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Monday, July 1, 2019

Old Forge 4th of July Holiday Events

The annual Old Forge Fourth of July Celebration and Forge Festival of Arts & Crafts have been set for Thursday, July 4th. This year the Forge Festival of Arts & Crafts will be held at the Adirondack Bank parking lot, across the street from Slickers and the Old Forge Visitor Center, from 9 am to 6 pm. The Festival hosts over 55 skilled vendors and features an extensive assortment of food and hand crafted items. Admission is $3. This event is sponsored by VIEW, Old Forge’s Art Center and Adirondack Bank. Thursday’s celebration includes a free lakefront concert performed by >>More

Monday, July 1, 2019

‘Let’s Get Together’ Theme for Westport Independence Weekend

The annual Westport Independence Weekend, featuring this year’s theme of “Let’s Get Together,” is set to run from Friday, July 5 through Sunday July 7. The event will be full of activities, and includes food, music, arts and crafts, a fun run, theatre, a parade and fireworks. The weekend begins on Friday July 5th with the Arts & Crafts Festival at Essex County Fairgrounds from 10 am to 4 pm and the “First View Party” at the Westport Library Association from 6 to 8 pm and on-campus concert at Meadowmount School of Music at 7:30 pm. Saturday July 6th features >>More

Monday, July 1, 2019

2018 Giant Hogweed Eradication Efforts Report Issued

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that statewide efforts to control giant hogweed are making headway in eradicating this large, invasive, and dangerous plant. The Giant Hogweed Program, managed by DEC’s Division of Lands and Forests, is in its twelfth year and has eradicated the plants from 623 sites, with another 448 plant-free sites being monitored. Giant hogweed can cause severe skin and eye irritation, including painful burns and scarring when skin exposed to its sap becomes more sensitive to UV radiation. As a noxious weed, is unlawful to propagate, sell, or transport. In addition to >>More

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Rare Plants Inhabit Adirondack Ice Meadows

Now that the weather has finally warmed up, we can appreciate ice a little more. Among other things, ice greatly improves summertime drinks, and an icy watermelon is hands-down better than a warm one. And in this part of the world, ice also provides us with unique wildflower meadows. Along stretches of riverbank in the Southern Adirondacks, rare Arctic-type flowers are blooming now in the fragile slices of native grasslands that are meticulously groomed each year by the scouring action of ice and melt-water. Known as ice meadows, these habitats are few and far between in the world. They are >>More

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Adirondack Park Boat Wash Stations Open for Peak Season

Free boat inspections and decontaminations are being offered at more than 60 locations across the Adirondack region to help the public stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. Decontamination stations and boat inspection locations are also located at popular boat launches throughout the Adirondacks. Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute (PSC AWI) is working to implement the state’s Adirondack Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention Program and help the public be in compliance with new invasive species regulations. The invasive species spread prevention law prohibits invasive plants and animals on boats launching into New York State lakes, ponds and rivers. The >>More

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Ausable Paddling Nature Trail Guided Tours Offered

The Ausable River Association (AsRA) is set to offer guided community paddling and hiking programs in the Ausable watershed this summer. Paddling trips will utilize the Ausable Paddling Nature Trail on Lake Everest that AsRA helped establish in 2010. The full length of the trail is about two miles long and includes seven stops along the way, with each stop discussing some aspect of the natural history of Lake Everest. An accompanying booklet includes hand-drawn illustrations of birds, plants, and other wildlife commonly found on Lake Everest. AsRA staff will accompany paddlers providing information on the various stops in » >>More

Sunday, June 30, 2019

World Music Wednesdays At Sembrich On Lake George

The Sembrich in Bolton Landing is set to its “World Music Wednesday Series” with The Fretless Ensemble on Wednesday, July 10 at 1:30 pm. This is the first of three world music events in The Sembrich’s 2019 Summer Series which focuses on musical compositions and styles from across the globe. With innovative arrangements and roots deeply based in Celtic and Canadian fiddle styles, The Fretless is on a unique path in the music world. In the musicians’ new album Live from The Artfarm, The Fretless presents its most representative and unique sounds. Tickets are $25 and include an opportunity to >>More

Saturday, June 29, 2019

The Little Things: Pollination at its Finest

Here in the Adirondacks the stars are our night light, the crickets and bull frogs our bedtime lullaby. This is a place where the simple things are seen and not overlooked. Mountain life affords us an advantage, serene surroundings to ponder about the little things and the opportunity to witness nature at work up close and personal. With acres and sometimes miles of blooming trees and wildflowers, summertime affords us a bird’s eye view of pollination at its finest. We are witness to natures symphony as bees of all breeds buzz through the air, dancing from flower to flower » >>More

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Poetry: A Definition in Mind

A Definition in Mind It emerges as fungi on birch logs. Quiet. The mind is what can exist if we are not afraid to let it grow. Alone. Softer than ivory and clear as a gathering storm. Its dark energy is all around us. In the dying embers of secret traditions, it knows the promises that had to be broken. View original post.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Featured Trail: Pharaoh Lake Trail, Schroon Lake

The Pharaoh Lake Trail, part of the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area, extends 3.3 miles from the Pharaoh Lake Road Trailhead to the intersection of trails at the outlet of Pharaoh Lake. The trail ascends 235 feet from Mill Brook for 1.1 miles but gently rises and falls at either end. From the outlet at Pharaoh Lake, hikers can take the Pharaoh Lake Trail to Pharaoh Mountain Trail or follow the Pharaoh Lake Loop Trail. Pharaoh Lake Loop Trail extends 6.0 miles around the shoreline of Pharaoh Lake. The trail gently ascends and descends with changes in elevations » Continue Reading. >>More