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Monday, May 22, 2017

¡Naturalmente! Summer Program Combines Nature and Spanish

Cultural and natural sustainability will come together in a weeklong program for youth at the Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb. ¡Naturalmente! is a unique program for youth ages 10-14 that provides the opportunity to learn Spanish while exploring the beauty of the Adirondack Park. The program runs from August 20 to 25, 2017. ¡Naturalmente! has two components: Spanish lessons and exploration of the area’s environment. Instructors will provide daily language and cultural learning activities and games emphasizing use of Spanish in the context of nature and the environment. Youth will play bingo in Spanish using names of plants and animals, >>More


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Charlie Herr’s New History of the Fulton Chain Published

A new history covering the Fulton Chain of Lakes region from Moose River Settlement to its boundary west of Raquette Lake is now available from North Country Books and selected regional bookstores. Regular contributor to the Weekly Adirondack of Old Forge Charles E. Herr’s new book, The Fulton Chain: Early Settlement, Roads, Steamboats, Railroads and Hotels, documents the story of the stalwart folk whose lives shaped the Fulton Chain. The book represents the first general history of the Fulton Chain region in almost seventy years. Herr says he hopes his work engenders new interest in the notable earlier works cited >>More


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Residents Invited to Register for Great Adirondack Garage Sale

Now in it’s seventh year, the Great Adirondack Garage Sale has grown to encompass an over 200-mile “trail”, stretching from Malone to Speculator, and Old Forge to Newcomb. Residents are encouraged to sign up to sell during the expanded Memorial Day Weekend event. The expanded event was initiated by Hamilton County in partnership with the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST). The organization developed an interactive website that showcases garage sale locations and allows sellers to list items along with an unlimited number of photos to enhance their listing. The listings include the hours of operation and a sampling of >>More


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Ti Historical Opens Steamboats Exhibit May 19th

Steamboat Captain and author William “Bill” Gates will present the opening talk as the Ticonderoga Historical Society opens the third of its major exhibits for 2017 on Friday, May 19 at 7 pm at the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga. “Steamboats A’Comin” helps mark the bicentennial of steamboats on the waterways of the Lake Champlain and Lake George Regions, an innovation that opened the area for commerce and tourism in the years that followed. At one time hundreds of steamboats sailed the waterways, not only bringing goods but also allowing tourists their first glimpse of the scenic wonders of >>More


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Horace Brown: Master Horseman of Northern NY

One of my favorite people to visit when I was a child was my maternal grandfather, who owned a 100-acre farm in remote northwestern Clinton County. Ninety acres of the property were wooded (I loved exploring nature); he had cows, horses, and a dog (I loved animals); and he was an avid fisherman (I lived on the riverbank in Champlain and loved fishing). From my perspective, everything about my Grandpa Jim (Lagree) was cool (this was back in the ’60s, so “cool” is appropriate). On the wall near his usual sitting area in the living room was a framed photo >>More


Sunday, May 14, 2017

1967 Stony Creek Search for 11-Year-Old Debbie Butler

When historians look through archival photos, it can be difficult to analyze an image’s authenticity. The question is not whether the image is genuine, per say, but how frank or candid the photo really is. This can be especially challenging when looking through photographs taken by government agencies who, understandably, have an agenda and often preserved images that were created with a certain narrative in mind. This is why, while the historic photos of Forest Rangers that graced the glossy pages of the Conservationist Magazine have become iconic, I tend to prefer to obtain photos from the rangers personal collections. >>More


Friday, May 12, 2017

A Storytelling, Marketing, and Millennial Engagement Workshop

On Wednesday, May 17, the Adirondack Nonprofit Network and the Adirondack Planned Giving Society will host a nonprofit workshop, “Storytelling, Marketing, and Millennial Engagement,” from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake. Communicating the impact and value of a nonprofit is critical to long-term growth and sustainability. This workshop will teach attendees how to deliver clear, impactful stories about their work, and to make sure the right people hear those stories. The workshop will be facilitated by Lansie Sylvia, a senior strategist for J2 Design Partnership specializing in community activation and millennial philanthropy; Chris Morris, >>More


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Ticonderoga Historical Society Launching Steamboat Education Project

The Ticonderoga Historical Society has been awarded a $5,000 Corridor of Commerce Grant from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership. The grant will fund the creation of a website and student writing competition to commemorate the 200th anniversary of steamboat operations in the Champlain Valley and surrounding area. While the specific website content is under development, it’s expected to include archival materials that provide students and other viewers with a record of the travels and culture of steamboats as well as related vessels and operators that interacted with steamboats. Current ideas for interactive activities include telling the story of a >>More


Monday, May 8, 2017

Paddle Pics Next Up For Adirondack Explorer Photo Contest

The ice is gone, the air is warm and the bugs aren’t out yet: Time to hit the water! The Adirondack Explorer is continuing its Views of the Park photo contest with the theme: “Out for a Paddle”—whichever kind of paddling you do, wherever you do it (as long as it’s in the Adirondacks). Post your photos to Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #adkexplorerpix Explorer staff will choose their favorite photos to be included on the Adirondack Explorer website and highlighted in the bimonthly magazine. If yours is chosen, you’ll receive a free one-year subscription to the Explorer. Don’t >>More