Community Christmas trees are an American tradition that bring people together regardless of income, faith, political persuasion, or pretty much anything that divides us. Whether sponsored by a city, town, church, or civic organization, community trees are placed in an outdoor public setting for anyone to enjoy.
It’s a rare treat to share something so nonpartisan: whatever you might personally like about the holidays is what you’ll take away from viewing the tree or sharing in song and merrymaking with fellow citizens. And it’s nice to know that America’s first community Christmas tree, the one that spawned a movement still going strong more than a century later, was an Adirondack balsam. » Continue Reading.
Thursday may be Thanksgiving, but from Speculator to Indian Lake, Christmas bells will be ringing a bit early and providing activities and family fun that is uniquely Adirondack.
With Reindeer Runs and Victorian carolers, as well as local artisans and delicious food, the towns of Speculator, Indian Lake, Inlet, and Old Forge are making sure everyone can celebrate the season in style. » Continue Reading.
View Arts Center in Old Forge is set to host an opening reception for its newest exhibition, All Creatures Great and Small: Three Masters Three Mediums, on Friday November 30th from 5 to 7 pm. The exhibition features Allen Blagden, Al Jordan, and Larry Master.
This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments and food will be served, including a Pad Thai vegetable and chicken station with Great Pines’ chef David Haick. There will also be live wood carving in the courtyard by John Fillman of The Beaver Lodge. » Continue Reading.
The Rev. John G. Fitzgerald, or “Father Fitz,” as he was known to contemporaries, was the first resident Roman Catholic priest in Old Forge. He is fondly remembered as a missionary to the widely scattered working people of the region and as a prolific builder of churches. His obituary in 1925 and local histories rightly focus on his time in Old Forge, but Father Fitzgerald had a significant career prior to that. His early assignments reveal a resourceful and energetic clergyman who made an impact across the Adirondacks and North Country. He served the people of northern New York State for a total of 49 years providing faith, culture, and kindness.
John Gerald Fitzgerald was probably born November 19, 1850 in Deptford, Kent, England (now part of Greater London). His parents, Patrick Fitzgerald and Joanna O’Connor, were both born in Ireland. John was educated in Catholic schools in England, namely: Blackheath; Sedgley Park in Wolverhampton; and St. Edmund’s in Ware, Hertfordshire. Records from St. Edmund’s show that a John Fitzgerald attended the school from 1868 until 1871. Soon after, John emigrated to the United States where he attended St. Joseph’s Provincial Seminary in Troy, NY. He was sponsored by the recently established Diocese of Ogdensburg. At seminary, John served as choirmaster and developed what would become a lifelong interest in music. He was ordained at Troy by Bishop Bernard J. McQuaid of Rochester on June 10, 1876. » Continue Reading.
Old Forge is set to celebrate Labor Day on Sunday, September 2nd with the running of a duck derby, a free concert on the lakefront, a car raffle, and fireworks.
The star of Sunday’s line-up is the Central Adirondack Association (CAA) raffle, which features a new 2018 Ford Mustang as grand prize, and 10 cash prizes, from $10,000 to $500. Only 999 tickets are being sold. » Continue Reading.
View Arts Center is set to host an art auction on Saturday, September 1st beginning at 5 pm. A preview reception will take place at 4:30 pm prior to the auction when all of the donated paintings will be on display.
This benefit auction is the culmination of a three-day painting event, during which over forty artists are expected to paint en plein air (outdoors) in various locations around Old Forge, and will then donate a painting for the auction. » Continue Reading.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is reminding people to practice Leave No Trace Principles when visiting Bald Mountain’s Rondaxe Fire Tower in near Old Forge.
Leave No Trace Principles include: planning and being prepared for hiking; disposing of waste properly (pack it in, pack it out); leaving rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them; and respecting wildlife, flora and fauna. » Continue Reading.
View’s annual Secret Garden Tour will take place in Old Forge on Thursday, August 9th, 2018 from 9 am to noon. The tour provides an opportunity to visit unique local gardens at private residences in a ten-mile radius.
Participants will meet at View Arts Center at 9 am. The tour will begin at 9:30 am and will end by noon. Guides will lead and attendees can carpool or drive their own car. » Continue Reading.
Calaveras County has nothing on Herkimer when it comes to frog jumping contests. For the past forty-six years, fathers and children have been catching and releasing frogs in Old Forge to find the one that will break all the records.
According to the Town of Webb Publicity Director Mike Farmer, the Old Forge Frog Jumping Contest has always been a well-monitored event with plenty of water for the frogs and an immediate release into the nearby Old Forge Pond. » Continue Reading.
Finally the ice is out and waters are open. Now is the perfect time to trade, upgrade, or purchase a new kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddleboard.
Old Forge’s Adirondack Paddlefest is the largest in-water show in the Adirondacks, with paddling presentations, test paddles, on-water canoe and kayak sales, demos, clinics, food and entertainment Friday through Sunday, May 18-20 in Old Forge. » Continue Reading.
View, the multi-arts center in Old Forge, has announced its eighth annual gala has been set for July 13, 2018. This year’s gala theme is “The River Runs Through It,” and will be celebrating the future of arts programming.
The Gala will begin at 5:30 pm with signature cocktails, hor d’oeuvres, and a silent auction of unique items donated by artists and businesses. Local band Hooch will perform during a dinner followed by the night’s live auction, followed by a reception of dessert and dancing in View’s courtyard. » Continue Reading.
View, a multi-media arts center in Old Forge, has announced they are seeking artists working in all forms of watermedia for the 2018 Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors. Each year, artists compete to receive over $14,000 in prizes and awards.
The exhibition is open to artists working in transparent and opaque watercolors, acrylics, casein, egg tempera, gouache, and ink. All works must be of original design and execution, comprised of 90% watermedia. » Continue Reading.
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