Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Adirondack Plein Air Festival now underway

plein air painter

Forty artists have packed up their paints and canvases from Texas to Ohio and Maryland to Maine have come to the Adirondacks for a week of wonderful painting. The 2023 Adirondack Plein Air Festival started on August 14 and culminates with the huge Show & Sale, on August 19, held in the Town Hall in Saranac Lake.

Started in 2009 by Saranac Lake ArtWorks member Sandra Hildreth, this event has grown from an opportunity for local artists to get together and paint outdoors, to a nationally recognized painting experience that often attracts nearly 100 applications. 40 are selected to participate. They come to paint the Saranac Lake, which offers an abundance of mountain, lake, and river views, farmland, historic villages, rustic camps, waterfalls, marshes and bogs and more.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2023

2nd Annual Fairy & Magickal Creatures Festival

Elizabethtown NY – Join us Saturday, August 19 from 10-5pm for the 2nd annual Fairy and Magickal Creatures Festival brought to you by Solstice LLC.  This fantastic event is taking place at the Adirondack History Museum, 7590 Court Street in Elizabethtown NY. » Continue Reading.

Monday, August 14, 2023

Barbara McMartin Exhibit at Caroga Museum


Caroga Lake NY – The Caroga Historical Association and Museum is pleased to pay tribute to Barbara McMartin with an exhibit entitled  “Barbara McMartin: Adirondack Artist, Author, Advocate”.  The exhibit highlights Barbara’s many contributions to the Caroga area and the Adirondacks.  This exhibit has been curated by Barbara’s daughter, Nancy Long, and Nancy’s husband, Dick Loomis.  In addition, the exhibit features the artwork of three generations of the McMartin family: Barbara McMartin’s watercolors, Nancy Long’s watercolors and Casey Loomis’s mixed media art.
This exhibit runs through Aug. 27.

The Caroga museum in open Thursdays through Sundays from 1 until 4 pm through Aug. 27.
The museum is located at 145 London Bridge Rd. in Caroga Lake.

Saturday, August 12, 2023

15th Annual Adirondack Plein Air Festival in Saranac Lake

adirondack plein air festival, adirondack art

Adirondack Plein Air

Saranac Lake – Forty artists are packing up their paints and canvases from Texas to Illinois, and Maryland to Maine and will be heading to the Adirondacks for a week of wonderful painting. The 2023 Adirondack Plein Air Festival will start on August 14 and culminate with the huge Show & Sale, on August 19, held in the Town Hall in Saranac Lake.

Started in 2009 by Saranac Lake ArtWorks member Sandra Hildreth, this event has grown from an opportunity for local artists to get together and paint outdoors, to a nationally recognized painting experience that often attracts nearly 100 applications. The Saranac Lake area offers an abundance of mountain, lake, and river views, farmland, historic villages, rustic camps, waterfalls, marshes and bogs. » Continue Reading.

Friday, August 11, 2023

Upcoming Events at The Sembrich

– Acclaimed musical theater historian John Kenrick will present “Hamilton – The Man, The Musical, The Cultural Phenomenon!,” on Wednesday, August 16 at 2 PM. This highly anticipated studio talk uncovers how Lin-Manuel Miranda’s trailblazing blending of hip-hop and Broadway styles created the revolutionary musical Hamilton. Mr. Kenrick will share performance videos and other media that lend insight into how the life story of America’s most controversial founding father became the basis for one of the most acclaimed Broadway musicals of all time.

“I think show business history is the most fascinating subject in the world. My goal is simple: to make it as entertaining and exciting for others as it is for me,” says Kenrick. » Continue Reading.

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Ledge Hill Studio Downtown hosts Saturday Event

Westport, NY
– Ledge Hill Studio Downtown in Westport, on Lake Champlain is hosting a great day filled with activities on Saturday, August 12 from 3-8pm.

Ledge Hill Studio Downtown is an eclectic business centered around ART. The atelier has a flowing art show of Carolyn Polly’s art and many other accomplished artists.  They feature four Art Openings a year spotlighting regional art, eclectic art, hand craft and functional art pottery, Adirondack craft, printed and photography cards.

Join us on Saturday from 3-8pm for free kids crafts and activities, sponsored by Heather’s Art Fund at Ledge Hill Studio. Carolyn Polly will be leading all of the children’s activities. The studio is full of fantastic new treasures from local creators, including an impressive batch of unique tie dye shirts.
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Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Art Slam at the Upper Jay Art Center

art slam graphic

Join us in the Recovery Lounge on Friday, Aug. 11 to celebrate the history and future of Upper Jay Art Center! The night will feature special performances by local artists in a variety of mediums (including several exciting new interdisciplinary collaborations). There will also be food and drink, a silent auction of unique items, and all of the fun and surprise you’d expect at UJAC. Help us continue our grasstistic (grassroots + artistic) legacy!

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Tuesday, August 8, 2023

“The Forest by Your Feet”, exhibit by Burdette Parks

 Burdette Parks pinecone

Saranac Lake NY – Hiking through the woods of the Adirondacks is a popular activity and most of the focus tends to be on trees and mountain views. But at our feet, trampled and often ignored, is a wealth of color, texture and life. “The Forest by Your Feet” celebrates the visual treasures arrayed on the forest floor. While photographing images for this show, Burdette was continually amazed by the unexpected surprises unseen until the photos were viewed on screen. Without question, the closer you look, the more you see. As the scale gets smaller, the flora and fauna change in character but are still very much there. Looking down instead of up or straight ahead opens up a whole new world of adventure and discovery more readily available and far less strenuous than climbing the mountain. This exhibit offers a peek at some of those discoveries.
Burdette Parks moss photo

The show runs through Aug. 29.

The Adirondack Artists Guild is a cooperative retail art gallery representing a diverse group of artists residing and working in the Tri-Lakes region of the Adirondack Park. The gallery is located at 52 Main St, Saranac Lake, 518 891-2615. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 until 5, and 11-3 on Sundays. The Guild is on Facebook, Instagram, and on the web at www.adirondackartistsguild.com.

Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Lake Placid Center for the Arts grants $650k to arts organizations across NYS

lake placid center for the arts

Initiative Supported by the New York State Council on the Arts

Lake Placid, NY –  The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) is thrilled to announce the list of awardees from its inaugural Audience Building Project, a regrant program supported by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) this year.

The statewide program is focused on audience-building to support organizations as they recover from the COVID-19 and racial justice pandemics. LPCA is distributing a pool of $650,000 to presenters of all sizes with $5,000-$10,000 grants towards projects that are intended to grow and diversify audiences. By mitigating some of the financial risk involved in programming performing arts experiences that will appeal to a new or broader audience, the Audience Building Project aims to support arts organizations’ ability to develop deep, sustainable relationships within their communities.

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Thursday, July 27, 2023

10th Mt. Division Army Band Free Concert

10th Mt. Division Army Band

Inlet, NY – The Fulton Chain of Lakes Performing Arts Council is happy to announce that the Concert Band from Fort Drum Army Base will be in Inlet under the Tent in Arrowhead Park on Sunday afternoon, July 30 at 2:00 p.m.

The Concert Band is the largest of the band’s units. It is comprised of 35-40 soldiers, all of whom are skilled musicians in their own right.

The Band performs a wide range of standard concert band literature including marches, Broadway hits, pop, classical and American music.  It features many of its members as instrumental and vocal soloists.

The concert is always enjoyable and includes a nod to the various military services.  If you have friends or relatives who have been a part of the US Armed Services, this is a wonderful occasion to thank them for their service and devotion to their country. And the concert is absolutely free.

If you plan to attend this wonderful concert, please be aware that large parcels, backpacks, or purses will not be allowed under the tent.

Contact: Margie O’Hara, 315-357-2550, nxtdr58@aol.com

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Midsummer Highlights at John Brown Farm

John Brown Farm logo

Historian Connor Williams opens John Brown Lives! (JBL!) midsummer season at the John Brown Farm State Historic Site with a talk on our nation’s history as a slave society into which abolitionist John Brown was born, matured and martyred.

On Sunday, July 30 Williams, Lead Historian (ret.) on The Naming Commission, will focus on events on the 1850s and the laws that ruled the land, the passions that stirred its people, and the politics that charted the nation’s course as a slave society. His talk will take place at 2pm in the lower barn at the John Brown Farm and open into a Q&A discussion and reception with light refreshments.

On Tuesday, August 1 JBL!, Adirondack Trail Improvement Society (ATIS), and Craigardan will present an afternoon program with JBL! Fellows Gloria Browne-Marshall and Lewis Sheridan Hughes. Playwright, civil rights attorney, and constitutional law scholar,
Browne-Marshall will give a talk titled, “John Brown Must Live.” Hughes, descendant and namesake of Harper’s Ferry Raider Lewis Sheridan Leary, will share his personal story of discovering that his ancestor’s remains are buried at the John Brown Farm. Their talks begin at 3pm and will follow a special tour of exhibits, picnic, and trail walk starting at 12pm. Participants should bring a lunch and water.

On Saturday, August 5 The Long Table Dinner will feature an open-ended conversation with New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie, artist and historian Nell Painter, and historian and Frederick Douglass biographer David Blight and a farm-to-table dinner prepared by Chef Lewis Hughes. Click Here for event information and tickets.

On Sunday, August 13 Louis Bickford will draw from more than twenty years working in the field of international human rights on a talk titled “Addressing Past Atrocity through Public Memory Initiatives.” Founder and CEO of Memria, Bickford will discuss partnering with
organizations to collect, analyze, and circulate narrative accounts of past violence with the aim of strengthening human rights. His talk will begin at 4pm. Light refreshments will be served.

On Saturday, August 19 JBL!’s second-annual Adirondack Family Book Festival will take place from 9:30-4pm, and feature 15 beloved, award-winning children’s and YA authors. Readers of all ages are welcome to mix and mingle with their favorite authors whose books will be on sale throughout the day.

Ren Davidson Seward’s Nine Conversations about Equity and Justice will continue every Thursday in August from 3-4:30pm in A Memorial Field.
All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
For more information, contact John Brown Lives! at 518-744-7112 or info@johnbrownlives.org.

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Upcoming Events at Tannery Pond Center

Lake Placid Sinfonietta at Tannery Pond Center

North Creek, NY
Thursday, July 27 | 7:00-9:00 PM
The Lake Placid Sinfonietta (LPS) is a professional chamber orchestra of twenty musicians from across the country. Since inception in 1917 and continuing to the present day, the LPS has provided excellent live classical music performance to communities in the heart of the Adirondacks. LPS professional musicians serve on university faculties and perform with other highly regarded orchestras, such as the Alabama Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Vermont Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Quad City Symphony, and the Tucson Symphony.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Two visiting author talks coming up at Adirondack Center for Writing

Saranac Lake, NY – Debut author Kate Doyle was a 2020 resident at Adirondack Center for Writing’s annual Anne LaBastille Memorial Writing Residency on Twitchell Lake.

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 2, hear her read from her collection, I Meant it Once (Algonquin Books, 2023) and converse with fellow Anne LaBastille resident and ACW’s visiting writer, Erin Dorney. The pair will discuss Kate’s new book as well as their experiences at Lake Twitchell. Doyle and Dorney met at Twitchell Lake and have gone on to attend other retreats together, proving that a residency can create long-lasting community among writers. Audience questions will be welcome, so we invite your curiosity about residencies, the publishing process, and more.

Kate Doyle is the author of I Meant It Once, published by Algonquin Books in the US and Corsair in the UK. A former bookseller and a 2021 A Public Space Fellow, she has lived in New York City, Amsterdam, and Ithaca, NY. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in No Tokens, Joyland, Split Lip, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. This event is free to attend. Register Here.

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Monday, July 24, 2023

NYT-Bestselling author Karen McManus in Tupper Lake

Karen McManus event

The internationally bestselling author of the “One of Us Is Lying” series visits Friday, July 28 

Tupper Lake, NY – Don’t miss this chance to meet the author of the New York Times–bestselling young adult murder-mystery series One of Us Is Lying. ACW will present Karen McManus just days after the release of third and final book in the series, One of Us Is Back. The event is free and takes place July 28, at 7 PM at Flanders Park in Tupper Lake, NY. McManus will also talk with NCPR’s Mitch Teich, answer audience questions, and sign copies of her latest book.

The bestselling YA novel One of Us Is Lying was turned into a two-season TV series that streams on Peacock. It received a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes and a rave review by Forbes: “It’s smart, slick and fun, setting up a well-drawn mystery by combining elements from the book while adding new things to the plot.”

Attend this event for the opportunity to win one of 20 T-shirts. The only way to snag one is to attend the event in person on Friday, July 28, at Flanders Park in Tupper Lake, so register now! Each tour stop will distribute the shirt in a different color.

In case of rain, this event will move inside the Tupper Lake Library, which is steps away from Flanders Park.

Saturday, July 22, 2023

Upcoming Events at The Sembrich

Sembrich museum

BOLTON LANDING – Boyd Meets Girl, the popular guitar-cello duo will perform at The Sembrich on Wednesday, July 26 at 7:00 PM as part of the lakeside museum’s Trailblazers summer festival. Boyd Meets Girl pairs Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd with American cellist Laura Metcalf. The duo has toured the world sharing their eclectic mix of music from Debussy and Bach to Radiohead and Beyoncé, and their two studio albums have been streamed well over 2 million times on Spotify alone.
“We’re delighted that Boyd Meets Girl is able to join us this season at The Sembrich” says Artistic Director Richard Wargo. “Boyd Meets Girl is precisely the type of ensemble that we had in mind when we established our outdoor Promenade Series a year ago — engaging, virtuosic performers; an eclectic, imaginative mix of repertoire presented with sophistication and wit.”

Boyd Meets Girl Both acclaimed soloists in their own right, Boyd has been described as “truly evocative” by The Washington Post, and as “a player who deserves to be heard” by Classical Guitar Magazine, while Metcalf, also a member of the ensembles Break of Reality and The Overlook has been called “brilliant” by Gramophone. Boyd Meets Girl has toured throughout the USA, India, Nepal, New Zealand, and every state and territory in Australia, including engagements at Caramoor, Newport Music Festival, Bargemusic, Moab Music Festival and many others.

The duo arranges much of their repertoire themselves, drawing inspiration from artists across all genres, and often speak from the stage about the works to create an engaging, conversational concert experience that breaks down boundaries not only between musical genres but between audience and performer.
Tickets can be purchased via phone at (518) 644-2431 or online.


Friday, July 28 
Seagle Festival will present the children’s opera The Ugly Duckling at The Sembrich on Friday, July 28 at 10 AM. This charming children’s opera by composer Andrew Duncan and librettist Steven Malone, will be sung in English and is appropriate for children pre-K to 6th grade. “We are delighted to continue our annual partnership with Seagle Festival and bring the children’s opera here to Bolton Landing,” says Artistic Director Richard Wargo. “Every year, we welcome children from across the
Lake George region to experience opera at The Sembrich, one of the Adirondack’s most unique operatic landmarks.”

The production is approximately 35 minutes long and will be followed by a Q&A session. Admission to the event is free. Reservations are encouraged and can be made via phone at (518) 644-2431 or online.

Wednesday, August 2
The traditional music trio Grosse Isle was born out of the “absolutely magical” collaboration between three exceptional musicians from Quebec and Ireland (The Irish Music Magazine). Together, Sophie Lavoie du Lac-St-Jean (fiddle, piano, vocal), André Marchand the legendary (guitar, vocal), and Fiachra O’Regan, Irish champion (uilleann pipes, whistle, banjo) shine with their rich and enveloping music. These musicians all have a national and international reputation as a duo mainly in the case of Sophie & Fiachra and within several groups for 40 years as far as André Marchand is concerned (La Bottine Souriante, Les Charbonniers de l’Enfer and others).
Grosse Isle

The band name refers to the story of the mass arrival of the Irish in the 19th century, on Grosse Île in the St. Lawrence River, as they fled the Great Famine. It is a striking encounter between two peoples and two cultures.

About The Sembrich
Experience music, history, and nature at The Sembrich in Bolton Landing. The Sembrich features museum exhibitions and an annual summer festival with an exciting mix of world-class musicians, noted musical scholars, a free film series, and the opportunity to enjoy it all on the beautiful shores of Lake George. Listed on the National Historic Register, The Sembrich was once the teaching studio of Polish soprano Marcella Sembrich, one of the most famous musicians at the turn of the 20th century. Visitors can discover her storied
legacy, which includes over 400 performances at the Metropolitan Opera and faculty positions at both the Juilliard Graduate School and the Curtis Institute of Music. With a treasured museum, performance series, and over four wooded acres of nature trails to explore, The Sembrich is truly a unique cultural experience!


The Sembrich’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
The Sembrich is located at 4800 Lake Shore Drive, Bolton Landing, NY 12814. For more information, visit www.TheSembrich.org or contact us at (518) 644-2431 or email Office@TheSembrich.org.

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