Thursday, November 9, 2023

Creative Adirondacks: Saranac Lake Artist Michael Burpoe Paints Japan


Michael Burpoe in Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan, September 2023

Overseas travel is nothing new for Michael Burpoe, but the three weeks he spent this past year in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto, Japan were his first time in Asia. Mike went to experience the people, food and beauty of Japan, and also to paint. And paint he did, bringing back some eighteen paintings and sketches. Mike painted for hours, day and evening both, but always making time to enjoy his surroundings and to sample Japanese cuisine. Mike travels with two backpacks, one to carry his watercolors, brushes and paper, and the other for whatever else he needs. His travel style is very relaxed, as he relies on public transportation and stays at hostels in part to meet other young people.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Reflecting on resilience

steve hall

Having a friend in your life that encourages you, stands for your honor and profoundly changes you for the better is a priceless gift, a gift bestowed upon my husband and I by a man named Steve Hall.  He is the reason I started writing and he is the reason I wrote this poem.  To the most resilient man we have ever known!

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Wednesday, November 8, 2023

INTERWOVEN ensemble blends classical elements from East and West

Interwoven Full Ensemble

New York-based intercultural ensemble INTERWOVEN celebrates and integrates traditional Asian music and Western classical music through performing, commissioning, and recording contemporary works. Exploring time-honored soundscapes of Asia and Europe, the ensemble weaves together musical and artistic threads from diverse origins and traditions and intertwines unique Asian perspectives and aesthetics to create holistic, innovative works and music experiences that encourage inclusion and harmony between various American communities. » Continue Reading.

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Upper Jay Art Center to host a dance party, play reading, and concert

Crowd shot of an event inside the Upper Jay Art Center.

Upper Jay Art Center staff have recently announced a diverse lineup of events to suit an array of interests, including a dance party slated for this Saturday, November 11, a play reading of Six Men Dressed Like Joseph Stalin by Dianne Nora on Saturday, November 18, and a concert featuring the band Low Lily on Saturday, December 9.  Please see below for details on these events.

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Monday, October 30, 2023

“Kiwassa Skies,” exhibit of paintings by Meg Bernstein opens Nov. 3

Abstract sky/Adirondack landscape painting

Saranac Lake, NY – Meg Bernstein will be the featured artist for November at the Adirondack Artists Guild. Her show, “Kiwassa Skies” will open with a reception on Friday, November 3 from 5  to 8 p.m., and will run through November 28.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Old Forge: Halloween comes to View with events through October 28

Winners of the View's 2022 Halloween Party Costume Contest

Old Forge, NY — Get into the Halloween spirit at View Arts Center this year with 5 nights of frights from October 24 – 28, as part of their 3rd Annual Halloweek Spooktacular, ending again with their free Monster Mash Halloween Party.

On Wednesday, October 25, a Halloween Cocktail Class is being offered by View, where participants will be learning, making, and tasting three themed drinks. The class is $25 per person and includes everything you need to make the cocktails. The class is open to guests aged 21+ only. Space will be limited. Register online at the link:

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Monday, October 23, 2023

“Return to Auschwitz” documentary to be shown at Keene Valley Public Library, Oct. 24

Graphic for upcoming documentary, award-winning documentary Return to Auschwitz: The Survival of Vladimir Munk, at the Keene Valley Public Library

Keene Valley, NY –  On Tuesday, October 24, Keene Valley Congregational Church will screen the Regional Emmy award-winning documentary Return to Auschwitz: The Survival of Vladimir Munk at 7 p.m. at the Keene Valley Public Library.

The PBS documentary was filmed in 2020 when Czech Holocaust survivor Vladimir Munk returned to Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camps in Poland where he was imprisoned during World War II. Accompanied by filmmakers/producers Julie Canepa, Paul Frederick and Bruce Carlin, 95-year-old Munk made the journey to honor thirty of his close relatives, including his parents, who perished there.

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Friday, October 20, 2023

Lake Placid Film Festival: Iconic “Cool Runnings” to be shown Opening Night, Oct. 26

Cool Runnings movie poster


Lake Placid, NY – The year was 1988. The Winter Games were in Calgary. Western Canada would be the most unlikely place where a group of Jamaican track and field athletes would gain notoriety as bobsledders. Yet those Games produced one of the Olympics most endearing stories, one that lives to this very day thanks to four committed athletes, their forcefully supportive manager and a movie appropriately titled Cool Runnings.

The 1993 flick added to the luster of comedic actor John Candy, and by way of his work at those Games with ABC Television, local resident John Morgan as well. Now, with a continuing 35-year legacy, Cool Runnings will be shown at the Palace Theater in Lake Placid on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in the opening feature of the Lake Placid Film Festival. A question and answer period will follow. There will be an encore performance on Saturday morning, Oct. 28 at 11:30 a.m. Jamaican bobsled team merchandise will be available for purchase at the theater.

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Thursday, October 19, 2023

Old Forge Library to host fundraiser, Halloween-themed events & more

Old Forge, NY – Old Forge Library staff have announced a variety of activities, including a spooky season-themed fundraiser, that are sure to appeal to a wide array of interests and help curb cabin fever that typically begins to hit with the oncoming of chillier temperatures. Please see a roundup of events below for more details on these programs and activities which include, Nevermore: A Raven Good Time fundraiser at Nest [a restaurant in Thendara], an Open Mic Night hosted by Ken Carman, free Halloween-themed grab/craft bags for kids, and Wednesday Night Craft Get-Togethers.

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Saturday, October 14, 2023

DEC announces photography contest featuring NY moose


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has recently announced a brand new photo contest for everyone to participate in. The theme—Moose. Specifically, NY Moose. So, if you have any photos of moose that you’d like to submit for the contest, continue reading.

How to enter: You can start submitting your photos of NYS moose now through November 10. The submission process for this contest is relatively simple. Follow this link: and fill out the form, along with uploading your photo to the form. We will be selecting our top 5 favorite photos, with 1 winner and 4 runners-up.
What do I win?: Our first place winner will have their photo included in an upcoming issue of the Conservationist, along with a free year subscription to the Conservationist, and copy of our New York State Wildlife Guide. Our four runners-up will also receive a free year subscription to the Conservationist, along with a copy of the wildlife guide.
Disclaimer: No small print. The NYS DEC is in no way taking ownership of your photos. Submitted images may be used for social media outreach and DEC agency materials, with credit attributed to the photographer.
Photo at top by Steve Spudie, provided by the NYS DEC.

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Lake Placid Film Festival presents: Women in Horror, Oct. 28

The Halloween season is in full swing and the best place to celebrate is at the Lake Placid Film Festival. Take part in our Women in Horror panel on Saturday, October 28, where acclaimed filmmakers, Sol Miranda (Archive 81, Asynchronous), Chirstina Raia (Affliction, Silent Night), and Karen Walton (Ginger Snaps, Orphan Black) discuss genre filmmaking from a female perspective.

We are also excited to announce two horror films screening at the Festival: The Monkey and a special midnight screening of The Exorcist. Purchase your Festival Pass today and experience all the frights and films that the Lake Placid Film Festival has to offer.
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Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Julie Canepa to Speak at Bluseed Studios


Julie Canepa, Plattsburgh resident and award winning screenwriter and author, will give a talk called, “From Concept to Finished Product: Tips for Realizing Your Passion Project.” Canepa’s talk is Sunday, October 15, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. at BluSeed Studios, sponsored by Saranac Lake ArtWorks. » Continue Reading.

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Broadway Performers Among Featured at “Arts in the Adirondacks” Event, Oct. 21


Area students will be treated to workshops and panel discussions with acclaimed actors, singers, painters and more

Lake Placid, NY- Arts in the Adirondacks: Amplifying Diverse Voices will be held October 21 on the campus of North Country School and Camp Treetops and is free and open to the public.  The day’s events will showcase the intersection of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and the arts, featuring a host of artists including Broadway performers, nationally recognized singers, actors, and artists. » Continue Reading.

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Poetry: On the Porch with Lily

Stray cat on a chair

Upon waking at midnight.

I look outside

to see if the little unhoused calico

is sleeping on “her” wicker chair.

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Monday, October 9, 2023

Dreams for Our Communities – Insights from North Country Youth

These quotes are drawn from the essays of North Country young people writing about “My Dreams for My Community”  a contest sponsored by the Adirondack Center for Writing and Adirondack Voters for Change. (Click here and here to read some of the full entries)

In their essays, the young people take a thoughtful look at the characteristics of the community they identify with and what their hopes for that community are.
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