One of my favorite places to go no matter the weather is Adirondack Experience (ADKX), the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake. Though Cabin Fever lectures and special ADKX holiday store hours were available throughout the winter months, the ADKX is will be open daily from Friday, May 25 to October 14, 10 am to 5 pm, for the 2018 season.
The 19,000 square-foot “Life in the Adirondacks” exhibition explores what it is to settle, work, and live in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts has announced the line-up for its 2018 Adirondack Lakes Summer Theatre Festival.
This year the touring festival will feature the romantic comedy Talley’s Folly; free outdoor performances of its Shakespeare in the Parks production, Much Ado About Nothing; and Seussical: The Musical. » Continue Reading.
Among the exhibitions worth visiting in our area this summer is one I’m especially interested in seeing: the Shelburne Museum’s “Playing Cowboy: America’s Wild West Shows,” an exploration of the manifold ways in which William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody and other Wild West characters influenced American popular culture well into the 20th century.
And not because I’m particularly or even remotely interested in the American west, wild or otherwise.
In the summer of 2017 the League of Extraordinary Adirondack Gentlemen (LEAG) held their annual camp-out at Great Camp Santanoni on Newcomb Lake.
I met there, for the first time, a gentleman new to the group. As a result of this meeting, he and I decided to expand our friendship and paddle the Eckford Chain: Raquette, Utowana, Eagle, and Blue Mountain lakes.
We set out one fine August morning from Raquette Lake, crossed the lake, and proceeded up the Marion River, through the carry, putting back in at the Utowana dock, continuing through Utowana Lake into Eagle Lake, and then into Blue Mountain Lake and pulled-out at the Blue Mountain beach.
Our conversation (and questions) turned to the name Eckford Chain of Lakes. » Continue Reading.
My grandfather Robert G. Stehlin lived on Durant Road until he died in 1974. Living in Blue Mountain Lake was a very spiritual experience for my ‘Pop’ after having grown up in Brooklyn and Long Island most of his life.
Going through his letters and journals which he wrote while living on Durant Road I often hear, in his words, “a more meaningful way of living.”
There are a thousand little moments preserved in his journals in which he writes about the birds and other animals he encountered at his feeders, or out in the woods, and the people he met, that are hints of the joy he got from living in Blue Mountain Lake. Below are a sampling of his notes: » Continue Reading.
If the weather is too cold, or the family is just looking for some interesting entertainment, one place we always put on the schedule is the Adirondack Experience’s (ADKX) winter Cabin Fever Sunday series. These lectures are reasonably priced with topics to keep both tweens, teens, and adults interested.
This Sunday, January 7, kicks off the bi-monthly series that reflects on the history of the Adirondacks. Though there isn’t a set theme to the complete series, there is always a connection to the mission of the formerly named Adirondack Museum. » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts will once again welcome local instructor, historian, and artisan Hallie Bond to teach participants how to make a fresh balsam wreath and a 4-foot to 6-foot length of garland on Saturday, December 2, 2017, from 1 to 4 pm.
Participants are asked to bring a wire hangar and garden scissors or snippers to the class. In addition, feel free to bring special ribbon or adornments to add a festive and personal touch to your wreath or garland. » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts will present 1984 by George Orwell, adapted for the stage by Michael Gene Sullivan. Pendragon Theatre will be presenting this stage adaptation at the Arts Center on Saturday, October 14 at 7:30 pm.
The adaptation, by Michael Gene Sullivan, based on the iconic novel by George Orwell, tells the story of Winston Smith, a cog in the giant machine state of Oceania. Physically and mentally under the omnipresent eye of Big Brother, Winston has been caught struggling for scraps of love and freedom in a world awash with distrust and violence. With the brutal “help” of four Party Members, Winston is forced to confess his Thoughtcrimes before an unseen inquisitor, and the audience – which acts as a silent witness to his torture. This adaptation is not the version currently on Broadway which has been gathering much attention due to torture scenes causing unpleasant physical reactions from audiences. » Continue Reading.
On August 27, the Blue Lake community will come together to celebrate a time when guests arrived by steamer, stage coach, and train to spend summers in their idyllic Adirondack town. In 1882, the original flotilla glided from the shores of Prospect Point House to the sounds of a cannon salute and orchestra while Chinese lanterns showed the way. Now, 135 years later, Prospect Point Cottages is welcoming all antique and non-motorized boats to participate in a similar flotilla for a glimpse back to the Adirondack’s Gilded Age.
According to Prospect Point Cottages owner and Blue Mountain Lake Flotilla organizer David Oestreicher credits the idea to recreate the Blue Mountain Lake Flotilla to his mother. Though she presented the idea over 25 years ago, the timing just didn’t seem to fit. Now, 135 years after the original event, the enthusiasm to recreate the flotilla is palpable. » Continue Reading.
This weekend, August 11-12th, visitors to the Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake will hold its annual American Mountain Men weekend, exploring life in the wilderness in the early 19th century.
During this event, visitors will experience demonstrations of firearm and bow shooting, tomahawk and knife throwing, fire starting, campfire cooking, and more, alongside educational interpreters in period dress with tents and tipis pitched throughout the museum’s 121-acre campus. » Continue Reading.
For the third year, the Blue Mountain Lake Association will be hosting racers of the BluMouLA BuFuRa along the beautiful shores of Blue Mountain, Eagle, and Utowama lakes. This community event pulls together paddlers of all levels and abilities for three races of various lengths. The 14-mile, 7-mile, and a 1.5-mile courses direct participants throughout the bays and channels of the three bodies of water.
According to Blue Mountain Lake Association Race Organizer Andy Coney, the race is open to any canoes, kayaks, guideboats, SUPS and shells. There has even been a war canoe in past events. Registration begins at the Blue Mountain Fire Station on July 30 between 8:30- 10 am with a mass 10:30 am start across the street, at the Blue Mountain Lake town beach. » Continue Reading.
There are still open spots in the Northern Forest Explorers program, which sends children aged 10-14 years old on 5-day paddling trips in the Adirondacks. Partial and full scholarships are given to children who cannot afford the cost ($500) of the trip.
The Adirondack trips are organized by Raquette River Outfitters in Tupper Lake, in collaboration with the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Participating children are provided all of the essential camping and paddling gear. » Continue Reading.
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