Friday, March 22, 2024

Saranac Lake letter-writing group aims to end violence in Gaza

People concerned about Gaza gather at the Adirondack Center for Writing in Saranac Lake.

Each Monday of this year, in a writing studio in Saranac Lake, two dozen people or so have participated in an eclectic gathering that has elements of a ’60s war protest, the Algonquin Round Table, and an ice cream social. The goal is to end the violence in Gaza, not with anger, signs and chants, but with literature, fundraising and art. Along the way, new friendships are made and community ties strengthened. Most of all, those who have felt a visceral reaction to events in the Middle East now know they are not alone.

PS: Letters for Ceasefire has its seeds in protracted discussions between Tyler Barton, communication and programming manager for the Adirondack Center for Writing, and his wife Erin Dorney in long, cross-state drives to visit relatives over the holidays.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Adk Artists Guild announces annual juried show winners

An artist stands beside one of his photographs

The 26th annual juried show at the Adirondack Artists Guild opened on Friday, [March 15] with a gala reception. Seventy-four works by sixty-four artists, chosen by juror Laura Desmond of the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg, comprise the show.

 “With such a large number of submissions, and limited exhibition space, I knew that many fine works would ultimately be left out of the show, but I proceeded by addition, rather than subtraction, picking pieces that I knew I wanted to include in the exhibit,” said Laura Desmond. “These were works with a compelling conjunction of concept, medium, and technique, where an idea was pursued with purpose, dedication, and command of the formal properties of the work.”

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Sunday, March 17, 2024

The Hyde Collection: “Women and Art” After Hours Tour, March 21

Frieseke - Young Girl Before Mirror - The Hyde Women and Art Tour
Glen Falls, NY
– In celebration of Women’s History Month, The Hyde Collection presents “Women and Art” for its March Art After Hours programming. On the evening of March 21, join this special exploration of the collection with a focus on the various roles of women from the Renaissance into the 20th Century and how art has reinforced or challenged those roles. The tour is facilitated by a trained guide.

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Friday, March 15, 2024

The Sembrich Announces Centennial Season Events

2024 Festival Graphic Logo

BOLTON LANDING – The Sembrich announces its 2024 summer festival “A Century of Sembrich.” Celebrating 100 years of Marcella Sembrich’s musical legacy on Lake George, the 2024 festival boasts a spectacular line-up of today’s acclaimed concert artists and features works by composers in Sembrich’s own artistic circle. 

The 2024 festival begins on June 5 and runs through August 31. Highlights of the 2024 festival include: » Continue Reading.

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Whallonsburg Grange Lyceum upcoming lectures

Whallonsburg Grange Lyceum series
-The final two lectures in the Whallonsburg Grange Winter Lyceum series, “Author! Author!” will present two local authors with new books on very different topics. On Tuesday, March 19 at 7pm, Lorraine Duvall, an award-winning author who writes on her love of the Adirondacks, will discuss her newest memoir about the Styles Brook in the towns of Keene and Jay, near where she lives. This tributary drops around 2,500 feet as it descends five miles to the East Branch of the Ausable River from its origin on Jay Mountain.

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Monday, March 11, 2024

Adirondack Artists Guild’s 26th annual juried exhibition opens March 15

Adirondack Artist's Guild in Saranac Lake.

The Adirondack Artists Guild will hold its 26th annual juried show in March and April. The exhibit opens on Friday, March 15 with a gala reception, and will run through April 17. Seventy-six works of art by sixty-four artists have been chosen for the show by juror Laura Desmond, curator and educator at the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg. Prizes donated by Chris Covert of Guide Boat Realty, Lindy Ellis and Rich Shapiro of Gear-to-Go Tandems, and the Adirondack Artists Guild will be awarded during the reception.

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Saturday, March 9, 2024

Howl Story Slam returns for 8th season, March 27

2024 ACW Howl story slam
The Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW) and North Country Public Radio (NCPR) have announced the first five Howl Story Slams of the 2024 season. The first event is set for Wednesday, March 27, at 7 p.m. at Olive Ridley’s in Plattsburgh, NY. Additional story slams are scheduled at Morristown at the Iron Horse Grill on April 23, Upper Jay at the Upper Jay Art Center on May 16, Indian Lake at the Indian Lake Theater on June 21, and Saranac Lake at the Waterhole on July 9. The theme for these five slams is “Risky Business.”

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Saturday, March 9, 2024

Pendragon Theatre provides summer update, announces award

Actor on stage

BroadwayWorld has announced Pendragon Theatre as the recipient of three awards for Pendragon’s 2023 summer season which includes Best Lighting Design (Leo Lei, two years in a row), Best Sound Design (Danielle Pecchiolli) and the top award of Favorite Theatre in the Central New York Region for the second year in a row.

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Saturday, March 9, 2024

Up in the air

red hawk

A red hawk called, and circled in the sky
above my route, as I went jogging by.
I stopped and spoke to her. She screeched again,
then perched with grace upon a leafless limb.
Instead of anywhere, you’re here, I said.
She rustled feathers, showing off her red.
Whatever you’re meant to help me learn today,
I’ll try to learn it – thanks. The interplay
of hawk and human spirits – just us two –
was good, a moment’s gift. And what ensues
from such communion? That’s yet up in the air
(to use a phrase). But it helps me to prepare.
I’ll see what comes, and think of my red hawk,
and keep in mind our unexpected talk.

Photo at top: Red Hawk. Wikimedia Commons photo.

Thursday, February 29, 2024

‘Theremin master’ to perform March 10 in Saranac

Musician Rob Schwimmer

Hill and Hollow Music is pleased to announce that musician Rob Schwimmer is set to perform a solo concert on piano, theremin and Haken Continuum on Sunday, March 10 at 3 p.m. at the Saranac Methodist Church on Route 3 in Saranac, New York.  The program includes works by Mussorgsky, Scriabin, Strayhorn, and the Beatles plus original compositions and improvisations for all three instruments; theme and variations on standards, classics and movie soundtracks—overall, a healthy dose of mystery.

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Thursday, February 29, 2024

“Out of the Box” Exhibit Showcases Female Artists March 1-29

Oil painting

Malone, NY – The cultural landscape of Malone is set to come alive with a month-long presentation of artistic expression and creativity, combining the celebration of SWAN (Support Women’s Arts Now) with a rich canvas of art events. From March 1-29, all are invited to gather for SWAN, highlighting the often overlooked contributions of women in the arts. The event, organized by The Thrive Project, aims to champion and promote the work of women artists across various disciplines.

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Saturday, February 24, 2024

John Sasso publishes first ‘History and Legends’ book

john sasso book cover

“These mountains have seen things’”

Ever since he began hiking the mountains of the  Adirondacks, John Sasso has been intrigued with the artifacts he would stumble upon, such as iron bolts from  old land surveys, remnants of long-gone logging camps,  mysterious woods roads, and stone foundations.  

The questions those finds provoked: “What was here?” “What was their purpose?” and “Where did the name come from?” led him to research and write about the often-surprising and always entertaining answers he’s found over the years. 

The first volume in a planned series, this book shares the fascinating stories behind the mountains of the Northern Adirondacks and, it is hoped, will lead to a deeper appreciation of this unique and remarkable area. 

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

ACW hosts Fact or Fiction – live storytelling game

ACW Fact or Fiction event, 2023

The Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW) will host its second Fact or Fiction storytelling event on Friday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. at The Garagery in Saranac Lake.
The Garagery is Grizle T’s event space, located at the rear of 53 Main St. and accessed through the Dorsey Street parking lot.

Fact or Fiction is a live storytelling game where performers tell stories and the audience asks questions in order to determine if what they just heard was true or made-up. ACW will choose the storytellers in advance to ensure a good mix of stories. Audience members can play solo or form teams to decide which questions to ask and whether to vote fact or fiction at the end of each story. The team or solo player to categorize the most stories correctly will win prizes, glory and more.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at

Photo provided by ACW.

Monday, February 12, 2024

Old Forge events pair sweets and eats

Desserts on a table

Two long-standing events are taking place in Old Forge this week, including the Old Forge Library’s annual Sweetheart Dessert Contest on Wednesday, Feb. 14 and View’s 17th annual Chili Bowl Luncheon on Saturday, Feb. 17. See below for additional details about these events. 

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Sunday, February 11, 2024

The Hyde Collection presents “Faces of Love” Candlelight Tour, Feb. 15

Ingres - Paolo and Francesca cropped, provided by Hyde websiteGlen Falls, NY – The Hyde Collection is presenting “Faces of Love” for its February Art After Hours programming in the spirit of love and artistry. This enchanting candlelight tour, taking place Thursday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m., will showcase several carefully selected masterpieces from the Renaissance to the 20th Century, exploring the themes of love, lust, and loss. » Continue Reading.