Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Keeseville Community Arts Festival July 21- 22

Free Youth Arts Activities: Tie Dye Workshop at Anderson Falls Park

The third annual Keeseville Community Arts Festival will take place July 21-22, with several local organizations and businesses holding visual and performing arts events across the hamlet. The festival brings local residents and visitors together in celebrating the arts and artistic assets of the community.

At the core of the festival is AdkAction’s annual Plein Air Show and Sale. Forty talented artists from near and far will paint Keeseville’s historic architecture, mountains, bridges, waterfalls and farms in the week leading up to the Festival, producing over 120 paintings. Community members will enjoy seeing the beauty of sights in their own backyards by visiting the Plein Air Art Show and Sale which is being held for the first time at Keeseville’s historic Stone Mill on the Ausable River. A wine and cheese reception on Friday night and a brunch on Saturday morning will give festival goers a chance to meet the artists in person and purchase their artwork. A new ‘Uplifting Community’ challenge will help keep plein air paintings at the festival accessible to all by asking artists to submit one painting priced below $250. In addition to prizes in the juried art show, AdkAction will also award three Emerging Artists Fellowships in an effort to support the next generation of fine arts.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2023

John Brown Lives first ever Silent Auction

Spirit of John Brown

Credit: Janet Millstein

John Brown Lives! (JBL!), a freedom education and human rights project known across the North Country and beyond for its innovative educational programs and the warmth and camaraderie of its annual cultural and commemorative events such as John Brown Day, Blues at Timbuctoo, and Adirondack Family Book Festival is holding its first ever Silent Auction.
Leading up to JBL!’s Long Table Dinner at the John Brown Farm State Historic Site on Saturday, August 5th , the auction will go live on July 19, 2023 and the bidding will continue
through to the early evening of The Long Table Dinner. It will feature art, books, experiences and opportunities that were carefully curated to resonate with JBL!’s racial justice and human rights mission.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Town of Caroga to train kids to look for milfoil

caroga state campground

On Friday July 21, the Town of Caroga will conduct a special training program for children who are enrolled in the Town’s Summer Youth Program.  It is anticipated that approximately 50 children grades 1-6 will participate.

The Adirondack Watershed Institute, the Town of Caroga’s Invasive Species Removal and Prevention Program, and the Canada Lakes Conservation Association are working together to provide training.  This is the first time this unique program has been offered in the southern Adirondacks.

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Monday, July 17, 2023

Historical marker recognizes 19th-century Adirondack Black farm settlement in Loon Lake

blacksville sign

On Sunday, August 6, a new historical marker will be unveiled at Loon Lake, Franklin County, to honor the settlement of Blacksville and its founder, Virginia-born Brooklyn newsman and Black rights activist, Willis Hodges. The public is invited to attend.

Awarded by the Pomeroy Foundation at the request of educator Curt Stager, this marker honors a forgotten chapter of Adirondack history with ties to the Black suffrage movement and abolitionist John Brown.

In 1848, Hodges and other Brooklyn and Manhattan pioneers moved to remote Loon Lake in south Franklin County. Hodges and several in his party were among 3,000 poor Black New Yorkers who received forty-acre gift lots in Franklin and Essex Counties from the radical New York philanthropist, Gerrit Smith, in 1846 and ’47. Smith hoped to promote a Black migration out of cities, and to ease access to the ballot for voteless Black New Yorkers who could not meet a for-Blacks-only $250 property requirement. Most of Smith’s “grantees” would not migrate. Moving to the wilderness was impractical and unaffordable. But Willis Hodges and others in his party remained for several years in the vicinity of Loon Lake, where Hodges was said to have sheltered and guided self-freed enslaved people making for the north.

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Monday, July 17, 2023

State postpones North Country listening session for Environmental Bond Act

bond act boat launch

Following extensive flood damage to North Country communities earlier this week, the Clean Water, Clean Air and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act listening session scheduled for July 14 in Saranac Lake at North Country Community College has been postponed. As many community leaders across the region continue to focus on restoring critical roads, infrastructure, homes, and businesses, New York State will work to reschedule the session later this summer.

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Sunday, July 16, 2023

Old Forge Library announces roundup of July events

Old Forge, NY – The Old Forge Library, located at 220 Crosby Boulevard, has released a few events to suit a wide array of interests, including an outdoor concert performance by Jared Campbell, award-winning singer and songwriter, an ongoing schedule for the Old Forge Library’s Music in the Gazebo Series, a Wild Infusions Herbal Study, led by Jessica Maureen Hinsdill, and a Local History and Stories Series on Thursdays throughout the summer beginning at 5 p.m. Please see below for additional details on these events.

 

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Saturday, July 15, 2023

Railroad partners with Tupper Lake community to extend train trips

Adirondack scenic railroad

The Adirondack Railroad is offering three train rides, providing experiences that combine railway travel and exploration. The trains depart from Thendara, Utica, and Tupper Lake providing excursions to and from the Tupper Lake area throughout summer and fall.

The Adirondack Mountaineer and the High Peaks Limited transport passengers to Tupper Lake, from Utica and Thendara, encouraging visitors to discover Tupper Lake’s attractions, restaurants, shops and activities. The Tupper Lake Explorer provides a round trip journey from Tupper Lake to Sabattis.

The Adirondack Mountaineer departs from Thendara, New York at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays throughout the summer and fall, transporting passengers over rivers and streams and through evergreen forests to Tupper Lake. Travelers have the unique opportunity to spend a 4.5-hour layover in downtown Tupper Lake visiting the town’s local restaurants, shops, and attractions.

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Thursday, July 13, 2023

The Sembrich releases event roundup

 

Evelyn Nesbit

Bolton Landing, NY – The Sembrich staff has recently announced a roundup of events to suit a variety of interests including the following programs, The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing – Evelyn Nesbit and the Scandal, Murder and Trial of America’s Gilded Age, Alma Mahler and Her Charmed Circle, and “A Tribute to David Smith” with Hub New Music. See below for additional details about these events.

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Thursday, July 13, 2023

Ironman Community Liaison Offers Information and Assistance

lake placid ironman

Road closures and traffic delays expected on July 23

The 24th Ironman Lake Placid will take place on Sunday, July 23. Ironman Lake Placid has established a community liaison, based on the importance and success of last year’s position, to assist businesses and community members with issues related to pre-event training, along with addressing specific race-day issues.

The community liaison is the primary point of contact regarding road closures, traffic delays, and any other inquiries or concerns. This position is expected to work closely with race officials and other local agencies to quickly mitigate any issues that arise.

Recognizing the potential temporary disruptions caused by hosting a large-scale event like Ironman Lake Placid, a task force was established after the 2021 event to uncover and address community concerns, improve safety and logistics, and establish ways to communicate more effectively with community members and participants. One important outcome was the establishment of the community liaison position to assist with addressing business, community, organizer, volunteer and participant concerns ahead of the race, along with mitigating specific race-day challenges.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Hague’s 2023 Music in the Park Summer Concert Series runs through Aug.

Hague's 2023 Music in the Park Summer Concert Series schedule/graphic.

Music lovers of all ages are welcome to enjoy a free concert series presented by the Town of Hague throughout the summer of 2023. The concert series will be held in the Hague Town Park on Wednesday evenings beginning in July and running through August. All performances will be about 2 hours in duration and begin either at 6 or 6:30 p.m. (Please see above photo for a full schedule of performances.)

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Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Inlet: 47th Annual “Arts in the Park” set for July 15 & 16

Arts in the Park guests at a previous event.

The Town of Inlet is proud to celebrate their 47th Annual “Arts in the Park” on July 15 & 16. Nearly 60 artists and craftsmen, including some new vendors, will be at Arrowhead Park selling their wares.  They will offer pottery, quilts, handmade/hand-embroidered apparel, soaps, floral designs, jewelry, wall hangings, wooden items, furniture, photography, lawn ornaments, wine, beer, and more. Vendors come from all over New York State, and many of the vendors will be demonstrating at their booths.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Three-Week Art Show for Champlain Area Trails

Champlain Pathways art show

The Champlain Pathways art show, which benefits Champlain Area Trails (CATS), had a highly attended and successful opening at Keene Arts on Friday, June 30. The exhibit, featuring the work of four talented Adirondack artists, Kevin Raines, Rob Powell, Dan Keegan, and Steve Van Nort, and runs through Sunday, July 23, enables people of all ages to experience the beauty of the Adirondacks.

The “Champlain Pathways” exhibition features original works of art, including paintings and drawings inspired by the trails, waterways, mountains, and vibrant natural lands of the Adirondack Park’s Champlain Valley. While the four artists focus on Adirondack landscapes and nature, it’s fascinating to see the different and sometimes similar ways they illustrate the area’s beauty. A portion of all art sales will be donated directly to CATS to support its work to provide more hiking opportunities in the Champlain Valley.

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Monday, July 10, 2023

Inlet: 24th annual An Evening with the Symphony set for July 28

A previous Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Evening with the Symphony performance in Inlet, NY

by Margie O’Hara

It’s time to make plans to attend the 24th annual “An Evening with the Symphony,” the Concerts and the Cocktail Party. Some things will remain the same as past years, such as the events will take place on the last Friday in July. This year that date is July 28. Times are also the same: The free Family Concert will occur at 3 p.m., an interesting and educational 45-minute session with members of the RPO. The Cocktail Party will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. the Symphony Concert featuring the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will begin.

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Saturday, July 8, 2023

Ausable River Association to host 5th year of free guided tours

Ausable River Association watershed tour

The Ausable River Association (AsRA) is launching the fifth year of their guided watershed tours in the Ausable watershed and beyond. These tours are free to the public and include paddling, hiking, and interpretive programs. Gear is available for tour participants to use when possible.

This year, ten trips will allow visitors to experience a variety of locations throughout the Ausable and its neighboring watersheds. Tours will include the return of popular programs from 2022 and some new additions based on popular requests. Birding and mushroom walks are back, along with a nature paddling trip on Lake Everest. New for 2023 are a tour of AsRA’s river restoration projects and more botany programs.
“It’s been a joy to play a role in getting so many people outside and learning. I’m looking forward to assisting with this program’s ten exciting tours this year” said Carolyn Koestner, GIS and Science Communications Fellow at AsRA.
AsRA’s free, guided watershed tours begin in mid-July with Riverwalking and will continue through the end of 2023. Tours are free, but pre-registration is required. Learn more about AsRA’s guided watershed tours program, tour dates, and registration on the Ausable River Association website, https://www.ausableriver.org/events/river-tours .

Saturday, July 8, 2023

North Country School to Host “Impactful Voices” Theater Camp

north country school theater

Camp to Empower Young Voices in the Tri-Lakes Area

North Country School will “Impactful Voices” 2023, a transformative weeklong theater camp for children in the Tri-Lakes area from August 7-12, 2023. This program offers young individuals an opportunity to explore their creativity, build confidence, and bring their voices to the forefront through the performing arts.

Thanks to generous support from the Essex County Arts Council’s Cultural Assistance Program Grant, “Impactful Voices” is open to students aged 13-15 from the Tri-Lakes area who have a passion for theater and storytelling. The camp aims to empower participants by providing a platform to create their own unique performance piece, from playwriting to set building.

“We are thrilled to offer Impactful Voices as a creative outlet for young individuals in our community,” said Courtney Allen, Theater Teacher at North Country School. “This camp is designed to inspire and amplify their voices, allowing them to express themselves through the art of theater.”

Before the camp officially begins, there will be two pre-camp meetings to brainstorm ideas and start developing characters and stories. All rehearsals and performances will be held at the state-of-the-art Walter Breeman Performing Arts Center (WallyPAC) at North Country School. The camp is free of charge, and lunch will be provided for all participants. Applications for the camp are due by July 15th and can be submitted through the online application form available at https://forms.gle/tqxeDGtsJiDy8iw5A.

“We encourage young theater enthusiasts in the Tri-Lakes to seize this incredible opportunity,” added Allen. “Impactful Voices will foster creativity, collaboration, and personal growth, leaving a lasting impact on the participants.”

For more information and to apply, please contact callen@northcountryschool.org.