Saranac Lake, NY–Nationally acclaimed author Russell Banks will read from his new novel, Foregone, and sign books on September 24, 2021 at 7:00pm to celebrate the opening of Adirondack Center for Writing’s new event space at 15 Broadway in Saranac Lake.
Copies of Foregone will be available for purchase for signing at the event. This event costs $10 to attend. Tickets are available in advance at adirondackcenterforwriting.org
“Russell Banks is, word for word, idea for idea, one of the great American novelists. Foregone is a book about not coming to a conclusion. Banks presents us with a series of mirrors, some of them broken, some of them intact, and all of them wildly reflective of our times. It is a book about the shifting shapes of memory and the chimerical nature of our lives.” – Colum McCann
Indian Lake N.Y. – The Great Adirondack Moose Festival, New York State’s first ever moose themed festival, offers visitors of all ages a fantastic Adirondack experience. Held in Indian Lake, N.Y. in the center of the famous Adirondack Park, moose themed programs will abound the weekend of September 25 and 26, 2021.
Visitors to the Indian Lake region for the Moose Festival will enjoy programs, games, contests, exhibitions, guided hikes, shopping – all in the theme of the Moose. The half-ton mammal is making a come-back in the Adirondacks, so one may even spot one during the weekend. The Great Adirondack Moose Festival (GAMF) is sponsored by the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce and a host of regional and local business sponsors.
Join community members on September 12 at the Arrowhead Park in Inlet or wherever you choose in support of the programs and services the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York
The Lutz Family is coordinating this walk in Inlet NY and is walking in support of their daughter and sister, Maria (pictured here at a recent Make a Wish event), who was diagnosed with epilepsy at age 12. Now 17, Maria will be heading off to college this fall.
Friends of Hurricane will be participating again this year in the annual lighting of the fire towers. This will be the 8th Annual Lighting of the Fire Towers which will include towers in the Adirondacks and the Catskills.
A lantern will light the 102 year old Hurricane tower on Saturday, September 4th from 9 pm until 9:30 pm.
People are invited to hike up and see the lighting at close range or view it from vantage points in Keene, Elizabethtown and areas to the east and near Lake Champlain. The tower is also visible from multiple surrounding smaller peaks.
The event is meant to showcase the history of fire towers around the state. They were erected early in the early 20th century, as fires ravaged hundreds of thousands of square miles of wild forest.
Anyone who is interested in helping with the lighting or has any questions about the lighting can contact Mary Jean Bland at [email protected]
Lewis, NY – This year, rather than a large one-day event, the Adirondack Harvest Festival will instead celebrate a week filled with events at farms, businesses, and community organizations around the Adirondack Region. Mark your calendars from Monday, September 13 through Sunday, September 19, 2021! The “Free Range” Open Farm Week is designed to give folks a chance to see for themselves how agriculture, wilderness, and community can work together toward a sustainable local food system in the Adirondacks.
The Open Farm Week includes over 75 events ranging from free family-friendly farm visits early in the day to fine dining and spirit tastings in the evening. Just a few examples include:
SARANAC LAKE – Despite COVID making planning difficult, this year’s installment of Northern Current will feature a lineup that’s diverse and danceable – a perfect way for locals to wrap up a summer in which they are finally able to get out and enjoy the world again.
The daylong community music festival on Sunday, Sept. 5, will be headlined by the Mallett Brothers Band, with support from Underground System, Paris Monster, Folkfaces and Giovanina Bucci & Co.
Held at Riverside Park in Saranac Lake, Northern Current is a free, daylong music festival that succeeded Hobofest when its organizers retired. The first Northern Current was in 2019, and after being forced to take a year off from COVID, the festival’s all-volunteer organizing crew is jazzed to create a day of dancing for the Saranac Lake community.
Adirondack Water Week kicks off on Sunday, August 22 and runs through Saturday, August 28 this year. The annual event is a collaborative celebration of the region’s freshwater resources and precious watersheds. Co-hosted by the Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute, Northwood School, and the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, Water Week was created to raise awareness of value of our waterways.
“We rely on our Adirondack waterways for drinking, recreation, tourism, and basic ecosystem functions”, said Dan Kelting the executive director of the Adirondack Watershed Institute. “This annual celebration is a chance for the public to reflect on the importance of freshwater, get out and enjoy our waterways, and perhaps experience something new.”
This year’s Water Week includes a self-guided Watershed Walk around Mirror Lake in Lake Placid, a river clean-up and invasives pull in the Boquet River watershed, guided paddling tours, science talks, watershed educational programs, and much more.
“Wool and Water” is a unique project that kicks off during Water Week. It blends fiber arts with scientific data. Led by AWI’s director of science and fiber artist, Michale Glennon, the project visualizes changing water conditions through knitting and crocheting. Michale’s work will be displayed at the Paul Smith’s College Visitor’s Interpretive Center starting Monday, August 23.
In addition to scheduled programs, organizers encourage the public to simply get out and enjoy their waterways during Water Week and if so inclined to tag their social media posts with #adkwaterweek.
“Go for a paddle, sit by a lake, or take a walk in your watershed”, said Zoë Smith, AWI’s deputy director. “It’s a time to appreciate the value that water brings to our everyday lives.”
TUPPER LAKE—You’re not the only one who wants to get outside this summer—your pets want out, too. Take steps to keep them safe at the first-ever ADK Bark in the Park event, happening on Sunday, Aug. 22.
Lake George, NY – Many thanks to all 40-50 participants, in our first Asian Clam Day July 15. In-the-water volunteers, 20-25 of us, were successful at collecting many thousands of Asian clams, 9.1% alive, while noting the changed distribution of clams from last year. Our scooping and sifting coincided with the arrival of the Lake George Association Floating Classroom filled with participants enjoying a morning of science and scenery on Lake George. The Floating Classroom was co-sponsored by The Sans Souci Restaurant, the Cleverdale Country Store, and Love Is On Lake George. The morning’s activities were intended to raise awareness about the increasing infestation of Asian clams in Sandy Bay and the concerns of residents. The morning was a success!
Our next Asian clam Day will be August 19, also 9:30-11:30. We ask volunteers to meet in the shallows of Sandy Bay. Please bring sifters, colanders, or spades and shovels, if you can. We will have equipment to lend, and we will have collection containers. For access to Sandy Bay shallows, please email [email protected].
The 13th Adirondack Plein Air Festival started Monday Aug 16 as artists checked in and began painting. Around 40 artists will be attending from all over the country. They will have 5 days to paint and then the paintings will be displayed in the Town Hall in Saranac Lake, NY. A Special Preview Party will be held Friday Aug 20, from 6 – 9 pm. Tickets are $20/person, food & beverages will be served, and attendees will have the first look and opportunity to purchase the artwork produced during the week. Saturday, Aug 21, the Show & Sale will be FREE and open to the public, from 12 – 5 pm. Don’t miss this chance to bring home a “piece of the Adirondacks”!
Set in Keene Valley, NY, with numerous Adirondack references, the Seagle Festival’s world premiere opera tells the story of young composer Charles Ives, his love for high-class Harmony Twichell, and the interference of Twichell family friend Mark Twain in their betrothal – based on true events.
The nationally-known event, the Adirondack Balloon Festival, is back this September for its 48th year, with a brand-new format, expanding to include a new event at East Field in Glens Falls, multiple launch sites throughout Warren and Washington counties, a drive-through moonglow, and more.
Following a successful summer filled with happy day campers, enthusiastic overnight campers, and intrepid family campers, Eagle Island will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, August 21st and 22nd, 11 am to 4 pm. (Reservations are required!) Come see the progress that has been made on the rehabilitation of the historic Great Camp buildings, walk around the island on the Lakeside Path, and enjoy a few hours on this beautiful and unspoiled 31-acre island. We especially encourage you to bring future campers with you to see what an unplugged island adventure holds in store! Visitors will be transported from the camp’s mainland dock at 442 Gilpin Bay, Saranac Lake, NY. All visitors must register at eagleisland.org/events. Questions may be directed to [email protected].
Can’t make it this time? There will also be a fall Paddle-Up day on Saturday, September 18. The sign-up for that is also on the website.
Event, set for Saturday, August 28, raises funds for area youth programs
This year’s edition will return to the traditional format so participants can enjoy the view from a bicycle seat while peddling in support of youth programs. The 2021 version of the ride will be happening on the last Saturday in August.
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – When the coronavirus pandemic overtook the nation last year, many events were either canceled, delayed or displaced. Lake Placid’s I Love BBQ and Music Festival was one of those. The yearly fund-raiser for the Shipman Youth Center, organized by USA Luge, was removed from its traditional location on the Olympic Speed Skating Oval to the North Elba Show Grounds on the edge of town. The date changed from July 4 to Labor Day, and instead of featuring the best barbecue fare in the East, it went with a drive-in motion picture theme to keep families safe.
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