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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Amazing Grace Vineyard Summer Concert Series

Summer in the Adirondacks is not only about the beautiful wild outdoors, but can be a mixture of cultural activities while enjoying nature with artists and musical entertainment. For the fourth year, Amazing Grace Winery is pairing its fine Champlain Valley wine with local musical talent for a casual evening under the stars. Established in 2008 in Chazy, Amazing Grace produces cold hardy varietal wines and fruit wines and has a recently expanded 1,400 square foot winery/tasting room as part of its small farm vineyard. In addition to tours, tasting and  musical events the vineyard hosts a bimonthly Farmers’ and >>More


Monday, July 8, 2013

Plumbing Local Family History: Aird Dorrance

Last week’s coverage here of Airdmore, that unusual camping colony at Elizabethtown in 1922, prompted a number of questions for me, particularly about the unusual surname of the main player, Henry Aird. The name was familiar to me in only one regard―from the plumbing supply company, Aird Dorrance, based in Morrisonville, near Plattsburgh, and with facilities in Ballston Lake and Clifton Park. I wanted to know: could there be a connection between the modern company and the business founded more than a century ago by Henry Aird? If so, then he left a remarkable and lasting impact on North Country >>More


Sunday, July 7, 2013

An Amazing Music Opportunity

In a recent Mountain Lake PBS e-newsletter, something caught my eye. Like many, I suppose, I get too many emails and often give many nothing more than a quick scan, if that, before hitting the delete button. But there was a little, green, Adirondack summer image with the words “Songs to Keep” superimposed. What’s this? The teaser text read “The story of a woman who traveled the Adirondacks collecting rare folk songs that are being rediscovered and rerecorded 60 years later. Help make this project happen by investing in it!”. It hooked me and I clicked. Not only am I >>More


Saturday, July 6, 2013

Upper Works: The Lost Settlement of Adirondac

It was early afternoon of a warm, windless July day, fifteen years ago.  Bits of sunlight flecked the ground, filtered by the dark foliage of the forest stand in which I found myself.  Minutes before I had been with my family, gathered together in conference along a faint trail.  Now I was alone, off trail, pushing through a phalanx of young hardwood growth dotted with cedar, hemlock and spruce.  Though my wife and three sons were spread out in the woods somewhere within shouting distance, the only sound I could hear was that of my own labor, of leafy branches >>More


Thursday, July 4, 2013

Warren County Oral History Project Planned

The Warren County Historical Society will be conducting oral history interviews during the Rural Heritage Festival and Youth Fair at the Warren County Fairgrounds in Warrensburg, NY on August 10th. The Warren County Historical Society is searching for individuals who would like to participate and are specifically interest in talking with individuals who have some knowledge in three specific areas: · World War II Memories: Looking for individuals who have memories of The Home Front during WWII (1941-45). Do you remember Pearl Harbor, D-Day, the election of 1944, and FDR’s death? Also do you remember V-E Day and V-J Day, >>More


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Brant Lake: A Rainbow Just Before Sunset

A few days ago I photographed this rainbow just before sunset over Brant Lake. I had noticed a rather fine, misty rain coming down, with a nice brightness at the lower edge of the clouds, indicating a clear sky below the clouds where the sun would be shining shortly. I grabbed the camera and headed out in the car to see if the rainbow would materialize as hoped and was rewarded with this beautiful full rainbow and reflection in the lake from an open view on the west side of the lake. The post Brant Lake: A Rainbow Just Before >>More


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Shirt Factory Gallery Hosts Guild of Adirondack Artists

The Shirt Factory Gallery in Glens Falls is hosting  a month-long exhibit by the members of the Guild of Adirondack Artists.  Formed in 1973, the Guild of Adirondack Artists intended to bring together working artists from Warren, Washington and Saratoga counties to facilitate a sense of collegiality and promote a high standard of artistic achievement through exhibits and educational experiences. All of the group’s members are professional artists and/or teaching artists. They often exhibit as a group and individual members exhibit both regionally and nationally. Paintings, drawings and sculptures in a variety of mediums and styles will be represented in this >>More


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Nominees Sought For Adirondack Historic Preservation Awards

Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) seeks nominations for its 2013 Historic Preservation awards. The organization looks to recognize sensitive restoration and rehabilitative efforts consistent with its mission of longterm stewardship. Projects, large and small, completed in the Adirondack region during the past two years are eligible for consideration. AARCH is a nonprofit historic preservation organization that was formed in 1990 with a mission to promote better public understanding, appreciation and stewardship of the Adirondacks’ unique and diverse architectural heritage. This year’s award ceremony will be held September 30, 2013, at the Lake Clear Lodge and Retreat, at Lake Clear, New York. >>More


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

A Visit To Crown Point Historic Site

Crown Point Historic Site is one of my child’s favorite places to go. It fits their criteria for a perfect day. It’s located near water, has hiking trails, a beautiful view and a Revolutionary War history. No matter how old my children get, they always greets our arrival to Crown Point Historic Site with the same enthusiastic, “We love this place.”  While I spend more time gravitating toward the shoreline, they hit the grassy fortress walls, walking along the former paths of Pre-Revolutionary War British and French soldiers. According to the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Crown >>More


Saturday, June 29, 2013

50 Years Ago: The 1963 Giant Mountain Landslide

Fifty years ago, on June 29, 1963, a thunderstorm stalled over Giant Mountain. Heavy rain saturated the thin soil near its summit, gradually weakening its hold on the smooth anorthosite surface.  It was a Saturday: several hikers and campers were on the mountain. Three thousand feet below, traffic – some of it from a wedding just over in Keene Valley — passed up and down the long hill on Route 73 that offers a glimpse of Giant’s Roaring Brook Falls. This account is about what happened that day to the people who had just arrived at an old family camp >>More