Posts Tagged ‘Westport’

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Westport’s Stone Schoolhouse Celebrates 200 Years

unnamed-1The little stone school house on Dudley Road is more than just the oldest schoolhouse in Essex County, it was the first schoolhouse in Westport. Built in 1816 from local limestone, the small stone school first opened to serve the first settlers of Westport, the Barber and Frisbie families. On October 10, the town of Westport will be celebrating the bicentennial of this small school.

According to nearby Camp Dudley, the Stone School House served local children for 100 years, closing its doors in 1916. During its tenure the school could serve up to 24 children and provide students with a library of 84 books. Now the school is an historic display, capturing a time before centralized school systems. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Champlain Area Harvest Fest, Hamlet Hikes Sept 16-17

CATS hikeThe Adirondack Harvest Festival will be held at the Essex County Fairgrounds in Westport on Friday and Saturday, September 16th and 17th. The event, which celebrates local farms and farmers with food, drink, music, and hikes, is supported by supported by the Hub on the Hill, Adirondack Farmers Coalition, Champlain Area Trails Society, Cornell University Cooperative Extension, The Adirondack Cuisine Trail, and adirondacks, usa.

The fairgrounds will feature a farmers’ market, over forty vendors, farming demonstrations (learn how to make sausage, cheese, and more), Ben Stechschulte’s film “Small Farm Rising,” and “Eat, Meet, & Be Merry,” a get-together hosted by Essex Farm’s Mark Kimball and the Adirondack Farmers Coalition, to sample local foods and exchange stories about our area’s new farming culture.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Depot Theatre Launches Campaign For New Seating

Depot TheatreThe Depot Theatre has launched a capital campaign to upgrade audience seating in its historic 1876 train station theatre.

The new seats, upholstered with 100% recycled fabric, will replace the existing 60+ year-old seats which are difficult to maintain and for which replacement parts are obsolete. Dedicated wheelchair accessible seats with companion seating are part of the upgrade, as well as LED aisle lighting. Additionally, new commercial grade tile carpeting will be installed throughout the seating area. Plans are underway to install the new seats by the opening of the 2017 summer season. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 24, 2016

Soundwaves Concert Series Announces Line-Up

soundwavesSoundwaves has announced the line-up of the 2016 summer concert series at Ballard Park in Westport. North Country resident and veteran Jazz trumpeter Taylor Haskins and his wife Catherine founded Soundwaves in 2014 when they accepted the role as volunteer organizers of the Westport Community Concert Series.

This years concert series will feature six diverse performances by internationally renowned artists. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Depot Theatre Receives Grants for Improvements

Depot TheatreThe Depot Theatre, a not-for-profit organization committed to providing professional theatrical arts in the Adirondacks, has received grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Charles R. Wood Foundation to improve infrastructure to enhance the patron and artist experience.

The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) has awarded the Depot with a matching-grant of $16,653 to replace audience seating and carpeting in the 140-year-old building. The new seats will replace the existing over 60-year-old seats which are difficult to maintain and for which replacement parts are obsolete. New commercial grade tile carpeting will be replaced throughout the seating area, as well. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Third Annual Champlain Area Trails’ Grand Hike Saturday

IMG_3961This is the third year that my friends and I will be participating in the Champlain Area Trails Grand Hike (May 14th). Not only has it been a fun event, it has lead us through towns and trails in the Champlain Valley in a leisurely way. Our group is small, but we represent a variety of hiking expertise. The Grand Hike provides us an opportunity to walk together, converse and know that the end of the trail a cold beer and massage at the Essex Inn will be waiting for us. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

CATS, DaCy Meadow Farm Opening New Trail

12087818_10153419335194843_300363278908098642_oIt really is mind boggling to think that not too many years ago hiking routes around the Adirondack Coast were slim to nonexistent. Now six years later Champlain Area Trails (CATS) and a host of volunteers have built over 35 miles of trails and improved dozens of existing paths. This Saturday CATS will open a newly expanded trail and join forces with a Westport family farm to celebrate trails and local food. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A Little Headline Humor from the Past

1944 HdlineGetGasIf you’re up for a few laughs, here are some more headlines taken from old North Country newspapers. See if you can figure out the real story behind each headline—and don’t be disappointed if you only go one-for-four.

The first one may have been an editor having a little fun with word play, but the headline in the Hammond Advertiser from spring 1944 does make sense in context. If you haven’t already guessed, the year provides a clue to the article topic. The answer: World War II was a time of shortages in America, and the article addressed limitations on the amount of gas available for pleasure craft in the Adirondack region. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Depot Theatre Apprentice Program Seeks Young Actors

depot_theaterThe Depot Theatre in Westport is seeking young actors aged 11-14 to participate in its 2015 Young Actor Apprentice Summer Program, a professional theater training experience that begins July 7 and culminates with performances on August 7-9.

The Depot Theatre Young Actor Apprentice Program is dedicated to training young actors in classical theater. The 2015 program will present “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”, and will be directed by Lindsay Pontius and Scott Gibbs, both experts in theatrical training and longtime associates of the Depot Theatre.

The program is offered free of charge, and will consist of rehearsals  beginning Tuesday, July 7, four afternoons (Mon. – Thurs.) a week from 4 pm to 6 pm at Ballard Park in Westport, NY, Ballard Park features an outdoor stage, a life-guarded beach, and places to grab a snack just a block away. The Young Actor Apprentice Program is sponsored in-part by Stewart’s Shops Holiday Match Program. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, June 4, 2015

Westport Concert Series Planned For Ballard Park

Soundwaves PosterA second summer concert series at Ballard Park in Westport on Lake Champlain is being curated by veteran Jazz trumpeter Taylor Haskins. The Soundwaves series will include seven free performances by internationally renowned artists.

The 2015 summer series begins July 2nd at 7:30 pm and continues every Thursday night through August 13th on the hillside amphitheater overlooking Lake Champlain, known as the Ballard Park Performance Pavilion. Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics are encouraged. The rain site is across Main Street in the historic chapel of the Westport Heritage House. » Continue Reading.


Monday, May 4, 2015

Champlain Area Inn-to-Inn Hike May 9th

IMGP5379Champlain Area Trails (CATS) is hosting its second Grand Hike to highlight walking on trails and scenic backroads from hamlet to hamlet in New York’s Champlain Valley on Saturday, May 9th. “One of our goals is to provide residents and visitors with trails that connect our communities,” CATS Board Chair Katherine Preston said in an announcement to the press.

“This hike promotes that idea, builds for stronger economic vitality, and provides a fun outdoor springtime activity for all.” Last year over 200 people came out for the hike and block party. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Broadway Veteran Directing Westport School Play

Broadway Veteran to direct Westport Central School PlayThe show will go on for this spring’s Westport Central School Drama Club production of  “Our Miss Brooks”. With the director of the play unexpectedly unavailable, the status of the production was left in question with opening night looming.

“I was speaking with members of Westport’s Depot Theatre board of trustees, who offered to try to help us resolve this time-sensitive situation,” Cynthia Johnston, Superintendent of Schools told the press. “And they came through with not only a director for us, but with a professional Broadway veteran with a familiar face!”
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Depot Theatre Announces 37th Season

Depot TheatreComplete with classic songs from the 60’s, zany romantic comedy and toe-tapping honky tonk, the Depot Theatre has announced its 2015 main stage lineup.  “The Bikinis” opens the season on July 10. A non-stop celebration of classics like “It’s In His Kiss,” “Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” “Heat Wave,” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” punctuate the story of a girl band’s 20-year reunion.

The opening musical is followed by “New York Water!”, a quirky, off-kilter adult romantic comedy. The story documents Albert and Linda’s relationship from their first fearful meeting in New York City through to the Midwest and on to the left coast as they search for meaning, happiness, and success. » Continue Reading.


Monday, December 29, 2014

Preservation Grants For Westport, Fort Ticonderoga

The Y-D House at Fort TiconderogaThe Preservation League of New York State recently made two grants to support preservation efforts in Essex County.

The Town of Westport received a Preserve New York grant of $7,000 to support the cost of completing a National Register Historic District nomination for the Hamlet of Westport.

The League also presented a Technical Assistance Grant of $3,000 to the Fort Ticonderoga Association to support the cost of a building condition survey of the circa 1912 “Y-D House”, a very rare example of a full size rustic building built for the use of children in America. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Where Was the Mysterious Station 77?

Colvin-Survey-Disk-Best-PictureThanks to the good faith and honesty of Kyle Kristiansen, the young man who unearthed a benchmark disk from Verplanck Colvin’s 1882 Adirondack Survey in a New Jersey field, I had in my possession a triangulation survey bolt marked Station 77.

Colvin and his crew placed thousands of benchmarks, but only about three hundred of these nickel-plated copper triangulation bolts, which I was told were numbered roughly from 1 to 299.

I assumed it would be a simple matter to find records that would positively identify it. I was mistaken. » Continue Reading.



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