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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Best Adirondack Books of 2012 Honored

Writers, editors, publishers, and book lovers gathered at the Blue Mountain Center in Blue Mountain Lake on Sunday to hear the announcements of the Adirondack Center for Writing’s (ACW’s) annual Adirondack Literary Award winners. The Adirondack Literary Awards celebrate and acknowledge the books that were written by Adirondack authors or published in the region in the previous year. Judges for the Adirondack Literary Award were Bibi Wein and Jerry McGovern (nonfiction and memoir); Ellen Rocco and Joseph Bruchac (fiction); Stephanie Coyne-DeGhett and Stuart Bartow (poetry); Ellen Wilcox and Nancy Beattie (children’s literature). All of the books submitted for consideration this >>More

Monday, June 3, 2013

APA Schedules NYC Hearing On Finch Lands

The Adirondack Park Agency has scheduled a hearing in New York City on various options for classifying of 21,200 acres of former Finch, Pruyn land and up to 24,200 acres of adjacent Forest Preserve. The classification decision will determine whether motorized access and recreation will be allowed on the lands and waters in question. The hearing will be in the Downtown Conference Center at Pace University on Wednesday, June 19, at 6 p.m. The center is located at 157 William Street, 18th Floor, in Manhattan. The APA plans to hold eight hearings throughout the state on the Finch, Pruyn lands, >>More

Monday, June 3, 2013

Remembering ‘Adirondack Detective’ Writer John Briant of Old Forge

For the second time in recent months, the Adirondacks lost a longstanding member of the regional writers’ community. John Briant of Old Forge, known far and wide for his Adirondack Detective series of books, passed away on May 14. I’m not a religious person, and I can’t say to what extent John was, but if he was devout, he probably looked forward to reuniting with his beloved wife, Margaret, who passed away in June 2012. If you didn’t know the Briants but you attended book events in the area, they were the loving elderly couple who clung so closely to >>More

Monday, June 3, 2013

Options For New State Lands: Canoe Area

In the first two articles of this series, we looked at proposals to classify the former Finch, Pruyn lands Wilderness or Primitive. This week we look at two proposals for creating the Park’s second Canoe Area. Altogether, the Adirondack Park Agency has put together seven options for the management and use of 22,500 acres of former Finch, Pruyn lands that the state purchased from the Nature Conservancy. The options will be discussed at a series of public hearings from June 12 to July 2. The APA board could vote on a final » Continue Reading. The post Options For New >>More

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Cabin Life: The Forgiveness of Snakes

I don’t usually think about snakes, but I’ve had a few run-ins in the last couple of days, and I haven’t really had a choice but to think about them.  Now, I’m not one of those people who screams like a little girl when he sees a snake (anymore), and when I do happen to think about them, it’s usually because a garter snake is slithering away out in the driveway or curled up on one of the rocks out in the yard. The other morning, I stepped out of the front door and was handed a small garter snake.  >>More

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Rock Climbing at Lost Brook Tract

Last weekend I got a last minute performing gig at the Indianapolis 500 (which, goodness gracious, is the largest event I have ever seen in my life) and an unexpected financial windfall.  That allowed me to indulge myself a little bit and make a purchase to which I have been looking forward for some time.  I went to my local REI in Wisconsin and picked out rope, belay devices, webbing, locking carabineers and – joy of joys – some new climbing shoes (REI finally has stores downstate in New York but nothing near the Adirondacks yet… though you should all >>More

Friday, May 31, 2013

This Week’s Adirondack Web Highlights

// // ]]> On Friday afternoons Adirondack Almanack compiles for our readers the best web highlights. You can find all our weekly web round-ups here. Subscribe! More than 9,900 people get Adirondack Almanack each day via RSS, E-Mail, or Twitter or Facebook updates. It’s a convenient way to get the latest news and information about the Adirondacks. The post This Week’s Adirondack Web Highlights appeared first on The Adirondack Almanack.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Adirondack Events This Weekend (May 31)

Visit the Adirondack Almanack each Friday to find out what’s happening around the Adirondacks. Featured Adirondack Events – chosen by Adirondack Almanack contributors. Outdoor Conditions in the Adirondacks – for those headed into the woods or onto the waters this weekend. We’ve also gathered the best links to regional events calendars all in one place: Lake George Region Events Lake Placid Region Events This Weekend Old Forge Area Events This Weekend Saranac Lake Area Events This Weekend Tupper Lake Region Events This Weekend Subscribe! More than 9,900 people get Adirondack Almanack each day via <a » Continue Reading. The post >>More

Friday, May 31, 2013

Nancie Battaglia Photo Exhibit Opens Tonight

Nancie Battaglia—well known for her photography of the Adirondacks and the Olympics—will be exhibiting more than two hundred examples of her work at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LCPA) through June 22. Titled “inPRINT,” the exhibit focuses on photos that have been published in newspapers, magazines, and other media, such as book covers, brochures, and even cereal boxes. Her photos have appeared in national publications such as National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, and the New York Times and in regional publications such as the Adirondack Explorer and Adirondack Life. The public is invited to an opening reception at the >>More

Friday, May 31, 2013

Spring Peepers: Cope’s Gray Tree Frog

The “peeper season” is in full swing now, and with much needed rain in the Adirondacks, they are loving it! Depending on who you talk to, the sounds of these little frogs are music to the ears or a complete annoyance. I fall on the side of music to the ears, and wouldn’t have it any other way! After a long Winter, these beautiful little amphibians are a welcomed sound! I captured this image with my Canon Powershot SX 110 IS, 6mm focal length, 1/60 sec. at f/2.8, ISO 80. The post Spring Peepers: Cope’s Gray Tree Frog appeared first on The Adirondack Almanack.