Thursday, November 12, 2015

Lake Champlain Film Festival Starts Friday

Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 2.41.28 PMFor the second year the Lake Champlain International Film Festival (LCIFF) is bringing attention to new films and filmmakers working in any and all genres and forms of film.

According to the Lake Champlain International Film Festival’s Artist Director Jason Torrance, the November 13-15 event is even bigger and better than the inaugural year. There are 11 countries being represented: USA, France, Germany, India, Ghana, Serbia, Sweden, Canada, Spain, Iran, and Japan providing a mixture of shorts and feature length films. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, October 29, 2015

November Is New York State History Month

NYS History Month logo_colorIn 1997, the New York State Legislature established November as New York State History Month “to celebrate the history of New York state and recognize the contributions of the state and local historians.” The celebration has been mostly ignored since 2002.

In 2014, the New York State Museum launched a New York State History Month page on its website, which included links to state-wide and regional history resources and a listing of museum events. This year, there is a more comprehensive History Events web calendar. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Owens, Paine Usher Changes At Adirondack Foundation

Peter Paine and Bill Owens - Courtesy Adirondack FoundationFormer North Country Congressman Bill Owens has returned to the Adirondack Foundation’s Board of Trustees. At the same time, the foundation has bid farewell to longtime Trustee Peter Paine of Willsboro.

Owens, who lives in Plattsburgh, was one of the community foundation’s founding trustees, originally serving on the board from 1997 to 1999. » Continue Reading.


Monday, October 19, 2015

Opinion: Adirondack Authors And Copyright

BooksImageJW01 500Google, the self-professed best friend of authors everywhere, won a recent landmark case that has redefined copyright law. Grab a book off your shelf and read the brief copyright notice, which says something like, “No part of this book may be reproduced without permission …,” and mentions a few exceptions. It’s official now: that copyright “claim” is a dinosaur and needs to be rewritten to accommodate new interpretations of the law. Google (and other companies) can legally copy entire, copyright-protected books. They’ve already admitted to doing it millions of times over. While they can’t legally sell your book, they can use parts of it to drive Internet traffic their way and earn income.

The use of your book by others is still limited by law, but the court has said authors are not intended as the primary beneficiary of copyright protection. That was a new one for me. I had hoped that paying the government to establish my copyright meant just that literally—that my full book could never be copied in any way without me giving someone that specific right. But that’s not at all true. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, October 17, 2015

Fear and Wonder: The Bookends of Age

Along Johns BrookMy mother Hendrieka is going to turn ninety-five years old just after Christmas. She has led a remarkable life – her adventures would make for an interesting memoir to say the least. Her innate spirit and resiliency remain, but while she shows every sign of being around for a while longer, there is no doubt that she is in the sunset of her life. Even as recently as a year ago she still walked with her trademark pace, an energetic stride with arms swinging in long, purposeful arcs. Now she shuffles, small steps, cautious about any variation in floor or terrain.

Being Mom’s caretaker in her last years has been a learning experience. One of those lessons is the observation that as people get older they become like children again, possessed of both fear and wonder. That may be a cliché, but I’ve seen for myself that it’s true. It’s interesting to live it through Mom – and disquietingly, a little bit through myself. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, October 11, 2015

The Philosophers’ Camp at Follensby Pond

Philosopher_CampFew incidents in nineteenth-century Adirondack history have been more often recounted than the famous Philosophers’ Camp at Follensby Pond. The story of how Ralph Waldo Emerson and an assortment of VIPs from the Concord-Cambridge axis camped for several weeks in 1858 on the shores of a virtually untouched lake deep in the wilderness has become a familiar chestnut in the Adirondack canon. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Judge Rules Against Paul Smith’s Name Change

Paul Smith's CollegeA state judge has ruled against Paul Smith’s College’s request to change its name to Joan Weill-Paul Smith’s College, a controversy that has roiled the college and its alumni for months.

State Supreme Court Justice John Ellis issued the ruling Tuesday.

Cathy Dove, president of the college, had pushed for the name change in order secure a $20 million gift from Weill, a wealthy philanthropist who once served as chairwoman of the college’s board of trustees. » Continue Reading.


Monday, October 5, 2015

Art in the Adirondacks This Week (Oct 5)

AITA_NewsletterHeaderHere is a sampling of interesting art events in the Adirondacks this week. » Continue Reading.


Monday, October 5, 2015

Will Rogers Memorial Hospital Film Premieres Oct 10

Will Rogers Memorial Hospital“Hotel Hope”, a new film about the history of Will Rogers Memorial Hospital in Saranac Lake, where tuberculosis victims from the entertainment industry came for treatment, will premiere on Saturday at Saranac Village at Will Rogers.

Historic Saranac Lake contracted with Jim Griebsch to produce the documentary. Will Rogers Memorial Hospital historian Leslie Hoffman and Caroline Welsh, Director Emerita of the Adirondack Museum, both provided research assistance.  The film features archival footage and contemporary interviews with former patients and employees of the hospital. » Continue Reading.


Friday, October 2, 2015

FallFest and Fiber Arts Fair Set For Saturday

AdirondackMuseum-FallFest_Oct3_CircleBWagonRidesRight on time for the Fall Foliage season, the annual FallFest and Fiber Arts Fair in Blue Mountain Lake will feature fiber arts demonstrations, a vendor fair, and family activities from 10 am until 5 pm on Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Adirondack Museum.

Museum admission is free for year-round Adirondack Park residents beginning  Thursday, through the museum’s last day of the season, Monday, Oct. 12 (Columbus Day), including for the FallFest and Fiber Arts Fair. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Portraits in the Wilderness Returns to Long Lake

Burnett Galvagni Swedberg installationLong Lake artist Matt Burnett returns home for another installation of Portraits in the Wilderness to complement his current exhibit featuring portraits of Long Laker’s, Bob Dechene, Frances Boone Seaman and Matt’s father, Willy Burnett.

The outdoor portraits are currently located on Burns Road Wall on NYS Route 30, Tupper Road.  The portraits will be on display through the fall leaf peeping season. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Banned Books Week: An American Tragedy

An_American_Tragedy_Theodore_Dreiser_dust_jacketEvery year I am saddened by how many books still remain challenged or banned from schools and libraries. According to the American Library Association more than 11,300 books have been challenged since the inception of Banned Book Week in 1982.

Even a book that takes place in the Adirondacks came under scrutiny. Theodore Dreiser wrote his 1925 classic An American Tragedy based on the 1906 murder case of Chester Gillette. Gillette brought his pregnant girlfriend Grace Brown to Big Moose Lake where she drowned. Gillette was later tried and convicted for her murder. » Continue Reading.


Monday, September 28, 2015

Art in the Adirondacks This Week (Sep 28)

AITA_NewsletterHeaderThis is just a small sample of some of the interesting art events in the Adirondacks this week. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Lecture Series: World History in Six Objects

whallonsburg GrangeThe Whallonsburg Grange has announced its fall Lyceum series, “A History of the World in Six Objects.”  The presenters will choose and discuss six objects that demonstrate the history, evolution, and significance of the common things around us.

The lectures will occur on Tuesdays at 7:30 pm throughout the months of September and October. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, September 17, 2015

49th Old Forge Firefighters’ Drill School This Weekend

1233376_657527430926266_794299730_nEvery September Old Forge is taken over by firefighters, but not because there is an emergency.

These dedicated firefighters are in town to hone skills, take classes and practice survival training at the Old Forge Firefighters’ Drill School. » Continue Reading.