Monday, April 22, 2019

Pete Seeger’s Local Connections; Seeger Centennial Set for Grange Hall

Whallonsburg Grange Hall

The late folksinger Pete Seeger had a long connection to the North Country, beginning as a 20-year-old member of the Vagabond Puppeteers, according to Whallonsburg Grange board member Mary-Nell Bockman. In the summer of 1939, the group traveled to rural communities all over Upstate New York, including St. Lawrence, Franklin and Clinton counties, performing in support of dairy farmers on strike against the big milk monopolies.

Seeger was good friends with the artist Rockwell Kent and his wife, Sally, and visited Asgaard Farm several times. After meeting Adirondack folklorist Marjorie Lansing Porter at a folk festival in Schroon Lake, he worked with her to record an album of traditional regional tunes called Champlain Valley Songs in 1960. He performed at Plattsburgh State, Clarkson University, and other colleges in the region numerous times in the 1960s. » Continue Reading.


Monday, April 22, 2019

Adirondack Sky Center Awarded $125k Grant

adirondack sky centerThe Adirondack Sky Center & Observatory (formerly the Adirondack Public Observatory) has been awarded a grant of $125,000 by Stewart’s Shops/Dake Family Foundation to support the Campaign for the AstroScience Center museum and planetarium. » Continue Reading.


Monday, April 22, 2019

Free Tech Training For Older Adults in Franklin County

4-H Digital Ambassadors who were trained by Microsoft sponsors in Washington D.C. in February are teaching adults aged 55 and older how to safely and effectively utilize technology. » Continue Reading.


Monday, April 22, 2019

Adirondack Lakes Cuisine Trail Opening Event at Moody Farm

Adirondack Lakes Cuisine TrailThe Adirondack Lakes Cuisine Trail is set to launch its inaugural season with a local food and beverage tasting event at Moody Tree Farm in Saranac Lake on Tuesday, April 30 from 5 to 8 pm.

The gathering is a preview event for EAT ADK, the Adirondacks’ restaurant week held May 2-9, featuring food and beverages from businesses located along the new trail. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, April 21, 2019

Visiting A Floodplain Forest

floodplain Visiting a forest along one of our major rivers, such as the Connecticut River, in late spring, is like entering a special world. Big silver maples tower overhead, with arching branches and roots reaching deep underground. Cottonwoods up to five feet in diameter and vase-shaped American elms are scattered about. Scars on the upstream side of some tree trunks bear testament to the chunks of ice that crash through when the river floods every spring. Silt stains on the trunks and dead leaves, trash, and other debris caught in crotches of trees show the height of the floodwaters. Many trees cannot withstand flooding, but the species in this forest are flood-tolerant and thrive in the nutrient-rich sediments brought by floods. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, April 21, 2019

John Brown Day 2019 Planned For May 4th

john brown dayJohn Brown Lives! has announced “John Brown Day: A Day of Reflection. A Day of Action.” is set for May 4th, 2019 from 2 to 4 pm, at the John Brown Farm State Historic Site.

John Brown Day is a commemoration honoring women and men whose work invokes the passion and conviction of the 19th-century abolitionist who dedicated his life to the cause of liberation. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, April 21, 2019

Ticonderoga’s Legacy Subject of New Exhibit at Fort Ti

ticonderoga a historyFort Ticonderoga has announced a new exhibit, “Ticonderoga, A Legacy,” which explores the tradition of Ticonderoga through popular and military culture over two centuries, including the U.S. Navy vessels that have borne its name. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, April 20, 2019

Can North America’s Favorite Birds Drive Conservation Interest?

Boreal Owl Cross-referencing a decade of Google searches and citizen science observations, researchers say they have identified which of 621 North American bird species are currently the most popular and which characteristics of species drive human interest. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, April 20, 2019

Rogers Rangers Movie Night in Ticonderoga

Northwest Passage Walter Brennan Spencer Tracy Robert YoungThe Ticonderoga Historical Society is set to open its 2019 free movie series with a showing of the classic Spencer Tracy film Northwest Passage on April 26th.

The 1940 early Technicolor film is based on the 1937 best-selling historical novel by the same name, authored by Kenneth Roberts, from a serialized version that had previously run in the Saturday Evening Post.  The film is set along the  New York and New Hampshire frontier during the French and Indian War including at Crown Point, Lake Champlain, and the Connecticut Valley.

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Poetry: Memory by Intinction — Siamese Ponds Wilderness

Again this early morning
I leave the kitchen light off
as I eat my cold cereal with milk
to re-mind me of our long ago
days at our Adirondack cabin
that promised an imminent
fishing trip to the backwoods
with each year’s hoped-for surprise
finds of new beaver work there
thrilling to Trout’s tug on our line
in this communion of the saints
my brother Matt holds the chalice
and then produces the bread
from his shoulder-slung creel.

Read More Poems From The Adirondack Almanack HERE.


Friday, April 19, 2019

Featured Trail: Belfry Mountain Fire Tower, Moriah

belfry mountain Belfry Mountain Fire Tower, part of the Hammond Pond Wild Forest, extends 0.3 mile and climbs 120 feet on a service road to a fire tower on the 1,820-foot summit. This is considered by many the easiest hike to an Adirondack Fire Tower. » Continue Reading.


Friday, April 19, 2019

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Friday, April 19, 2019

NorthWind Fine Arts Juried Show Set For May

northwind fine artsNorthWind Fine Arts is set to host a reception for its 6th Annual Juried Art Show on Friday May 10, 2019, from 5 to 7 pm.  The show features the work of artists from across the region. » Continue Reading.


Friday, April 19, 2019

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, April 18, 2019

Some Old Adirondack Laws Were Nothing To Sneeze At

For a long time now, my youngest son has operated a research laboratory in Singapore. Moving there from America was quite the culture shock, but he was clearly impressed with how clean everything was, a result of many laws that we in the US would consider overbearing. He remains very respectful of the culture there and wouldn’t joke about some of their laws, including one reinforced by signs in and near elevators: No Urinating in Lifts. For me, it instantly begs the question: was this common enough to merit a statute?

But before we scoff at the rules in other countries, consider a few of our own from right here in the Adirondacks. A foray into my vault of odd items culled from the pages of old regional newspapers yields a few similar gems. » Continue Reading.