The Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council (LARAC) has announced a special event featuring Stewards of the Water, a book composed and published by the Assembly Point Water Quality Coalition. The event will take place on Saturday, September 10 from noon to 2 p.m. at LARAC, located at 7 Lapham Place in Glens Falls. The LARAC is also currently highlighting an extensive art exhibit by water colorist, Tom Ryan, who illustrated Stewards of the Water. Several authors of the book will discuss the various impacts of 170 years of environmental activism on Lake George.
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2022 Adirondack Wine & Food Festival returned to sold-out crowd
LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. – The 2022 Adirondack Wine & Food Festival returned after a 2-year hiatus due to COVID, with over 6,800 people in attendance and an estimated $4.1 million economic impact on the Greater Lake George Region.
The sixth-annual family-friendly wine and food spectacular sold out with over 4,000 attendees on Saturday, June 25, despite a weekend of unusually high temperatures.
“After two years off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we weren’t sure what to expect; so we were thrilled when we sold out Saturday before the weekend hit, especially considering the 90 plus degree temps we had,” said Sasha Pardy, festival owner and co-owner of the Adirondack Winery (Presenting Sponsor) in Lake George. “I am so proud of the impact this event has on the economy of the Lake George region and our small family-owned producer vendors. I am looking forward to doing it bigger and better yet again next year!”
Lake George Association to host Aquatic Invasive Species Monitoring event Aug. 19-21
All are encouraged to gain hands-on experience monitoring aquatic invasive species of the Adirondacks during a Lake George Association (LGA)-sponsored Citizen Scientist event this weekend, August 19-21. The event tasks residents with monitoring a specific area of Lake George for a few invasive plants and shellfish. The monitoring can be done by swim, snorkel, kayak, boat, etc.
Lake George Music Festival to run August 10-18
Lake George, NY – Orchestral and chamber music performances are accompanied by breathtaking views of Lake George and the Adirondack Mountains during the 2022 Lake George Music Festival (LGMF) – August 10-18. The festival returns to the historic Fort William Henry Carriage House Theatre and features a diverse musical lineup, showcasing the versatility of more than 30 World-Class Symphony musicians as they perform music ranging from cherished legendary masterworks to new works.
Single tickets are available for purchase at the door for $20.
Lake George update
Lake George Park commissioners today got an update on a pair of initiatives that could have a major impact on the future of the lake.
A set of draft regulations to create a new septic inspection program around the lake is awaiting state approval before going up for public comments in the coming weeks. The proposed rules would establish a requirement that thousands of homes near the lake and its tributaries submit to a septic pump and inspection every few years.
Commission officials said they expected to be holding public hearings on the septic rules sometime this fall, possibly in October. The park commission will host a public information session on the program early next month.
Allison Gaddy, a senior planner with the Lake Champlain Lake George Regional Planning Board also updated the park commission on a forthcoming Lake George Watershed Plan. The plan will include an assessment of existing local ordinances, codes and planning documents, as well as an overall review of the condition of the lake, surrounding natural areas and development. It covers a range of issues, including septic issues, land acquisition and conservation, invasive species, climate resiliency, road salt impacts and more.
Focused on water quality, the plan will also outline proposed projects around the lake, providing a source of ideas for future grant applications.
Gaddy said a draft could be available to the public as soon as August or in the next couple of months. The public will have a chance to offer comments on the plan.
Also: the commission’s annual boat steward program has seen a slight uptick in boater contacts compared to the same time last year and has intercepted over 100 instances of invasive species, including two quagga mussels, which have not yet established in Lake George.
I will keep an eye out for more details on all of these topics.
- A look inside the Bible camp that calls a Schroon Lake island home.
- Avian flu has caused the death of nearly 20 eagles across the state.
Photo: The Clark Hollow Bay property in Putnam as seen from Lake George. Provided by Lake George Land Conservancy
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Teen pens book about Lake George’s Dome Island
History buffs, help is on the way!
I am eager to promote a book that has just been published, about Dome Island at Lake George, by Noah Chirnomas, a young man from New Jersey. About two years ago, the then sixteen-year-old contacted me (way down here in North Carolina) to see if I might be willing to help him write a book about John Apperson, Dome Island and Lake George. I am so glad I said “yes!”
ADK sells Member Services Center building, relocates operations
July 19, 2022 — Lake George, NY — The Adirondack Mountain Club has finalized the sale of its Member Services Center building to FISH307.com for $800,000. Located at 814 Goggins Road in Lake George, the property served as ADK’s headquarters for over 30 years.
Part of the sale includes a one-year lease allowing ADK to move its Member Services Center staff and operations into FISH307.com’s current location at 6 State Route 149 in Lake George. Just as it did at Goggins Road, ADK will provide retail, visitor information, and support services for members and donors at the new location.
The Sembrich to Host Children’s Opera, The Three Bears, on July 20
BOLTON LANDING – The Sembrich brings Seagle Festival to the lakeshore for a live performance of the children’s opera The Three Bears by Jonathan Stinson on Wednesday, July 20 at 10 am.
“We are so excited to collaborate with Seagle Festival to create accessible performances for our youngest audiences,” said Director of Outreach Caleb Eick. “This year’s production of Stinson’s The Three Bears is a humorous new take on the original story that will entertain both children and adults in the audience.”
The production of The Three Bears is approximately 40 minutes long and will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience. The story follows the traditional fairy-tale with the added twist that Goldilocks is a homeless orphan. The show resonates with the principles of equality, fair-treatment, and empathy.
Live Music on the Shores of Lake George on Fridays, June 17- Sept. 2
Music enthusiasts of all ages are invited to enjoy live music on the shores of Lake George starting today, Friday, June 17 – Friday, September 2. “Fridays in Shepard Park” concert-goers can enjoy free live music from 6 – 9:30 p.m. The concert series is both kid-friendly and pet-friendly, and includes children’s activities such as a bounce house, a face painter, and an air brush artist.
See below for this year’s artists:
June 17 – Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra + Stony Creek Band
June 24 – Ten Most Wanted + Jacquelin Mignot and The Family Band
July 1 – Soul Session + Yellow Dog
July 8 – The Refrigerators + Jett Screamer
July 15 – New York Players + Tumblin Dice
July 22 – Grand Central Station + The Ultimates
August 5 – Skeeter Creek + Bluz House Rockers
August 12 – TS Ensemble + The Ultimates
August 26 – Vivid from Connecticut + Jonathan Newell Band
September 2 – Kick + The Schmooze
(Note: No concert on Friday, August 19.)
Shepard Park is located at Centennial Fountain, Canada St, Lake George, NY 12845.
Photo at top provided by Adirondack Arts & Entertainment.
Lake George: Adirondack Wine & Food Festival set for June 25 and 26
The Adirondack Wine & Food Festival will be held on Saturday, June 25, 11 am – 6 pm and Sunday, June 26 11 am – 5 pm at Charles R. Wood Festival Commons in Lake George, NY (Charles R. Wood Park,17 W Brook Rd, Lake George.) This year’s event will showcase over 120 of New York’s best wineries, breweries, distilleries, artisan food vendors, crafts, and food trucks the region has to offer, with the beauty of Lake George as its backdrop.
With a tasting ticket,which can be purchased online here, attendees use their souvenir wine glasses to sample wines, beers, spirits, ciders, and unique food products from a variety of vendors in a farmer’s market-style set-up. All vendors will also be selling their products for people to take home and the festival makes that easy by providing a purchase drop-off/pick-up tent for attendees to utilize. Food trucks will also be offering unique food selections at a-la-carte pricing.
Lake George Association Launches Bay-by-Bay Lake Protection Events
LAKE GEORGE – With the water quality threats facing Lake George varying in type and intensity at different points along its 32-mile length, the Lake George Association (LGA) is presenting a series of educational programs to help property owners understand what’s ailing the water quality in their neighborhood and what they can do to help. The LGA’s 2022 Bay-by-Bay Summer Event Series will kick off on Tuesday, June 14, and Wednesday, June 15 at Warner Bay in the town of Queensbury.
A walking tour will be held on June 14 beginning at 4 p.m. This one-hour tour will introduce the priority issues facing the Bay. Attendance is limited to 12 participants and registration is required. The starting location for the tour will be provided upon registration. On Wednesday, June 15, from 4-6 p.m. at the North Queensbury Fire House, the LGA will present a detailed presentation on the greatest threats facing Warner Bay and provide specific guidance on actions residential and commercial property owners can take on their properties as Lake Protectors to safeguard water quality.
Upcoming events provide insight into what lake stewardship means today
Upcoming events provide insight into what lake stewardship means today
Organizations around Lake George will host a series of events throughout the summer of 2022 to celebrate the launch of “Stewards of the Water,” a book that showcases the work of the people and organizations – past and present – whose focus was and is on protecting the crystal-clear waters of Lake George. The book’s 10 chapters were written by a variety of authors with subject matter expertise on the chapter’s topic. Local artist Tom Ryan created stunning individual watercolors for each of the chapters as well as for the front and back covers of the book.
New Visitor Interpretive Center Opens in Lake George Battlefield Park
On Wednesday, May 25, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced the opening of the new Lake George Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) at 75 Fort George Road in Lake George. The new facility will enhance the visitor experience at DEC’s Lake George Battlefield Park and also serve as the new headquarters for the Lake George Park Commission.
“DEC and our partners at the Lake George Battlefield Park Alliance are dedicated to preserving the beauty and history of Lake George through interpretive work and public education,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said. “The VIC will provide park visitors with a welcoming and inclusive space that guides them on a historical journey through artifacts and interpretive displays. Bringing DEC, the Lake George Battlefield Park Alliance, and the Lake George Park Commission under one roof demonstrates the close partnerships working together to improve visitor education, recreation, and conservation in this environmentally unique and historic region of New York.”
Lake George groups at odds over milfoil plan
The Lake George Association last week made good on its promise to explore all options for blocking the planned use of an aquatic herbicide on Lake George.
The nation’s oldest lake association – along with Lake George Waterkeeper Chris Navitsky, the Town of Hague and a shoreline resident – sued Thursday to stop the herbicide plan. In its petition, the association took aim at the process that led to permit approvals by the Department of Environmental Conservation and Adirondack Park Agency, arguing the agencies failed to consider important concerns raised by the public. The suit accuses the state agencies of “behind the scenes decision-making” to rush the plan to approval.
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Judge blocks Lake George herbicide plan, for now
No chemical herbicide will be used in Lake George this summer, but the fate of the Lake George Park Commission’s plan to do so is still up in the air.
A Warren County judge on Monday sided with the Lake George Association and others challenging the park commission’s plan to treat invasive watermilfoil with one of the few EPA-approved aquatic herbicides on the market. The judge granted a preliminary injunction that bars the park commission from using the herbicide until a lawsuit brought by the lake association can be resolved.
The judge agreed with the association’s lawyer who argued the herbicide plan could be delayed without impacting the current state of the lake, but if the commission was allowed to carry out its plan, any outcome of the lawsuit would be meaningless. Next step in the case: a conference later this month to come up with a briefing schedule.
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