The St. Lawrence County Historical Association’s 69th Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, November 5th, from 11 am to 2 pm at Pickens Hall, 83 N. State Street in Heuvelton.
A painted barn quilt, a tour of Pickens Hall, and a talk on the Abbott sisters will highlight the night. The public is invited and you do not have to be a member of the SLCHA to attend. » Continue Reading.
Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) is inviting members of communities around Northern New York to attend programs focusing on French-American Heritage called “Share Your French Heritage! Stories from Quebec.”
Local residents with Quebecois and/or French ancestry are invited to share their stories about how their families came to the North Country and how they maintain a connection to their cultural identity. Participants are encouraged to bring their own photos of family members and homesteads, objects that represent family traditions, and other artifacts and heirlooms that tell the story of their French heritage. The program will be led by TAUNY’s Executive Director, Jill Breit.
Artist Winn Rea will greet visitors at The Heron Marsh Gallery, Paul Smith’s College VIC, from 2-4 pm, Saturday, November 12, 2016. This is the last day to meet the artist and see the artist’s painted topographic reliefs on view in her solo show, “Topo Shift 3: Woods Way.”
Each work is based on a particular hike or paddle Rea has taken in the Adirondacks. The artist takes photographs of shadows while on the trail. Back in her Keene Valley shop/studio she builds the topography out of layers of Russian Birch plywood then paints the reliefs with the colors, patterns, and shadows collected while hiking. » Continue Reading.
U.S. Figure Skating has announced the selection of Lake Placid as the host city for 2017 Skate America. Competition is scheduled for November 24-26, 2017, and will be held at the historic 1980 Herb Brooks Arena.
Lake Placid, which hosted the inaugural Skate America in 1979, has put on the event four times (1979, 1981-82, 2009). The state of New York has hosted Skate America six times. U.S. Figure Skating is expected to work with the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) to plan the event. » Continue Reading.
According to Penfield Homestead Museum’s Vice President Sue Ross, this is the seventh year the museum’s has brought out the ghosts and goblins. With the assistance of Retro Films Studio’s Jim Cawley, the homestead is arranged differently each year, with each room highlighting assorted fright effects. A guide leads participants through the museum in small groups. An outside bonfire and warm beverages at the nearby Snack Shack helps take out any chill left by any zombies and vampires. » Continue Reading.
In keeping with some old-fashioned parlor games and modern trivia fun, here are 15 questions incorporating the names of some of the 100 highest mountains in the Adirondacks. See how well you do answering them off the top of your head, or use a mountain list here or here to help figure out the correct responses. Subtle clues are built into each description. After the final question, you’ll find the list of answers … so don’t ruin the fun by peeking!
A High Peak’s name fills the blank in a 1950 movie title, The _____ Trail. It’s the story of an American scout aiding the British during the French and Indian War. Assisting him is an Indian blood brother, Sagamore.
Since 2001, the Warrensburgh Historical Society has been hosting annual Graveyard Walks. Through historical research, a narrator, actors, visitors and students have the opportunity to learn the connections between national events and local citizens. This year’s event is focusing on people who were killed or died during World War II.
According to Warrensburgh Historical Society President Paul Gilchrist, the October 21 and 28 Graveyard Walks will take place rain or shine, cold or wind. This year’s military theme focuses on five residents with a connection to the Second World War. The two-hour walks are led by a guide to each of the gravestones. » Continue Reading.
The Lake Champlain Basin Program has launched Diving In: Citizen Action for a Healthy Lake, a video series that highlights opportunities for citizen action and the efforts of local organizations to engage the public.
The LCBP recently released “Planting for the Future,” a video that documents a riparian tree planting project on the LaPlatte River in Shelburne, Vermont. Volunteers working with the Lake Champlain Land Trust planted saplings that were provided by the Intervale Conservation Nursery on riverside land owned by the Vermont Zen Center. The planting project was funded in part by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation Ecosystem Restoration Program. » Continue Reading.
Despite increasing opportunities in other entertainment media, most of Mary Boylan’s time was spent in New York City’s theater scene, where a rejection of Broadway’s commercialism was attractive to those deeply interested in art for the sake of art itself. Already there was an established Off-Broadway scene, but this was shunned as well. The year 1958 is cited as the birth of Off-Off-Broadway at a place in Greenwich Village known as Caffe Cino, where a plaque today honors the site’s significance. Among the established and most popular regulars there from the start was Mary Boylan, with Al Pacino listed as one of many of the café’s early performers.
True to the Village’s bohemian reputation, the café’s actors received no pay directly. Patrons normally bought a coffee and sandwich, and a basket was passed as compensation for the performers. Caffe Cino’s popularity inspired similar efforts nearby in other café settings, like La Mama, and in churches, bars, and any available spaces, lending to the wild and carefree attitude of the Village. Mary was considered a star performer at both café venues (Cino and La Mama). She looked much older than her actual age, leading to many roles as elderly citizens, but in real life was a smiling, energetic personality with a great sense of humor and a ready laugh. » Continue Reading.
On the west side of Lower Manhattan in New York City, Greenwich Village has long been home to progressive thinkers and artists of all types, as well as ground zero for several movements. In the 1950s and 60s, it was a mainstay of the nation’s bohemian culture, hosting beatniks, folk music originals, the strong counter-culture movement, and the Beat Generation, with such icons as Maya Angelou, Truman Capote, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and Rod McKuen.
The coffeehouse scene flourished at that time, when a remarkable alternative to commercial theater was developed: Off-Off-Broadway, where productions ran the gamut from scripted to impromptu, and venues ranged from old warehouses to small cafes. At the heart of this historic movement was a little-known North Country actress and writer who was widely respected in the New York City arts community.
Mary Elizabeth Boylan was born in Plattsburgh, New York, in February 1913. Her father, John, was a mainstay of the community, serving as district deputy of the Knights of Columbus for four years, president of the chamber of commerce for two years, and general manager of the Mountain Home Telephone Company. In 1924, when Mary was 11, the family moved to Rochester, New York, where her dad became president of the Rochester Telephone Company three years later. » Continue Reading.
Running among the autumn colors gets an added benefit this weekend as two arts organizations combine a fun run with a splash of color. On Saturday, October 15, Old Forge’s View presents its fourth annual Running Colors 5K while Saranac Lake’s Adirondack Center for Writing is hosting its inaugural event the next day. These color-bombing road races tie together the changing season colors and performance art with a family-friendly road race/walk. » Continue Reading.
The Alice T. Miner Museum has announced a free program featuring author Sandra Weber, who will tell tales of the strength and courage of Adirondack women, on Thursday, October 20, at 6 pm.
In this program of portrayals and stories, Sandra Weber presents the voices and wild spirit of Adirondack women. Dressed in period costume, Weber will deliver dramatic narratives of women such as pancake-flipper Mother Johnson, adventurer-activist Kate Field, poet Jeanne Robert Foster, and suffrage martyr Inez Milholland. » Continue Reading.
TAUNY will hold the 24th Annual Salute to North Country Heritage on Sunday, October 16th to honor the 2016 North Country Heritage Award recipients. This event will be held at The TAUNY Center in Downtown Canton from 2-4 pm, and is free and open to the public.
This years recipients are The Adirondack Playboys Band, Lowville, Lewis County; 4-H Camp Overlook, Mountain View, Franklin County; the St. Lawrence Power and Equipment Museum, Madrid, St. Lawrence County; and philanthropist Allan P. Newell, Hammond, St. Lawrence County. » Continue Reading.
“Adirondack Impressions ~ Misty Waters, Foggy Mountains”, a solo exhibit by artist Milton Norman Franson, will be on display in the Judith Lowenstein Cohen Memorial Wing of the Old Forge Library, 220 Crosby Blvd., through November 30.
Franson has been a frequent visitor and admirer of the Adirondacks for the past 40 years. “We’ve been coming here (from Old Forge to Wilmington and Lake Placid and Tupper Lake) since our first ski trip visit in 1974 in a New Year’s Day snowstorm,” says the painter. “The inspiration is always fresh and exciting, whether a view from the top of Whiteface or a simple hike around Nick’s Lake with a glimpse of a red newt on bright green moss.” » Continue Reading.