TAKE A BIRD WALK
NORTH CREEK--Joan Collins, a New York state-licensed bird guide, bird-walk leader and ornithology expert, will present "Winter Bird Visitors to Northern New York" at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at Tannery Pond Community Center, 228 Main Street, North Creek. Cabin Fever Sundays admission is free for Adirondack Museum members, students and children; $5 for non-members.
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 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Presidents’ Day week. For more visit www.wildcenter.org or call (518) 359-7800.
LET'S MAKE TRACKS
INDIAN LAKE--Let's Make Tracks at Indian Lake Library. Bring the kids for stories and crafts from 1-2 p.m. for a free program Tuesday, Feb 18; Wednesday, Feb 19; and Friday, Feb 21. Each day will feature different crafts. Volunteers are welcome.
The library will open for a free special program Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. Erik Schlimmer will make tracks along the Trans Adirondack Route. Find out more about this new hiking trail. Call 648-5444.
NEWCOMB--February Break Winter Explorers can come to the Adirondack Interpretive Center at 5922 Rt. 28N here Thursday, Feb. 20, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for some winter fun and adventure.
The day will be full of hiking, trapping, tracking and playing in the snow. Don't forget to bring lunch. Parents can drop off their children between 8-9 a.m. and pick them up between 4-5 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Call (518) 582-2000 or email to email@example.com.
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.
CRAFTS & FLEAS
WINTER CRAFT SHOW
INDIAN LAKE--The Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce will hold the annual Winter Wonderland Craft Show Feb. 15 and 16 at Indian Lake Central School from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. 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
SEE 'FOREVER SNOCADE'
INDIAN LAKE--A winter inspired comedy performance will take place at Indian Lake Theater on W. Main St. here to celebrate the week-long SnoCade. Come see some favorite locals from "Forever Wild," an annual spoof on life in the Adirondacks, in this winter rendition of side-splitting skits Friday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. The fun doesn't stop there. The Sons of Octomom will stand and deliver at 8:30 p.m.
IL HOLDING SNOCADE
INDIAN LAKE--The Town of Indian Lake launches into SnoCade 2014, a celebration of snowmobiling and winter activities in the Adirondacks, Feb. 14-23. The festivities begin with the Winterfest Parade and end with torchlight skiing with fireworks. In between are both snowmobiling and non-snowmobiling events, from snowshoe softball and a snowmobile hill climb to a Flea and Swap Market. Go to www.facebook.com/Snocade for more.
POKER RUN PLANNED
ARIETTA--The Snowdrifters Poker Run will be Saturday, Feb. 15, with registration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Arietta Hotel on Rt. 10 or the East Canada Fish & Game Club. The final stop will be Arietta Hotel, where awards will start at 5 p.m.
The restaurant will offer a special poker run lunch and dinner menu along with its regular menu and Valentine's specials. Call 835-4106.
COME TO CARNIVAL
RAQUETTE LAKE--The 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 the action is outdoors. 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.
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.
'SUMMER IN FEBRUARY'
INDIAN LAKE--"Summer In February" opens Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. at Indian Lake Theater here. A sweeping romance set at an artist colony on the picturesque coasts of pre-war England, "Summer In February" is based on the true story of painter Sir Alfred Munnings (Dominic Cooper) and his blue-blood best friend Gilbert (Dan Stevens). Born into a working-class family, Munnings becomes one of the premiere British artists of his time, winning the affection of aristocratic beauty Florence Carter-Wood (Emily Browning). But when Gilbert falls for Florence as well, a love triangle emerges with tragic consequences.
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 collecting recipes for its upcoming cookbook. Contact Katie Hutchins at (518) 648-5849 or email@example.com.
START YOUR APRONS
SPECULATOR--Men, get out apples and aprons and enter the Second Annual Apple Pie Baking Contest for Men. Show off baking skills, win prizes and earn bragging rights. To register call Lake Pleasant Library at 548-4411 (or stop in) before Thursday, Feb. 27. Then deliver the finished pie to the Lake Pleasant Central School Cafeteria by 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1.
Three pie-loving judges will make their decisions and then everyone (bakers and spectators) gets to eat pie. The event is free. Donations are welcome and will be used for children's and community programs. The library has cookbooks for loan to men who need some help or inspiration.
CHICKEN & BISCUITS
WELLS--Wells United Methodist Church will hold a Chicken and Biscuit Dinner Saturday, March 1, 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 and $4 ages 6-12 (free if under age 6). Take-outs and gluten-free options are available. The church is near the center of Wells on Route 30.
BENEFIT DINNER SET
LAKE PLEASANT--The women of Grace United in Speculator and Lake Pleasant United Methodist churches are busy preparing for a Special Spaghetti Dinner to benefit Janis Perkins Saturday, March 1, at Lake Pleasant Fire Hall beginning at 5 p.m.
Perkins' home sustained severe damage during a fire in December. The money raised is to assist her in making restorations.
The dinner will consist of spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, Italian bread, assorted beverages and a variety of homemade desserts. Admission is by donation, and all donations will be presented to Perkins.
SKI TO SANTANONI
NEWCOMB--Cross-country skiers and snowshoers are welcome to visit the Gate Lodge and Main Lodge of Great Camp Santanoni off Rt. 28N here Feb. 15-17 and March 15-16.
See displays about the great camp and take interpretive tours with staff. The Artist's Studio, a stone building near the main lodge, will be open as a warming hut and will have hot chocolate available. Limited pairs of snowshoes will be available for use at the Gatehouse.
No registration is required. Call (518) 582-2000 or email to 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. Discover the history of snow machines in the Adirondacks from the early 1900s through modern personal vehicles.
BARS, EATERIES & HOTELS
INDIAN LAKE--Hamilton County Historian Bill Zullo will give a free presentation on Hamilton County bars, restaurants, hotels and some stores Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 3-4 p.m. at Indian Lake Restaurant and Tavern.
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."
IRISH MUSIC AND SONG*
WELLS--The Earls Chair will be at Wells Community Hall Sunday, Feb. 23, from 2-4 p.m. with Irish music and song. The group consists of Tom Wadsworth, Len Broiles, Dave Smith and Pam Broiles. Friends of the Wells Library will provide refreshments and donations will be accepted. The pairing of traditional instruments with song and harmonies makes listeners feel as welcome and happy as if they were at a session in the heart of Ireland.
WINTER SPORTS CHALLENGE
OLD FORGE -- The 14th Annual Kiwanis Winter Sports Challenge will be Saturday, Feb. 15. It is part of Old Forge Winter Carnival and includes 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.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Demo snowshoes will be available.
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.
Here is a chance to bring the whole family to experience nature at night in the light of the full moon. Come 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.
TWO FOR ONE
LONG LAKE--Hike Sawyer and Little Sawyer mountains Saturday, Feb. 22. This hike is a unique adventure in the backcountry near Indian Lake. Follow a well-developed trail to the summit of Sawyer Mountain before starting a short bushwhack to Little Sawyer Mountain. Both peaks have great views. This will be a loop trip back to the starting point.
Meet at the Town Offices at 1130 Deerland Rd. The fee of $20 each includes guide and transportation. Pre-registration is required; call (518) 624-3077.
A MID-WINTER WALK
NEWCOMB--Mid-winter is a wonderful time to get (figuratively) lost in the woods. Come snowshoe the trails at the Adirondack Interpretive Center at 5922 Rt. 28N here Saturday, Feb. 22, starting at 1 p.m. with favorite guest naturalist Peter O'Shea, exploring the tracks, traces and sounds of winter residents. Snowshoes are available. Call (518) 582-2000 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NORTHVILLE--Harry Wirtz will teach "Available Light and Flash Photography" Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sacandaga Valley Arts Network Arts Center, 132 S. Main St. here.
Bring a DSLR camera with preferred accessories, tripod and Mac or Windows laptop with image editing software. Familiarity with camera and software is strongly suggested. Tuition is $50 / $45 members. Call (518) 863-8636 to register. Bring lunch or buy it nearby.
* 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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