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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Dam History: The Proposed Tupper Lake Reservoir

I am often dwarfed by the vastness of the landforms which surround me.  The glacial lake basin that forms part of the Raquette River Valley is one such formation.  The old meandering Raquette River from Raquette Falls to Piercefield Falls is a good example.  The river twist and turns, almost comes back upon itself for several miles, as it flows towards its mouth on the St. Lawrence River.  At one point it flows into a lake area and makes a series of rather long graceful turns.   The already slow moving water slows even more, and the current of the river >>More


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Father’s Day Weekend at Kate Mountain Music Fest

Though there are plenty of activities and reasons to get outside this Father’s Day weekend, the Kate Mountain Music Festival and BBQ is one opportunity to put some spring in your step. On Saturday, June 15, Vermontville is bringing a buffet of musical talent to the Fourth Annual Kate Mountain Music Festival. With vendors, children’s games, and silent auction starting at 10 am, the musical talent will kick off at noon with blues guitarist Chaz DePaolo. Organized by the Kate Mountain Community Recreation Association (KMCRA), the Kate Mountain Music Festival’s focus is to provide a place for families to spend >>More


Monday, June 10, 2013

Books: Traditional Print, E-Books, or Print On Demand?

A few local authors recently spoke with me about e-books, which coincidentally are grabbing headlines in a big way lately. The two main stories are Apple’s defense against charges that it conspired with publishers to fix e-book prices, and the surprising decision by Stephen King to not offer an e-book version of his latest title. King, one of the early proponents of digital publishing, hopes to reward the brick-and-mortar stores that helped make him such a huge success in traditional print. The Apple case is currently in court, but in the nine months preceding the trial, e-book prices plunged, in >>More


Friday, June 7, 2013

Early Morning On Loon Lake, Warren County

The post Early Morning On Loon Lake, Warren County appeared first on The Adirondack Almanack.


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Great Camp Santanoni Restoration Tour June 28

Great Camp Santanoni in Newcomb was built for Robert and Anna Pruyn of Albany beginning in 1892. The estate eventually included 12,900 acres and nearly four-dozen buildings. Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) director Steven Engelhart and 2012 intern Charlotte Barrett will lead a tour of the site on Friday, June 28, 2013 that will feature the launch of a new guide to Santanoni, authored by Barrett. The day will include stops at the Gate Lodge, the 200-acre farm, and the Main Camp on Newcomb Lake where well see ongoing restoration and learn about the conservation planning and restoration work. The Santanoni >>More


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Hill and Hollow Music in the Town of Saranac

In its 20-year history, Saranac’s Hill and Hollow Music has brought over 100 professional chamber music ensembles to the Adirondacks. Their community outreach has included over 1,250 presentations in schools, churches, senior residences and community centers. For founders Angela Brown and Kellum Smith the vision has grown to include a year-round Rural Retreat Program for professional musicians and the Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble (NAVE). NAVE debuted in December 2011 and currently Conductor Drew Benware continues to work with Hill and Hollow to fill a distinct niche with this a cappella choir. According to Brown, by keeping this vocal ensemble small, >>More


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Photography: An Adirondack Sunset

Last Sunday’s stormy weather conditions made for dramatic picturesque skies indeed, and the timing couldn’t have been any better! The Sun was setting, with the last of the storms passing through, giving way to this golden view! It’s moments like this that makes you really feel alive, and be glad for it! So remember, when the storm is passing and the Sun is setting, grab your camera and get ready for a beautiful show! I captured this image with my Canon Powershot SX 110 IS, 60 mm focal length, 1/125 sec. at f /5.6, ISO 80. The post Photography: An Adirondack Sunset appeared >>More


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

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


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