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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Poetry: Spectacle Lake

Spectacle Lake Disembodied from the bleeding virus of breaking news, my brain is ready for the cold medicine of the Adirondacks in April, where I can wait for the wild, unscripted providence of a quiet- clear as chartreuse-rising from the granite stomach of a lake speckled by loons. Photo of Spectacle Lake by George Cassidy Payne. View original post.


Thursday, July 26, 2018

Open Studio Tours and Adirondack Art Trails

My family likes to take part in art walks and gallery openings in and out of the Adirondack Park. We enjoy the arts and with a beautiful backdrop like the Adirondacks, what better place is there to explore art and nature? This weekend area artists open their doors for the monthly Saranac Lake Artworks Studio Tours. With live demonstrations, artists create and showcase their original work while visitors take part in self-guided tours.  Each month the list of artists alters slightly. The upcoming studio tour days will be July 27-29, August 31-September 2, September 28-30, October 27-29, and November 30-December >>More


Thursday, July 26, 2018

Riverfront Arts Fest In Warrensburgh Friday

An Adirondack Riverfront Arts Festival will take place Friday, July 27 from 3 to 6 pm at the Warrensburgh Riverfront Farmers’ Market, down by the river on State Route 418. There will be demonstrations and sales of “Made in the Adirondacks” hand-crafted work. Demonstrations will include blacksmithing, rustic furniture building, paper bead making, basketry, jewelry design, spinning, painting, and more. Visitors can learn the processes used to make healing soaps and lotions and the benefits of essential oils from Darlene Gregson; visit with local author Pat Leonard who will be personalizing her books; observe the technique of Kaena Peterson as >>More


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Film Forum Name Change, 2018 Festival Moved To October

The Adirondack Film Society (AFS) has announced a re-brand of their premier film event, the Lake Placid Film Forum (LPFF), and will celebrate its nearly 20-year history with a gala tribute to the AFS-LPFF’s co-founder on October 25th. The Lake Placid Film Forum has been re-named the Lake Placid Film Festival, and the stated theme of the 2018 film festival is “Diversity.” The Adirondack Film Society (AFS) launched its signature annual event, the Lake Placid Film Forum, in 2000 with the aim of bringing high-quality independent and other films that are hard to find in public venues in the Adirondack >>More


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Essex County Arts & Crafts Festival August 1st

On Wednesday, August 1, this year’s second Essex County Arts & Crafts Festival will take place at the Essex County Fairgrounds in Westport from 10 am to 6 pm. Nearly 40 local artists and crafters from 16 towns in Essex County and the neighboring region are expected to exhibit their hand-made creations of use and beauty. Over 600 visitors attended the last Festival, according to organizers, who said they came from over 130 different zip codes across the country. The first installment of the 2018 Essex County Arts & Crafts Festival was held on Friday, July 6th at the » >>More


Sunday, July 22, 2018

ROOST Releases 2017 Leisure Travel Study Results

The results of the latest Leisure Travel Information Study concludes a return of $62 for every dollar spent on marketing in 2017. The study also provides comprehensive traveler demographic insight for the Adirondacks’ Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton counties. For the 14th year, the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) contracted an independent third party, PlaceMaking, to conduct a Leisure Travel Information Study, which includes a regional return on marketing investment analysis, plus traveler data for the three counties. ROOST is the accredited destination marketing organization (DMO) responsible for promoting Essex County, Franklin County, Hamilton County, the Town of North Elba, >>More


Saturday, July 21, 2018

Richard Gast: Scream for Ice Cream

You know it’s hot outside when you stop by a friend’s home on the 4th of July, he’s got a growler of Township 7 Raspberry Haze ale and a half-gallon of Stewart’s butter pecan ice-cream on the kitchen counter, and he’s making himself a craft-beer float. “Try one!” he said. Let’s just say it’s an acquired taste. But it made me think that something similar may have been the inspiration for Butterbeer, the brisk, inebriating beverage enjoyed by the characters in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels. So, I asked him what the inspiration for his craft-beer float was and he >>More


Friday, July 20, 2018

Waterski Exhibition, Cardboard Boats Races in Long Lake

For the seventh year, the US Waterski Show Team is coming back to the shores of Long Lake. With new tricks, pyramids, and barefoot skiing, the annual waterski exhibition has spectators lining the shores on July 21 to witness everything from synchronized jumps to quadruple-decker pyramids. The Scotia NY based water-ski club is also celebrating its 50th anniversary and can be seen weekly on Tuesday nights performing along the Mohawk River, in front of Jumpin’ Jacks Drive. Town of Long Lake Events Coordination Erin Barton says, “This is the seventh year for this show to come to Long Lake. Each >>More


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Great Camp Eagle Island Celebration Planned

Eagle Island, Inc. is sponsoring a celebration of Great Camp Eagle Island on Wednesday, August 15, at 7 pm at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake. The event will feature award-winning Adirondack folk singer Dan Berggren. Eagle Island was designed in 1903 by Adirondack architect William Coulter for Levi P. Morton, the former U.S. Vice President and former Governor of New York. In 1910 the camp was sold to Henry Graves Jr. who donated this Great Camp to the Girl Scout Council of the Oranges, New Jersey in 1937. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 2003, it was operated as >>More


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Fort Ticonderoga Battle Re-Enactment This Weekend

Fort Ticonderoga is set to host “Defiance & Independence,” a two-day battle re-enactment on Saturday July 21 and Sunday July 22. Featuring nearly 500 historical re-enactors, this is the largest battle re-enactment of the year at Fort Ticonderoga. The battle will highlight the events of the summer of 1777, when Fort Ticonderoga’s American garrison was defeated by a British invasion force from Canada. Visitors can watch, learn, and experience first-hand as the armies battle across the historic landscape at 1 pm both Saturday and Sunday, during two unique battle scenarios. This two-day battle re-enactment will portray General Author St. Clair’s >>More