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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Arts Center Opening With Members’ Exhibition May 1

The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (Arts Center) in Blue Mountain Lake is set to open for its 52nd season on May 1, 2019. The Arts Center will be featuring its Members’ Show from May 1 – May 31. The Arts Center has invited its members to submit two pieces of artwork for this show by April 24. More information on how to submit can be found here. There will be a gallery reception on Friday, May 10 from 5 to 6:30 pm. For information about concerts, workshops, gallery exhibits, special events, and grant programs, visit the Art Center’s >>More

Monday, March 25, 2019

Animal Population Estimates: What’s in a Number?

Forty years ago, amid the surge of legislation that accompanied the rise of the modern environmental movement, New Hampshire passed its first Endangered Species Conservation Act. The goal was to protect wildlife facing extinction in the Granite State. There was just one problem: they had no list of exactly which species were threatened or endangered. So, in December 1979, a gathering of more than 50 biologists, naturalists, and woodsmen was convened at the Harris Center for Conservation Education, where I now work. They divided into working groups on mammals, birds, and “cold-blooded vertebrates” – invertebrates and rare plants would have >>More

Monday, March 25, 2019

Adirondack Buyer Days Features New Local Products

The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) will present its 33rd annual Adirondack Buyer Days on March 25 and 26 at the Saratoga Springs City Center. The event is the only wholesale trade show in New York State devoted to handmade and locally sourced artisan products. This year’s show will feature products created by nearly 100 artisans from northern New York and New England. Marge and Dave Randles, owners of Argyle Cheese Farmer, will be among this year’s vendors. The Randles started their dairy products business at their family farmstead in Argyle, NY in 2007. Their team now sells products at >>More

Monday, March 25, 2019

Hyde Collection Accepting Plein Air Art Submissions

The Hyde Collection has invited artists to participate in its annual Plein Air Festival, to be held August 7 to 11, 2019, throughout the Glens Falls area. The Plein Air Festival celebrates the Museum, community, and art inspired by the outdoors. The festival culminates at The Hyde’s annual Community Day event Sunday, August 11. Community Day is a free admission event that includes tours, art activities, and fun at the Museum inspired by the permanent collection and special exhibition From the Rooftops: John Sloan and the Art of the New Urban Space. Community Day will feature a » Continue Reading. >>More

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Big Plans For The Hammond Pond Wild Forest

The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) is accepting public comment for a proposed amendment to the Hammond Pond Wild Forest and Port Henry Boat Launch Unit Management Plan. The plan covers nearly 50,000 acres of Wild Forest designated “forever wild” Adirondack Forest Preserve land and includes a segment of the interstate North Country Scenic Trail and a controversial boat launch on Eagle Lake on Route 74 west of Ticonderoga. The Hammond Pond Wild Forest (HPWF) is located in the eastern portion of the Adirondack Park in the Towns of Keene, Elizabethtown, Westport, North Hudson, Moriah, Crown Point, » Continue Reading. View >>More

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Inez Milholland Subject of Ti Historical’s ‘Big Read’

The Ticonderoga Historical Society has invited readers across the region to a “big read” style project focusing on the life of famed suffragist and Adirondack resident Inez Milholland. The program is part of its ongoing programming related to the anniversary of women’s suffrage. The book of focus will be Inez: The Life and Times of Inez Milholland, a 2016 biography by Linda J. Lumsden. The book provides insight into the life – and untimely death of Milholland. The project will kick off on April 15, with e-mail and Facebook updates and discussions. An in-person discussion group will be held at >>More

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Emily Martz Named Great Camp Sagamore’s New Director

Great Camp Sagamore in Raquette Lake has announced the hiring of Emily Martz as the organization’s next Executive Director, beginning on April 1, 2019. In an announcement sent to the press, the institution said it conducted a multi-month search that attracted over 90 applications for the position from around the country. Garet Livermore, the current Executive Director, announced his resignation in December, but is expected to continue to work with Sagamore in a variety of roles. Emily Martz holds a PhD in history from the University of Delaware and has taught at both Clarkson University and Paul Smith’s College. She >>More

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Naj Wikoff: The Healing Powers of Nature

Is being out in Nature healing? An increasing body of evidence says yes according to Florence Williams, the author of The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes US Happier, Healthier, and More Creative. What makes us happy? For a long time, research has pointed to having good relationships, being engaged with one’s community, meeting one’s basic needs of food, housing, and income, getting exercise, and being involved in some cause more significant than one’s self; spending time helping others. But what about the environment we live in, does that matter, and if so, does it matter in some significant way? To >>More

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Ski with Olympian Andrew Weibrecht for Make-A-Wish

I am thankfully every day that my children are healthy. It is something I never take for granted. Though neither of my kids have ever been seriously sick, we all saw our young cousin’s struggle with stage 4 cancer. I’m not going to dwell on the devastating effects this type of diagnose has on any family, but I will mention that any moments of joy woven through those trips to the hospital and countless mental treatments lifted spirits. It’s those moments of happiness when children have the chance to remember they are still children. I was thrilled to read that >>More

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Poetry: Glossing a Misplaced Area of Memory

Back in the cabin after five wet days camping five and a half miles back in these wildlands— beside the long shifting beaver meadow kept open since the loggers left their flooded “flowed land” and its rotted log dam gave out soon afterward —the pungency of wet wool drifts to the corners of the front room as the fresh fire kicks up when someone picks up your wet pack whose surprising weight pulls them off balance to tell us how what we don’t know while walking can always come clear later like the brook trout’s —you hope—first tentative tugs on >>More