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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Wreath and Garland Making Workshop at Arts Center

The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts will once again welcome local instructor, historian, and artisan Hallie Bond to teach participants how to make a fresh balsam wreath and a 4-foot to 6-foot length of garland on Saturday, December 2, 2017, from 1 to 4 pm. Participants are asked to bring a wire hangar and garden scissors or snippers to the class. In addition, feel free to bring special ribbon or adornments to add a festive and personal touch to your wreath or garland. The fee for the workshop is $30 for Arts Center members and $40 for non-members. Class >>More


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Long and Raquette Lakes Holiday Craft Classes Offered

The Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department will be offering two Wreath and Balsam Workshops with Cindy Black. Workshops will be offered Monday, November 20th, 2017, 6 pm at the Raquette Lake School and Monday, November 27th, 2017, 7 pm at the Long Lake Town Hall at 1204 Main Street. Project cost will depend on materials used. Balsam, tools, wire, ribbon, and decorative embellishments will be available. Participants are invited to bring their own items to add to their project. Balsam bows were collected by the Long Lake and » Continue Reading. View original post.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Warrensburgh Holiday Wreath Sale Underway

Adirondack balsam wreaths are being sold by Warrensburgh Beautification Inc. in time to decorate for the Christmas in Warrensburgh celebration and the holiday season. The evergreen wreaths are guaranteed fresh, and decorated with locally harvested pinecones and a handcrafted red velvet bow. The wreaths are available in two sizes, 12 and 16 inch frame diameters, and are sold for $12.50 and $15. The prices have remained the same since 1989 to encourage businesses and private residences to dress up for the festivities. Orders may be placed by calling (518) 466-5497 or e-mailing taawhalen@yahoo.com, and picked up on Friday, November 24th at >>More


Monday, November 13, 2017

North Country ‘Birdstones’: Mysterious Ancient Relics

Early Northern New York history goes far beyond the bounds of stories of pioneer families and colorful guides. As archaeologists like to say, the Western Hemisphere was invaded, not discovered. Many different societies, civilizations, or cultures existed here long before Europeans crossed the ocean and discovered “new” lands. The history of humans in the Americas is extensive. In general (and brief) terms, the Lithic stage ended about 8,000 BCE (10,000 years ago), followed by the Archaic stage, (ending around 1,000 BCE or 3,000 years ago), and then the Woodland Period, which extended to around the year 1500.  I mention this >>More


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Conservation History: Northwest Bay, Lake George

Lands above Northwest Bay acquired by Stephen and Mary Loines between 1898 and 1908 – in part to protect them from the same destructive forces that threatened the Adirondacks – and which were sold to private landowners over the ensuing decades, are now largely protected again, this time permanently, thanks to land conservancies and New York State. That’s something Tim Barnett recognized last spring, when the Lake George Land Conservancy announced that it had purchased a 159 acre parcel that includes Wing Pond “This would appear to complete a four decade- long project to protect the Loines holdings,” remarked Barnett, >>More


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Julian Reiss’s Missing Airplane Engine

Julian Reiss’s plane crash on the evening of Halloween 1958 remains one of the more unusual in the Adirondacks. While most Adirondack plane crashes involve Forest Rangers, State Police, and many civilian volunteers, this one was different. This search was over almost before it got started when the ‘victims’ walked out of the woods the next day. Shortly thereafter, the Lake Placid village police, the NY State Police and its investigation division, the BCI, became involved. Earlier that day Reiss had picked up his plane in Norwood, MA, where it had gotten a new engine and a thorough » Continue >>More


Friday, November 10, 2017

Glens Falls Feeder Canal Program Nov 15th

The Warren County Historical Society will host a program on the Glens Falls Feeder Canal on Wednesday, November 15 at 7 pm, at 50 Gurney Lane in Queensbury, NY. This program will focus on the past, present and future of the Feeder Canal that was once the economic engine of the area. The Glens Falls Feeder Canal is the oldest original canal still used to provide water to the Champlain Canal. This presenter for this program is Jeanne Williams, the Executive Director of the Feeder Canal Alliance. Jeanne has been associated with National Museum of Racing, the National Museum of >>More


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Vote for Pendragon Theatre’s Patrons Pick Production

Election Day may have passed, but there is still an opportunity to exercise your right to vote. This time it isn’t about the Constitutional Convention or corrupt politicians’ pensions, but Pendragon Theatre’s 2018 summer season. This is the third year that Pendragon has opened its summer season with a play chosen by audience members through a series of free staged readings. This year’s event kicks off November 11 with a free reading of the work of three UK playwrights. The lineup includes scenes from The Effect, Girl in the Machine, and Constellations. The Effect, by » Continue Reading. View original >>More


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

5 Myths About New York’s Suffrage Centennial

As of November 6, 1917, the State of New York became the first state east of the Mississippi to grant full voting rights to women. The tremendous support from New York City overcame the lack of support from most upstate counties. Essex County was one exception, approving woman suffrage by a margin of 15 votes: 2838 to 2823. “Newcomb is the Banner Suffrage Town” announced the Adirondack Record. The town “did her bit” for the ladies, casting 73 votes for suffrage and only 6 against. “Newcomb is certainly most chivalrous.” Minerva, North Elba, St. Armand, Ticonderoga and Westport also approved >>More


Monday, November 6, 2017

Bennett Brothers; An Adirondack Witch Tale (Conclusion)

At the end of 1915, a year and a half after their mother was removed from the home, conditions had hardly improved for the Bennett brothers of Hope in Hamilton County. Their father, badly troubled by rheumatism, had hired a man to operate the farm, and the boys were learning to do for themselves whatever their father couldn’t. Dr. Edwin Hagedorn, after examining the three boys, said each suffered from “fatty degeneration of the heart,” and that their muscles had atrophied to such an extent that even walking might well be outside the realm of possibility. On the plus side, >>More