Saturday, August 12, 2023

Bee Balm Going Gang Busters & Butterflies Enjoying Milkweeds

Hummingbird in bee balm.

The heat from Arizona to the east coast hasn’t let up, with [temperatures in] many major cities in the hundreds every day…some over a month now. We are on the cool side, with more rain and thunderstorms passing through. Last Friday [August 4] as we were getting ready to go to the opening of the National Watercolor Show at View [Arts Center in Old Forge] one of those storms had quite a bit of hail in the mix. I did hear of some places across the state that got quarter-size (and bigger) hail in that same storm as it crossed the state.

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Saturday, August 12, 2023

Adirondack Architectural Heritage Announces 2023 Preservation Award Winners

Keeseville, NY
– The AARCH Preservation Awards program annually recognizes exemplary historic preservation work throughout the Adirondack region, including sensitive restoration, rehabilitation, adaptive use, long-term stewardship, and individual achievement by a wide range of individuals and organizations.

We are happy to announce this year’s AARCH Preservation Award winners! On Friday, September 22, we will honor the awardees below at our Preservation Awards ceremony. These seven recipients exemplify extraordinary stewardship or restoration of historic properties and individual achievements in preservation throughout the Adirondack region.

The recipients of the 2023 AARCH Preservation Awards are:

The Tahawus Cultural Center, for Ongoing Rehabilitation and Stewardship
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Saturday, August 12, 2023

15th Annual Adirondack Plein Air Festival in Saranac Lake

adirondack plein air festival, adirondack art

Adirondack Plein Air

Saranac Lake – Forty artists are packing up their paints and canvases from Texas to Illinois, and Maryland to Maine and will be heading to the Adirondacks for a week of wonderful painting. The 2023 Adirondack Plein Air Festival will start on August 14 and culminate with the huge Show & Sale, on August 19, held in the Town Hall in Saranac Lake.

Started in 2009 by Saranac Lake ArtWorks member Sandra Hildreth, this event has grown from an opportunity for local artists to get together and paint outdoors, to a nationally recognized painting experience that often attracts nearly 100 applications. The Saranac Lake area offers an abundance of mountain, lake, and river views, farmland, historic villages, rustic camps, waterfalls, marshes and bogs. » Continue Reading.

Friday, August 11, 2023

For Our Friend, The Loon

Loon on the water

By Paul Sorgule

This morning I read a small letter to the editor in the Adirondack Enterprise about a loon that was apparently killed by a boater in the channel between Lake Flower and Oseetah Lake. I was struck with profound sadness and a touch of anger. For many years, that loon held court on Lake Flower and was a welcome and highly anticipated sign of Spring. For many years he seemed to be without a mate, until this year. There was an obvious gleeful change in his daily routine and soon we were blessed to notice a pair of newborn chicks riding on their mother’s back. It was this loon’s soothing coo in the early morning that signaled how special it was to live in this Adirondack Community.

When we were on the lake (oftentimes in the late afternoon) we would coast around hoping to see him feeding. He had become accustomed to people and sometimes treated us to his presence just 15 or 20 feet off our bow. It was thrilling to watch him dive for fish only to pop up 50 or 60 yards away -loons are excellent swimmers. Maybe he became too familiar with people and failed to understand the dangers that this familiarity brings. While we drifted in our boat if we ever crept too close, he would let us know by fluttering his wings or letting out a distinctive sound that could only mean “back off”. Then he would settle down and provide a pose for another picture to add to our files.

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Friday, August 11, 2023

Upcoming Events at The Sembrich

– Acclaimed musical theater historian John Kenrick will present “Hamilton – The Man, The Musical, The Cultural Phenomenon!,” on Wednesday, August 16 at 2 PM. This highly anticipated studio talk uncovers how Lin-Manuel Miranda’s trailblazing blending of hip-hop and Broadway styles created the revolutionary musical Hamilton. Mr. Kenrick will share performance videos and other media that lend insight into how the life story of America’s most controversial founding father became the basis for one of the most acclaimed Broadway musicals of all time.

“I think show business history is the most fascinating subject in the world. My goal is simple: to make it as entertaining and exciting for others as it is for me,” says Kenrick. » Continue Reading.

Friday, August 11, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (8/11): High-water and muddy trails advisory in effect in ADKs

outdoor conditions logoThe following are only the most recent notices pertaining to public lands in the Adirondacks. Please check the Adirondack Backcountry webpages for a full list of notices, including seasonal road statuses, rock climbing closures, specific trail conditions, and other pertinent information.


  • Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest – Cheney Road in North Hudson will be closed 8/14 and 8/15 to prep for road work. The road will close again the following week (dates TBA) to finish construction.

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Friday, August 11, 2023

Latest news headlines

Here’s a look at news from around the Adirondacks this week:

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Thursday, August 10, 2023

The Golden Rule

Goldenrod and New England Aster – David D Taylor US Forest ServiceUnless you have bees up your nose on a regular basis, don’t blame late-season allergies on goldenrod. However, if you do find bees in your schnozz, seek medical (and perhaps entomological) help immediately.

While most plants respond to the shrinking hours of daylight in the late summer by starting to wind down their business for the season, goldenrod is a “short-day” plant, the type that is stimulated to bloom by dwindling light. It is a perennial in the aster family, and is widespread across North America. Continent-wide, we have something on the order of 130 species of goldenrod in the genus Solidago.

As one of the most abundant blooms of late summer and autumn, this native wildflower is for many pollinators, including numerous bee species, a vital source of nectar and nutritious pollen. Unfortunately, this latter item has given goldenrod a black eye (but not a black-eyed Susan) among allergy sufferers.
Goldenrod’s showy yellow flowers are in full view along roadsides and in meadows and pastures at about the same time one of the more intense waves of seasonal hay fever typically begins.
So it’s understandable that goldenrod has been blamed for the red itchy eyes, sinus congestion, sneezing, and general histamine-soaked misery that many folks experience this time of year. But it turns out that goldenrod pollen is innocent of all charges. Goldenrod can’t be guilty because its pollen is heavy. That’s a relative term, I suppose, since it’s light enough that bees manage to cart away loads of it. But in the pollen realm it weighs a ton, and thus cannot blow far from the plant. It isn’t that goldenrod pollen is incapable of eliciting an allergic response; it’s just that to do so, something – a bee, for instance – would have to deliver it to your nasal passages. » Continue Reading.

Thursday, August 10, 2023

2nd Annual Mountain Bike Festival this Weekend at Wheelerville Trails


Mountain biking at Wheelerville Trails, Caroga, New York

Mountain biking at Wheelerville Trails, Caroga, New York


Caroga Lake, NY -“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” And no better time to take one of those dirt paths than this weekend August 12 and 13 at the second annual Wheelerville Trails Mountain Bike Festival. Located in the small hamlet Wheelerville – appropriately named – on NY Route 10 in Caroga Lake, New York. The event promises a wild weekend of two-wheeled fun in the southern Adirondacks.

“Last year’s event went beyond all expectations, and the dedication of the mountain bike community is truly what brought the festival to the next level,” states Jeremy Manning, Wheelerville Trails Manager.

This year will feature a return of the Live Free and Fly Downhill Race, Jump Jam, wheelie competition, guided rides, skills clinics, great food, music and outdoor gear raffle. There will also be new trails, a new skills area for kids and bigger and better jumps. » Continue Reading.

Thursday, August 10, 2023

Breaking down carbon offset projects in the Adirondacks

shot of trees from above

Hundreds of thousands of acres in the North Country are hosting carbon offset projects and many of them are forestry-related. But how does that translate to climate mitigation?

Forestry offset projects, meant to conserve land, are enrolled in the compliance and voluntary markets. In California, the compliance market is overseen by the Air and Resources board. While researching for our carbon offset series, I learned that credits enrolled in the compliance market are generally worth more than its voluntary counterpart. But the price of a credit can range widely from a few dollars to more than $50.

To be certified, or deemed effective, experts say projects should meet some basic standards. I go over those in the article linked here. There’s also a larger question by scientists, landowners and climate-conscious people about whether the projects work in mitigating climate change.

Some call it a greenwashing tactic while others look at it as a necessary tool to achieve a net-zero emission status.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Bella’s Tips for Humans who Hike with Dogs

black and white dog on hiking trail

Bella’s alternative title: Pooping in the Woods with my Human

You may be wondering about the title(s) of this article. My human, who has written for the Adirondack Almanack about public health stuff and dog treats (my favorite!) and recipes (my second favorite!) and the outdoors (my third favorite, especially if there are squirrels and birds to sniff), has been distracted by work. So distracted, that she has become positively boring, and hasn’t written all the stories and things she keeps talking about with me. So, I decided that I should help my human out and write this article for her, so that you other humans could have a dog’s perspective on what makes hiking with our humans one of our best and most favorite things, ever. Especially since I like hiking with my human and hope that my help means more hikes very soon. If all goes as planned, I will see you on the trails soon. I hope that you bring treats to share with me (like the ones my human has shared through the Adirondack Almanack, or that I will be sharing for her if she doesn’t get her act together and start being fun again).

~Signed, Belladonna (Entledoodle Extraordinaire). » Continue Reading.

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Ledge Hill Studio Downtown hosts Saturday Event

Westport, NY
– Ledge Hill Studio Downtown in Westport, on Lake Champlain is hosting a great day filled with activities on Saturday, August 12 from 3-8pm.

Ledge Hill Studio Downtown is an eclectic business centered around ART. The atelier has a flowing art show of Carolyn Polly’s art and many other accomplished artists.  They feature four Art Openings a year spotlighting regional art, eclectic art, hand craft and functional art pottery, Adirondack craft, printed and photography cards.

Join us on Saturday from 3-8pm for free kids crafts and activities, sponsored by Heather’s Art Fund at Ledge Hill Studio. Carolyn Polly will be leading all of the children’s activities. The studio is full of fantastic new treasures from local creators, including an impressive batch of unique tie dye shirts.
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Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Art Slam at the Upper Jay Art Center

art slam graphic

Join us in the Recovery Lounge on Friday, Aug. 11 to celebrate the history and future of Upper Jay Art Center! The night will feature special performances by local artists in a variety of mediums (including several exciting new interdisciplinary collaborations). There will also be food and drink, a silent auction of unique items, and all of the fun and surprise you’d expect at UJAC. Help us continue our grasstistic (grassroots + artistic) legacy!

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Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Two people hit by lightning at Follensby Clear Pond

forest ranger report

Town of Hope
Hamilton County
Law Enforcement:
 On July 29 at 9 p.m., while patrolling Wilcox Lake Wild Forest, Forest Ranger Nally stopped a truck driving illegally on State land. The driver provided his name and date of birth, but due to poor radio and cell service, Ranger Nally couldn’t check it until back in communication range. At that time, Ranger Nally learned the license plate didn’t match the subject’s personal information. Ranger Nally returned the next day to check the license plate again and learned the subject had active felony warrants out of Virginia. Rangers Kerr and Nally arrested the fugitive and turned him over to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office. The subject was also issued tickets for illegal motor vehicle use on State land and depositing rubbish on State land.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Alone the night

lean-to at night

Have you ever spent a night alone in the woods? A highly recommended experience. To find out more click the link and read on:

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