Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Third Annual Newcomb Loon Race

DSC_0105One of the first programs my family attended at the Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC) was a Leopold Bench workshop. The day was devoted to learning  about Aldo Leopold, listening to a reading from A Sand County Almanac and walking the AIC trails. It was a full day of activity that my children still speak about fondly.

Though the agenda for the 3rd annual Loons and Logs Day on May 24th doesn’t include making a Leopold Bench, there is a full schedule of events that includes an  Adirondack chair workshop. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Lake Placid Hall of Fame Seeking Nominations

Lake Placid Hall of FameThe Lake Placid Hall of Fame Committee is seeking nominations from residents of the Olympic region for 2014. The Hall of Fame began in 1983 and has inducted over 100 individuals, as well as the members of the 1948 U.S. Olympic four-man bobsled team and the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. Plaques, commemorating each member, are on display in the Olympic Center’s Hall of Fame, located in the Conference Center at Lake Placid.

To be nominated, individuals should be past or current residents of the Olympic region or have some significant connection to the area. All nominees must have made significant sports, cultural or civic contributions to the region, or their endeavors must have enhanced the historical heritage of the Olympic region – defined as Essex, Clinton and Franklin counties in New York State. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Deer Brook: Photographing Water In Springtime

BJW_3567Spring time brings higher water levels in the streams, brooks, and rivers in the area.  This makes for a great opportunity to capture waterfalls and babbling brooks.  The trick to these shots is a long shutter speed, which blurs the flowing water, giving it that silky smooth look.  The effect will start to appear at around a 5 second exposure; the photo above is a 30 second exposure.  To get exposures this long you will want to reduce your ISO (100), use a larger aperture (f11), and shoot in low-light.  Typically it is best to shoot these photos in early morning or late evening.  Adding a neutral density (ND) filter will allow you to shoot in brighter conditions.  This photo was shot with a 10 stop ND filter at around 10am.  Finally, long exposures such as this will require a tripod or resting the camera on a solid surface.


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Pete Seeger Tribute Planned For Saranac Lake

Dona-Crawford-autunm_040The 3rd Annual Earth Care Coffeehouse in Saranac Lake will feature the music of Pete Seeger (who died this year at age 94) and will raise funds for the Hudson Sloop Clearwater and the environmental education programs Seeger helped to found over 45 years ago. This Saturday, May 3rd at 7:00 pm, in the Saranac Lake Presbyterian Church Great Hall, local musicians will celebrate Pete Seeger’s life and vision in a free event.

Each performer will lead songs that Pete Seeger sang and play original music based in the folk tradition. Musicians include: Alex Smith, Mason Smith, Curt Stager, Celia Evans, George Bailey, Duane Gould, Keith Gorgas, Nancy Bernstein, Lisa Meissner, Alex Markland and friends, and teenage fiddler Dana Holmland. Storyteller Karen Glass will share a Seeger favorite – Abi Yo Yo. » Continue Reading.


Monday, April 28, 2014

Lake Placid Center for the Arts Summer 2014 Preview

image001(1)Lake Placid Center for the Arts, celebrating over 40 years of Arts in the Adirondacks, is presenting a mix of events for both adults and children this summer. For information on these, or any other LPCA program, visit our website at www.lakeplacidarts.org or call the box office at 518.523.2512. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Frank Morehouse: The Return of Common Loons

SONY DSCLeft the farm at 11:15 am; reached Kibby Pond at 12:30.  There were some reroutes since the last time I was here, but I can’t blame my hiking time on those.  I blame winter and junk food.

Ice is not out.  And it’s a good thing because I am not prepared to fish.  I didn’t expect the ice to be out.  I came here for reconnaissance.  Of course I got myself worked up on the hike in.  What if the ice is out?  I’m not ready.  Then, as I crested the hill and saw the outline of the pond below, my heart stopped.  It is out.  I stood there in disbelief for half a second.  Through the trees, ice looks the same as the reflection of an overcast sky on open water.  But the sky isn’t overcast enough.  Ice.  I started down the hill and could make out a darker outline along the shoreline.  That’s what open water looks like today.  My heart slowed with my relief and my decent.

I came here on a whim.  I was hemmin’ and hawin’ this morning over whether and where to hike.  I’m farm-sitting for my cousin in Sodom.  Do I leave the animals for a little while?  There’s a lot going on at work right now, too.  I should stay and get some stuff done.  But I heard and saw my first loons of the season this morning, a pair of them, and that made my decision easy. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Cub Schaefer, A Bull Story, And Other Tales of Summer

From left to right - Mathias Zahniser, Francis -Cub- Schaefer. John Hitchcock, Tommy Senate, Tommy TaylorAdirondack summers for the Zahniser clan on Edwards Hill Road in Johnsburg were wonderfully and inextricably bound up with the Schaefer clan. Even these 40 years hence, memories of those years play, as Cub Schaefer told me in July 2000, like videotapes.

Many of those scenes come from summer in Bakers Mills in the 1950s with  The Rainmakers, our young band of avid trout anglers that included Cub, Matt and Ed Zahniser, Johnny Hitchcock, Tommy Senate, and Tommy Taylor. We named ourselves The Rainmakers part way through the summer, realizing that every time we all went fishing, it rained.

The story opens with the whole troupe of us strung out along the diminutive stream through Johnny Robbins old place across Route 8 from Johnny Steve’s farm just beyond the road into the Oehser’s camp east of Bakers Mills. We are all looking for likely holes, meaning a pool deep enough to keep a trout’s dorsal fin from drying out. Willows overarch parts of the stream. All is idyllic until Matt Zahniser, the senior Rainmaker, comes crashing down the middle of the stream below some willows shouting “Bull! Run!” He wasn’t talking Civil War reenactment. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

TED-axe: Science, Arts, and Music Event Saturday

SAM fest paul smithsPaul Smith’s College and TAUNY (Traditional Arts in Upstate New York) will hold a daylong festival of music, art and TED-style talks Saturday, April 26, at the Paul Smith’s College VIC.

The event, called SAM Fest – for science, art and music – will feature musical performances by North Country musicians; presentations on Adirondack climate by faculty and students; exhibits of traditional folk and visual arts; maple syrup and refreshments; and a showing of “Green Fire,” an award-winning documentary on Aldo Leopold. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Essex Community Fund Accepting Grant Applications

essex community fund grantsThe Essex Community Fund (EFC), a component fund of the Adirondack Foundation, is once again offering grants to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, schools, churches and local government activities operating in the town of Essex, New York. ECF awards grants in support of community beautification, historic preservation, culture, the arts, education, and programs for youth and senior citizens.

ECF gives strong preference to capacity building grants or modest one-time capital projects. It does not fund ongoing operating expenses. Grants generally do not exceed $2,000. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. May 16, 2014. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

1960s Theme for 2015 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival

SLWC-FinalLogo4cOutlines2013Members of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee have chosen “Groovy 60’s” as the theme for the 2015 Carnival. The theme was chosen from among five ideas gathered from the public: Adirondack Fiesta, Beach Party, Groovy 60’s, Haunted Adirondacks and Prehistoric Park.

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival will take place on February 6 – 15, 2015. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

View of Lake George from Huddle Bay

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Adirondack Center for Writing Launches Residency Program

Twitchell Lake Writers ResidencyThe Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW) has announced that it has received an endowment from the estate of author Anne LaBastille to run an annual writer residency program.

ACW will host their first Writer Residency program at Twitchell Lake from October 4-11, 2014. This residency will offer quiet space to work on writing and share that space with other writers. ACW has plans to extend the residency to two weeks in coming years.

The residency was provided by the estate of Anne LaBastille, who wrote books like Woodswoman and Beyond Black Bear Lake from her cabin on Twitchell Lake. Participants in the residency program will paddle out to visit her cabin at least once during the week. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Adirondack Folk School’s ‘ADK Fiber Experience’ Planned

Fiber ArtsThe Adirondack Folk School has announced its second ADK Fiber Experience Getaway Weekend event scheduled from Thursday night, April 24, 2014 through Sunday, April 27, 2014. The event will be held at two sites: the Adirondack Folk School and the Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center in Lake George. This year’s ADK Fiber Experience includes fiber arts classes during the day Friday and Saturday, fun events at night on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and free farm tours scheduled for Sunday in conjunction with the Washington County Fiber Tour.

Participants can knit and spin with Donna Kay, a master fiber artist from New Hampshire, do felting work with local artist Robin Blakney-Carlson and Carol Ingram, a felter from Connecticut, and weave with Tegan Frisino. There are classes planned in rug hooking, making stitch markers, knitted wire jewelry, wheat weaving, and more. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Jessica Tabora: Early Spring View From Owl’s Head

Owl's Head

Owl’s Head mountain offers a short hike to very rewarding views of the High Peaks area. The trail is right off 73 near Cascade lakes. The weather has been warm this weekend and a lot of the snow is melting in the area. This is also a great sunrise or sunset hike for the minimal distance to the summit.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Double H Ranch’s Annual Eggstravaganza

DoubleHRanchEggsThis Sunday Lake Luzerne’s Double H Ranch will be attempting to gesture in spring with its 7th annual Eggstravaganza on April 6.

A day at the Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Waterpark may not seem like true spring, but with 5 ft. of snow still covering my yard and the promise of a springtime theme, this may be the closest I get to swimming for awhile, without developing hypothermia. » Continue Reading.