Thursday, August 20, 2020

Battle of Plattsburgh commemoration kicks off Aug. 23

The “Battle of Plattsburgh 2020 Virtual Commemoration” will be presented online at 1814inc.com starting Aug. 23.

It will feature 30-minute videos of various BOP related events and activities, interviews, music and other 1814 related info. Mountain Lake PBS will air two movies “The Final Invasion” and “Battle of Plattsburgh Bicentennial Commemoration,” which includes interviews with long term committee volunteers. WIRY radio will also broadcast interviews and music related to the battle.

There will be commemoration ceremonies open to the public at various 1814 historic sites in Plattsburgh and surrounding areas. 

 

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

The History of Blackface in the Adirondacks

funs famous fellowsFor a century and a half, white men “blacking up” and performing as blackface minstrels drew eager audiences to Adirondack halls and stages. Writer and independent scholar Amy Godine tracks the long uneasy history of this unabashedly racialized performance style from its antebellum introduction as a big-city circus act to its later revival as a locally-produced nostalgia act in Adirondack towns and cities.

Even into the 1960s, and long after blackface was widely recognized as racist, hometown blackface flourished on Adirondack stages. (Iterations still crop up in North Country college campuses.)

In a presentation coming up Thursday, Aug. 20 at 6 p.m., Godine explores the tenacious roots, representations and consequences of this toxic tradition in Adirondack life.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Camping event benefits PSC’s climate fellowship program

Originally planned as a weekend-long in-person gathering of the Crua Community at Paul Smith’s College in New York’s Adirondacks, Werifesteria 2020 has been shifted into a worldwide virtual camping experience that you can do from anywhere Sept. 4-6. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Paul Smith’s College Climate Fellowship Program.

Registration is now open at https://www.cruaoutdoors.com/pages/werifesteria.

Guests will be encouraged to go camping in their backyard or at their favorite local camping spot. Those who share images and video from their experience on the event Facebook page will be entered into a drawing to win a Grand Prize Werifesteria 2021 VIP Experience at Paul Smith’s College among other Crua Outdoors prizes.

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Monday, August 17, 2020

Mapping and Surveying the Adirondacks

The Ticonderoga Historical Society presents a free public program titled “Mapping the Adirondacks” at the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga on Friday, Aug. 21 at 7pm.

“Mapping the Adirondacks” will kick off the museums latest exhibit, which features more than 18 military, political, and romantic maps from its collection, some of which are being shown for the first time.

Pete Nelson, writer, lecturer and history buff will be presenting the program. His articles regularly appear in numerous regional publications (including the Almanack) and he teaches mathematics and history at North Country Community College. Currently he is writing a book on early Adirondack Surveyors, a passion which merges his love for both history and mathematics.

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Sunday, August 16, 2020

Adirondack Water Week 2020

Join the Adirondack Watershed Institute in celebrating Water Week throughout the Adirondacks Sunday, Aug. 23 through Friday, Aug. 28.

Freshwater is one of the Adirondack’s most precious resources, and Water Week is your opportunity to discover ways to be proactive in protecting our waterways. This year’s event will be focusing on the Legacy of Adirondack Waters, and will feature a weeklong speaker series, as well as an Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention Certification Training Program.

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Sunday, August 9, 2020

ADK Mountain Club’s Ididaride Goes Virtual

ididaride short ride participants by Chuck HelferThe ADK Mountain Club will be hosting their 2020 Ididaride, the organization’s largest annual fundraiser created in support of education and advocacy programs.

This year, in order to ensure the safety of its participants the Ididaride has transitioned to a virtual event. Now, riders can go on a ride and log their experience by uploading their route and distance using the RideWithGPS app, or via email by 5 pm on Monday, Sept. 7.

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Thursday, August 6, 2020

Great Adirondack Garage Sale to take place this weekend

The 2020 Great Adirondack Garage Sale will be held this coming weekend, Aug. 7-9. In the past, the event was traditionally held on Memorial Day weekend, but due to safety concerns, it was pushed back to August for this year.

The 11th annual event consists of residents selling their items along a 150-mile trail stretching from Tupper Lake to Speculator, and Old Forge to Newcomb.

The weekend sale includes towns located along state Routes 28, 30 and 3, including: Old Forge, Inlet, Raquette Lake, Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Long Lake, Tupper Lake, Cranberry Lake, Piercefield, Wanakena, Newcomb, and Speculator.

The website GreatAdirondackGarageSale.com includes an interactive map that showcases the sale locations for easy navigation. The listings also include a list of the sale items, entered by the seller.

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Saturday, July 25, 2020

Adirondack Land Trust to Host Virtual Conservation Series

The Adirondack Land Trust has announced three live, virtual programs to be held in August. The programs will feature land-protection staff, scientists studying the Adirondack Forests, and a conservation intern who will discuss the ups and downs of conservation fieldwork during COVID-19. The events will be free and open to the public. If you wish to register, or view more information you may do so by visiting the Adirondack land Trust Website.

The schedule is as follows:

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Adirondack Lakes Arts Center presents virtual piano concert

The next livestream in Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts’ “ALCA-Seltzer Series: Relief from the Headaches of Social Distancing” features concert pianist Nicole Wang, who has been social distancing in Blue Mountain Lake since March, is providing Arts Center audiences with a concert of pieces by Chopin, Mozart, Debussy, and other composers, filmed at the Arts Center and played on the center’s Steinway.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

NCCC offers free webinars on financial, workplace topics

Saranac Lake’s North Country Community college will be hosting a free webinar workshop series during July. These workshops focus on financial literacy and workplace skills. They are held every Thursday at 7 p.m. via Zoom.  Pre-registration is required.

The first two webinars focused on budgeting your money and negotiating salary and benefits. This coming Thursday will feature Kyle Johnston, the vice president of marketing and enrollment at North Country Community College. His webinar is titled “Telecommuting in our New Virtual World.” Johnston will offer advice on the new norm, trends and what the future holds for telecommuting during Covid-19.

The last webinar on July 30, titled “Credit Reports and Credit Score” is hosted by Jerry Manor, Business Development manager for SeaComm. This webinar will offer tips for restoring bad credit and getting good credit.

Visit North Country Community College’s live page to register for the summer series at www.nccc.edu/live.


Sunday, July 19, 2020

LPCA hosts drive-in concerts; at home programs

UPDATED: This concert has been canceled. See this post for details.

The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) is excited to announce a slate of August events families can enjoy while following ongoing COVID-19 health and safety precautions.

August programming will kick off with a live, drive-in concert at the Horse Show Grounds in Lake Placid (5514 Cascade Road). On Saturday, Aug. 1 at 7:30p.m., The Uprooted Band featuring Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root (pictured here) will perform the multi-platinum album When I Woke in its entirety, part of a 25th anniversary tour. Tickets for Uprooted are $55 per car. Chairs and picnics will be allowed within designated parking spaces and a full list of details about the event can be found on the LPCA website.

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Monday, July 13, 2020

Registration open for the Great Adirondack Garage Sale

The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism and local leaders are encouraging residents to register for the 10th annual Great Adirondack Garage Sale. Traditionally held each Memorial Day Weekend, the sale this year will take place on Aug. 7, 8, and 9.

The garage sale stretches over 150 miles through the Adirondacks, and includes residents in the towns of Old Forge, Inlet, Raquette Lake, Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Long Lake, Tupper Lake, Cranberry Lake, Piercefield, Newcomb, and Speculator. An interactive website showcases sale locations and allows unlimited photos of the items for sale to be uploaded.

Registration is free, and listings on the website include dates and times for each sale. Each community will also receive paper maps of local sale locations to hand out. To register and for more information, go to www.GreatAdirondackGarageSale.com.


Saturday, July 11, 2020

Ride for the River self-paced event to take place July 17-26

The Ausable River Association (AsRa) and Bike Adirondacks (BikeADK) will be hosting their ninth annual “Ride for the River” event July 17-26.

This event was created in 2012 by the AsRA to celebrate the river and the resilience of local communities around the river after they were devastated by flooding caused by the tropical storm Irene. All proceeds from the event go to directly supporting the AsRA and their protection of the clean waters, healthy streams and diverse habitats of the Ausable River watershed. The 2020 Ride continues the celebration while raising funds to restore the damaged portions of the river and address the growing concern over road salt, particularly around Mirror Lake in Lake Placid.

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Lake Placid Center for the Arts: Free, Young & Fun Series

The Lake Placid Center for the Arts will be bringing back their virtual “Free, Young, & Fun Performance Series” via Zoom this August, designed for audience members to watch on their mobile device or computer. The series brings a variety of performances to kids of all ages within and beyond the Lake Placid community, all while remaining in accordance with NYS health and safety guidelines.

“The Young & Fun summer series of shows has become such a
treasured part of our summer programming at LPCA. When our doors shut and we learned we could not safely do indoor performances this summer, I was so sad about disappointing the kids. So, it was indeed thrilling to hear that two of our scheduled performers, Gary the Great and David Engel’s Pirate School, were able to adapt their shows to a Zoom platform. It’s so exciting that kids can still have the joy of a live performance right on
their laptops.” Says Tara Palen, Director of Education and Outreach.

The 2020 Young and Fun Anywhere Performance Series includes the following virtual events:

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Upcoming exams for Falconry, Wildlife Rehabilitation, and more

The DEC has announced that exams for those looking to become wildlife rehabilitators, practice falconry, or use leashed tracking dogs to locate wounded or injured big game animals will be held on Aug. 14 with a registration deadline of July 24.

In region 5, the exams will be held at DEC offices in Ray Brook  and Warrensburg, with two exam times offered: 10 am – noon and 2-4 p.m.

DEC Regional Offices and their locations can be found at the DEC website, as well as exam registration forms.

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