Posts Tagged ‘Holidays’

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Sad Final Days of Samuel Coplon, Adirondacks’ Santa Claus

If you followed the story of Samuel Coplon, Santa Claus of the Adirondacks, which appeared here during the past several weeks, you know he was a remarkably caring and giving man dedicated to making Christmas a special time for many needy children and adults in the Adirondacks.

For more than a quarter century, he bought numerous gifts and collected thousands more from friends and clients (Sam was a salesman representing several toy distributors), packed and shipped them to North Creek at his own expense, and traveled north to distribute them just before Christmas Day.

The story ended when Samuel, struggling with health issues in his late fifties, was forced to retire from the Santa Claus business, but left a wonderful legacy of charity and Christmas joy.  Sam lived for another twelve years after the Christmas trips to the Adirondacks came to a halt in the 1930s. It’s sad but true that his life ended under unfortunate and undeserved circumstances. To a degree, his good name and reputation were tainted amid lurid national and international headlines related to the activities of one of his children. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Santa Claus Sam’s Adirondack Gift Giving

In 1930, Sam Coplon, the Santa Claus of the Adirondacks, was doing well financially but was by no means wealthy. The house he owned in Brooklyn was worth the equivalent of $230k in 2017, and served as home to his wife Rebecca, son Bertram (13), and daughter Judith (8), along with Rebecca’s mother and sister.

As he did each year, Samuel gathered a huge collection of Christmas gifts that winter and personally bore the cost of shipping them to North Creek. In previous seasons, this constituted upwards of 30 large crates or containers, a number that would soon increase. His employer and several of their clients donated toys and games at Sam’s behest, adding to the joy of children in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, December 21, 2017

Remember Food Pantries This Holiday Season

I am all about shopping local. I always look for a local version rather than shopping online. That doesn’t mean that the UPS truck hasn’t made regular stops at my house. It does mean that when my children ask me what I want, I always opt for an experience or an item from a downtown Adirondack shop.

We have found that gifts that add meaning can be as simple as donating food to a local food pantry. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Colton Getting Ready for Winterfest, Jan 25-28

colton rememberance trees The 2018 Town of Colton Winterfest Weekend will be held January 25-28 with the theme ‘Colton Kicks on Route 56’ drawing attention to the variety of outdoor and indoor activities which help people stay physically and mentally active throughout winter.

This year, as in previous years, a number of festival activities are planned to benefit the Neighborhood Center serving Colton, Pierrepont, and Parishville.

Lead up activities include lighting Remembrance Trees, painting barn quilts, sharing history, and kicking off fund raising activities to benefit the Neighborhood Center. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Whallonsburg Grange Holiday Market Dec 16th

Whallonsburg Grange HallThe Whallonsburg Grange Hall in Essex, have invited the public to its annual Holiday Market on Saturday, December 16 from 1 to 4 pm.

Fifteen local farms and food producers will have booths selling produce, fresh breads, meats, cheeses, jams and jellies, maple syrup, pickles, pies, candy and more. » Continue Reading.


Monday, December 11, 2017

DEC’s 41st Annual Children’s Holiday Party in Ray Brook

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will host its 41st Annual Children’s Holiday Party on Monday, December 18, from 2:30 to 4 pm in the lobby of the DEC Regional Office in Ray Brook.

DEC holds this event for the enjoyment of children in the community. Santa Claus and Smokey Bear will both make appearances at the festivities and Santa will listen to the children’s wishes and hand out presents. Santa’s elves will also hand out balloons and paint faces. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Lake Placid’s Holiday Stroll December 8-10

Lake Placid Holiday Stroll Adirondack Family TimeThere is always so much to do during the holidays. I sometimes feel bombarded by ads and discounts and need to ground myself with some holiday spirit.

Christmas spirit has been plentiful around the Adirondacks and this weekend is no different as Santa visits the Adirondack High Peaks. The Lake Placid Holiday Stroll – Friday through Sunday, December 8-10 – not only provides ample opportunity to finish the holiday shopping, but also offers a weekend of fun family-friendly activities. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Buy Local Christmas Trees, Support Local Growers

Christmas Tree PlantationChristmas trees can be seen everywhere during the holiday season. And, because of this, we often think of Christmas tree farming as a seasonal business, which it certainly isn’t.

To be successful, year-round management and maintenance are needed. And the work is often labor-intensive, and/or needing to be completed under adverse weather conditions. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Long Lake-Raquette Lake Holiday Lights Contest

Long Lake Diner - Winner Business Lights Contest 2016The Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the 2017 Holiday Decorating Contest for both communities of Long Lake and Raquette Lake.

In Long Lake judging will take place on Wednesday, December 20th between dusk and 9 pm. Participants must have their displays lit up during the judging period. Sign up’s are not required, but strongly recommended. Winners will be announced at the Seniors Luncheon on Thursday, December 21st at the Long Lake Town Hall. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christmas Comes Early in the Central Adirondacks

It’s a Turkey Trot here and a Turkey Trot there, but in the Central Adirondacks Santa and Mrs. Claus make it all about shopping local. Long before Small Business Saturday, Old Forge and Inlet’s Christmas on Main and Indian Lake’s A Country Christmas Tour provided a Thanksgiving holiday celebrating its unique Adirondack shops as well as a weekend of family-friendly activities.

According to Mike Farmer, Director of Publicity for the Town of Webb, there are a couple of big additions to Old Forge’s already packed schedule of events. If children forget to make their Christmas list, there are two red mailboxes, one at the Webb Visitor’s Center and another at Pointe Park, at the ready. Postcards are also on hand to jot down any last minute ideas. The Central Adirondacks Association purchased and renovated an old-fashioned sleigh so Santa will be arriving in style. For the first year, 60 area businesses contributed items for a holiday raffle basket. Shoppers spending $10 or more in participating stores will receive a ticket for a chance to win gifts ranging from motel stays to whitetail deer antlers. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Wreath and Garland Making Workshop at Arts Center

balsam wreaths 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.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Long and Raquette Lakes Holiday Craft Classes Offered

 Photo of Helen Kentile from Long Lake Balsam Class, photo by Cindy BlackThe Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department will be offering two Wreath and Balsam Workshops with Cindy Black. Workshops will be offered Monday, November 20th, 2017, 6 pm at the Raquette Lake School and Monday, November 27th, 2017, 7 pm at the Long Lake Town Hall at 1204 Main Street.

Project cost will depend on materials used. Balsam, tools, wire, ribbon, and decorative embellishments will be available. Participants are invited to bring their own items to add to their project. Balsam bows were collected by the Long Lake and Raquette Lake Highway Department to be used for the workshops. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Warrensburgh Holiday Wreath Sale Underway

holiday wreathAdirondack balsam wreaths are being sold by Warrensburgh Beautification Inc. in time to decorate for the Christmas in Warrensburgh celebration and the holiday season. The evergreen wreaths are guaranteed fresh, and decorated with locally harvested pinecones and a handcrafted red velvet bow. » Continue Reading.


Friday, December 30, 2016

First Night Celebrations To Ring In The New Year

There are so many different ways to ring in the new year. Each Adirondack town has special celebrations from Lake George cruises to Long Lake’s Little Bus festivities. There are even ski mountain extravaganzas like Oak Mountain’s Torch Light Parade or Titus Mountain’s free 1st Tracks Bash.

My family has always chosen to bring in the new year with a First Night Celebration in Saranac Lake or Saratoga Springs. Both events offer an alcohol-free, family-friendly tradition for welcoming in the new year. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, December 24, 2016

The Trees of Christmas

christmas treeYou picked it out, maybe cut it down, brought it home, watered it, and decorated it. But do you know what species of tree that is surrounded by presents in your living room?

If you purchased your Christmas tree rather than cutting it out of the woods, chances are it’s either a balsam fir (Abies balsamea) or a fraser fir (Abies fraseri) – these are the two species most commonly grown on Christmas tree farms in northern New England. Balsam fir is found naturally everywhere, from Alberta to Pennsylvania, and has the largest range of any North American fir species. It’s perhaps best known for its aroma – when people say they want a tree that smells like Christmas, they’re talking about a balsam. Fraser fir, native to the Appalachian Mountains, doesn’t have the same trademark scent, but it does have a little more visual flourish in the form of elegant blue-green needles with silvery-white undersides. » Continue Reading.