Several North Country students won recognition at New York State History Day, held in Cooperstown, on Monday, April 18. Grace Sayward, a homeschool student from the Plattsburgh area, placed second in the Junior Historical Paper category. Alice Cochran, Christina Lashway, and Nicholas Manfred, from Moriah Central School, placed third in the Senior Group Exhibit category. Ben Caito and Liam Sayward, homeschool students from the Plattsburgh area, were awarded a special prize from the New York State Historical Association. » Continue Reading.
I’ve often thought about writing down the story of how a painting develops and I just had the perfect opportunity to do that last weekend. Three solid days of clear blue skies, sunshine, rising temperatures and no bugs! A plein air “paint-out” had been organized at the Paul Smith’s College VIC and I was one of seven artists who participated. » Continue Reading.
We have two milestones to report in the May/June issue of the Adirondack Explorer. The first is evident from the front cover: the state has purchased the spectacular Boreas Ponds, completing the acquisition of 65,000 acres of former Finch, Pruyn lands from the Nature Conservancy.
We broke the story of the Boreas Ponds sale on Adirondack Almanack more than a week ago. It was later picked up by the Associated Press and other news outlets. In the Explorer, we expand on our initial story and discuss the major controversies regarding the management of the 20,760-acre tract. The magazine also includes a Viewpoint by Joe Martens, the state’s former environmental conservation commissioner, reflecting on the importance of Finch, Pruyn deal.
The second milestone also is evident from the cover — if you are holding a physical copy in your hands. The Explorer has switched to a higher-quality paper that better shows off the many beautiful photographs and other illustrations that appear in every issue. In addition, we have slightly reduced the page dimensions, making the newsmagazine more convenient to read, and improved our overall page design.
Planning has begun for this year’s Adirondack Woof Stock – A Weekend of Peace, Paws & Music, being held June 18-19, 2016 in Chestertown. Last year about 3,000 people attended with an estimated 1,000 dogs over the two day event.
Organizers are reporting that there is room for more vendors, pet groomers, fence companies, a pet photograper, dog trainers, and other pet friendly vendors interested in attending. Vendor space is $50 for the weekend. » Continue Reading.
The 3rd Annual Pete Seeger Tribute, “Float the Boat,” will take place on May 7th at 7 pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Saranac Lake.
Nearly 50 years ago Pete Seeger saw that the Hudson River was struggling from over-development and pollution, and felt that if people had intimate contact with the river they would want to help protect it. Seegar and his wife Toshi spearheaded an effort to build the Hudson river sloop Clearwater to take folks onto the river and into its communities. » Continue Reading.
The Community Fund for the Gore Mountain Region (CFGMR) is accepting applications from area schools, municipalities, nonprofit, and community organizations for its 2016 grant cycle.
A component fund of Adirondack Foundation, CFGMR was established in 2005 and offers grants to organizations in the towns of Johnsburg, Chester, Minerva, Horicon and Schroon. Grants will support community beautification, historic preservation, culture and the arts, education, recreation, and programs for youth, seniors, and veterans. » Continue Reading.
Members of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee have chosen “Adirondack Wildlife” as the theme for the 2017 Carnival.
The theme was chosen from the top five ideas generated at the Committee’s March meeting which had been gathered from the public: Wizards and Dragons, Beach Party, Adirondack Fiesta, Adirondack Wildlife and Under the Big Top. » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack Center for Writing is accepting applications from April 15 through May 20, 2016 for the annual Anne LaBastille Memorial Residency, which will be held at Twitchell Lake near Big Moose from October 8-22, 2016.
The residency was established to provide space, time, and an inspiring landscape for writers to work, and a chance to unplug and connect with other writers. There is no internet or cellphones at the residency; rooms are single occupancy with private baths, food will be provided. » Continue Reading.
The New York Council for the Humanities is looking to bring more humanities programs to the Adirondacks through grants and public programs. “The humanities help us understand personal experiences, community histories, and provide much needed context and methods to discuss multi-faceted issues like genetically modified foods or urban sprawl,” a recent announcement sent to the press said.
The Council will be in the Adirondacks to discuss opportunities April 17th and 18th. » Continue Reading.
Amateur photographers are invited to submit a maximum of three entries for the 216 Long Lake and Raquette Lake Photography Contest. Photo submissions must have been made in Long Lake or Raquette Lake.
Prizes will be awarded for categories including: Our Town, People at Play, Best Landscape, Best Wildlife and overall Best in Show. Only digital entries will be accepted.
Paul Smith’s College will hold a day-long festival of music, art and TED-style talks on Saturday, April 16th, at the Paul Smith’s College VIC.
The event, known as SAM Fest, is now in its third year. This year’s theme is “The Art and Science of Time.” It will feature a mix of performances by North Country musicians and poets, presentations by faculty and students, exhibits of works by local artists and a showing of “Chasing Ice,” an award-winning documentary about making dramatic, time-lapse film footage of melting glaciers around the world. » Continue Reading.
Difficulties and setbacks arose during the creation of the huge Bolivar piece, but excitement prevailed as the end neared. Ogdensburg native, sculptor Sally James Farnham, “I’ve worked more than four years on the statue and I’ve enjoyed every moment of the time. I like to do big things anyhow, and in working on this I had a tremendous personal feeling. I have great reverence for the subject, General Bolivar, and for the people of all South America…. I have been working from 16 to 18 hours a day for the past few weeks. And altogether, on General Bolivar, I have lifted over three tons of plastilene [oil-based modeling clay]. You’ll have to agree that the life of a stevedore has been mine.”
Prior to the unveiling, thousands gathered to watch as the statue was installed on Bolivar Hill in Central Park. There were luncheons, banquets, and other gatherings leading up to the big moment. The contingent representing the United States was topped by diplomats to Latin America, members of the cabinet, Supreme Court justices, Secretary of State Charles Evans Hughes, and President Warren Harding himself. A parade viewed by about 50,000 onlookers proceeded from the Waldorf-Astoria to Central Park, where a crowd estimated at 20,000 was in attendance. As part of the day’s ceremonies, a similar celebration was held simultaneously in Caracas, Venezuela, in honor of George Washington. » Continue Reading.
On Saturday, April 16, the Whallonsburg Grange Hall will host a dinner and concert, with all proceeds going towards the reconstruction of the barn at Reber Rock Farm. The farm, located in the Reber Valley just outside of Essex, lost its new barn in a fire on February 27. Along with the building, Reber Rock lost calves, laying hens, tools, equipment, hay, and grain.
The benefit will begin with a farm-fresh dinner, serving from 5-6:30 pm, $10 for adults and $5 for those under 12. A full evening of music celebrating the 75th birthday of Bob Dylan follows at 7 pm, with The Wannabes, Alice’s Fault, and Ploughman’s Lunch. Donations will be accepted for the concert, pay what you will. » Continue Reading.
The Northern Forest Canoe Trail and Adirondack Lakes and Trails are co-hosting the Reel Paddling Film Festival tonight, April 8, at 7 pm at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. The award-winning films tell stories about canoeing, kayaking, and the privilege of having wild places to paddle.
Film themes include kayaking the Aleutians and a multi-sport adventure on Baffin Island. One of the feature films, Paddle for the North, tells the story of a six-man expedition team and their 1,500-kilometer journey through the Yukon and Peel river watersheds. » Continue Reading.
New York Maple Weekends may have passed by but the maple celebration continues April 30- May 1 as part of the 12th annual Hadley Maple in April Festival. With live music and local food, Maple in April has people lining the streets of Hadley.
According to Festival Committee Chairperson Susan Wilder one reason their festival is such a success is that it takes place after the rush of maple sugaring season. When the sap first starts to run, most producers are busy boiling so holding the event later in the season allows area maple producers to participate with visitors and locals. » Continue Reading.