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Land on or drive to the village beach on Lake Pleasant for fun, food and flying for the whole family when Lake Pleasant Lodge hosts a Sea Plane "Splash In" in Speculator June 6-9. (File Photo/Paul Wilbur)

"At the Lily Pond" by Roxanne Naydan is one of the works on display at the 9th Annual Northeast National Pastel Exhibition at View on Rt. 28 in Old Forge through June 29. (Photo submitted)


Coming Attractions 05/29/2013

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - Updated: 5:37 PM



LAKE PLEASANT--Hamilton County's 9th Annual Boreal Birding Festival will be June 7-9, featuring renowned birder Bruce Beehler. This three-day event features bird-watching hikes, canoe trips, walks, safaris, outings and seminars throughout the county. All field trips are free, but registration is required for each outdoor event. The schedule is on



WELLS--The Wells Fish & Game Club will hold its annual Fish Derby for children up to age 16 Saturday, June 1, from 8 a.m. to noon at the old reservoir on Gilmantown Road here. Bring rod, reel and worms.

Refreshments will be served. For more information call Nancy at 924-2110, Marleen at 924-7308, George at 924-3032 or Kim at 775-9359.


LONG LAKE--The Long Lake Fish & Game Club will hold a Youth Fishing Contest for ages 16 and under Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Jennings Park Pond on Rt. 30 here. The pond is stocked with trout in the early spring. Prizes are awarded and a life-long Adirondack hobby is born. Email to for more information or call Bruce Jennings at (518) 624-2145.


UTICA--Mohawk Valley Community College, in conjunction with the Utica Fire Department, Oneida County Fire Chiefs' Association and the Oneida County Volunteer Firemen's Association, will offer a Junior Fire Fighter Day Camp for boys and girls ages 16-17 July 29 through Aug. 2 at the Utica Fire Academy and Training Facility.

Junior firefighters will participate in firematic and EMS stations including master streams, ladder operations, HAZ-MAT, EMS, cribbing and stabilization, mask-confidence, communications, and more.

New this year is an overnight option. Students will participate in the day camp from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and spend their evenings on the MVCC campus. Meals are included.

Students must be sponsored by their fire department. To download an application and information visit The application deadline is July 10. For information call (315) 792-5300.



INDIAN LAKE--Learn about a safe way to run when Ken Bob Saxton, the guru of barefoot running, comes to Indian Lake Library Wednesday, June 5, at 7:30 p.m. for a presentation and book signing. Learn how to avoid injury and have fun running barefoot. All are welcome to this free event. Books will be available to purchase. For more information call (518) 648-5444.


PISECO--Cornell Cooperative Extension of Hamilton County will offer a Basic Computer Course in the Technology Room at Piseco Education Center on Rt. 8. The four classes will begin Thursday, June 27, from 10 a.m. to noon. The course costs $30 each and pre-registration is required by calling (518) 548-6191.



LONG LAKE--Get dressed up for an evening of dinner and dancing at The Cellar here Thursday, June 8. Dinner is from 4:30-8 p.m., when dancing starts. Reserve by June 5 for $25 each, which includes the three-course dinner. Call (518) 624-5539 for more info or reservations.



SPECULATOR--A Susan G. Komen for the Cure 5K Run / Walk will be held Saturday, June 1, starting from Lake Pleasant Central School on Elm Lake Road here. Registration starts at 9 a.m. with the walk starting at 10 a.m. Registration received before June 1 is $15 each; it is $20 the day of the event. Go to All proceeds go to Susan G. Komen For the Cure Northeastern New York.


SPECULATOR--Grab three friends and sign up a team for Irish Road Bowling Saturday, June 1. Pre-register at the Adirondacks Speculator Region Chamber of Commerce for $20 a team. Sign in that day at noon at the chamber office in The Lane Emporium at the intersection of state routes 8 and 30 and Elm Lake Road here.

Stick around after the 5k run (above) and try your hand at this traditional Irish event. There will be music and prizes and of course healthy outdoor fun. Costumes are encouraged. For more information or to sign up contact the chamber at (518) 548-4521 or Lake Pleasant Town Hall at (518) 548-3625.


INLET--Mitch Lee of Inlet Information Office will lead a three- to four-hour National Trails Day Hike Saturday, June 1, on the new Seventh Lake community connector trail in Inlet. This trail connects the Moose River Plains primitive camping area to Sagamore Road in Raquette Lake for hiking, mountain biking and snowmobiling.

Meet at Inlet Town Hall at 160 Route 28 here at 9 a.m. The hike, about six miles round-trip, will start at the Seventh Lake boat launch and explore a portion of the trail as it winds its way west toward the Moose River Plains Wild Forest entry point at the Three Mile Marker.

Pack a lunch, wear sturdy footwear and apply bug spray or wear head nets as it will be prime black fly season. The terrain is moderate with some steep climbs and wet portions.


TUPPER LAKE--The Wild Center and Clarkson University will host "Flip the Switch" Monday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to noon in The Wild Center's Flammer Theater to celebrate the arrival of broadband across the North Country. The event will include presentations from people using broadband to transform the way they work in the North Country and a chance to hear from the leaders who are helping shape the new North Country economy. To sign up go to


SPECULATOR--Pilots from the Eastern Seaboard states of the United States and from provinces of Canada are expected at the Sea Plane "Splash In" here June 6-9.

One of the topics to be discussed will be the possibility of bringing back floatplanes in the huge numbers previously seen in Speculator in years past, when over 100 planes would "splash-in" on Lake Pleasant and Speculator. This event is fun for the whole family.

For more information call Peter at Lake Pleasant Lodge at (518) 548-5253 or email to


INLET--The 18th Annual Black Fly Challenge mountain bike race will begin in Indian Lake's Byron Park at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 8, and ends in Inlet's Arrowhead Park.

This Adirondack Mountain Bike Association race through the Moose River Plains is a challenging 40-mile ride. The post-race party starts at noon and the awards ceremony at 3 p.m. For more call (315) 357-3281.


LONG LAKE--This year's Running From The Flies 5K Race at John Dillon Park, 2150 Tupper Road, will be Sunday, June 9, starting at 10 a.m., sponsored by the Town of Long Lake and Paul Smiths College. Call (518) 624-3077.

All parking is off-site. Shuttle vans will transport racers to the site starting at 8 a.m. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. _$15 pre-registration includes t-shirt_; $20 day of race. All registrations must be by check or money order payable to Town of Long Lake, POB 496, Long Lake NY 12847.


LONG LAKE--The Bear Bait Radio Club here will take part in Ham Radio Field Days June 22 and 23 at Mt. Sabattis Pavilion on Rt. 30 here, setting up camp for 24 hours to participate in the largest on-air amateur radio event in North America. Guests, law enforcement and members of the rescue squad and fire department are encouraged to come up and make a call and help Bear Bait score points. Open to the public.



LONG LAKE--Long Lake Fish & Game Club will hold its annual Bass and Pike Fishing Derby Saturday, June 15. Register from 6-6:30 a.m. at Long Lake Town Beach for $25 each. No late registrations will be allowed.

Fish from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and weigh in between 3 and 3:30 p.m. at the beach. Cash prizes will be awarded. Call Bruce Jennings at (518) 624-2145 or email for more info.


RAQUETTE LAKE--The Raquette Lake Fish & Game Club's Junior Members Fishing Derby will be Saturday, June 15, the opening day of bass season on Raquette Lake. There will be prizes and hot dogs for everyone.



WELLS--Wells United Methodist Church will have a Start of Summer Dinner Saturday, June 1, from 4-6:30 p.m. The menu consists of ham with raisin sauce, mashed potatoes, green beans and carrots, beverage and homemade desserts. The cost is $ 9 for adults, $4.50 ages 6-12 and free if under age 6. Take-outs and gluten-free options are available. The Methodist Church is on Route 30.


RAQUETTE LAKE--Enjoy some delicious strawberry shortcake, get free area and events information and reconnect with summer friends Saturday, June 29, starting at 11 a.m. at the Raquette Lake Fire Hall. A portion of the proceeds from the Raquette Lake Strawberry Festival benefit Raquette Lake Fire Department. Visit for more information.



LAKE PLEASANT--The 22nd Annual Sacandaga Lake Boat Parade will be Thursday, July 4, at 11 a.m. (rain date July 6). All boats are welcome. Meet at the southwest corner of Sacandaga Lake (Aird's Bay) at 11 a.m. and bring flags. For more information call Frank at 548-8124.



LAKE PLEASANT--Twigs Treasures House opens for the season Memorial Day Weekend. Come in and browse two floors of constantly changing arrays of antiques and slightly used furniture, household goods, toys, linens and more.

Twigs Treasures House is on Page Street near the intersection with State Route 8. Hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays through June; Tuesdays through Saturdays during July and August; Fridays and Saturdays during September (plus Sunday, Sept. 15, until noon for the Town-Wide Garage Sale); and Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4 and 5, and Columbus Day Weekend Oct. 11-13 and Oct. 14 to noon.

To donate items call Letty Rudes at 548-7077) Lore Frisk at 548-4668 or Susan Thielking at 548-6318.



PISECO--Seeds are available at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Hamilton County office in Piseco Education Center on Rt. 8 here for the annual Pumpkin Contest. The cost to enter is $2 for five Magic Pumpkin seeds. All ages are eligible, but one must enter to win. For more information call (518) 548-6191.


SPECLATOR--North Country Bible Fellowship on Elm Lake Road here will hold its Fourth Annual Plant Swap Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be a range of plants from bulbs to trees. Bring any kind of houseplant, annuals, perennials, bushes, trees etc. No plant is too small or too large.

Come and look or share any type of plants even if you don't have plants to exchange; just make a donation to the food bank. For more info call (518) 548-5777.


WELLS--Members of Wells Garden Club will hold their annual Plant Sale Saturday, June 1, beginning at 9 a.m. at the pavilion next to Wells Community Hall. A wide variety of plants will be available: flowers, vegetables, houseplants etc. Club members will be on hand to answer questions regarding the planting and growing of purchases. Donations of cash and plant material will be gratefully accepted. It is a great way to get summer gardening started.



LAKE PLEASANT--The Ladies Tuesday Morning Golf League at Lake Pleasant Golf Course on Rt. 8 here is seeking new members. Tee time is 9 a.m. Tuesdays during July and August.

Members of all abilities are welcome, and one does not need to be a member of Lake Pleasant Golf. Golf league members pay when they play. There are reduced green fees for league players.

A league meeting will be held Tuesday, June 25, at 8:30 a.m. at the golf course. Those who wish to play after the meeting should be ready to golf.

Ladies Tuesday Morning Golf League dues of $40 each cover prizes and the annual banquet at the end of the season. Call Jan at 548-8533 or Dee at 548-3294 after June 1 to reserve a spot.



TUPPER LAKE--Cecropia. Luna. Rosy Maple. Io. Join Professor Janet Mihuc from Paul Smith's College to learn about the giant silk moths that are native to the Adirondacks Saturday, June 1, from 7:30-9 p.m. at The Wild Center, 45 Museum Dr. here.

These moths are beautiful but rarely seen unless one knows where and when to look for them. "The Secret World of Moths"_will demonstrate how to attract and observe moths at home. Project Silk moth is a volunteer-based survey documenting the presence of giant silkmoths (family Saturniidae) in northern New York state. This free presentation has the information needed to become a silk moth watcher. Email to or call (518) 359-3253 for more.



LONG LAKE--Adirondack Quilt Camp will be June 23-26 at Long Lake Central School, sponsored by the Town of Long Lake and Log Cabin Fabrics.

Classes will run from 1-4 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Ten award-winning quilt instructors will give 20 classes and workshops. There will also be lectures, evening programs and special children's classes.

Beginners to experienced quilters and all ages are welcome. Call (518) 624-3077 or check out for information on classes and teacher biographies.



INLET--Celebrate National Trails Day here Saturday, June 1, by hiking with Mitch Lee. Meet at Town Hall on Main St. at 9 a.m. (315) 357-5501.



BLUE MT. LAKE--The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts on Rt. 28 here will present "The Spitfire Grill" June 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arts Center; Thursday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m. at Long Lake Town Hall, 1204 Rt. 30, Long Lake; Friday, June 14, at 7:30 p.m. at Tannery Pond Community Center, 228 Main St., North Creek; and Saturday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m. at View, 3273 Rt. 28, Old Forge.

Admission is $15 / $10 members. Call (518) 352-7715.

Based on the hit movie, a feisty parolee follows her dreams, based on a page from an old travel book, to a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself, working at Hannah's Spitfire Grill. It is for sale but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. Entry fees are $100 and the best essay on why you want the grill wins. Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow full and things are definitely cookin' at the Spitfire Grill.



OLD FORGE--The 9th Annual Northeast National Pastel Exhibition at View on Rt. 28 here runs through June 29. It's a highlight of View's annual calendar, with thousands of visitors a year. The exhibition has attracted some of the nation's foremost pastel artists.

Patricia Tribastone of the Pastel Society of America will lead two events May 4: a Continental Breakfast and Gallery Walkabout and "Drink & Draw," a pastel still life demonstration and wine tasting.

Exhibition admission is $8/$4 members with a $2 discount for groups of 10 or more. Children under age 12 are admitted free.

For a free preview of the exhibitions, large group tour scheduling and more information about View visit, or call (315) 369-6411.


NORTH CREEK--Photos of wildflowers of the Adirondacks and others by Curt Austin will be on display in The Widlund Gallery at Tannery Pond Community Center, 228 Main Street here, June 1-26. A reception and program will he held June 20 from 5-7 p.m.

Austin and his Chester-born wife Nancy have operated Austin Image Photography since 1997. The flower portraits are the result of an unexpected obsession with close-up photos of flowers as they emerged in spring and summer of 2008. They were taken without any particular purpose, but in 2009 they somehow became the object of a book project, "Adirondack Wildflower Portraits." It includes very small flowers that normally go unnoticed.

The gallery is open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Call (518) 251-2505.


BLUE MT. LAKE--Meet Miss Hannah - Mixed Media by Hannah Lightbody gallery show will run June 7 to July 13 at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here. A gallery reception will be held July 13 from 5:30-7 p.m.

Craving home, Hannah Lightbody uses her roots and the northern woods of Maine as inspiration. Using found objects and materials, she produces art that comes from her idea of home.

Gallery hours are Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call the AC at (518) 352-7715 or visit the website at


BLUE MT. LAKE--Trova De Amor - Paintings by Miguel Alfaro gallery show will run June 7 to July 13 at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here. A gallery reception will be held July 13 from 5:30-7 p.m.

Romantic figures dancing, men playing guitars and voluptuous women create surreal scenes that are undeniably tender. Alfaro's Cuban scenes are rich with color, stories and emotion.

Gallery hours are Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call the AC at (518) 352-7715 or visit the website at


BLUE MT. LAKE--Tactile and Visible Stories - Book Art by Hai Ri Han gallery show will run June 7 to July 13 at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here. A gallery reception will be held July 13 from 5:30-7 p.m.

Bringing a traditional art form back with a more contemporary spin, Hai Ri Han creates unorthodox books. Accordion, star- and tunnel-shaped books with ambiguous legibility and readability lead the reader to a deliberate relationship with his books.

Gallery hours are Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call the AC at (518) 352-7715 or visit the website at


BLUE MT. LAKE--The Privileged Series - Illustrations by Anthony Dortch gallery show will run June 7 to July 13 at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here. A gallery reception will be held July 13 from 5:30-7 p.m.

The Privileged Series illustrates what it means to be socially and financially above others. Dortch makes social commentary with his segmented show representing "The Privileged," "The Purifiers" and "The Other."

Gallery hours are Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call the AC at (518) 352-7715 or visit the website at



BLUE MT. LAKE--The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here will host a Punch Needle Rug Hooking Workshop June 1-2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It costs $75 / $65 members.

The beauty of this style of rug hooking is the simplicity of the tools, the speed as compared to traditional rug hooking and a great potential for design. Pat Merritt will demonstrate and help students learn the art of punch needle rug hooking from design to technique. Take home a 14-inch square decoration. Bring gloves and pliers.

Registration is required. For more information call the AC at (518) 352-7715 or visit the website at



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