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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Some Old Adirondack Laws Were Nothing To Sneeze At

For a long time now, my youngest son has operated a research laboratory in Singapore. Moving there from America was quite the culture shock, but he was clearly impressed with how clean everything was, a result of many laws that we in the US would consider overbearing. He remains very respectful of the culture there and wouldn’t joke about some of their laws, including one reinforced by signs in and near elevators: No Urinating in Lifts. For me, it instantly begs the question: was this common enough to merit a statute? But before we scoff at the rules in other >>More


Thursday, April 18, 2019

Inlet Continues Adult Easter Egg Hunt Tradition

Head to Inlet on April 27th for the Adirondacks’ only adult Easter egg hunt. A traditional children’s egg hunt will also take place, but bring your own basket to hold some wonderful local prizes. Held at Inlet’s Fern Park on Loomis Road, the Inlet Youth Commission’s egg hunting tradition always coincides with the return of area school children from their two-week spring break. The children’s egg hunt starts at 1 pm and is open to all children (12 and under). All participants of the children’s egg hunt receive a goody bag and the chance to win special prizes. Fern Park >>More


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

A History of Adirondack Blackface at Whallonsburg Grange

The Whallonsburg Grange Hall in Essex, is set to welcome historian and author Amy Godine to the Lyceum lecture series on Tuesday, April 23 at 7:30 pm. Her lecture will focus on the history of minstrel shows and blackface performances in theaters, Grange halls, churches, schools and other venues in the North Country, and the impact of this and other racist imagery. Godine’s talk, “Adirondack Blackface: A Hidden History,” will discuss the largely forgotten plays and skits presented by white actors with demeaning portrayals of African Americans that continued into the early 1960s in the region. Amy Godine is a >>More


Sunday, April 14, 2019

New This Season at Adirondack Experience (ADKX)

Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX), is set to open for its 62nd season on Friday, May 24, 2019. This year ADKX opens two new temporary exhibits, a new permanent installation out on Minnow Pond and a new family event. Curious Creatures: An Adirondack Collection of Taxidermy (May 24 – Oct.14) will exhibit approximately 100 pieces of extraordinary taxidermy from private Adirondack collections and camps as well as mounts, photographs, and manuscript materials from the museum’s own collections. Curious Creatures will explore how taxidermy represents our relationships with animals while also focusing on Adirondack taxidermists (Clarence Downs, >>More


Saturday, April 13, 2019

Spencer Phillips: The Humbling Power of Wilderness

Let’s stipulate that religious epiphany requires an understanding of one’s relationship to the divine … to the creator … to God. I would further submit that this understanding is fundamentally a matter of humility. Humility is the recognition that we are not masters of the universe — not even of our own little corners of it — and that we need something more than ourselves if we are to make sense of our lives. What Kennedy’s observation suggests is that this understanding — this humility — is best attained in wilderness. I am not going to argue that other human >>More


Saturday, April 13, 2019

Poetry: Storm Coming

Bluest blue, Belies the timpani of thunder that warns, Storm coming. Trilling crescendo of avian flautists sounds, As feathered soloists shelter in trees. Couplet notes of dragonflies, Scurrying, scrabbling snare drums of gray squirrels warn, Storm coming. Rat-a-tat percussion of cascading droplets Bless my skin, kiss my hair, soften my dress. Wet blades of grass waltz and conduct in elemental time, Primal heartbeat metronomes, Washing my bare toes with their grace. Every windgust turns a new page in it’s airborne aria and Warns, Storm coming, Storm cleansing, Storm inspiring, Storm renewing. As it always will. Read More Poems From The >>More


Thursday, April 11, 2019

Paint and Sip at Lake George Land Conservancy

To celebrate spring, Lake George Land Conservancy is offering the chance to make your artist dreams come true with a one-day beginner painting class and wine tasting with Patrice Jarvis-Weber.  Jarvis-Weber is conducting a one-day workshop where adults and children 10 and up can learn to paint a trillium, a beautiful native Adirondack wildflower. To add to the fun complimentary wine from Adirondack Winery will be available as well as hot chocolate for the children. All participants keep their 8 x 10 stretched canvas acrylic artwork. Pre-registration is required and space is limited » Continue Reading. View original post.


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Gouverneur’s Rhoda Fox Graves, NYS Political Trailblazer (Conclusion)

The Ogdensburg Journal-Republican, forced to eat crow after rejecting Rhoda Graves’ claims of Warren Thayer’s corruption, applied twisted logic to justify their stance and the senator’s behavior. They opened with: “Senator Thayer has retired…. It was found that he was on the payroll of a utility corporation and, we feel, working against the interests of the average resident of this district who has been forced to pay unjust rates.” The words “we feel” simply did not apply. There was no question he had been putting the financial screws to his voters while protecting a power company and lining his own >>More


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration in Saranac Lake

A celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life has been set for Saturday, April 13th, 2019, from 7 to 8 pm at the John Black Room at the Saranac Laboratory Museum, 89 Church Street, Suite 2, Saranac Lake. This is a rescheduled event, canceled due to weather earlier this year. Hear Dr. King’s words on the need for social and economic justice, and listen to Joe Paparone speak on the revival of Dr. King’s last project – the Poor People’s Campaign and discuss ways to continue this legacy today. There will be music and refreshments. The Poor People’s Campaign: A >>More


Monday, April 8, 2019

Northern Current Music Fest Keeping Hobofest Spirit Alive

The inaugural Northern Current music festival is set to take place September 1st in Saranac Lake’s scenic Riverside Park. The festival replaces Hobofest, a beloved event that was held in Saranac Lake for a decade on the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend until it was retired by organizers Peter Seward and Todd Smith in 2018. Hobofest, which originally took place at the local train station but eventually moved to Riverside Park, had a very distinct style and theme. The new committee organizing Northern Current hopes to embrace the same community spirit and grassroots origins cultivated by Hobofest, while expanding the >>More