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Monday, August 12, 2013

Fred Kerslake’s Great Pig Circus

“That’ll do, pig.” It’s a line I’ve heard more than once from my wife and business partner, Jill (we’re always razzing each other about something or other). It is, of course, the famous line near the end of Babe, a movie we both enjoyed. We’re also fans of Arnold from Green Acres, and of the pigs who played leadership roles in George Orwell’s allegorical novel, Animal Farm. You can see a theme developing here―a bunch of very smart pigs who, in fantasy worlds, did all sorts of things that a reasonable person knows a pig can’t really do. Can’t really >>More


Friday, August 9, 2013

Warren County Rural Heritage Festival Saturday

The second Warren County Rural Heritage Festival & Youth Fair, cosponsored by the Warren County Historical Society and Cornell Cooperative Extension, will take place this Saturday, August 10th, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Warren County Fairgrounds on Schroon River Road in Warrensburg. This event explores and celebrates our rural traditions in work and play from the early days of Warren County through the mid-20th century. This year the Festival will be celebrating Warren County’s Bicentennial with displays and programs by local historical societies, museums, and military re-enactors. The festival will also feature displays and programs by area >>More


Thursday, August 8, 2013

A Treasured Guide Boat Returns to Newcomb

A gleaming wooden Adirondack guide boat, made from pine and cherry, and sporting original cane seats and graceful oars along with a history that dates to Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency, is again gliding through the waters of the Central Adirondacks where it was crafted at the turn of the 20th century. The boat, still bearing the original Beaver nameplate that marked it as part of the fleet at Arbutus Great Camp, is back at work at the Adirondack Interpretive Center poised to serve as the flagship of a small fleet of guide boats that will be used for educational purposes by >>More


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Twelve Years A Slave: Solomon Northup of Minerva

Minerva, primitive and remote in the early 1800s, hardly would have seemed a likely birthplace for a man who would write a book which would attract national attention, make the author a household name, and, to some degree, help start a civil war. But indeed, it was there that Solomon Northup, author of Twelve Years A Slave, was born. Technically the town of Minerva did not exist at the time of Solomon’s birth on July 10, 1807 (though his book gives 1808 as his year of birth, more official documents have it as 1807); the town of Minerva was not >>More


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

View Presents ‘I Am The Adirondacks’

View will present a multi-media experience based on an inspirational poem written by Miriam Davis Kashiwa. I Am The Adirondacks by Carl Heilman II will be performed on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. The live performance stars folk musicians, Dan Berggren, Dan Duggan, Peggy Lynn, and composer/musician Casey Fillaci. Heilman’s images combined with the live music and narrative from Kashiwa’s poem, combine to capture the spirit of the Adirondack Park. Tickets are $20/$15 or $5 for children. The poem written by Kashiwa gives the Adirondacks its own voice to introduce visitors to the legendary beauty and natural mystique of >>More


Friday, August 2, 2013

Caution: Wet Paint! Adirondack Plein Air Festival

The 5th Annual Adirondack Plein Air Festival will be taking place Aug 15-18 in the Saranac Lake area. Be forewarned – there’s going to be a lot of “wet paint”! Here’s a quick rundown of the schedule: Thursday Aug 15: 10-3 “Paint the Town” Day. Downtown Saranac Lake. Silent Auction starts at 4 pm. 3rd Thursday ArtWalk from 5-7:30. Friday Aug 16: 9-5 “Paint the VIC” Day. All the artists will be out on the trails at the Paul Smith’s College VIC. From 5-7 there is the opening reception for the “Plein Air Invitational” – a show of plein air >>More


Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Art Around the Adirondacks in August

The month of August brings a lot of great art to view in our region, but especially in the Saranac Lake area where there are six new exhibits opening plus the Adirondack Plein Air Festival, Aug 15-18. Bluseed Studios, 24 Cedar St., starts off the month with “Paper Migration”. This is an international collaborative exchange between Bluseed and a cooperative of artists in Mazatlan, Mexico. Saranac Lake residents have had the pleasure of seeing one of the Mexican artists working outdoors on a large painting in Berkely Green. Bluseed always has exciting, cutting edge shows and this collaboration, between Adirondack >>More


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Adirondack Lakes Center: Shakespeare in the Park

For the fourth season, the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts is bringing Shakespeare to the masses in a live, outdoor theatre setting. With other performances of Shrek the Musical, Cabaret and Songs for A New World, their ADK Summer Playhouse is in full swing. The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts Artistic Associate Danielle Melendez says, “We are doing MacBeth this year with a twist. This year we shorted the play to an hour and 15 minutes, to its purest form and only using six actors. We have the actors playing Lady Macbeth and Macbeth, but the actors portraying >>More


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Dave Gibson: The Economic Value of Protected Land

The Catskill Park and Forest Preserve may be smaller in size than our Adirondack Park but, like Avis in relation to to Hertz, Catskill residents may feel the need to try harder. One senses some good energy in the Catskill Mountains these days, and interesting initiatives are underway there, including an attempt to quantify visitation to the Catskill’s protected public and private lands and waters, and resulting economic value added to the Catskill economy. It would make sense if the same evaluation study method were applied to the Adirondack Park. The Catskill Park is just over 700,000 acres in size, >>More


Monday, July 29, 2013

Lawrence Gooley: A Trip To The Big City

Life takes so many strange turns, you never know what to expect. We’ve seen that often while operating our own business, but recent events were particularly unusual, to the extent that I’d like to share them with you. Three weeks ago, near the end of that long stretch of rain nearly every day, we battled flooding and incurred some damage that cost us more than a few dollars. And up to that point, I had worked all day almost every day since New Year’s. That level of tired can get to you after a while, but an unexpected turn of >>More