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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Fact, Fiction On Chester’s Underground Railroad

The publication of a new book about the Underground Railroad in the Adirondacks, focusing on its supporters and their good work in the Town of Chester in Warren County, rides a high wave of public interest in this dramatic chapter of our history. No bookstore lacks a full-frontal display of Colson Whitehead’s explosive novel The Underground Railroad, with Oprah’s golden imprimatur on the front jacket. Regional scholarship is booming: in just the last decade, books and articles have documented Underground Railroad activity in Indiana, Buffalo, Detroit, Vermont, New York City, Pennsylvania, and the long flanks of » Continue Reading.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

4th Annual Pete Seeger Tribute May 6th

The 1st Presbyterian Church of Saranac Lake will host the 4th Annual Pete Seeger Tribute on May 6th, at 7 pm. The beginning part of the program will focus on children, while the rest of the evening will consist of music and spoken-word performances for all ages. Local performers will commemorate Pete Seeger’s life and to help continue to clean the water and the earth. There will be songs that Pete sang and newer music based in the folk tradition, fiddle music and storytelling. Performers include Duane Gould, Lisa and Klaus Meissner, Mike Shepard, Mark Palyswiat, Tom Techman, Mike Shepard, Emily >>More


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Adirondack Museum Names New Director of Marketing

Ausra Angermann has joined the Adirondack Museum as director of marketing. She will oversee all promotional and public relations efforts for the museum, which will open a new 19,000-square-foot interactive exhibition this summer. Angermann was most recently senior brand manager, marketing activation for Timex Group USA in Middlebury, Connecticut, where she was responsible for the development, delivery and communication of merchandising concepts and strategies. She joined Timex in August 2012 as global marketing manager for the licensed brand Nautica Watches. Angermann’s previous experience spans communications and creative agencies as well as design studios, both in Connecticut and her native Canada. >>More


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Telephone Party Lines Were Once High Entertainment

History is often said to repeat itself, or to come full circle, but the same is seldom said about technology, which by its very nature constantly improves and leaves old ways behind. But as a follow-up to last week’s piece on heroic telephone operator Ida Blanchard, here’s a look at an old way of doing things that has enjoyed a resurgence of sorts, buttressed by the capabilities of modern telecommunications. We’re talking here about telephone party lines. Yes, they’ve become a thing again, which should come as quite a surprise if you were lucky enough to experience the original. The >>More


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Adirondack Musicians At Proctor’s Theater Saturday

Great Camp Sagamore will present “Adirondack Folk Night: A Concert to Support Great Camp Sagamore” this Saturday, April 15th, at Proctor’s Theater in Schenectady. This concert is a gathering of some of the most accomplished traditional musicians of the Adirondack Region. Appearing will be Dan Berggren, Ed Lowman, Peggy Lynn, Dan Duggan, Trish Miller, Sara Milonovich, John Kirk and Alex Smith. The concert celebrates over forty years of musical programming at Sagamore and all proceeds go to promote the future of Adirondack folk music at Sagamore. A special feature of the concert will be a showcase of Adirondack organizations from >>More


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

World War One Centennial Focus at Ti’s Hancock House

The Ticonderoga Historical Society will open its newest multi-year exhibit with a program and reception on Friday, April 21 at 7 pm. Historical Society President Bill Dolback will present the opening talk, which is free and open to the public. The new exhibit “Til It’s Over Over There” takes its name from a popular World War One era song and looks at United States’ entry into the war in 1917, nearly three years after the conflict began in Europe. The exhibit installation has created a new setting as a portion of the second floor of the Hancock House has been >>More


Monday, April 10, 2017

Paul Smith’s College Workshop for North Country Veterans

A number of experts will assemble Wednesday, April 12, at Paul Smith’s College to discuss loans, benefits, resources and investment opportunities available to U.S. veterans living in the North Country. This free workshop, which is geared toward veterans with an interest in starting a business, will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the Joan Weill Adirondack Library’s Adirondack Room. The event will kick off with an introduction by Nicholas Hunt-Bull, provost of Paul Smith’s College, followed by a presentation from Richard Hannis, upstate New York director emeritus of the Service Corps of Retired Executives, who will discuss the >>More


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Infamous Adirondack Murder Revisited

It’s been over one hundred years since a search party found Grace Brown’s body in the bottom of Big Moose Lake, an overturned rowboat floating nearby. In 1906 the face of the man who walked away from that remote bay would become familiar to many Americans as he sat slouched in a chair at his murder trial in Herkimer. The local and national press wrote front-page stories about Chester Gillette, the handsome young man who murdered his pregnant girlfriend so he could rise up the social ladder. Craig Brandon has a section in the new edition of his book called >>More


Friday, April 7, 2017

Ti Fort Fever Series Sunday: Gribeauval’s Guns

Fort Ticonderoga’s “Fort Fever Series” concludes on Sunday, April 9th, at 2 pm with “Gribeauval’s Guns: French Artillery Reforms from Montcalm to Napoleon” presented by Curator Matthew Keagle. This Fort Fever presentation will take participants on a tour using the rare examples in Fort Ticonderoga’s collections of reforms of the French artillery in the wake of the French and Indian War, one of the most important technological and tactical developments in artillery during the 18th century. Matthew Keagle is the Curator of the Fort Ticonderoga Museum and holds degrees from Cornell University, the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, and >>More


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Hudson River Whitewater Derby Set To Celebrate 60 Years

Residents of Manhattan are accustomed to seeing a somewhat polluted mile-wide Hudson dotted with commuter ferries and cruise ships. Here in the North Country, we see a different face of the Hudson. During spring, as the river swells with crystal-clear snow melt and April showers, the Upper Hudson has some of the best whitewater runs in the East. Each year since 1958, the Hudson River Whitewater Derby is held on the first full weekend of May from North River to Riparius. This year’s event, on May 6-7, will mark its 60th anniversary, making it one of the oldest continuously run whitewater >>More




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