The late folksinger Pete Seeger had a long connection to the North Country, beginning as a 20-year-old member of the Vagabond Puppeteers, according to Whallonsburg Grange board member Mary-Nell Bockman. In the summer of 1939, the group traveled to rural communities all over Upstate New York, including St. Lawrence, Franklin and Clinton counties, performing in support of dairy farmers on strike against the big milk monopolies.
Seeger was good friends with the artist Rockwell Kent and his wife, Sally, and visited Asgaard Farm several times. After meeting Adirondack folklorist Marjorie Lansing Porter at a folk festival in Schroon Lake, he worked with her to record an album of traditional regional tunes called Champlain Valley Songs in 1960. He performed at Plattsburgh State, Clarkson University, and other colleges in the region numerous times in the 1960s. » Continue Reading.
The Whallonsburg Grange Hall in Essex, is set to welcome historian and author Amy Godine to the Lyceum lecture series on Tuesday, April 23 at 7:30 pm. Her lecture will focus on the history of minstrel shows and blackface performances in theaters, Grange halls, churches, schools and other venues in the North Country, and the impact of this and other racist imagery. » Continue Reading.
The Whallonsburg Grange Hall in Essex is set to welcome science educator and author Dr. Curt Stager to its Lyceum lecture series on Sunday, March 31 at 3 pm.
Dr. Stager’s topic comes from his most recent book and his research into lakes around the world, from the Adirondacks to Siberia. His talk, “Still Waters: A Deeper Look at Walden Pond,” will focus on this iconic lake – its history, ecosystems, and the impact of humans on it. » Continue Reading.
The Whallonsburg Grange Hall, has announce that it has purchased Whitcomb’s Garage in Whallonsburg, the vacant building and land directly across Whallons Bay Road from the Grange.
The 1950s-era garage, on a 1.5-acre lot along the Boquet River, was owned by Clarence “Narni” Whitcomb. Whitcomb was a lifelong resident of Whallonsburg who sold and serviced cars there until the 1990s; he died in 2017. » Continue Reading.
The Whallonsburg Grange Hall in Essex is set to hold its holiday celebration and performance of “A Christmas Carol” Radio Play on Sunday, December 9 at 3 pm, and their annual Holiday Market on Saturday, December 15 from 1 to 4 pm. » Continue Reading.
The Champlain Valley Film Series is set to present the film The Rider on Saturday, November 3, at 7:30 pm at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall.
Based on a true story, this film is set on a South Dakota reservation, about a rising star in the rodeo circuit who suffers a near fatal injury. Both reckless and resilient, he must choose between a life’s work that may kill him or a life without it that may destroy him. » Continue Reading.
The Whallonsburg Grange Hall Lyceum is set to present “Adirondack Landscapes Through the Lens” on Tuesday, October 9 at 7:30 pm.
Scientist and photographer Brendan Wiltse will lead attendees on a journey through the region, through photographs. This is the third lecture in the Fall series which is entitled “Landscapes, Real and Imagined.” » Continue Reading.
The Whallonsburg Grange Hall is set to host five lectures for its fall Lyceum series on the theme of “Landscapes, Real and Imagined.” The series takes place on Tuesday nights at 7:30 beginning on September 25 and running through October 23.
The series will examine different aspects of the historical and physical landscape, along with some that have been invented or interpreted. Presenters will discuss how what we “see” in the landscape is altered by our individual perspective and what we think we know about these places. Lectures will be followed by discussion from the audience. » Continue Reading.
Protect the Adirondacks is set to hold its annual membership meeting at The Grange in Whallonsburg on Saturday July 21st. The annual meeting includes the Conservation and Advocacy report, financial report, membership report, and election to the Board of Directors. » Continue Reading.
The Whallonsburg Grange Hall is set to host the Adirondack Stage Rats theater company on Sunday, April 15 for a 2 pm matinee performance of Tuesdays with Morrie, by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom. The performance is directed by Burdette Parks, starring Jordan Hornstein and Bren Gotham. » Continue Reading.
New York City based duo Robinson & Rohe are set to preform a concert on Sunday, April 8th at 4 pm at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall, 1610 NYS Route 22, near Essex.
Liam Robinson and Jean Rohe are both multi-instrumentalists, who have played guitar, banjo, accordion and piano for audiences across the US and Europe. As songwriters they push the boundaries of Americana and folk music. » Continue Reading.
Adirondack musicians will come together on Saturday, February 24th at 7 pm at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall for a concert called “Adirondack String Fever.” Led by songwriter and storyteller Dan Berggren on guitar, the show includes John Kirk and Trish Miller on fiddle, mandolin and banjo; and Peggy Lynn and Dan Duggan playing guitar and hammered dulcimer. These five long-time friends have played in combinations and separately for decades at concerts, festivals, dances, theatrical performances, and events all over the North Country. » Continue Reading.
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