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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Lorraine Duvall: Why We Seek Wilderness

In March 1848 a colleague of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Harrison Gray Otis Blake, sought out Henry David Thoreau to help him on his spiritual pilgrimage, recognizing Thoreau’s need to live a “fresh, simple life with God.” Thoreau wanted to live his life free from the trappings of the commercial world, enabling him to enrich his inner life. He escaped to his Walden Pond to experience “nature as goodness crystalized.” These two gentlemen corresponded for thirteen years. Letters to a Spiritual Seeker, published in 2004, contains 45 of Thoreau’s letters to Blake. Thoreau writes about the practicality of financially supporting himself, >>More


Thursday, February 7, 2019

17th Annual Frozen Fire and Lights Set for Inlet

February may be the shortest month on the calendar, but around the Adirondacks it is a month packed with winter celebrations. The 17th Annual Frozen Fire and Lights is the perfect place to round out a month of festivities. Always scheduled the last Saturday in February, Inlet’s event has grown from a firework display to a town-wide affair. The event originated when French Louie ADK Sports owner Paul Chambers wanted to celebrate his birthday with fireworks. As town permission was needed, other businesses came on board to light up the sky in February. Now this wintry celebration is a destination >>More


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Disappointing Personal Lessons in Racism

The arrival of Black History Month (also known as African American History Month in the US) is a time to discuss and celebrate the achievements and lives of many brave souls who came before us. On a personal level, my thoughts turn to a dichotomy of experiences: pride that historically, New Yorkers in general have stood on the side of civil rights and equality for all, but dismay at several personal recollections when racism unexpectedly reared its head right before my eyes. In northern New York, our legacy is one of standing up against racism — not uniformly, but in >>More


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Depot Theatre Announces 41st Season Lineup

The Depot Theatre in Westport on Lake Champlain has announced its 2019 main stage season, which includes a revue of well-known musicals, a play, and a fan favorite musical featuring a 50s-era boy band. The lineup is the first chosen by the Depot’s new Producing Artistic Director Kenney Green. The season opens with The World Goes ‘Round with performances from June 29 – July 14, with a $20 Preview on June 28. This musical review is a clever collage from the songbook of the multi-Tony award-winning team of John Kander and Fred Ebb. The songs are pulled from their best-known >>More


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Adirondack World of Edna West Teall at ADKX

Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX) annual winter Cabin Fever Sunday Series is underway, featuring seven events that look deeper into Adirondack history and culture. The next event, The Adirondack World of Edna West Teall with Laura Rice and Elizabeth Folwell, is set for February 10th, at 1:30 pm. Born in 1881 and raised in the small community of Reber, Edna West Teall exemplified the Adirondack ideal of self-reliance and resourcefulness. She taught herself to write, and became a successful journalist for the Newark Evening News. In retirement she returned to her Adirondack childhood home and taught >>More


Sunday, February 3, 2019

Adirondack History Museum Seeking 46er Summit Canisters

The Adirondack History Museum is starting a campaign to gather as many Adirondack 46er summit canisters as possible to incorporate in their Hiking the Adirondack High Peaks exhibit. The Museum currently has four canisters, from Seward, Marshall, Santanoni, and Esther. Their goal is to be the repository for the entire collection, to be permanently displayed at the Adirondack History Museum. Canisters once dotted the summits of 22 peaks the 46ers designated as trailless. In the late 1940s, there were so many Band-Aid tins and other handy receptacles left on these peaks with hikers’ names in them, some not on the >>More


Saturday, February 2, 2019

Nonpareil Athlete Babe Didrikson’s North Country Visit

During the first half of the 20th century, traveling basketball and baseball teams were part of America’s social fabric, providing great entertainment for millions of appreciative fans. Mostly visiting cities and surrounding communities, the famous and near-famous made the rounds each year. Their competition consisted of locally organized squads that often recruited one or more talented college or semi-pro players. In New York, the most popular routes for traveling teams were from New York City north to Albany, and west to Buffalo. It was uncommon to find nationally known stars straying from those paths to visit the state’s northernmost regions, >>More


Saturday, February 2, 2019

Noted Adirondack Artist Paul Matthews Dies at 85

Paul Clement Matthews II, an artist and writer based in Lambertville, NJ and Keene, NY, whose paintings were shown at galleries and museums in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and elsewhere, died January 15, 2019 in Hamilton, NJ, where he had been hospitalized with a chronic lung disease. He was 85. Matthews’ work ranged from portraits and nudes done in a meticulous, realistic style, to majestic landscapes and cloudscapes of the Adirondack high peaks, to darker, dreamlike scenes that reflected a surreal inner world. Reviewing the New Jersey State Museum’s exhibition of 18 of Matthews’ paintings in 2003, the Philadelphia >>More


Saturday, February 2, 2019

Poetry: Earthenware

  Earthenware She looked at me with curving, symmetrical arches, and I knew right away that souls abhor an untimely silence. Somewhere, somewhere, the specter of a daffodil blooms in a radiograph. And somewhere, somewhere, I wonder if everything needs to be seen after all. Yet when she looked at me, I felt pale all over. Like uncooked chicken, or a freshly sliced shallot, I felt the fresh undifferentiated sameness of my mind. A reflection under construction. Both rare and dangerous. A meteorite falling in North Wales or a cluster of nebulae in Hydra. Isn’t this infinite region of emptiness >>More


Thursday, January 31, 2019

Keene Digital Stories Project Seeks Stories

The Keene Valley Library Association has announced it has received three grants to implement “Adirondack Community: Capturing, Retaining, and Communicating the Stories of Who We Are.” This multi-year local history project collects and organizes audio stories and related photographs from Town of Keene community members through an online platform to share the social and cultural history of the community. These grants include: a Humanities New York Action Grant, following the successful deployment of a 2018 Vision Grant for project planning; the Northern New York Library Network (NNYLN) Innovation Grant; and an award from the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation. >>More