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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Wild Whiskers Beard Contest Set For Queensbury

The 2017 Wild Whiskers Beard Contest will take place Saturday, April 8, from 5 to 8 pm at Lake George Brewing Company, 1043 State Rte. 9 in Queensbury. New this year will be a contest for the Biggest Beard from Scratch. Who can grow the most impressive beard in two months?  Contestants must provide a photo documenting that they were clean shaven as of February 1 or later to qualify.  Returning this year will be the Mountain Man contest, inspired by the gnarly beard of legendary Adirondack guide, Old Mountain Phelps.  Other categories will include: Best Groomed Full Beard, Best Partial >>More


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Tupper Lake Assisting Businesses With Digital Curb Appeal

The town of Tupper Lake has announced that it will be assisting businesses in improving their “digital curb appeal” through website upgrades and digital marketing training. The digital marketing training will come in the form of a free two-part digital marketing workshop presented by AdWorkshop and the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST). The first workshop will focus on developing a social media strategy and the second on website best practices. The workshops will take place at 6 pm in the Community Room of the Goff-Nelson Memorial Library on Feb. 7 and 16, respectively. Pre-registration is required online. Besides the >>More


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Lawyers Argue In Court Over Adirondack Rail-Trail Proposal

After months of delay, lawyers for the state and the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society squared off in court Monday over the future of a 34-mile stretch of tracks between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake. At the end of the 45-minute hearing in Malone, acting State Supreme Court Justice Robert G. Main Jr. reserved decision on whether to block the state from tearing up the tracks and converting the corridor into a multi-use recreational trail. The judge also asked the state to provide more information on the ownership of the railroad corridor. When state officials drafted the proposal to remove » >>More


Monday, January 30, 2017

Eagle Island Group Camping, Restoration Project Underway

The Town Board of Santa Clara has voted unanimously to amend the local Land Use Code to reestablish group camping on Eagle Island, located on Upper Saranac Lake. Friends of Eagle Island (FEI) has been in discussions with the Town of Santa Clara to reestablish group camping on Eagle Island through a petition to amend the Land Use Code thereby enabling the camp to re-open. This multi-step process has involved; preparing and filing a petition for an Amendment with the Town Board, review of the Amendment by the Planning Board, a Public Hearing and the vote by the Town Board. >>More


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Words Of Wisdom From “Old Mountain” Phelps

Plenty of entertaining statements are attributed to Orsen “Old Mountain” Phelps, the over-commercialized Betty Crocker of Adirondack Mountain guides. I don’t know exactly who Phelps was, but after 30-plus years in the journalism business, I recognize the type: He wanted to be a lot of things, and was pretty good at it, but lost something of his identity in the process. His Swiss Army Knife approach to life led him down paths not just as a guide, but as a writer, scientist, geographer and philosopher-at-large. The one thing he seemed pretty clear on, and I can relate, is that he >>More


Saturday, January 28, 2017

In Climbing Mt Washington, Darby Field May Have Sought Lake Champlain

In the history of mountain climbing in New England, the first ascent of Mt. Washington happened in 1642 with Darby Field as the climber. Over the years, however, there has been great speculation as to the route that Field took to the summit. Most early speculation assumed that his main goal was to climb the mountain, and that he then took the most direct route as he came in from the Maine coast. That route would have taken him up the Cutler River and then up the southeast side of Mt. Washington, the Northeast’s tallest mountain. This is the side >>More


Friday, January 27, 2017

Saranac Lake Ice Palace Construction Has Begun

Construction of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Palace began Friday, January 27th. Construction involves harvesting ice from Lake Flower, transporting it to the shore and assembling it according to a blueprint. Construction on the palace will continue until the start of the carnival on February 3. The 2017 Winter Carnival will take place February 3rd to the 12th. The Ice Palace is built by volunteers, organized by a group informally known as the Ice Palace Workers 101 (IPW 101). The public is welcome to volunteer and roles are assigned based on comfort level, skill and ability. Modern equipment is used >>More


Friday, January 27, 2017

Artists Making Animal Masks For Winter Carnival

Saranac Lake is getting ready for its 120th Winter Carnival this February 3rd to 12th with an appropriate carnival theme: Adirondack Animals. To help get everyone in the mood, BluSeed Studios is conducting a mask decorating contest with the proceeds benefiting a new public art installation. This weekend is the final chance to be involved. According to Organizer Edward DeLeon Saranac Lake ArtWorks and BluSeed Studios has formed a partnership and the mask making contest and exhibit is one of the first collaborations for the two art establishments. “We are finding ways to work together,” says DeLeon. “The » Continue >>More


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Lake Flower Landing’s Bakery Concert Series Begins Sunday

The Lake Flower Bakery Concert Series will be held on the last Sunday of the month, January through June at Lake Flower Landing in Saranac Lake, with the first concert this Sunday, January 29th, at 4 pm with special guest Brian Donat. The Bakery Concert Series, hosted by cellist Esther Rogers Baker, and multi-instrumentalist/composer Gene Baker, will focus primarily on music composed within the last century. Each month will feature Gene and Esther plus guests including Adirondack cellist Brian Donat, Crane professor of electronic music Jerrod Sommerfeldt, Saranac Lake violinist Elaine Dewar, Lake Placid pianist Joey Izzo, Connecticut violinist Annie >>More


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Hockeyfest, Snow Sculpting Championship Getting Underway

Helicopter rides, ice bowling, snow sculpting and pond hockey will highlight the first Hockeyfest Weekend from January 26 to 29 in Lake Placid, coinciding with the New York State 2017 Snow Sculpting Championship, which began Tuesday. Hockeyfest has been introduced as a way to enhance the annual CAN/AM Adult Pond Hockey tournament that occurs on a series of groomed rinks lined up on Mirror Lake in Lake Placid each year. The action on Mirror Lake will include helicopter rides on Friday and Saturday, and family-friendly pickup games of broomball, ice bowling, Shinny and public skating on the lake loop ice >>More