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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Adirondack String Fever Concert Set For Whallonsburg

Adirondack musicians will come together on Saturday, February 24th at 7 pm at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall for a concert called “Adirondack String Fever.” Led by songwriter and storyteller Dan Berggren on guitar, the show includes John Kirk and Trish Miller on fiddle, mandolin and banjo; and Peggy Lynn and Dan Duggan playing guitar and hammered dulcimer. These five long-time friends have played in combinations and separately for decades at concerts, festivals, dances, theatrical performances, and events all over the North Country. Dan Berggren was raised in the Adirondacks on a family farm and his music is infused with tales >>More


Monday, February 12, 2018

Adirondack Arts Center Call For Artists

The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (Arts Center) in Blue Mountain Lake has announced they are seeking artists to exhibit in their three galleries in mid-April through December 2018. Artists working in all mediums are encouraged to apply by March 15, 2018. Exhibits may last up to six weeks. The submission fee is $25 for artists with a valid Arts Center membership or $35 for non-members. Interested artists are encourage to submit up to 10 JPEGs. For more information on the submission process, click here. The selection process will be completed by March 31, 2018, with acceptance notifications sent >>More


Monday, February 12, 2018

Six-Weeks of World History Set For Grange

Andrew Buchanan, lecturer in global and military history at the University of Vermont, will be presenting on “A History of the World in Six Weeks” at the Whallonsburg Grange on Tuesday, February 13th at 7:30 pm, continuing on subsequent Tuesdays until March 20th. Buchanan will lead lectures on historical events from the origins of human society, transitions in social organization, wars of conquest, technological leaps, as well as the decline and fall of empires. This series will give an introduction to key developments in history. Scheduled lectures include: February 13th: From Hunter-Gatherers to Farmers: The First Great Transition. February 20th: >>More


Saturday, February 10, 2018

1775 British Garrison Living History Event at Fort Ti

Fort Ticonderoga has announced a one-day living history event on Saturday, February 17th, looking at British garrison life in February 1775, three months before Ticonderoga was pulled into the American War of Independence. This Living History event will feature the weapons, tactics, trades, and people during peacetime at the fort. Highlighted programming throughout the day brings to life the routine of soldiers in the 26th Foot and their wives and families who made their homes inside Fort Ticonderoga’s barracks. Weapons demonstrations will go beyond loading and firing, and discuss what military traditions remained and what tactical innovations were standard » >>More


Thursday, February 8, 2018

A Little North Country Sign Humor

An oldies channel recently played an old favorite of mine from the past: “Signs,” which originated with a Canadian group in 1971, the Five Man Electrical Band. A line of the song called to mind a rather interesting hike from long ago. The second stanza begins with, “And the sign said anybody caught trespassin’ would be shot on sight,” a lyric reminiscent of certain signs that once caused me more than a little consternation. In the late 1970s, while exploring the fringes of a unique natural area in Clinton County, I found myself on a very old, rocky, uneven road >>More


Thursday, February 8, 2018

February Adirondack Winter Festivals

Snow isn’t just for shoveling. These snowy Adirondack days are providing the perfect weather for a February filled with winter festivals. In all the far reaches of the Park, celebrating snow and ice is a tradition showcasing the playful aspects of wintertime. Saranac Lake’s Winter Carnival, February 2-11, culminates this weekend with a variety of events and activities supporting its Adirondack Festival theme. With tubing and skating races, an Artic BBQ, gala parade, torchlight ski, or an Adirondack Carousel carnival character lunch, the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is hitting all the high notes. Walk through the famed ice palace, an >>More


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Wanakena Ranger School History Talk Feb 15th

Dr. Michael Bridgen will speak about the Wanakena Ranger School, and the events and figures that formed it at a St. Lawrence County Historical Association Brown Bag Lunch event on Thursday, February 15th, at noon. Since the Wanakena Ranger School was established in 1912, it has trained over 5000 students in forest and environmental technology. Dr. Michael R. Bridgen is the current director of the Ranger School, and has been a faculty member since 1992. His professional training is in forest science and tree physiology and genetics. Prior to teaching at the Ranger School, he served twelve » Continue Reading. >>More


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Whiteface Ski History Slideshow in Placid Thursday

The Wilmington Historical Society will present “Whiteface Ski History” at the Lake Placid Olympic Museum, located in the Olympic Center, on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 7 pm. The free presentation will include an overview of Wilmington’s Whiteface Mountain ski area history from the 1940s to the 1980 Olympics. The slide show will explore the ski area’s original site at Marble Mountain, in 1948, and how Whiteface Ski Center became a much larger ski facility when it moved to its current site in 1958. Presenters, Karen Peters, President of the Wilmington Historical Society, and former trustee, Guy Stephenson will discuss how >>More


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

globalFEST Features New Golden Age of Latin Music

The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) has announced two young Latin bands will perform at globalFEST: The New Golden Age of Latin Music on Tuesday, February 13 at 7 pm. Acoustic alt-folk band Las Cafeteras, from East Los Angeles and indie mambo Orkesta Mendoza, from Tucson, AZ will take turns on stage. The six-piece band Las Cafeteras began as a group of students at Eastside Cafe, a community space in East Los Angeles, where they learned to play son jarocho, a traditional music style from Veracruz, a state in the Gulf of Mexico. All of the band’s members >>More


Sunday, February 4, 2018

Soldiers of Color at Fort Ticonderoga Feb 11th

Fort Ticonderoga’s “Fort Fever Series” continues on Sunday, February 11, at 2 pm with a program on “Soldiers of Color at Ticonderoga” presented by Stuart Lilie, Vice President of Public History and Operations. This program will focus on the diversity of soldiers who fought at Ticonderoga and examine how attitudes about soldiers of color varied dramatically within the numerous armies and empires that held Ticonderoga. The program is part of the National Black History Month celebration. The great campaigns of the French & Indian War and Revolutionary War have frequently been envisioned with long battle lines of soldiers as equally >>More




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