Thursday, August 25, 2022

Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake offers fall events, Aug. 27 – Oct. 2

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE, N.Y. –  Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX) is moving full steam ahead with its roster of events for the fall. Check out these family-friendly festivals and performances planned through the end of the 2022 season.

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Thursday, August 25, 2022

Paul Smith’s VIC to host free Monarch Fest on Sept. 3

The International Union for Conservation of Nature recently added the migratory monarch butterfly, known for their flight to California and Mexico during the winter, to their “Red List,” a compilation of animals that they deem endangered. The native populations of this butterfly have shrunk by at least 22% in the past decade, due to numerous  factors, including deforestation, pesticides, and climate change.

 

Deforestation in Mexico and California to clear the way for urban spaces, has destroyed much of the monarch’s shelter. Pesticides and herbicides used in large-scale agriculture have killed butterflies and milkweed, the plant that the larvae feed off of. Drought, wildfires, and extreme weather and temperatures caused by climate change has also damaged these butterflies’ homes, as well as killed many of them.

 

In celebration of these beautiful creatures, Paul Smith’s VIC has organized a Monarch Fest which is scheduled for September 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Adirondack Artists Guild to host Sept. 2 opening reception for Barry Lobdell exhibit

The Adirondack Artists Guild of Saranac Lake will host an opening reception, showcasing the work of photographer Barry Lobdell, on September 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. This year represents Lobdell’s 50th as a photographic artist and 24th as a member of the Guild.

Lobdell’s love of photography began in 1968, when he walked out of a pawn shop in Ocean View, Virginia with a used 35mm half-frame camera. The camera cost him $20 and its half-frame format allowed him to shoot 72 exposures on a 36 exposure roll of film, a great help to his limited budget. He used the camera for several years while he was in the Air Force, taking snapshots of friends and places he visited.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

TCM commentator Jeremy Arnold to introduce “The Maltese Falcon” at Schroon Lake’s Strand Theater on Aug. 29

 

SCHROON LAKE, NY — You’ve seen him on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) as a guest host commenting on a wide range of films—from Oscar-laden jewels of the silver screen to more obscure gems once considered “B-movies.” Now you can see him at the Adirondack North Country’s beloved Art-Deco movie house, the Strand Theater in beautiful Schroon Lake, introducing one of Hollywood’s all-time great movies and the film that helped launched the film noir rage of the 1940s and 50s—“The Maltese Falcon.”

 

Film historian Jeremy Arnold’s latest book—his third for TCM—is “The Essentials Vol 2: 52 More Must-See Movies and Why They Matter,” which features “The Maltese Falcon.” On Monday, August 29, at 8 p.m., Mr. Arnold will introduce the movie, which stars the incomparable Humphrey Bogart as the ultimate private eye, Sam Spade, and then sign purchased copies of his book immediately following the screening.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Trumpeter Chris Coletti to perform lakeside at The Sembrich, Aug. 31

BOLTON LANDING – Acclaimed trumpet player Chris Coletti presents a lakeside evening of reimagined favorites from the Classical and Jazz repertoires on Wednesday, August 31 at 7:30 p.m. Comfortable in many
styles, the program includes a Baroque concerto to showcase his skill on piccolo trumpet, classical works by Clara Schumann and Lili Boulanger, and an arrangement of Gershwin’s Three Preludes for trumpet and piano. Rounding out the program and highlighting Coletti’s “jazzy” side, are the Harry James “concerto,” a four-minute joyride through some of the famous band leader’s most virtuosic trumpet solos, and Coletti’s own arrangement of Astor Piazzolla’s ever-popular Libertango.

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Saturday, August 20, 2022

Hickory Legacy Foundation to host Bands, Brews and BBQ fundraiser on Aug. 27 in Warrensburg

The Hickory Legacy Foundation will be hosting a fundraising event at the Hickory Ski Center in Warrensburg on August 27th from 3-9, featuring live music, great food and local Adirondack brews and wine. Casual listening with popular hits in the afternoon and welcoming back Soul Sky with Mark Emanatian from 6-9.

We will be serving our standard BBQ fare featuring Oscar’s meats, Adirondack Brewery Micro Brews and Adirondack and Ledge Rock Hill Wines.  The gate is $10 with 12 and under free.

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Friday, August 19, 2022

First inaugural Adirondack Cuisine Trail Open Farm Weekend set for Sept. 2-5

Lewis, NY – Farm tours, local food workshops, you-pick, and more are scheduled for the first inaugural Adirondack Cuisine Trail Open Farm Weekend. Events will be held through Labor Day Weekend highlighting farms and small businesses along the Boquet Valley Cuisine Trail, one of the six distinct cuisine trails that highlight agriculture in the Adirondacks.

 

After the success of the 2021 Open Farm Week that took place in lieu of the traditional one-day Adirondack Harvest Festival due to COVID-19 concerns, Adirondack Harvest is excited to host both an Open Farm Weekend and the one-day Adirondack Harvest Festival this year.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Saranac Lake’s Third Thursday ArtWalks continue August 18

SARANAC LAKE — The third installment of Saranac Lake’s Third Thursday ArtWalks is August 18 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Organized and hosted by Saranac Lake ArtWorks and the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, the 2022 ArtWalks are held along the streets of downtown Saranac Lake every third Thursday through September. Over 40 painters, musicians, quilters, authors, jewelers, photographers, tarot card readers, wood carvers, and more will display their work at the August event.

The Berkeley Green Bandshell will feature 80k Players; other musicians will play throughout town.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Author Benjamin Giroux to open Adirondack Family Book Festival on Aug. 20

WESTPORT, NY — Local author Benjamin Giroux will open the first Adirondack Family Book Festival on Saturday, August 20, at 9:50 a.m., with a deeply personal talk about the importance of supporting and listening to youth voices.

The festival will be held outdoors at the John Brown Farm State Historic Site, 115 John Brown Road in Lake Placid, and is free and open to all ages. Festival grounds open at 9:30 a.m. and the day ends at 4 p.m. following a Youth Voices panel. In case of inclement weather, it will be moved indoors to the Lake Placid Middle-High School.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

EVENT: History and Lore of the Northern Adirondack Fire Towers

Mount Arab fire tower

Marty Podskoch will give a PowerPoint and storytelling presentation on his book, Adirondack Fire Towers: Their History and Lore, The Northern District, on Thursday, August 18th at 7 PM at the Adirondack History Museum in Elizabethtown. The book contains information and photographs about the fire towers in the northern part of the Adirondack Park that include St. Lawrence, Franklin, Clinton, and Essex counties.

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Monday, August 15, 2022

Adirondack Experience: Mushroom Mania Festival set for Aug. 20

For some, they are a tasty delicacy. For others, something you’re made to eat. Love them or hate them they are one of the most important organisms in our ecosystem. They decompose, nourish, heal, and yes, they can be deadly. Whether you are an expert in the world of fungi or are simply curious, join the Adirondack Experience this summer for a fun-filled, family-friendly festival all about fungi! With activities and crafts, workshops, presentations, hikes, and more there is sure to be something for even those who have never before considered mushrooms as anything other than something an adult makes you eat.

Come learn about the mycelium superhighway hidden beneath your feet on Saturday, August 20, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake.

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Monday, August 15, 2022

BikeADK: New trails in Elizabethtown, rides/events planned for August-October

In the August edition of the Adirondack Gearzette, a monthly newsletter presented by BikeADK. Doug Haney of Bike Adirondacks offered a detailed recap of this year’s Weekender at Paul Smith’s College, a preview of a new singletrack network in Elizabethtown, and teased a few biking events slated for the fall season.

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Sunday, August 14, 2022

Behind the scenes of the Adirondack Plein Air Festival

artist sandra hildreth

It looks like this year, 2022, I can finally put aside all the paperwork and endless planning, and just take part in the 14th Adirondack Plein Air Festival as an artist. Like the event, I have evolved and matured, both as a painter and as the event organizer.

I came up with the idea to have Saranac Lake ArtWorks host a plein air festival back in 2009. I had heard about an event in Easton, MD that had been very successful, though I’d never been to one. Lots of artists took part and lots of paintings were sold. The Saranac Lake area has an abundance of scenic views, though a much smaller regional population – we should host such an event. It must be easy – select dates, let a bunch of artists know, have an exhibit. Easy….

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Saturday, August 13, 2022

2022 Kickass Writers Festival set for Aug.19 & 20, Adirondack Explorer Editor James Odato signs on as panelist

Saranac Lake, NY—On August 19th & 20th, the Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW) will present the first annual Kickass Writers Festival, featuring writers, poets, comedians, mountaineers, and more. The festival will take place across various locations all over Saranac Lake and will include readings, workshops, talks, publishing programs, special performances, a book fair, speed dating, and more. The Kickass Writers Festival celebrates how writing and storytelling–in all of their forms–are essential to art, entertainment, and social change.

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Saturday, August 13, 2022

Hill and Hollow Music: Will Patton Ensemble to perform in Saranac on Aug. 21

The iconic Vermont band, Will Patton Ensemble, crosses the pond to perform at Weatherwatch Farm in Saranac on Sunday, August 21 at 4 p.m. The show will take place rain or shine under a large tent on the lawn; $20 admission at the gate. Current public health guidelines will be followed.

 

The Will Patton Ensemble famously serves up “an astoundingly rich musical stew flavored with jazz, choro, folk, and other influences…. a unique blend of musicality, passion and respect sets this band apart as a special experience,” as stated in Mandolin Magazine. Here is the recipe: Combine a jazz/choro mandolinist with a symphony violinist who plays bluegrass and hot swing; add a string bass player who came of age working the Chicago blues clubs with the likes of Howlin’ Wolf and Buddy Guy; a lifelong guitarist equally at home with flatpicking fiddle tunes and fiery Gypsy jazz solos; and spice it up with a first-call jazz/Brazilian percussionist. Stir in a little rock ‘n’ roll attitude and season for twenty years in small clubs and large concert halls and you get some idea of the music of the Will Patton Ensemble.

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