Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Blue Mountain Lake Landmark Reopening To Guests

Steamboat Landing Blue Mountain Lake 2019A notable Blue Mountain Lake historic landmark, The Steamboat Landing, is being reopened as guest accommodations.  The complex was established in 1879 to serve William West Durant’s Blue Mountain and Raquette Lake Steamboat Line.

According to Richard Longstreth’s architectural guide to the Adirondacks, portions of the complex were constructed as the baggage house. The large main building was built to house the construction of the steamboat line’s largest craft, the twin-stacked, seventy-five-foot-long Tuscarora. Following the launch in 1900, the building was used to house the vessel during the off-season. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Diversity, Inclusion Drive Saranac Lake’s Hip Vibrancy

Lake Flower in Saranac Lake courtesy wikimedia user MwannerI have spent a fair amount of time in Saranac Lake and have come to very much appreciate “The Little City in the Adirondacks.” While I recognize that tourism is a vital part of its economic identity, I have always seen Saranac Lake as a community distinctly of and for its residents, possessing quite a different feel than the international resort atmosphere found in its neighbor Lake Placid.

Yet Saranac Lake’s variety, its youthful vibe, its cultural amenities and its sophistication belie its small-town size (a shade over 5,000 people) and gives it a more urban feel than one would expect to find smack dab in the middle of the Park.

But if I already knew that Saranac Lake was a nice, even surprising town, it took participation in the inaugural Saranac Lake Street Fest last month to discover that it deserves a much more rarified descriptor. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Saranac Lake is hip. » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 26, 2019

Saranac Lake Music Fest, Farm to Fork This Weekend

Farm 2 Fork logoLabor Day weekend in the village of Saranac Lake features family-friendly events, including the Farm 2 Fork Festival held on Saturday, August 31st, and a new daylong music festival Northern Current on Sunday, September 1st. Both events will be located in Riverside Park.

Farm 2 Fork is celebrating its 10th year as a community-led festival that highlights the region’s local bounty. Held at the Saranac Lake Farmers’ Market, it gives attendees a chance to taste dishes created with local ingredients. Tickets are $15; $12 for vegetarians. Vendors open at 9 am, and lunch will be served at 11 am. » Continue Reading.


Friday, August 23, 2019

Adirondack Regional Theatre Awards Scholarships

Adirondack Regional TheatreOlivia Storms of Morrisonville and Kaleb Pecoraro of Plattsburgh are the recipients of the Adirondack Regional Theatre Scholarship for 2019. The Scholarship rewards a high school senior or college bound student who plans to study in the field of theater, music or dance.

Adirondack Regional Theatre is a non-profit community theatre that works primarily with the youth of the North Country. Adirondack Regional Theatre has performed for over 195,000 North Country residents since 2000. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, August 17, 2019

Poetry: In This Perfect Moment

In This Perfect Moment

Let us sojourn, amid sentient, sentinel pines.
Let us sit and pass the time, forgetting all care,
Sharing our true natures, and smiling confidences,
Under the shelter of a weathered porch,
In sleepy, soft shade of a sultry, summer second.
Let us talk in this brief, perfect moment,
Amid the chatter of busy squirrels,
And the lulling drone of hummingbirds hovering,
Amid the sound of children running down stone steps
Of Camps of generations, to waiting lakes below.
So many lakes, First, Raquette, Indian, Big Moose, more,
Teardrops of past errant glaciers, all,
And Limekiln reigns regally, clad in grandeur of diamonds
And fern lace. Feel her calm,
As she bathes sandy shores in gentle waves and wake.
Feel her calm,
Let it infuse us, as we sit and pass the time,
With sun peering at us gently over a sea of high peaks,
Bathing us in light,
In this, so perfect, moment.

Read More Poems From The Adirondack Almanack HERE.


Thursday, August 15, 2019

Six Nations Indian Museum Campfire Stories

Don’t expect a typical museum experience at Onchiota’s Six Nations Indian Museum. Though there are glass-enclosed cases filled with old things, this is a museum that evolves with the living history of the Haudenosaunee, thanks to the Fadden family.

Founded in 1954 by Ray Fadden then passed to his son John, the tradition continues through the family of third-generation artist David Fadden. The Faddens continue to pursue Ray’s dream of providing people with an ongoing account of the Haudenosaunee (People of the Long House). » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Plastic Bakelite Documentary Highlights Adirondack Connection

all things bakeliteThe Indian Lake Theater is set to show the documentary All Things Bakelite: The Age of Plastic by John Maher, a provocative story about the “father of modern plastics.”

Belgian-born chemist and inventor Leo Hendrik Baekeland invented Velox photographic paper as well as what is considered the world’s first synthetic plastic which has been used for everything from jewelry to communications equipment. » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 12, 2019

Adirondack Plein Air Festival Underway

plein air festival posterThe Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery’s 11th Adirondack Plein Air Festival is underway, set to run through August 17th.

The Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery in Saranac Lake is the event headquarters and the source of information, with maps and schedules available. » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 12, 2019

Rockwell Kent Documentary Showing In Elizabethtown

rockwell kentDuring the 1930s and ‘40s, Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) was one of America’s most famous personalities.

A longtime resident of the Adirondacks, he was a foremost illustrator of his day, creating definitive drawings for literary classics such as Moby Dick, Candide and The Canterbury Tales. Kent was also a prolific oil painter, author and traveler. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, August 10, 2019

Wild & Scenic Film Festival Coming to Lake Placid

wild and scenic film festivalThe Ausable River Association (AsRA) is set to host a night of visual storytelling through film at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, on tour at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

This event celebrates the beauty of wild places and thework being done to protect them. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, August 10, 2019

Poetry: What Carries No Weight

What Carries No Weight

Miltonia orchids swaying
the way planets orbit
and the Moon
shining on the spine of
Whiteface Mountain.

Clothed in briny ash,
Black Willow and Douglas fir.

The Mourning Warbler’s
song, when the sun is nearly held,
in the soft spot of the palm,
weightless like
a grenade exploding.


Friday, August 9, 2019

American, NYC Ballet Dancers Performing at Silver Bay

Silver Bay Association AuditoriumDancers of American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet are set to present an evening of dance on August 15th, 2019 at Silver Bay YMCA Family Conference & Retreat Center, 87 Silver Bay Rd, at Silver Bay on Lake George.

The performance will showcase the talents of soloist Unity Phelan of New York City Ballet and dancers Isabella Boylston, Cory Stearns, Sung Woo Han, Devon Teuscher, and James Whiteside of American Ballet Theatre, who will perform several excerpts from a variety of famous ballets, such as Le Corsaire, Manon, and Swan Lake, as well as new choreography in the world premiere of Le Sablier at the Auditorium on the Silver Bay campus. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 8, 2019

Lake George Music Festival Showcases New Artists

Celebrating its ninth year, the Lake George Music Festival  (LGMF) continues to stretch the boundaries of classical music.

The goal of the LGMF is to continue to respect and preserve traditional classical music while showcasing the art of contemporary musicians. For two weeks the festival brings world-class chamber musicians, orchestras, and choir music to the streets of Lake George. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

10th Annual Great Adirondack Moose Festival Planned

Moose At Helldiver PondThe 10th Annual Great Adirondack Moose Festival has been set for the weekend of September 28 and 29, 2019. Held in Indian Lake, the Moose Festival offers visitors of all ages a uniquely Adirondack experience.

Visitors to the Indian Lake region for the Moose Festival can enjoy programs, games, contests, exhibitions, guided tours, shopping – all in the theme of the Moose.

The half-ton mammal is making a comeback in the Adirondacks, so you may even spot one during the weekend. The Annual Great Adirondack Moose Festival is sponsored by the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce and a host of regional and local business sponsors. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, August 4, 2019

LGLC Annual Meeting and UpYonda Block Party in Bolton

lglc logoThe Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) is set to hold its public Annual Meeting and Block Party at Up Yonda Farm Environmental Education Center in Bolton Landing on Saturday, August 17, from 11 am to 2 pm.

The event will begin with a its public Annual Meeting in the auditorium from 11 am to noon, with keynote speaker Meme Hanley, Project Manager for the Land Trust Alliance New York Program. » Continue Reading.