Posts Tagged ‘Saranac Lake’

Monday, June 20, 2022

Chronic Disease Prevention Coalition launches workshop portal for North Country residents

SARANAC LAKE — A new website helps people across the North Country find local resources to help them get and stay healthy. Get Healthy North Country — gethealthynoco.org — is administered by the North Country Chronic Disease Prevention Coalition, a network of health care providers, public health agencies and nonprofits working to reduce the prevalence of diabetes and other chronic diseases across northern New York.
This region-wide system aims to ensure that there are enough lifesaving programs offered so that anyone interested — or referred — will be able to access them. The Coalition’s new website is a one-stop shop for those looking to enroll in local workshops and wellness programs to help them prevent or better manage diabetes, high blood pressure or other chronic diseases.
“The Coalition is looking for ways to remove obstacles for people trying to take control of their health,” said Ann Morgan, executive director of The Heart Network, which facilitates the Chronic Disease Prevention Coalition. “Too often, we find that individuals miss out on local resources because they’re difficult to find or hard to enroll in — our aim is to make the process as simple as possible. We also recognize that many people in our region don’t have internet access, so we’re using our partnership with NY Connects to make sure people can get assistance enrolling by phone.”

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Thursday, June 16, 2022

Saranac Lake: First Annual Tri-Lakes Pride Event set for June 26

Saranac Lake, NY  –  The Adirondack North Country Gender Alliance is hosting a LGBTQI+ Pride event at Riverside Park in Saranac Lake on June 26 from 12 to 4 p.m.

The free event welcomes members of the LGBTQI+ community from Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake and neighboring communities, along with their families, friends, supportive organizations, businesses and other allies.

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Monday, June 6, 2022

Saranac Lake: Community events set for Invasive Species Awareness Week, June 6-12

lake flower boat stewards

New York’s Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW) is Monday, June 6 through Sunday, June 12, with several community events planned in Saranac Lake.

ISAW is a statewide effort to promote public understanding of invasive species and increase knowledge on the impacts they have on our waterbodies and woodlands. Local events will take place on June 6 and 8 and are co-sponsored by the Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute (AWI) and The Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP).
“Our Adirondack waterways, forests, and farmlands are important for recreation, economic sustainability, and basic ecosystem functions,” said AWI Deputy Director Zoë Smith. “The annual Invasive Species Awareness Week is a chance for people learn about protecting our beloved lakes, rivers and forests from invasive species that threaten our environment and cause irreparable harm.”

Saturday, June 4, 2022

14th Annual Adirondack Plein Air Festival set for August 15-20

Saranac Lake ArtWorks, established in 2008 and incorporated as a not-for-profit in 2020, has a mission of using the arts to promote Saranac Lake and the surrounding community. The Plein
Air Festival, scheduled for August 15 – 20, 2022, will bring artists from around the country.

Visitors will have the opportunity to see the Adirondacks through the eyes of these talented painters and have an opportunity to take those memories home with them through their paintings. The Festival kicks off with a free “Meet the Artists” reception on Monday night from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hotel Saranac, our partner and sponsor of that event.

The completed artworks will be presented for sale beginning Friday, August 19 during the Friday Night Special Preview Party scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m., and at the Show & Sale on Saturday, August 20 from 12 -5 p.m. in the Town Hall. The Show & Sale on Saturday is free and open to the public. Tickets for the Friday Night Special Preview Party are $20 each and may be purchased at the door or online by visiting SaranacLakeArtWorks.org/plein-air .

“Our Plein Air Festival continues to grow more popular each year; despite the challenges that Covid 19 presented in 2020 and 2021. We are excited the event will be in-person as it was last year, bringing artists and visitors to our region from around the country. Our success is a result of the hard work and dedication of ArtWorks members and the overall support of our local art and business community. The event means more than just bringing visitors in for the day. The week-long Festival gives them a reason to stay”, said Sandra Hildreth, President, ArtWorks.

Full details on the event can be found by visiting our website at SaranacLakeArtWorks.org/plein-air

Photo at top: A Plein Air artist. Photo provided by Jane A. Davis Coordinator for Saranac Lake ArtWorks.


Monday, May 30, 2022

Artists invited to participate in Saranac Lake’s Third Thursday ArtWalks

Artists of all backgrounds and skill levels are invited to participate in Saranac Lake’s Third Thursday ArtWalks. Organized and hosted by Saranac Lake ArtWorks and the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce (SLACC), the 2022 ArtWalks series will be held along the streets of downtown Saranac Lake from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on June 16, July 21, Aug. 18 and Sept. 15.

“Saranac Lake is full of incredibly talented artists,” said Sandra Hildreth, president of Saranac Lake ArtWorks. “The ArtWalks were created to showcase and support the artists that make our community vibrant.”

The call to artists is open to artists, artisans, writers, musicians, performers and other creators, regardless of age, background or skill level; there is no cost to participate. Artists can register online at saranaclakeartworks.org/artwalks.

ArtWorks and SLACC will also host two Saranac Lake ArtMarkets on July 30 and Sept. 24. These events will take place at Riverfront Park next to the Lake Flower boat launch from 10
a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information about Third Thursday ArtWalks or Saturday ArtMarkets, please contact Kaet O’Brien at [email protected]

Photo at top: A previous Saranac Lake Third Thursday ArtWalk event. Photo provided by Kaet O’Brien, Saranac Lake ArtWorks Communications Consultant.


Monday, May 2, 2022

Pendragon Theatre announces line up for Summer 2022

Spring has sprung and Pendragon Theatre of Saranac Lake has officially announced their summer line up of shows. This summer’s showcase offers a little something for everyone, including a new, dark play for mature audiences only, and a fun twist on a favorite children’s tale presented by Camp Pendragon. See below for details on the performances.

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Monday, February 21, 2022

2022 Adirondack Snowshoe Fest set for Feb. 25-27 in Saranac Lake

After hosting the World Snowshoe Championships in 2017, Saranac Lake officials were inspired to keep the joy of that international experience alive by creating and hosting a new snowshoe-themed weekend called the Adirondack Snowshoe Fest set for Friday – Sunday, February 25-27. Participants will have the opportunity to snowshoe at the Dewey Mountain Recreation Center and the Paul Smith’s College VIC . These two venues cater to the outdoor recreational sport and offer varied, uniquely Adirondack experiences. Dewey Mountain trails twist and turn up the gentle slopes of the mountain, which is a short drive from downtown while the VIC allows explorers to enjoy the extensive trail network comprised of wide, well-marked paths that skirt ponds, dip through open forest, and cross wetlands on boardwalks. Both venues will be offering a variety of snowshoe-related activities and experiences, as well as other winter outdoor activities suitable for all ages.

This festival is ideal for those new to snowshoeing as well as those who are advanced in the sport, and will consist of both adult and youth 5, 10 and 15k races. Folks who wish to take part in this year’s festival can register online at the link here: https://www.eventbee.com/v/adk-snowshoe-fest-2022#/tickets. Guests will also have an opportunity to take part in a slew of other fun winter activities including a Children’s Snowshoe Scavenger Hunt & Icicle Obstacle Course, a Snowshoe Disk Golf Tournament, an axe throwing demo, winter fat tire bike demos, local music, beverages and grub, and much more.

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Thursday, February 17, 2022

A “Totally ‘80’s” trip down memory lane

totally 80s ice palace

Saranac Lake’s 2022 Winter Carnival was great fun.

A “Totally ‘80’s” trip down memory lane.

My wife Robin and I had already had great fun driving over together to enjoy Winter Carnival. We toured the Ice Palace, took a ride back to the future, posed for some photos (Well, mostly I did). I went “Butt Bobsledding.”

      The Bobsled run was ice palace slick. It was clearly no mission for amateurs! I was undaunted. After a tailbone bruising start coming out of the gate, I quickly recovered, burned down through Shady and Zig-Zag like a Bat Outta Hell, set a new Butt Bobsledding land speed record, AND stuck the landing to bring home the gold.

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Friday, January 28, 2022

Bail bonds: Memories from an Adirondack Outlaw’s youth

bail bond

Author’s Note: This story appeared in Adirondack Life Magazine’s July/August 2019 issue. It began on page 77, under the heading “Shenanigans”.  It’s the only one of  my five “Adirondack Life” stories published under its original title, without major edit. It was also the last one of my stories that Adirondack Life Magazine ever published.

Saranac Lake-1975.  Before the Winter Olympics came back.  Before the village beach moved.  Before fast food and gas station mini-marts arrived.  Before “Saranac Lake Redskins” became The Red Storm.  Before Hotel Saranac closed.  Before Super Fund Clean Up Sites.  Before Aldi’s came.  Before St. Pius left.  Before.

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Friday, January 14, 2022

Postcard Picturesque

Small Town Adirondack Life Captured on Camera

jackie ely cat

A Collaboration Featuring Photography by Jackie Ely

My SLHS ‘81 Classmate & Friend   

Reflecting back now, I suppose it’s just one of the realities of life. Even in the small-town Adirondacks that most of us reside or grew up in, it’s surprisingly easy to live without ever really knowing the majority of our fellow citizens, classmates, or neighbors.

Everyone knows everyone’s first name. We say “Hello”, even wave. But we don’t really get to know each other.  Growing up in Saranac Lake was no different.

Our Saranac Lake High School Class of 1981 graduated one hundred and seventy- four students, a HUGE graduating class by Saranac Lake standards. I can honestly say I really knew about ten of them.

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Thursday, August 12, 2021

21st Pat Stratton Bicycle Ride Registration Now Open

pat stratton 21st bicycle ride

Event, set for Saturday, August 28, raises funds for area youth programs

This year’s edition will return to the traditional format so participants can enjoy the view from a bicycle seat while peddling in support of youth programs. The 2021 version of the ride will be happening on the last Saturday in August.

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Sunday, July 11, 2021

ArtWorks announces open air markets

Saranac Lake ArtWorks, a non profit cultural community since 2008, has announced two open-air ArtMarkets in lieu of the (currently on hold) Third Thursday ArtWalks.

Last September, the organization held a similar ArtMarket at Riverfront Park (much like the Farmer’s Market), providing artists with a safe place to showcase their artwork, and to network with the community while selling their work.

The Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will partner with ArtWorks for this outdoor event to help continue to promote them in 2021. The markets will take place at Riverfront Park on Saturday, July 24 and Saturday, September 17, with Sunday of each weekend as the rain date. Members of ArtWorks will have the first option to participate, followed by non-members who have previously participated in similar events by ArtWorks. Admission is free, but there is a small vendor fee for participation.

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Saturday, June 19, 2021

Conquering The Rock

“Put on your life jacket!!!”

“Can I go fishing now?”

“Wear your life jacket.”

“What if we want to go swimming?”

“Not without life jackets.”

“Can we at least go down by the water?”

“With your life jackets.”

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Play ADK completes acquisition of former Depot Street warehouse

blueprint of new play adk concept

Play ADK has finalized its purchase of the former Branch and Callanan warehouse on Depot Street in downtown Saranac Lake, clearing the way for a capital project that will transform the space into a children’s museum and family resource center serving the greater Tri-Lakes region.

“This is a major milestone for Play ADK, but the true work of bringing this project to life is just getting underway,” said Beverly Bridger, co-chair of Play ADK’s Board of Trustees. “Our Board and staff are now focused on working with our funding partners and community leaders to keep the momentum going. A project of this scale requires broad support and we’re grateful to the community for helping us get this far.”

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

History Matters: Claiming Home


These days it seems like everyone wants to call the Adirondacks home. During the pandemic, closed-in city spaces have lost their allure. It’s a repeat of Saranac Lake’s tuberculosis years, when tens of thousands of people came here from around the world in search of the fresh air cure. When you want to avoid germs, a place with more trees than people is a good bet.
Mohawks picking berries in the Adirondacks. Illustration by John Fadden.

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