The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts is set to present a group show of more than 15 members of the Adirondack Pastel Society in all three of its galleries. This show will run from August 1-31, with an artist reception and artists’ talk open to the public on Friday, August 9 from 5 to 7 pm. » Continue Reading.
Allegro avian wings a-flutter,
Humming an accompaniment
For tiny body suspended in tremolo,
Sipping sweet sugar solution
From flowered feeders.
We suspend our disbelief,
For the micro moment you light,
And sip, savor, the pure grace
Of your miraculous presence.
An effort is underway to spur economic growth in the town of Jay by growing its tourism sector and increasing the housing inventory. Members of a newly formed Jay Task Force have been meeting since March to investigate and identify initiatives. » Continue Reading.
The Ticonderoga Historical Society is set to present a free public program celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Festival on Friday, August 2 at 7 pm at the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga.
“Going Down to Yasgur’s Farm” is the name of both the program and the exhibit currently showing at the Historical Society’s museum which showcases the festival that came to reflect a generation. » Continue Reading.
The Strand Theatre in Schroon Lake has announced two nights of classic film screenings, set for Monday, July 29th, and Monday, August 12th. » Continue Reading.
The 2020 Adirondack Quad-County Decentralization Grant Program for Art and Cultural Programs has been announced for Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton Counties.
The Decentralization Program was developed to help ensure that New York State’s cultural funding reaches every part of the state. Decentralization funds are regranted locally by regional arts agencies at the invitation of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). » Continue Reading.
Where Deer Sleep
That place where the Moon
goes from whole to slithered,
bites of dust, smiles of yellow
rock, strange toenail shapes amidst
a royal navy blue canvas of stars,
growing dimmer the closer they are.
Just hidden enough to be found in
the bushes, sea urchin green, springing
up as coverage for all the earthlings which
do not sleep
In front of a thousand oaks, a family of
Whitetail Deer, each resting on a
pod of grass indented like the forehead of
an infant. There is a nakedness to this ritual,
a non-terrestriality, signs of the Creator’s indivisibility.
A place where deer sleep. Beside the specter
of daffodils blooming in untimely silences, made of
atoms, bones held by the same basic power source
of gravitational waves that only deer listen to.
Wrapped together for some reason, around the Sun, stretching
out into space, atomic reactions to the night. From sunrise to
sunset, turning away from the hours traveling across the sky.
The Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC) is once again hosting its annual Rubber Loon Race on July 20 at 3 pm. The loon race mimics that long-standing rubber ducky race tradition, but with an Adirondack twist. The unique rubber loons make their trip downstream and three winners have the opportunity to collect a cash prize.
My family has been exploring the trails at the Adirondack Interpretive Center since my children were learning how to walk. We’ve attended special workshops. We’ve paddled, swam, and attended lectures. There is always a welcome staff member to answer our questions. Since most of the events and activities are free, all funds from the Rubber Loon Race are earmarked for special place-based public programming. » Continue Reading.
The Ticonderoga Historical Society has announced a free summer lawn concert “From Wilson to Woodstock” at the Hancock House, set for Saturday, July 20 at 6 pm. This year’s concert celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Festival held in Bethel Woods, New York.
From Wilson to Woodstock refers to President Woodrow Wilson, under whose administration the passage of the 19th Amendment occurred. Wilson’s policies with regard to World War One and the Treaty of Versailles were also important in creating the incubator for the Second World War and subsequent global conflicts. » Continue Reading.
View Arts Center in Old Forge is set to host a basketry workshop. Participants can make and leave with a staple tradition of the Adirondacks: the pack basket. This class is set for August 21 from 9 am to 5 pm.
This class will be taught by Linda Scherz. Weaving baskets for more than 30 years, Scherz is a highly skilled artisan and teacher. In this one-day workshop, participants will learn to weave a 14″ traditional Adirondack pack basket ready for their next hiking or canoe trip. All materials and tools will be provided. » Continue Reading.
Burlington-based songstress Kat Wright will headline the inaugural year of Northern Current, a new, daylong music festival that will continue the tradition of Hobofest.
The sultry soul singer and her band take the stage at Saranac Lake’s Riverside Park alongside an eclectic mix of music on Sunday, September 1st, for the free, family-friendly day of fun. » Continue Reading.
I remember cold backpack mornings in Augusts
in the Adirondacks in the late 1960s, hanging-in
our sleeping bags long after waking from sleep
on our tarps only to watch for the longest time
while sunlight clambered down from tree tops
to give us the warming inspiration to crawl out
our snug sleeping bags and launch the new day.
Once with my late sister Karen in an open-front
lean-to shelter along Diamond Mountain Brook,
where a side trail leads to the Siamese Ponds,
the weather had been so warm that we took
our summer bags, only to find the lean-to floor
bare of the expected insulating balsam boughs.
Just barely past midnight we both awoke
bone-cold, deciding to sit up in our bags, our
feet propped on our backpacks, keeping them
off the cold lean-to floor. It reminded me how
Karen and I once rode eastward from college,
home for our Christmas break in the back seat
of a classmate’s car whose heater didn’t work.
At five degrees, we wore our gloves on our feet,
while we sat on our hands to keep them warm.
The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) has announced the launch of the new LakePlacid.com, a revamped, mobile-friendly website designed to promote tourism to the region.
The site features listings of local lodging and dining options, special events, entertainment options and an emphasis on outdoor activities for all seasons. The site also includes direct hotel bookings, videos, and prominent event listings. » Continue Reading.
Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, is set to bring artists, artisans, musicians, traditional crafters, and contemporary makers to the campus for its sixth annual Made in the Adirondacks North Country Fair on Saturday, July 20th from 10 am to 5 pm. » Continue Reading.
One way to understand Adirondack population trends is to look at the major changes in the experiences of different age groups. In this article we look at the experiences of the Late Baby Boomers, those born between 1956-1965, and the Generation Xers, those born 1966-1975.
Across Rural America these age groups saw major population losses by 2010, even as the U.S. population grew due to immigration from abroad.