Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Tickets now on sale for Lake George Music Festival 2021

violinist lake george music festival

Lake George Music Festival will be held August 18-25 with live, in-person performances in a brand new venue. As one of the nation’s foremost classical music artist retreats, the Lake George Music Festival upholds a mission to advance music, re-imagine the concert experience, and build audiences for the 21st century through artistic integrity and innovation.

Full season passes, 3-day season passes, and virtual passes are all one sale NOW. Single tickets will go on sale July 1st. We urge our patrons to purchase early, as seating will be limited and concerts may sell out. We will also provide an outstanding live-stream experience for those who wish to watch our live concerts from the comfort of home or if the concert of their choice sells out.
More info about event tickets, policies, performing artists, COVID-19 protocol, and prices here: https://www.lakegeorgemusicfestival.com/events/

2021 will feature the majority of events at the Carriage House on the grounds of Fort William Henry. Popular as a venue years ago, its resurgence into the spotlight recently has been part of a broader effort between the music festival, the Village of Lake George, and a small group of community minded individuals who wish to see Lake George become a cultural tourism destination featuring this revitalized, year-round indoor performance space.


Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Creative Adirondacks: Painter Sandra Hildreth

sandra hildreth paintingIt was my pleasure to interview artist Sandra Hildreth at her home studio/gallery in Saranac Lake, with walls adorned by luxurious framed oil paintings and watercolors of the Adirondack mountains, lakes, rivers and waterfalls.

All of her landscape or waterscapes are of specific places that she has visited, often by hiking, paddling, or skiing to the location.  While sitting at a beautiful wood table in the heart of her home, I couldn’t take my eyes off “Snow Squalls,” (pictured here) a winter scene that has been accepted to the 86th Annual National Juried Art Exhibition (Cooperstown, New York, July 9-August 13, 2021.)

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Calling all junior gardeners

This summer, AdkAction’s Mobile Pollinator Garden Trailer, or “Pollinator-Mobile,” will travel around the Adirondacks, helping plant eleven community pollinator gardens as part of their hands-on pollinator conservation efforts – and Mountain Lake PBS is bee-yond excited to get in on the action!

Join us on Friday, June 25th anytime from 2 to 4 PM! Kids can lend a hand and plant pollinator-friendly wildflowers in the garden, and then take home a seed packet to start their very own! Everyone leaves with a PBS KIDS activity bag and book to keep the fun and learning going at home.

Click here for information and to register


Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Adirondack Interpretive Center Summer 2021 Events

2021 rubber loon race poster

The Adirondack Interpretive Center is happy to be back open for the 2021 season. The AIC building will be open Wednesday though Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Masks will be required in the building but not during any of our outside activities.  We are still developing our summer program as we await guidance from New York State and our University. But we already have some great events lined up. Hope to see you soon!

The AIC’s 9th Annual Rubber Loon Race will be on July 17th at 3:00 PM. Come join the fun as we release our rubber loons to race down the outlet of Rich Lake. You can sponsor a loon for $10 and all proceeds support educational programming at the AIC. You do not have to be present at the race to win! Click to sponsor a Loon.

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Monday, June 21, 2021

Flight of the Pollinators

For over a month now, pollinators here in the mountains have been working their life keeping magic.  Each of these winged creatures participating in the cycle of life of the flora that covers the forest floors and meadows.  The first pollinators to appear as Spring rolls in, are the mason and carpenter bees who are able to withstand the cooler temperatures followed by bumble bees and then the smaller breeds of solitary, ground dwelling bees which includes polyester bees among many.

In Lepidoptera land, moths that have overwintered in the Adirondacks emerge from their cocoons as well as butterflies that are able to withstand the slowly warming temperatures have made their winged displays known.  The eastern tiger swallowtail (pictured here) is one of the first butterflies to soar the fields and roadsides.  They are not alone, the checkered and mustard whites, orange and clouded sulfurs and some skippers join them.  Some of the migrating butterflies have began to arrive back to the mountains beginning the first week of May, so you may have observed white and red admirals, northern crescents and common blues and whites with monarchs to arrive here by the end of this month.

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Monday, June 21, 2021

Adirondack Wild applauds dedicated forest ranger academy

ranger truckLeaders of the nonprofit advocate Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve are hailing the recent announcement of an independent Training Academy for the NYS DEC Forest Rangers to be held next year. The welcome announcement was made by Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos and Acting Forest Ranger Director John Solan.

“We are pleased that this training academy will be 100% dedicated to Forest Ranger recruits,” said Adirondack Wild’s David Gibson. “It’s something we have long sought.”

For decades, Forest Ranger recruits have had to share a training academy with Environmental Conservation Office recruits, where law enforcement and policing became the training emphasis. The two positions are very related, but also very distinct.

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Monday, June 21, 2021

Mobile Farmers Market kicks off 2021 Season

woman shopping inside of mobile market truck

The Mobile Farmers Market has returned for the 2021 season, with community-based stops set across Franklin and Clinton counties.

A program of the Joint Council for Economic Opportunity (JCEO) and the Heart Network, the Mobile Market provides access to fresh fruit and vegetables, baked goods and a salad bar; the market made its debut in 2018 and has since expanded its stops and offerings. The Mobile Market accepts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits with the additional bonus of the Double Up Food Bucks Program that doubles the amount of produce SNAP recipients can purchase; customers can also use farmers market vouchers.

JCEO and the Heart Network will continue to follow all state and federal COVID-19 guidelines and protocols. Only one person and a JCEO employee are allowed on the bus at a time. Masks are required and customers waiting to enter the bus are asked to maintain social distancing.

The Mobile Market schedule is subject to change. To view the schedule, visit heartnetwork.org/mobile-farmers-market or call (518) 319-4028.

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Sunday, June 20, 2021

Celebrate Pollinator Week with Activities in the Adirondacks

pollinator gardenAdkAction’s Adirondack Pollinator Project is pleased to announce the annual celebration of Pollinator Week, June 21-27, recognizing the invaluable role pollinators play in supporting biodiversity, food availability, and the economy.

An estimated one third of all foods and beverages is dependent on pollinators. In New York State alone, $350 million per year is accrued in services provided by bees and other pollinators. The work of pollinators ensures full harvests of crops and contributes to healthy plants everywhere. Vital pollinator populations are declining due to pesticide use, disease and parasite problems, and loss of food and nesting habitat.

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Sunday, June 20, 2021

Ticonderoga Historical Society commemorates WW II with Home Front Program

Ticonderoga, NY – The Ticonderoga Historical Society will commemorate U.S. entry into World War II with a free public program on Friday, June 25 at 7 p.m.  at the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga.  

“We’ll Meet Again:  The Home Front in World War II” will take a look at the significant efforts of the men, women and children who helped staff coastal defenses, established victory gardens, took over jobs in factories and farms, and otherwise contributed to support the overall war effort.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which led to the United States’ entry into the war.  “Wars are not only fought on battlefields,” said program presenter Diane O’Connor.  “The physical and emotional support of the citizens at home was a vital element in ultimate victory.  During World War II, citizens took part in bond and scrap drives, put up with shortages and rationing of food and materials, stepped into jobs vacated by young men in factories and on farms, and otherwise supported the war effort in a remarkable manner.  We have to ask if we would be up to facing those challenges today.”

The program will be held outdoors, under a tent and attendees should bring their own lawn chairs.  Reservations may be made by calling the Hancock House at 518-585-7868 or via e-mail to:  [email protected]


Sunday, June 20, 2021

Weekly news round up

A collection of interesting reads:

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Saturday, June 19, 2021

Conquering The Rock

“Put on your life jacket!!!”

“Can I go fishing now?”

“Wear your life jacket.”

“What if we want to go swimming?”

“Not without life jackets.”

“Can we at least go down by the water?”

“With your life jackets.”

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Saturday, June 19, 2021

DEC, Essex County announce pilot shuttle program for Keene

keene shuttleDEC Commissioner Basil Seggos, Essex County Board of Supervisors Chair Shaun Gillilland, and Keene Town Supervisor Joe Pete Wilson have issued the following joint statement:

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Essex County, and the Town of Keene are working together to implement a shuttle pilot system this summer that will explore how shuttles may help manage sustainable visitation along the Route 73 corridor and in the High Peaks. Using the recently completed Volpe study to help guide our planning efforts, we are closely collaborating to develop an effective, safe, and enjoyable system that benefits High Peaks communities and visitors. Some important details remain, including hiring necessary and properly certified shuttle operators and trail stewards, as well as finalizing route information, but we are continuing to collaborate and reach out to our partners to help make the shuttle successful. Qualified individuals interested in the hiring opportunities available can contact the Town of Keene, and additional information will be made available as the shuttle system details are finalized.

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Saturday, June 19, 2021

Happy — or Hoppy — Father’s Day

frog contestHappy Father’s Day to all the dads, grandpas, and father-figures out there! In honor of the holiday, I did a search for “fathers” in the Almanack archive and was impressed to see how many times the Father’s Day Frog Jumping Contest in Old Forge popped up (pictured here, a photo also found in the archive). While it was canceled last year due to the pandemic, this mainstay event is back!

Here’s the overview about this year’s event, found at http://oldforgeny.com/events.html

Sun June 20 Annual Father’s Day Frog Jumping Contest – On the lakefront at Noon. Children can bring their champion frog to win prizes and fathers should wear their most outrageous tie! Largest, smallest, and longest jumper. Great family fun! Don’t worry, all frogs are released unharmed. Sponsored by the Central Adirondack Association. Phone 315-369-6983 for additional information.

Hope it’s a “hoppy” Father’s Day!

Additional reads from the archive:

 


Friday, June 18, 2021

NYS legislative session: It’s a wrap

boat inspectionsThe state legislative session is over. What a weird, hybrid year of remote meetings and some in-person, masked meetings. The Capitol remained closed to the public, but more lobbyists held press conferences outside these last few months. Some of my colleagues continued to work out of the Legislative Correspondents Association offices in the Capitol while others, such as myself, worked from home. Everyone adapts.

Now that the whirlwind is over, though, we can reflect on what was done and what wasn’t. In the last flurry of bills this week, lawmakers made an aquatic invasive species inspection law permanent for the Adirondack Park. The bill also gave more authority to the state Department of Environmental Conservation do require these inspections and boat washes. The bill received unanimous support in both houses–a perhaps rare example of an Adirondacks issue that rallied bipartisan support, environmental groups’ support and local governments’ support. Now the governor has to sign off and make it official.

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Friday, June 18, 2021

Recreation Highlight: Saratoga Sand Plains Archery Range

archeryThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced the opening of the Saratoga Sand Plains Archery Range in the town of Wilton, Saratoga County. The public archery range is the first of its kind in New York State and will provide a unique recreational opportunity for both novice and expert bow hunters and archers.

The 50-yard archery range has 16 targets, eight adult lanes ranging from 15 to 50 yards, four youth lanes ranging from five to 20 yards, and four lanes accessed by an elevated platform ranging up to 40 yards.

The range was designed to be suitable for families with children and seniors, with an access path extending from the gravel parking lot to the range.
The archery range is close to several schools that participate in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) and is a convenient location for the Saratoga County 4H Shooting Sports Program and DEC’s bowhunter education classes.

The archery range is open and maintained year-round for public use. For rules and regulations, see the DEC webpage.