Thursday, March 21, 2019

Annual Conference on the Adirondacks Set for May

adirondack research consortiumThe 26th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks has been set for May 22nd and 23rd, at the Conference Center in Lake Placid.

This years theme is “Sharing Science and Policy in the Adirondacks – Culture, Conservation, and Communication,” and will feature author Stephanie Hanes of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, with a talk entitled “The Intersection of Culture and Conservation; Lessons learned in an Africa Study and a Relationship to the Adirondacks.” » Continue Reading.


Thursday, March 21, 2019

Storm, Deep Snow, Avalanche Danger: Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Mar 21)

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon and fully updated by Friday afternoon.

Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adkalmanack@gmail.com.

Learn and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. Do not litter. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here.

BE PREPARED! Start slow, gain experience. Carry proper safety equipment and weather protection and bring plenty of water, lights and a map. When on the trail: keep the group together, watch the time, and be prepared to turn back. Accidents happen to the most experienced people. Be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods in freezing temperatures. Always carry food, a space blanket, emergency whistle, first aid kit, fire making tools, extra clothing layers and socks, and a map and compass. Inform someone of your itinerary and just before entering the backcountry or launching a boat check the National Weather Service watches, warnings, and advisories here. Follow Adirondack weather forecasts at Burlington and Albany and consult the High Elevation, Recreation, or Lake Champlain forecasts.

March 21th, 2019 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Thursday, March 21, 2019

BARRED! Adirondack Bartender Challenge Returns Apr 27th

barred 2019 posterBarred! IV, The Adirondack Bartender Challenge presented by Happy Hour in the High Peaks, is set to return to Basil & Wick’s in North Creek on Saturday, April 27th, from 2 to 4:30 pm. There is no charge for admission to the event.

Inspired by the reality TV show CHOPPED, bartenders face off to create a winning cocktail utilizing a mystery basket of ingredients. Contestants have just minutes to make, name, and present their drink while hometown fans cheer them on. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, March 21, 2019

1921: Rhoda Fox Graves Runs For Assembly

Rhoda Graves was active in Republican politics in 1917 when New York passed women’s suffrage. When it became the law of the land in 1920, it made the possibility of holding elective office an attractive option for some women.

In 1921, Rhoda’s close friend, ten-year assemblyman Frank Seaker, retired from public office, and William Laidlaw, nominated to replace him, served for the next three years. It’s not clear what the machinations were behind Laidlaw’s decision not to run for another term, but there’s no doubt the big announcement that followed was the work of Rhoda, Perle (her husband), Frank Seaker, and supporters among party leaders. Seeking the GOP nomination for an Assembly position was none other than Rhoda Graves of Gouverneur — a woman! » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

A New History of Adirondack Native People

rural indigenousnessMelissa Otis’s book Rural Indigenousness: A History of Iroquoian and Algonquian Peoples of the Adirondacks (Syracuse University Press, 2018) takes a look at indigenous and settler interactions in the Adirondacks.

The Adirondacks have been a homeland for Indigenous people for millennia. The presence of Native people in the region was obvious, but not well documented by Europeans who did not venture into the interior between the seventeenth and early nineteenth centuries. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Para-Bobsleigh World Championships Coming Lake Placid

ibsf logoThe Para-Bobsleigh World Championships are set to take place at Mt. Van Hoevenberg’s combined bobsled/luge/skeleton track on March 30-31, 2019.

This will mark the first time that this event is being held in the United States. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Bands ‘n Beans Set For Fort William Henry Center

bands n beansHot chili and hot music will be celebrated at the 28th Annual Bands ‘n Beans event to be held at Fort William Henry Conference Center in Lake George on Sunday, March 31, from 2 to 7 pm.

More than twenty area restaurants will participate in this hotly contested event, along with continuous music on two stages with The Radio Junkies, PJ Ferguson 2, Rich Ortiz, The Switch, Steve and Kenny, Stony Creek Band, Tim Wechgelaer & Chris Carey Band, and Ten Most Wanted. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Lake George Rev War Remains: The 1st Pennsylvania At Fort George

archaeologists and assistants examine excavated soils at the siteThe remains dislodged from an 18th century military cemetery at a Lake George construction site will, in all likelihood, be reinterred on the grounds of Fort George Park, say Village officials.

The Village’s Board of Trustees has adopted a resolution calling upon New York State to permit the remains to be buried at the state-owned park, said Mayor Bob Blais.

Blais said New York State officials support the proposal, although the remains will be in the possession of state archaeologists for at least a year, undergoing examination and analyses. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, March 19, 2019

2 Adirondack Hikers Die, 3 Rescued Fri-Sun

forest ranger logoNew 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.


Tuesday, March 19, 2019

A Soldier’s Journey Through The Adirondack Park

The next Adirondack Experience 2019 Cabin Fever Sunday Series lecture will be “A Soldier’s Journey through the Heart of the Park” with John Taibi on March 24th. » Continue Reading.


Monday, March 18, 2019

The Mink: An Outside Story

otter by adelaide tyrolIt was a cold, snowy Sunday morning in the middle of January. I planned to heed the warnings encouraging motorists to stay off the road and turned the radio on to catch the end of an interview with poet Mary Oliver, recorded in 2015.

The poet had died earlier that week, at the age of 83. “Listening to the World” was the title of the conversation, ironic on a snowy morning when the earth seemed so quiet. » Continue Reading.


Monday, March 18, 2019

Scenic Byways Project Forum in Indian Lake

The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) and consultant Adirondack Research are set to hold a second public meeting about a Scenic Byways signage project to gather perspectives on themes and topics for the signs.

Current signage on the Central Adirondack Trail Scenic Byway exists primarily within a 2.6-mile stretch between North River and North Creek. Project organizers are exploring ways to create an interpretive experience that crosses town lines to include all communities along the corridor.

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Build a Greener Adirondacks Expo at The Wild Center

build a greener adks expoBuild a Greener Adirondacks (BAGA), a day-long conference and vendor expo is set to return to The Wild Center on Thursday March 21 from 8:30 am to 5 pm.

BAGA works to educate local builders, contactors, architects, code officials and engineers about the latest in energy and cost savings of green building practices and products. This year, the focus shifts to the qualitative aspects of green building: health, wellness and comfort. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, March 17, 2019

Tim Rowland: Adirondack Redemption

All Brands Redemption Center SignOn moving to the North Country for good a couple of years ago, I kept seeing all these “Redemption Centers,” and I thought to myself: I had no idea the Adirondacks had this many Baptists. And I certainly didn’t know they drank that much Bud Light.

Of course as it turned out, Redemption Centers up here are places where you go, not to be saved, but return your empty bottles and cans for a nickel apiece. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, March 17, 2019

CycleADK Weekender at Paul Smith’s College Returns

cycle adk logoRegistration is now open for 2019 Weekender at Paul Smith’s College, a family-friendly bicycling event scheduled for June 28-June 30.

Introduced by Cycle Adirondacks in 2018, the event was designed with all the amenities and features of CycleADK’s flagship Ultimate Cycling Vacation, but with half the time commitment and a singular event base at the lakeside campus of Paul Smith’s College. » Continue Reading.