Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Natural Christmas Tree Decorations

“What a horrifyingly garish sight,” I said to my friend as we surveyed my Christmas tree last year. We had just finished decorating it and my eyes were sending messages to my brain, like, “Hey, this is really tacky.”

Truth is, the décor I had accumulated after years of city dwelling in my sassy twenties looked awfully out of place in my humble Vermont cabin. What I once thought dazzling – glitter-coated icicles, a miniature disco ball, a purple-feathered bird with jeweled eyes, flocks of shiny gold and green balls – now looked as out of place as a pink flamingo at my bird feeder. Even the duck decoy my great uncle carved seemed to give the gaudy fiasco an alarmed stare. Such a tree no longer belonged in my world. » Continue Reading.


Monday, December 23, 2019

Top Ten Adirondack Almanack Stories of 2019


Saturday, December 21, 2019

Poetry: Light Rising

Light Rising

Ancient woods nestle softly,
Beneath their down of glistening snow.
Imperceptibly, the Adirondack Dome rises,
The cloaked giant ascends,
Reaching toward the North Star, shining star,
Over millions of years.
Durant’s trains are silenced now,
And the logging camps are dormant.
But the mountains live and the conifers breathe.
Chains of lakes sparkle like glittering molten glass,
Moose River Plains run wild,
Animals forage and the black bear sleeps,
Sheltering, waiting.
Pines dressed in white lacy skirts surround
Wooden Camps glowing warmly from within.
This is the season of peace,
Of hope, of continuity, of life cherished,
Of expectancy,
Of renewal by a blessed light rising,
Making all one,
As it has always done.

Read More Poems From The Adirondack Almanack HERE.


Friday, December 20, 2019

Giving More When We Need Less

One of the things I like the most about the holidays, besides the fact that I get to decorate my house with Victorian gaudiness, is that people don’t question other people’s need for food and gifts.

We give to Toys for Tots, Holiday Helpers, Tri-Lakes Humane Society, and “run” Turkey Trots for food pantries. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, December 14, 2019

Poetry: Homesick

Homesick

Too far from
pan-fried walleyed pike

and those sultry June nights
when we stoked the coals

as darkness
fell on top

the manic appeal
of loons.

Read More Poems From The Adirondack Almanack HERE.


Thursday, December 12, 2019

Lake Placid Holiday Stroll 2019

There are plenty of holiday festivals and opportunities to find the perfect Adirondack gift. One of my family’s favorite places to go is Lake Placid’s Holiday Village Stroll. Yes, there are deals, tastings, and crafts to make. In addition, we have two opportunities to put the Santa suit to good use.

From Friday – Sunday, December 13-15, Lake Placid has a packed schedule of events. Visits from Santa, free ice skating at the 1932 Olympic Arena and even an Ugly Sweater Contest are just a few ways to ease into a weekend full of holiday fun. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, December 5, 2019

Break Out That Ugly Sweater For Art Programs

I was recently reminded that I am not a runner when I was passed by a corgi and a chain smoker while participating in the recent Bitters and Bones Turkey Trot. It didn’t even matter that the race was no longer being timed when I finally made the finish line.

The atmosphere was incredible as people gathered together with the singular focus of raising funds for local food pantries. Now, Saranac Lake’s BluSeed Studios is once again breaking out the ugly sweaters to raise funds to feed the creative spirit of area children. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Fortnite, Smash Bros Gamers Competing At Paul Smiths

Paul Smith’s College will award high school students a combined $100,000+ in scholarships through an esports tournament to be held Jan. 25, 2020, at their new on-campus esports lab.

Esports are a surging billion-dollar industry, and with an audience size approaching 500 million worldwide, have begun receiving recognition comparable to that of soccer or basketball. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Dan Berggren Performing at Christmas in Warrensburgh

Dan BerggrenAdirondack Singer/Songwriter Dan Berggren is set to perform at the 31st Christmas in Warrensburgh on Saturday, December 7 at 4 pm in Richards Library.

Berggren is a tradition-based songsmith who writes with honesty, humor and a strong sense of place. His concerts are engaging as he invites audiences to join in on songs that explore the lives of hard working folks and the many dimensions of home. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, December 1, 2019

TAUNY’s Holiday Open House Dec 7th

tauny open houseTAUNY’s Annual Holiday Open House has been set for Saturday, December 7th from 10 am to 2 pm. The public is invited to enjoy the Sugar & Spice Gingerbread Contest and Display, seasonal treats, live music, kids’ activities, and fun for the whole family. This event is free and open to the public.

Northern and Southern old-time music will be performed by Possumbilities, Nicholfalls, and The Daveys. Kitchen demonstrations will include dumpling-making with Margaret Chang of Sweet Margaret Cafe and more. There will also be a variety of children’s activities and sweet treats to enjoy throughout the day. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, November 30, 2019

Poetry: Deer and Heron

Deer and Heron

I am in his power.
He flys away. Seconds
passed before he looked
at me. Before he decided
I could not be trusted.

Ashamed of everything
in his world, I look at the
deer in the same way,
only minutes before
it sprinted
into, what was for me a sad
and delirious neighborhood.

Read More Poems From The Adirondack Almanack HERE.


Friday, November 29, 2019

Owl Meet-up, Book Signing in Saranac Lake

Mark Manske and owlThe Village Mercantile (formerly The Community Store) in Saranac Lake is set to host Adirondack Raptor proprietor Mark Manske for a book signing and a meet and greet with one of his owls on Saturday, December 21 from noon until 2 pm.

Mark Manske has written two mystery novels for youth centered around Marvin Stone, “Stoney,” and his buddy Bill Short as well as a mysterious owl, a modern-day treasure hunt, and a skunk. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, November 28, 2019

Some Adirondack Thanksgiving Reading

wild turkey - maleThe Adirondack Almanack will be taking Thanksgiving off, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a little light, but smart Adirondack Thanksgiving reading.

Check out a couple recipes, try a cocktail, and some stories from the natural world that makes the Adirondacks so unique at this time of year. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, November 28, 2019

The Nutcracker Ballet is Another Thanksgiving Tradition

NCBE The NutcrackerNo matter how inundated my email is with apparently fabulous “not to be missed” offers or how jaded I get by mid-October from trying to avoid an early onslaught of holiday music, there is always one event or activity that shifts me from bitter and overworked to a warmer holiday mood.

After a retail juggernaut, it’s time to relax and embrace the arts with a holiday tradition, a performance of The Nutcracker Ballet. » Continue Reading.


Monday, November 25, 2019

Artist Sought To Design Invasive Species Sail

The Lake Champlain Basin Program is seeking an artist to design a boat sail which will be incorporated into the fleet at the Community Sailing Center on the Burlington waterfront in 2020.

Artwork will be related to aquatic invasive species to help draw the public’s attention to preventing their spread. The Lake Champlain Basin Program is a member of the National Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force and supports technical and community projects to address aquatic invasive species issues across the Lake Champlain watershed. » Continue Reading.



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