Thursday, July 6, 2017

Wild Center Hosting Monday Morning ‘Art in the Park’ Series

Monday mornings, from July 10th until August 28th, the Wild Center will explore the natural world through art with experienced Adirondack artists.

According to an announcement of the series sent to the press, “each three-hour class is a good way to expand art skills, have fun and learn new art techniques in areas such as watercolor, pastels and mixed media.”

Every Monday is expected to have a different art focus and offer new skills to enhance artistic knowledge. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Pendragon Theatre’s “Fiction” at View in Old Forge July 10th

Linda and Michael Waterman, played by Leslie Dame and John NicholsonThe dramatic play, Fiction, written by Steven Dietz and directed by Allison Studdiford, will be at View, the art center in Old Forge, on Monday, July 10 at 7:30 pm. Fiction unravels a mysterious literary love triangle spanning both decades and continents. It examines the various fictions we devise to make our lives livable, and what happens when a crisis forces us to abandon these constructs.

The play’s main characters, Linda and Michael Waterman, played by Leslie Dame and John Nicholson, are both successful fiction writers, happily married to one another. They thrive on the give and take nature of their unusually honest and candid relationship. However, when an unexpected tragedy shakes their lives and Linda asks her husband to share his private diaries with her, the boundaries between past and present, fact and fiction, and trust and betrayal begin to break down. The play also co-stars Tara Palen as Abby Drake. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Neil Litchfield, Lewis County’s Master Comedian (conclusion)

After prospering for eight months in England, the Litchfields returned to Newark, New Jersey, at the end of March 1905 for a brief respite before embarking on another season, one that was fully booked into 1906 at scores of stops from New York City to Colorado. Neil’s daughter, Abbie, was now 16 and had begun taking part in the act, which was modified with roles to utilize her talents. After several positive reviews, they began appearing in November as the Neil Litchfield Trio. Her first critical assessment under the new name said simply, “Miss Abbie Litchfield, as accompanist, could not be improved upon.”

A month later, their touring days nearly ended in Vermont, where they were directed at the last minute to take a different train for a better route to their next performance. The one they were initially scheduled to board crashed near Vergennes, killing three passengers, seriously injuring 14 more, and leaving a dozen others hurt.

By January 1907, the Litchfields had performed Down at Brook Farm more than 3,000 times in England, Canada, and the United States. Now working as a trio, they remained as busy as ever. Early in the year they toured northern New York, covering several towns along the St. Lawrence River. Heading southeast, they performed at Whitehall in Washington County before moving on to Vermont and the New England States. Later in the year, there were stops in the central and southern states, with 20 weeks booked in Maryland, Virginia, and the Carolinas prior to a dozen more stops back in northern New York. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Tickets Available for Musical ‘Working’

Working RehearsalWhen the Steering Committee for the Sunday Rock Legacy Project (SRLP) was planning its annual summer musical for 2017, they were faced with an unexpected difficulty. What do you do when you want to put on a musical for the community and the regular venue is not available?

This past fall, the SRLP learned that its regular venue, the auditorium at Colton-Pierrepont Central School, would be undergoing renovations. So stage director Elaine Kuracina and Mary Jane Watson of South Colton went in search of another venue in town. Watson suggested the Old Colton Fire Station on Riverside Drive across the street from the new one. » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 3, 2017

Guideboat Paddles and More, Exhibit at TAUNY

Guideboat PaddlesTAUNY (Traditional Arts in Upstate New York) has announced the next Personal Collection Series display, “Guideboat Paddles and More from the Personal Collection of Ted Comstock, Saranac Lake,” opening Saturday, July 8, 2017. The display will be on view at The TAUNY Center through August 19, 2017.

Ted Comstock has been interested in the Adirondack region for most of his life. He was a curator at the former Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake in the 1970s. Comstock is a lifelong student of the region’s history, artifacts, and publications. He established and operated Wildwood Enterprises in Old Forge, NY from 1979 to 1991, a shop where he specialized in regional books, prints, paintings, early photographs, vintage wooden boats, and antiques. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, July 2, 2017

6th Annual Caroga Lake Music Festival Season Announced

barge concertShowcasing over sixty-five professional musicians from around the world, the Caroga Arts Collective has announced the Caroga Lake Music Festival (CLMF) 2017 Season Concert Schedule from July 17 to August 20.

Now in it’s sixth season, the multi-genre programming ranges from classical to jazz to contemporary music and from small ensembles to chamber orchestras. With most concerts free, CLMF performs in Caroga Lake, NY, and places beyond, such as Canajoharie, Cobleskill, Johnstown, Mayfield, Schenectady, and Freeport, Maine. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 30, 2017

Old Forge’s View Arts Center Gets New Director

Jeffrey GrimshawThe Board of Directors of View, the Arts Guild of Old Forge, has announced that Jeffrey Grimshaw has been appointed executive director.  Grimshaw is experienced in not-for-profit organizational management, including heading the YMCA of Fulton and the Oswego County Workforce Development Board.

Grimshaw previously directed the Center for Not-for-Profit Excellence at SUNY Oswego and served as the Director for the Office of Business and Community Relations. During his time at SUNY Oswego, Grimshaw supported the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council through service on the Workforce Development Sub-Committee. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 30, 2017

Free Children’s Art Classes at the Adirondack Art Association

Adirondack Art Association GalleryThe Adirondack Art Association (AAA) will be offering all of their children’s art classes for free this summer. AAA provides arts education and fine art exhibitions in the community of Essex and the surrounding areas.

Four children’s art classes will be offered for the 2017 summer season, with classes taking place Saturdays from 1 to 2:30 pm on July 8, July 22, August 5, and August 19.  All of the children’s classes are free and open to the public, but donations towards class materials are welcome.  Children of all ages are welcome, but adults should accompany children under 6 years of age. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Hyde Collection Director Stepping Down

erin coeThe Hyde Collection Board of Trustees has announced that Erin B. Coe will leave the position of Museum director later this summer to accept a position as Director of the Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State University.

A national search is expected to be conducted for a new director. Coe will leave The Hyde in late July.

The board also announced that Anne Saile, non-profit CEO and founder of business development and leadership consulting firm The Saile Group LLC, has been named interim director.

Coe helped The Hyde secure one of the largest gifts in its history, $11 million in modern art and cash from Schenectady architect Werner Feibes and his late partner, James Schmitt. She then led a campaign to raise $500,000 more in private contributions and foundation support to expand the museum and build a new gallery to showcase modern art, the first new exhibition space at The Hyde in more than 28 years. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Best Fourth in the North: Five Days of Fun in Ticonderoga

According to Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mathew Courtright, Ticonderoga’s annual Best Fourth of the North celebration was originally organized by the Ticonderoga Volunteer Fire Department.  After Courtright polled his own family, he learned the event has been happening for over 65 years, maybe longer.

“Debbie Barber is the chairperson of the event,” says Courtright. “It has always been run by a dedicated group of volunteers. They add various aspects to the event each year. This year we have seven bands and even added a fifth day.” » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Dick Beamish: A Rosy Future for Saranac Lake

Downtown Saranac Lake historic districtIt is easy to get discouraged when our village leaders lead us in the wrong direction, as they have by allowing a grotesquely oversized hotel to take over Lake Flower. But despite their inability to appreciate what makes Saranac Lake unique, they cannot alter an irreversible trend.

The fact is, Saranac Lake probably has more going for it than any other community of similar size anywhere else. On what is this optimistic observation based, you may ask? It’s based on the driving and biking trips my wife and I have taken in recent years through much of rural America. It’s also based on walking around Saranac Lake Village, our home for the past two decades. “Unique” is an overused word, but it clearly applies in this case. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 23, 2017

North Country Premiere of Andrzej Wajda’s Final Film

AfterimageThe Sembrich summer film series will begin on Monday, June 26th at 7:30 pm at the Bolton Free Library with the North Country premiere of Afterimage, the final film by Polish director Andrzej Wajda, who passed away in 2016 at age 90. The screening is free and open to the public.

Afterimage will be introduced by Radka Franczak, a film-maker in her own right who studied at the Wadja School in Poland under the mentorship of Wajda.

In addition to introducing the Wajda film, Franczak will present a brief preview of her own work-in-progress, a film documentary on the life of Marcella Sembrich entitled Lost Voice. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Saranac Lake ArtWorks Celebrates 10 Years of Studio Tours

Printmaking at Bluseed StudioSaranac Lake artists are opening their workspaces to the public for additional weekends this year in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Saranac Lake ArtWorks’ popular Studio Tours.

The tours are an opportunity to learn about each artist; see works in progress; and watch artists demonstrate their techniques in a wide variety of styles, subjects, and media including painting, pastel, ceramics, printmaking, woodcarving, fused glass, photography, fiber arts, and more.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Tim Rowland: New Sympathy for Blue Ridge Road Flaggers

Blue Ridge RoadComing to the Adirondacks as a visitor for a week at a time, it felt as if I was always rushing to a trailhead or a boat launch or a fishing hole. I rigorously, almost militarily, mapped out my schedule to include hikes that must be completed and waterways that must be paddled, and heaven forbid that anything should get in the way of these forced, forested marches.

You miss a lot that way. For example, on each trip to the Upper Works for a crack at peaks like Marshall and Cliff, I would drive Blue Ridge Road from the Northway toward Newcomb without noticing its splendid array of creeks, waterfalls and feathery green tamaracks.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Lake George Steamboat Company Celebrating Bicentennial

Although commercial steam-boating began well over 200 years ago, it was in 1817 that Lake George began to utilize the service as a means to connect its small shoreline settlements. Now 200 years later, The Lake George Steamboat Company is still operating pleasure cruises along the shores of Lake George.

After the Civil War the steamboat company became part of the Delaware and Hudson Railroad. This merger allowed passengers traveling between New York City to Canada to take the railroad from Glens Falls to Lake George and then cross the lake to Ticonderoga for the continuation of their train journey.

Through the Great Depression the business slowly declined until World War II brought the commercial side of the business to a close. The business was downsized and changed hands before landing with Captain Wilbur Dow. After renovating and rebuilding the traditional steamboats, the Lake George Steamboat Company passenger service was reinvented and is still owned and operated by members of the Dow family. » Continue Reading.


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