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Saturday, January 6, 2018

10 Things You Can Do To Make The Adirondacks Great In 2018

Every day at Adirondack Foundation we help people be more generous and strengthen the Adirondack region. Our staff put together a list of 10 things each of us can do to make 2018 great, we would love to see your additions to the list. Ten things you can do to make the Adirondacks great in 2018: 1. Show up — For friends, family, but maybe more importantly for people in your community you don’t know. 2. See other parts of our region — Take a road trip to a part of the Adirondack region you have never seen or only >>More

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Blue Mountain Lake In The Early 1970s

My grandfather Robert G. Stehlin lived on Durant Road until he died in 1974. Living in Blue Mountain Lake was a very spiritual experience for my ‘Pop’ after having grown up in Brooklyn and Long Island most of his life. Going through his letters and journals which he wrote while living on Durant Road I often hear, in his words, “a more meaningful way of living.” There are a thousand little moments preserved in his journals in which he writes about the birds and other animals he encountered at his feeders, or out in the woods, and the people » >>More

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Adirondack Experience Offers Cabin Fever Sunday Series

If the weather is too cold, or the family is just looking for some interesting entertainment, one place we always put on the schedule is the Adirondack Experience’s (ADKX) winter Cabin Fever Sunday series. These lectures are reasonably priced with topics to keep both tweens, teens, and adults interested. This Sunday, January 7, kicks off the bi-monthly series that reflects on the history of the Adirondacks. Though there isn’t a set theme to the complete series, there is always a connection to the mission of the formerly named Adirondack Museum. This Sunday the lecture series kicks off with a musical >>More

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Last, Lost Colvin Survey Report of 1898

Along the banks of the Hudson at North River, and further south on highway pull-offs from Route 28, are some of the Adirondack Park’s best interpretive stops. Sturdy, visually appealing and informative exhibits coupled with well-designed DOT parking along the Hudson River have attracted visitors and residents for years to turn off the engine, breathe deeply, eat lunch, listen to the river and learn from the exhibits. At the northernmost pull-off where the Hudson takes the great bend at North River, I recently discovered a new exhibit to precisely match the older ones. Placed there in 2016, it’s sponsored by >>More

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Long Lake Polar Plunge Results

The Long Lake Polar Plunge to benefit High Peaks Hospice took place on Saturday, December 30th at 1 pm with an air temperature of 8 degrees fahrenheit. Ten plungers braved the cold to raise over $1900 for High Peaks Hospice. The Long Lake Fire Department and Rescue Squad cut a large hole in the ice for the plungers and provided safety support from the water. Emcee Peter Michael Marino from New York City hosted the event. Judges were on site to determine the winners for each category. Judges were Laura Young, Jules Pierce and Jim Bateman. Awards were awarded as >>More

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Fort Ticonderoga Living History Event Jan 13th

Fort Ticonderoga has planned its next living history event “Preparing for the Coming Campaign,” for Saturday, January 13, 2018. A full day of programs include guided tours, weapons demonstrations, and even a tasting of colonial chocolate along with a program on the importance that this food item played in the lives of American soldiers and camp followers at Ticonderoga. The event hopes to bring to life the story of American soldiers at Ticonderoga in the year 1777 as they prepare for a British attack. Aware that their resources are limited and manpower is scarce, attendees will have » Continue Reading. >>More

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Santa Claus Sam’s Adirondack Gift Giving

In 1930, Sam Coplon, the Santa Claus of the Adirondacks, was doing well financially but was by no means wealthy. The house he owned in Brooklyn was worth the equivalent of $230k in 2017, and served as home to his wife Rebecca, son Bertram (13), and daughter Judith (8), along with Rebecca’s mother and sister. As he did each year, Samuel gathered a huge collection of Christmas gifts that winter and personally bore the cost of shipping them to North Creek. In previous seasons, this constituted upwards of 30 large crates or containers, a number that would soon increase. His >>More

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Historic Preservation Grants Available

2018 Preserve New York grant applications are now available to not-for-profits and municipalities seeking to complete building condition reports, historic structure reports, cultural landscape reports, or cultural resource surveys. The Preserve New York grant program is a partnership between the Preservation League of NYS and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), with additional support provided by the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation. Applications are due by March 26, 2018. Applicants must call the League at (518) 462-5658, x10 to discuss their project prior to receiving an application. For more information, click here. Photo provided. View original post.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Hyde Collection Announces Its 2018 Exhibitions

The Hyde Collection museum in Glens Falls has announced its 2018 exhibition schedule. The lineup offers modern art exhibited in Feibes & Schmitt Gallery, including the lines of Art Nouveau, graphic prints from an Adirondack artist, the works of female Impressionists, the annual High School Juried Show, and a showing of the Nuremberg Chronicle from the permanent collection. The Hyde Collection schedule, provided by the museum, follows: Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau at the Wood and Whitney-Renz galleries from January 14 to March 18, 2018: The exhibition examines the role of Alphonse Mucha (1860–1939) in shaping the aesthetics of » >>More

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Santa Claus Sam’s North Creek Operations

Things appeared to be going well for Sam Coplon, the Santa Claus of the Adirondacks, but major change was in the works. Samuel had begun working as an Albany city clerk, limiting his ability to oversee the two business locations in Warren County. After spending several weeks at Johnsburgh in early 1910, he announced a going-out-of-business sale, offering all the hardware and furniture in his stores along with his horse, rig, and everything else related to operations there. By year’s end, most of the stock was gone. At Christmas time, he loaded a sleigh with toys and other gift items >>More