Posts Tagged ‘Blue Mountain Lake’

Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Events happening around the Adirondacks July 25-28

Up close photo of a calendar.

Here is a roundup of Adirondack-area events to help you plan the rest of your week. Whether you are looking to attend a concert, theatrical production, poetry reading, storytelling event, a festival, or a Moth Ball, there is sure to be an activity to appeal to a variety of interests. See below for details about several events happening around the Adirondack region from Thursday, July 25 through Sunday, July 28.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Concert Pianist Tony Siqi Yun’s Performance at ALCA Postponed

New York State arts organizations answered a survey by ArtsNYS on the need for capital funding. Pictured is the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake.
The Weekend Series performance by concert pianist Tony Siqi Yun at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (ALCA) in Blue Mountain Lake on Saturday, July 20, has been postponed. This concert will be held on a future date this summer or included in the 2025 Weekend Series lineup.
Tickets sold will be honored on the new date of the concert or otherwise refunded. The Arts Center requests that ticket holders and other potential concertgoers stay tuned for the new date.

The Arts Center is located at 3446 State Route 28, Blue Mountain Lake. For more information on events and programs, visit

Monday, July 8, 2024

1959 Canoe Trip: Old Forge to Blue Mountain Lake

Map, Old Forge to Blue Mountain Lake

Barbara and I were married in early June, 1958. For our first anniversary, we decided to take a canoe trip from Old Forge to Blue Mountain Lake. Even though I had spent six summers in the Adirondacks, I had never been there in May or June – black fly season.
Using telephone and mail, we reserved a canoe at a boat livery in Old Forge. We first drove to Blue Mountain Lake where we asked at the gas station at the intersection of NY routes 28 and 28N if we could leave our car in their parking lot for a few days. They were fine with that.

We then began hitchhiking back to Old Forge. It was a dreary day without many people around. A couple passed and indicated with their hands that they would like to pick us up, but their car was full. After a while, a man stopped and offered us a ride. As we headed south, we asked him if he knew the weather forecast. He turned on his radio but couldn’t get any reception. He pulled to the side of the road and asked me if I would put his antenna up. As I got out of the car, Barbara came piling out saying she would help me. She was sure he was planning on driving away with her in the car. I said I didn’t need any help.

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Monday, July 8, 2024

Original Blue Mountain Lake town sign to be included in Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts July 13 auction

Original Blue Mountain Lake town sign

Blue Mountain Lake, NY — The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (ALCA) recently announced its upcoming Open House & Auction is set for Saturday, July 13 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Guests are welcome to enjoy refreshments and sponsorship opportunities, plus a special presentation on 57 years (1967-present) of ALCA history. This presentation will feature Blue Mountain Lake photographs, documents, and other articles organized by Colgate fellow Eli Watson and the volunteers of ALCA’s History Project.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2024

ADKX to host Halfway in Hamilton event July 9 in celebration of 100th anniversary of Northville-Placid Trail

Two hikers on a trail

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Northville-Placid Trail (NPT), a 138-mile route that transverses the Adirondack Park, those who have hiked any part of the trail are invited to put on their best hiking apparel for a celebration and a once-in-100-years photo (with a goal of 138 hikers to mark all 138 miles!) at the Adirondack Experience (ADKX), which is located near the halfway mark of the trail in Hamilton County.

The NPT immerses hikers in adventure, wilderness, and history. The Halfway in Hamilton celebration includes a day of meaningful activities on Tuesday, July 9 that offer a connection to nature, the hiking community, and the history/memorable journeys along the NPT. Beginning at 10 am, participants can partake in a guided nature walk with Naturalist, Adirondack Guide, and author Ed Kanze and ADKX Collections Manager Doreen Alessi-Holmes along a section of the NPT in the Blue Mountain Wilderness Area.

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Thursday, June 20, 2024

Check out this list of summer concerts happening in communities around the Adirondacks

People listen to a lakefront concert

Ah, the summer concerts. Sitting on a blanket, or dancing barefoot in a park or other grassy setting, enjoying the company of those around you. As several towns around the Adirondack region are gearing up for the summer season, many have announced their summer outdoor concert series so you can plan ahead. See below for a roundup of Adirondack-area outdoor concerts.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts to kick off summer concert series tonight

Guitarist Paul Meyers

Blue Mountain Lake, NY— The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (ALCA) announces a brand-new lineup of concerts this summer for their popular Tuesdays@theAC series. On select Tuesday nights during the summer, the Arts Center will present music by a variety of local performers, including Paul Meyers, the Yod Squad, Ryan Leddick, Brock Gonyea, the McCarty Zito Duo, and the Schanzer/Speach Duo, all in a relaxed, fun atmosphere.

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Sunday, June 9, 2024

Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts announces galleries, workshops, & open mic/karaoke event

artwork of family and wild animals

Blue Mountain Lake, NY— The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (ALCA) announces upcoming events in the month of June upon reopening for the 2024 season. Visitors can enjoy a variety of artwork in our gallery spaces, featuring the work of collage artist Kiera Stasny, plus contributions from the Adirondack community in our annual Members Show. Visitors also have the opportunity to get involved with the return of an open mic/karaoke night happening Friday, June 14, followed by a special Monarch Festival workshop on Saturday, June 15. Information and registration for all Arts Center events can be found on our website at

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Monday, May 13, 2024

Adirondack Experience to open for the season on May 24

Blue Mountain Lake, NY — Adirondack Experience (ADKX) will open on May 24 for the 2024 season, inspiring visitors to learn and connect with all-things Adirondack, past and present. In addition to its expansive list of ongoing daily offerings, several new works of art – including, Cosmic Portal, a complex sculptural piece that measures 9’ by 6’ – will be on display in Artists & Inspiration in the Wild, which debuted in July 2023.

This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the completion of the Northville-Placid Trail (NPT), a 138-mile route that transverses Adirondack Park. To honor this milestone, the museum will launch its newest special exhibition, Trail Makers: 100 Years of the Northville-Placid Trail and offer daily programming and opportunities to connect hikers, history buffs, and those who simply treasure the region to come together to mark this anniversary in a personal way.

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Friday, April 12, 2024

Experiencing the eclipse at ADKX with friends, including an ADK first-timer

Two people wear eclipse glasses and hold up signs

My friends, Rosemary and David, joined me to view the eclipse from the ADKX in Blue Mountain Lake. Thankfully, we had an uneventful ride there. David lives in Williamstown, MA, and this was his first time in the Adirondacks. Rosemary had taken this ride with me before, so we pointed out lakes and landmarks, including Pig Rock. The only short congestion we encountered was at the intersection in Indian Lake. We made it to the museum and staked out a spot. It was a beautiful, sunny day. Museum staff were helpful and friendly, as were the guests around us.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Our guideboat heritage


A man works at a museum

Digitizing a boat collection

Adirondack Experience museum in Blue Mountain Lake maintains one of the most expansive and important collections of Adirondack guideboats anywhere.

It is working to digitize that collection through a process of creating 3-D models called photogrammetry. The models will enable anyone to access more details about the boats and enable researchers to examine how the boats evolved over time. How did boats differ from the Long Lake to Saranac Lake region? The 3-D models may reveal hints.

“The guideboat is really a supreme example of lightweight boat construction—of all wooden boat construction, anywhere,” Hallie Bond, who wrote the book on Adirondack boating, told me during a recent tour of the museum.

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Saturday, March 16, 2024

ADKX Announces 2024 Harold K. Hochschild Award Recipients

Blue Mountain Lake, NY – The Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX), will celebrate its annual Benefit Gala & Harold K. Hochschild Award ceremony on Sat., July 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., under the stars at the museum in the heart of the Adirondacks. This yearly celebration and fundraiser highlight the organization’s service to the Adirondack community and honor the Harold K. Hochschild Award recipient. This award, given annually to a different recipient, is dedicated to the memory of the museum’s founder, whose passion for the Adirondacks, its people, and environment inspired him to create the museum and establish the Adirondack Park Agency (APA). The 2024 award recipients are Lee and Nancy Keet and the Cloudsplitter Foundation.  » Continue Reading.

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Blue Mt. Lake Assoc. awarded grant to fight milfoil

The Blue Mountain Lake Association announced  a grant award totalling $60,000 over three years by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to support its project to eliminate Variable Leaf Milfoil, a highly aggressive aquatic invasive species, from Utowana Lake, and to prevent its spread throughout the Eckford Chain of lakes. 

The Blue Mountain Lake Association is grateful to be one of 43 recipients in this statewide investment to provide critical support to address negative impacts of aquatic and terrestrial invasive species on New York State’s natural resources, economy, and communities. These grants are part of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Invasive Species Grant Program, which provides funding for aquatic and terrestrial invasive species spread prevention, early detection and rapid response, lake management planning, research, and education and outreach. 

The Blue Mountain Lake Association oversees efforts to promote the long-term health of all three lakes in The Eckford Chain (Blue Mountain Lake, Eagle Lake and Utowana Lake). In 2020, when Variable Leaf Milfoil (VLM) was first discovered in Utowana Lake, The BMLA acted decisively, quickly raising an unprecedented $150,000 to stop VLM from spreading further into the Eckford Chain. Experts were hired to begin hand-harvesting VLM from Utowana using scuba equipment in order to stop its spread. Initially, 400 gallons of VLM were harvested. By 2023, that number was down to 36 gallons – a testament to The BMLA’s vigilance against VLM in its waters. With the support of additional funds from New York State, The BMLA is seeking to eradicate VLM from Utowana while continuing to monitor all three lakes in the Eckford Chain for aquatic invasive species.

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

ALCA awarded $415,500 in NYSCA funding

ALCA logo

Blue Mountain Lake, NY –  The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (ALCA) is pleased to announce that the arts non-profit received $415,500 for calendar year 2024 from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). Of that amount, $19,000 will go to funding projects by two individual artists, and $285,000 will be distributed by ALCA throughout the Quad-County region of Hamilton, Franklin, Clinton, and Essex counties through the Statewide Community Regrants (SCR) program to support 2024 arts programming. Grants are project-based, community-focused, and can represent any artistic discipline. » Continue Reading.

Saturday, January 6, 2024

ADKX event roundup, photography Zoom presentation Jan. 8

Adirondack Experience museum in winter

Blue Mountain Lake, NY- Those at Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX) have a series of online and in-person events on the docket for 2024, including an Adirondack Photographers, 1850 – 1950 program led by author Sally Svenson via Zoom webinar on the evening of Monday, January 8. ADKX will also be celebrating the total solar eclipse on campus in April and will offer fun and educational members-only programs throughout the year as well as popular flagship events such as FallFest, Mushroom Mania, and more. ADKX intends to reopen its doors for the regular season on May 24, 2024.

Please see below for a sample of what is in store for the next couple months.

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