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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Fascinating Fossils of the Champlain Valley Saturday

Champlain Valley fossils, ancient reefs, and old forts are the topics professor and paleontologist Nancy Budd will cover on August 19 at the Crown Point Historic Site, from 10 am to 12:30 pm. The program is sponsored by Champlain Area Trails (CATS). After a 45-minute presentation in the Museum’s theater, program participants will find and identify fossils in the rock exposures at the historic site. Most fossils in the Champlain Valley are approximately 460 million years old and are remnants of what was once a shallow sea along the edge of the Adirondacks. The climate of the Champlain Valley was >>More


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Adirondack Art Association Art Exhibit Opening Reception

The Adirondack Art Association (AAA) has announced an exhibition featuring a group show of AAA artist members, from August 25 to October 9, 2017. An opening reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held for the exhibit on Friday, August 25 from 5 to 7 pm at the AAA in Essex. The Adirondack Art Association hosts four gallery openings and a silent auction each year, both are free and open to the public. These exhibits create an opportunity for over 50 artist members to present their work. These artists are from every age group, from children displaying their class >>More


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

New Tupper Lake Regional Marketing Manager Named

The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) has announced the promotion of Katie Stuart to the position of Tupper Lake Regional Marketing Manager. In her new role, Stuart is expected to serve as a liaison between community stakeholders, travelers, and ROOST, and supports the implementation of marketing strategies for the Tupper Lake area. She was introduced to destination marketing via an internship at ROOST during the summer of 2015, and after graduating from Keuka College in 2017, joined ROOST full time as Tupper Lake/Hamilton County Marketing Assistant. She now fills the role formerly held by Michelle Clement, who was promoted to >>More


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Stuntman Ken Carter’s Not So Grand Finale

The weather was clear and cool on Wednesday, September 26, 1979, the day of the big jump. Reporters, film crews, and spectators were on hand. Ken Carter showed up driving a red Chevrolet, certainly not his jump car, and obligingly drove up the ramp a couple of times so that photographers could get some good shots. He posed, looking out over the St. Lawrence for dramatic effect. A bit later, he walked partway up the ramp and made note of a “slight rise” in the middle that would have to be fixed before his rocket car could be used on >>More


Monday, August 14, 2017

Brown’s Raid 1777 Battle Re-enactment Weekend

Fort Ticonderoga will host a two-day battle re-enactment highlighting the 1777 Brown’s Raid on Ticonderoga on Saturday and Sunday, September 9-10, from 9:30 am to 5 pm. Programming throughout the weekend will highlight the American raid on Ticonderoga in their attempt to recapture the fort. Visitors will have the chance to learn about the Royal Navy’s role in the attack and experience the battle from a completely new angle on Lake Champlain aboard tour boat, Carillon. Atop Mount Defiance, learn about the guard of Rangers who had attacked British-held Fort Ticonderoga with their own cannon. During the dramatic event, Fort Ticonderoga’s guests will >>More


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Tim Rowland’s Visit To Ausable Chasm

Many moons ago, not too far north of Old Forge, there was a tourist trap that — apparently believing that honesty was the best policy — gave itself the name of The Tourist Trap. It sold the usual fare of balsam-scented incense burners in the shape of a log cabin, birch-bark lamps and every piece of junk imaginable with a picture of a loon on it — all destined, in time, for some North Carolina yard sale. As a child in search of a meaningful memento costing south of 75 cents, I invested in a “paperweight” that was a river pebble that had >>More


Friday, August 11, 2017

John Hancock’s Table Acquired By Ticonderoga Hancock House

The Ticonderoga Historical Society has received the donation of a table that was once in the “banqueting hall” of the original John Hancock mansion in Boston. The table was the gift of Benn and Claire Eilers of Bend, Oregon.  Benn Eilers is a descendant of Hancock’s sister-in-law, Sarah Quincy. With leaves that extend to 30 feet, the table is constructed of birds-eye walnut, a relatively rare wood. It is believed that George Washington dined at the table while visiting the Hancock House in Boston in 1789, during Hancock’s time as Governor of Massachusetts. The original Hancock House was constructed in >>More


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Annual Crown Point French and Indian War Re-enactment August 12-13

My family has always enjoyed going to one of the numerous historical re-enactments offered around the Adirondacks. It gives us an opportunity to be a part of history and to learn about the past. It’s a chance to experience a moment in time that helped shape our country. The annual Crown Point French and Indian War Reenactment is part of a two-day festival held at the Crown Point State Historic site on August 12-13 bringing visitors into a temporary 18th century encampment overlooking beautiful Lake Champlain. French, British, and Native American reenactors will be setup around the Crown Point State >>More


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Film Society Screenings At Schroon Lake’s Strand Theater

The Adirondack Film Society will continue their “Easy Screening” Series presentations at the Strand movie house in Schroon Lake, on August 12-13, and August 19-20. On Saturday and Sunday, August 12-13 the Easy Screening Series will feature a film screening of The Night We Met with a filmmaker Q&A. The Night We Met, was shot in Schroon Lake and received its world-premiere screenings at the Strand in August 2016. Albany-area-based, husband-and-wife filmmaking team of Jon Russell Cring, the movie’s director and co-writer, and Tracy Nichole Cring, its other co-writer, director of photography, and editor, will be » Continue Reading. View original >>More


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Greatest Stunt: Jumping A Car Across the St. Lawrence River

Although ticket refunds were offered, Ken Carter maintained that the 1976 attempt to jump the St. Lawrence River had been postponed, not canceled, and would likely take place in spring 1977 – which it didn’t. In June it was announced that the plan had been revived for September, but with a different car — a rocket-powered Lincoln Continental Mark IV, powerful and sturdy, but hardly an aerodynamic vehicle. Work resumed on the launch ramp in anticipation of a long-delayed but substantial payday. Each week from July into September, newspaper articles touted the jump, adding to the growing frenzy and Knievel-like >>More