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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Spier Falls Disaster: An Adirondack Tragedy

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


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

TAUNY Marking 25 Yrs of Heritage Awards at Folklife Festival

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


Monday, October 15, 2018

Gospel Choir Workshop, Concert in Saranac Lake

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


Saturday, October 13, 2018

The Most Negative Sales Pitch Ever

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


Saturday, October 13, 2018

Poetry: In the Tent

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.


Friday, October 12, 2018

Adirondack Experience Readies for Change of Season

The season is coming to a close for the Adirondack Experience, the museum on Blue Mountain Lake, but isn’t not the end of the activities. Each fall the museum gets ready for winter and provides opportunities for people to bring home a special Adirondack gift from their unique shop. According to ADKX Director of Marketing Ausra Angermann, the museum has two planned weekends set for people to do their holiday shopping and visit beautiful Blue Mountain Lake. On November 23-24 and December 14-16 from 10 am to 4 pm, the museum provides a special shopping experience to all visitors. “October >>More


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Adirondack-Set Film “The Song of Sway Lake” Being Screened

Ari Gold’s new feature film The Song of Sway Lake, which takes place in the Adirondacks, is set to show on Saturday October 20th at the Charles R Wood Theater in Glens Falls, Sunday October 21st in Indian Lake, and during at the Lake Placid Film Festival during the weekend of October 26th-28th. The Song of Sway Lake is about the hunt for a lost jazz record on a fictional Adirondack lake, stars Rory Culkin, Robert Sheehan, recent Tony nominee Mary Beth Peil, and Elizabeth Peña in her final role. Ari is a four-time Sundance » Continue Reading. View original >>More


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Father Fitz: Missionary to the Adirondacks

The Rev. John G. Fitzgerald, or “Father Fitz,” as he was known to contemporaries, was the first resident Roman Catholic priest in Old Forge. He is fondly remembered as a missionary to the widely scattered working people of the region and as a prolific builder of churches. His obituary in 1925 and local histories rightly focus on his time in Old Forge, but Father Fitzgerald had a significant career prior to that. His early assignments reveal a resourceful and energetic clergyman who made an impact across the Adirondacks and North Country. He served the people of northern New York State >>More


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Restored “Adirondack Holiday” Film Screening in Lake Placid

First released in 1960, Adirondack Holiday showed Essex County as a four-season vacation paradise. Now, almost sixty years later, the half-hour short has been restored to all its original color splendor. Its premiere screening will take place during this year’s Lake Placid Film Festival, October 26th to 28th. When the Essex County Chamber of Commerce decided to advertise the County’s qualities to a wider audience in 1960, members turned to local talents Ken and Shirley Richter. The Richters were famous for their travelogues and lectures, filmed across the world. Within the industry, Richter was known for his obsessive efforts to >>More


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The 1918 Flu Epidemic in St. Lawr Co, Oct 18

The next St. Lawrence County Historical Association’s Brown Bag Lunch Series has been set for Thursday, October 18th. This program begin at noon, will be led by Bryan Thompson and will focus on the 1918 Flu Epidemic. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch and enjoy a beverage and dessert provided by SLCHA. Bryan Thompson, a seventh generation St. Lawrence County native, is the municipal historian for the town of DeKalb. While deputy and town historian, he received the Hackman Research Fellowship and the Dearstyne Award for Excellence from the state archives. The Brown Bag Lunch Series is a lunch >>More