Friday, November 6, 2020

Search Saratoga PLAN Trails for Painted Rocks

Starting today (November 6), hikers are invited to join the Saratoga PLAN trails scavenger hunt, on select trails. Search for palm-sized rocks painted with inspirational messages that will be hidden along stretches of the Henning Preserve in the Town of Wilton, Orra Phelps Preserve in the Town of Wilton, and Bog Meadow Brook Preserve in Saratoga Springs. Collect meaningful rocks for you or a gift to others.

The project is intended to be more then just a fun way to visit the trails, Alex Fylypovych PLAN’s community engagement manager explains: “People find inspiration in so many ways. Some people find inspiration from walking in the woods or sitting by a stream. Others find it through art. With this project, we’re sort of combining the two… Sharing the message from your rock may reach someone else who could benefit from the uplifting note,” she says. Saratoga PLAN asks that any rocks collected be shared on social media using the hashtag #SaratogaPLANrocks and tagging @SaratogaPLAN. “Spread the inspiration and the joy,” says Fylypovych. “We can all use some more positivity this year.”

The #SaratogaPLANrocks project was made possible through a collaborative effort between Saratoga PLAN (Preserving Land and Nature) and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. Regeneron’s annual Day for Doing Good pairs its employees with various Capital Region nonprofits in order to service their community. Over 50 Regeneron employees painted and hid more than 100 rocks. The project takes inspiration from the nationwide Kindness Rock Project and the Block Island Glass Float Project.

Rocks will not be hidden more then one foot from the trail in order to protect delicate vegetation.


Thursday, November 5, 2020

Results are in from Halloween Scarecrow Contest

The winners for Raquette Lake’s Annual Halloween Scarecrow Contest are:

Scariest by Beeba Norris

Halloween Sprit by Autumn Miller

Most Creative by Bayli Bird

Prizes were sponsored by the Long Lake / Raquette Lake Parks and Recreation Department

 

Photos courtesy of Kat Forsell/Town of Long Lake


Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Poetry: Death of a Dragonfly

Death of a Dragonfly
(All lives matter…)
See season changes so temperate,

That one must still their breath, softly,

Even to notice.

Parading a lushness of bloom,

Riotous tendrils burst and grow anew,

In sparkling diamonds of morning dew,

Reveling in summer’s persistent,

And benevolent façade.

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Monday, November 2, 2020

AARCH provides resources for educators

The Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) provides resources to teachers and educators all over Northern New York.

Their work in regional education, advocacy, and technical assistance expands K-12 Art, Science, Technology, Math, English, and Social Studies curriculums all over the region.

A resources page on their website, available at this link, showcases what AARCH offers in helping students and teachers delve into a new learning environment, allowing them to build an understanding around historical preservation in their respective communities.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Essex County Arts Council seeks part time administrator

essex county arts councilThe Essex County Arts Council is looking to hire a part-time arts administrator. The position is an average of 30 hours a month, with more/less hours depending on the time of year. Duties include grant administration, marketing and communications support, and event support.

Application receipt deadline is Monday, November 16, 2020. Application should be made to Essex County Arts Council, c/o Tony Kostecki, President and may be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to Essex County Arts Council, PO Box 187, Westport, NY 12993. Include a cover letter, brief resume, and three references with contact information.

More about the position and about the Arts Council can be found online: http://essexcountyarts.org.


Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Poetry: Rainbows

Rainbows
Each morning when I wake,

Errant sunrays pierce crystal orbs

Dripping from east-facing window frames,

And explode into rainbows of light,

On floor and walls.

Cool white tiles come to life,

In prismatic hues,

And help me face the day.

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Monday, October 26, 2020

Spooky Native storytelling night, and Abenaki language classes

Ndakinna story night

On a dark and scary Friday night this coming Oct. 30, the Ndakinna Education Center is proud to present the Twenty-Second Annual SCARY STORY NIGHT. This evening of spooky Native tales will be hosted by the well-known storytelling trio of Joseph, James, and Jesse Bruchac. Due to Covid-19, this year we will be broadcasting the performance via Zoom.

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Monday, October 19, 2020

TAUNY Dairy Farm Workers project featured on Library of Congress website

farm workersTAUNY Dairy Farm Workers Project Now Online at Library of Congress

In 2012, TAUNY folklorist Hannah Harvester received an Archie Green Fellowship from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress to document the occupational folklife of dairy farmers and farm workers in the North Country. We’re thrilled to announce that TAUNY’s “Dairy Farm Workers in New York’s North Country” Occupational Folklife Project is now online! Click here to learn more about this project, listen to the interviews with North Country dairy farm workers, and see photos of life and work on local dairy farms.

Also, be sure to check out the other Occupational Folklife Project interviews that recently went online here.

Pictured here: Peter and Blake Gendebien in just-planted cornfield. From “Dairy Farm Workers in New York’s North Country.”


Saturday, October 17, 2020

Poetry: Hoarfrost

Hoarfrost

I knelt to praise the day
And opened my heart
To an open empty milkweed pod
Glowing ambergold inside its hollow husk
It reflected the rising sun from the east
While moonlight dazzled its icy other side
Capturing sun and moon that precious moment
Not unlike those of us
Who are not rooted in the wild field
And on rare occasions both
Glow with our heart’s love
And reflect a lover’s rapture.

 

Read More Poems From The Adirondack Almanack HERE.


Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Poetry: Friends

Friends

If you have to cry- just cry,

Don’t hold it back, don’t be ashamed,

I’m crying too.  Tears can’t be tamed.

All different now, life rips and tears,

We are connected, and I still care.

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Poetry: In the Midst

In The Midst
Blanketed in moist and heavy air,

Lush leaves cannot lift, cannot stir.

They breathe, though hushed.

I too breathe, though hushed.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Adirondack story project creates free toolkit

“OurStoryBridge: Connecting the Past and the Present was released at www.ourstorybridge.org today at the annual meeting of the Association for Rural and Small Libraries. 

This free resource and tool kit for producing a crowdsourced, community story project is available for libraries and other organizations. Emphasizing audio history collecting and sharing, the website is designed to help organizations create their own story projects using “Adirondack Community: Capturing, Retaining and Communicating the Stories of Who We Are” (pictured here) as a model.

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Thursday, October 1, 2020

View quilt show opens Friday

Each year, View Arts Center in Old Forge holds the Quilts Unlimited exhibition, which is open to all artists working in the fiber based quilting medium.

The opening reception is from 4-6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2.
Due to COVID-19 safety guidelines, this event will be different from previous receptions. To participate you must pre-register for a time by clicking this link.
Following NY State guidelines, View will limit the number of guests in the gallery at a time. Face masks and social distancing is mandatory to enter View.
You will have 30 minutes to view the galleries, starting from your sign up time.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Russell Banks pays visit to Northwood School

Russell Banks, the award-winning novelist, and short story writer, met virtually with Northwood School students on Monday, Sept. 28. Banks, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, is the author of Continental Drift, The Sweet Hereafter, and Cloudsplitter, among other books.

Northwood School held an alternate schedule due to the virtual visit. All students were a part of an opening meeting, and then two groups attended workshops with Banks. Following a brief introduction from faculty, Banks gave a live talk for 25 minutes as part of the all-school meeting followed by a Q&A with students. After the all-school event, Banks participated in two additional live informal classroom Q&A sessions for 50 minutes, with 20 English students per workshop.

The event was live-streamed for asynchronous students.

Russell Banks, photo by Nancie Battaglia


Tuesday, September 29, 2020

RESCHEDULED: Lake Placid Sinfonietta Hosts World Renowned Concert Pianist

REPOSTING DUE TO NEW DATE: The Lake Placid Sinfonietta will be holding a YouTube Live “Conversation and Concert” on Saturday, October 10 at 5 PM, featuring Sara Davis Buechner. (Note: rescheduled from original Sept. 26 date).

Buechner will be broadcasting from her Philadelphia home. You may view this event by searching for the Lake Placid Sinfonietta’s YouTube page, or by going to www.LakePlacidSinfonietta.org. No registration is required to view the event.

Buechner has appeared multiple times in the Lake Placid Sinfonietta’s past concerts, and was scheduled to appear the prior summer, but had her performance cancelled due to Covid-19.

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