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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Spencer Phillips: The Humbling Power of Wilderness

Let’s stipulate that religious epiphany requires an understanding of one’s relationship to the divine … to the creator … to God. I would further submit that this understanding is fundamentally a matter of humility. Humility is the recognition that we are not masters of the universe — not even of our own little corners of it — and that we need something more than ourselves if we are to make sense of our lives. What Kennedy’s observation suggests is that this understanding — this humility — is best attained in wilderness. I am not going to argue that other human >>More

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Poetry: Storm Coming

Bluest blue, Belies the timpani of thunder that warns, Storm coming. Trilling crescendo of avian flautists sounds, As feathered soloists shelter in trees. Couplet notes of dragonflies, Scurrying, scrabbling snare drums of gray squirrels warn, Storm coming. Rat-a-tat percussion of cascading droplets Bless my skin, kiss my hair, soften my dress. Wet blades of grass waltz and conduct in elemental time, Primal heartbeat metronomes, Washing my bare toes with their grace. Every windgust turns a new page in it’s airborne aria and Warns, Storm coming, Storm cleansing, Storm inspiring, Storm renewing. As it always will. Read More Poems From The >>More

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Paint and Sip at Lake George Land Conservancy

To celebrate spring, Lake George Land Conservancy is offering the chance to make your artist dreams come true with a one-day beginner painting class and wine tasting with Patrice Jarvis-Weber.  Jarvis-Weber is conducting a one-day workshop where adults and children 10 and up can learn to paint a trillium, a beautiful native Adirondack wildflower. To add to the fun complimentary wine from Adirondack Winery will be available as well as hot chocolate for the children. All participants keep their 8 x 10 stretched canvas acrylic artwork. Pre-registration is required and space is limited » Continue Reading. View original post.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Gouverneur’s Rhoda Fox Graves, NYS Political Trailblazer (Conclusion)

The Ogdensburg Journal-Republican, forced to eat crow after rejecting Rhoda Graves’ claims of Warren Thayer’s corruption, applied twisted logic to justify their stance and the senator’s behavior. They opened with: “Senator Thayer has retired…. It was found that he was on the payroll of a utility corporation and, we feel, working against the interests of the average resident of this district who has been forced to pay unjust rates.” The words “we feel” simply did not apply. There was no question he had been putting the financial screws to his voters while protecting a power company and lining his own >>More

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration in Saranac Lake

A celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life has been set for Saturday, April 13th, 2019, from 7 to 8 pm at the John Black Room at the Saranac Laboratory Museum, 89 Church Street, Suite 2, Saranac Lake. This is a rescheduled event, canceled due to weather earlier this year. Hear Dr. King’s words on the need for social and economic justice, and listen to Joe Paparone speak on the revival of Dr. King’s last project – the Poor People’s Campaign and discuss ways to continue this legacy today. There will be music and refreshments. The Poor People’s Campaign: A >>More

Monday, April 8, 2019

Northern Current Music Fest Keeping Hobofest Spirit Alive

The inaugural Northern Current music festival is set to take place September 1st in Saranac Lake’s scenic Riverside Park. The festival replaces Hobofest, a beloved event that was held in Saranac Lake for a decade on the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend until it was retired by organizers Peter Seward and Todd Smith in 2018. Hobofest, which originally took place at the local train station but eventually moved to Riverside Park, had a very distinct style and theme. The new committee organizing Northern Current hopes to embrace the same community spirit and grassroots origins cultivated by Hobofest, while expanding the >>More

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Washington Co Artist Exhibiting at Hyde

Twenty-three of Washington County resident Jacob Houston’s paintings will be exhibited in the Hyde Collection’s Hoopes Gallery as A Magical World: The Art of Jacob Houston. When he was 12 years old, Houston entered one of his paintings into the Washington County Fair Farm exhibition and won first prize — an honor he took home every year until he aged out of the competition. In the years since, he has exhibited his art at more than a dozen venues. Houston won first prize at Lapham Gallery’s first LARAC 120 degrees Intercollegiate Art Competition, competing with artists from colleges throughout the >>More

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Rhoda Fox Graves, NYS Political Trailblazer (Part 4)

During Rhoda Fox’s efforts on behalf of the Republican Party from 1918 through 1923, there was plenty of praise for her in the media and no criticism, but she was a non-office holder. When she decided in 1924 to run for an Assembly seat, anti-woman resistance was evident, gently discouraging the idea by praising her activism but insisting the job was best done by a man. When she surprised most people and won, the anti-woman factions maintained their stance but were forced to grudgingly accepted her. Now, with the announcement of a run for the Senate, the kid gloves were >>More

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Poetry: I Know This Forest

There is a forest that I can’t get away from. A forest of tombs still as tree trunks. There is a forest. The smell of red pine needles- the pathways of my ancestors. There is a forest. When I am not alive like I usually am. There is a forest. When I step in mink tracks, I know these tracks in my tendons. I know this forest. It pounds into the shale, like a crumbling ravine of hunger. I know this forest. Returning from vanished glaciers. A ghost in the temperature. Read More Poems From The Adirondack Almanack HERE. View >>More

Friday, April 5, 2019

Diggory Exhibiting Adirondack Lake Views at Albany Institute

Adirondack lakes are featured in Anne Diggory’s art exhibition at the Albany Institute of History and Art, “All in a Day’s Work” which opens with a lecture and reception April 7th at 2 pm. The show includes six artworks based on a day at Crane Point on Blue Mountain Lake and other groups based on the view from Recluse Island in Lake George, from Partridge Island in Upper Saranac Lake and from her canoe along the Bog River.  Several works combine her contemporary view with how the scene was painted in the 19th century. “Out of Place at Huletts Landing,” >>More


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