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Silver Bells in Wells is one of the ski areas Jeremy Davis will discuss in "Lost Ski Areas of the Southern Adirondacks" Sunday, Jan. 5, at View in Old Forge. It is the first of this winter's Adirondack Museum Cabin Fever Sundays. The illustrated lecture is based on his book. (Photo submitted)


Coming Attractions 01/01/2014

Wednesday, January 01, 2014 - Updated: 11:59 PM



LONG LAKE--Stan Kolonko from the award-winning Ice Farm in Auburn will install ice sculptures at businesses in Raquette Lake and Long Lake Jan. 10-11. The day culminates in an Ice Skating Dance at Geiger Arena and a Little Bus Tour of the installed sculptures in the evening.

Games, prizes, surprises, costume contest. Drive through Long Lake Saturday night to enjoy the sculptures in all their glory. Sculptures stand as long as the weather stays cold. For more call (518) 624-3077.


INLET--The Second Annual Central Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit will have four races, in Long Lake, Old Forge, Indian Lake and Inlet. Contestants must race cardboard and duct tape sleds at three locations to complete the circuit and be eligible to win the championship. All ages are welcomed.

The races will be held Jan. 18 at Mt. Sabattis in Long Lake during Moonlighter’s Winter Carnival (518-624-3077,; Feb. 15 at Indian Lake Ski Hill during SnoCade (518-648-5112,; Feb. 15 at McCauley Mountain in Old Forge during Winter Carnival (315-369-6983,; and Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. in Inlet’s Fern Park during Frozen Fire & Lights (315-357-5501,


NEWCOMB--The Adirondack Interpretive Center at 5922 Rt. 28N here had to postpone its Solstice Shin Dig to Saturday, Jan. 18. The fun starts inside at 2 p.m. with the Solstice Tree Trimming and Decorating. Come make decorations.

The Morehouse Family Band will start playing bluegrass at 4 p.m. and a potluck dinner starts at 5 p.m. Enjoy all-you-can-eat chili and cornbread for $5, or bring a dish and eat free. The hike starts after dinner and will be followed by hot chocolate. For more call (518) 582-2000 or email to



WELLS--Wells Wesleyan Church will host Family Movie Night Sunday, Jan. 12, and Sunday, Feb. 9, both starting at 6 p.m. Admission, popcorn and beverages are free. It is a good idea to come a little early. For more call (518) 548-8351.

The Jan. 12 movie will be "Snowball Express." It is a comical, family-safe movie about a family that inherits a ski resort. The Feb. 9 movie will be "The Slipper and the Rose," a family-friendly musical based upon the story of Cinderella.



WELLS--The Wells United Methodist Church will hold a Chicken and Biscuit Dinner Saturday, Jan. 4, from 4-6:30 p.m. The menu consists of chicken in gravy on fabulous homemade biscuits, mashed potatoes, green beans and carrots, beverage, and homemade pies, cakes and cookies. Cost is $ 8.50 for adults and $4 ages 6 to 12. Those under age 6 eat free. Take-outs and gluten-free options will be available. The church is near the center of Wells on Route 30.



BLUE MT. LAKE -- The Adirondack Museum's Cabin Fever Sundays series will present "Lost Ski Areas of the Southern Adirondacks," featuring Jeremy Davis, at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, at View, 3273 State Route 28 in Old Forge. Admission is free for museum members, students and children; $5 for others.

Davis will share the history of how ski areas in the area developed during the Great Depression of the 1930s and tell the stories of some now-vanished slopes like Harvey Mountain / Garnet Mountain in North River, Maple Ridge in Old Forge and Silver Bells in Wells.

Davis, a meteorologist at Weather Routing Inc. in Glens Falls, is founder of the New England / Northeast Lost Ski Areas Project; board member of the New England Ski Museum in Franconia, N.H.; and author of "Lost Ski Areas of the Southern Adirondacks" (2012).



WELLS--The Virginia Hosley Free Library here announces its 2014 arts program: "Keeping It Alive: Songs and Styles From The Past." The first program will be Sunday, Jan. 26, starting at 2 p.m. at Wells Community Hall on Route 30. There is no cost but donations will be accepted.

The program will feature Annie and the Hedonists interpreting the songs of the great female blues artists of the 1920s, '30s and '40s: Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace, Memphis Minnie, Billie Holliday, Rosetta Tharpe, Blue Lu Barker, Ella Fitzgerald and others.



LONG LAKE--The Town of Long Lake and guide Spencer Morrissey will host three hikes this winter, Jan. 11, Jan. 25 and Feb. 22.

The free Jan. 11 hike is part of Winter Trails Day; all others are $20 each. There is a maximum of 15 on each trip. Winter trips are not recommended for children under age 12 without prior experience on similar outings.

The town provides transportation. Meet at the Town Offices at 1130 Deerland Road at 8 a.m. Call (518) 624-3077 to reserve a spot and for a list of required equipment.

Jan. 11 hikers will venture to Snowy Mountain. This peak is a historical landmark with a fire tower on the summit. This seven- to eight-mile round-trip snowshoe hike goes over moderate to very steep terrain.



NORTHVILLE--Harry Wirtz will hold an Introduction to Digital Photography workshop Saturdays, Jan. 25 and Feb. 1, at the SVAN Arts Center at 132 S. Main St. here. Each session will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Master basic camera controls to take sharp, well-composed images, then enhance them using Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Elements. Learn how to choose appropriate digital file formats for email, web, printing, publishing, and archiving.

This workshop is best for those with basic computer skills. Bring a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera and a Mac or Windows laptop if it has image editing software. Students' questions and requests will drive the workshop's content.

Call Harry Wirtz at (518) 863-8636 before registering. Bring lunch or buy it nearby. Tuition: $90 / SVAN members $85.



SPECULATOR--The Pleasant Riders Snowmobile Club will hold its First Annual Cancer Ride Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. This event is being hosted by Oak Mountain Ski Center. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society to help in its effort to find a cure.

The cost is $25 per rider. This fee gives a rider a choice of three rides, a buffet dinner and a gift for participating. There will also be a silent auction and raffles. Pledge sheets are available to collect donations to raise funds for this important cause.

Come early to enjoy breakfast at Oak before heading out. For more go to To sign up go to Like Pleasant Riders on Facebook to get the latest news or check out its website at



SARATOGA SPRINGS--New Eastcoast Arms Collectors Associates will host its 31st Annual Saratoga Springs Gun and Militaria Show Jan. 11-12 at Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway.

Firearms buffs will buy, sell and trade. Over 250 tables of exhibits include historical firearms, Americana, military collectibles, reference books, Civil War swords and artifacts and thousands of guns, knives and accessories. Adirondack antiques often appear.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $8 daily ($7 for those over age 60); children under age 14 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Call (518) 664-9743.


WELLS--Wells Fish & Game Club will hold its annual Sportsman Swap Meet Saturday, Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wells Community Hall. Rent a table for $15 or just come and browse through old and new sporting goods. Buy, sell, barter or trade. Admission is $2 per adult; kids get in free. For more information or to rent a table call Nancy Lewis at 924-2110.



NORTH CREEK--Landscape artist George Van Hook and fiber artist Linda Van Alstyne are exhibiting at Widlund Gallery in Tannery Pond Community Center, 228 Main St. here through Jan. 22.

Van Hook has recently received recognition from three prestigious organizations. He was invited to participate in the private painter's event "Paint the Adirondacks," hosted by the publisher of Plein Air magazine, and his work has been accepted into two juried exhibitions at Vermont's Bennington Center for the Arts.

Van Alstyne creates everything from vases, wall hangings and vessels to hats, slippers and purses from ordinary merino wool, all bubbling over with personality. Her work is all about layers; the more you look, the more you see.

TPCC is open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays when the “Open” flag is out.* This event is possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts' Decentralization Regrant Program, administered in Hamilton County by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake.

The deadline for Coming Attractions is two weeks before the event. Announcements may not exceed 130 words. E-mail them to


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