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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.


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