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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Artist David Johnson At Huletts Landing in 1870

My search for the motif for any 19th century painting of the Adirondacks opens questions – about the artist, the location and the culture at that time. Sometimes I can answer the questions. Consider, for example, David Johnson’s 1870 painting, Study of Nature, Dresden, Lake George. The painting can be seen in Albany in the collection of the Albany Institute of History and Art. Johnson painted a strikingly similar painting, View of Dresden, Lake George, 1874, which can be seen in the catalogue for the 2005 exhibition at The Hyde Collection in Glens » Continue Reading. View original post.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Pete Nelson: Let’s Do a Landa!

Last summer my wife Amy and I took a trip to Norway.  During part of our trip we camped at Lysefjord, famous for its sheer cliffs including Preikestolen, about which I wrote previously.  Lots of Norwegians and visitors from other European countries car camp as their preferred mode of tourism, meaning those facilities see a brisk business. Preikestolen is one of Norway’s most famous destinations, so we were glad to catch a spot at the nearby campground.  It was well-run, with charming Dutch hosts, and we were quite happy with our stay.  But by late morning of our departure our >>More

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Free Yoga Session At View, Old Forge

View in Old Forge will be holding a free yoga session on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 10 am to noon. Yoga offers a peaceful break from everyday commitments. It can be a time to flex and condition the body and mind. Several instructors will be leading mini-sessions that will include chair yoga and gentle and restorative yoga at both beginner and intermediate styles, as well as children’s yoga. Everyone is welcomed. Visit ViewArts.org for more details and a full schedule of its yoga classes throughout 2018. View is located at 3273 State Route 28 in Old Forge, NY. View >>More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Susan B. Anthony’s 1855 Winter North Country Adventure

On February 19 our nation celebrates President’s Day to recognize the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and George Washington (February 22). Between these two days is February 15, the anniversary of the birth of another great American, Susan B. Anthony. Although it is not yet a national holiday, Susan B. Anthony Day is a New York State commemorative holiday and places such as Seneca Falls and Rochester, hold grand celebrations. There should be fanfare in the North Country, too. In her youth, Anthony lived in Battenville in Washington County, where her father ran a mill, and Cahajorie, near Johnstown, >>More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Marie Curie Once Visited the North Country

History credits the discovery of uranium to a German chemist, Martin Henrich Klaproth, in 1789. In 1896, just over a century later, a French chemist, Eugene-Melchior Peligot, discovered uranium’s radioactivity.  Uranium ore, known as pitchblende, was revealed shortly after by Marie and Pierre Curie as the source of radium, which they mentioned as a possible future treatment for cancer. Polish born Marie, (her name was Sklowdowska) was the first woman to win a Nobel prize, and the first person to win twice — in 1903, in physics, for her work on radiation, and in 1911, in chemistry, for discovering polonium >>More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Fort Ti War College on the Seven Years’ War

Registration is now open for Fort Ticonderoga’s Twenty-Third Annual War College of the Seven Years’ War May 18-20, 2018. With a panel of distinguished historians from across the United States, this seminar focuses on the Seven Years’ War in North America, also known as the French & Indian War. The War College takes place in the Mars Education Center and is open to the public; pre-registration is required. Begun in 1996, the War College of the Seven Years’ War has become the nation’s premier seminar on the French & Indian War in the United States. It features a mix of >>More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Adirondack String Fever Concert Set For Whallonsburg

Adirondack musicians will come together on Saturday, February 24th at 7 pm at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall for a concert called “Adirondack String Fever.” Led by songwriter and storyteller Dan Berggren on guitar, the show includes John Kirk and Trish Miller on fiddle, mandolin and banjo; and Peggy Lynn and Dan Duggan playing guitar and hammered dulcimer. These five long-time friends have played in combinations and separately for decades at concerts, festivals, dances, theatrical performances, and events all over the North Country. Dan Berggren was raised in the Adirondacks on a family farm and his music is infused with tales >>More

Monday, February 12, 2018

Adirondack Arts Center Call For Artists

The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (Arts Center) in Blue Mountain Lake has announced they are seeking artists to exhibit in their three galleries in mid-April through December 2018. Artists working in all mediums are encouraged to apply by March 15, 2018. Exhibits may last up to six weeks. The submission fee is $25 for artists with a valid Arts Center membership or $35 for non-members. Interested artists are encourage to submit up to 10 JPEGs. For more information on the submission process, click here. The selection process will be completed by March 31, 2018, with acceptance notifications sent >>More

Monday, February 12, 2018

Six-Weeks of World History Set For Grange

Andrew Buchanan, lecturer in global and military history at the University of Vermont, will be presenting on “A History of the World in Six Weeks” at the Whallonsburg Grange on Tuesday, February 13th at 7:30 pm, continuing on subsequent Tuesdays until March 20th. Buchanan will lead lectures on historical events from the origins of human society, transitions in social organization, wars of conquest, technological leaps, as well as the decline and fall of empires. This series will give an introduction to key developments in history. Scheduled lectures include: February 13th: From Hunter-Gatherers to Farmers: The First Great Transition. February 20th: >>More

Saturday, February 10, 2018

1775 British Garrison Living History Event at Fort Ti

Fort Ticonderoga has announced a one-day living history event on Saturday, February 17th, looking at British garrison life in February 1775, three months before Ticonderoga was pulled into the American War of Independence. This Living History event will feature the weapons, tactics, trades, and people during peacetime at the fort. Highlighted programming throughout the day brings to life the routine of soldiers in the 26th Foot and their wives and families who made their homes inside Fort Ticonderoga’s barracks. Weapons demonstrations will go beyond loading and firing, and discuss what military traditions remained and what tactical innovations were standard » >>More