Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Wakely Mountain Fire Tower, Adk’s Tallest, Reopens to Public

Wakley Mountain Fire Tower - DEC PhotoThe 70-foot tall Wakely Mountain Fire Tower, the tallest fire tower in the Adirondacks, has reopened to the public.  A storm brought the tower to near collapse in December 2017, and the area had been closed to visitors over safety concerns.

The public can once again hike to the summit of the mountain, climb the fire tower, and enjoy the 360° panoramic views of the central Adirondacks from the cab of the tower. The tower is located in the Wakely Mountain Primitive Area in Hamilton County. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Adirondacks National Watercolors Exhibition at VIEW

Adirondacks National Exhibition of American WatercolorsView, a multi-media arts center located in Old Forge, has announced the opening reception for the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors on Friday August 3rd, 2018, from 5 to 7 pm.

A free public reception will feature hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and the opportunity to meet with several of the exhibiting artists. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Lake Champlain Bridge Guided Walk July 22

Lake Champlain bridgeA guided walk focusing on the history of the area around the Lake Champlain Bridge has been set for Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 1 pm.

This event is the first of two “Points of Interest” guided bridge walks offered this year by the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison, Vermont, and Crown Point State Historic Site in Crown Point, New York. Site administrator Elsa Gilbertson (VT) and Thomas Hughes (NY), historian and president of the Crown Point State Historic Site friends group, lead the tour. » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 16, 2018

Eastern Musk Turtle: A Stinkpot’s Aposematic Stink Screen

musk turtle I have always admired turtles and their armored ways; how they bask in the sun and retreat when the world is too much. Last summer, through the perseverance of a nine-year-old boy, I found myself holding a small, golf-ball-sized turtle. It had a pointed snout that had two white lines stretching above and below its eye and an olive-brown carapace with a garden of algae growing on it.

Evan had captured this treasure from a local pond. We were using dip nets and strainers and our trays were already filled with dragonfly nymphs, aquatic snails, log cabin caddisfly larvae, and diving beetles. Intent on catching the silver-scaled minnows that schooled around our feet, Evan stalked the edge. He was like a great blue heron, his net like a bill, poised high and ready for a quick jab into the water. He caught two minnows and then made this lucky scoop, pulling up the small brown turtle. Our trays were forgotten as everyone crowded around. » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 16, 2018

Theatre: The Jedi Handbook in Glens Falls

the jedi handbookThe 24th season of the Adirondack Theatre Festival (ATF) is set to feature the nostalgia-filled dramatic comedy The Jedi Handbook. The show will open at the Charles R. Wood Theater, located at 207 Glen Street in downtown Glens Falls, and run from July 21st to 27th, with a preview on July 20th. Performances will start at 7:30 pm and will include a matinee on Wednesday, July 25th.

The Jedi Handbook is a coming of age story about a young boy who survives growing older with help from The Force. The show has only been seen once in its entirety in Calgary, and ATF will be working with the playwright on a new, condensed version. » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 16, 2018

FUND for Lake George Announces Grant Recipients

At their recent 2018 Annual Meeting, The FUND for Lake George announced $443,000 in grant awards across each of The FUND’s “four portals to protection” — Science of Solutions, Invasive Species Prevention and Treatment, Salt Reduction, and Water Quality and Clarity Protection. » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 16, 2018

Star Lake Steel Company Clean-Up Meeting Set For July 20

The State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), St. Lawrence County, and the Development Authority of the North Country (DANC) have announced a public meeting has been set for Friday, July 20, 2018, to provide the public with a comprehensive presentation of cleanup efforts at the former Jones and Laughlin (J&L) Steel Company site (Benson Mines) at Star Lake.

The Magnetic Iron Company began developing the area on top of what they believed would be a valuable ore body in the late 1880s. The Benson Mines Company started open pit mining operations at the site and produced magnetite and non-magnetite ore intermittently until the mine closed from 1919 to 1941. 

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Backcountry Tragedy: Lessons From A Deadly Wilderness Incident

Rock Pond Pharaoh Lake Wilderness photo by John WarrenBill had been driving all over the Adirondacks since early Friday morning. I was in my car heading north to meet him. I’d get occasional calls from him about the wintry conditions and iced-over lakes that he found. Ice-out was late this year, so our original plan to canoe into the St. Regis Wilderness Area for a few days of fishing was scrapped. Instead, we decided on fish Rock Pond, in the Pharaoh Lakes Wilderness.

Bill had been wanting to fish the pond for years, and he was sure we had a chance for some big brook trout. From the DEC boat launch in the campground on Putnam Pond we paddled about two miles to the carry at the other end of the lake, about three quarters of a mile from Rock Pond. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, July 15, 2018

AARCH to Honor Preservation at Hotel Saranac

hotel saranacAdirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) is set to celebrate preservation successes with a reception at the Hotel Saranac in Saranac Lake on Tuesday, July 17 from 3 to 6 pm.

The event will honor the region’s historic architecture, the power of thoughtful preservation to revitalize communities, and the work of many individuals who have helped used this power to make the Adirondacks a special place to live, work and visit.

Guests will have a chance to meet with VIPs (Very Important Preservationists), architects, builders, and chat with regional authors. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Natural Homes: Nests, Burrows, Caves and Trees Art Sought

view call for artView, a multi-media arts center in Old Forge, has announced they are seeking artists working in all mediums for the 2018 Natural Homes: Nests, Burrows, Caves & Trees exhibition. Artists are encouraged to creatively interpret the theme of natural homes and will have the chance to receive over $1,000 in awards.

This year’s juror is Jean Stephens, a Rochester, New York native. Jean Stephens received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master’s degree in Art Education from Rochester Institute of Technology. Stephen’s paintings have been selected for national juried exhibitions and are included in private and corporate collections. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, July 14, 2018

Adirondack Plein Air Festival Marking 10 Years

St Regis with Heron Marsh by Jacqueline AltmanWho organizes a major event, without ever having taken part in a similar one? An artist would…. we create new things on a blank canvas all the time! I heard about something called Plein Air Festivals over 10 years ago and one day had a brainstorm. It seemed that if you had a scenic location, you could set the dates, invite a bunch of artists, give them a couple days to paint and then hold an exhibit. So without ever having participated in one, I organized the first Adirondack Plein Air Fesitval in Saranac Lake in August 2009.

Why hold a Plein Air Festival? To share the great beauty of the Adirondack environment with new people. Artists who may never have painted in this area, as well as local residents and visitors who may never have considered buying a work of art. A painting of a place you know, or have visited on vacation might be appealing. Or the fact that you could actually watch an artist as they worked, outdoors, on location, and then purchase that very painting! » Continue Reading.


Saturday, July 14, 2018

Adirondack Art History: John Casilear’s Commercial Success

In the mid-1850s, John Casilear’s career of more than 30 years as an engraver was gradually coming to an end, leaving him financially comfortable and free to focus on painting. He did just that by taking a second trip to Europe in 1857 to compile a fresh collection of ideas and sketches for future subjects, and to paint. While he was away, pieces of his artwork appeared in the 1858 National Academy of Design (NAD) Exhibition in New York City and earned praise from high sources.

Harper’s Weekly glowed: “Mr. Casilear’s power is in exquisitely delicate, vignette-like sketching…. A dreamy tranquility of atmosphere, with delicate-hued hills, a thoughtful spire, a gleaming brook — beauty in repose, and in detail — these are the subjects in whose delineation Mr. Casilear is so eminently successful.” » Continue Reading.


Saturday, July 14, 2018

‘Horse and Rider’ Exhibit: Sport, Pleasure, and Work

Four Studies of a Jockey for RacehorsesCoinciding with the Saratoga Race Course’s 2018 meet, The Hyde Collection will present a new exhibition, Horse and Rider, in its Rotunda Gallery from July 20 through September 9.

Americans have long romanticized their relationship with horses: the majesty of wild mustangs galloping through the plains, the allure of cowboys on horseback driving a herd, the utility of farmers tending their fields with horse-drawn plough, and the grace of racehorses. » Continue Reading.


Friday, July 13, 2018

High Peaks Happy Hour: Lake George Distilling Co.

MOONSHINE. In hand-painted, hastily scrawled letters, the sign implies covert activity at Washington County’s first legal distillery since Prohibition. It’s an invitation that’s hard to resist.

Conjuring images of ‘shiners lurking deep in the surrounding mountains in the dark of night, the sign may get you in the door, but the secretive allure of moonshining stops there. As John and Robin McDougall will attest, the road leading to Lake George Distilling Company was lengthy, expensive, and definitely legal.

Nearing retirement, the McDougalls were looking for self-sufficiency in a livelihood they would also enjoy. John, an experienced beer and wine maker, credits the History Channel show Modern Marvels on distilling for planting the grains of possibility. New York State’s Farm Distillery Act, enacted in 2007, allowed them to ferment. The timing was perfect. » Continue Reading.


Friday, July 13, 2018

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