Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Essex County Arts and Crafts Festivals Set

Essex County Arts and Crafts FestivalThis year’s Essex County Arts and Crafts Festivals have been set for Friday, July 6th, at the Essex County Fairgrounds (at the start of Westport’s July 4th weekend celebrations) and on Wednesday, August 1, a mid-week event at the height of the summer season.

Fine artists and craft artists from across Essex County and the neighboring region are invited to display and offer to sell their work. Attendees are expected from more than 2o states. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Generous Acts Grants Awarded to Adirondack Nonprofits

Lakeside Sprouts Adirondack Foundation recently awarded $137,866 in grants to more than three-dozen nonprofit organizations. The funding comes primarily from the Foundation’s Generous Acts Fund, which accepts applications once per year for grants from a pool of donations from generous people who care about local communities.

Grant awards ranged from $1,000 – $10,000, and the projects are helping kids, families, seniors, and other community members, as highlighted below. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, June 23, 2018

Verdi-Themed Film Opens Sembrich Film Series

Left: Rubi Moscovich as Itzik, Middle: Ronit Elkabetz as Dina, Right: Shlomi Avraham as Papi, The opera-themed film In the Mouth of the Wolf is set to be shown in Bolton Landing on Monday, June 25th, at 7:30 pm. This opening selection of the Sembrich Summer Film Series will be presented at Bolton Free Library, 4922 Lake Shore Drive, and is open free and open to the public.

This documentary, virtually unseen since first being shown on U.S. television in 1963, offers a glimpse into an all-but-vanished musical milieu, as the nervous stars — opera greats Margherita Roberti, Renato Cioni, and Piero Cappuccilli — prepare their new production of Verdi’s Luisa Miller for Parma’s notoriously demanding audience. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, June 23, 2018

‘Adirondack Awakening’ Art Opening In Saranac Lake

Autumns Awakening by Susan WhitemanNorthWind Fine Arts Gallery has announced an opening reception for ‘Adirondack Awakening,’ a new exhibition by Susan Whiteman, has been set for Friday, July 6, from 5 to 7 pm.

Featuring luminous landscapes and florals, the exhibit will be on display for the month of July. The reception is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Susan is a juried member of the Pastel Society of America and plein air painter. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, June 21, 2018

Keeseville Plein Air Festival Underway

plein air painterThe second Keeseville Plein Air Festival is taking place this week, June 20 to the 24th. The arts festival is showcasing the work of 25 artists as they paint Keeseville’s mix of natural beauty, historic architecture and emerging agricultural scene.

AdkAction developed and launched the inaugural Keeseville Plein Air Festival in 2017 in an effort to bring the attention of talented artists to the hamlet of Keeseville, and aid in community revitalization efforts. The first year of the event included over 60 artworks created by 21 participating artists. Over $8,000 in artwork was sold, benefiting the artists and local community revitalization efforts. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Adirondack Explorer Publishes Outings Guide

The Adirondack Explorer recently published a special edition of its Annual Outings Guide in commemoration of the magazine’s twentieth anniversary.

The 2018 guide is larger than previous outings guides, with a more durable cover to ensure that it will last as a resource for years to come.

One hundred pages long, the Annual Outings Guide reprints thirty-one stories about outdoor adventures that appeared in the Explorer over the past decade—hikes, paddles, ski tours, slide scrambles, rock climbs, biking, and whitewater rafting. » Continue Reading.


Monday, June 18, 2018

Ledge Hill Studio Art Showing at Depot Theatre

works by Ellen Few Anderson and Alison WeldLedge Hill Studio has invited the public to attend the opening reception for its early summer art show at the Depot Theatre, featuring a variety of paintings, photographs and prints by a list of talented regional artists on Thursday, June 21 from 5 to 7 pm. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, June 16, 2018

Adirondack Literary Award Winners Announced

2018 adk literary awardsThe winners of the 2018 Adirondack Literary Awards were recently announced at an event at Heaven Hill Farm in Lake Placid.

Writers, readers, publishers, and friends joined for the celebration of all regional books published in 2017, as well as the announcement of the category winners. Following a welcome by Adirondack Center for Writing Executive Director Nathalie Thill, judges in each genre provided descriptions of each title submitted before announcing the year’s winners.

This years winners include: » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 15, 2018

Old in Art School: Historian Nell Painter Book Event Sunday

old in art schoolNell Painter, author, artist and Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton, is set to host a signing and discussing of her new book, Old in Art School, on Sunday, June 17th, at 4 pm.

The event will be held at Lake Flower Landing, 421 Flower Avenue in Saranac Lake. Painter will be joined in discussion by Keene Valley artist Frank Owen. » Continue Reading.


Monday, June 11, 2018

Local Writers: Latest E-book and Print Trends

As an author of many books and publisher (with my partner) of many others, it behooves me to keep up on the latest trends in the world of books.

This includes the ongoing question considered by many of my Adirondack friends and acquaintances who are authors: should I sell printed copies, or is it better to go digital with e-books? Or maybe a combination of the two? It’s an issue I’ve addressed here in years past, particularly in 2013 and 2014 when the e-book explosion rocked the industry, leading many experts and non-experts alike to conclude that the end for printed books was clearly in sight. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Christopher Shaw: Katie Wilson’s Folk Hero Candidacy

katie wilsonThe candidate most likely to win the Democratic primary race in the NY21st Congressional district has finally stepped forward. With her recently published essays, widespread press coverage and appearance on MSNBC, and with her tireless retail politicking around the vast district, Katie Wilson, of Keene, has become the native daughter most likely to purloin votes away from carpetbagger, willing Paul Ryan stooge and Trumpian apologist Elise Stefanik in the most important midterm election of my lifetime. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, May 31, 2018

12th Annual Dozer Fest in Plattsburgh

For the 12th year the Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Plattsburgh has invited the public to dig right in and get their hands dirty with its annual DozerFest. Taking place at the Airborne Speedway, my family has always enjoyed an opportunity to really find out how all that big machinery really operates.

Children have the chance to interact with active public safety workers including local police, firefighters, EMTs, linesmen, and road crew members. Participants can operate a backhoe, ride in a hydraulic crane or “cherry picker,” or help a firefighter put out flames. (Just for the record it isn’t a real fire, but children do get to use a fire hose and spray water on a target.) » Continue Reading.


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Adirondack Museum Opens for 2018 Season

One of my favorite places to go no matter the weather is Adirondack Experience (ADKX), the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake. Though Cabin Fever lectures and special ADKX holiday store hours were available throughout the winter months, the ADKX is will be open daily from Friday, May 25 to October 14, 10 am to 5 pm, for the 2018 season.

The 19,000 square-foot “Life in the Adirondacks” exhibition explores what it is to settle, work, and live in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Friday, May 18, 2018

Champlain Youth Rowers; Frank Beckett Joins Longboat Fleet

spring wave rowing eventOn Saturday May 19th over 150 youth rowers are set to gather at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum for the annual Spring Wave, a regional youth open-water rowing competition.

Youth rowers from schools in Maine, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut will row a series of three heats in thirty-two and twenty-five foot rowing boats which were built in LCMMs boat shop by regional High School students. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Adirondack Explorer Names New Editor

Brandon Loomis, a senior environmental reporter at the Arizona Republic since 2012, has been named editor of the Adirondack Explorer. He will start in July, succeeding Editor Phil Brown, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

Loomis began his career at a weekly newspaper in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where he covered the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks during the buildup to wolf reintroduction in that region. He has since worked at newspapers in Idaho, Utah, Alaska, and Arizona and at the Chicago bureau of the Associated Press. He was city editor of the Juneau Empire in Alaska during the mid-2000s. » Continue Reading.



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