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March, 2019

Exploring the History of Maple Syrup


I don’t think there’s a more magnificent forest tree or more glorious shade tree than the sugar maple (Acer saccharum); a deciduous tree that matures in 30-50 years, generally growing to between 70 and 90 feet tall, with a crown that turns a brilliant, fiery yellow, orange, or red at summer’s end. The sugar maple is the official state tree of New York, Vermont, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. It’s also the national tree of Canada. And the maple leaf is the Canadian national emblem. For sugarmakers, this is maple season. Having tapped thousands of » Continue Reading. View original post.


March, 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


March, 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


March, 2019

Indian Lake Irish Road Bowling Saturday


My family has consistently been a part of the Irish Road Bowling tradition that takes to the streets of Indian Lake each St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Last year we joined over 60 teams to take turns bowling along the lane with the hopes of finishing with the lowest score. Don’t worry if you don’t like to bowl, the costumed teams make it just as much to watch as it is to play. For the 13th year, visitors and the community of Indian Lake are celebrating the Irish tradition of road bowling. No matter the weather, Indian Lake  consistently offers » >>More


March, 2019

Maple Sugaring Season Is Almost Here


It may be difficult to believe with all the fresh fallen Adirondack snow and freezing temperatures, but spring is right around the corner, along with the sweetest time of all – maple sugaring season. Making sugar from maple tree sap is weather dependent (typically temps over 40 during the day and into the 20s at night are best). In the Adirondacks, the season can be short, it can stop and start, or seem to go on forever any time from mid-February and mid-April, depending on the location of the sugar bush.  But March is always the best time in the >>More


March, 2019

FarmShare Fund Grants Support Local Food


The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) has announced they are offering grant funding to support incorporating local food into existing hunger relief and food security efforts in the region. This is the second year the regional nonprofit has administered its FarmShare Fund mini grant program. Organizers say that more than 200,000 households in the Adirondack North Country, or 41 percent of all households, do not have enough income or financial resources to cover basic household necessities. For these residents, local food options are often not affordable or accessible. ANCA announced its request for proposals at the second annual North Country >>More


March, 2019

Long Lake Hors D’Oeuvres Tour A Hit


On Friday, February 22nd, the Long Lake Hors D’Oeuvres Tour returned for the Town of Long Lake Tourism’s Winter Wonderland Week. The tour was open to anyone and guests of the tour were invited to ride the Long Lake’s community “Little Bus” and visit the local restaurants to vote for their favorite appetizer. Guests hailed from Nashville, TN, Columbia County, NY, Plattsburgh, Tupper Lake, Long Lake and Albany and other locales. The participating restaurants were The Adirondack Growl and Grub, The Adirondack Hotel, Long Lake Diner/Owl’s Head Pub and the Long View Lodge. Due to an unexpected mechanical issue the >>More


February, 2019

Tupper Lake Brew-Ski Fest Saturday


Tupper Lake is combining my love of skiing with a micro-brew experience and I don’t even have to leave the trail. It isn’t an après ski experience, but more “pendant” skiing. I’ll be experiencing sampling of various local beers during a cross-country ski or snowshoe. On Saturday, February 23, Tupper Lake Cross-Country Ski Center is grooming their trails for two events, Brew-Ski and its annual Ice Golf Tournament. Both activities sound fun, but my family is going to be hitting the Brew-ski trail. The Tupper Lake Cross-Country Ski Center is the winter transformation of the Tupper Lake Golf Club. With >>More


February, 2019

Indian Lake’s Week Long Snocade


Indian Lake has snow and is asking everyone to come make tracks for Snocade. The annual event celebrates a week’s worth of winter activities, February 15-24, from cardboard sled races to snowmobile time trials. My family does not own snowmobiles, but this week long festival is more than just riding the miles of local trails. It’s a celebration of snow.  There are so many things to do that allows us to celebrate winter while enjoying the Central Adirondacks. After enjoying a hardy breakfast, we can ice skate and sled at the Ski Hill for free. There is a » Continue >>More


February, 2019

Long Lake Hors D’Oeuvres Tour Planned


Long Lake area restaurants are preparing for the return of the Hors D’Oeuvres Tour on Friday, February 22nd, from 6 to 10 pm. Venues for 2019 are The Adirondack Growl and Grub, Adirondack Hotel, Long Lake Diner & Owl’s Head Pub and the Long View Lodge.  The Long Lake Little Bus will provide door to door transportation. The order of stops will be selected at random the day of the event. Tour participants can dine on three appetizers from each restaurant and vote for the best. Voting is based on a points system considering presentation, quality, taste, texture and originality. >>More




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