Saturday, January 20, 2024

2024 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival set for Feb. 2-11

2024 creepy carnival Saranac Lake Wiinter Festival buttonSaranac Lake, NY– Visitors from around the world will travel to New York’s Adirondack Mountains from Feb. 2-11, 2024 to celebrate the annual Saranac Lake Winter Carnival with a ‘Creepy Carnival’ theme. They join in the revelry alongside local residents who have made it their family tradition for generations.

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is the longest-running event of its kind in the eastern U.S. dating to 1897. The Carnival began as a one-day event to break the monotony of the long Adirondack winter and has grown into a 10-day festival that includes an Ice Palace, sports, performances, two parades and three sets of spectacular fireworks.

Over the years, the Winter Carnival has retained the warmth, charm and camaraderie of a community celebration. The Carnival is organized by an all-volunteer group called the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee, or more formally, the Society for the preservation of Winter Carnival, Saranac Lake, Inc. It is a community-driven festival made possible by the efforts of many volunteers and sponsors.

One of the longest-running traditions at the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is the Winter Carnival button.The buttons are collected by residents and visitors every year, especially since “Doonesbury” creator and Saranac Lake native Garry Trudeau began designing the buttons in 1981. They can be purchased at various locations around Saranac Lake or by mail order. In 2012, Trudeau also began designing collectible posters as a fundraiser for the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, January 18, 2024

Saranac Lake 3P Race registration now open

Saranac Lake 3P map

Registration is open for the Saranac Lake 3P (A frontcountry adventure race featuring a variety of outdoor activities). Happening March 2 in Saranac Lake. Register as a team or individual (limited spots remaining). A mini option is available for kids to participate.

See the Sponsors page for a complete list (so far) of 2024 3P sponsors. Human Power Planet Earth in Saranac Lake has donated a Reid mountain bike to the 3P to raffle off as a fundraiser.  All proceeds this year go toward youth skiing programs at Mt. Pisgah.  Tickets can be bought online at RunReg page, at Coakley’s Hardware on Jan. 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and at Ampersound Music.

Image at top: Course map of the 2023 3P event.  Image courtesy of Saranac Lake 3P event organizers.


Thursday, January 18, 2024

LPCA: Kevin Nealon, Crash Test Dummies to perform in May

Kevin Nealon headshot, provided by LPCA

Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) is excited to announce two new performances coming in May, 2024: stand-up comedy from long-running SNL cast member Kevin Nealon on Saturday, May 4 at 8 p.m. and 90s rock band Crash Test Dummies on Friday, May 10 at 8 p.m. Tickets for both performances go on sale later this month.

During his time on NBC’s Saturday Night Live (1986-1995), Kevin Nealon created some of the show’s most memorable characters, including ‘The Subliminal Man’ and ‘Hans and Franz.’ His recurring role as an anchor on ‘Weekend Update’ helped make the sketch a show staple. Others may know Nealon best from his role in the hit Showtime series Weeds. As an Emmy and SAG-nominated actor and comedian who sets himself apart from other performers with his unique sense of humor, Kevin will bring his dry wit and likable demeanor to the stage in Lake Placid for a hilarious evening out.
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Wednesday, January 17, 2024

BluSeed Studios Sober Open Minded Mic set for Jan. 19

Blueseed Studios: Jan 2024 Sober Open Minded Mic

Saranac Lake, NY – The Sober Open Minded Mic at BluSeed Studios continues in 2024. There are nine 10-minute slots and a half hour featured artist. Admission to the event is free of charge, alcohol-free, and family friendly. Performing genres at past events have included singer/songwriters, acoustic and electric instruments, piano, poetry, and stand-up comedy. January’s Spotlight Artist is Jeffrey Wanzer Dupra who will perform on Jan. 19. Dupra has a distinctive sound, and creates stories and music from the heart.

You can hear his music at https://www.jeffreywanzerdupra.com/.

BluSeed Studios is located at 24 Cedar Street in Saranac Lake, NY. For more information, visit: www.bluseedstudios.org/

Photo at top provided by Lisa Meissner of the Rustic Riders.


Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Feeling Long Lakey Polar Plunge Results

Long Lake Polar Plunge: MATT HOSLEY PHOTO BY ADIRONDACK AERIAL & GROUND IMAGERY

The Feeling Long Lakey Polar Plunge was held on Saturday, Dec. 30 at the Long Lake Town Beach. Twenty teams boasting 44 Plungers raised $7,619 for the Wounded Warrior Project. Temperatures hovered around 28 F when the plunge kicked off at noon. Fundraising efforts support Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) programs and services, which are provided at no cost to warriors and their families.  Through their efforts at the community level, the “Feeling Long Lakey Polar Plunge” is directly supporting WWP programs and services for warriors, which include access to mental and physical health care, employment assistance, and education services.
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Tuesday, January 16, 2024

LPCA to show film, Anatomy of a Fall, Jan. 19

Anatomy of a Fall promo image.

Lake Placid, NY – The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) is pleased to present Adirondack Film’s “See Something That Means Something,” a 2024 series which offers an opportunity for film goers to watch moving, meaningful films the third Friday of every month at 7 p.m. from January through June. This series aims to showcase a unique blend of films, bringing a community of film lovers together to experience something that gets you thinking and sharing. See below for details on the award-winning film, Anatomy of a Fall, which will be shown on Friday, January 19 at 7 p.m. at the LPCA. *This film is rated R and contains mature themes.*

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Monday, January 15, 2024

Warren County Comprehensive Plan public workshop set for Jan. 22

 

Warren County comprehensive plan

Warren County, NY — What are the top issues facing Warren County? What topics do you think Warren County government should prioritize in the coming years? And how can Warren County continue to be an attractive place to live and do business? If you’d like an opportunity to help plan for Warren County’s future (and enjoy complimentary pizza,) please join us for a public workshop on Warren County’s Comprehensive Plan, to be held Monday, January 22 at SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury.

Warren County is in the process of developing a comprehensive plan called Warren County 2040, a policy document that serves to outline the county’s priorities, identify top challenges and opportunities facing county government, and make recommendations for how Warren County can maintain its status as an attractive and thriving community over the next 20 years. The January 22 workshop will be an opportunity for Warren County residents, business owners and visitors to provide input on the project as well as to learn about the progress to date. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, January 14, 2024

Ringing in the New Year with a polar plunge

woman in fur coat and hat on a balcony

My friend and I rang in the new year by polar plunging! I started [polar plunging] in 2007 in Lake George and continued for 4 or 5 years.  Then a friend and I started plunging in Caroga Lake. One year we were in Old Forge for New Year’s Eve. When we woke up, it was a true 23 below [zero] before the windchill.  The hotel parking lot was full of trucks, trailers, and snowmobiles, none of which would start. Many cars were lined up at the gas station to fill tires with air. We called the Caroga plunge coordinator all the way home, hoping it would be cancelled. By the time we got there, the temperature had warmed up to a balmy zero degrees…so in we went!

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Sunday, January 14, 2024

Westport Library: Cellist Luiz Fernando Venturelli performs Jan. 17

 

Luiz Fernando Venturelli, Meadowmount School of music, cello player
The Westport Library is pleased to present the Meadowmount School of Music in Concert, featuring cellist Luiz Fernando Venturelli on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 at 6 p.m. The program will include works by: Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Dimitri Cervo, J. S. Bach, Marlos Nobre, Cesar Franck, and Azevedo/Abreu. Admission to the concert is free of charge, with a suggested $20 donation to support the Westport Library.

About the Artist: Luiz Fernando Venturelli is a Brazilian cellist who is rapidly gaining recognition as one of the most promising young musicians of the country. He received his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in 2021 and his master’s in 2023, studying under Professor Hans Jørgen Jensen. Born and raised in a musical family, Luiz began his musical studies at the age of 3 and began playing the cello when he was 8. He studied at the Instituto Baccarelli, a non-profit organization that offers free music lessons to children, from the time he was 8 until he came to the United States when he was 17.

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Saturday, January 13, 2024

Camp Santanoni Winter Weekends: Jan. 13-15, Feb. 17-19, March 16-17

Camp Santanoni, photo by Nancie Battaglia

On January 12, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced three Winter Weekend events will be held in 2024 at the historic Camp Santanoni in the town of Newcomb in the Adirondacks. Hosted by DEC and Friends of Camp Santanoni, along with partners Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH), the town of Newcomb, and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s Adirondack Interpretive Center, the Winter Weekends invite visitors to enjoy winter recreation and exclusive winter access to the preserved buildings of the former great camp.

The 2024 Winter Weekend events will take place during the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday weekend, Jan. 13-15; Presidents’ Day holiday weekend, Feb. 17-19; and the weekend of March 16-17.

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Saturday, January 13, 2024

APIPP to offer series of webinars starting Jan. 18


Keene Valley, NY– The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program’s (APIPP) 2024 educational webinar programming will begin Thursday, Jan. 18, with “Adirondack Forest Ecology.”
APIPP’s terrestrial and aquatic partner meetings will be held Feb. 7 and 8, respectively, and the “Adirondack Lake Ecology” webinar will follow on March 6.

“Adirondack Forest Ecology” will be a comprehensive discussion on Adirondack forests and how they could be negatively impacted by hemlock woolly adelgid, an invasive forest pest.
Mark Lesser, associate professor with the Center for Earth and Environmental Science at Plattsburgh State University, will give a detailed overview of what makes Adirondack forests
look and function the way they do. The talk will include the roles hemlock and beech trees play in Adirondack forests and what could happen if we lose those species to forest pests and
pathogens. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, January 11, 2024

ACW to present Barkreaders, Howl Grand Slam events this month

ACW 2024 Barkreaders with Andrew Weatherhead

Saranac Lake, NY — The Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW) is pleased to announce a couple events slated for mid-January, including a Barkreaders event which will highlight author Andrew Weatherhead and his book of poetry, Fudge, on January 17 at the ACW. On January 20, the ACW and North Country Public Radio (NCPR) will kick off the conclusion of the Howl Story Slam’s seventh season with the Howl Grand Slam slated for 7 p.m. at St. Lawrence University. See below for details about these events.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2024

MLK Celebration set for Jan. 15 in Plattsburgh

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Plattsburgh, NY-  The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, January 15, 2024 at the Newman Center in Plattsburgh, NY. The Martin Luther King Jr. Committee is looking forward to welcoming attendees for this annual celebration. The theme for 2024 is, “Why we can’t wait: Activating our power for equity in justice.” This year’s celebration will feature Mr. William Verity, music director at Plattsburgh High School (PHS). Verity will intersperse reminiscences of his many valued years at PHS as he finalizes his teaching career before moving on to new adventures. He will conduct the PHS chorus and entertain attendees with selections that reflect his long and memorable career which will relate to the program.

Martin Luther King Jr. promoted nonviolence to seek equality for all people. This program will highlight the importance of making positive change without using violence. The program is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact: Brett Carpenter, Martin Luther King Jr. Committee President, at MLKPlattsburgh@gmail.com or (518) 569-5617.

Photo at top: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Wikimedia Commons photo.

 


Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Long Lake Winter Carnival set for Jan. 13

fireworks at Long Lake Winter Carnival
Long Lake, NY – On Saturday, January 13 at noon, the 22nd Long Lake Winter Carnival will be held at the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center in Long Lake, NY. Events begin with a coronation of the King and Queen of the Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club followed by a slate of fun family friendly events. The Cardboard Sled Races start at 1 p.m., with prizes awarded for speed and overall award for Best in Show. Sleds can be made using cardboard, paint, wax, and tape. Racing categories are for individuals and for teams. There will be a bonfire as well as ice skating and sledding available all day. Other events throughout the day include a Fashion Competition where folks can don their best (and most outlandish) winter outfits. Team themes are encouraged. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, January 7, 2024

Adirondack Land Trust to host virtual events, Jan. 11, Feb. 22

Image by Chris DeSorbo, provided by Scott Weidensaul; Scott Weidensaul, the featured speaker at the virtual event hosted by the Adirondack Land Trust

Keene, NY – The Adirondack Land Trust is pleased to announce the following free, virtual events, open to all. To register, visit https://adirondacklandtrust.org/get-involved/events-field-trips/.

Caught in the SNOWstorm
Thursday, January 11, 2024 | 7-8 p.m.
This event features author, researcher and Pulitzer Prize finalist Scott Weidensaul who will share the story of Project SNOWstorm. The winter of 2013-14 saw the largest invasion of snowy owls into the eastern United States in perhaps a century and marked an unprecedented opportunity to learn more about these mysterious Arctic hunters. It led to Project SNOWstorm, a collaborative research effort focused on snowy owls that came together in a few frantic weeks, funded with the help of people from around the world.  A decade later, the project continues to make discoveries and unexpected insights into the life and ecology of this great white raptor. » Continue Reading.



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