Thursday, August 10, 2023

2nd Annual Mountain Bike Festival this Weekend at Wheelerville Trails


Mountain biking at Wheelerville Trails, Caroga, New York

Mountain biking at Wheelerville Trails, Caroga, New York


Caroga Lake, NY -“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” And no better time to take one of those dirt paths than this weekend August 12 and 13 at the second annual Wheelerville Trails Mountain Bike Festival. Located in the small hamlet Wheelerville – appropriately named – on NY Route 10 in Caroga Lake, New York. The event promises a wild weekend of two-wheeled fun in the southern Adirondacks.

“Last year’s event went beyond all expectations, and the dedication of the mountain bike community is truly what brought the festival to the next level,” states Jeremy Manning, Wheelerville Trails Manager.

This year will feature a return of the Live Free and Fly Downhill Race, Jump Jam, wheelie competition, guided rides, skills clinics, great food, music and outdoor gear raffle. There will also be new trails, a new skills area for kids and bigger and better jumps. » Continue Reading.

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Ledge Hill Studio Downtown hosts Saturday Event

Westport, NY
– Ledge Hill Studio Downtown in Westport, on Lake Champlain is hosting a great day filled with activities on Saturday, August 12 from 3-8pm.

Ledge Hill Studio Downtown is an eclectic business centered around ART. The atelier has a flowing art show of Carolyn Polly’s art and many other accomplished artists.  They feature four Art Openings a year spotlighting regional art, eclectic art, hand craft and functional art pottery, Adirondack craft, printed and photography cards.

Join us on Saturday from 3-8pm for free kids crafts and activities, sponsored by Heather’s Art Fund at Ledge Hill Studio. Carolyn Polly will be leading all of the children’s activities. The studio is full of fantastic new treasures from local creators, including an impressive batch of unique tie dye shirts.
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Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Art Slam at the Upper Jay Art Center

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Join us in the Recovery Lounge on Friday, Aug. 11 to celebrate the history and future of Upper Jay Art Center! The night will feature special performances by local artists in a variety of mediums (including several exciting new interdisciplinary collaborations). There will also be food and drink, a silent auction of unique items, and all of the fun and surprise you’d expect at UJAC. Help us continue our grasstistic (grassroots + artistic) legacy!

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Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Adirondack Land Trust Annual Meeting to be held in Lake Placid


Uihelein Farm by Erika Bailey


Lake Placid, N.Y. – The Adirondack Land Trust is holding its 2023 annual meeting at Uihlein Farm, Lake Placid, on Saturday, August 12, 1:00 p.m. This land conservation celebration is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is requested for the meeting and required for field trips. The schedule is as follows:

1:00 p.m. – Welcome music by Giovanina Bucci as guests arrive and park.

1:30 p.m. – Conservation updates; keynote remarks from Elizabeth (Betsy) Folwell, award-winning editor and creative director of Adirondack Life magazine from 1989-2020.

3:00 p.m. – Optional field trips: hiking, biking, and more.

Visit for details.

The Adirondack Land Trust’s mission is to forever conserve the forests, farmlands, waters and wild places that advance the quality of life of our communities and the ecological integrity of the Adirondacks. The land trust has protected 27,606 acres since its founding in 1984. To learn more, visit

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View across the field at Uihlein Farm in Lake Placid, where the Adirondack Land Trust is holding its annual meeting on Saturday, August 12. Everyone is welcome. Photo by Erika Bailey. 

Thursday, August 3, 2023

Tupper Lake Masonic Craft Fair and Flea Market Returns in August

Tupper Lake Masonic craft fair and flea marke

The Tupper Lake Masonic Craft Fair and Flea Market is returning to the Tupper Lake Waterfront Park on Demars Boulevard, August 18-20. The event features antiques, collectibles, and locally made craft items. A number of local and regional food vendors will also be on-site.

The event begins on Friday, August 18, from 12 to 6 p.m. On Saturday, August 19, the flea market will be open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. The flea market will conclude on Sunday, August 20, operating from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Tupper Lake Masonic Craft Fair and Flea Market is well-known as one of the largest events of its kind in the area, attracting thousands of bargain hunters and collectors from throughout the region. During the course of its 44-year history, it has brought together an impressive array of more than 100 vendors and craftspeople, with an eclectic mix of items for sale. The event was paused during the 2020 pandemic.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Essex Day – 2023


Every year, the Town of Essex on Lake Champlain, comes together on the first Saturday of August and celebrates our community with a town-wide yard sale and street party. Come join the fun and see what makes Essex special.

Browse and enjoy refreshments at local shops like The Pink Pig, The Barn Door Tavern (look for their special Essex Day Beer Garden!), The Essex Ice Cream Cafe, and The Neighborhood Nest.
We’ll also have food trucks, vendors, and live music from Too Tall String Band and Marie Marie and more!

Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Adirondack Cuisine Trail – Open Farm Weekend

Essex Farm tour

Farm Tours, Workshops, Local Eats and More

Lewis, NY – Farm tours, workshops, farm-to-table food, and more are scheduled for the second annual  Adirondack Cuisine Trail Open Farm Weekend. Events will be held August 4 to 6 highlighting farms and small businesses along the North Country, Champ’s and Boquet Valley Cuisine Trails, three of the six distinct cuisine trails that highlight agriculture in the Adirondacks.

After the success of the 2022 Open Farm Weekend that drew 1,000+ people to farms along the Boquet Valley Cuisine Trail, the event has expanded this year with new events. Attend one, a few, or all Open Farm Weekend events listed below. More information about each event can be found online at

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Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Wine and Swine Event to raise funds for PRIDE of Ticonderoga

Ticonderoga, NY – Step into an unforgettable evening at the Barn at Lord Pride of Ticonderoga: Wine and Swine eventHowe Valley on August 17th, 2023 at 6pm to celebrate our Annual Wine and Swine Fundraising event. This event helps benefit our Neighbors Helping Neighbors Community Fund. Neighbors Helping Neighbors helps low to moderate income families and individuals with emergency home repairs to make their home safe and habitable.

Come and enjoy a night of  food, cocktails, music and more.
There will be a Silent and Live Auction.

General Admission tickets are $65 and include: 2 drink tickets, Appetizers, Dinner, and Dessert. Purchase tickets online or by visiting in person: 132 Montcalm St, Ticonderoga NY 12883 (Basement of the Community Building), at the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce (94 Montcalm St Ste 1, Ticonderoga, NY 12883) and lastly at Glens Falls National Bank (123 Montcalm St, Ticonderoga, NY 12883) . Donations can also be made online.

“Wine and Swine” is more than just a culinary extravaganza. It’s an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors in need. By attending this event and participating in our wine pull and auction, you directly contribute to our Neighbors Helping Neighbors Fund. Your support ensures that those facing housing emergencies receive the assistance they need to maintain safe and stable homes.

Secure your tickets and explore sponsorship opportunities on our website today. By doing so, you become an integral part of our mission to support our community’s low to moderate-income residents and strengthen the bonds of neighborly care.

Monday, July 31, 2023

Searching for Answers on Beech Leaf Disease

beech leaf disease

KEENE VALLEY – The Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP) is seeking volunteers to identify and report any occurrences of beech leaf disease in the Adirondack Park. Monitoring for this newly emerging invasive forest pest will begin on Aug. 2 with a free online training from 10-11:30 a.m. called “Forest Pest Hunters: Surveying for Beech Leaf Disease” and continue through October 10. The first confirmed case of beech leaf disease (BLD) in the Adirondacks was in Herkimer County in 2022; it was first confirmed in the U.S. in 2012.

“With most invasive species, we understand how they spread and how to manage infestations of the plant or animal,” said APIPP Terrestrial Invasive Species Coordinator Becca Bernacki. “Beech leaf disease is different—we don’t know what causes it, how it spreads, or how to manage it, which is why it’s so important for scientists to have as much data as possible about where it is and what its impacts are.” One thing scientists do know is how devastating BLD is to forests. It can eventually kill affected trees, with current data from the Midwest showing that saplings die after a few years and mature trees die in six to 10 years. The disease also moves fast. It was first confirmed in New York’s Westchester and Rockland counties in 2019, and since then its symptoms—which include dark striping between the leaf veins, leaf curling, and a leathery leaf texture—have been found on beech trees throughout that region.

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Sunday, July 30, 2023

The Fourth Annual Great Brant Lake Canoe Race

Horicon, NY
– The North Warren Chamber of Commerce is happy to announce the fourth annual Great Brant Lake Canoe Race. Paddlers will begin at the north end of the lake and
paddle 6 miles to the town beach on the Mill Pond in Horicon on Saturday, Aug. 12 with a 9:30 a.m. start time.

An award ceremony will take place at noon at the Horicon Community Center. There will be music, food, a kids’ scavenger hunt, The Gnarly Gerbil: A mountain bike scavenger hunt, and after-party at The Hub. In addition, several not-for profit and community organizations will join us to engage participants and spectators.

The original Brant Lake Canoe Race began in 1974, operated by dedicated local volunteers. We are excited to continue the tradition in 2023, taking this opportunity to showcase Brant Lake as a resource for community-based recreation.

Proceeds will benefit the North Warren Chamber of Commerce and the Bob and Gert Newton Campership Fund at Camp Read.
For more information and to register visit: or contact Matt Strickland at

Saturday, July 29, 2023

RIBS for SIB: A BBQ Fundraising Event in Blue Mountain Lake – August 5

Ribs for SIB event

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 or 518-648-5636.

Saturday, July 29, 2023

New York State Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Grand Opening

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.

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Friday, July 28, 2023

Join us for a discussion about diversity, inclusion

anti-rascism sign

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.

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Thursday, July 27, 2023

10th Mt. Division Army Band Free Concert

10th Mt. Division Army Band

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.

Contact: Margie O’Hara, 315-357-2550,

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Midsummer Highlights at John Brown Farm

John Brown Farm logo

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

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