Thursday, October 14, 2021

Authors Jerry Jenkins, Charlie Canham to give talks at PSC VIC

jerry jenkins This week at the Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) at Paul Smith’s College the Adirondack Lecture series will continue with Jerry Jenkins and Charlie Canham.

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Saranac Lake Farmers’ Park-It & Market To Reopen at Hotel Saranac

farmers market signYear-Round Farmers’ Market Continues to Support Local Community, Farmers, and Producers
This fall, The AuSable Valley Grange Farmers’ Market, the only “producer-only” farmers’ markets in the eastern Adirondacks, will partner once again with Hotel Saranac to offer both an outdoor “Park-It” and indoor market in Saranac Lake, NY.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Inaugural Adirondack Quilters Conference Kicks Off Oct. 18 at View


Start collecting your fabrics and thread and saves the dates of October 18-20 for the Inaugural Adirondack Quilters Conference held at View, the Center for Arts and Culture in Old Forge.  The conference is a new addition to the annual Quilts Unlimited Exhibit and will feature a series of lectures and workshops featuring both traditional and art quilting techniques that are sure to be informative for quilters of all skill levels.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Something’s brewing at FMCC

brewingFulton-Montgomery Community College is pleased to announce a new partnership and new program for an individual studies certificate in Craft Brewery Management. The new partnership includes Great Sacandaga Brewery, Stump City Brewery, the Fulton-Montgomery Chamber of Commerce, and 44 Lakes Craft Beverage Trail.

Launch Event takes place on Thursday, October 14th at 3 pm at the Great Sacandaga Brewery at 3647 NY-30 in Broadalbin, NY  12025 and is open to the public. For more information, contact Christie Davis at FMCC – 518-736-(FMCC)3622, ext. 8163 or

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Prisons, Environment, and Race in the Adirondack Park

lyon mountain
Prisons, Environment, and Race in the Adirondack Park
with Clarence Jefferson Hall Jr.
October 14, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.
This Zoom program is free and open to the public.
Since the 1840s, the Adirondack environment has proven a pivotal factor in the planning, construction, and operation of prisons in the North Country.  Clarence Jefferson Hall Jr. will analyze this phenomenon with a special focus on the role of incarcerated people of color in shaping—and reshaping—the Adirondack landscape.  This talk is adapted from Hall’s first book, A Prison in the Woods: Environment and Incarceration in New York’s North Country, published by the University of Massachusetts Press in November 2020.  Hall is assistant professor in the Department of History at Queensborough Community College / CUNY and visiting instructor in the Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
Event organized and hosted by Union College. Please click the link to join the webinar:
Photo: Lyon Mountain Correctional Facility/photo provided

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

“Haunted Hancock” Program to Feature Ghostly Tales on October 22

haunted hancock


The Ticonderoga Historical Society will celebrate the Halloween Season with a free program entitled “Haunted Hancock:  Ghostly Tales of Champlain” on Friday, October 22 at 7 p.m. at the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga. 

 “We will be taking a look at the darker side of the Adirondacks and Lake Champlain region,” said program presenter Diane O’Connor.  “Our area is rich in history and the supernatural is woven throughout that history in a powerful way.  The evening’s tales will include local spirits of soldiers, trappers, witches and otherworldly beings.”

The program will be held outdoors around a campfire.  Attendees should dress warmly, and bring their own lawn chairs. Reservations are strongly encouraged, as this program is one of the museum’s most popular.  Reservations may be made by calling 518-585-7868 or via e-mail to tihistory@bridgepoint1com.  Refreshments will be served.

As a regional institution dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of the Adirondacks and Lake Champlain Region, the Ticonderoga Historical Society encompasses a four-story museum with substantial collections and research library, as well as an active educational program series available for community organizations.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Hear some classic ranger stories at Paul Smiths this weekend

van laer ranger familyRangers and Galaxies Above: Week Three of the Adirondack Lecture Series

The Adirondack Lecture Series is still in full swing here at the VIC. Week three of the series starts Saturday, October 9th at 2pm. Join retired rangers in “Old Rangers Tell Old Adirondack Rescue Stories.” If you have ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes in the life of a ranger, this talk is for you. Learn about historic rescues that took place only a few miles away from your backyard. VIC Director and retired ranger Scott van Laer, an occasional contributor to the Adirondack Almanack, will moderate the discussion.

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Monday, October 4, 2021

Adirondack Loon Celebration this Sunday at Paul Smith’s VIC

loon artThe Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation invites one and all to celebrate Common Loons, the fascinating icon of the Adirondack, at the Paul Smith’s College VIC (8023 NYS Rte. 30) from 1-4:30pm on Sunday, October 10th

This free, fun-filled “loony” day will feature activities for the whole family, including:

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Sunday, October 3, 2021

Wells Youth Rec goes wild for bats

youth rec

Wells Youth Rec went wild for bats during a talk and game I presented on July 20.  Kids discovered that while bats may seem scary, they are misunderstood, important, and super cute.

I explained to the Youth Rec campers that bats are quite like humans.  Both have hair, eat fruit or meat, and sing.

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Saturday, October 2, 2021

Annual Regional Road Salt Reduction Summit coming up Oct. 14

road salt truck

Municipalities, businesses and not-for-profit organizations interested in learning how to keep roads, driveways and parking areas safe this winter while reducing the cost and environmental consequences of road salt use are invited to attend the 2021 Adirondack Champlain Regional Salt Summit, Thursday, Oct. 14, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center in Lake George. Online attendance will also be available for those unable to travel to the Summit. Registration is free for all attendees.

This year’s Summit will be the 6th annual gathering focused on best practices for reducing road salt use, and will feature progress on road salt reduction in the Lake George region. It is presented by the Lake George Association, which spearheads the Lake George Road Salt Reduction Initiative, and Lake Champlain Sea Grant. The agenda will include:

Thursday, September 30, 2021

‘A Wild Idea’ and more upcoming lectures at Paul Smith’s VIC

wild ideaHere at the Visitor Interpretive Center at Paul Smith’s College (VIC) we have more exciting lectures for you! Our lecture series is every Thursday and Saturday until November 6.

The first lecture of October is “A Wild Idea: The Birth of the ADK Park Agency and What it Means for Today” on October 2nd at 2pm with Brad Edmondson. Edmonson is a writer and business consultant in Ithaca, New York. He is known to “write about social change and how it happens.” Edmondson’s most recent book is A Wild Idea: How the Environmental Movement Tamed the Adirondacks. In his book he discusses whether the APA saved the Adirondack Wilderness or ruined the local economy. Edmonson performed over 60 interviews for his book to understand the public’s opinion on the APA. (Editor’s note: Check out a review of the book here.)

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Fulton County Adventure Day Scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 2

fulton county outdoor adventure day

BROADALBIN: Fulton County Outdoor Adventure Day is a day to highlight the outdoor activities in Fulton County. It is a multiple venue event where you can find a table about fishing, boating, biking, antiquing, and many local artisans featuring handmade goods and fresh farm products.

“A craft fair with an outdoor flair” is set for Saturday, October 2 from 10am-4pm. An outdoor-palooza of free family fun, sponsored by the Fulton County Board of Supervisors and the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Fulton County Administrative Officer Jon Stead commented about the second year of this annual event.  “It’s perfect timing for Outdoor Adventure Day.  Hikers, kayakers, fishermen and hunters are all getting ready for Fall in the Adirondacks.  This year, there are some new surprises, so it will be great place to gear-up at vendors or learn something new about your favorite hobby.”

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

David Gibson to give Paul Schaefer talk at Union College

Paul Schaefer Adirondack Conservation – Paul Schaefer and Links in a Long, Historic Chain with David Gibson

September 30, 2021
(Rain Date October 7, 2021)
5:00 p.m.

Kelly Adirondack Center Amphitheater
897 St. David’s Lane, Niskayuna

This event is free and open to the public.

As the years go by, let us never forget that Paul Schaefer and his allies during the 20th century saved the Forest Preserve and the integrity of our 19th century ‘forever wild’ constitution for current generations. His victories over those who would exploit the Forest Preserve were never assured. This program will review how Schaefer and allies did it, what we owe them today, and how we try to extend their legacy in the 21st century.

Paul Schaefer (right) with his mentor John S. Apperson in the Adirondacks
photo by Howard Zahniser

Monday, September 27, 2021

2021 Summer Research Fellows Presentations

summer research fellows
Zoom Webinar
October 5, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public.

Each year, the Kelly Adirondack Center sponsors the work of Summer Research Fellows as they examine diverse topics that make the Adirondacks unique. The students interview experts in their fields, work in the Adirondack Research Library using books and collections to examine the history of the Adirondacks, and conduct field research beside faculty. On October 5, they will present their findings along with the themes that have developed in their work. The following are this year’s Summer Fellows:

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

North Country Live returns with focus on art and music

north country live

SARANAC LAKE – North Country Live will explore and celebrate the art and music scenes in our communities with a series of free, online programs set to begin Sept. 23.

Hosted on Zoom by North Country Community College and its partners, North Country Live was launched in spring 2020, at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, to provide programs that enrich our communities, spark conversation, and foster intellectual exploration. Since then, more than 25 free webinars, presentations and panel discussions have been presented on a wide range of topics including wellness, personal finance, history, and the outdoors.

The upcoming edition of North Country Live, sponsored by the North Country Community College Foundation, will focus on art and music. Each of the following sessions will take place at 7 p.m. on Zoom. All these programs are free and open to the public:

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