Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Common Ground Alliance Forum to take place remotely

Adirondack Common Ground Alliance Forum group photo 2016The theme for the 2020 Common Ground Alliance Forum will be Attracting a New Generation of Residents to the Adirondacks. We have selected this theme because we realize that – with aging populations – Adirondack communities face a serious demographic challenge, and we have heard time and again that community vitality is a common-ground issue that we need to be proactive to address.  We are pleased to be working with the Northern Forest Center who will help us guide this year’s discussions. The Center plans to utilize the results of the forum to shape a strategy for communities to position themselves for future population stability and growth.

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Monday, June 29, 2020

HAPPENING TONIGHT: ADI hosts Antiracism Seminar online

On Monday, June 29 from 6-7pm, Nicky Hylton-Patterson, Director of the Adirondack Diversity Initiative, along with a panel of black activist scholars from across the region will be holding an online discussion about racism and being black in America.

The seminar is titled: “Antiracism 101: From antiracist actor to ally to accomplice, how do we get there?” The web event is the second in a series dedicated to activating, mobilizing, and engaging the Adirondack community on issues presented by racism and inequality. The session will be 25 minutes long followed by a 30 minutes Q&A with expert panelists via chat.

Antiracism 101 is part of the ADI’s Antiracism Education and Mobilization campaign and each session will give its viewers the tools, language, techniques and strategies to identify and understand, as well as build more racially just and equitable communities within the North Country.

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Friends of Moody Pond launch campaign to eradicate milfoil

Friends of Moody Pond, in Saranac Lake, is an organization dedicated to the conservation and protection of Moody Pond and the surrounding neighborhood from invasive species- specifically Eurasian watermilfoil.

This invasive species was found in Moody Pond in 2018 and makes up at least 3.5 acres (14 percent) of Moody Pond, according to the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program.

A rapid response is essential in managing and eradicating aquatic invasives, and Friends of Moody Pond will be raising funds to educate the public and provide a rapid management response to that end.

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Sunday, June 28, 2020

In lieu of fireworks, Long Lake, Raquette Lake find new way to celebrate July 4

fireworks in old forgeMany locals and tourists in the Adirondacks look forward to watching bright blues and purples explode in the night sky on a warm summer night, in celebration of Independence Day. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, most fourth of July celebrations are either up in the air or downright cancelled.

The communities of Long Lake and Raquette Lake have decided to go a different route and are hosting a new “Light up the Lakes” event on July 2.  

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Socially Distanced Summer Camps at Lake Placid Center for the Arts

This summer, The Lake Placid Center for the Arts LPCA will be offering a variety of in-person, socially distant visual and performing arts summer camps.

They have taken care to ensure that the camps follow New York States, the CDC’s, and the Department of Health’s reopening guidelines. The class sizes will hold a maximum of 10 students, and all activities that the children partake in will be six feet from one another. State required health screenings and hygiene and cleaning protocols will be in effect and provide a foundation for both students and teachers to enjoy their summer activities while protecting the health of everyone involved.

Additional information can be found at their website: www.lakeplacidarts.org/summer-camp-faq. You may also contact the Director of Education and Outreach, Tara Palen, at [email protected].

The 2020 summer camp series will include the following events:

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Great Camp Sagamore’s Annual Gala goes virtual

This week, Great Camp Sagamore is hosting a virtual gala and online auction. They ask that you join them while they pay tribute to music, and the artists who make it. You can register for free at the following link: https://e.givesmart.com/events/hgG/.

The online auction will culminate on June 24 with live, real-time countdown auctioneer Doug Stinson and special guests from 7:30  to 8 p.m. Also, tune into their website daily to hear a musical tribute to a Great Camp Sagamore honoree.


Thursday, June 18, 2020

Saratoga’s Palmertown Range subject of 4-Part Miniseries

Saratoga PLAN has partnered with the Saratoga Film Academy and the Open Space Institute to release a four-part film series about the Palmertown Range Project. The 4 part mini-series was directed and produced by Jon Dorflinger of the Saratoga Film Academy and will feature the Palmertown Range’s winding woodland trails, its storefronts and businesses near its range, and how the trail system will benefit the economy, conservation efforts, recreation, and development within Saratoga County. The first film will cover the overall vision of the range while the following films will focus on a particular aspect of the range: Conservation, Recreation, and Economic Development.

“From protecting water quality to linked trail systems to maple sugaring, the series shows how conservation and various types of land use can be beneficially interwoven,” Says PLAN’s community engagement manager Alex Fylypovych.

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Saturday, June 13, 2020

Mobile Farmers Market returns for 2020 season

The Mobile Farmers Market returns for the 2020 season with community-based stops in Franklin and Clinton counties.

A program of the Joint Council for Economic Opportunity JCEO and the North Country Health Heart Network, the mobile market provides access to fresh fruit and vegetables, baked goods, and a salad bar. The market debuted in 2018 and has since expanded its stops and offerings. In light of COVID-19, this year, the mobile market will be following strict social distancing and health guidelines.

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Adirondack Diversity Initiative hosts 1st ‘listen in’ event

The Adirondack Diversity Initiative (ADI), in partnership with the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), will host a series of virtual “Listen-in” and “Teach-in” sessions focused on mobilizing the community on issues of racial equity and justice.

The first Listen-in session, “Antiracism 101: Checklist for white allies & activists,” will feature Nicky Hylton-Patterson, Director of the Adirondack Diversity Initiative, and a panel of black activist-scholars from across the region for a discussion on the black experience in America. The virtual session will take place via Zoom on Monday, June 15, from 6-7 p.m.

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

‘Celebrate Paddling’ month to forge ahead, in new ways

celebrate paddlingJune is Celebrate Paddling month in the Adirondacks, but it will look a lot different this year because of COVID-19. Starting three years ago, outfitters, guides, community leaders, students and more have teamed up each June to participate in clinics, guided trips, races and river clean-ups across the Tri-Lakes region of the Adirondack Park.

The goal of Celebrate Paddling ADK is in the name — it’s an occasion to acknowledge the incredible role that paddling plays in communities across the Adirondacks and the Northern Forest as a whole. Paddling supports local economies, strengthens our bond with nature and keeps us physically and mentally healthy.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The (Plein Air) Show goes on

The annual Adirondack Plein Air Festival is on track for happening this summer, with a few changes.

Artists from all over the country have been registering for the Festival since Feb. 1, but with the advent of the coronavirus pandemic the registration was extended to June 1 to allow time to alter certain logistics.

For this year’s festival, artists will paint on their own anywhere within the Adirondack Park between the dates of July 30 and Aug. 19, and send in digital images of their completed work for an online art show that will be housed on Saranac Lake ArtWorks’ newly redesigned website for a month beginning Aug. 23. There will be no in-person reception or events as part of this year’s show.

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Saturday, June 6, 2020

Mountain Lake PBS Hosts Virtual Concert

Mountain Lake PBS has partnered with Hill and Hollow music to host a pair of virtual concerts on Sunday June 7, at 3 and 7 p.m.

David Krakauer, a Grammy-nominated classical world artist and “mad scientist” South African sound explorer Kathleen Tagg will be performing their “Breath and Hammer Acoustic” musical program. The program consists of a passionate clarinet and piano duo, taking the listener on a journey via improvisational world music. Click here to learn more.


Friday, May 29, 2020

The Adirondack Pollinator Project: 2020 Plant Sale

AdkAction’s Adirondack Pollinator Project will be offering its annual “Pollinator Plant” sale again to help the hummingbirds, butterflies and bee population.

They have teamed up with Cook & Gardener Nursery and chose plants that can thrive in the Adirondacks. The plants offered have been sourced or grown from seeds to ensure no contact with neonicotinoids (a class of insecticides harmful to pollinators) and will help efforts to rebuild the monarch butterfly population, attract hummingbirds, and reinforce the native bee and moth population.

Plant orders are available online until June 15,  or while supplies last.

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Friday, May 22, 2020

Fort Ticonderoga offers virtual Memorial Day programs

Preparing for the Coming CampaignJoin Fort Ticonderoga this Memorial Day Weekend for a line-up of virtual experiences, from live-stream living history demonstrations capturing Ticonderoga’s epic beauty and dramatic history, to a patriotic concert, and a special Memorial Day message.

The museum and cultural destination’s 2020 opening has been postponed due to COVID-19, with an anticipated early July opening.

Featured Memorial Day Weekend Livestream and Virtual Programs, May 23-25:

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

AARCH moves ahead with a delayed tour season

This 2020 season, due to the COVID-19 situation, AARCH remains tentative in providing the rich, educational opportunities they usually provide on their summer tours.

A copy of the AARCH 2020 summer newsletter is provided here, and outlines a balance of optimism with realism in planning their summer outing and tour season.  The majority of their late June programs have been moved to September, and October.

To reserve a spot, AARCH asks you email your preferred tour choices to [email protected]. This will enter you into the lottery for each event. Payment will be due once your spot is confirmed.

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