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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Annual Conference on the Adirondacks Set for May


The 26th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks has been set for May 22nd and 23rd, at the Conference Center in Lake Placid. This years theme is “Sharing Science and Policy in the Adirondacks – Culture, Conservation, and Communication,” and will feature author Stephanie Hanes of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, with a talk entitled “The Intersection of Culture and Conservation; Lessons learned in an Africa Study and a Relationship to the Adirondacks.” A full conference schedule is available here. Organizers have announced a Call for Papers and Student Posters for presentations at the Annual Conference. The poster >>More


Thursday, March 21, 2019

Storm, Deep Snow, Avalanche Danger: Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Mar 21)


This weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon and fully updated by Friday afternoon. Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adkalmanack@gmail.com. Learn and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. Do not litter. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here. BE PREPARED! Start slow, gain experience. Carry proper safety equipment and weather protection and bring plenty of water, lights and a map. >>More


Thursday, March 21, 2019

BARRED! Adirondack Bartender Challenge Returns Apr 27th


Barred! IV, The Adirondack Bartender Challenge presented by Happy Hour in the High Peaks, is set to return to Basil & Wick’s in North Creek on Saturday, April 27th, from 2 to 4:30 pm. There is no charge for admission to the event. Inspired by the reality TV show CHOPPED, bartenders face off to create a winning cocktail utilizing a mystery basket of ingredients. Contestants have just minutes to make, name, and present their drink while hometown fans cheer them on. A panel of judges evaluate each contestant on presentation, technique, creativity, and taste. The first-place winner will receive a >>More


Thursday, March 21, 2019

1921: Rhoda Fox Graves Runs For Assembly


Rhoda Graves was active in Republican politics in 1917 when New York passed women’s suffrage. When it became the law of the land in 1920, it made the possibility of holding elective office an attractive option for some women. In 1921, Rhoda’s close friend, ten-year assemblyman Frank Seaker, retired from public office, and William Laidlaw, nominated to replace him, served for the next three years. It’s not clear what the machinations were behind Laidlaw’s decision not to run for another term, but there’s no doubt the big announcement that followed was the work of Rhoda, Perle (her husband), Frank Seaker, >>More


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

A New History of Adirondack Native People


Melissa Otis’s book Rural Indigenousness: A History of Iroquoian and Algonquian Peoples of the Adirondacks (Syracuse University Press, 2018) takes a look at indigenous and settler interactions in the Adirondacks. The Adirondacks have been a homeland for Indigenous people for millennia. The presence of Native people in the region was obvious, but not well documented by Europeans who did not venture into the interior between the seventeenth and early nineteenth centuries. Otis’s Rural Indigenousness is a more comprehensive study of the relationship between Native Americans and the Adirondacks than we have seen to date. It shines a light on the >>More


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Para-Bobsleigh World Championships Coming Lake Placid


The Para-Bobsleigh World Championships are set to take place at Mt. Van Hoevenberg’s combined bobsled/luge/skeleton track on March 30-31, 2019. This will mark the first time that this event is being held in the United States. Athletes from Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States are expected to compete. Daily admission is $9 for teens and adults and $7 for juniors and seniors. Admission is free to children six and under. Training times are Tuesday, March 26 and Friday, March 29 from 10 am to 1 pm. Racing times are >>More


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Bands ‘n Beans Set For Fort William Henry Center


Hot chili and hot music will be celebrated at the 28th Annual Bands ‘n Beans event to be held at Fort William Henry Conference Center in Lake George on Sunday, March 31, from 2 to 7 pm. More than twenty area restaurants will participate in this hotly contested event, along with continuous music on two stages with The Radio Junkies, PJ Ferguson 2, Rich Ortiz, The Switch, Steve and Kenny, Stony Creek Band, Tim Wechgelaer & Chris Carey Band, and Ten Most Wanted. Proceeds from Bands ‘n Beans benefits the Lake George Arts Project. Tickets are $20 if purchased by >>More


Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Lake George Rev War Remains: The 1st Pennsylvania At Fort George


The remains dislodged from an 18th century military cemetery at a Lake George construction site will, in all likelihood, be reinterred on the grounds of Fort George Park, say Village officials. The Village’s Board of Trustees has adopted a resolution calling upon New York State to permit the remains to be buried at the state-owned park, said Mayor Bob Blais. Blais said New York State officials support the proposal, although the remains will be in the possession of state archaeologists for at least a year, undergoing examination and analyses. Mike Borgos, an attorney for Ruben and Dana Ellsworth, who were >>More


Tuesday, March 19, 2019

2 Adirondack Hikers Die, 3 Rescued Fri-Sun


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry. What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. Clinton County Town of Black Brook Wilderness Recovery: At 2:04 pm on March 17, DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call through Franklin County 911 reporting a hiker in distress on Catamount Mountain in >>More


Tuesday, March 19, 2019

A Soldier’s Journey Through The Adirondack Park


, featuring seven events that look deeper into Adirondack history and culture. The next Adirondack Experience 2019 Cabin Fever Sunday Series lecture will be “A Soldier’s Journey through the Heart of the Park” with John Taibi on March 24th. John Taibi shares the story of a Second World War soldier who was held captive as a prisoner-of-war by the German Army. Upon arriving home, he was reunited with his wife of hardly a year, and the United States Army sent them both to The Club in Lake Placid for rest and relaxation following his P.O.W. deprivations and her constant worry >>More