Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Adirondack Center for Writing Presents Poem Village

poem villageThe Adirondack Center for Writing is presenting PoemVillage to celebrate of the creativity and talent of Adirondack Tri-Lakes communities during National Poetry Month in April. Starting April 11th, all submissions of poetry from community members,  elementary kids to seniors, will be displayed in the windows of partnering businesses in downtown Saranac Lake.

For three weeks, a trail of locally-written poetry will follow anyone walking down Main Street. Then, on April 15th, the Adirondack Center for Writing will hide postcard-sized submissions in the corners of local businesses in an event called PocketPoetry. Under the morning coffee, tucked in a newspaper, or underneath the toothpaste at the local pharmacy, will be poems from your friends and neighbors. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Whallonsburg Grange: Six Objects Winter Lyceum Series

grange lyceum series flyerThe Whallonsburg Grange has announced its winter Lyceum series, “More History of Everything in Six Objects.” The presenters will choose and discuss six objects that demonstrate the history, evolution, and significance of the common things around us. The lectures will occur on Tuesdays at 7:30 pm throughout the months of February and March.

The series opens on February 9, 2016 with architects Beverly Eichenlaub and Bryan Burke presenting “Six Buildings.” Admission for each lecture is $5, and free for students. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Fabulous 50s: Indian Lake’s Winterfest February 12–14

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Indian Lake’s 31st Annual Winterfest – The Fabulous 50s – will take place February 12 – 14, 2016, with activities planned for the whole weekend.

Friday afternoon will kick-off with a Winterfest Parade at 4:30 pm, featuring this year’s Queen, Jean Turner. There will be themed floats with the winners announced after the parade at the Indian Lake Restaurant & Tavern. A $50, Best Float prize will be awarded. Following the parade is the Annual Tricky Tray at Indian Lake Central School. The doors open at 6 pm. This is a benefit for the Indian Lake Central School Travel Club.  Indian Lake’s Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary will be serving breakfast at the fire hall 7 am to 10 am on Saturday, and 7 am to 11 am on Sunday.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Saranac Lake Ice Palace Construction Begins

Dean Baker Measures Ice Thickness for Saranac Lake Ice Palace Construction on the palace will continue until the start of the carnival on February 5.

The Ice Palace is built by volunteers, organized by a group informally known as the Ice Palace Workers 101 (IPW 101). The public is welcome to volunteer and roles are assigned based on comfort level, skill and ability.

The construction of the Ice Palace is a community effort by those dedicated to keeping this tradition alive. Volunteers are subject to cold temperatures and inclement weather, all while handling ice and snow. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Adirondack Museum Opens For February FrostFest

View of Blue Mountain Lake From the Adirondack MuseumThe Adirondack Museum will host FrostFest, Saturday through Sunday, Feb. 13 – 21, from 10 am to 4 pm with free exhibitions, a rare opportunity to explore the Adirondack Museum campus during the winter season, activities for families, shopping and free coffee in the museum store, and more.

Weather permitting, free FrostFest activities will include the opportunity to tramp around the museum campus on snowshoes, play winter games, build snow people, browse and learn more about winter, snow, and ice in their reading nook, seek out Adirondack animal tracks in the snow, take a stroll to the Lake View Deck and marvel at frozen Blue Mountain Lake, and more.  Many of the museum exhibitions will also be open at no charge  during FrostFest, including: » Continue Reading.


Saturday, January 16, 2016

Dr. Gerster’s “Notes Collected in the Adirondacks”

GersterWhile staying at Camp Kirby on Raquette Lake last summer I picked up the two volume Notes Collected in the Adirondacks 1895-1896 and 1897-98 (North Country Books, 2010) by Dr. Arpad Geyza Gerster, and edited by Sidney S. Whelan Jr.

The book is a transcription of the diaries kept by Gerster, who had a summer home on Big Island on Raquette Lake.

Gerster was quite a character. Born in Hungary in 1848, he was a surgeon in the Austro-Hungarian Army before emigrating during the Panic of 1873. Working first for Manhattan’s German Hospital, he became a renowned surgeon at Mt. Sinai Hospital, taught at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and served as President of the American Surgical Association.  Gerster was also an avid sportsman, a trustee of the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks, a lover of Italian opera, and an accomplished artist. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Long Lake Winter Carnival Set For Saturday

BroomballAdirondack summers seem to bring festivals while Adirondack winters bring  carnivals. Spread throughout the Park, towns and villages take out the stops to celebrate the season.

Long Lake is no exception. On January 16, 2016 the community will bring together wacky and wild activities as part of their 15th Long Lake Winter Carnival.

Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club member Paula Piraino says: “This year the town has formally taken over the coordinating of Winter Carnival from the Moonlighter’s Club though they have been heavily involved in the past. The Moonlighter’s Club is still involved as we sponsor the Broomball Tournament and  the traditional crowning of the king and queen.”

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Trudeau Designs Two Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Buttons

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival 2016 Button - SuperheroThis year “Doonesbury” cartoonist Garry Trudeau has designed two buttons for the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. There is usually one button each year, so the double edition is a rarity.

Using this year’s Winter Carnival theme “Superheroes and Villains,” Trudeau’s illustrations show “Doonesbury” characters Zonker as a superhero on one button and Duke as a villain on the other button.  Trudeau, who was raised in Saranac Lake, has created the Winter Carnival button design since 1981 to benefit the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, first held in 1897. » Continue Reading.


Friday, January 8, 2016

2016 Adirondack Cardboard Sled Race Schedule

LaPorte Sled 2015 photo by Swedberg(1)Cardboard sled races will be held in conjunction with multiple winter festivals and carnivals throughout the Adirondacks during the Fourth Annual Great Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit.

Cardboard Sled racing has grown in popularity in the last several years. The LaPorte Family of Eagle Bay has won the Circuit’s Grand Prize for the last two years, usurping Bob Lewin’s win in Daddy’s Folly in 2013. The LaPorte’s designs have included two army trucks and 2015 they introduced a classic Red Chevy with a functioning trunk allowing room for a hidden rider. The LaPorte’s have been a tough team to beat. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Author Robin Wall Kimmerer At The Wild Center

robin-wall-kimmerer-braiding-sweetgrassOne of my family’s favorite year-round Adirondack museums is Tupper Lake’s Wild Center. The combination of trails and outdoor space mixed with live exhibits and multi-media shows satisfies a wide range of ages from grandmother to granddaughter.

Though the creative hands-on learning opportunities are a good part of its appeal, the Wild Center continues to grow with its audience through award-winning films, the Youth Climate Summit and other special programming. Saturday’s visit by Robin Wall Kimmerer, whose latest book is, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants, is another of those occasions.

According to Exhibits and Programs Manager Rob Carr, Kimmerer’s reading is open to members and those with a paid admission to The Wild Center on January 9 at 1 pm. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Applications Sought for Adirondack Foundation Grants

indian lake theaterThe Adirondack Foundation is now accepting applications for grants from its Generous Acts Fund.

“In its first year of grant-making, the Generous Acts Fund awarded 31 grants ranging from $250 to $10,000 to organizations that support communities in the Adirondack region,” Cali Brooks, president and CEO of Adirondack Foundation said in an announcement sent to the press. “Pressing needs abound throughout our unique region. The caring people who are pooling their gifts in this fund are investing in our communities, building the power of generosity to make a meaningful difference here.” » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 4, 2016

Harvey Kane: Newspaper Editor With A Poet’s Touch

Hermit_thrush_qmnonicNewspaper articles and poetry are two quite different styles of writing. It’s probably not a common thing to be well-versed (pardon the mild pun) in both, but a century ago, a North Country man enjoyed a regular following in both arenas. One of his poems struck me as capturing nature with beautiful prose, while at the same time recalling a great pleasure that so many Adirondack folks have experienced. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

First Night Celebrations In Saranac Lake, Saratoga

SONY DSCThere is no right or wrong way to ring in the New Year, unless it involves an altercation with the police. For my family, a  multi-generational event remains the most memorable New Year’s Eve celebration.

According to First Night Saratoga Coordinator Alex Jones this year will be the 20th anniversary for First Night Saratoga. After wrapping up last year’s celebration the First Night Saratoga Committee asked participants what they wanted to see “more of” for the 20th anniversary celebration. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Gooley: Foot Traffic Is Key To Selling Local Books

FootTraffic02PDRecent events (record sales numbers for our company) have helped confirm that practices I’ve shared with self-published authors selling their own work apply to both small-scale and larger-scale situations. You must, of course, have successfully gauged the sale-ability of your book, designed a pleasing cover, applied a price that works for both you and your potential customers, and have at least ballpark accuracy in predicting your audience. With those factors in place, it’s time to sell. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Adirondacks Had A Friend In John Washburn

John WashburnThe Adirondacks and hikers of the Northville-Placid Trail lost a friend when John Washburn passed away in September.

John and his wife, Jane, ran the Trailhead Lodge in Benson in the southern Adirondacks, near where the NP enters the Silver Lake Wilderness. Many a hiker spent the night there before embarking on the 120-mile trek to Lake Placid.

I used to speak with John fairly often as he wrote a number of articles for the Adirondack Explorer and sometimes provided us news tips. I also came to know his son, Michael, when he headed the Residents’ Committee to Protect the Adirondacks.

I didn’t know much about John’s history other than that he used to teach. His obituary fills in some of the details. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War and was discharged in 1964 as a first lieutenant. He taught in the Gloversville School District from 1968 to 1987. After retirement, he founded the Search Team 5-1, took part in many searches for lost hikers, and wrote a manual for rescuers titled Point Last Seen. He also wrote a book on Irish history. He and his wife ran the Trailhead Lodge from 1989 to 2011.

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