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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Poetry: Threads Of Gold

Threads Of Gold Up and down and all around, Stories of this lake abound. Tall tales of youth and friendships strong, That stood the test of time along, Dirt roads, backyards, small towns were shared, Hard work, hard fun, in mountain air. These stories born of times they had, Girlfriends, wood camps, the good and bad, Lake families bond from way back when The 40s, 50s, summers sans end. Sharing love and laughs and tears, Retelling stories year to year, Fellowship, community, Like threads of gold, stitch solidly. Words flow like ink upon a page, Of memories cherished, And memories, >>More

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Feeder Canal Alliance Photo Contest

The Feeder Canal Alliance has announced its 2019 Photo Contest, “Picture This,” for amateur and professional photographers. Organizers are seeking photos of landscapes, architecture and nature along the trails and waterways of the Glens Falls Feeder Canal and the Champlain Canal. The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2019. Photos must be submitted in 300 dpi, jpg format to Info@FeederCanal.org and include photographer’s name, address, phone, and location where photos were taken. Photos cannot include people and must have been taken in 2019. Winners will be announced in January 2020. First prize is an a flight over the Adirondacks for >>More

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

4th Annual Adirondack Film Festival To Show 135+ Films

The 4th Annual Adirondack Film Festival, presented by the Adirondack Theatre Festival and set to take place from October 17-20, has announced its full slate of films and special guests. This year’s lineup includes more than 135 films shown in one weekend (October 17-20) across 6 screens in Downtown Glens Falls. To open the festival, AFF will feature James Franco’s Pretenders – shot entirely in Albany and the Capital Region. The Adirondack Film Festival includes 17 feature films. Highlights include: the NY Premiere of the Will Forte & Maeve Higgins comedy, Extra Ordinary (Rotten Tomatoes – 100% rating); the wildly >>More

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Adirondack Fall Foliage Season Events

Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism has been tracking the progress of this years fall foliage to help travelers in search of an optimal weekend or mid-week getaway to soak in the Adirondacks’ picturesque autumn locations. Reports are obtained from field observers and reflect expected color conditions for the upcoming weekend. Visitors can experience peak colors between late September to mid-October, depending on the Adirondack destination. Whether driving down a scenic highway or backroad, paddling on a crystal clear lake surrounded by trees decked out in shades of crimson, oranges and yellows; or viewing the fall leaves from atop one of >>More

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Brown’s Raid On Ticonderoga in Context

During the French and Indian Wars, control of Lake George could determine control of the North American continent. During the War of Independence, not so much. The lake was a relatively placid place as veterans who had won land grants for service during the war with France took up residence and began to cultivate the hillsides. Barges rather than bateaux passed down the lake, winning barely a glance from the grazing cattle. September, 1777 was the exception. For a few weeks at least, the sounds of guns, cannon and war cries » Continue Reading. View original post.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Historic Canal Marker Grants Available

The William G. Pomeroy Foundation has officially opened a new grant round of its Historic Transportation Canals Marker Grant Program. This historic marker program commemorates the history of canals across the U.S. Grants cover the entire cost of a marker, pole and shipping. The Pomeroy Foundation is a private, grant-making foundation based in Syracuse. One of its main initiatives is to help people celebrate their community’s history through a variety of roadside marker grant programs, including its historic transportation canals program. Canal marker grants are available to 501(c)(3) organizations, nonprofit academic institutions, and local, state and federal government entities within >>More

Sunday, September 15, 2019

$1M Available to NYS Parks and DEC Friends Groups

Applications are now being accepted for the fifth round of competitive grants through the NYS Park and Trail Partnership Grants program, funded through the NYS Environmental Protection Fund. The grants, this year doubled to $1 million, are available to organizations, typically referred to as “Friends groups,” that support parks, trails, historic sites and public lands. The program is designed to: enhance the preservation, stewardship, interpretation, environmental education, maintenance and promotion of New York State parks, trails, historic sites, and public lands; increase the sustainability, effectiveness, productivity, volunteerism and fundraising capabilities of not-for-profit organizations that promote, maintain and support NYS parks, >>More

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Bike the Barns Riding Through Adirondack History

The Saranac River Basin and the farms located within it have a rich agricultural tradition that stretches back generations. The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) invites Bike the Barns participants to engage with the region’s agricultural heritage through interpretive exhibits and farm tours at its fourth annual farm-by-bike event. John Brown Lives!, North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association, North Star Underground Railroad Museum, Six Nations Indian Museum and Historic Saranac Lake are among the groups presenting at this year’s Bike the Barns. The recreational bicycle tour will take place on Sunday, September 29 and offers four route options that begin >>More

Saturday, September 14, 2019

The French Cannon: An Adirondack Legend

The subject of cannons in the woods came up while I was sharing a cup of coffee with retired DEC Forest Ranger Terry Perkins at our camp on Stillwater Reservoir. In the middle of our discussion of the old roads and trails of the area Terry paused. “Did you ever hear the story of how a lost hunter once found an old cannon back there in the woods?” “Yes,” I said, “I’ve heard that story before connected to the old Albany Road.” “I can tell you about that,” Terry continued, “Back maybe in the 1970s or 80s I was » >>More

Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Adirondack Balloon Festival Celebrating 47 Years

The Adirondack Balloon Festival, considered the oldest and largest hot air balloon event on the East Coast, is once again taking place in Lake George on September 19-22. The event adds to the fall color of the Adirondack landscape. Watching the balloons fill the sky is a breathtaking experience. The schedule kicks-off on Thursday, September 19,  at Glen Falls’ Crandall Park. Live music, vendors, and children’s activities help set the tone for the weekend. Weather permitting, a flight of 20 balloons will fill the sky. On Friday through Sunday, the action moves to the Floyd » Continue Reading. View original >>More


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