The town of Newcomb will celebrate Theodore Roosevelt’s journey out of the High Peaks wilderness, from Newcomb to the White House, following President William McKinley’s assassination to become the 26th president with “TR Weekend” September 15 to 17th.
This year’s event also commemorates the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote and the 100th anniversary of the United States entering into World War One.
Events are planned over the entire weekend throughout Newcomb with cultural and informative entertainment for all ages. » Continue Reading.
The newly expanded Thurman Fall Farm Tour will be held on Saturday, October 7th from 10 am to 4 pm.
Thurman Fall Farm Tour will showcase farms from over 200 years-old to those formed in the last ten years. With a map and guide found in town or online, the public will be able to visit the open houses being held at farms and sugarhouses around Thurman. » Continue Reading.
View, the multi-arts center in Old Forge, has announced the 2017 BrewFest on Saturday, September 9, 2017, from 12 pm to 4 pm. View has teamed up with the Old Forge Marathon, KRock and WOUR for this year’s BrewFest. KRock and WOUR will kick off the party on-site starting at 12 pm. » Continue Reading.
Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX) will host their 30th annual Rustic Furniture Fair on September 9-10, and Antiques Show and Sale September 16, 2017.
The fairs are opportunities to view, learn about, and purchase distinctive furniture and furnishings from emerging and established artisans and makers and antiques and artworks from dealers from across the country. A ticketed Benefit Preview for the Antiques Show and Sale takes place September 15, 2017. » Continue Reading.
The second Blues at Timbuctoo festival will bring four acts to historic John Brown Farm on Saturday, September 16, from 11 am to 5 pm. The event, which is presented by John Brown Lives! and Delta Blue, is free and open to the public.
This year’s performers include: Jerry Dugger, a Bronx-born, Harlem-raised guitar player who frequently plays the Red Lion and Lucille’s Grille at B.B. King’s Blues Club in New York City; Alexis P. Suter, a powerful singer nominated for multiple Blues Music Awards, including Best Contemporary Female Act in 2017; Michael Hill Blues Mob, a Bronx-based trio that blends the blues with rock, reggae, funk and R&B (Hill is a 2011 inductee into the New York Blues Hall of Fame); and the Russ Bailey Trio, a North Country group specializing in blues and boogie. » Continue Reading.
Adapted for the stage by Michael Gene Sullivan and directed by Mason Wagner, an adaptation of George Orwell’s novel 1984 will be performed at View in Old Forge on Sunday, September 10, at 3 pm.
The show is produced by Pendragon Theatre and will feature Leslie Dame, Bren Gotham, Terry Kemp, Chris Leifheit, Mark Mainville, and Liv Paulson.
1984 is directed by Mason Wagner, a 2010 graduate of Saranac Lake High School who has spent the past several years working in theatre in Montana after receiving his BFA in Acting from the University of Montana. » Continue Reading.
Saranac Lake’s Farm 2 Fork Festival started through the passion and forethought of the former Adirondack Green Circle’s Founding Director Gail Brill. Brill wanted to bring attention to regional farmers and provide a connection to the consumers buying their product. Her vision continues this weekend with the 8th Annual Farm 2 Fork Festival at Saranac Lake’s Riverside Park.
View will host its third annual ViewFest Music, Art, and Food Festival, previously known as Adirondack Music Festival, September 22, 2017 through September 24, 2017 in Old Forge.
ViewFest combines food, art, workshops, craft vendors, demonstrations, and musical performances. The craft fair runs Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 10 am to 3 pm. Local restaurants, food, and artistic demonstrators will be on site Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. » Continue Reading.
My students and I were conducting research in the Winooski River floodplain at Saint Michael’s College last week when the buzzing became particularly intense. A brisk walk is enough to outdistance mosquitoes, but deerflies combine fighter jet speed with helicopter maneuverability. And a slap that might incapacitate a mosquito seems to have little effect on these relentless pests. Deerfly season 2017 started slowly, but by late July there were enough to carry off small children. On trails between wetlands and farm fields, we were dive-bombed by countless, persistent, little winged vampires. Insect repellent did little to repel them. We slapped, feinted, grabbed at thin air, and usually came up empty. It was like Caddyshack, but with flies rather than gophers.
The horsefly family Tabanidae includes deerflies, along with larger Alaskan “mooseflies,” and the greenheads that ruin many a trip to New England’s beaches. Iridescent green eyes that make up most of the fly’s head give them their common name. Far more impressive is their bite: they truly hurt. Because greenheads emerge only from saltmarshes, we know they travel up to two miles in search of blood. » Continue Reading.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that public meetings will be held in each DEC region this fall to provide an overview of the state’s approach to trout stream management.
The meetings will also elicit feedback from trout stream anglers regarding their preferences and expectations for the management of these waters. » Continue Reading.
Old Forge will celebrate Labor Day Weekend on Sunday, September 3rd with a Duck Derby, a free concert on the lakefront, and fireworks over Old Forge Pond.
The final chance for duck adoptions begins at 9 am Sunday, with booths set up on both sides of Route 28 near the Old Forge Information Center. The ducks will launch from the dam at noon, with a chance to win $100,000, in addition to 13 other prizes. CAP-21 has again paired with OddsOn Promotions for a $100,000 jackpot. One number is drawn immediately before the derby, and if the duck with that number is among the first 13 to finish, the person who adopted that duck wins $100,000. » Continue Reading.
Heat and hard physical work can be a debilitating combination. Two of my experiences with them from the long-ago past were a challenge and a heck of a workout — under a blazing sun, doing the haying, and, my personal favorite, picking rocks. But the most exhausting of all was harder than both — digging graves with a shovel and pick during the hottest days of summer. I quickly understood why the veteran diggers joked that people who died during the summer were so inconsiderate.
Decades ago, while researching my first book, the details of another very hot and difficult job were revealed to me by a kind and accommodating woman named Emma Johnson, who was 85 years old at the time. The subject was a remarkable place in northern Clinton County known locally as the Altona Flat Rock. New York State’s Natural Heritage Program, established in 1985, defined the Altona Flat Rock as “sandstone pavement barrens,” a natural rarity. » Continue Reading.
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