Posts Tagged ‘Saranac Lake’

Sunday, December 31, 2023

Champlain Area Trails Invites All to Start 2024 with A Hike

A young hiker stands by a trail marker

Champlain Valley, New York – Champlain Area Trails (CATS), an accredited land trust, is inviting everyone in the North Country to participate in the annual First Day Hikes on January 1, 2024. This event is a nationwide initiative to encourage people to exercise, connect with nature, and enjoy the outdoors on the first day of the year.


CATS will offer self-guided hikes on scenic trails in the Champlain Valley, including popular CATS trails like Cheney Mountain in Moriah, the Wildway Passage Nature Preserve in Westport, the Wildway Overlook Trail in Essex, the Long Pond Trail in Willsboro, Penfield Pond Trail in Crown Point, and other trails noted on CATS website’s events page.

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Saturday, December 30, 2023

$25 million available through NYSERDA program

Interior of a highway garage

Saranac Lake, NY — In the eight years the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) has coordinated the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Clean Energy Communities (CEC) program for the North Country, the regional nonprofit has helped over 100 municipalities access resources and grants for projects that reduce energy use and costs. Last week, New York State launched the CEC program’s latest round, which makes available over $25 million in match-free grant funding for clean energy projects statewide. ANCA aims to help more North Country communities benefit from the updated “Clean Energy Communities 3.0.”

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Monday, December 11, 2023

Pendragon Theatre to present The Land of Forgotten Toys, Dec. 14-17

Graphic for Land of Forgotten Toys play

Saranac Lake, NY- Pendragon Theatre is pleased to showcase a holiday play called The Land of Forgotten Toys with five performances scheduled from Thursday through Sunday, December 14-17. The Land of Forgotten Toys by Jennifer Enchin and Jaclyn Enchin is an uplifting tale that gives voice and hope to the overlooked and unseen. Two misfit young women, Grace and Nikki, are magically swept off to Christmas Land where they encounter The Queen of the Northern Sky and her band of broken and forgotten toys. Everybody joins forces to set off on a quest to rescue a kidnapped Santa and save Christmas. The performance is appropriate for ages 5 and up, and the run time is approximately one hour. Holiday concessions will be available prior to each performance.

To purchase tickets for this performance, click here.

Photo at top: Pendragon Theatre website photo.

Friday, December 8, 2023

ACLC Rescues Three Red-Throated Loons

2 people release a loon

Saranac Lake, NY In the late afternoon of Sunday, December 3, the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation (ACLC) received a report of a Red-Throated Loon who was found grounded at Exit 38 on I-87. It was followed almost immediately after by a report of a second Red-Throated Loon who had landed on a road in Ausable. Then a third bird was found midday on Monday on Spruce Hill in Keene, NY.

These Red-Throated loons were migrating from their breeding waters in northern Canada and western Greenland to their wintering areas along Atlantic coast in such areas as Delaware and Chesapeake Bays. However, they encountered a storm producing more than a foot of heavy wet snow over just a couple of hours in eastern Essex and Clinton counties. Sometimes in winter storms, loons, like planes, experience icing of their wings and are unable to continue flying, so they land on roads, fields, and other unexpected places. Because of their specialized anatomy, loons are rarely able to get airborne if they are grounded, as they need to run on the water to take off.

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Monday, December 4, 2023

Saranac Lake: Sam Balzac’s Musical Adaptation of “The Wrong Box” to Premiere Dec. 9

The Wrong Box logo

Sam Balzac’s Musical Adaptation of “The Wrong Box” to Premiere Saturday Evening, December 9, at the Saranac Lake Free Library

Saranac Lake, NY—A visit to the Robert Louis Stevenson Cottage and Museum in Saranac Lake became the impetus for the creation of a new musical-theater piece premiering Saturday, December 9, at the Saranac Lake Free Library.

Full of intrigue, mistaken identities, humor and heart, this musical reinterpretation of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson novella, The Wrong Box—co-authored with his stepson, Lloyd Osbourne—blends contemporary sensibilities with Victorian-era tomfoolery to create a hilarious piece of theater sure to entertain North Country audiences. » Continue Reading.

Saturday, December 2, 2023

Depot Theatre presents “DECKED” Play Reading at Westport Heritage House, Dec. 9

Graphic for staged play reading, DECKED

Westport, N.Y – The Depot Theatre and the Westport Chamber of Commerce are pleased to present a staged play reading of DECKED by Ginna Hoben at the Westport Heritage House on December 9, 2023, at 5 p.m. The reading is produced by Saranac Lake-based Adirondack Stage Rats.

With a nod to the classics IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE and A CHRISTMAS CAROL, this new, all-female seriocomic play explores themes of family, grief, letting go, and moving on. The playwright will be at the performance to discuss and answer questions.

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Friday, December 1, 2023

Hudson Headwaters Sponsors Skating Sessions, Tykes on Ice Starts Dec. 4

A couple youngsters learn to skate.

Tykes on Ice Starts Monday, December 4; hour-long skating sessions for ages 5 and under

Saranac Lake, NY –  The Saranac Lake Civic Center announces Hudson Headwaters Health Network will sponsor a total of 30-public-skating sessions, provided free of charge. Ten of those sessions will be reserved for children ages 5 & under with their caregiver. The children’s series, “Tykes on Ice,” begins Monday, Dec. 4 at the newly remodeled facility. In addition to the Tykes on Ice Program, Hudson Headwaters will sponsor 20 skating sessions throughout the season; its holiday skating series, which began on November 24.

Hudson Headwaters is a nonprofit, Federally Qualified Health Center, operating 22 health centers throughout its service region spanning from Saratoga County to the Canadian border. In the tri-lakes region, the Network recently added 2000 square feet of expanded and renovated space, including six new exam rooms, at Saranac Lake Family Health, in the Adirondack Medical Center. The center also welcomed several new providers this past year. Tupper Lake Family Health has expanded its hours and is now open on Fridays. Hudson Headwaters also plans to open a primary care center in Lake Placid in 2024.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

“Luminance,” exhibit of paintings by Georgeanne Gaffney opens Dec. 1

image: "Adorn," acrylic on silver leaf by Georgeanne Gaffney
Saranac Lake, NY-  An exhibit of paintings by Georgeanne Gaffney will open on Friday, December 1 at the Adirondack Artists Guild. Her pieces span subject matter, size, and materials. Georgeanne chose the title “Luminance” to express the romantic and dreamy mood of her works, which range from a large 8-foot landscape on gilded panels to mini gilded waterlily and floral pieces the size of a business card…and everything in between.

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Monday, November 27, 2023

Trudeau Institute Education Program receives over $100,000 in grants

Kailey Kipping (left) and Anna Dumas (right) participated in Trudeau Institute's 2023 Summer Undergraduate Research Program.
Over $100,000 from Hearst Foundations, regional businesses help college students gain hands-on lab experience

Saranac Lake, NY—A $100,000 grant from Hearst Foundations is providing undergraduate students the opportunity to work with Trudeau Institute mentors while burnishing their prospects for graduate training programs and research positions.

Casella Waste and Stewarts Shops also provided grants to Trudeau Institute’s 10-week  Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), continuing their past support to a program that has provided many college students with their first experience in a biomedical research lab. The grants support the program through 2024. » Continue Reading.

Saturday, November 25, 2023

Adirondack Center for Writing to host author Amy Godine on Dec. 1

The Black Woods by Amy Godine

Saranac Lake, NYThe Adirondack Center for Writing’s next Friday Night Writes will feature Amy Godine, author of The Black Woods (Cornell University Press, 2023). Friday Night Writes is a monthly happy hour of writing, reading and networking, open to all, that takes place from 3-7 p.m. on the first Friday of every month at the Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW), located at 15 Broadway in downtown Saranac Lake. During these sessions, ACW provides space, prompts, inspiration and resources.

December’s event, Friday, Dec. 1, will also feature a “Friday Night Talk” with Amy Godine from 6-7 p.m. Godine will share about her book, The Black Woods, and then take questions from the audience. Copies of Godine’s book will be available for purchase.

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Monday, November 20, 2023

38th Annual Sparkle Village Craft Show and Sale set for Dec. 1-2

Sparkle Village craft show

By Linda Friedman Ramirez

The Harrietstown Town Hall will be shimmering the first weekend of December, with the 38th year for the annual Sparkle Village Craft Show & Sale. Sponsored by the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce with support from Adirondack Frontier, there will be some 45 vendors present as well as a number of nonprofit organizations. This show is well known for the high quality and variety of products offered for sale, with many vendors returning year after year. These include handcrafted jewelry, homemade dog treats, quilted items, candles, wood cutting boards, books, handmade soap, chainsaw carvings, watercolor paintings, note cards, photography, baskets, wood art, and more.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation to host “Loon Zooms” through April

loon on a lake

Saranac Lake, NY – The Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation (ACLC) has recently announced a winter series of “Loon Zooms” that will take place monthly through April. The online presentations will feature a new topic and new speaker each month, giving guests a wide range of information about these unique and intriguing animals. Those interested are encouraged to save the dates listed below and register early, as space is limited. The Loon Zooms are offered free of charge to ACLC donors (using a coupon code provided on the ACLC website), and are $10 each session for others. The zoom link will be provided after registration is complete.

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Monday, November 13, 2023

Play ADK Receives Pearsall Foundation Grant to Support Ongoing Programming

toddlers engaged at Play ADK

Saranac Lake, NY — The Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation has awarded a grant to Play ADK to support its free programming for infants and toddlers at its Clubhouse in downtown Saranac Lake.

Play ADK concluded its first summer of free Infant and Toddler Playgroups this year, serving over 500 children ages 0-3. Thanks to support from the Pearsall Foundation, as well as other funders and donors, Play ADK will continue hosting playgroups year-round, at no cost to families. These sessions are held three times per week — Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon — at Play ADK’s Clubhouse, located at 84 Main Street in Saranac Lake. The Clubhouse is also open for Free Play from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Saturday. Current hours can be found on Play ADK’s website as well as its social media channels.

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Saturday, November 11, 2023

Two Saranac Lake Businesses Gain Community Support Through Crowdfunding

 Main Street Exchange owner Victoria Vazquez is utilizing ANCA’s Ignite! crowdfunding platform to support the development of a community creative space in her consignment shop’s basement.
ANCA’s relaunches Ignite! program to fund small projects with big impact

Saranac Lake, NY — When Victoria Vazquez moved to the Adirondacks in 2016 to attend Paul Smith’s College, she had not intended to settle down in the area. Eight years later, she not only still lives in Saranac Lake, she owns and operates a small business here. Vazquez is continually making improvements to Main Street Exchange, her downtown consignment shop, and has launched a crowdfunding campaign to support her latest project.

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Saturday, November 11, 2023

ACW to host poet Richard Levine for Barkreaders series, Nov. 15

Poet Richard Levine.

Saranac Lake, NY — The next installment of the Adirondack Center for Writing’s Barkreaders series will feature poet Richard Levine. Barkreaders provides local writers an opportunity to hear from and meet new authors. Levine is a poet from Seward, NY, and will read from his latest collection, Now in Contest. The event will be held from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW), located at 15 Broadway in downtown Saranac Lake. Levine’s reading will be followed by an open mic, which offers attendees a chance to share up to five minutes of their writing in front of an audience. Admission to the event is free, with a suggested donation at the door; RSVP at

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