Regular Adirondack Almanack contributor Paul Hetzler is the author of a new book of nature essays, Shady Characters: Plant Vampires, Caterpillar Soup, Leprechaun Trees and Other Hilarities of the Natural World (Lexingford Publishing, 2018). Paul Hetzler knows all about nature in all its wonders, complexities, and hilarities, and weaves considerable wit with a range of wisdom. A Canton, NY-based arborist, educator and writer, Hetzler says he had intended to be a bear when he grew up, but failed the audition. He settled for an educator position instead, and serves as Horticulture and Natural Resources Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension of >>More
Ulysses S. Grant drank here. Maybe. Originally built in 1838 as an army barracks for enlisted men, known as Old Stone Barracks, the grand building on Ohio Avenue in Plattsburgh is now home to Valcour Brewing Company. Though Grant is reported to have stayed in the officers’ barracks that once stood adjacent in the mid 1800s, it’s possible he may have sat on the porch of the Old Stone Barracks swilling beer and swapping stories with the enlisted men. Even if Grant didn’t drink here, Valcour Brewing Company can openly boast that Kim and Pam Ladd drank here – twice >>More
Pledge I pledge allegiance to the Creator, who gives life to all beings, and to the animals, plants, insects, water, and rocks, for which the Creator allowed to exist. One Universe neither above or below, indivisible, with love and compassion for all. View original post.
It is certainly unfortunate that the debate concerning the Adirondack Railroad has continued for as long as it has. One would surely think that adults, objective in their analyses and wishing for the greatest good as an outcome, could have solved this long ago but, no. There is even a renewed attack from the trail advocates. We had hoped that after the resounding success in the courts and the unambiguous decision of State Supreme Court Justice Robert G. Main, that we could begin talks to successfully implement the 1996 Unit Management Plan and not continue the bickering. So let’s take >>More
Our Town Theatre Group has announced they will present Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, at the Lyle Dye Auditorium stage at Tannery Pond Community Center on October 19, 20 and 21. Performances are set for Friday October 19 and Saturday October 20 at 7:30 pm and Sunday October 21 at 1 pm. Tickets are $12 and $8 for students through 12th grade. Cast includes: Jennifer Bine (Blue Mountain Lake), Shane Diener (Bakers Mills), John Gable (Lake George), Simon Gardner (Minerva), Kim Smith (Wevertown), Maryann Sauro (Chestertown) and Dennis Wilson (Chestertown). Director is Jordan Hornstein. Trish Gardner is once again the Stage >>More
Adirondack history is naturally rife with river-related stories—wildly successful fishing trips, damaging floods, wilderness exploration, and dam construction. Rivers were the lifeblood of development: settlements sprang up along waterways, where partial diversion of streams provided the wheel-turning power necessary to many industries. But freshets were so common and destructive that dams were introduced as flood-control measures, and then for hydropower as the electrification of society unfolded. Recognizing the great financial potential of providing electricity to industries and the masses, power companies sought to develop dozens of potential reservoir sites. Among the arguments they used to justify building dam after dam >>More
TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, is set to host their TAUNY Folklife Fair: Celebrating 25 Years of North Country Heritage Awards on Sunday, October 28 from noon to 5 pm, with a closing concert by the Fraser Family Friends at 4:15 pm, at The TAUNY Center in Canton. Over 25 years, TAUNY has recognized 129 individuals, groups, places, and events representing the array of traditions that make the North Country special. The Folklife Fair, held this year in place of TAUNY’s annual Salute event, will feature over thirty past award recipients and friends sharing their traditions with the >>More
The Plattsburgh Gospel Choir is set to perform an evening concert, followed by a workshop for all singers, on Saturday, October 27th at the Saranac Lake First United Methodist Church. The workshop with 2 master classes offered by the choir, runs from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. All singers are invited – and no music reading is needed. This class is free and open to the public, attendees are encouraged to bring a dish for the potluck dinner. The free evening concert will take place from 6:30 to 8 pm, and will feature both the Gospel Choir and workshop participants. >>More
A little more than a century ago, a horrendous description of an Adirondack village appeared in newspapers, including the Mail and Express published in New York City. At issue was the placement of a yet-to-be-built tubercular sanitarium. Feelings ran so high at the time, you’d swear they were selecting the next Supreme Court justice. But taking sides is nothing new, as proved by use of the written word back then to describe one of the candidate locations. As you’ll see, it’s hard to believe they were talking about the same place. One of the favorites was Lake Clear, strongly preferred >>More
In the Tent Before the sizzle of cast iron on grease and chattering crows sounding the alarm, such a supple space to lay awake in a sleeping bag, rolled up like a napkin in a French bistro, zoned out to the blithe, unconditioned air bending the fly with dribbling rain. In the tent, the world loses its power. Wandering without rising through a Black Widow’s web, the last frontier of the dream. View original post.