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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

50 Student Films Entered In First Time Film Festival

AdkAction and Tupper Lake Central School District have announced that 50 eligible student films have been submitted to the first ever Beyond the Peaks Student Film Festival, representing seven school districts in the Adirondacks. The red carpet showcase of student creativity and talent will take place at The Wild Center on May 10, 2019, from 5 to 8 pm. Participating school districts included Tupper Lake, Newcomb, Westport, Beekmantown, Long Lake, Salmon River, and West Canada Valley. Festival judges will be watching and scoring the films between now and April 23, 2019 using the web app Trackpad from Skills21. Community members >>More

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Call for Art: View’s 10×10 Exhibition

View Arts Center has announced a call for artists to submit their work for the 2019 10×10 Art Show, which will take place May 25th to September 8th, 2019. Work can be submitted at View from April 29th to May 17th between 10 am and 4 pm. Artists may submit one to five works in any two-dimensional medium except video and film. All works must measure 10” x 10.” There is no submission fee for this exhibition. All works will be for sale for $100. A full prospectus is available online. Admission for the gallery is $10 for guests and >>More

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Neal Burdick On New ‘The Trails of the Adirondacks’ Book at TAUNY

TAUNY (Traditional Arts in Upstate New York) is set to host a talk and book signing with Neal Burdick of Canton for the recently published book, The Trails of the Adirondacks: Hiking America’s Original Wilderness. The book includes photography by Carl Heilman, a foreword by Bill McKibben, and text by Burdick. Published by Rizzoli International with ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club), this new title celebrates one of America’s original hiking destinations through contemporary photography by Carl Heilman, maps, and archival photos. Burdick text adds historical context, and sidebars by Christine Jerome and Stuart F. Mesinger, along with excerpts from » Continue >>More

Monday, April 22, 2019

Pete Seeger’s Local Connections; Seeger Centennial Set for Grange Hall

The late folksinger Pete Seeger had a long connection to the North Country, beginning as a 20-year-old member of the Vagabond Puppeteers, according to Whallonsburg Grange board member Mary-Nell Bockman. In the summer of 1939, the group traveled to rural communities all over Upstate New York, including St. Lawrence, Franklin and Clinton counties, performing in support of dairy farmers on strike against the big milk monopolies. Seeger was good friends with the artist Rockwell Kent and his wife, Sally, and visited Asgaard Farm several times. After meeting Adirondack folklorist Marjorie Lansing Porter at a folk festival in Schroon Lake, he >>More

Sunday, April 21, 2019

John Brown Day 2019 Planned For May 4th

John Brown Lives! has announced “John Brown Day: A Day of Reflection. A Day of Action.” is set for May 4th, 2019 from 2 to 4 pm, at the John Brown Farm State Historic Site. John Brown Day is a commemoration honoring women and men whose work invokes the passion and conviction of the 19th-century abolitionist who dedicated his life to the cause of liberation. This year’s awardees are: Dr. Barbara Ransby, professor of African American Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where she directs the campus-wide Social Justice Initiative. Barbara >>More

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Ticonderoga’s Legacy Subject of New Exhibit at Fort Ti

Fort Ticonderoga has announced a new exhibit, “Ticonderoga, A Legacy,” which explores the tradition of Ticonderoga through popular and military culture over two centuries, including the U.S. Navy vessels that have borne its name. Fort Ticonderoga holds a premier collections of 18th-century military material and cultural artifacts. In a statement to the press, Fort Ticonderoga curator Matthew Keagle: “This exhibit explores the ways in which Ticonderoga has been evoked, remembered, and memorialized from the end of the Revolution through the end of the 20th century… From Thomas Cole to Thomas Edison, Ticonderoga has captivated and inspired artists and thinkers from >>More

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Rogers Rangers Movie Night in Ticonderoga

The Ticonderoga Historical Society is set to open its 2019 free movie series with a showing of the classic Spencer Tracy film Northwest Passage on April 26th. The 1940 early Technicolor film is based on the 1937 best-selling historical novel by the same name, authored by Kenneth Roberts, from a serialized version that had previously run in the Saturday Evening Post.  The film is set along the  New York and New Hampshire frontier during the French and Indian War including at Crown Point, Lake Champlain, and the Connecticut Valley. The film also includes a fictionalized account of the raid » >>More

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Poetry: Memory by Intinction — Siamese Ponds Wilderness

Again this early morning I leave the kitchen light off as I eat my cold cereal with milk to re-mind me of our long ago days at our Adirondack cabin that promised an imminent fishing trip to the backwoods with each year’s hoped-for surprise finds of new beaver work there thrilling to Trout’s tug on our line in this communion of the saints my brother Matt holds the chalice and then produces the bread from his shoulder-slung creel. Read More Poems From The Adirondack Almanack HERE. View original post.

Friday, April 19, 2019

NorthWind Fine Arts Juried Show Set For May

NorthWind Fine Arts is set to host a reception for its 6th Annual Juried Art Show on Friday May 10, 2019, from 5 to 7 pm.  The show features the work of artists from across the region. Awards will be presented at 6 pm, light refreshments will be served. The works will be on exhibit through May 30th, 11 Woodruff Street, Saranac Lake. This year’s juror is Dr. Karen Blough. She is a historian of medieval art and a professor at SUNY Plattsburgh, where she teaches courses on ancient, medieval, and early modern art history. NorthWind Fine Arts features original >>More

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Some Old Adirondack Laws Were Nothing To Sneeze At

For a long time now, my youngest son has operated a research laboratory in Singapore. Moving there from America was quite the culture shock, but he was clearly impressed with how clean everything was, a result of many laws that we in the US would consider overbearing. He remains very respectful of the culture there and wouldn’t joke about some of their laws, including one reinforced by signs in and near elevators: No Urinating in Lifts. For me, it instantly begs the question: was this common enough to merit a statute? But before we scoff at the rules in other >>More