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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.


Thursday, September 6, 2018

A Little Humor: Odd Accidents from the Past

Safety — on the job, in the home, on the highways — is serious business with the National Safety Council, but they’re not without a sense of humor. For decades at the end of each year, the organization published a collection of unusual accidents, once called Freak Squeakers, that could have been catastrophic, but by odd circumstance ended with relatively minor injuries, or none at all. From my collection of odds and ends, here are a few from the Adirondack region that fit the category, followed by a few more that the NSC shared more than 60 years ago. Compared >>More


Monday, September 3, 2018

Victorian Ghost Photos at Ticonderoga’s Hancock House

The Ticonderoga Historical Society is set to host a free program entitled “Victorian Spirit Photography: Beyond the Veil” on Friday, September 21 at 7 pm at the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga. People living in the Victorian era (1837-1901) showed interest in psychic phenomena, seances, spiritualism, ghost photography and other forms of communications beyond the living world. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert took part in seances and well-known author Arthur Conan Doyle was also a believer, as was English poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning. This program will look at the history and help attendees understand why that took place and >>More


Sunday, September 2, 2018

Newcomb Exhibits Marking Camp Santanoni’s 125th Year

A new exhibit at the Newcomb Historical Museum, The Pruyns of Camp Santanoni, focuses on the nearly 13,000 acres of the Santanoni Preserve and the family that founded Great Camp Santanoni on Newcomb Lake. Begun in 1892 by Albany banker Robert C. Pruyn, and his artistic and wilderness-loving wife Anna Williams Pruyn, the main camp was sufficiently completed for its first official party of family and friends in 1893. In the years that followed, R.C. and Anna hosted many more events, raised a family of four, taught their 10 grandchildren to love the Adirondacks, and relished famous spring fishing parties >>More


Sunday, September 2, 2018

Archaeology of the Adirondacks: New Book, Lecture

The Hadley-Lake Luzerne Historical Society has announced “Understanding the Archaeology of the Adirondacks,” a lecture by archaeologist and author David Starbuck of Chestertown on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 8 pm, at the Hadley-Luzerne Public Library 19 Main Street, Lake Luzerne. David Starbuck is a noted authority on the archaeology of the Adirondacks. He will share excerpts from his latest book Archaeology of the Adirondacks and discuss findings from his most recent Adirondack excavations. The book focuses on the varied material culture brought to the Adirondacks, and now found underground.   Starbuck’s book examines Native American sites on Lake George >>More


Saturday, September 1, 2018

An 18-Year-Old Essex County Missing Person Case

State Police continue to investigate an 18-year-old missing person case from Essex County. On September 21, 1999, the Clifton Police Department in New Jersey received a report of a missing person. Family members reported that Hakan Karacay, a 28-year-old immigrant from Turkey, left his residence on September 20, 1999, at approximately 5 pm, operating a silver 1989 Mazda 626. Karacay was described to be suffering from depression and was dependent on medication which he failed to take with him. On September 25, 1999, the New York State Police received a report of a suspicious vehicle located by a citizen on >>More