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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Folk Duo Smith And Berggren At BML Sept 29th

The duo Alex Smith & Dan Berggren are set to perform Adirondack folk and roots music on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 pm at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake. Veteran folksinger Dan Berggren and emerging singer-songwriter Alex Smith’s similarities outnumber their 40-year age gap: both were raised in small Adirondack towns, studied at St. Lawrence University, keep a keen ear out for local stories, and write songs that reach far beyond the Blue Line. Beer, wine, and other refreshments will be available. The Arts Center is located at 3446 State Route 28, » Continue >>More

Monday, September 17, 2018

A Perfect Storm of Bad Luck; One Tough Guy on Black Lake

A front-runner for 1930s “it seemed like a good idea at the time” award was 40-year-old Harry Baxter of Syracuse. In early September, he and his wife, Louisa, and one of their sons were camping at Black Lake in western St. Lawrence County. Thirty-six hours later he was in desperate straits, clinging to a small, rocky island and life itself. Harry’s troubles resulted from a series of questionable choices. The first was fishing from a small boat in conditions that Baxter himself later described as heavy seas. The second was going alone, perhaps not the best idea, and the third >>More

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Fort Ticonderoga’s Heritage, Harvest, & Horse Festival Oct 6th

Fort Ticonderoga’s Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival has been set for October 6, 2018. Visitors can discover the historical importance of horses and other working animals during demonstrations, meet friendly farm animals, stroll through a farmers market featuring local food, beverages and crafts, participate in family activities including a six-acre corn maze, and purchase harvest vegetables and plants from the historic King’s Garden. Festival featured activities include: live music; horse-drawn wagon rides; “localvore” food including homemade jams, jellies, and pies; regional beer, wine, and liquor tastings; the Annual Vegetable, Seed, and Plant Sale; a Harvest Market featuring locally » Continue >>More

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Poetry: The Hiker

The Hiker As the hiker capers through an unpainted gallery of birch logs, the crackling of chipmunks on sticks carries no weight. Captured by the sculpted breath of a grey-lyre like wind-his love of the trail corresponds to inter rupted questions: the cadence of candy apple brown pine cones, and the moon hiding its migration within the amber colored glass of monarch eyes. Yes, the hiker walks towards unborn steps, since before his seed heart began pumping in the silent chamber of the placenta. View original post.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Whallonsburg Grange Holding Fall Lyceum Series

The Whallonsburg Grange Hall is set to host five lectures for its fall Lyceum series on the theme of “Landscapes, Real and Imagined.” The series takes place on Tuesday nights at 7:30 beginning on September 25 and running through October 23. The series will examine different aspects of the historical and physical landscape, along with some that have been invented or interpreted. Presenters will discuss how what we “see” in the landscape is altered by our individual perspective and what we think we know about these places. Lectures will be followed by discussion from the audience. The series opens on >>More

Friday, September 14, 2018

Trailblazer: John Van Alstine

This story originally appeared in the Adirondack Explorer. Read more here. World-renowned stone sculptor John Van Alstine’s interpretation of nature’s interaction with the manmade world extends from his art to his home to his appreciation of the world around him. Large-scale abstract sculptures of found stone with steel and bronze surround and occupy many of the six buildings on his nine-acre complex—the former Adirondack Lumber Company mill along the Sacandaga River. The property, once his summertime studio, has, over time, transformed into his home and “world headquarters” for his studio and studios for the marble and granite work of his >>More

Thursday, September 13, 2018

It’s Town of Johnsburg History Weekend

The Town of Johnsburg is connecting its history through storytelling and activities for the third year. The annual Johnsburg History Weekend blends together a grave yard tour, live music, lectures, and children’s activities to make history come alive. “There is so much history in the North Creek area,” says North Creek Railway Preservation Society President Ellen Schaeffer. ”We approached the town three years ago to make the third weekend in September be The Town of Johnsburg History weekend. So much of our history was being forgotten.” Schaeffer explains how 25 years ago a group of concerned citizens saw » Continue >>More

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Boy Who Sued Santa — And Won!

That’s no trick headline you see above. After an incident in the Adirondacks 65 years ago, Santa’s business operations in the mountains were taken to court — by a five-year-old plaintiff. As you might imagine, there were proxies involved: Santa’s interests were represented by Santa’s Workshop, North Pole, N.Y. (in Wilmington), and young Michael of Saratoga Springs was spoken for by his parents. Attorneys handled the court proceedings on behalf of both parties. The brainchild of Julian Reiss, Santa’s Workshop opened in 1949, and today is in its 69th season. As a theme park, it quickly became wildly popular. The >>More

Monday, September 10, 2018

Lake George Jazz Weekend Sept 15-16

The Lake George Jazz Weekend is set to celebrate its 35th year on September 15 and 16. The festival is held at Shepard Park, in the heart of Lake George Village. Admission is free. Concert goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Several food vendors will be present in the park throughout the weekend. The festival has been curated throughout its 35 years by Paul Pines. With Paul’s passing in June of this year, he will be honored with a memorial on Saturday evening prior to the Jason Miles concert. Saturday’s performances begin at 1 pm with Robert >>More

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Poetry: Carries No Weight

Carries No Weight Cradled within the cleavage of a copper moon ceiling hiding its color, the hiker capers through an unpainted gallery of birch logs. Over the crackling of chipmunks chewing candy apple brown pine cones., the cadence of his cares carries no weight. View original post.