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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


Sunday, December 24, 2017

TAUNY First Friday Music Jam January 5th

Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) has invited the public to the next First Friday Jam hosted by singer/guitarist Barb Heller, host of NCPR’s String Fever, and fiddler Don Woodcock, a North Country Heritage Award recipient, on Friday, January 5 from 7:15 to 8:45 pm. TAUNY’s traditional music jams are open to people interested in gathering with North Country neighbors to play old time fiddle tunes and songs from American folk traditions. Participants are invited to bring an instrument, singing voice, or just themselves and come to The TAUNY Center for this fun monthly jam. Fiddles, guitars, percussion, and/or >>More


Saturday, December 23, 2017

Christmas Eve: Two Paintings, Two Realities

When I was younger, Christmas Eve was always a magical night. We finished off the decorations on the tree, which seemed better every year, in anticipation of Christmas Day and wonderful gifts and visits from relatives, festive food and drinks. But the night itself was a wonder like no other. As I look back, the life-enhancing quality this time of year gave everyone has gradually been replaced by the imposition of something quite different, as the holiday progressively morphed into an orgy of un-affordable acquisition, more and more hideous decorations and music, with “consumers” spurred on by a massive onslaught >>More


Thursday, December 21, 2017

Lake Champlain Naval History Program At Fort Ti

Fort Ticonderoga’s “Fort Fever Series” begins on Sunday, January 7, at 2 pm with “Vigilance and Discipline to be Observed through all the Vessels” presented by Nicholas Spadone, Director of Interpretation. Fort Ticonderoga’s military history in the American Revolution extends well beyond just the land. Strategy and tactics were developed to command Lake Champlain and Lake George. British Royal Navy vessels on Lake Champlain demonstrate the strength and extent needed to attack American-held Ticonderoga as well as supply and defend Ticonderoga during British occupation. This presentation will include the design, construction, and legacy of the British Royal Navy vessels on >>More


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Colton Getting Ready for Winterfest, Jan 25-28

The 2018 Town of Colton Winterfest Weekend will be held January 25-28 with the theme ‘Colton Kicks on Route 56’ drawing attention to the variety of outdoor and indoor activities which help people stay physically and mentally active throughout winter. This year, as in previous years, a number of festival activities are planned to benefit the Neighborhood Center serving Colton, Pierrepont, and Parishville. Lead up activities include lighting Remembrance Trees, painting barn quilts, sharing history, and kicking off fund raising activities to benefit the Neighborhood Center. On December 8 fifty-two Remembrance Trees sponsored by individuals, families, and groups » Continue >>More


Monday, December 18, 2017

Sam Coplon: Santa Claus of the Adirondacks

The collection of letters to Santa that appeared in this space last week epitomized life in the rural regions of northern New York a century ago. At Christmastime, children from families living a common, low-income existence asked Santa for the simplest of items: a pencil and notepad, candy and nuts, or clothing to keep them warm in the winter. Toys and playthings were often secondary requests if they appeared at all. But the simple desires from long ago reflected something other than just poverty. A good number of rural folks were self-sufficient, and all family members, even young children, took >>More


Sunday, December 17, 2017

NYS Loses Its Historical Association; Long Had Ties Locally

We recently learned that the New York State Historical Association, which has played a key role in protecting New York’s historic sites and artifacts for more than a century, is now defunct, having officially been absorbed by the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown. It is safe to assume that the museum will not retain the Association’s mission, that of promoting and preserving history throughout New York State. Lake George residents have a special interest in the former Association, in part because it was founded on Lake George in 1899, met annually at the Fort William Henry Hotel and counted residents >>More


Monday, December 11, 2017

Poignant to Hilarious: ‘Dear Santa Letters from a Century Ago

Below are actual letters to Santa published in Adirondack regional newspapers a century ago, from 1914 through 1917. (None of the letters have appeared here in past collections.) Those years coincide with World War I, so there are a few references to the war, but for the most part, the letters are just plain entertaining. Some contain tinges of sadness, and they all reflect a simpler time among working-class communities, where gifts often consisted of items that in higher strata of society were common, everyday possessions. For example, among the hundreds of letters reviewed, including 37 presented here, the most >>More




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