Saturday, May 28, 2022

Caroga Arts Summer lineup includes more than 35 concerts including The Bacon Brothers

 

The Caroga Lake Musical Festival season is now in full swing with more than 35 performances slated from today, May 28, through September 30 including 100 world-renowned resident artists and 20 guest artists.

Caroga Arts Collective presents over fifty performances and community events featuring world-class artists from various styles of arts and entertainment in the Southern Adirondacks throughout the year. The 2022 Caroga Lake Music Festival summer season will showcase a multitude of genres including classical, bluegrass, pop, rock, folk, jazz, and more.

Interested parties can purchase tickets here: https://carogaarts.org/events/

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Saturday, May 28, 2022

Registration open for 2022 Common Ground Alliance Forum

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Join the Adirondack Common Ground Alliance on Wednesday, June 15 from 8:30a -3:30p at Gore Mountain in North Creek for the first in-person Annual Forum in two years.  The public event will include presentations, guided discussions and breakout sessions featuring the topics of housing, climate change, recreation and community vibrancy.

Advance registration, which includes lunch, refreshments and a scenic gondola ride, is required. Tickets are $40 for adults and $25 for students. Sponsorship opportunities, which include Forum tickets, are also available during the registration process.

CLICK HERE FOR INFO AND TO REGISTER

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Friday, May 27, 2022

Celebrate Paddling ADK launches a month of events

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By Rivka Cilley

Canoeing is so ingrained in our heritage here in the Adirondacks that it is easy to overlook and take for granted.  With free public access to lakes and rivers in every direction, it is possible to jump on a paddle board, slide into a kayak, or step into a canoe for a day or a week.  Locals are fortunate to be surrounded by state land that is clean and protected.  Many people in the area can trace their ancestors back to the original settlers or native people who came to the Adirondacks.  Water routes were the most efficient means of travel prior to the invention of motorized vehicles.  Many of the canoe routes and portages that we recreate on today were used as trading routes or for fishing.

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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Jazz guitarist to play next Hill and Hollow concert

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Paul Meyers “World on a String” Jazz Trio To Perform Two Shows at the Saranac Fire Hall 

Paul Meyers is one of the most admired jazz guitarists active today. His classical guitar artistry finds him  equally at home performing musical styles ranging from Bossa Nova to Be-Bop to Bartok – all played with  impeccable technique and true passion. His fluid style and lyricism as both virtuoso guitarist-improviser  and composer-arranger have won him praise and respect from colleagues, afficionados, and the media.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Farmers Market season begins

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New Adirondack Harvest Resource Provides Info on 65+ Area Markets 

Summer farmers market season has officially kicked off this month in the Adirondack region, bringing a welcome return of locally grown and made food, arts and crafts. Seasonal farmers’ markets offer a closer-to-home opportunity for folks to support farmers and makers in their community.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Illusionist Leon Etienne returns to The Strand Theatre for live Magic Rocks! performances Memorial Day Weekend

Illusionist Leon Etienne has sold out venues all over the world with performances of his interactive, energetic, family-friendly show, Magic Rocks! Now break out the rock music and leather attire because Etienne is returning to Central New York with his world-renowned show to continue his support for the Old Forge community by performing a series of shows at The Strand Theatre. The performance will include some old favorites and brand new, never-before-seen illusions sure to leave attendees asking… “How did he DO that?!”

“We had such an awesome time last summer at The Strand that we had to return for more,” Leon Etienne said. “We’re so excited to be back in Old Forge this summer with your favorite illusions and some new tricks up our sleeves!”

As seen on America’s Got Talent, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Penn & Teller Fool Us, and more, Etienne has toured the world with his critically-acclaimed hit show, Magic Rocks! The 70-minute, one-of-a-kind, 100-percent interactive comedy and magic show is sure to bring joy, wonder, laughter, and whimsy during a time when the world certainly needs it. Etienne and his lead assistant, Chelsea LaCongo, will be performing at The Strand Theatre in Old Forge on Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29 at 8 p.m.  Tickets are available for $25 per person. Visit OldForgeMagic.com for additional showtimes and to purchase tickets.

Originally opening in 1923, The Strand Theatre has played a fundamental role in Adirondack tourism for nearly 100 years. From its iconic marquee to the old-fashioned popcorn machine, many vintage elements still reside in The Strand Theatre, making supporters feel transported in time the moment they step foot inside the theatre.

The Covid-19 pandemic forced the Old Forge staple to temporarily close and it is still recovering from losses.

“It’s been a tough time for business owners, but things are starting to look up!” Etienne said. “We want to continue to give back to The Strand and the Old Forge community. What better way to give back than returning with new illusions and more fun?”

For more information on the above events, please contact: Natasha Kirkland of The Marketing Firm at 315.796.8059 or natasha@themarketingfirminc.com or Tony Bartolotti of The Marketing Firm at 315.796.8059 or tony@themarketingfirminc.com.

Photo at top provided by Leon Etienne.


Monday, May 23, 2022

The Hyde Collection Announces 31st Annual High School Juried Art Show & Showcases Winners

Best of Show: Kyla McByrne, Queensbury High School, “Sticky Situation,” acrylic painting.

The Hyde Collection is excited to announce its 31st Annual High School Juried Art Show showcasing the artistic talent of young artists from Warren, Washington, Saratoga, Hamilton, and Essex counties. This year’s high school artists employ diverse media, including drawing, painting, digital illustration, photography, jewelry, sculpture, and ceramics. The Hyde Collection is honored to
support promising young artists and students in the capital region.

“The High School Juried Art Show is an amazing opportunity for area high school student artists to learn and experience the finer points of a professional competitive exhibition process. As one of the nation’s longest-running high school juried shows, we are proud to continue providing this opportunity for our region’s amazing young artists,” said The Hyde Collection’s Director of Curatorial Affairs, Jonathan Canning.

In an extensive jurying process, judges selected 100 pieces of artwork for the exhibition from 443 submissions from 182 students in 13 schools. The entries were judged by a panel of jurors featuring three professional artists from our region: Anne Diggory, Doretta Miller, and Victoria van der Lann, each of whom has a work in The Hyde’s permanent collection.

Winners were announced May 7 at the opening reception, attended by 170 people in The Helen Froehlich Auditorium. Awards were given to the artwork in categories of Best of Show, Curator’s Award, Juror’s Awards, and Honorable Mentions. The Visitor’s Choice Award will be awarded at the conclusion of the exhibition. All winners received a $250 scholarship for an art class at SUNY Adirondack and every student artist received a prize pack.

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Sunday, May 22, 2022

Save the Date: Great Camp Sagamore’s Annual Gala & Benefit for Historic Preservation on Aug. 6

Great Camp Sagamore staff are excited to welcome the community back, in-person, on August 6, 2022 for their Annual Gala & Benefit for Historic Preservation. Join the festivities for an evening of great food, exciting live & silent auctions, and even better company in the heart of Forever Wild.

This year staff are celebrating the many dedicated members of the community – visitors, volunteers, donors, artisans, musicians, and local business owners and residents – who keep Great Camp Sagamore the treasured place it has been for 125 years.

Stay the Weekend:

Enjoy more time at camp! Join in from August 5-7, 2022 for Gala weekend programming. Weekend packages will include lodging and meals for Friday & Saturday. Gather with friends and enjoy special activities on Friday night, including music and gourmet s’mores around the campfire, a picnic lunch on Saturday, and many other activities before the Gala & Benefit.

Weekend packages do not include Gala & Benefit Dinner tickets for Saturday night. Lodging availability is limited and reserved on a first-come-basis. Booking information will be available on the Great Camp Sagamore webpage soon.
Consider Becoming an Event Sponsor:
Sponsorships allow  Great Camp Sagamore staff to continue providing quality, diverse programming that serves and uplifts a wide range of people, while maintaining reasonable prices and increasing scholarships amid rising costs. Deciding to sponsor this annual celebration also provides you with tangible benefits, which can be found through this link.
Great Camp Sagamore opens to the public on Memorial Day Weekend, May 27.
Find more information about Great Camp Sagamore here: https://www.sagamore.org/
Photo at top: A previous Great Camp Sagamore Annual Gala & Benefit for Historic Preservation. Photo courtesy of Great Camp Sagamore.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Adirondack Paddling Symposium returns with new presenters, new host

adirondack paddling symposiumThe Adirondack Paddling Symposium will return this June with new organizers and a new host community.

The Symposium is a comprehensive weekend of paddling instruction for beginners and intermediates, and includes course tracks for kayaks, pack boats, stand-up paddleboards and canoes. The event was put on hold in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic; this year, it will be held June 17-20 in Saranac Lake at the Symposium’s host site, the Hotel Saranac, with water-based activities happening at Lake Flower and Lake Colby.

Originally founded by NRS and hosted by Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company out of Old Forge, this year, it will be presented by the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) and NRS.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Emmy Award-winning trio to perform at Lake George Music Festival

lake george music festival The Lake George Musical Festival announces the Emmy Award-winning trio Time For Three (Tf3) will be in residence and perform with the Lake George Music Festival Orchestra at Lake George’s Shepard Park Amphitheater on Wednesday evening, August 10 at 7:30 pm. This event is free to the public.

This event serves as the opening night for the world-class Lake George Music Festival’s 2022 Season and is presented in Partnership with Lake George Arts Project as part of their 2022 Summer Concert Series.

Bonded by an uncommon blend of instruments and vocals, Tf3’s Charles Yang (violin), Nick Kendall (violin), and Ranaan Meyer (double bass) have found a unique voice of expression. The groundbreaking trio transcends traditional classification, forming a blend all its own with elements of classical, country western, gypsy, and jazz idioms. The members carry a passion for improvisation, composition, and arrangements, all prime elements of the ensemble’s playing. Earning praise from NPR, NBC, The Wall Street Journal, and the Chicago Sun-Times, the band has become known for its charismatic and energetic performances.

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Monday, May 16, 2022

‘The Bakery’ concert series: Four performances in Keene Valley this Spring

‘The Bakery’ concert series ‘Music for Contemplation’ will present four performances this Spring featuring musicians from Keene Valley, New York City, Rochester, and Chazy. Each performance will
center on music composed post 1900 including original works and improvisation. The series will be presented in collaboration with Old Mountain Coffee in Keene Valley and will be curated to present music which is meditative, relaxing, and experimental.

Each ‘Bakery’ concert is carefully curated to focus on sharing music and musicians from a wide variety of backgrounds including classical, pop, avante-garde, jazz, and improvisation. ‘The Bakery’ indicates the involvement of Gene and Esther BAKER, but also the idea of a place one can peruse a variety of musical treats and find something new to experience. Past performances have included music by Maurice Ravel, Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra, and Steve Reich, together with graphic scores, microtones, kitchen matches (yes, you read correctly!), improvisation with text, electronic music, cello duos and more.

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Monday, May 9, 2022

Award-winning mystery novelist, J.E. Irvin, to offer book signing event on May 28 in Wanakena

J.E. Irvin, a career educator and the award-winning author of five mystery novels, will visit Wanakena at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 28, 2022, for a book talk about her latest novel – BROKEN – which is set in the hamlet. Irvin will speak about her writing process as well as the local activities and events that inspired the novel. Hosted by Ottos’ Abode, the presentation will take place in the gazebo (weather permitting) or inside the store. Books will be available for purchase and signing, and each attendee will receive a goody bag of book-related items.

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Saturday, May 7, 2022

Adirondack Experience to host racial and environmental justice series

The Adirondack Experience (ADKX), a museum and nature campus, announced today that it will present an eight-part virtual program series focused on examining the intersections between racial and environmental justice. Titled Adirondacks for All: Identity & Environmental Justice in the North Country, the series will explore experiences of inequity and oppression in the Adirondacks and the ways in which those realities connect with issues of preservation, pollution, and access to land, water, and nature more broadly. Adirondacks for All is being developed in partnership with several local organizations, including the Adirondack Diversity Initiative, The Wild Center, and The Nature Conservancy in the Adirondacks, and is supported in part by a $50,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. To oversee the development of the program, ADKX has also hired Erik Reardon, a professor and scholar whose work has focused in particular on environmental history and Native American histories.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

North Country Underground Railroad Historical Assoc. President Jacqueline Madison honored by Senator Dan Stec

Senator Dan Stec (R,C-Queensbury) today honored North Country Underground Historical Association President Jacqueline Madison at the 2022 New York State Senate Outstanding Librarian Awards. Madison, a Beekmantown resident who works out of the North Star Underground Railroad Museum at Ausable Chasm, was one of 10 honorees chosen by a pool of peers and library-related professionals.

In being honored, Madison was commended for “preserving and sharing the lives and stories of Northern New York’s Underground Railroad history” through her work as a podcast contributor and co-author of a book highlighting the history of slaves and free people of color in our region. Stec was pleased to join the Senate in celebrating Madison and giving her an official Senate proclamation honoring her for her achievements and commitments.

“I’d like to congratulate Jacqueline Madison for being named one of our state’s finest librarians,” Stec said. “Through her work with the North Star Underground Railroad Museum, she provides a vital service and commitment to education and sharing our history. She’s greatly deserving of the New York State Senate Outstanding Librarian Award and it was a pleasure to join in honoring her.”

Photo at top: From left to right: Assemblyman Billy Jones, Senator Dan Stec, Jacqueline Madison and Senator Sean Ryan at the 2022 New York State Senate Outstanding Librarian Awards. Photo provided by James Shahen.


Wednesday, May 4, 2022

*UPDATE: Town of Webb to postpone Community Pride Day until tomorrow, May 5 due to today’s rain forecast*

Adirondack area residents are invited to do their part to help clean up their communities in preparation for the summer season during Community Pride Day which is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, May 4. Residents are asked to volunteer their time and take to the streets with gloves and garbage bags in tow to rid their lawns, roadways, and local parks of detritus left over from fall and winter.

The following towns will take part in the event this year: Old Forge, Thendara, Eagle Bay, Big Moose, Inlet, Raquette Lake, Long Lake, Lake Pleasant, Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Speculator, Arietta, Wells, and Morehouse. Several school districts in the Adirondack region will also participate in the event by taking their students outdoors to lend a hand in the clean up effort.

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