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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Keeseville Plein Air Festival Underway

The second Keeseville Plein Air Festival is taking place this week, June 20 to the 24th. The arts festival is showcasing the work of 25 artists as they paint Keeseville’s mix of natural beauty, historic architecture and emerging agricultural scene. AdkAction developed and launched the inaugural Keeseville Plein Air Festival in 2017 in an effort to bring the attention of talented artists to the hamlet of Keeseville, and aid in community revitalization efforts. The first year of the event included over 60 artworks created by 21 participating artists. Over $8,000 in artwork was sold, benefiting the artists and local community >>More

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Santa’s Workshop Doc Premiering In Placid June 23rd

A new documentary film, North Pole, NY is set to premier at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA), 17 Algonquin Drive, on Saturday, June 23 at 7 pm. A Q & A with Director Ali Cotterill and Producer Christa Orth will follow. North Pole, NY is a revealing look at the battle for survival of one of the first theme parks in the U.S., Santa’s Workshop, in Wilmington. The film examines the park’s legacy, the dedicated staff and loyal residents, and its struggles to survive in the larger context of the decline of the American roadside attraction. » >>More

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Something BIG Was Once Afoot in the Adirondacks

This appears to be the easiest North Country riddle ever, but humor me and give it a try anyway. What is very tall, very hairy, probably didn’t smell very good, and set tongues wagging when it was seen in the northern Adirondacks several times in early 1933? Just to be safe, take a moment and think about it. Hey, you never know — it could be a trick question. But if you’re still stumped or not certain of your answer, here’s another clue that might prove the clincher: it was known for having very large (OK … BIG) feet. If >>More

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Adirondack Explorer Publishes Outings Guide

The Adirondack Explorer recently published a special edition of its Annual Outings Guide in commemoration of the magazine’s twentieth anniversary. The 2018 guide is larger than previous outings guides, with a more durable cover to ensure that it will last as a resource for years to come. One hundred pages long, the Annual Outings Guide reprints thirty-one stories about outdoor adventures that appeared in the Explorer over the past decade—hikes, paddles, ski tours, slide scrambles, rock climbs, biking, and whitewater rafting. The authors include Lisa Ballard, Jack Ballard, Nancie Battaglia, Susan Bibeau, Mark Bowie, Ethan Rouen, Alan Wechsler, Stephen Williams, >>More

Monday, June 18, 2018

Ledge Hill Studio Art Showing at Depot Theatre

Ledge Hill Studio has invited the public to attend the opening reception for its early summer art show at the Depot Theatre, featuring a variety of paintings, photographs and prints by a list of talented regional artists on Thursday, June 21 from 5 to 7 pm. Artists represented include Ellen Few Anderson, Lauren Ashton, Ginni Campbell, Spring Carson, Darleen Cullen, John Cullen, Suzanne Dion, Glenn Estus, James Goss, Debra Kahler, Lynda Mussen, Larry Vanderburgh, Carolyn Vanderhoof, and Alison Weld. The reception is free and open to the public. All works of art are available for purchase. » Continue Reading. View >>More

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Adirondack Literary Award Winners Announced

The winners of the 2018 Adirondack Literary Awards were recently announced at an event at Heaven Hill Farm in Lake Placid. Writers, readers, publishers, and friends joined for the celebration of all regional books published in 2017, as well as the announcement of the category winners. Following a welcome by Adirondack Center for Writing Executive Director Nathalie Thill, judges in each genre provided descriptions of each title submitted before announcing the year’s winners. This years winners include: Best Book of Children’s Literature: Mommy, Baby and Me by Linda Elovitz Marshall (Peter Pauper Press, Inc.) Best Book of Fiction: The Night >>More

Friday, June 15, 2018

Old in Art School: Historian Nell Painter Book Event Sunday

Nell Painter, author, artist and Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton, is set to host a signing and discussing of her new book, Old in Art School, on Sunday, June 17th, at 4 pm. The event will be held at Lake Flower Landing, 421 Flower Avenue in Saranac Lake. Painter will be joined in discussion by Keene Valley artist Frank Owen. Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over is a journey full of surprises as Ms. Painter asks, “how are women, and artists, “seen” and judged by their age, race and looks?” Nell Painter holds a MFA >>More

Monday, June 11, 2018

Local Writers: Latest E-book and Print Trends

As an author of many books and publisher (with my partner) of many others, it behooves me to keep up on the latest trends in the world of books. This includes the ongoing question considered by many of my Adirondack friends and acquaintances who are authors: should I sell printed copies, or is it better to go digital with e-books? Or maybe a combination of the two? It’s an issue I’ve addressed here in years past, particularly in 2013 and 2014 when the e-book explosion rocked the industry, leading many experts and non-experts alike to conclude that the end for >>More

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Adirondack Coast Museum Days 2018 Set

The Adirondack Coast Cultural Alliance’s Annual Museum Days will take place Saturday and Sunday, June 16-17, 2018. Sixteen museums and historic sites will offer free admission from 10 am to 4 pm. Residents and visitors are encouraged to explore Clinton County’s artistic, agricultural, military, and industrial heritage through exhibits, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Participating organizations include: Alice T. Miner Museum, Chazy; Anderson Falls Heritage Society, Keeseville; Babbie Rural & Farm Learning Museum, Peru; Champlain Valley Transportation Museum and Kids Station, Plattsburgh; Clinton County Historical Association, Plattsburgh; Dannemora Village Museum, Dannemora; Heart’s Delight Farm Heritage Exhibit at Miner Institute, Chazy; Kent-Delord >>More

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Christopher Shaw: Katie Wilson’s Folk Hero Candidacy

The candidate most likely to win the Democratic primary race in the NY21st Congressional district has finally stepped forward. With her recently published essays, widespread press coverage and appearance on MSNB, and with her tireless retail politicking around the vast district, Katie Wilson, of Keene, has become the native daughter most likely to purloin votes away from carpetbagger, willing Paul Ryan stooge and Trumpian apologist Elise Stefanik in the most important midterm election of my lifetime. I have watched the race closely from exile in Vermont ever since November 8, 2016, knowing Vermont was secure and that if I wanted >>More