Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Registration Open for 12th Annual Lake George Hike-A-Thon

A group of hikers at the 2023 Lake George Hike-A-Thon

Bolton Landing, NY – The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) has opened registration for its popular Lake George Hike-A-Thon. This free event is open to the public, and all who register in the month of March can receive a free event t-shirt. The Hike-A-Thon is a free, watershed-wide event that is expected to include more than 700 hikers, paddlers, boaters, and volunteers in an organized morning of outdoor recreation. This year’s event includes more than 20 land and water sites all around Lake George. The variety of hiking sites include options ranging from very challenging to short, beginner hikes.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2024

45th Anniversary of Wooden Canoe Heritage Association in July

WCHA 2024 poster

 

Save the Date: On July 16-21, 2024 at Paul Smith’s College, the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association presents its 45th Anniversary Assembly. Open to the public and family friendly, this event will feature over 300 new, vintage and historic canoes on display, along with several workshops, programs for children and events on the water. There will be an auction and raffle, as well as a marketplace with canoes, paddles, gear and accessories and building supplies available for purchase. On-site accommodations are available, as well as camping accommodations.

Registration opens April 29, 2024.

For more information, visit woodencanoe.org, or call (603) 323-8992.

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Thursday, February 29, 2024

‘Theremin master’ to perform March 10 in Saranac

Musician Rob Schwimmer

Hill and Hollow Music is pleased to announce that musician Rob Schwimmer is set to perform a solo concert on piano, theremin and Haken Continuum on Sunday, March 10 at 3 p.m. at the Saranac Methodist Church on Route 3 in Saranac, New York.  The program includes works by Mussorgsky, Scriabin, Strayhorn, and the Beatles plus original compositions and improvisations for all three instruments; theme and variations on standards, classics and movie soundtracks—overall, a healthy dose of mystery.

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Thursday, February 29, 2024

“Out of the Box” Exhibit Showcases Female Artists March 1-29

Oil painting

Malone, NY – The cultural landscape of Malone is set to come alive with a month-long presentation of artistic expression and creativity, combining the celebration of SWAN (Support Women’s Arts Now) with a rich canvas of art events. From March 1-29, all are invited to gather for SWAN, highlighting the often overlooked contributions of women in the arts. The event, organized by The Thrive Project, aims to champion and promote the work of women artists across various disciplines.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Hamilton County Conservation Contest Winners Announced

The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District hosted their 44th annual Lynn Galusha Memorial Conservation Field Day on Sept. 21, 2023. [A total of] eighty-three area students traveled to the district [for the event.] Armed with graphic organizers, kids hiked the Adirondack Ecotrail to six stations and jotted down notes during each presenter’s talk. Students later used [these notes for] their fifth-grade poster and sixth-grade essay contests. District staff ranked the submissions, held awards ceremonies, and are thrilled to announce the winners. [See below for additional details about the event.]

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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Birding & Wellness Webinar with Bridget Butler, Feb. 28

Bridget Butler

In the midst of this unprecedented time, people are in need of daily practices to cope and to maintain their well-being. What would it look like if we used interest in birds to reduce stress and anxiety? Join Bird Diva Bridget Butler for a presentation and discussion exploring how birding can boost well-being and stave off stress and anxiety. All are welcome to join a “Birding and Wellness” Zoom webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.

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Sunday, February 25, 2024

Johnsburg comprehensive plan workshop set for Feb. 28

Lake Champlain-Lake George Regional Planning logo.

Johnsburg, NY – The Town of Johnsburg Comprehensive Plan Committee will host a virtual public meeting for the ongoing comprehensive planning process on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024, at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend and participate. The virtual workshop will include an overview of the comprehensive planning process to date and moderated discussions with community members on issues such as housing, land use, economic development, and community facilities.

Those interested in attending can join using this link http://tinyurl.com/3yc677f7.

No registration is required.

For additional information on the plan or to follow its progress, visit the project website or follow along on Facebook @Johnsburgcompplan.

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Sunday, February 25, 2024

Clean Energy Funding Webinar set for Feb. 29

Two women stand next to an electric vehicle

Regional organizations aim to increase communities’ access to $25 million in State funds

Saranac Lake, NY-  Municipal leaders, staff and community members are invited to a free webinar designed to help communities benefit from $25 million in new funding now available through the New York Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Clean Energy Communities (CEC) Program. The CEC Program recognizes local clean energy leadership, provides match-free grants, helps reduce municipal energy use, lowers costs, and offers additional support for projects located in disadvantaged communities.

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Saturday, February 24, 2024

New York State Outdoor Guides Association sets rendezvous

old black and white photo of men posing

The New York State Outdoor Guides Association (NYSOGA) has scheduled its 41st annual Winter Rendezvous this year for April 4-7 at the White Eagle Conference Center in Hamilton, NY.

The annual conference is a formal gathering of licensed guides and aspiring guides, held each year in early spring.  For currently licensed guides, Winter Rendezvous offers industry-specific educational seminars, first aid and CPR renewals, a business meeting of the Board of Directors, an annual banquet, a merchandise store, as well as plenty of networking opportunities.

For aspiring guides, NYSOGA provides all the training needed to qualify to take the exam to be a NYS Licensed Guide. This training includes water safety, first aid and CPR.  It also offers a guide exam review and the opportunity to take the licensing exam at the same location.  As a bonus, aspiring guides can network with currently licensed guides from around the state.

In recent years, Winter Rendezvous’ have adopted the theme of “Voices from the Past” where a prominent guide from the past is highlighted. This year, at the Saturday luncheon, NYSOGA will have a guest speaker giving a presentation honoring the legacy of past guide and conservationist, Anne LaBastille.

If you are a licensed or an aspiring guide in New York State and would like to learn more, visit www.NYSOGA.org : Programs : Winter Rendezvous 2024.

Caption: Photograph of a group of guides and sports posing with deer heads. Back row: 2. Henry Smith, 5. George Lyon, 7. John or Ed Roark; Seated: 2. Ben Muncil. Photograph by Charles Derby.
Photo credit: Paul Smith’s College Joan Weill Adirondack Library Archives


Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Whallonsburg Grange hosts Essex Chili Cook-Off March 3

Essex chili cookoff

Essex Initiatives (EI) and The Whallonsburg Grange Hall, two non-profit organizations in Essex, NY, will host a Chili Cook-Off at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall on Sunday, March 3, between 1 and 4 p.m.

The family-friendly event will feature live music from Ploughman’s Lunch, a chili dinner, and an opportunity to taste chilis competing for the Crowd Favorite Chili category. Tickets for the Essex Chili Cook-Off are $10 (children under 10 are free) and may be purchased in advance online or at the door and all proceeds will go toward entertainment on Essex Day. » Continue Reading.


Monday, February 19, 2024

A full day of winter events Saturday in Inlet

inlet fire and ice

 

Saturday, Feb. 24, will be a day full of  winter events in Inlet, with most of the big events completely free. The day will begin at 10 a.m. at the gazebo in front of the Inlet Town Hall when the coronation of this year’s Frozen Royals, Gina Greco and Kyle O’Connor, will take place and their duties begin. They and the royal Princesses will make an appearance throughout the day at all events.

From a pancake breakfast, make your own stuffed animals and a library book sale to a cardboard sled race, kite flying and a wine tasting.  View the full schedule at www.frozenfireandlights.com.

Photo: Participants take part in Inlet’s Frozen Fire and Light‘s kite flying activity in 2020 at The Woods Inn. Photo provided by Adele Burnett of the Inlet Information Office.


Monday, February 19, 2024

Regional Food Justice Summit Gives Everyone a Seat at the Table

Food Justice Summit poster
The 6th annual Food Justice Summit for the Adirondacks will take place on Thursday, Feb. 29 at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY. Individuals from all twelve counties of the Adirondack Park will gather at this event to discuss pressing topics related to equitable food systems. Its purpose is to empower those in attendance to become advocates for food justice and to create lasting, positive change in their communities.  » Continue Reading.


Sunday, February 18, 2024

Whallonsburg Grange Winter Lyceum Series begins Feb. 25

Author Author at the Whallonsburg Grange

The Whallonsburg Grange Winter Lyceum series, Author! Author!, will feature presentations by a rich selection of writers discussing their new work, published and in-progress. They will talk about their research, tell interesting anecdotes, discuss mistakes they made and what they left out, and explain what they learned in the process of writing and from discussing their books with live audiences. The series provides a closer look at these books and an opportunity to exchange ideas with the authors.

 

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Saturday, February 17, 2024

Silent Book Club in Lake Placid & Saranac Lake begins Feb. 21

Silent Book Club logo

Book lovers are encouraged to gather the third Wednesday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. at Origin Coffee Co. starting Feb. 21 for a unique and unstructured book club. There is no pressure to finish a certain book or have discussion questions ready. The SaraPlacid Chapter will alternate meetings at Origin Coffee Co.’s Lake Placid and Saranac Lake locations each month.

At Silent Book Club (SBC), there is no assigned reading. Bring whatever book you are currently reading to the monthly meetup. There will be time to order a drink, chat, and find a seat before settling in to read companionably with fellow book lovers. All are welcome. Please note: this is a free event, but there is a limited capacity at both locations.

Register for the event here: lu.ma/saraplacidsbc.

Silent Book Club is a global community of readers and introverts, with 500 chapters around the world led by local volunteers. SBC members gather to read and build community in quiet camaraderie. This is the SaraPlacid chapter, but you can learn about the movement here: https://silentbook.club.

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Friday, February 16, 2024

CATS Trail Building and Maintenance volunteers needed

CATS trail volunteers
Champlain Area Trails (CATS), an accredited land trust, announced recentlythat it is increasing opportunities for volunteers to help build and maintain trails in the region.

CATS has created over 80 miles of trails, protected 983 acres, and hosted hundreds of hikes, outdoor education outings, and volunteer events, attracting thousands of visitors annually. The organization relies heavily on volunteers to help build and maintain trails. Their efforts directly impact the positive experiences of all who use the trails.

“We could not work without our volunteers,” said Chris Maron, Executive Director of CATS. “Their contributions are essential to our mission of connecting people with nature and promoting outdoor recreation.”

CATS hosts a monthly Second Saturday Trail Volunteering event and is adding an every-other-week Friday Working Hike series. The next Friday Working Hike will be held on February 23rd at the popular Wildway Overlook Trail in Westport. Volunteers will help clear brush, fix erosion issues, and make the trail safer and more enjoyable. » Continue Reading.



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