On August 11 at 5 p.m., the Local Histories and Stories Series will feature Sue Kiesel and her presentation on The Healing Power of Photographing Outdoors in the Adirondacks at the Old Forge Library.
Sue is a lifelong lover of the Adirondacks, having been here her entire life as a seasonal resident. She began her current passion for photography 15 years ago and is a true addict! She enjoys, more than anything, sharing her captures. It is her greatest desire to sway others to appreciate the healing quality that nature offers all of us. If others catch the bug, perhaps they too will learn how fragile mother nature is and promote protecting it for the many generations to come.
The Herkimer County Public Health Department, in conjunction with local community healthcare advocates from LivingADK’s Healthcare Committee and the Old Forge Library, are asking for community feedback identifying key health and social needs in the community.
There will be a townhall-style forum at the Old Forge Library on July 19, at 10 am. Residents, community leaders, fire department members, ambulance volunteers, seniors and healthcare professionals, everyone with a stake in health issues in the Town of Webb, are encouraged to attend and provide feedback.
Hamilton County residents who feel they have a stake in regional health issues are also welcome to provide ideas and feedback. Herkimer County Public Health Department is required to create and submit a Community Health Needs Assessment to the NY State Department of Health.
The Old Forge Library and the Town of Webb Historical Association are hosting a Local History and Stories Series on Thursdays throughout the summer at 5 p.m. The series will feature a different speaker each week who will give a presentation and lead a discussion on a variety of interesting local subjects (primarily of historical significance.)
The public is invited to come and enjoy the stories, and add to them too. The series will kick off on Thursday, July 7 with Charles Herr and his presentation on The Forge House, one of the area’s most storied landmarks.
Since the early 1980s, when Herr and his wife purchased a camp in Inlet, he has been interested in the Fulton Chain region of the Adirondacks. Herr has worked at the Goodsell Museum in Old Forge and the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake, and helped to establish the Inlet Historical Society.
A Shamanic Journeying workshop will take place at the Old Forge Library, located at 220 Crosby Blvd., on Wednesday, June 29 at 3 p.m.
Doug Davis will lead participants on a journey of wisdom, healing and knowledge. Shamanic Journeying involves traveling within oneself. It is a process by which one shifts out of our ordinary way of thinking and into a more open and accepting way of communicating with our own inner wisdom.
The Shamanic Journey uses a different kind of meditation in which participants allow the sound of the drum to assist in visualizing and receiving images of nature, including animal messengers. The experience is enjoyable, and the drumming is peaceful and helps participants to focus on the “journey.”
“I’ve been practicing Shamanic Journeying since 1995…so 27 years. A very knowledgeable friend introduced me to it…and it has given me a broader and more positive perspective about life,” said Davis about his history with the practice.
Davis also leads the popular Meditation with Trees workshops at the Old Forge Library several times a year. These workshops are scheduled monthly throughout the summer and fall of 2022. Interested parties are welcome to reference the library’s website for dates and times.
The Shamanic Journeying workshop is free for all to attend. Although walk-ins are welcome, registration is recommended. Call (315) 369-6008 or e-mail [email protected] to register.
Photo at top provided by Beth Pashley of the Old Forge Library.
“My Brush, My Adirondacks,” an exhibit by watercolor artist, Ron Rakowski, will be on display July 1 through July 30 at the Old Forge Library, 220 Crosby Blvd. The exhibit will showcase a selection of Rakowski’s Adirondack-themed paintings.
As part of the townwide First Friday Art Walk, the exhibit’s opening reception will be held 5-7 p.m. on Friday, July 1. The reception is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served.
Rakowski has lived in the Mohawk Valley and Adirondacks his entire life, and has been painting for over 30 years.
A mostly self-taught artist, Ron credits much of his skill to classes and workshops he has taken with watercolor artists such as Ralph Murray, Willard Sauter and Edward Cristianna. Rakowski said he favors watercolor because it’s simple and compact and “despite its simplicity you can get a great many complex effects with various techniques.”
He draws inspiration from natural scenes such as battered rocks, rushing water, gnarly trees and his favorite — snow.
The Summer Solstice, also known as “the longest day of the year,” the day in 2022’s calendar with the most hours of daylight is Tuesday, June 21. Solstice celebrations are celebrated throughout the world and have been celebrated by our ancestors since Neolithic times.
The Old Forge Library, and its community partners and friends at Weaving Home,LivingADK, and the Old Forge Farmers Market invite the public to celebrate the solstice with them at festivities held on the library lawn at 220 Crosby Blvd. in Old Forge. Renowned Abenaki artists, writers and storytellers will make the occasion memorable.
At the May meeting of the Old Forge Library’s Board of Trustees, the board was pleased to learn that the Cloudsplitter Foundationhas awarded the library a 1:1 matching fund opportunity toward current fundraising efforts.
Cloudsplitter Foundation is a philanthropic organization in Saranac Lake who donates to worthwhile projects primarily in the Adirondack region.
Director Linda Weal shared a letter from Cloudsplitter which described the opportunity as a dollar for dollar match of donations, with a $10,000 fundraising goal. When the library has raised $10,000, the Cloudsplitter Foundation will then issue an additional $10,000 in funding.
The Old Forge Library will host a free, live, online performance with an evening learning about female jazz musicians. On Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m., lecturer and master flutist Galen Abdur-Razzaq will highlight the influence women have had on the evolution of jazz and their significant contributions to the art form.
Women have been involved in jazz since the early 1920s, not just as vocalists, but as instrumentalists, composers and arrangers. An understanding of jazz would not be complete without highlighting the influence and contributions of women such as Bessie Smith, Valaida Snow, Mildred Bailey, Mary Lou Williams, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughn. The goal is to provide an understanding particularly of their personal lives, their ability to read music, perform and survive in a time when jazz was considered “a man’s world.”
Abdur-Razzaq is a riveting speaker with an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of jazz. He will help attendees gain a deeper appreciation for women’s contributions to this music genre through a combination of lecture and musical pieces performed by him as he displays his talents on the flute.
Abdur-Razzaq studied at the Berklee College of Music. He holds a master’s degree in education and performing arts from Rutgers University and has collaborated with some of the greatest jazz musicians.
Those who wish to obtain the free Zoom link can call (315) 369-6008 or e-mail [email protected]
“Baskets and Birdhouses,” an art exhibit by mother and daughter artisans Barbara and Bernie Green is currently on display at the Old Forge Library through February 18th.
There will be an opening reception on Friday, January 13, from 5 to 7 pm to provide an opportunity to meet and talk with the artists and view their work. Light refreshments will be served and acoustic music will be provided by guitarist Dan Vellone. » Continue Reading.
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