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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Stillwater Fire Observers, Forest Rangers’ Relatives Sought

In preparation for the centennial of Stillwater Fire Tower, the tower’s friends group is searching for Stillwater Fire Tower Observers, Forest Rangers, and their relatives. The centennial commemoration will be on Saturday August 24, 2019 beginning at 10 am at the tower. At noon a question and answer session will be held at the trailhead parking area on Big Moose Road. The Fire Observers at the Stillwater Tower were: Eugene Barrett, 1912-23; Charles H. Ward, 1924-25; A.D. Petri, 1926-27; Clarence Rennie, 1928-39; Theodore Jarvis, 1940; George A. Clair, 1940-64; Kenneth M. Hite, 1964-74; Larry Combs, 1975; Gary Kincade, 1976; Jim >>More

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Jay Task Force Formed To Boost Economic Vibrancy

An effort is underway to spur economic growth in the town of Jay by growing its tourism sector and increasing the housing inventory.  Members of a newly formed Jay Task Force have been meeting since March to investigate and identify initiatives. “Our goals include attracting new residents, promoting the hidden gem businesses we have here already, and concentrating on the needs for housing,” said Spencer Reynolds, task force member and councilman for the town of Jay. The town of Jay is comprised of three Hamlets — Upper Jay, Jay, and Au Sable Forks, all located in Essex County. The town >>More

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Woodstock 50th Anniversary Program in Ticonderoga *Aug 2

The Ticonderoga Historical Society is set to present a free public program celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Festival on Friday, August 2 at 7 pm at the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga. “Going Down to Yasgur’s Farm” is the name of both the program and the exhibit currently showing at the Historical Society’s museum which showcases the festival that came to reflect a generation. The program will look at some surprising little-known facts about Woodstock and invites anyone who attended the three-day festival to share their thoughts and experiences. Reservations are not necessary to >>More

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Film Classics at Schroon Lake’s Strand Theatre

The Strand Theatre in Schroon Lake has announced two nights of classic film screenings, set for Monday, July 29th, and Monday, August 12th. On Monday, July 29, at 8 pm, the 2019 edition of “Summer Classics @ the Strand” opens with an evening of three silent comedy shorts starring one of the most physically daring actors ever to perform in movies — Buster Keaton — with live piano scoring by Ben Model, resident film accompanist at the Library of Congress and New York City’s Museum of Modern Art. The films One » Continue Reading. View original post.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Grant Opportunities for Art and Cultural Programs

The 2020 Adirondack Quad-County Decentralization Grant Program for Art and Cultural Programs has been announced for Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton Counties. The Decentralization Program was developed to help ensure that New York State’s cultural funding reaches every part of the state. Decentralization funds are regranted locally by regional arts agencies at the invitation of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). These decentralization sites are charged as advocates and catalysts for arts and cultural development at the local level and provide a wide range of multi-arts programming and services for local communities, artists, and small organizations. Decentralization >>More

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Poetry: Where Deer Sleep

Where Deer Sleep That place where the Moon goes from whole to slithered, bites of dust, smiles of yellow rock, strange toenail shapes amidst a royal navy blue canvas of stars, growing dimmer the closer they are. Just hidden enough to be found in the bushes, sea urchin green, springing up as coverage for all the earthlings which do not sleep In front of a thousand oaks, a family of Whitetail Deer, each resting on a pod of grass indented like the forehead of an infant. There is a nakedness to this ritual, a non-terrestriality, signs of the Creator’s indivisibility. >>More

Friday, July 19, 2019

Eighth Annual Loon Race Coincides with Newcomb SummerFest

The Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC) is once again hosting its annual Rubber Loon Race on July 20 at 3 pm. The loon race mimics that long-standing rubber ducky race tradition, but with an Adirondack twist. The unique rubber loons make their trip downstream and three winners have the opportunity to collect a cash prize. My family has been exploring the trails at the Adirondack Interpretive Center since my children were learning how to walk. We’ve attended special workshops. We’ve paddled, swam, and attended lectures. There is always a welcome staff member to answer our questions. Since most of the events >>More

Friday, July 19, 2019

Free Concert at Hancock House Celebrates Woodstock

The Ticonderoga Historical Society has announced a free summer lawn concert “From Wilson to Woodstock” at the Hancock House, set for Saturday, July 20 at 6 pm. This year’s concert celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Festival held in Bethel Woods, New York. From Wilson to Woodstock refers to President Woodrow Wilson, under whose administration the passage of the 19th Amendment occurred. Wilson’s policies with regard to World War One and the Treaty of Versailles were also important in creating the incubator for the Second World War and subsequent global conflicts. Returning to take the stage >>More

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Amy Godine on John Brown Pilgrimages, Lake Placid Club

Adirondack Life contributor and independent scholar Amy Godine is set to track the history of pilgrimages to abolitionist John Brown’s North Elba grave and home, with an emphasis on the yearly visits of the John Brown Memorial Association from Philadelphia and the exclusionary Lake Placid Club. From 1922 into the 1970s, black activists gathered at Brown’s shrine to honor his May birthday with speeches, sermons, and song. People in Lake Placid participated too, spurning the segregationist culture of the Jim Crow era. Of special interest to Godine is the complicated relationship of the black city pilgrims with the notoriously exclusionary >>More

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Adirondack Pack Basket Workshop in Old Forge

View Arts Center in Old Forge is set to host a basketry workshop. Participants can make and leave with a staple tradition of the Adirondacks: the pack basket. This class is set for August 21 from 9 am to 5 pm. This class will be taught by Linda Scherz. Weaving baskets for more than 30 years, Scherz is a highly skilled artisan and teacher. In this one-day workshop, participants will learn to weave a 14″ traditional Adirondack pack basket ready for their next hiking or canoe trip. All materials and tools will be provided. Cost of this workshop is $170 >>More