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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (May 2)


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, May 2, 2019

Recent Adirondack Rescue Reports


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. Essex County Town of North Elba Wilderness Rescue: On April 23 at 4:09 pm, DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a report of a 17-year-old Ballston Spa boy suffering a non-weight-bearing lower leg injury. Phone >>More


Thursday, May 2, 2019

EAT ADK Restaurant Week Runs Through May 9


The annual ADK Restaurant Week is kicking off this weekend at fine dining establishments offering prix-fixe menu with prices of $15, $20, and $30. The special 8-day event continues through May 9 with wonderful menu options to explore. I like the ease of ordering a three-course meal at a fixed price. It gives chefs room for creativity at an affordable price-point for the customers. Organized in 2015 by Paul Smith College students under the tutelage of Professor Joe Conto, EAT ADK was purposefully designed to continue to grow and expand beyond its original community. The event name itself welcomes all >>More


Thursday, May 2, 2019

Central Adirondack Art Show Opening Friday


The 2019 Central Adirondack Art Show, a long-standing Old Forge tradition, is set to open on Friday, May 3rd from 5 to 7 pm at View Arts. Held for the first time in 1952 by View founder Miriam Kashiwa, in her front yard, the Central Adirondack Art Show is a testament to the significant place the arts hold within the hearts and minds of the residents and visitors of the Adirondacks. View gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is $10 for guests and free for View members. View is located at » Continue Reading. >>More


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Tick-Borne Diseases Are On The Rise


Eighteen years ago, when I moved back to New Hampshire, I rarely came across ticks. The dog didn’t carry them unwittingly into the house, and I could spend the day in the garden or on wooded trails and not see a single, hard-shelled, eight-legged, blood-sucking creepy-crawly. Not so anymore. Now, from the time of snowmelt in the spring to the first crisp snowfall of autumn – and often beyond – we find ticks everywhere: on the dog, crawling up the front door, along kids’ hairlines, on backs or arms or legs, and occasionally (and alarmingly) walking along a couch cushion >>More


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Youth Paddling Trips Explore Adirondack Waterways


There are still spots open in the Northern Forest Explorers program, which sends children aged 10-14 years old on five-day paddling trips in the Adirondacks. The trips are organized by Raquette River Outfitters in Tupper Lake and Adirondack guide Matt Burnett, in collaboration with the nonprofit Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Participating children are provided all of the essential camping and paddling gear. The first trip takes place from July 8 to 12. This 5-day paddle trip starts at the Saranac Inn state boat launch and continues through the Saranac Chain of Lakes to Lake Flower. This scenic paddling trip will >>More


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

62nd Hudson River Whitewater Derby This Weekend


The 62nd Annual Whitewater Derby has been set for Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5 in the Town of Johnsburg Hamlets of North River, North Creek and Riparius, along the Hudson River. The Derby began as a celebration of the Upper Hudson River and it’s history especially the log drives which ended in 1950. The Derby began in 1958 and the Hudson River Whitewater Derby is one of the oldest canoe and kayak races in the United States. Slalom Races and the Not-So-Whitewater Race have been set for Saturday, May 4, and The Downriver Race on Sunday, May 5, 2019. <img >>More


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Adirondack Park and Rural America


Protect the Adirondacks has published a new report The Adirondack Park and Rural America: Economic and Population Trends 1970-2010. This report has been widely circulated around the Adirondacks. It was mailed to all local officials, loads of non-profits, elected reps, school districts and local libraries. It’s available online. Through the end of the year, we’ll be undertaking a number of public presentations on the report and we’ll be publicizing those as they are organized. The report is long, complicated, and not easily distilled to talking points. I’ll be writing a series of essays this spring and summer for the Adirondack >>More


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Pete Seeger Tribute Planned for Saranac Lake


A celebration of Pete Seeger’s 100th birthday has been set for Saturday, May 4th at 7 pm at the 1st Presbyterian Church, 57 Church St in Saranac Lake. Local performers will perform songs that Pete sang and some original music based in the folk tradition and storytelling.  Travis Jeffery, a former captain of the Clearwater and friend of the Seeger’s, will share stories and will perform. He will be joined by Celia Evans, Keith Gorgas, Duane Gould, Lisa and Klaus Meissner, Tom Techman, Bruce Thompson and others. Nearly 50 years ago Pete and his wife, Toshi, spearheaded an effort to >>More


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Arts Center Member, Student Show in Blue Mountain Lake


The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts is set to open on Wednesday, May 1st for its 52nd season. To launch this year’s exhibitions, the Arts Center solicited works of art from its talented members. The Members’ Show will be displayed from May 1 – 31, with a reception open to the public on Friday, May 10 from 5 to 6:30 pm. Following the artist reception on May 10, the Arts Center will be presenting a World Music Concert at 7:30 pm featuring, Sitar/Tabla Master Ustad Shafaat Khan. Tickets are available at the door and online. This year’s Members Show >>More