The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) is accepting public comment for a proposed amendment to the Hammond Pond Wild Forest and Port Henry Boat Launch Unit Management Plan.
The plan covers nearly 50,000 acres of Wild Forest designated “forever wild” Adirondack Forest Preserve land and includes a segment of the interstate North Country Scenic Trail and a controversial boat launch on Eagle Lake on Route 74 west of Ticonderoga.
The Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA) has published a full-color map of more than 75 miles of moutain-bike trails in Saranac Lake, Lake Placid, Wilmington, and Elizabethtown.
In all, the map shows trail networks in 10 locations: Mount Pisgah and Dewey Mountain in Saranac Lake; Brewster Peninsula, Henry’s Woods, and the woods near the Lake Placid Club and Craig Wood golf course in Lake Placid; the Flume and Hardy Road trails in Wilmington; and Blueberry Hill and Otis Mountain in Elizabethtown. » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack History Museum is set to open for the 2018 season on Saturday, May 26th with a seasonal exhibit reflecting on World War One and a new permanent exhibit, Hiking in the Adirondack High Peaks.
The exhibit, Over There: Local Boys Go to War, examines the impact of World War I on the men of the Adirondacks. The exhibit features local stories and experiences presented through photographs, artifacts, and ephemera. » Continue Reading.
The Blueberry Hill Trails are located in the town of Elizabethtown on town-owned lands. Part of the Champlain Area Trails, the trail system provides trails for snowshoeing, skiing, and snowmobiling in the winter and hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding in the other seasons. A lean-to provides outstanding views of the Giant Mountain Wilderness. There are several other viewing areas within the trail system that are quite rewarding. A sugarhouse and a small cabin are also found on the property. » Continue Reading.
The 63rd Annual Greens Tea, presented by the Elizabethtown-Westport Garden Club, will take place on Friday, December 1st, at the UCC Parish Hall, 7580 Court Street, Elizabethtown, from 11 am to 2 pm.
A light luncheon of soup, sandwiches and dessert will be served from 11:30 am to 1 pm, for a cost of $6. One of the highlights of the holiday sale is decorated wreaths, which are priced at $25. Wreaths sell out quickly, so people are encouraged to arrive early. Holiday crafts and gifts sold by local vendors provide additional gift giving selections. » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack History Museum will conclude its summer lecture series with “Tales from the Black Woods” with Amy Godine on Thursday, September 7.
Godine’s lecture explores Essex County stories that underscore the deep appeal of land ownership and farming for black families before the Civil War, and celebrates the richness of the 19th-century black Adirondack experience.
I am a firm believer in the celebrated “Ten Essentials” that every hiker should carry in his pack when he sallies forth into the bush — which for me generally amounts to a map, a compass and eight Advil. Of course the list of essentials includes a lot of other stuff, as well, and is readily searchable online.
It’s good to be aware of the list because you never know about weather, you never know about a bad step on a rock, you never know when you are going to need a little extra gas in the tank and, well, you just never know. It’s amazing to me how just a few steps off a well-beaten path can leave you feeling just as lost as Fred Noonan over the South Pacific.
But we all backslide a bit. I frequently fail to carry Essential #10, Emergency Shelter on a two-mile out-and- back to Baker Mountain. But within reason I’m pretty good about it, partly out of prudence, partly because I don’t want to get “that look” from other hikers on the trail, the one that says “Look Carol, he is wearing COTTON. To the STAKE with him.” » Continue Reading.
On Friday, April 7th and Saturday, April 8th at 7 pm, Piano By Nature in Elizabethtown will host Vermont Singer-Songwriter Gregory Douglass in two concerts.
These concerts are a foray into new territory for a concert series that for nine years has been primarily classical and jazz-based. Gregory Douglass is an internationally renowned independent musician with eight critically acclaimed albums. Douglass has sold over 75,000 songs digitally on his own and his videos have amounted to over 600,000 views on Youtube alone. His music videos have charted numerous times on MTV Network’s LOGO TV. Douglass was a finalist in the 2011 Mountain Stage NewSong Competition and won Yobi.tv’s “New Stage” competition, an original web series starring Jersey Shore’s Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino. » Continue Reading.
Five Adirondack communities have received $7.4 million in grants on top of $13.16 million in loans to complete clean water programs to treat their wastewater and provide pure drinking water to their residents from the state’s Water Infrastructure Improvement Act (WIIA).
Counting the $2.5 million in funding for Willsboro and Saranac Lake in last year’s budget, the WIIA has brought nearly $10 million to Adirondack communities since it was created in 2015. » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack History Museum in Elizabethtown celebrates the place of art in Adirondack life with its 2016 Season, “Art: Then & Now.”
Staff and volunteers spent the off season preparing to open the Rosenberg Gallery on the second floor of the museum, named in honor of James N. Rosenberg.
The project was the brain child of museum board member Steve Shepstone who together with his wife Melissa, and fellow board member Sharp Swan, designed the gallery and performed much of the labor. The museum plans to have at least two shows a year, highlighting a wide variety of art. » Continue Reading.
The Champlain Area Trail Society (CATS) and Pok-o-MacCready Camps have joined together to present two Survival Skills courses on Saturday, December 12, 2015. The courses will be taught by a Pok-o-MacCready instructor on the Blueberry Hill Trail System in Elizabethtown.
“We want people to feel comfortable when they hike and explore new places,” CATS executive director Chris Maron said in a statement announcing the courses. “Our trails are pretty well-marked and with the new hiking opportunities in the Champlain Valley, being prepared will lead more people to visit the new trails.” » Continue Reading.
As colorful nicknames go, Bloody Bill is tough to beat. It belongs to a number of bad guys, and one very good guy – Bloody Bill Higby, born in Willsboro 202 years ago.
After attending local schools and working on the family farm, he found employment in the iron and lumber business. Higby then enrolled in the Essex County Academy at Westport and went on to graduate from the University of Vermont. After studying law, he began practicing in Elizabethtown in 1847. Three years later, nearing the age of 40, he felt the call of the West amid dreams of striking it rich in California’s gold mines. » Continue Reading.
Regional traditions, from Authors’ Night in Long Lake to small-town fairs and church dinners, are part of what makes rural life fun. There’s a financial component for sure, but such social gatherings capture a feeling of community that’s elusive in more populated areas. Eighty years ago, Elizabethtown in Essex County hosted the launch of a unique event that fit the mold perfectly: Dicker Days.
Town leaders actually turned down the idea, so it was hosted in Elizabethtown, but was the brainchild of Margaret Adams, whose persistence and resources made it a success. » Continue Reading.
Car enthusiasts will be on hand displaying muscle cars, vintage roadsters, hot rods and more at the Adirondack History Museum’s 4th Annual Antique and Classic Car Show on Saturday, June 13th from 10 am to 3 pm. These vintage cars will be exhibited on the museum grounds behind the pavilion off Hand Avenue in Elizabethtown. Admission is free. » Continue Reading.
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