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Sunday, November 25, 2018

School Closures in the Adirondacks and Rural America

One refrain I have heard from Adirondack leaders through the years is that declining school enrollments across the Adirondacks, with particular emphasis on the closures of the Piseco School and Lake Clear School, show the overall decline of the Adirondacks as a viable social and economic region. Blaming environmental policies immediately follows these statements. I have always argued back that there are many factors that affect school enrollment levels and that the changes afoot in the Adirondacks are far less severe than the changes that are transforming vast portions of Rural America. I have friends in » Continue Reading. View >>More


Sunday, November 25, 2018

Frederick Douglass Biographer in Saranac Lake Dec 1st

John Brown Lives! is set to host a conversation with Frederick Douglass biographer David Blight and historian Margaret Washington on Saturday, December 1st, 2018, at BluSeed Studios, 24 Cedar Street, Saranac Lake. An opening reception will begin at 6:30 pm, with conversation begging at 7 pm. There is a suggested donation of $15. For more information about John Brown Lives!, visit their website. View original post.


Saturday, November 24, 2018

Poetry: Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday In my canoe on the Raquette, I saw smoky, hexagonal, cream colored osprey eggs appear out of the premature slush on the lurched pillars. On those yawning coppices and Eastertide melt, I felt the holy. Like resplendent, lukewarm air on my neck. For the first time View original post.


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Wildlife Artists On Exhibition In Old Forge

View Arts Center in Old Forge is set to host an opening reception for its newest exhibition, All Creatures Great and Small: Three Masters Three Mediums, on Friday November 30th from 5 to 7 pm. The exhibition features Allen Blagden, Al Jordan, and Larry Master. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments and food will be served, including a Pad Thai vegetable and chicken station with Great Pines’ chef David Haick. There will also be live wood carving in the courtyard by John Fillman of The Beaver Lodge. Often compared to Winslow Homer and Andrew Wyeth, Allen >>More


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Fort Ticonderoga Plans For Future With New Museum

Fort Ticonderoga was awarded $249,400 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as part of a $619,630 project to inventory, catalog and store more than 30,000 items from its collection of objects. This three-year project also includes updating of the online collections database recently launched by Fort Ticonderoga. Additionally, Fort Ticonderoga announced it is beginning the next phase of a $70 million capital campaign to support plans to enhance the visitor experience, which includes the construction of a new museum to house and display the growing collections. The museum is expected to serve as the premier North American military >>More


Sunday, November 18, 2018

Regional Ballet Companies Bring The Nutcracker to the Adirondacks

After you’ve turkey-trotted your way into eating that second plate of leftovers and made sure no local stores remain “in the red,” it’s time to embrace the arts with a holiday tradition, The Nutcracker. Tchaikovsky’s ballet,  The Nutcracker, is the perfect blending of gorgeous costumes and magical sets with a timeless story and score.  This family-friendly ballet is just as much a holiday tradition as Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. After an exhausting shopping excursion, it’s time to become part of Claire’s adventure as her toy Nutcracker comes to life to defeat the evil Mouse King. Throughout the Adirondacks there >>More


Sunday, November 18, 2018

Jefferson County’s Charles Sherman: Huckleberry Charlie (Part 3)

In January 1910, Charlie’s show-biz repertoire was further expanded with “a bunch of new songs and a new spiel” that he performed three times at the City Opera House when an amateur minstrel show came to town. Although he injured his hand working at the paper mill in Great Bend, Charlie continued to rehearse his songs and a monologue about the Pine Plains area, which proved to be a hit of the show. The Watertown Daily Times said, “One of the features not on the program, but which nevertheless called out perhaps a larger share of applause than any other >>More


Saturday, November 17, 2018

Poetry: Last Virgin Pine

Last Virgin Pine Solitary and heavy under the unseated saddle of an infinite sky, Immortality is a ruthless harvester of data: an endless string of half breaths from the last remaining virgin pine. Covered in a bright burst of December snowfall, the sun struck diamonds smile back. View original post.


Friday, November 16, 2018

21st Annual Adirondack Country Christmas Tour

The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts has announced they will be participating in the 21st Annual Country Christmas Tour, an Indian Lake/Blue Mountain Lake holiday tradition, on Friday and Saturday, November 23rd and 24th, from 10 am to 4 pm. Various locations will showcase “Made in the Adirondacks” goods. Artisans and crafters open their homes, inviting people in to shop local and purchase their homemade crafts and products. Maps and details about the two-day event are available at participating locations, including the Arts Center and the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce. The Arts Center is #15 on the map, >>More


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Cali Brooks: Working Together For Our Community

In the town of Minerva, Suzanne Crouse and Carol Frazier help to lead the Sleeping Giants Senior Program, which supports community members who are aging in place. This program provides social and emotional connections that also help alleviate feelings of loneliness and isolation. A recent grant from Adirondack Foundation – made through its Community Fund for the Gore Mountain Region – is helping to offset the cost of educational field trips that would be beyond the logistical and financial means for some of the group’s members. This story, along with countless others like it, demonstrates how community foundations are uniquely >>More