AUDUBON BIRDING TRIP
NEWCOMB — Go birding at Adirondack Interpretive Center, Newcomb, on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 10am.
After checking out the birds at the AIC feeder, which in recent winters included redpolls, evening grosbeaks, chickadees and nuthatches, we will head out to the Sucker Brook trail. This 1.0-mile trail runs along the outlet to Rich Lake providing opportunities to glimpse mink and otter in the open water. The surrounding hardwood forest is a great place to spot woodpeckers.
To register: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the AIC at (518) 582-2000.
FAMILY ART & NATURE
TUPPER LAKE—The Wild Center here has scheduled a Family Art & Nature program for every Sunday through March 24, free for members or with paid admission.
Spend Sundays from 12-2 p.m. both inside and outside on the trails learning more about the Adirondacks and participating in nature-related art projects the whole family can enjoy.
Each Sunday will feature a different nature-related topic and one of The Wild Center’s live animals. Learn about the Adirondacks and its animals and then use them for inspiration while making unique art projects to take home.
FAMILY FUN NIGHT
WELLS—The Wells Improvement Group will hold a Family Fun Night March 23 at Wells Central School, from 4-7 p.m. for children ages 10 and under and 7-10 p.m. for children ages 11 and up. This free event for the whole family features bounce houses.
INTRO TO GEOCACHING
LONG LAKE—The CVW Long Lake Public Library will present Intro To Geocaching Wednesday, Jan. 30, starting at noon at the Long Lake Nutrition Site. Everyone is welcome; bring lunch, or order one from the Nutrition Site by Friday. Call 624-3825 for more information.
THE BUSINESS SIDE
NORTHVILLE—Sacandaga Valley Arts Network is sponsoring a workshop for artists, “Embrace the Business Side of Being an Artist,” Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 1-3 p.m. at Northville Public Library, 341 S. 3rd St. here.
Arts Consultant Anne Smoczynski will define and break down the steps toward commitment on the business side, including worksheets and resource handouts. Topics include Contacts (the ultra importance of reaching out, being personal and rewarding old and new contacts), Getting Organized, Your Website and Marketing (traditional, online, social media, collaboration). A brief discussion on Business Plans, Branding, Galleries and Sales is included.
Tuition is $25, $20 SVAN members.To sign up call (518) 798-5031.
THE ART OF SUGARING
TUPPER LAKE—The Wild Center at 45 Museum Drive here will hold a Maple Workshop & Pancake Breakfast Sunday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, March 16, both from 9-11 a.m. Learn about the art of maple sugaring with special emphasis on backyard tapping, collection and boiling.
The event includes the program, games and tastings for the whole family. Contact Director of Programs Jen Kretser for more at email@example.com or (518) 359-7800 ext. 138
CRAFTS & FLEAS
WINTER CRAFT SHOW
INDIAN LAKE—The Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce will hold the annual Winter Wonderland Craft Show Feb. 16 and 17 at Indian Lake Central School and the American Legion as part of Indian Lake’s annual WinterFest.
The show will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Stop by and check out the handmade goods, shop locally and support local artisans. To be a vendor call (518) 648-5112 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
INDIAN LAKE—Indian Lake’s annual WinterFest will be Feb. 15-17 this year. Activities include the Indian Lake Volunteer Fire Department Breakfast, a “Nursery Rhymes in Chilly Times” parade, the Indian Lake Snowarriors Poker Run, the chamber’s Winter Wonderland Craft Show, a Book & Cookie Sale, Joey D Magic Show, cardboard sled races, the Jalapeno Eating Contest, the Indian Lake Central School Tricky Tray, the United Methodist Church Roast Beef Dinner, a torch-run and fireworks.
In addition to the special events there will also be free ice-skating and sliding at the Indian Lake Ski Center (skate rentals available locally at Pine’s Country Store), movies and programs at Indian Lake Theater, snowmobiling, guided snowshoe hikes, shopping, dining, skiing at Gore Mountain and more. For details on all the Indian Lake area has to offer visit www.indian-lake.com.
READ AND MUNCH
INDIAN LAKE—The Friends of the Indian Lake Public Library will conduct a Book and Cookie Sale in the Indian Lake Town Hall on Pelon Road from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Admission is free. A wide variety of books of various genres will be priced from $0.25 to $3. Delicious home-baked cookies will be sold.
FROZEN FIRE & LIGHTS
INLET—The Town of Inlet is getting ready for the 11th Annual Frozen Fire & Lights: bonfires, fireworks and family fun Saturday, Feb. 23. This event began as a way to remind visitors and locals of all the free activities the town offers at Fern Park in the winter.
The pavilion becomes an indoor skating rink with a warming room and heated restrooms and a section at the base of the mountain was cleared many years ago for a daring little sledding hill. Fern Park is also the trailhead to miles of groomed cross-country ski trails and trails for snowshoeing.
Feb. 23 is also the day of the Third Annual Cardboard Sled Race, starting at 1 p.m. at Fern Park. Go to www.FrozenFireandLights.com for a schedule of the day’s activities and a printable Cardboard Sled Race application.
BENEFIT FOR THE ARTS
BLUE MT. LAKE—Come to Minnowbrook Conference Center here Saturday, Feb. 23, from 6-9 p.m. for the annual Winter Benefit for the Arts, a dinner, silent auction and musical entertainment. Silent auction items include four “Park Hopper” passes to Walt Disney World, a week’s stay at Birch Cottage and more.
Overnight accommodations with continental breakfast are available Saturday night. Don’t miss this opportunity to spend the night in the rustic elegance of Minnowbrook Lodge, normally open only to private parties. Take a snowshoe trek or cross-country ski Sunday morning to add outdoor adventure to the indoor fun.
All proceeds benefit the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts and its mission to ensure quality arts programming for the Adirondack region.
Tickets are $35 ALCA members / $45 non-members / $75 patrons. For more visit www.adirondackarts.org or call (518) 352-7715.
FROM TREE TO TABLE
ALBANY—The New York State Maple Producers Association’s annual Maple Weekend gives a free, first-hand opportunity to see how maple products are produced, along with the chance to taste and purchase maple products.
There will be two this year, March 16-17 and March 23-24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at participating producers, including McComb’s Oak Hill Farm at 227 Elm Lake Rd. in Speculator where they will be boiling sap into syrup (weather permitting) and demonstrating tree tapping equipment the results always taste great.
New York State maple syrup has a reputation as one of the highest quality maple syrups in the world. Maple Weekend allows producers to demonstrate the superiority of their product, and invites the public to sugarhouses to try for themselves.
FISH LAKE EATON
LONG LAKE—The Long Lake Fish and Game Club’s Lake Eaton Ice Fishing Derby in the Town of Long Lake will be Saturday, Feb. 9, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register for $25 each at Town Hall from 6-6:30 a.m. There are cash prizes for trout and salmon. Weigh-in starts at noon at the Lake Eaton Public Campground. Call (518) 624-3077 for more.
ICE FISHING DERBY
WELLS—Fish Algonquin Lake here Saturday, Feb. 23, during the Wells Fish & Game Club’s Ice Fishing Derby. Fish from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; weigh-in at the Methodist Church is followed by dinner there. Registration begins 6-8 p.m. Friday evening at the church and resumes there at 6 a.m. Saturday. Prizes. (518) 924-2110.
JOIN THE CONTEST
SPECULATOR—The Speculator-Lake Pleasant-Piseco Fish & Game Club’s 11th Annual Ice Fishing Contest will be Saturday, Feb. 23. Registration forms will be available at area locations including the Adirondacks Speculator Region Chamber of Commerce. They must be mailed to the club at POB 271, Speculator NY 12164. The entry fee is $25 in advance / $30 the day of the event. www.slpp-fishgame.org/.
GRAB A KID AND FISH
LONG LAKE—The annual Adult / Child Ice Fishing Derby on Long Lake will be March 2 this year. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. at Town Hall and fishing at 9 a.m. Weigh-in is at 3 p.m.
Adult-child (under age 15) teams fish Long Lake, Lake Eaton or South Pond for pike, perch and trout and cash prizes. Check out the community ice fishing hole near the bridge. Long Lake Fish & Game Club sponsors this free event. Call (518) 624-2145.
CHICKEN AND BISCUITS
WELLS—A valentine’s Chicken and Biscuit dinner will be held at Wells United Methodist Church Saturday, Feb. 9, starting at 4 p.m. and ending at 6:30 p.m. The menu consists of chicken in gravy, George Chamberlain’s famous biscuits, mashed potatoes, green beans, carrots, cranberry sauce, homemade desserts and beverage. Take-outs and gluten-free options are available. The cost is $ 8.50 for adults, $4.50 for children ages 6 to 12 and free under age 6.
ESCAPE WINTER COLD
OLD FORGE—Escape winter and warm up with homemade chili at View. On Tuesday, February 19, View will hold the 7th Annual Chili Bowl Luncheon from 11:30 am - 2 pm. Lunch includes meat or vegetarian chili with all the fixings, garlic bread, dessert, beverages and live entertainment including saxophone and keyboard music. Chili is served in handmade bowls created by talented regional and View potters.
Prices will range between $18 - $25 depending on the bowl you choose to take home, or you can just have lunch for $10. Admission to View exhibitions is included when you attend the Chili Bowl Luncheon. Exhibitions include “The Wild Life”.
To learn more about View programming visit www.ViewArts.org or call 315-369-6411.
INDOOR GARAGE SALE
WELLS—The 13th Annual Winter Garage Sale at Wells Community Hall on Main Street here will be Saturday, Feb. 2, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. To reserve a table call Dee at 924-5371. Everyone is invited. Refreshments will be sold.
SEE STODDARD’S WORK
ALBANY—”Seneca Ray Stoddard: Capturing the Adirondacks” is on exhibit in the Crossroads Gallery at the New York State Museum here until Feb. 24, 2013.
Stoddard was one of the first to capture the Adirondacks through photographs. He shared and promoted that vision to a post-Civil War audience that was beginning to have the means to follow in his footsteps. Soon, those footsteps became a flood of tourists.
Unlike many of his contemporaries, Stoddard’s work remains largely intact. The New York State Museum acquired the Stoddard prints in 1972.
SPECULATOR — Can bookbinding be spellbinding? Find out when the Friends of the Lake Pleasant Library hosts a discussion on the art and craft of bookbinding by Jack Fitterer Thursday, Jan. 31, starting at 4:30 p.m. at the library on Rt. 8 here. Jack and his wife, artist Taff Fitterer, reside right up the road in Indian Lake.
Adirondack Life magazine featured Jack Fittered in a 2007 article. His work is primarily devoted to the restoration of damaged books from all eras, even dating as far back as a 15th century prayer book. Those who truly love books will most likely be spellbound by this event.
FEB FEST CONCERT
SPECULATOR—Plan to attend the Feb Fest Concert at the Grace United Methodist Church in Speculator from 7 — 9 pm on Tuesday, Feb. 19. The featured musicians will be Azalea and the Good Ole Boys. This popular local group presents a wide range of vocal and instrumental selections from old time favorites to new songs composed by band members. There is no admission fee for this concert. The Grace United Methodist Women will be providing refreshments during intermission. This promises to be a wonderful evening of music and fellowship.
SANTANONI SKI WEEKENDS
NEWCOMB—Due to the raging success of last year’s open house ski weekends at Great Camp Santanoni they will be offered again this year: Feb. 16-18 and March 16-17.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Adirondack Architectural Heritage, the Town of Newcomb and the Adirondack Ecological Center are pleased to announce that historic Camp Santanoni, located off Route 28N here, will be open three weekends this winter. Over these weekends, cross-country skiers and snowshoers will be able to visit the Gatelodge and Main Lodge, get short interpretive tours with AARCH staff and warm up at the Artist’s Studio before the return trip.
Camp Santanoni was built beginning in 1892 by Robert and Anna Pruyn. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark.
JOHNSTOWN—The Eighth Annual Adirondack Outdoorsman Show at the Johnstown Moose Club at 109 S. Comrie Ave. (Rt. 30A) here will be Saturday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., snow or shine. All hunters, fishermen, boaters and outdoor enthusiasts are invited.
There will be gear, equipment and supplies for hunting, fishing, boating, archery, trapping, hiking and snowshoeing and lots of Adirondack collectibles and artwork along with featured guests and industry experts.
For more information call (518) 725-5565 or visit www.adkshow.com.
OLD FORGE—View is seeking entries to the 32nd Annual Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors Aug. 17 to Oct. 27. Over $15,000 in cash and medals will be awarded.
Enter online or print the prospectus from View’s website at www.viewarts.org. Online and CD entries are accepted. Call View at (315) 369-6411 to have a prospectus mailed. The deadline to enter this exhibition is March 15.
Juror of Selection Mel Stabin is an international teacher, author and award-winning watercolorist. Juror of Awards Jim McFarlane is a nationally and internationally recognized watercolorist and teacher and current president of the American Watercolor Society.
View is a multi-arts center located at 3273 State Rt. 28 in Old Forge. To learn more about View programming and upcoming exhibitions visit www.ViewArts.org or call (315) 369-6411.
STAMP IT UP
SPECULATOR—North Country Bible Fellowship Church on Elm Lake Road here will hold a Cabin Fever Ladies Night Out Thursday, Jan. 31, at 6:30 p.m. Come out, have fun making cards with stamps, meet new friends and have refreshments. RSVP to the church office at 548-5777 or Debbie Nervik at 637-5274. Supplies to make two stamped cards cost $5.
NORTHVILLE—Arlene Rambush will hold a Handweaving Basics - A Review Saturday, Feb. 2, from 1-4 p.m. at Deerhaven Studio at 130 North Road here. It is open to weavers at all levels.
This workshop provides a lecture / demonstration of basic weaving elements. Topics will be participant-guided: things learned but forgotten and things never offered in enough detail. Instructor topics will include: careful planning of project, yarn types and sizes, appropriate sett, steps in winding the warp and dressing the loom. There will be a discussion of fiber properties, shrinkage and take-up and finishing techniques.
Tuition is $30 each, $25 each for Sacandaga Valley Arts Network members. Call (518) 863-8647.
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