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Coming Attractions 06/05/2013

Wednesday, June 05, 2013 - Updated: 5:57 PM

AUCTIONS

BID AT THE ARTS CENTER

BLUE MT. LAKE--The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here will hold its annual auction Saturday, July 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. followed by a Block Party from 2-5 p.m.

Auction donations are needed. Look in the attic, cellar, garage, back room or shed and pull out those 'unique and special' items, large and small, that would be a great addition to an auction. This auction has become a community event attended by antique lovers from all over. ALCA will pick up items if necessary. Just call (518) 352-7715.

BIRDING

BOREAL BIRDING FESTIVAL

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 www.adirondackbirds.com.

CHILDREN/TEENS

JUNIOR FIREFIGHTER CAMP

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 www.mvcc.edu/cced. The application deadline is July 10. For information call (315) 792-5300.

CLASSES

ON BAREFOOT RUNNING

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.

SUMMER CLASSES SET

PISECO--Piseco Education Center, located at the Piseco school on Rt. 8 here, will hold a Registration Night for summer classes Wednesday, June 12, from 5-7 p.m.

A wide variety of classes for both adults and children is being offered throughout the summer. Come sign up for Boater Safety, A Summer Program for children in grades K-6, Tutoring for grades 1-6, Ballet and Hip Hop, Karate, Art, Beginning Computers for Adults, Cheese Making, Mushroom Growing, Trailblazers and more.

Those who cannot attend may obtain further information on all these classes and other events and programs on the website at www.pisecoschool.com/ or by calling (518_ 548-7555.

BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS

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.

DANCE

ADULT PROM

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.

EVENTS

SEAPLANE 'SPLASH IN'

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 Edgar Tello at (704) 491-3152 or Peter at Lake Pleasant Lodge at (518) 548-5253 or email to info@lakepleasantlodge.com.

CAA SPRING FLING

EAGLE BAY--The Central Adirondack Association invites everyone to its annual Spring Fling social gathering. The event will take at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at the Big Moose Inn here. Hot and cold appetizers will be served for $10 each and there will be a cash bar. To RSVP call (315) 369-6983.

This is a great opportunity for area business owners to network and discuss the upcoming summer season. CAA directors will be on hand to answer questions regarding the CAA and their upcoming events and marketing plans. Those who are not members but interested in what the CAA does and how a membership could benefit them are encouraged to attend. Current members are encouraged to bring a guest.

BLACK FLY CHALLENGE

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.

RUNNING FROM THE FLIES

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.

RADIO FIELD DAYS

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.

THE DIVA JAZZ ORCHESTRA

NORTH CREEK--Tannery Pond Community Center Association will hold its 11th Anniversary Benefit Gala Saturday, June 22, featuring Sherrie Maricle & the DIVA Jazz Orchestra with a live recording session from 4-6 p.m. and Dancing with the DIVAs at 8 p.m. There will also be wine, after dinner treats and a silent auction with a wide variety of items from regional artists and businesses.

Tickets are $25 each. For details and ticket information go to www.tpcca.org or call TPCC at (518) 251-2505. TPCC is at 228 Main Street.

Hard-charging. Powerful. Immersed in the history of their craft and in total command of their instruments. That's The DIVA Jazz Orchestra - an ensemble of 15 extremely talented and versatile musicians who just happen to be women. They can't help it - they were born that way.

YAY FOR RUMMAGE

PISECO--The annual Piseco Auxiliary Rummage Sale is fast approaching for all shoppers and bargain hunters. All roads will lead to Piseco Community Hall on Old Piseco Road Friday, July 5. Be there at noon for the start and stay until the 5 p.m. closing time. Saturday, July 6, hours will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the bake sale starting at 10 a.m. sharp.

This is the auxiliary's huge rummage sale. Don't miss the biggest selection of "quality" rummage at the best prices. Bag Hour starts Saturday at noon - all you can stuff into a bag for $1 with no limit to the number of bags. The proceeds benefit Piseco Fire Department, Piseco Ambulance Corps and other community organizations.

People come from far and near, so be there early and stay late.

FISHING

BASS AND PIKE DERBY

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 ll.fish.game.club@gmail.com for more info.

JUNIOR FISHING DERBY

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.

FOOD

STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL

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 www.myraquettelake.com for more information.

STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL

WELLS--The Wells Historical Society will host its annual Strawberry Festival Saturday, June 29, from 2-4 p.m. at Wells United Methodist Church on State Route 30. Enjoy fresh strawberries, homemade biscuits, real whipped cream and ice cream for $3.50 per adult.

Wells Historical Society is a non-profit organization that works diligently to collect, preserve and promote the remarkable history of Wells. It relies primarily on donations and fundraisers to operate Wells Museum. All proceeds from the Strawberry Festival go to the museum, keeper of times gone by.

GARAGE/YARD SALES

TWIGS TREASURES

LAKE PLEASANT--Twigs Treasures House is open for the summer. 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.

GARDENING

SEEDS TO GO

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.

GOLF

NEW MEMBERS SOUGHT

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.

NEEDLEWORK

GO TO QUILT CAMP

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 www.adirondackquiltcamp.com for information on classes and teacher biographies.

PERFORMING ARTS

'THE SPITFIRE GRILL'

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.

VISUAL ARTS

SEE THE PASTEL EXHIBITION

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 www.ViewArts.org, or call (315) 369-6411.

PORTRAITS OF WILDFLOWERS

NORTH CREEK--Photos of wildflowers of the Adirondacks and others by Curt Austin are on display in The Widlund Gallery at Tannery Pond Community Center, 228 Main Street here, through June 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.

MEET MISS HANNAH

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 www.adirondackarts.org.

MIGUEL ALFARO EXHIBITS

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 www.adirondackarts.org.

BOOKS AS ART

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 www.adirondackarts.org.

THE PRIVILEGED SERIES

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 www.adirondackarts.org.

MEET TAFF FITTERER

SPECULATOR--Artwork by Taff Fitterer is on display at Lake Pleasant Library through June. Fitterer is a talented realist oil painter whose work is filled with brilliant colors and unique objects in unusual arrangements.

The Friends of the Lake Pleasant Library will host a reception for Fitterer Thursday, June 13, from 5-7 p.m. in the Adirondack Room at the library on Rt. 8 here. Everyone is welcome, it's free and there will be refreshments.

Fitterer received her BA in Fine Arts at Rutgers University and her MA in Painting at SUNY Albany. She has exhibited her extraordinary art in many galleries and museums throughout Massachusetts and New York and has won first prize in several juried art exhibitions. She lives in Indian Lake with her bookbinder husband Jack.

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

     

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