
of a morning’s panorama.


Friday, November 2, 2018

The Rider at Champlain Valley Film Series Nov 3rd

The RiderThe Champlain Valley Film Series is set to present the film The Rider on Saturday, November 3, at 7:30 pm at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall.

Based on a true story, this film is set on a South Dakota reservation, about a rising star in the rodeo circuit who suffers a near fatal injury. Both reckless and resilient, he must choose between a life’s work that may kill him or a life without it that may destroy him. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, November 1, 2018

NorthWind Gallery: Musical Translations, Student Work

musical translationsNorthWind Fine Arts is set to present “Musical Translations” on Friday, November 2 from 5 to 7 pm.

NorthWind’s artists have created artistic interpretations of some of their favorite songs, and will share them with the public.

NorthWind Fine Arts will also celebrate the debut of local middle and high school students’ work being exhibited at the gallery.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Cure Porch on Wheels Project Moving Forward

Blue Moon Builders installing custom made sliding windows on the Cure Porch Historic Saranac Lake has been awarded a grant to support the Cure Porch on Wheels project in 2019. The New York Council on the Arts (NYSCA) has approved $16,000 to support programming on Historic Saranac Lake’s oral history booth and mobile exhibit space.

This is the latest of a number of grants that have supported the project. In 2018, a NYSCA Museum Program grant supported the construction of the Cure Porch on Wheels.

The Cure Porch on Wheels project is modeled on the cure porches of Saranac Lake, where tens of thousands of people from around the world came to take the “fresh air cure” for tuberculosis. » Continue Reading.


Monday, October 29, 2018

TAUNY Plans for St Law County Studio Tour

Works by Susan RobinsonTAUNY is set to host a variety of programs during the St. Lawrence County Arts Artists’ Studio Tour November 1st to 3rd. The community is invited to stop by The TAUNY Center and to meet local artists and see art-making in action.

These programs will begin on Thursday, November 1st with a 3-day barn quilt making workshop led by Ruth McWilliams. On Saturday, November 3rd, the next Folkstore Artist Spotlight exhibit featuring the work of Susan Robinson will open with a Meet the Artist Opening Reception from 1 to 3 pm. Visitors can drop by The TAUNY Center throughout the day that Saturday to see Folkstore Artists Mary Harding, Tina Charbonneau, Debra Monteith, and Elaine Boots demonstrating their skills in the TAUNY Gallery. » Continue Reading.


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.