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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

US Women’s Ski Jumping Documentary in Lake Placid

The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) will present the new documentary Ready to Fly which chronicles the US Women’s Ski Jumping Team’s fight to be recognized as an Olympic sport on Sunday, October 13 at 8:00 PM. Immediately following the film, members of the US Women’s Ski Jumping Team will take questions from the audience. Ready to Fly follows 2009 World Champion Lindsey Van. Even though Van out-jumped the world’s best men at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic venue, the International Olympic Committee forbade women from competing in ski jumping, the only Winter Olympic discipline to do so. Tickets >>More


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Warrensburg Graveyard Walks, Dinner Planned

Two Graveyard Walks are planned for Warrensburg Cemetery. Characters expected to put in appearances this year represent people from Warrensburg’s earliest  history, including the woman who hosted the first Town Board meeting and others. The Graveyard Walks and Dinner have been sponsored by the Warrensburgh Historical Society since 2001, with sold-out audiences every year.  The public is encouraged to make their reservations early, as space is limited. The first will be held On Friday, October 18th  followed by a Gourmet Dessert Buffet at the Cornerstone Victorian B & B, 3921 Main Street, and in keeping with the 1813 Town Bicentennial >>More


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Logging and Railroads: John Dix’s Right of Way to Rondaxe

Sources can be scarce when tracking down information for a region where precious few histories have been written.  We are fortunate that the few we have are wonderful works, even though too many need reprinting.  Such a work is David Beetle’s Up Old Forge Way.  Originally published in 1948, this book provided readers with a humorous, introductory history of Fulton Chain lakes, hamlets and people.  His sources were books, newspaper accounts and people’s recall of events in some cases fifty years after they occurred. From his book, we read that John Dix, a former governor, needed to float his company’s >>More


Monday, October 7, 2013

Lake George Historic Preservation Projects Recognized

A downtown commercial building, a YMCA conference center and a private home, all on or near Lake George, all received awards from Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) when the organization held its annual luncheon in Lake Clear on September 30. Jim Major’s restored Heustis block in Ticonderoga, the Silver Bay YMCA and the Bixby family’s house in Bolton Landing were among the six properties to receive awards this year, said Susan Arena, AARCH’s program director. “The AARCH Awards Program recognizes exemplary historic preservation work throughout the Adirondack Park. We seek examples of sensitive restoration, rehabilitation, and demonstrated long-term stewardship.  This year’s >>More


Thursday, October 3, 2013

North Country Arts Center Opening ‘ARTful Colors’ Show

The North Country Arts Center will open its fall exhibit, “ARTful Colors,” with a reception tomorrow, Friday, October 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. North Country Arts Center opened the Art in Chestertown Gallery in July 2010 for what was meant to be only a six-week exhibit. Since then the gallery has shown works by more than one hundred local and regional artists. North Country Arts Center is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to encouraging and assisting emerging artists and artisans in the southeastern Adirondack region. The Art in Chestertown Gallery is located at 6378 State Route 9 in Chestertown. >>More


Thursday, October 3, 2013

High Peaks History: The 1913 Fire at Chapel Pond

One hundred years ago this September the Keene Valley faced the second massive fire to threaten it from the south since the dawn of the young century.  The irrepressible artist Harold Weston, then a young man of nineteen, was on the front lines along with his family; his father, secretary of Adirondack Trail Improvement Society (ATIS) at the time, was chief adviser to the Army platoon that President Woodrow Wilson had sent to help fight the fires. In his collection Freedom in the Wilds Weston recounts the progress of the fire up the ridge of Noonmark and over the southern >>More


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Forgotten Lake George Photographers: The J.S. Wooley Project

An early 20th century Lake George photographer is about to receive the attention that many local collectors, historians and photographers believe he richly deserves. The photographer is Jesse Sumner Wooley (1867-1943), and the J.S. Wooley Project,  a collaborative effort of photographer Richard Timberlake, Bolton Landing collector and resident Matt Finley and the Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa, has already produced standing-room only slide shows and lectures at the Brookside Museum and Silver Bay, where Wooley was the official photographer from 1908 to 1923.  Another presentation will be presented at the Crandall Library in Glens Falls on October 15. The project >>More


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Adirondack Art: OK Slip Falls Inspiration

I climbed steadily over rocks and boulders, some the size of large pieces of furniture, for half a mile as I worked my way up OK Slip Brook. Sometimes in the thick growth along the shoreline, sometimes rock-hopping right up the brook itself. After a good 30-40 minutes, I came around a bend, crossed several sections of the brook at a gravelly section, and the falls came into sight ahead. OK Slip Falls – around a 250 foot drop – sun coming in from the side, dark rocks, a small drop visible at the top, then the water comes over >>More


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Waterway Navigation: The Moose River Lumber Company Cases

The books of Henry Harter and Harold Hochschild discuss the building of the short-lived Raquette Lake Railway, its millionaire owners and probable origins.  These include Mrs. Huntington threatening not to visit Collis Huntington’s Pine Knot Camp if she had to continue using the Fulton Chain steamers, riding on buckboard and boat carries beyond Fourth Lake.  Maybe Mr. Huntington, not finding an empty seat, got the idea after sitting on a keg of nails on one steamer ride. No doubt tycoons as Durant, Morgan, Vanderbilt and Whitney envied Dr. Webb’s ability to ride a private train to his Nehasane Preserve from >>More


Thursday, September 26, 2013

High Peaks Happy Hour: Rum Runners Weekend

Nearly a century ago, the bootleg trail from Canada to New York City ran smack through the Adirondacks. Bootleggers risked life and limb transporting locally distilled hooch and smugglers ran whiskey from Canada, eluding dry agents and spawning crime and corruption. Chestertown and its surrounding communities recently commemorated this period in history with related activities. It was a damp and drizzly Thursday night at Warrensburg’s Luck E Star Cafe where the Greater Warrensburg Business Alliance hosted a 1950s-era Car Hop. Among the vendors, we hawked books and passports as the drama unfolded. Those gathered were whisked from the 1950s to >>More