Thursday, March 10, 2016

Plattsburgh Irish Festival This Weekend

unnamedThe City of Plattsburgh has been trying out new events every other month as well as growing its ongoing activities, according to City of Plattsburgh Events and Promotional Coordinator Sandra Geddes.  Organizing an event around St. Patrick’s Day came naturally, she said.

“We hold an event every other month and we wanted to plan this activity near St Patrick’s Day” says Geddes. “We want people to come, wear lots of green and enjoy all the games, food an music and kids and adults.” » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Lecture: Uniforms of Artillerymen at Ticonderoga

fort ticonderoga soldiersFort Ticonderoga’s “Fort Fever Series” continues on Sunday, March 13, with “Gunners, Bombardiers, & Matrosses: Uniforms of Artillerymen at Ticonderoga” presented by Senior Director of Interpretation Stuart Lilie.

Lilie will explore the various Corps of Artillery that have manned the cannons at Fort Ticonderoga and follow the similarities between artillery uniforms and adaptations to the seasonal extremes of weather in the North Country. In a branch of service where technical information and skills were shared internationally, there were distinctions based on organizational and cultural differences. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, March 3, 2016

Women’s Division Returns To Ausable Two-Fly Challenge

Fly fishing on the Ausable in Wilmington (John Warren photo)The 17th annual Ausable Two-Fly Challenge, a catch-and-release trout tournament, is taking place May 20-21 with a reintroduced a women’s division.

A portion of registrations will be donated to Casting for Recovery, which seeks to enhance the quality of life of women with breast cancer through a combination of education, support and fly fishing. Casting for Recovery’s retreats are open to breast cancer survivors of all ages, in all stages of treatment and recovery, and are free to participants.

The Two-Fly Challenge begins Friday, May 20, with a day of fishing followed by a Fly Tyer’s Reception where anglers can share the day’s experiences on the river while learning new fly tying skills, or taking part in the fly casting competition; the Seth Warden Duo will perform live music.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Lake Champlain Sturgeon Program Planned For Thursday

lake sturgeonThe Lake Champlain Basin Program is hosting “Lake Sturgeon Return!” on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at the LCBP office in Grand Isle.

The LCBP will host guest speaker Chet MacKenzie, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Fisheries Program Manager. MacKenzie will share the life cycle of the sturgeon, photos and images of lake sturgeon, and preliminary results of Vermont’s sturgeon tagging program.

The lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens), is one of about 25 species of sturgeon, an ancient bottom feeder with a partly cartilaginous skeleton. Lake sturgeons can grow to more than seven feet long and weigh over 240 pounds. Lake sturgeon are found in areas that were linked by the large lakes that formed as the glaciers retreated from North America at the end of the last ice age, including the Mississippi River drainage, the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River and Detroit Rivers, The Hudson River and Lake Champlain. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Reason 2 Smile World Music Festival Saturday

Reason2SmileDrummingThe Lake Placid not-for-profit organization Reason 2 Smile is hosting an its annual all-day cultural music festival with workshops, a children’s camp, and an evening performance on March 5 at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

According to Reason 2 Smile Executive Director Donna Rosenblum, the one-day event will be presented in the same format as previous years. A morning Kids Camp, ages 6-12, will introduce Kenyan games, crafts, African drumming and dance; younger children (ages 5 and under) are welcome to attend with an adult. The morning and afternoon adult workshops (ages 13 years and older) focus on art, music and dance with various activities from Native American Storytelling and Didgeridoo making, to Irish Step Dancing. » Continue Reading.


Monday, February 29, 2016

‘Lies My Teacher Told Me’ Author Speaking in Placid Friday

lies my teacher told meThe author of a best-selling book decrying the state of history education in the United States will speak at a teacher workshop in Lake Placid on Friday, March 4.

John Brown Lives! will host James Loewen, author of Lies My Teacher Told Me, at a day-long workshop, “Teaching the Past & Why It Matters Today,” meant to help teachers, librarians and others working with students constructively engage issues of social justice in the classroom and community using history and dialogue as primary tools.

First published in 1995, Lies My Teacher Told Me challenged traditional historical narratives taught to students. After comparing a dozen history textbooks then in widespread use, Loewen concluded that the books were filled with an “embarrassing blend of bland optimism, blind nationalism, and plain misinformation.” » Continue Reading.


Monday, February 29, 2016

Local Irish History Focus of Exhibit, Programs

Ti Historical SocietyThe Ticonderoga Historical Society has released a line-up of exhibits and programs for 2016. Principal exhibits will include a look at pivotal world events through Adirondack eyes.

Opening March 18, A Terrible Beauty addresses how Irish-Americans in Ticonderoga, the Adirondack region and New York State provided support for Irish independence and the subsequent creation of the Irish Free State. The opening will feature a program by Diane O’Connor.

In addition to the exhibit of nearly 100 loaned items relating to Irish freedom, the Historical Society will four Irish-themed movie and discussion evenings on April 15, May 20, June 3 and July 8. Movies will include “The Quiet Man,” “Michael Collins,” “The Wind that Shakes the Barley,” and “The Secret of Roan Inish.” » Continue Reading.


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Farm Talks: Organic Farming, Woodlot Management

Fosdick Chestertown Organic FarmThe next two Farm Talk presentations – on organic vegetable farming and woodlot management – will be taking place on March 11, 2016.

Rand Fosdick, Farm Manager for Landon Hill Estate Farm, will present “Starting A Small Certified Organic Farm.” Fosdick will be followed by John O’Donnell, Certified Forester for Benchmark Forest & Land Management, who will present “Woodlot Management: It’s In Your Roots”. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Black Fly Story Slams This Weekend

Black fly storySLAMThe Black Fly StorySLAM is a storytelling competition open to anyone with a five-minute story to share on the night’s theme, Lesson Learned.

How does it work? Storytellers put their names in a hat. One by one, names are picked. Storytellers take the stage and tell their best Lesson Learned story in five minutes. Two local judges will score the stories to select the Black Fly StorySLAM winners. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The 14th Annual Frozen Fire and Lights in Inlet

IMG_8425Though Inlet’s annual Frozen Fire and Lights has grown into a town-wide affair, the beginnings of this event started when French Louie ADK Sports owner Paul Chambers wanted to celebrate his birthday with fireworks. According to Inlet Tourism Director Adele Burnett, Chambers needed permission from the town and then solicited businesses to contribute toward the celebration. Now in its 14th year, Frozen Fire and Lights is a destination event for residents and visitors alike.

“Paul and his wife Reggie, who owns the Adirondack Reader bookstore, do so much for the town,” says Burnett. “Frozen Fire and Lights began with a simple request, but now focuses on all the activities that Fern Park has to offer.” » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Planned For Chestertown

St Patricks parade in ChestertownThe Tri Lakes Business Alliance will present its fourth annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Chestertown on Saturday, March 12, 2016, with a step-off at 1 pm.

The parade will start at Foster Flats Road at the south end of Main Street and end on the north end at Church Street. The Galway Gaelic Pipe & Drums of Glens Falls, will be featured as well as the North Warren High School Band. The parade Master of Ceremonies will be Paul Carstenson and the Grand Marshalls will be Fred Monroe, former long-time Supervisor of the Town of Chester and his wife Carol. » Continue Reading.


Monday, February 22, 2016

Ice Boating On Lake Champlain Lecture Thursday

Adirondack Ice BoatingThe Lake Champlain Basin Program will present a talk about ice boating on Lake Champlain by Andrew Sajor, an ice boat sailor and earth science educator. The free program begins at 6:30 pm on Thursday, February 25, 2016 in the Lake Champlain Basin Program Office and Vermont Fish and Wildlife Building, 54 West Shore Road, Grand Isle, Vermont, located just north of the Grand Isle ferry entrance. Homemade desserts will be served. For further information, contact the Lake Champlain Basin Program at the LCBP at (802) 372-3213.  Photo: An ice boat outing on Mirror Lake.


Thursday, February 18, 2016

Brant Lake Winter Carnival: Outhouse Races, Music, More

12742643_1003139253087073_6336187608282204716_nLast year my family attended the annual Brant lake Winter Carnival at Jimbo’s Club at the Point. It was a fun-filled day of activities from snowshoe softball to outhouse races. According to the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance’s Cindy Meade, this year’s event is still offering all those same events on the shoreline of beautiful Brant Lake.

“This is the fourth [year] for the winter carnival,” says Meade, who noted the lake now has over 10 inches of ice. The Lake Placid Curling Club will be offering demonstrations and there will be a $1,000 in cash prizes for the outhouse races. The rules are posted on the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance Facebook page. The winners also received an outhouse birdhouse donated by McCluskey’s Hardware in Chestertown. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

ROOST To Host Adirondack Marketing Summit

roost logoThe Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) has invited all businesses, organizations and interested individuals to attend an Adirondack Destination Marketing Summit at the Conference Center in Lake Placid from 8 am to 5 pm on March 3.

The daylong workshop will consist of a series of sessions led by industry experts on various disciplines of marketing, including website design, content development, search engine optimization, social media, media relations and reputation management. » Continue Reading.


Friday, February 12, 2016

Cabin Fever Sunday: Living With Beavers

cabin fever sundays living with beversThe third installment of Cabin Fever Sundays lecture series on February 28th examines beaver populations in the Adirondacks, in history and today.

In “Living with Beavers” John Warren and Charlotte Demers will discuss the historic and contemporary implications of beaver trapping, their importance to the fur trade, contemporary issues with the damming of rivers, and more. » Continue Reading.


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