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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Turin’s Civil War Teen Soldier Selden Clobridge

The small town of Turin in Lewis County has some interesting historical connections to the Civil War. Among them is native son Selden Clobridge, who was born in January 1846 in the hamlet of Houseville. In official records, his enlistment age is 21, which means he would have joined the army in 1867, two years after the war ended. It’s no surprise that he’s among the thousands who lied about their age in order to join the fight. When he joined the army in summer 1862, Selden was actually just 16 years old. For perspective, consider yourself at age 16. >>More


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Long Lake’s OctoBEARfest Set For Saturday

OctoBEARfest will be held at Hoss’ Country Corner in Long Lake on Saturday, October 1st, from 10 am to 4 pm. Vendors will be selling hand-crafted wares, jewelry, original art, rustica, ice cream, wine and more.  There will be a beer tasting garden featuring local brews from High Peaks Brewery and local food vendors, including the Fat River Foods Truck. Kids activities will include games and a visit of a Long Lake Fire Truck. Solo artists and groups will perform throughout the day. Musicians include Bob Gibson performing Irish Folk Songs, country and more, Babbie LeBlanc of Reflections, Buffalo Icon, >>More


Monday, September 26, 2016

Warrensburg’s World Largest Garage Sale

We are in the process of converting a workshop into an apartment while trying to maintain the 1800s farmhouse feel of the rest of the house and property. Searching for the right items has converted my Facebook feed into a salvage warehouse catalog. Though it’s easy to get items delivered right to my door, it’s fun to spend time searching for those special treasures. For the 37th year Warrensburg is hosting the “World’s Largest Garage Sale” and if years past are any indication, we’ll be able to outfit the apartment with plenty of treasures including that spiral staircase and a >>More


Monday, September 26, 2016

Whiteface Oktoberfest Celebrating 25 Years This Weekend

On Saturday and Sunday, October 1-2, Whiteface Mountain will celebrate its 25th Oktoberfest with adult Oktoberfest games, tall mugs of beer, food, specialty vendors, an adventure zone, and live music. Plus, fireworks Saturday, at 7:30 pm, at the KOA Campgrounds in Wilmington. Returning favorites include die Schlauberger, Spitze, Alpenland Taenzer, Schachtelgbirger and the 3 Alphorns. Guests can also look forward to Herbie and his Accord-A-Tones playing inside the Cloudspin Bar & Grill. Special two-day Oktoberfest tickets are available online only and to persons 21 and over, this $35 ticket gets you two days of festival admission, a ride on the >>More


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Warrensburg Historical Society Plans Graveyard Walks, Dinner

This year’s Warrensburg Historical Society Graveyard Walks will be conducted at the Warrensburg Cemetery, 174 Hudson Street, on Friday, October 21, and Friday, October 28, at 7 pm. Characters expected to surface at the cemetery this year brothers Ray and Eldon Haskell, who both lost their lives in World War Two. Vera Brown, suspected of being a spy; John Taylor, a Navy submariner; and Emily Martin, a nurse. Both walks will be followed by free homemade desserts at the Miles Thomas House (Senior Center) on Main Street, which will be transformed into a U.S.O. for the evening. Tickets for either >>More


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Lake Champlain Bridge Quest Awaits Visitors

Nicholas and Nicola Bell, with their baby Poppy, were the first people to complete a new quest that links Crown Point, NY with Chimney Point, VT. The British family followed clues on a Quest Map and answered seven riddles to obtain the quest’s treasure: a commemorative coin. The Bridge Quest was developed through a partnership among the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (CVNHP), Chimney Point State Historic Site, Crown Point State Historic Site, Lake Champlain Visitors Center, and the Crown Point State Campground. The Quest Maps are available at the Lake Champlain Visitors Center, or at the two state historic >>More


Friday, September 23, 2016

Battle of Lake George Book Event Sunday

 The Chapman Museum in Glens Falls will host William R. Griffith, author of the new book, The Battle of Lake George: England’s First Triumph in the French and Indian War (History Press, 2016) on Sunday, September 25th at 2 pm. In the early morning of September 8, 1755, a force of French Regulars, Canadians and Indians crouched unseen in a ravine south of Lake George. Under the command of French general Jean-Armand, Baron de Dieskau, the men ambushed the approaching British forces, sparking a bloody conflict for control of the lake and its access to New York’s interior. British commander William >>More


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Thurman Farm Tour Features Reuse Competition

The Thurman Station Association has announced the Fall Farm Tour Flip. Participants will take an old item, have it photographed in its initial state by contest organizers, then “flip” it into some new useful or decorative item. Thurman Station Association volunteers say entries have begun trickling in, and the photos they have snapped of starting items intrigue them: wheel rims, damaged embroidered items, a dessert dish, a metal tin, PVC scraps, jar lids, a broken guitar and an old map. There’s still time to enter (no cost) by taking the item to be flipped to Thurman town hall during Town >>More


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Adirondack Trivia: The Presidential Mountains

New Hampshire’s famous Presidential Range in the White Mountains has many peaks named after presidents and other famous statesmen. While we don’t have a range here in the Adirondacks dedicated to our nation’s leaders, we do have several mountains that bear presidential surnames. They weren’t necessarily named after White House occupants, but the name is the key if you like trivia games, which I do. Giving it some thought, how many can you name? The High Peaks by far get the most attention in the Adirondacks, but because I began favoring less-traveled areas many years ago as popular trails became >>More


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Cemetery Preservation Program Planned At Camp Sagamore

Great Camp Sagamore will hold a two-day presentation on cemetery and gravestone restoration on Tuesday, September 27th, and Wednesday, September 28th. For many people, cemeteries are sacred sites, locations that not only provide spiritual comfort for both the living and the deceased, but also help communities maintain connections with their collective cultural history. Over time, however, many small cemeteries fall into disrepair and decay, as loved ones move on and communities grow. For its part, New York State is home to thousands of neglected or abandoned cemeteries, many of which are technically the responsibility of their surrounding communities. Over the >>More