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Monday, June 17, 2019

NYS Tree Nursery Honors Forest Preserve Advocate

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced they have renamed the State Tree Nursery in Saratoga Springs the “Colonel William F. Fox Memorial Saratoga Tree Nursery.”   Born William Freeman Fox on January 11, 1840, in Ballston Spa, just miles from the tree nursery on Route 50, he studied engineering at Union College for three years. In 1862, at 22, Fox joined the Army of the Potomac as a Captain commanding Company C of the 107th New York Volunteer Infantry. Shortly afterward, he saw his first combat in at the Battle of Antietam, considered among the >>More

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Poetry: Beloved Camp

  Beloved Camp The ties that find, nurture and bind, That bring them home from where they roam, Epicenter, here they enter, Family land, from hand to hand. King trees enclose this place that grows, Within the heart, when far apart, Its living lake, their thirst does slake. Cabin of wood through decades stood, It held them strong, brought them along, From child to man, they hiked and ran, They rowed in boats, their tubes afloat, They swam with loons, heard cricket tunes, Walked on the beach, sweet laughter reached From shore to shore, they echoed more, Hiked peaks so >>More

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Once Common Horse Blocks Weren’t Just for Horses and Carriages

The most popular genre by far on nighttime television through the 1960s? Westerns. While children were allowed to watch some of them, several shows specifically geared towards the younger set were shown on Saturday morning. Watching heroes — Roy Rogers, the Lone Ranger, and Zorro, three of the best — escape tense situations and catch bad guys was unforgettable. Among the skills of any cowboy star (or stuntman stand-in) worth his salt were the hurried mounting and high-speed dismounting of horses (usually their own faithful steed, of course). It’s an impressive feat when you consider that horses are pretty high >>More

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Great Camp Sagamore Community Day Sunday

Great Camp Sagamore in Raquette Lake is hosting Community Day brunch this Sunday, June 16, from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. The trails will be open to the public for hiking, with tours of the property and the historic buildings available from 10 am to 4 pm. Built in 1897 on 1,526 acres of remote Adirondack wilderness by William West Durant, Great Camp Sagamore was a wilderness retreat for the Alfred Vanderbilt family for half a century. It is now a National Historic Landmark managed by a non-profit educational institution in order to inspire others to help protect the environment, >>More

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

40 Years of Self-Employment Trends in the Adirondacks and Rural America

The fifth major economic indicator examined in The Adirondack Park and Rural America: Economic and Population Trends 1970-2010 was changes in the self-employment rate. In 2010, the self-employment rate of the population 16 years and older in New York State stood at 5.6%, which was the same as the rate in the U.S. The U.S. Census tracks self-employment rates of the population that are incorporated and those that are non-incorporated. This study focused on the non-incorporated because the data was available going back to 1970. In this report we aggregated the data of the 61 Adirondack Park Towns that are >>More

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

New Historic Saranac Lake Exhibit Celebrates the Arts

Historic Saranac Lake has announced an opening reception for “The Art of the Cure,” a new exhibit in the John Black Room of the Saranac Laboratory Museum, located 89 Church Street. This exhibit highlights Saranac Lake’s rich history of the arts. The Trudeau Sanatorium and the Study and Craft Guild offered groundbreaking occupational therapy programs to tuberculosis patients, many of whom went on to become accomplished artists, writers, and craftspeople. “The Art of the Cure” will present more than twenty-five individuals and their accomplishments, such as composer Bela Bartok, potter Mott Chapin, and jewelry makers Betty and Martin Koop. The >>More

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Clinton County History Conference Planned

A Clinton County History Conference has been set for Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 9 am to 3 pm, at the Beekmantown Town Hall, 571 Spellman Road, West Chazy. The conference will is planned with historians and interested members of the public in mind.  Topics will include preserving historic buildings, erecting historic markers, encouraging heritage tourism, safely preserving grave stones, and local genealogy. Opening the conference will be New York State Historian Devin Lander, who will give remarks at 9:30 am.  Additional speakers include representatives from the Adirondack Architectural Heritage Association, the Northern New York American Canadian Genealogical » Continue >>More

Monday, June 10, 2019

Electronic Music Summit in Saranac Lake

Lake Flower Landing has announced “Electronic Music Summit,” the second installment of its Sound & Vision Series, a four-hour meeting-of-the-minds featuring performers from near and far, is set for Saturday, June 15th at 7 pm. Five acts will present sets from 30 minutes to an hour, ranging from deep listening, ambient “mood music,” improvisation, to conventionally structured songs, featuring a variety of instruments, some created by and for the performers. Opening the evening is Jerod Sommerfeldt, Professor of Electronic Music Composition and Theory at Crane School of Music in Potsdam. Sommerfeldt’s music focuses on the creation of algorithmic and stochastic >>More

Sunday, June 9, 2019

12th Annual Adirondack Coast Museums Weekend

The Adirondack Coast Cultural Alliance is set to host the 12th Annual Museum Days Weekend throughout Clinton County on June 15-16, 2019, inviting visitors and residents to explore the area’s wealth of museums, galleries and cultural organizations. From 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday, participating locations will offer free admission, including demonstrations, tours, exhibits, hands-on activities, and more. This year’s event coincides with the first of two New York State “Path Through History” Weekends in 2019. The full Museum Days Weekend schedule will be published is on the Adirondack Coast Cultural Alliance website. The » Continue Reading. >>More

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Mountain Air Painters: New Exhibition at View

View has announced its newest exhibition, Mountain Air Painters: ADK Expressions en Plein Air. The exhibition will run from June 15 to August 11, 2019. The works on display come from the Mountain Air Painters, a group of New York State and Adirondack artists who have been meeting weekly for several decades from spring through fall to paint together en Plein air (French for “in the open air”) throughout the Adirondacks. The group keeps a long list of various painting locations, from downtown Old Forge, the Green Bridge, and McCauley Mountain to private camps tucked in and around one of >>More