FONDA TO HOST RACES
FONDA--Snowmobile races return to Fonda Speedway this weekend, Jan. 11 and 12, for the first time in four decades. The two-day snocross event, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, will be hosted by the East Coast Snocross Series. Those interested in giving snocross a whirl can bring their snowmobiles and take advantage of trail classes that will be available both days. The lineup includes pro, pro-lite, sport, women and junior class races. Spectator gates will open at 10:30 a.m. both days, with racing expected to start at 12:30 p.m. Admission costs apply, with pit passes available at an extra fee. For more go to fondaspeedway.com.
FOOD AND FLAMES
WELLS--The Town of Wells invites all residents, their families and friends to attend its annual Christmas Tree Burning and Covered Dish Supper Saturday, Jan. 11. The event begins at 6 p.m.
The town will provide meat platters, rolls, table settings and hot and cold drinks. Participants are asked to bring a favorite dish to share. Fans of ice-skating can try out the Wells Community Hall Pavilion Rink, weather permitting. Following the buffet, bundle up and gather around a bonfire of trees for a warm ending to the holiday season.
CARDBOARD SLED RACES
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, www.mylonglake.com); Feb. 15 at Indian Lake Ski Hill during SnoCade (518-648-5112, www.indian-lake.com); Feb. 15 at McCauley Mountain in Old Forge during Winter Carnival (315-369-6983, www.oldforgeny.com); and Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. in Inlet's Fern Park during Frozen Fire & Lights (315-357-5501, www.frozenfireandlights.com).
LONG LAKE--Winter Carnival here will start at 12 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Mt. Sabattis and Geiger Arena. Come take part in one of Long Lake's most famous winter events. Prepare a sleds and compete in the downhill Cardboard Box Sled Races and don't miss the snowmobile parade.
Winter Carnival is a day filled with cold weather fun. Events include one-shot basketball, fireman's relay, men's golf drive and the ladies' frying pan toss. Cash prizes are awarded winners. There are fireworks at dusk and a bonfire burning throughout the day. Sledding and ice-skating throughout the day, as are warm beverages, food and restrooms. Call (518) 624-3077 for more information.
SOLSTICE SHIN DIG
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADIRONDACK ICE BOWL
INLET--This year's Adirondack Ice Bowl here will be Jan. 24-26 on Fourth Lake. The two-day pond hockey tournament also has live music, food and family fun. Go to www.adirondackicebowl.com.
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHTS
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.
'MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG'
OLD FORGE--An acclaimed London production of the Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical, "Merrily We Roll Along," will be screened at View at 3273 SR 28 here Friday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. with a matinee Saturday, Jan. 25, at 2 p.m.
The live production received rave reviews in the fall of 2012. See the award-winning movie for $8/$6 members and $4 students. Tickets can be purchased by calling (315) 369-6411 or online at www.ViewArts.org.
ICE FISHING DERBY SET
INDIAN LAKE--The Central Adirondack Ice Fishing Derby on Adirondack Lake here will be Saturday, Jan. 18, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check in at the Byron Park Building starting at 5:30 a.m. Prizes every hour for northern pike ($100, $50, $25) and perch ($50, $25). Biggest Catch of the Derby pike $200, perch $100. Door prizes.
Sponsored by Indian Lake / Blue Mt. Lake Fish & Game Assoc. Limited to 195. Advance registration $30 each, day-of $35. Go to indianlakefishandgame.com.
JOIN THE FISHING DERBY
RAQUETTE LAKE--The Mike Norris Fishing Derby will be Saturday, Jan. 25, with registration starting at 6 a.m. at Raquette Lake Fire Hall. Fish for lake trout, brook trout, perch and salmon. Cash prizes. Sponsored by the Raquette Lake Fish and Game Club.
CABIN FEVER SUNDAY
BLUE MT. LAKE -- The Adirondack Museum's Cabin Fever Sundays series will continue Jan. 19 at 1:30 p.m. at the museum at 9097 State Route 30 here with "Stump the Staff: Strange Stories from the Adirondacks" with Hallie Bond, Jerry Pepper and Phil Terrie. Admission is free for museum members, students and children; $5 for others.
Bring in an artifact, see if the museumologists can guess what it is and learn some of the stories behind the strangest museum objects they have encountered.
ANNIE & THE HEDONISTS*
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.
TAKE A WINTER HIKE
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. Snowshoes and micro-spikes can be rented.
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.
RIDE FOR THE CURE
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 email@example.com. To sign up go to www.pleasantriders.com. Like Pleasant Riders on Facebook to get the latest news or check out its website at www.pleasantriders.com.
ARMS FAIR IS SLATED
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.
SWAP MEET SLATED
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.
LANDSCAPES & FIBERS
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.
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