Monday, January 29, 2024

Discussion time: Road salt

road salt event graphic

 

Discussion time: What’s the future of road salt use in the Adirondacks?

The Adirondack Road Salt Reduction Task Force in September released a detailed report outlining a path to lower salt use in the Adirondack Park and statewide.

The report called for strengthening water standards, spreading best practices, tracking salt use, improving responses to contamination and expanding public understanding of awareness. But the report did not include an implementation plan or accountability system to ensure state officials act on recommendations.

So what comes next? With a panel of task force members and other experts, the Adirondack Explorer will examine what’s in the report, how to carry out its recommendations and the latest in the long-running movement to combat road salt pollution in the park. Join us for the event (more info and RSVP here).

What would you want to ask the panel? What should the state be considering going forward? Leave a comment here or email zach@adirondackexplorer.org


Friday, January 26, 2024

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival – Past and Present

 

2024 Saranac Lake Winter Creepy Carnival

Driving through Saranac Lake the last few days has been exciting, getting to witness construction of the Ice Palace – brick by icy brick.

The theme for the 2024 Winter Carnival is ‘Creepy Carnival’, which should be pretty fantastic!

We’ve compiled images and a few fun articles  (courtesy of the Almanack archives and https://saranaclakewintercarnival.com/) of the buttons and posters from the last decade of carnivals.

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Thursday, January 25, 2024

Schenectady to North Creek Snow Train events through March

Schenectady snow train logo

The 90th Anniversary of the first snow train to run between Schenectady and North Creek is being celebrated locally and in the Adirondacks through March 2024. Events in Rotterdam, Glenville and North Creek will highlight the legacy of this snow train and the people who initiated this long-running program that brought winter adventurers from Schenectady, NY to North Creek and Gore Mountain.

Known as the North Creek Snow Train, it first brought 378 skiers from Schenectady to North Creek on March 4, 1934. Skiing in the Adirondacks dates back to the early 1900s, but gained popularity through the 1920s and 1930s, leading to the 1932 Winter Olympics. Reliable transportation to ski the Adirondack mountain sides was unavailable, which prompted Vincent Schaefer, a founding member of the Schenectady Wintersports Club, to lobby railroad companies to establish a train schedule to the North Creek depot. The train was operated by the Delaware and Hudson Railroad Company. Round trip fare was $1.50 (approximately $35 today) and by 1936, snow trains were operating out of Albany and New York City. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, January 25, 2024

Discussion time: Eclipse plans

total solar eclipse

With a total solar eclipse just over 2 months away, I figure it’s time to take stock. Are you planning to attend a viewing party? Stay home and watch in your backyard? Or travel to see it?

We’ve been working on a guide to “everything you need to know” about this upcoming celestial event on April 8. Check it out and let me know what you think. What else should we add to it? We’re in the process of putting together a list of events around the region. Let us know what’s being planned in your Adirondack community!

Drop your eclipse plans and thoughts in the comments section!

Wikimedia Commons photo.


Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Genre-bending violin-cello duo ARKAI to play 2 shows this weekend

violin and cello due Arkai

What: ARKAI Channels Global Diversity Through Genre-Bending Music: 2 Exciting Shows

Description: ARKAI is an award-winning electroacoustic violin-cello duo that has inspired audiences around the world through its genre-defying string music. Graduates of The Juilliard School, their past engagements have included performances at The MET, Carnegie Hall, Public Theater, World Trade Center, Bryant Park, Rockwood Music Hall, City Winery, US Air Force Academy, 54 Below, Lincoln Center, Musikfest, and Chateau Marmont. Their electronic debut composition, “Letters from COVID”, was featured at TED@PMI for a global audience of over 30,000 people from 182 countries. Recent highlights include opening for Oscar and Grammy-winning musician Jon Batiste at NYC’s Javits Center. 

When/where: ARKAI will perform two concerts with a different program at each location:

  • Saturday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m., Lake Flower Landing, 421 Lake Flower Ave, Saranac Lake, NY, 12983 
  • Sunday, January 28 at 3:00 pm, Saranac Fire Hall (volunteer fire dept), 3277 Route 3, Saranac, NY 12981

Admission: $20, available at the door.  Seating is open. For more information, visit lakeflowerlanding.com

Photo at top courtesy of Thomas Brunot/ARKAI


Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Wild Center in the running for ‘best science museum’

Adirondack Youth Climate Summit

Tickets on sale for total solar eclipse event

For the second year in a row, The Wild Center is honored to be nominated as “Best Science Museum” in USA TODAY’s 2024 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. Friends and fans of the museum are encouraged to support The Wild Center by voting online, now until Feb. 12. Winners will be announced on Fri., Feb. 23. Readers are allowed one online vote per day.

The Wild Center was also nominated in 2023, where they finished second in a list of the top ten museums, alongside The Museum of Flight in Seattle and the Michigan Science Center in Detroit.

As anticipation mounts for the upcoming total solar eclipse, The Wild Center announces a weekend of celestial celebrations Apr. 6-8. Tickets for the Total Solar Eclipse weekend are available to the public at wildcenter.org/eclipse.

Positioned directly in the path of totality, guests can enjoy “The Wildest View in the World” through a variety of themed activities, including solar-powered maple tastings and tapping demos, a solar-powered silent disco, and glass blowing demonstrations from the Corning Museum of Glass Mobile Hot Shop. Visitors can also make pinhole viewers and permanently commemorate the once-in-a-lifetime event with an eclipse tattoo from Plain Jane Tattoos.

Admission is complimentary on Apr. 8, with advanced tickets required for all days. Each ticket includes a pair of eclipse-viewing glasses. Admission fees for Apr. 6-7 are:

Adults aged 18-64: $23, $24 at the door
Senior citizens (65+) and military personnel: $21, $22 at the door
Children aged 5-17, $13, $14 at the door
Children aged 4: Free admissionThe Wild Center’s celebration is part of Totality in Tupper, a community-wide event co-hosted by the Adirondack Sky Center and Observatory.


Monday, January 22, 2024

Adirondack Death Care Community announces support groups

adirondack death care community logo

UPDATE: The Adirondack Death Care Community has cancelled the below events for the month of March.

The Adirondack Death Care Community is offering some upcoming events:

What: In Person Community Grief Support Group

When: Every Second Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (next sessions: Feb. 14, March 13 CANCELLED)

Where: Saranac Lake (NY) Library Main Floor

Description: Facilitator Ruth Pino is a bereaved parent who believes that coming together to share stories and remember loved ones brings a softening and strengthening to the grieving journey. For those experiencing the grief of losing a close loved one, an informal circle to share, feel, remember and learn from one another.

RSVP by emailing adkdeathcarecommunity@gmail.com » Continue Reading.


Saturday, January 20, 2024

2024 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival set for Feb. 2-11

2024 creepy carnival Saranac Lake Wiinter Festival buttonSaranac Lake, NY– Visitors from around the world will travel to New York’s Adirondack Mountains from Feb. 2-11, 2024 to celebrate the annual Saranac Lake Winter Carnival with a ‘Creepy Carnival’ theme. They join in the revelry alongside local residents who have made it their family tradition for generations.

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is the longest-running event of its kind in the eastern U.S. dating to 1897. The Carnival began as a one-day event to break the monotony of the long Adirondack winter and has grown into a 10-day festival that includes an Ice Palace, sports, performances, two parades and three sets of spectacular fireworks.

Over the years, the Winter Carnival has retained the warmth, charm and camaraderie of a community celebration. The Carnival is organized by an all-volunteer group called the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee, or more formally, the Society for the preservation of Winter Carnival, Saranac Lake, Inc. It is a community-driven festival made possible by the efforts of many volunteers and sponsors.

One of the longest-running traditions at the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is the Winter Carnival button.The buttons are collected by residents and visitors every year, especially since “Doonesbury” creator and Saranac Lake native Garry Trudeau began designing the buttons in 1981. They can be purchased at various locations around Saranac Lake or by mail order. In 2012, Trudeau also began designing collectible posters as a fundraiser for the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, January 18, 2024

Saranac Lake 3P Race registration now open

Saranac Lake 3P map

Registration is open for the Saranac Lake 3P (A frontcountry adventure race featuring a variety of outdoor activities). Happening March 2 in Saranac Lake. Register as a team or individual (limited spots remaining). A mini option is available for kids to participate.

See the Sponsors page for a complete list (so far) of 2024 3P sponsors. Human Power Planet Earth in Saranac Lake has donated a Reid mountain bike to the 3P to raffle off as a fundraiser.  All proceeds this year go toward youth skiing programs at Mt. Pisgah.  Tickets can be bought online at RunReg page, at Coakley’s Hardware on Jan. 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and at Ampersound Music.

Image at top: Course map of the 2023 3P event.  Image courtesy of Saranac Lake 3P event organizers.


Thursday, January 18, 2024

LPCA: Kevin Nealon, Crash Test Dummies to perform in May

Kevin Nealon headshot, provided by LPCA

Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) is excited to announce two new performances coming in May, 2024: stand-up comedy from long-running SNL cast member Kevin Nealon on Saturday, May 4 at 8 p.m. and 90s rock band Crash Test Dummies on Friday, May 10 at 8 p.m. Tickets for both performances go on sale later this month.

During his time on NBC’s Saturday Night Live (1986-1995), Kevin Nealon created some of the show’s most memorable characters, including ‘The Subliminal Man’ and ‘Hans and Franz.’ His recurring role as an anchor on ‘Weekend Update’ helped make the sketch a show staple. Others may know Nealon best from his role in the hit Showtime series Weeds. As an Emmy and SAG-nominated actor and comedian who sets himself apart from other performers with his unique sense of humor, Kevin will bring his dry wit and likable demeanor to the stage in Lake Placid for a hilarious evening out.
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Wednesday, January 17, 2024

BluSeed Studios Sober Open Minded Mic set for Jan. 19

Blueseed Studios: Jan 2024 Sober Open Minded Mic

Saranac Lake, NY – The Sober Open Minded Mic at BluSeed Studios continues in 2024. There are nine 10-minute slots and a half hour featured artist. Admission to the event is free of charge, alcohol-free, and family friendly. Performing genres at past events have included singer/songwriters, acoustic and electric instruments, piano, poetry, and stand-up comedy. January’s Spotlight Artist is Jeffrey Wanzer Dupra who will perform on Jan. 19. Dupra has a distinctive sound, and creates stories and music from the heart.

You can hear his music at https://www.jeffreywanzerdupra.com/.

BluSeed Studios is located at 24 Cedar Street in Saranac Lake, NY. For more information, visit: www.bluseedstudios.org/

Photo at top provided by Lisa Meissner of the Rustic Riders.


Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Feeling Long Lakey Polar Plunge Results

Long Lake Polar Plunge: MATT HOSLEY PHOTO BY ADIRONDACK AERIAL & GROUND IMAGERY

The Feeling Long Lakey Polar Plunge was held on Saturday, Dec. 30 at the Long Lake Town Beach. Twenty teams boasting 44 Plungers raised $7,619 for the Wounded Warrior Project. Temperatures hovered around 28 F when the plunge kicked off at noon. Fundraising efforts support Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) programs and services, which are provided at no cost to warriors and their families.  Through their efforts at the community level, the “Feeling Long Lakey Polar Plunge” is directly supporting WWP programs and services for warriors, which include access to mental and physical health care, employment assistance, and education services.
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Tuesday, January 16, 2024

LPCA to show film, Anatomy of a Fall, Jan. 19

Anatomy of a Fall promo image.

Lake Placid, NY – The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) is pleased to present Adirondack Film’s “See Something That Means Something,” a 2024 series which offers an opportunity for film goers to watch moving, meaningful films the third Friday of every month at 7 p.m. from January through June. This series aims to showcase a unique blend of films, bringing a community of film lovers together to experience something that gets you thinking and sharing. See below for details on the award-winning film, Anatomy of a Fall, which will be shown on Friday, January 19 at 7 p.m. at the LPCA. *This film is rated R and contains mature themes.*

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Monday, January 15, 2024

Warren County Comprehensive Plan public workshop set for Jan. 22

 

Warren County comprehensive plan

Warren County, NY — What are the top issues facing Warren County? What topics do you think Warren County government should prioritize in the coming years? And how can Warren County continue to be an attractive place to live and do business? If you’d like an opportunity to help plan for Warren County’s future (and enjoy complimentary pizza,) please join us for a public workshop on Warren County’s Comprehensive Plan, to be held Monday, January 22 at SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury.

Warren County is in the process of developing a comprehensive plan called Warren County 2040, a policy document that serves to outline the county’s priorities, identify top challenges and opportunities facing county government, and make recommendations for how Warren County can maintain its status as an attractive and thriving community over the next 20 years. The January 22 workshop will be an opportunity for Warren County residents, business owners and visitors to provide input on the project as well as to learn about the progress to date. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, January 14, 2024

Ringing in the New Year with a polar plunge

woman in fur coat and hat on a balcony

My friend and I rang in the new year by polar plunging! I started [polar plunging] in 2007 in Lake George and continued for 4 or 5 years.  Then a friend and I started plunging in Caroga Lake. One year we were in Old Forge for New Year’s Eve. When we woke up, it was a true 23 below [zero] before the windchill.  The hotel parking lot was full of trucks, trailers, and snowmobiles, none of which would start. Many cars were lined up at the gas station to fill tires with air. We called the Caroga plunge coordinator all the way home, hoping it would be cancelled. By the time we got there, the temperature had warmed up to a balmy zero degrees…so in we went!

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