WINTER SKY WONDERS
NEWCOMB--The Adirondack Interpretive Center at 5922 Rt. 28N here will host Wonders of the Winter Sky Saturday, Feb. 8, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Winter is a wonderful time to see some of the most brilliant stars. The constellation Orion is hands down the showiest of all. Explore nebulae and star clusters and have a look at the brightest star of all, Sirius. Pre-registration is required. Call (518) 582-2000 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
AUDUBON BIRD WALK
NEWCOMB--Come to the Adirondack Interpretive Center at 5922 Rt. 28N here for Northern New York Audubon's Bird Walk Saturday, Feb. 8, at 9 a.m.
Observe the birds at the feeders, then head out to the Sucker Brook Trail. This one-mile trail runs along the outlet to Rich Lake, providing opportunities to glimpse mink and otter in the open water, and the surrounding hardwood forest is a great place to spot woodpeckers. The bird walk is free. Call (518) 582-2000 or email to email@example.com for more.
FAMILY ART & NATURE
TUPPER LAKE--Sunday is Family Art and Nature Day at The Wild Center here from 12-2 p.m. through March 30. Explore a nature theme, meet live animals and create a handcrafted item to take home. It is free for members or with paid admission.
The Wild Center, at 45 Museum Dr., is open throughout the winter Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and during the entire week of President's Day. For more information visit www.wildcenter.org or call (518) 359-7800.
DRIVING COURSES SET
INDIAN LAKE--John Rathbun will hold a Defensive Driving Course at Byron Park here Friday, Feb. 21, starting at 4 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m. Completing this course gives one a 10 percent savings on collision and liability premiums and helps reduce up to four points off a license. Register by calling Rathbun at 648-5306.
RIDE IN THE POKER RUN
LONG LAKE--Moonlighters' Poker Run starts at the opening of business Friday, Feb. 7, and finishes at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. Pick up play cards at The Raquette Lake Tap Room or The Newcomb House. Cash prizes. $10 each, must be at least age 18 to get a play card. All stamped play cards must be turned in by 5 p.m._Door prizes will be awarded at 6 p.m. as well as awards for first, second, third and best hand. mylonglake.com
POKER RUN PLANNED
SPECULATOR--The Speculator Lions Club Snowmobile Poker Run will be Saturday, Feb. 8. Register between 9 a.m. and noon at The Lemon Tree or Piseco Performance for $10 each. The event may be done by car or snowmobile. Awards for first, second and third places and door prizes will be given starting at 3 p.m. at The Inn at Speculator. Door prize tickets are available at registration and all stops.
PARTY IS AT OXBOW
PISECO--Pleasant Riders Snowmobile Club's Christmas Tree Burning & Sledding Party will be Sunday, Feb. 9, from 2-9 p.m. Everyone is invited. Refreshments are provided by Pleasant Riders. Sledding starts 2 p.m., Bonfire 3 p.m., Live Music 5-9 p.m., Fireworks 6 p.m.
COME TO CARNIVAL
RAQUETTE LAKE--The tiny hamlet of Raquette Lake will host two days of small town tradition and big time fun during Winter Carnival Feb. 15-16. The library is open all day for warmth, but outdoors is where the action is. Look for events and games for ages 5-12. At noon RL hosts its own Ladies Frying Pan Toss and Men's Golf Drive. In the evening, enjoy a tug-of-war, bonfire and an outstanding fireworks display. On Sunday starting at noon the Cross-Cut & Chainsaw Competition Men's, Women's, Mixed & Family Divisions kicks off. mylonglake.com.
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 last three races will be 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).
SKATING RACES RETURN
LONG LAKE--Long Lake's Skating Races & Snowman Birth will be Saturday, Feb. 15, at Mt. Sabattis Geiger Arena, 6 Pavilion Way. All ages and all levels of skill compete in a variety of events on the rink. There will be an Award Ceremony and the reveal of the Adirondack's Largest Snowman. Snow sculpture-building and outdoor fun.
ICE FISH LATE EATON
LONG LAKE--The Lake Eaton Ice Fishing Derby here will be Saturday, Feb. 8, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register at Town Hall from 6-6:30 a.m. for $25 each. Cash prizes for trout and landlocked salmon. Live weigh-in at the Lake Eaton Campground Beach. Sponsored by Long Lake Fish & Game Club.
CHICKEN & BISCUITS
WELLS--The Wells United Methodist Church is holding a Chicken and Biscuit Dinner Saturday, Feb. 8, from 4-6:30 p.m. The menu consists of chicken in gravy on Bev's fabulous homemade biscuits, mashed potatoes, green beans and carrots, beverage and homemade pies, cakes and cookies. Cost is $ 8.50 for adults, $4 ages 6-12, free for under age 6. Take-outs and gluten-free options are available. The church is on Route 30.
COME FOR DESSERT
INDIAN LAKE--The American Legion Auxiliary here will hold its annual Dessert Parlor at the Senior Meal Site here Saturday, Feb. 15, from 1-5 p.m. There will be cheesecake and many more goodies along with coffee, tea etc. so stop by.
The auxiliary is currently collecting recipes for its upcoming cookbook. Recipes, from Grandma or otherwise, are greatly appreciated. Please contact Katie Hutchins at (518) 648-5849 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CABIN FEVER SUNDAY
BLUE MT. LAKE--The Adirondack Museum's Cabin Fever Sundays series will continue Feb. 16 at 1:30 p.m. at the museum at 9097 State Route 30 here with "Adirondack Snowmobile History" by John Warren. Admission is free for museum members, students and children; $5 for others.
This event is part of the 29th Annual Indian Lake WinterFest and its new SnoCade snowmobile extravaganza. Discover the history of snow machines in the Adirondacks from the early 1900s through modern personal vehicles.
BARS, RESTAURANTS & HOTELS
INDIAN LAKE--Hamilton County Historian Bill Zullo will give a a free PowerPoint presentation on Hamilton County bars, restaurants, hotels and some stores Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 3-4 p.m. at Indian Lake Restaurant and Tavern. The restaurant will be closed but the bar will be open.
Zullo will show photos, many from the 1930s. "I would love to hear of people's recollections of their favorite hangouts," he says. "Places like The Tamarack, Avery's, The Spoon, The Overrock and The Forest House may be gone, but not forgotten. Some others, like The Nubel Club or The Stowell Inn may be forgotten, but have an interesting history."
OLD TIME BLUEGRASS
NORTHVILLE--The Sacandaga Valley "LIVE" Winter Music Series presents the "Revival" old-time bluegrass gospel band Saturday, Feb. 8, from 4-6 p.m. at the BECON Corner Building, Main St, Northville.
Featuring Hamilton County singers and pickers Steve Page, Lenny Broiles, Heather Deibler, Rudy Peters and Pam Broiles, "Revival" will share the best of bluegrass gospel in four-part harmony. The concert will cap off the day-long Northville Winter Fest. Free will donation.
SKI OR BOARD WITH A PRO
SPECULATOR--Friends of Oak Mountain Inc. is sponsoring Ski or Board with a Pro Saturday, Feb. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Oak Mountain Ski Center here.
Intermediate or advanced skiers and boarders are invited for a great day of skiing or boarding with a professional skier and boarder. Call (518) 548-3606 to reserve a spot.
Also, Alpin Haus will hold a demo day and boot fitting in the lodge. See the latest and greatest in skiing and boarding equipment and learn about boot fitting and what would be best equipment for you.
WINTER SPORTS CHALLENGE
OLD FORGE -- The 14th Annual Kiwanis Winter Sports Challenge will be Saturday, Feb. 15, with snowshoe and cross-country ski events at McCauley Mountain Ski Area here. There will be recreational cross-country ski and snowshoe fund-raising races and an 8K New York State-USA Sanctioned Snowshoe Race.
The proceeds go to fund the local Kiwanis youth-oriented projects, including the Kommunity Youth and Activity Center here. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Demo snowshoes will be available.
More information regarding the event and Registration / Pledge Forms are available by calling Bill Ransom at (315) 369-2858 or Bob Teesdale at 369-2059.
HIKING AND EATING
NEWCOMB--Come to the Adirondack Interpretive Center at 5922 Rt. 28N here for a Full Moon Snowshoe Hike and Chili Chow Down Saturday, Feb. 15, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The AIC's trails usually close at dusk, but they will be open this evening. Here is a chance to bring the whole family to experience nature at night in the light of the full moon. Join us first for $5 chili at 6:30 p.m., followed by an informal hike at 7:15 p.m. and warm up with some hot chocolate at 8 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Call (518) 582-2000 or email to email@example.com.
The AIC will also hold a snowshow hike every Tuesday during February starting at 1 p.m. All ages are welcome and snowshoes are available.
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