Blue Mountain Lake, NY – On Saturday August 5 from 1:00PM to 5:00PM Chef Darrell’s Mountain Diner is hosting a fundraising barbeque to benefit the launch of SIB, The Re- Vibe. Chef Darrell’s is located at 8814 NYS 30 in Blue Mountain Lake.
The dinner will include Ribs or Chicken with corn on the cob, corn bread, baked beans, coleslaw, and watermelon for $22.95 per person. Take-out is also available. There will be a craft beer tent with beer available for purchase, live music, and a silent auction for a John Finnan Adirondack Chair valued at $250, as well as additional items.
SIB – The Re-vibe is based on the national model of the “Main Street America” program, but with a distinctly Adirondack vibe. SIB- The Re-Vibe, a partnership of volunteers in the three Indian Lake hamlets of Sabael, Indian Lake and Blue Mountain Lake is an all-volunteer organization made up of people from the hospitality industry, the arts, media, retail, real estate, and any citizen who wants to get involved. Volunteers will be on hand to explain upcoming projects for strengthening the hamlets of Sabael, Indian Lake and Blue Mountain Lake.
For more information, please contact Brenda Valentine at email@example.com or 518-648-5636.
GLOVERSVILLE – The New York State Baseball Hall of Fame Museum has announced the grand opening of its new facility in Gloversville. Located at 45 Harrison Street, directly across the street from Parkhurst Field Little League Stadium. – A stunning replica and tribute to the original grand stands built in 1906. Together they will be putting Fulton County on the map for baseball fanatics.
Be part of a conversation about news coverage of diversity, equity and inclusion in the North Country.
The Adirondack Explorer and North Country Public Radio are teaming up to do deeper reporting on diversity and inclusion issues across the region.
Join us at 12:30 p.m. Monday, July 31 at the Adirondack Center for Writing, 15 Broadway in Saranac Lake, for an informal, open discussion that will serve to launch our collaborative reporting on diversity and inclusion in the Adirondack region. We’ll also be joined by Tiffany Rea-Fisher of the Adirondack Diversity Initiative.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Lake Placid, NY – The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) is thrilled to announce the return of its “Battle of the Cones”, a summer showdown to determine the most popular and best Adirondack ice cream stand.
In 2022, The Windchill Factory in Ticonderoga captured the title and associated bragging rights. As a result of that successful contest, it became clear that “Battle of the Cones” needed to become an annual summertime tradition, just like the ice cream stands themselves; this summer, the Adirondacks’ ice cream stands are ready.
Online voting will begin on July 19 and close on August 22, with five weeks of voting and elimination until a winner is decided. Votes can be cast at BattleOfTheCones.com. The winner will be announced on August 23.
According to ROOST’s Saranac Lake Regional Manager Kenzie Marine, “Battle of the Cones” was established to promote ice cream stands, their communities and the ice cream wayfinder trails, developed by ROOST. “We developed and launched “Battle of the Cones” as a social media campaign to promote ice cream stands throughout the region,” she said. “We thought that this would provide a fun and interactive way to encourage people to share their experiences and create some excitement around this summertime activity, while also encouraging people to visit the towns throughout the region by using any of the ice cream wayfinder trail maps.”
ROOST has developed a number of wayfinder trails – online maps that people can follow to experience particular activities throughout the Adirondacks. These trails include information about farm experiences, breweries, history, cuisine and family-friendly activities. They can be found at AdirondackWayfinder.com.
The “Battle of the Cones” contest schedule is as follows:
Round One: Wednesday, July 19, until Tuesday, July 25 at 11:59 PM
Round Two: Wednesday, July 26, until Tuesday, August 1 at 11:59 PM
Round Three: Wednesday, August 2, until Tuesday, August 8 at 11:59 PM
Semi Finals: Wednesday, August 9, until Tuesday, August 15 at 11:59 PM
Finals: Wednesday, August 16, until Tuesday, August 22 at 11:59 PM
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.
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.
The annual Maintain the Chain event kicks off Aug. 5th, as part of a FREE EcoArts festival at View Arts Center in #OldForgeNY. The festival will launch the weeklong MTC event dedicated to preserving the Fulton Chain of Lakes and the #adk park. Register today @ www.maintainthechain.net. Don’t forget to submit photos to be in the running for the “best project” award and win gifts of appreciation. 40 teams are registered, over 115 people. Join the movement, get involved, get a free T-shirt and have some fun.
Photo: A group photo of the Adirondack Council participating in a Maintain the Chain event. Photo provided by Carin Gonsalves of Maintain the Chain.
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.”
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).
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.
Adirondack Film is proud to announce that festival passes are now on sale for the expanded 22nd Annual Lake Placid Film Festival (Oct. 26-29). Passes can be purchased here: https://www.adirondackfilm.org/lake-placid-festival/tickets-and-passes. In addition to the educational and film screenings that have been core tenets of the festival, this year’s edition will also include:
The Original Art Deco movie theater and performance venue in Schroon Lake presents…
Rear Window July 24th, 2023 @ 8:00pm Seats $15.00 at the door (cash only please)
Jeremy Arnold will present “Rear Window”, the dramatic classic film by famed Director, Alfred Hitchcock. This epic film is centered on a wheelchair-bound photographer, played by James Stewart, who spies on his neighbors from his Greenwich Village courtyard apartment window.
Jeremy Arnold’s newest book, “The Essentials Vol. 2:52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter” was published in October 2020 by Running Press and Turner Classic Movies. It is his second companion book to TCM’s long-running “Essentials” program which profiles many of the most important and influential movies in film history. In addition to the two “Essentials” books, Jeremy has written “Christmas in the Movies: 30 Classics to Celebrate the Season”, published in 2018 by Running Press and TCM. Other works include “Lawrence of Arabia: The 50th Anniversary” (2012), a coffee-table book published by Sony Pictures Entertainment as a supplement to that film’s deluxe Blu-ray release.
The Baha Men will be performing their triple platinum hit “Who Let the Dogs Out” as part of the 2023 Caroga Lake Music Festival. As part of the event, Caroga Arts will be directing $1 of every ticket sold to the Fulton County Regional SPCA to help animals in need.
Caroga Arts offers free general admission to concert goers under age 17 for all Caroga Arts presented concerts at Sherman’s.
Presented by Caroga Arts Collective, Caroga Lake Music Festival is a multi-genre music festival presenting a series of world-class performances in the Southern Adirondacks. Since the festival’s founding in 2012, Caroga Lake Music Festival has grown from a one week chamber music festival to an internationally recognized festival showcasing a multitude of genres from May to September. The mainstay of the festival is a five-week summer residency featuring renowned soloists, chamber musicians, and orchestral professionals, in collaboration with international touring guest artists.
Located on the shore of West Caroga Lake, Sherman’s Park is the home base for the Caroga Lake Music Festival. Known as a venue for iconic big bands in the 1920’s and 1930’s, Sherman’s provides the perfect up-close setting for an engaging and memorable concertgoing experience.
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