Sunday, August 10, 2014

Adirondack Diversity Symposium Slated For August 16th

image001(4)Civil rights leaders, community activists, social scientists, and organizations will get together in Newcomb on Saturday to discuss the need to broaden diversity in race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender-identity among the Adirondack Park’s residents and visitors.

A symposium entitled Towards a More Diverse Adirondacks will feature a day of discussions about challenges to, and opportunities for, widening the pool of people who use, enjoy and care about the future of the Adirondack Park, the largest park in the contiguous United States. » Continue Reading.


Friday, August 8, 2014

RondeauFest Scheduled For August 16th

Sons of Octomom 4The Town of Long Lake has announced the line up for the 3rd Annual RondeauFest Summer Music Event. The roster of acts include Alex Smith and the Mountain Sound, Terry Chaiken, Fade to Blues, Dogtown Cadillac and the Sons of Octomom. These regional Adirondack musicians will showcase a variety of music from rock, blues, country, mountain surf and folk. The event will be held August 16th from 4 to 10 pm at the Mt. Sabattis Pavilion in Long Lake.

Jennifer Raymond, formerly of Decadence, is the lead singer and band leader of Dogtown Cadillac. Jennifer calls Schroon Lake her hometown and country music her first love. Dogtown Cadillac features Tim Howe, Dickie Ogden and Archie Anderson from the South Glens Falls, and Albany area. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Adirondack Photography: Summer Storms

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I’m usually not keen on hiking in the rain, but some days are perfect for it. Last Sunday was a hot and humid day in the High Peaks. Noonmark mountain is a short and steep trek to nice views of Giant, Keene Valley and the Great Range. You can access the trail via the St. Huberts parking area off Route 73. Once we reached the top the rain was heading right for us. It’s incredible watching a storm move over the mountains.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

New Era For Collaborative Mapping In The Adirondacks

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In a recent blog post about Washington County’s new interactive webmap, I alluded to the new and exciting opportunities maps like this present for collaborative mapping in the Adirondacks.  To illustrate these opportunities, I’ve created a ‘mashup’ map that brings together data from several sources, including Washington County, Long Lake / Raquette Lake, and Newcomb, along with some data collected at a more regional level as part of an Adirondack Partnership project I was peripherally involved with.  The mashup map can be viewed by clicking here.

I had to do some custom coding to bring the data together and add features like the type-ahead search box in the upper-right and the quick zooms, but the actual information is being pulled ‘live’ from online databases maintained by each of these entities.   So when Washington County, Newcomb or Long Lake adds a new restaurant, modifies the route of a hiking trail or changes the contact info for a hotel, it is immediately reflected not only on their map, but also on my mashup and any other sites pulling from their database.  » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Depot Theatre’s Shakespeare-in-the-Park Program

shakespeare in the park as you like itDepot Theatre’s Shakespeare-in-the-Park is celebrating its 12th season appropriately with William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

This rollicking and poignant comedy involves mistaken identity, unrequited love, a humorous rivalry between generations, capped off with a perfect comic ending consisting of many marriages that leaves you with a longing for the good ole days.

“Our approach to Shakespeare is playful, physical and accurate to his intent and meaning,” says Co-Director Scott Gibbs. “This shortened version of Twelfth Night will feature both traditional and modern music performed by our actors, who are a diverse group of local high school and college students as well as theatre professionals.” » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 4, 2014

National Exhibition of American Watercolors Opening

Chaos-at-Pond's-Edge_HaraldAksdalThe opening reception for the 33rd annual Adirondacks Exhibition of American Watercolors will be on Friday, August 8 from 5 to 7 pm.  The event is free and open to the public. There will be a special performance by guitarist Andrew Barrett from Detroit, Michigan. Hors d’oevres will be prepared by Executive Sous Chef Justin Connerty of Naples, FL (formally Inlet N.Y.).

The watercolor exhibition will run from August 8 to October 5, 2014. This year’s juried exhibit features over 70 artists from all stretches of the continental United States and Canada. The jurors for 2014 are William Vrscak, AWS, and Judi Betts AWS, NWS. » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 4, 2014

Newcomb Central School Partners With Paul Smith’s College

signing_mou_crop_6174_12312_0Paul Smith’s College is partnering with Newcomb Central School this fall on a new advanced studies program.

Under the agreement, Newcomb students who pay tuition for the program can earn up to 45 college credits for certain high-school classes. During the upcoming school year, Newcomb will offer up to 10 advanced studies courses, including finite math, English composition 1, financial accounting, business law and physics.

“This is a huge opportunity for our students,” Skip Hults, superintendent of Newcomb Central School, said in a statement to the press announcing the partnership. “Programs such as this give students confidence and increase their chances of going on to grad school later. It’s also a much less expensive path to a baccalaureate degree.” » Continue Reading.


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Adirondack Memories and Campfire Stories

Layout 1If you’ve spent any time rambling New York’s north country roads, you may have wondered how Eagle Lake got its name, or how little towns like Schroon Lake and Chateaugay and Redford came to be before the north became a tourist haven. Where is that Cold River hermit that your grandfather told you about? What about the weird beliefs of early Adirondack days?   Maybe you’re still holding out for the possibility of a sea serpent in Lake Champlain, or hoping you’ll chance upon a legendary lost silver mine while you’re out enjoying a hike in the balsam wood.

This is the sort of interesting and sometimes unusual information that readers of Adirondack Memories and Campfire Stories (2014) will find fascinating. William J. “Jay” O’Hern has compiled first-hand stories from a series of little quarterly magazines that native Adirondack archivist, historian, and folklorist George Glyndon Cole published from 1946-1974. Few complete collections now exist, in less than a handful of North Country libraries, but back then readers eagerly anticipated each new issue. Some readers will remember reading North Country Life, later called York State Tradition, from cover to cover. It was exciting indeed to read about one’s own rural region, especially when the articles came straight from the pens and hearts of one’s neighbors. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Milky Way From Adirondak Loj Road

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Photographing the Milky Way is both fun and challenging. July and August are the best times of year to view the Milky Way. During these months the bright center of the galaxy is visible in the night sky. While you will see the Milky Way arcing across the sky on a clear dark night, the best direction to look this time of year is to the south.

If you want to photograph the Milky Way make sure your camera is on a tripod and start with these settings: f2.8, 30sec, ISO 6400. Further adjustments may need to be made on your computer, but you should get a good image of the Milky Way, especially in a dark location. Astrophotography images require practice and a bit of knowledge about the night sky and current weather conditions. Regardless of how my photographs turn out it is always a pleasure to spend a few hours staring into the heavens.


Friday, August 1, 2014

Wood Carving, Photography Exhibits In North Creek

Daniel WayThe Widlund Gallery at Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek is pleased to present; Never a Dull Moment, Photographs by Daniel Way, M.D. and Barn Windows of Washington County, Woodcarvings by Gerry Holzman.

The exhibit opens on Saturday, August 2, and continues until August 27. Gather with the artists on Saturday, August 16, from 5 – 7 pm at a reception and book signing in the Widlund Gallery. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Unique Adirondack Theatre Opportunities

ADKCenterArts_ShakespeareThe mountains, nature and waterways are just part of what makes our time in the Adirondacks so unique. The other part is the artists, musicians and performers that make the Adirondacks their home while sharing their creativity with the rest of us. Though the numerous Adirondack professional and regional theaters are offering a variety of entertainment, it’s the unique opportunities that these theaters have on the docket that I’d like to highlight.

Pendragon Theatre and the Lake Placid Sinfonietta are presenting “A Soldier’s Tale” on August 3 at 2 pm on the Pendragon stage and a 7 pm showing at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. In additional to their amazing main stage offerings and concerts, this special event brings two professional entities together for a rare production. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The High Peaks From Treadway Mountain

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The High Peaks are visible from the summit of Treadway mountain in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness.  Spend some time exploring as there are incredible views of Pharaoh Lake just past the summit. The hike is 7.8 miles round trip from Putnam Pond Campground, off Route 74 west of Ticonderoga.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Anne LaBastille Cabin Headed To Adirondack Museum

AdirondackMuseum-AnneLaBastilleCabinThe Adirondack Museum has announced that the institution will receive into the museum’s collection the wilderness cabin Anne LaBastille, famous worldwide from her Woodswoman series of books, built and lived in, along with many of her personal effects.

An accompanying gift of $300,000 will support the costs of moving the cabin to the museum and incorporating it into a new exhibition, The Adirondack Experience, expected to open in 2017. The gifts were made by the Estate of LaBastille, an author, ecologist, environmental advocate, and former Adirondack Park Agency Commissioner, who passed away in 2011. » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Cathy Dove Named 10th President of Paul Smith’s College

[ANNUAL EVENT TITLE]Cathy Dove, vice president of Cornell NYC Tech in New York City, will become the tenth president of Paul Smith’s College. Dove will succeed John W. Mills, who is retiring after 10 years as president, on September 1st at the college’s first woman president.

As vice president of Cornell Tech since 2012, Dove has lead Cornell University’s efforts to build a new, 2.1-million-square-foot campus for applied sciences on Roosevelt Island in New York City, expected to open in 2017. Dove has served in senior leadership roles at Cornell since 1989. Previous to Cornell Tech, her most recent positions were associate dean of its College of Engineering and, before that, associate dean at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Roots Of A Classic Adirondack Guide Joke

GHT portraitDid you hear the one about the guide who took his wealthy client out trolling for lake trout? His customer paid more attention to his bottle of whiskey than his fishing line, finishing off the quart while sharing not a drop with the guide. Looking at his empty bottle, the gentleman remarked to his guide, “I am sorry not to have offered you any, but I never let my guide drink on a trip.” To which the guide retorted, “You are quite right sir; one drunk in a boat is enough.”

It is rare that one can trace a joke back to its origins, but in this case, my family is the butt of the joke. » Continue Reading.