Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Old Forge Area Secret Garden Tour Set For August 9th

secret garden tourView’s annual Secret Garden Tour will take place in Old Forge on Thursday, August 9th, 2018 from 9 am to noon. The tour provides an opportunity to visit unique local gardens at private residences in a ten-mile radius.

Participants will meet at View Arts Center at 9 am. The tour will begin at 9:30 am and will end by noon. Guides will lead and attendees can carpool or drive their own car. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Adirondack Performances of Seussical: The Musical

Benjamin Hergenroeder as the Cat in the Hat and Michael Hudlin as Horton the Elephant The Adirondack Lakes Center for the­ Arts’ 2018 Summer Theatre Festival concludes with touring performances of Seussical: The Musical.

Performances run August 2 through 6, and venues include Indian Lake Theater, Newcomb School, Lake Placid Junior Senior High School, Tannery Pond Center, and the View. » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 30, 2018

Removing the Quarry Dam, West Branch Ausable

Monitoring teamQuarry Dam, on the West Branch Ausable River just outside Lake Placid, has been identified for removal this summer. The removal is being conducted by the Lake Champlain Chapter of Trout Unlimited, in collaboration with others.

The abandoned concrete and timber crib dam, three feet high and about 50 feet long, is creating undesirable impacts on the fish and aquatic life. » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 30, 2018

NorthCountryARTS Holding Studio Tour

Beverly Sainders NorthCountryARTS has announced a pair of one-day self-guided artist studio tours on consecutive weekends. The first, highlighting artists in Glens Falls, will be held on Saturday, August 4 from 10 am to 5 pm.

The second tour will be Saturday, August 11, from 10 am to 5 pm highlighting artists in the Lake George and North Warren region of Warren County. » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 30, 2018

ADKX Adds Exhibit On Adirondack Segregation

Fulton Fryar in The Closet prior to its removal from Seagle Music ColonyAdirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, has announced a new acquisition on view in its Life in the Adirondacks exhibition: a cramped, dilapidated shack, known as “The Closet” that for two summers was home to a young and talented African-American tenor, Fulton Fryar.

Through the combined efforts of Adirondack Architectural Heritage, the Seagle Music Colony, and Adirondack Experience, this historic artifact was saved from demolition and will help educate museum visitors about the history of racial discrimination in the Adirondack Park. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, July 29, 2018

Living With Wildlife: The House Wren Eviction

house wrenOne afternoon in early June, a small brown bird swooped down in front of our kitchen window. I wondered where it had swooped from when, a minute later, I saw it fly back up, with a sliver of straw in its beak. I went out the back door, onto the deck, in time to see the bird exiting the shower vent on the gable end of the house. It was a house wren, and it was building a nest in my house.

Tip to tail, house wrens, Troglodytes aedon, are generally about 5 inches long and weigh about .4 oz. – half the length of the average robin and far lighter. They have brown feathers, longish beaks, and tails that are often tipped upwards. These tiny birds have one of the most expansive breeding ranges of any songbird, stretching from southern areas of Canada, to the far southern reaches of South America. In between they are found across the entire continental United States, the West Indies, Mexico, and Central America. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, July 29, 2018

The Franklin County Fair: A 4-H Tradition

franklin county fairIt’s that time again. Everyone at Franklin County Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) is preparing for August 3rd and the official start of 168th annual Franklin County Fair. Extension staff, 4-H youth, and committed volunteers are working diligently toward making every fair-goer’s visit to the 4-H youth building and the livestock barns meaningful, educational, and wholly enjoyable.

Yes. The fair is great shows, carnival rides, and food. And there will be a midway full of rides, games and attractions, and a wide variety of commercial exhibits and concessions. But the Franklin County Fair is about much more than carnival rides, music, fried dough, French fries, and trying to win brightly colored stuffed animals. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, July 29, 2018

New Logging Exhibit at Warren County Historical

Warren County Historical SocietyThe Warren County Historical Society is opening a new exhibit, Logging at the Bend of the River, curated by Faith Bouchard. A debut reception will be held on Thursday, August 2 from 4 to 7 pm at the Society’s headquarters, 50 Gurney Lane, in Queensbury.

The exhibit showcases the important history of logging and papermaking in Warren County and the southern Adirondacks and features the role of some the region’s oldest companies, Finch in Glens Falls and International Paper in Ticonderoga (and formerly South Glens Falls).

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Spectrum – Time Warner Merger Approval Revoked By State PSC

adirondack broadband service courtesy adirondack atlasThe New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) today called a special session to revoke its approval of the 2016 merger agreement between Charter Communications, Inc. and Time Warner Cable, Inc.

Charter, doing business as Spectrum, provides broadband access to large parts of the Adirondacks. The PSC ordered Charter to file “a plan with the Commission to ensure an orderly transition to a successor provider(s)” within 60 days.

What follows is an announcement the PSC sent to the press Friday, in which the Public Service Commission lays out its reasons for revoking the merger approval: » Continue Reading.


Saturday, July 28, 2018

Poetry: Spectacle Lake


Saturday, July 28, 2018

Featured Hike: Mount Adams, Newcomb

mount adams trailThe Mt. Adams trail is typical of old fire tower access trails that head straight up the mountain. It leaves the East River Trail at the Observer Cabin and goes directly to the 3,520-foot summit. Mt. Adams provides an amazingly unique view of the High Peaks from below, while towering over the historic mining area and looking down at the Hudson River. » Continue Reading.


Friday, July 27, 2018

Shingle Shanty Paddling Case Headed To Trial

Phil Brown canoes Shingle Shanty Brook in 2009 Eight years after landowners sued him, outgoing Adirondack Explorer Editor Phil Brown will stand trial in August in a case that could clarify paddlers’ rights in the Adirondacks and perhaps the state.

Brown was sued for trespass in 2010 after canoeing through land owned by the Brandreth Park Association and the affiliated Friends of Thayer Lake. The disputed waterway — Mud Pond, Mud Pond Outlet, and a part of Shingle Shanty Brook — connects two pieces of the state-owned William C. Whitney Wilderness. » Continue Reading.


Friday, July 27, 2018

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, July 27, 2018

5 Adirondack Searches, Rescues Last Week

DEC Forest RangerNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry.

What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Friday, July 27, 2018

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories