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Thursday, August 9, 2018

A Partnership For Wilderness, 1946-2018

In July 1946, Howard and Alice Zahniser drove with their children to the Adirondacks for the first time. Howard had started work as the first executive of The Wilderness Society in Washington D.C. the year prior. Howard would begin drafting the federal Wilderness Act of 1964 (66 drafts in all) from a cabin he acquired in the Adirondacks. Howard kept a journal of his first trip to the Adirondack Park.  The rest of us know about it thanks to his son Ed Zahniser’s small book, Where Wilderness Preservation Began – Adirondack Writings of Howard Zahniser (Ed Zahniser, Editor., North Country >>More


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Ruth Williams: A World War One Nurse Overseas

The word hero is often tossed around loosely, but when it comes to wounded soldiers, no one argues that it’s fitting — so what does it say about someone else when wounded soldiers call them heroes? Consider American women during World War I. Although many wanted to, they didn’t have to serve because of their sex, and could support the troops by important actions at home. But some chose to place themselves near the front lines, and with no weapons to defend themselves. Their only protection came from nebulous agreements by both sides not to bomb hospitals and care centers. >>More


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Boquet River Theatre Festival Tickets On Sale

Tickets are now available for the Depot Theatre’s Boquet River Theatre Festival (BRTF) 2018 performances. Created in 1993, the BRTF is an organization that was designed to provide young people with theatrical training and experience. The Depot Theatre in Westport took BRTF on as its signature education and outreach program beginning this year. Each summer, BRTF features both junior (ages 8-12) and senior (ages 12 and up) programs that culminate in theatrical performances held at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall. This year’s Junior production, directed by Cherie La Duke, will be Willy Wonka Jr., with performances on August 10 and 11 >>More


Monday, August 6, 2018

Adk History Museum’s Hiking Exhibit Features 46ers

The Adirondack History Museum celebrated the grand opening of its “Hiking the Adirondack High Peaks” exhibit on July 20 with over 130 people attending a ribbon cutting and reception. Museum staff and volunteers spent over 1,000 hours developing the exhibit. The interactive permanent display explores High Peak’s hiking history dating back to the mid-19th century. The exhibit highlights the work of the Adirondack Forty-Sixers, hiking pioneers, old time guides, and other historic and contemporary figures, such as Adirondack 46ers historian and founding member Grace Hudowalski. The exhibit features the work of both historic and contemporary photographers, including pieces donated » >>More


Thursday, August 2, 2018

Field Sketching In Newcomb With Artist Neil Rizos

The Adirondack Interpretive Center’s (AIC) summer Artist in Residence Neil Rizos  will lead a free workshop on Saturday August 11th from 9 am to 3 pm, during which participants will use both classroom and field components to learn to observe and record information to create field sketches with confidence. Neil Rizos is an award winning artist specializing in birds and landscapes who recently had a solo exhibit at the Roger Tory Institute of Natural History that included 75 paintings, prints and sculptures. His art work is in the permanent collection of the United State Library of Congress, the George W. >>More


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The Ketchup Murder Case

In late July 1934, the average life of Watertown’s Vincent Sparacino took a sudden, drastic turn, becoming anything but humdrum. Vincent was an Italian immigrant who came to America in 1906 when he was 16 years old. The family settled in Watertown and operated Sparacino & Company, a fruit wholesaler that later branched out into vegetables. By the late 1920s Vincent and his brother Tony were partners in the business with other family members. Vince was a hands-on guy, frequently driving a delivery truck to customer sites around the city. On many days after finishing work and taking supper, he >>More


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Rebuilding An Adirondack Middle Class

On average workers born in 1942 earned as much or more over their careers than any worker born since, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research’s 2017 Niber Working Paper. From 1967, the Middle class’ share of income has dropped from 53.5 percent to about 45 percent today. Ninety percent of metro regions have seen a decline in the middle class while on average incomes in rural America has declined to a much greater degree. Ever wonder why the middle class is declining in our country, what’s the ramifications, and what can be done about it » Continue Reading. >>More


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

NNY American Canadian Genealogy Conference

The Northern New York American Canadian Genealogical Society (NNYACGS) Conference will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 28, 29 and 30, 2018, at the Dannemora Civic Center for three days of genealogical talks and research. On Friday and Sunday, the genealogical library will be open from 10 am to 4 pm for free research. Saturday, the 29th is reserved for a talk on DNA testing, and an afternoon French-Canadian music session. The first presentation, starting at 10 am, will be by Ed McGuire, who will speak on DNA Testing. Ed has spoken extensively on the subject and will >>More


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Adirondack Performance of Seussical: The Musical

The Adirondack Lakes Center for the­ Arts’ 2018 Summer Theatre Festival concludes with touring performances of Seussical: The Musical. Performances run August 2 through 6, and venues include Indian Lake Theater, Newcomb School, Lake Placid Junior Senior High School, Tannery Pond Center, and the View. The cast features Benjamin Hergenroeder as Cat in the Hat, LeAnn Yelton as Sour Kangaroo, Michael Hudlin as Horton the Elephant, Catherine Purcell as Gertrude McFuzz, Annachristi Cordes as Mayzie La Bird, and Gage Morris as Jojo, with an extended cast of actors from across » Continue Reading. View original post.


Monday, July 30, 2018

NorthCountryARTS Holding Studio Tour

NorthCountryARTS has announced a pair of one-day self-guided artist studio tours on consecutive weekends. The first, highlighting artists in Glens Falls, will be held on Saturday, August 4 from 10 am to 5 pm. The second tour will be Saturday, August 11, from 10 am to 5 pm highlighting artists in the Lake George and North Warren region of Warren County. On August 4, thirteen artists with studios in Glens Falls will open their doors to highlight their work ranging from painting and fabric art to pottery and jewelry. Most of the artists are located in the Shirt Factory in >>More