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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Adirondack Architectural Heritage Tours

This summer Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) is offering more ways to introduce people to the various historic and notable Adirondack architectural styles that extend beyond the Great Camp. Guided by field experts, AARCH tours offer a diverse selection from bridges to green design. The schedule begins in June and continues through October, although space is limited. New offerings this year include the Plattsburgh Barracks Oval Walk, Indigenous Landscapes with Six Nations Indian Museum, and a trip to Timbuctoo, near Averyville. Besides historic tours, AARCH is a well-utilized resource for historic preservation. Folks interested in preserving their own homes can glean >>More

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Adk Theatre Festival Offering ‘Calling All Kates’ June 14-22

Adirondack Theatre Festival has announced the premiere of Calling All Kates, which is set to run June 14 – 22, 2019 at the Charles R. Wood Theater in Downtown Glens Falls. A leading professional theatre in the Capital Region, ATF is dedicated to new plays and musicals. The season runs June 14 – August 9, 2019 with all performances at the Wood Theater. Calling All Kates was featured in ATF’s 2018 season as a developmental reading, and was one of the most well-attended readings in the theatre’s history. The romantic comedy musical is based on the true story about a >>More

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Poetry: Cigarette by the Campfire

  Cigarette by the Campfire Scanning the caramel darkness, like a frantic panther, my cool, thick, blossoming honey words-rise off my face, lunging off your fingers into the ashes, a spiritual experience scattered into the outlines of mountains. Yet when you flick off the universe, I can almost see the anguished edges, and as you hugged me, I could feel again. Taking the first drag… If not for that cigarette, I feared one without you, Programmed into a phone without reception, soft as the look of dampened embers disappearing into a lonely campfire, so petite and luminous, all covered in >>More

Friday, June 7, 2019

‘Calling All Fakes’ for Black Fly Storytelling Sunday

Art in the Public Eye (APE), Adirondack Theatre Festival, and The Hyde Collection have announced Black Fly, a storytelling event set for Sunday, June 9th at 3 pm, at the Hyde Collection, 161 Warren Street, in Glens Falls. Speakers will deliver stories inspired by a central theme, Calling All Fakes, a twist on the upcoming Adirondack Theatre Festival performance of Calling All Kates, a new theatrical production based on a true story of a man left at the altar who finds a stranger with the same name as his former fiancée to share the around-the-world honeymoon he planned. Presenters will >>More

Thursday, June 6, 2019

John Brown Farm Nature Programs Planned

John Brown Farm has announced a number of nature programs set to run in June. Conservation biologist and photographer Larry Master will lead a guided bird walk on Saturday, June 8, from 7 to 9 am, and a guided butterfly walk on Saturday, July 13, from 9:30 to 11:30 am. Rain dates are June 15 and July 14, respectively. Our children’s story hour, set for Monday, July 14, will feature a reading and outdoor activity, weather permitting, of Eric Carle’s A Very Hungry Caterpillar from 10 to 11 am. On Saturday, June 22, partners in the Adirondack Pollinator Project, Kerry >>More

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Golfer Babe Ruth Played at Plattsburgh’s Hotel Champlain

Babe Didrikson’s visit to the North Country in 1934 was historic, especially for Plattsburgh, where it was acknowledged as one of the greatest moments in the city’s history. She was an American hero (thanks to a startling performance in the 1932 Olympics), undeniably one of the world’s top athletes, and a phenomenon because of her high levels of talent in various sports. Plattsburgh’s remote location in New York’s northeast corner makes it difficult to get noticed, so Didrikson’s visit was regarded as a major coup. Coincidentally, she wasn’t the only Babe from the stratosphere of sports fame to visit Plattsburgh >>More

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Beyond the Peaks Film Festival Results

AdkAction’s inaugural Beyond the Peaks Student Film Festival took place at The Wild Center on May 10th. The film festival was created in partnership with Tupper Lake Central School District’s film class and the event shattered expectations for a first-year festival. In total, 50 student films from 7 school districts in the Adirondacks were submitted to the festival. Prizes and trophies were awarded for 9 film categories: Animation, Public Service Announcement, Drama, Documentary, Open, Made in the Adirondacks, Comedy, Horror/Sci-Fi/Fantasy, and Audience Choice Award. All the winning films are available for viewing online. » Continue Reading. View original post.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Prohibition Stories from the Adirondacks

I’m sure each corner of the Adirondacks has its own stories of bootleggers, moonshine, and the 18th Amendment prohibiting the production, sale, and transportation of alcoholic beverages. Adirondack Almanack founder John Warren has one in his family. Families in little Beaver River over in Herkimer County, and in Hague and Witherbee have stories, as does about every family that remains from that time. Each year Chestertown remembers the Prohibition Era with its Rum Runners Weekend and the 3rd Annual Wilmington Historical Society Whiskey Run on June 15th features a speakeasy. As the centennial of the start of Prohibition approaches, the >>More

Saturday, June 1, 2019

A North Country Man Exposed Racism, Confronted It, and Helped Bring About Change

In the late 1970s, the New York State Human Rights Commissioner was about to find the Plattsburgh Elks Club guilty of violating state laws against racial discrimination. Rather than acquiesce, the club opted for a drastic, self-punishing move: refusing all public rentals of its facilities rather than allow local blacks to rent them. Surrendering their official “public accommodation function” (under state regulations, renting the building or grounds to anyone) was accomplished by adopting a new rule: “The use of the club’s facilities and accommodations shall be granted only to members of the Elks, to sodalities, auxiliaries, and other organizations associated >>More

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Poetry: Somehow Changed

Somehow Changed The woman asleep upstairs in the old summer cabin awakens to the voice of a psychic Welsh friend four states away. She hears her name called twice, the voice pitched low, low and guttural. The woman peers out the narrow open window to the left of the fieldstone chimney. A black bear growls up at her, once, twice. She recoils from the cheese-cloth-screened window. Theirs is now the last dwelling on the former dirt road out of an upstate New York hamlet two miles away. The steep last 80 yards of their road is still dirt. The woman >>More