Friday, June 17, 2022

Live Music on the Shores of Lake George on Fridays, June 17- Sept. 2

Music enthusiasts of all ages are invited to enjoy live music on the shores of Lake George starting today, Friday, June 17 – Friday, September 2. “Fridays in Shepard Park” concert-goers can enjoy free live music from 6 – 9:30 p.m. The concert series is both kid-friendly and pet-friendly, and includes children’s activities such as a bounce house, a face painter, and an air brush artist.

See below for this year’s artists:

June 17 – Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra + Stony Creek Band
June 24 – Ten Most Wanted + Jacquelin Mignot and The Family Band
July 1 – Soul Session + Yellow Dog
July 8 – The Refrigerators + Jett Screamer
July 15 – New York Players + Tumblin Dice
July 22 – Grand Central Station + The Ultimates
August 5 – Skeeter Creek + Bluz House Rockers
August 12 – TS Ensemble + The Ultimates
August 26 – Vivid from Connecticut + Jonathan Newell Band
September 2 – Kick + The Schmooze

(Note: No concert on Friday, August 19.)

Shepard Park is located at Centennial Fountain, Canada St, Lake George, NY 12845.

Photo at top provided by Adirondack Arts & Entertainment. 


Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Summer Solstice festivities set for June 21 at the Old Forge Library

The Summer Solstice, also known as “the longest day of the year,” the day in 2022’s calendar with the most hours of daylight is Tuesday, June 21. Solstice celebrations are celebrated throughout the world and have been celebrated by our ancestors since Neolithic times.

The Old Forge Library, and its community partners and friends at Weaving Home, LivingADK, and the Old Forge Farmers Market invite the public to celebrate the solstice with them at festivities held on the library lawn at 220 Crosby Blvd. in Old Forge. Renowned Abenaki artists, writers and storytellers will make the occasion memorable.

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Monday, June 13, 2022

13th Annual Adirondack Coast Museum Days Weekend set for June 18 and 19

The Adirondack Coast Cultural Alliance (ACCA) will host the 13th Annual Museum Days Weekend throughout Clinton County June 18-19, 2022, inviting visitors and residents to explore the area’s wealth of museums, galleries, and cultural organizations. For two days (with a couple of exceptions, as noted) from 10 am to 4 pm, participating locations will offer free admission, including demonstrations, tours, exhibits, hands-on activities, and more.

This year’s event coincides with the first of two New York State “Path Through History” Weekends in 2022. The full Museum Days Weekend schedule will be published in the Plattsburgh Press-Republican and on the Adirondack Coast Cultural Alliance website and Facebook page.

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Thursday, June 9, 2022

Dr. Nicholas Muller lauded for dedicated community service

ESSEX, NY — The Essex Community Fund (ECF) at Adirondack Foundation today announces that Dr. H. Nicholas Muller III will receive the 2022 Francisca Irwin Award for Community Service. The name of the award honors Francisca “Frisky” Paine Irwin, who served as the fund’s first chair and recognizes the precedent she established for extended selfless service to benefit Essex.

Muller, the fourth recipient of the Irwin Community Service Award since it was established in 2019, is recognized for decades of service to his community. As part of the award, he will direct a $1,000 grant from the Essex Community Fund to High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care. His name will be also added to a plaque that hangs in the Essex Town Office listing previous recipients Donna Sonnett, Sally Johnson and Ron Jackson.

“Dr. Muller, who we all know better as Nick, has been instrumental in the founding and success of ECF over many years,” said Norma Goff, current chair of Essex Community Fund. “He is now retired, and it is a pleasure to see him recognized for all his efforts, and have his name added to the special plaque.”

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Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Adirondack area organizations welcome new hires

Adirondack-area establishments including Pendragon Theatre,  Adirondack Land Trust, Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute, Adirondack Mountain Club, and Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program recently welcomed new staff members.

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Monday, June 6, 2022

Uninvited: The Spread of Invasive Species film screening set for June 8

A viewing of the film, Uninvited: The Spread of Invasive Species, will be hosted at the Hotel Saranac on Wednesday, June 8th at 6:30 p.m. The Great Hall Bar will be open and experts will be on hand to introduce the film and discuss local actions.

Co-sponsored by Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute and the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, and developed by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, the documentary is a professionally produced 60-minute film about the threat invasive species pose to food systems, water, public health, and ecosystems in New York State. See the trailer.

The event is part of New York’s Invasive Species Awareness Week, June 6-12. For more information, visit adkwatershed.org and adkinvasives.com.

Photo at top provided by Zoë Smith, Deputy Director for Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute.

 


Saturday, June 4, 2022

14th Annual Adirondack Plein Air Festival set for August 15-20

Saranac Lake ArtWorks, established in 2008 and incorporated as a not-for-profit in 2020, has a mission of using the arts to promote Saranac Lake and the surrounding community. The Plein
Air Festival, scheduled for August 15 – 20, 2022, will bring artists from around the country.

Visitors will have the opportunity to see the Adirondacks through the eyes of these talented painters and have an opportunity to take those memories home with them through their paintings. The Festival kicks off with a free “Meet the Artists” reception on Monday night from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hotel Saranac, our partner and sponsor of that event.

The completed artworks will be presented for sale beginning Friday, August 19 during the Friday Night Special Preview Party scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m., and at the Show & Sale on Saturday, August 20 from 12 -5 p.m. in the Town Hall. The Show & Sale on Saturday is free and open to the public. Tickets for the Friday Night Special Preview Party are $20 each and may be purchased at the door or online by visiting SaranacLakeArtWorks.org/plein-air .

“Our Plein Air Festival continues to grow more popular each year; despite the challenges that Covid 19 presented in 2020 and 2021. We are excited the event will be in-person as it was last year, bringing artists and visitors to our region from around the country. Our success is a result of the hard work and dedication of ArtWorks members and the overall support of our local art and business community. The event means more than just bringing visitors in for the day. The week-long Festival gives them a reason to stay”, said Sandra Hildreth, President, ArtWorks.

Full details on the event can be found by visiting our website at SaranacLakeArtWorks.org/plein-air

Photo at top: A Plein Air artist. Photo provided by Jane A. Davis Coordinator for Saranac Lake ArtWorks.


Thursday, June 2, 2022

Keene Arts begins June Concert Series with Trillium Chamber Players

trilium concert at keene arts

Join Adirondack favorites the Trillium Chamber Players Sunday, June 5th at Keene Arts at 4:00 PM for a delightful afternoon of classical music for voice, viola and piano.  Violist Patricia McCarty, pianist Timothy Mount and soprano Amy Nelson will perform works ranging from Bach to Gershwin, including Brahms’ much beloved songs Longing at Rest and Cradle Song of the Virgin, Ferenc Farkas’ lively Rumanian Dances, and the lush, exotic songs of early 20th century American composer Charles Martin Loeffler, set to poems by Verlaine and Baudelaire.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Adirondack Council’s Conservationist of the Year Award Goes to Jen Kretser and The Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program

The Adirondack Council will present its Conservationist of the Year Award to climate change educator and activist Jen Kretser and The Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program during the Council’s Forever Wild Day celebration on July 9 at Paul Smith’s College, near Saranac Lake.

“Jen Kretser, the Youth Climate Program and The Wild Center are doing a fantastic job of educating our youth about the dangers of global climate change and what they can do to curb its impacts and prepare for the changes we can no longer prevent,” said Adirondack Council Executive Director William C. Janeway.  “As Director of Climate Initiatives for The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, Jen manages the center’s climate change engagement programs, including the now-famous global Youth Climate Summits and broader Youth Climate Program.”

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Monday, May 30, 2022

Artists invited to participate in Saranac Lake’s Third Thursday ArtWalks

Artists of all backgrounds and skill levels are invited to participate in Saranac Lake’s Third Thursday ArtWalks. Organized and hosted by Saranac Lake ArtWorks and the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce (SLACC), the 2022 ArtWalks series will be held along the streets of downtown Saranac Lake from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on June 16, July 21, Aug. 18 and Sept. 15.

“Saranac Lake is full of incredibly talented artists,” said Sandra Hildreth, president of Saranac Lake ArtWorks. “The ArtWalks were created to showcase and support the artists that make our community vibrant.”

The call to artists is open to artists, artisans, writers, musicians, performers and other creators, regardless of age, background or skill level; there is no cost to participate. Artists can register online at saranaclakeartworks.org/artwalks.

ArtWorks and SLACC will also host two Saranac Lake ArtMarkets on July 30 and Sept. 24. These events will take place at Riverfront Park next to the Lake Flower boat launch from 10
a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information about Third Thursday ArtWalks or Saturday ArtMarkets, please contact Kaet O’Brien at kaet@saranaclakeartworks.org.

Photo at top: A previous Saranac Lake Third Thursday ArtWalk event. Photo provided by Kaet O’Brien, Saranac Lake ArtWorks Communications Consultant.


Saturday, May 28, 2022

Caroga Arts Summer lineup includes more than 35 concerts including The Bacon Brothers

 

The Caroga Lake Musical Festival season is now in full swing with more than 35 performances slated from today, May 28, through September 30 including 100 world-renowned resident artists and 20 guest artists.

Caroga Arts Collective presents over fifty performances and community events featuring world-class artists from various styles of arts and entertainment in the Southern Adirondacks throughout the year. The 2022 Caroga Lake Music Festival summer season will showcase a multitude of genres including classical, bluegrass, pop, rock, folk, jazz, and more.

Interested parties can purchase tickets here: https://carogaarts.org/events/

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Friday, May 27, 2022

Adirondack Experience to kick off 2022 season today, May 27, with new exhibits, programs

Starting today, May 27, the Adirondack Experience (ADKX) will open for its 2022 season, inviting visitors to once again engage with the culture, history, and natural beauty of the Adirondacks. Situated on a 121-acre campus, ADKX offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities, from interactive gallery installations that capture the experiences of the different peoples of the region to opportunities for boating, hiking, and enjoying the magnificent landscapes.

 

In addition to its ongoing daily offerings, ADKX will host a spectrum of both in-person and virtual programs this season, including workshops and talks with local artists and artisans and explorations of nature with experts and enthusiasts. Its most popular festivals will also return this season, including the Plein Air Festival, Adirondack Artisan Festival, Mohawk and Abenaki Art Market, Rustic Furniture Fair, and FallFest. ADKX will be open every day, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., through October 10, 2022. Information about season highlights follows below, with additional details updating and available on the ADKX website at www.theadkx.org.

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Thursday, May 26, 2022

A butterfly, a poem

butterfly
Author’s note: My husband & I rescued some milkweed plants from a store dumpster and raised some Monarch butterflies from the Monarch caterpillars on them. The metamorphoses was amazing.  Hope we did some good for the world.  Made me think that butterflies and poets are much alike in their creative process and hence, this poem.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Cloudsplitter Foundation Awards Matching Fund Opportunity to the Old Forge Library

At the May meeting of the Old Forge Library’s Board of Trustees, the board was pleased to learn that the Cloudsplitter Foundation has awarded the library a 1:1 matching fund opportunity toward current fundraising efforts.
Cloudsplitter Foundation is a philanthropic organization in Saranac Lake who donates to worthwhile projects primarily in the Adirondack region.
Director Linda Weal shared a letter from Cloudsplitter which described the opportunity as a dollar for dollar match of donations, with a $10,000 fundraising goal. When the library has raised $10,000, the Cloudsplitter Foundation will then issue an additional $10,000 in funding.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Meet Adirondack artisan Bob Jones and learn about his work

bob jones
Adirondack artisan Bob Jones, Cranberry Lake, has been carving for more than 50 years and making decoys professionally for decades. At the end of 2021, Tom French, a contributor to Adirondack Explorer, interviewed Bob and his wife, Linda and wrote this story about them.

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