Thursday, January 11, 2024

ACW to present Barkreaders, Howl Grand Slam events this month

ACW 2024 Barkreaders with Andrew Weatherhead

Saranac Lake, NY — The Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW) is pleased to announce a couple events slated for mid-January, including a Barkreaders event which will highlight author Andrew Weatherhead and his book of poetry, Fudge, on January 17 at the ACW. On January 20, the ACW and North Country Public Radio (NCPR) will kick off the conclusion of the Howl Story Slam’s seventh season with the Howl Grand Slam slated for 7 p.m. at St. Lawrence University. See below for details about these events.

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Saturday, January 6, 2024

ADKX event roundup, photography Zoom presentation Jan. 8

Adirondack Experience museum in winter

Blue Mountain Lake, NY- Those at Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX) have a series of online and in-person events on the docket for 2024, including an Adirondack Photographers, 1850 – 1950 program led by author Sally Svenson via Zoom webinar on the evening of Monday, January 8. ADKX will also be celebrating the total solar eclipse on campus in April and will offer fun and educational members-only programs throughout the year as well as popular flagship events such as FallFest, Mushroom Mania, and more. ADKX intends to reopen its doors for the regular season on May 24, 2024.

Please see below for a sample of what is in store for the next couple months.

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Saturday, January 6, 2024

Discounted tickets for Bluegrass in Heaven available until Feb. 29


 Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper perform in Silver Bay's Auditorium during the 2023 Bluegrass in Heaven.

Silver Bay, NY – Silver Bay YMCA is pleased to announce the return of its premier family-friendly musical festival, Bluegrass in Heaven, which is slated to take place from September 13 – 15, 2024.

The first Bluegrass in Heaven music festival, which occurred in September 2023 on Silver Bay YMCA’s 700-acre campus, passed expectations with over 300 tickets sold. Until February 29, individuals buying Bluegrass in Heaven Tickets will be able to use the promo code BGIHEarlyBird to receive a 10-percent discount off their ticket purchase. (The promo code will work on all ticket types.)

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Sunday, December 31, 2023

BluSeed Studios to host New Year’s Day Pot Luck Round Robin

BluSeed Studios' Sober Open Minded Mic New Years Day Celebration graphic.

Saranac Lake, NY – BluSeed Studio Sober Open-Minded Mic Night is celebrating a successful first year with a New Year’s Day Celebration to be held at BluSeed Studios in Saranac Lake from 3 to 6 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring finger food to share. The group will have a round robin sharing of music and the spoken word, and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.  This is a free event and it is open to all performers and listeners. Please RSVP to

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Thursday, December 21, 2023

Call for Artists: Applications Opening January for 2024 Gallery Exhibits at ALCA

artwork by Cheryl Horning
BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE, NY — The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (ALCA) announces a call for artists to submit exhibit proposals for the 2024 gallery lineup. Qualified artists working in all media are invited to apply for solo or group shows at the Arts Center with each exhibit displaying in our gallery spaces for approximately four weeks between May and October. » Continue Reading.

Sunday, December 17, 2023

The Hyde Collection: Three exhibitions to open in Jan.

oil painting

Glens Falls, NY – The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY, is thrilled to start the new year with three exhibitions opening in January 2024. On Saturday, January 20, visitors can explore the first
exhibition of the 2024 season, Venetian Vistas (January 20 – April 21, 2024); Paul Anthony Smith: Passage (January 27 – June 2, 2024) and Decorating in Style: Furniture from the Permanent Collection (January 27 – April 21, 2024) both open the following Saturday, January 27. The exhibitions are open to the public Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Adirondack calendar proceeds to benefit Lake George Land Conservancy

Adirondack sunset

Janice Prichett, an Adirondack photographer who resides in Upstate New York, is now taking orders for a 2024 Adirondack calendar which features images from around the Adirondack Park.  This year all proceeds (after expenses) will go to the Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC).

“The LGLC protects the land within the Lake George watershed to preserve the world-renowned water quality of this amazing lake,” Prichett said. “The Lake George Land Conservancy manages over 39 miles of trails. These trails are open to the public year-round for hiking, snow-shoeing, and cross-country skiing. While most trails lead visitors to views of Lake George, some take people to other destinations, such as waterfalls and beaver ponds. I personally have hiked and enjoyed these trails for many years.”

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Tuesday, December 12, 2023

A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play set for Dec. 17

Graphic for A Christmas Carol radio play reading.

Whallonsburg, NY — The Whallonsburg Grange Hall and the Depot Theatre Academy are pleased to present a return to a holiday tradition with a performance of A CHRISTMAS CAROL: A RADIO PLAY on December 17, 2023, with live music and refreshments beginning at 2 p.m. and the reading performance at 3 p.m.

Based upon the novel by Charles Dickens, this performance will be a radio play reading complete with live sound effects, featuring local artists and professional actors.

Admission to the event is free and open to the public, and donations will be gratefully accepted to benefit the BackPack Program.

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Monday, December 11, 2023

Pendragon Theatre to present The Land of Forgotten Toys, Dec. 14-17

Graphic for Land of Forgotten Toys play

Saranac Lake, NY- Pendragon Theatre is pleased to showcase a holiday play called The Land of Forgotten Toys with five performances scheduled from Thursday through Sunday, December 14-17. The Land of Forgotten Toys by Jennifer Enchin and Jaclyn Enchin is an uplifting tale that gives voice and hope to the overlooked and unseen. Two misfit young women, Grace and Nikki, are magically swept off to Christmas Land where they encounter The Queen of the Northern Sky and her band of broken and forgotten toys. Everybody joins forces to set off on a quest to rescue a kidnapped Santa and save Christmas. The performance is appropriate for ages 5 and up, and the run time is approximately one hour. Holiday concessions will be available prior to each performance.

To purchase tickets for this performance, click here.

Photo at top: Pendragon Theatre website photo.

Saturday, December 9, 2023

Silver Bay YMCA receives Charles R. Wood Foundation grant

 Silver Bay YMCA Chaplain Karen Skalla makes apple crisp and apple pie with some teens at the teen center. Silver Bay YMCA is pleased to announce that the Charles R. Wood Foundation has awarded Silver Bay a $8,600 grant to help support the Silver Bay YMCA Ticonderoga Teen Center. Silver Bay YMCA’s VP of Development and Government Relations Walt Lender said on the awarding of the grant, “We are thrilled with the announcement of this grant for Silver Bay’s teen center in Ticonderoga. The confidence that the Charles R. Wood Foundation has placed in us to provide local teens with a safe and enriching environment is encouraging.”

The teen center is run through Silver Bay YMCA in partnership with the Town of Ticonderoga is open six days a week during the school year and provides free activities and programs such as basketball, cooking lessons, cake decorating contests, and pinata making for local teens. Teens also have the opportunity to suggest programs and activities for the teen center to do or are welcome to take advantage of one of the many hangout areas and do their own thing. » Continue Reading.

Monday, December 4, 2023

Hallmark-style film begins filming in Lake Placid

Promo photo for A Jar Full of Christmas film

From award-winning screenwriter/director Candy Cain comes a Christmas story that packs love, nostalgia, and community into a single jar. In Lake Placid, NY, Rose inherits her mom’s home, reuniting her with her childhood friend, Summer. Sparks fly with old pal Everett, and the trio uses Rose’s mom’s jam recipe to save the town church, blending nostalgia, love, and community.
The film is slated to begin principal photography in Lake Placid, NY and the surrounding areas, today, Monday Dec. 4 and wrap around Thursday Dec. 21, Cain said.

“The perfect holiday film is a combination of humor and sappiness,” Cain said, whose previous holiday films include JOY & HOPE and SANTA’S SECOND WIFE.

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Monday, December 4, 2023

Saranac Lake: Sam Balzac’s Musical Adaptation of “The Wrong Box” to Premiere Dec. 9

The Wrong Box logo

Sam Balzac’s Musical Adaptation of “The Wrong Box” to Premiere Saturday Evening, December 9, at the Saranac Lake Free Library

Saranac Lake, NY—A visit to the Robert Louis Stevenson Cottage and Museum in Saranac Lake became the impetus for the creation of a new musical-theater piece premiering Saturday, December 9, at the Saranac Lake Free Library.

Full of intrigue, mistaken identities, humor and heart, this musical reinterpretation of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson novella, The Wrong Box—co-authored with his stepson, Lloyd Osbourne—blends contemporary sensibilities with Victorian-era tomfoolery to create a hilarious piece of theater sure to entertain North Country audiences. » Continue Reading.

Saturday, December 2, 2023

Depot Theatre presents “DECKED” Play Reading at Westport Heritage House, Dec. 9

Graphic for staged play reading, DECKED

Westport, N.Y – The Depot Theatre and the Westport Chamber of Commerce are pleased to present a staged play reading of DECKED by Ginna Hoben at the Westport Heritage House on December 9, 2023, at 5 p.m. The reading is produced by Saranac Lake-based Adirondack Stage Rats.

With a nod to the classics IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE and A CHRISTMAS CAROL, this new, all-female seriocomic play explores themes of family, grief, letting go, and moving on. The playwright will be at the performance to discuss and answer questions.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

“Luminance,” exhibit of paintings by Georgeanne Gaffney opens Dec. 1

image: "Adorn," acrylic on silver leaf by Georgeanne Gaffney
Saranac Lake, NY-  An exhibit of paintings by Georgeanne Gaffney will open on Friday, December 1 at the Adirondack Artists Guild. Her pieces span subject matter, size, and materials. Georgeanne chose the title “Luminance” to express the romantic and dreamy mood of her works, which range from a large 8-foot landscape on gilded panels to mini gilded waterlily and floral pieces the size of a business card…and everything in between.

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Saturday, November 25, 2023

Adirondack Center for Writing to host author Amy Godine on Dec. 1

The Black Woods by Amy Godine

Saranac Lake, NYThe Adirondack Center for Writing’s next Friday Night Writes will feature Amy Godine, author of The Black Woods (Cornell University Press, 2023). Friday Night Writes is a monthly happy hour of writing, reading and networking, open to all, that takes place from 3-7 p.m. on the first Friday of every month at the Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW), located at 15 Broadway in downtown Saranac Lake. During these sessions, ACW provides space, prompts, inspiration and resources.

December’s event, Friday, Dec. 1, will also feature a “Friday Night Talk” with Amy Godine from 6-7 p.m. Godine will share about her book, The Black Woods, and then take questions from the audience. Copies of Godine’s book will be available for purchase.

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