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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 359-7800 ext. 138.
SPECULATOR—Sign up by Feb. 24 for North Country Bible Fellowship’s Cake Decorating Class. Joyce Mulleedy will teach the class Saturday, March 2, from 1-5 p.m. at the church on Elm Lake Road here. Call 548-5777 to sign up.
DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSE
INDIAN LAKE—A Defensive Driving Course will be held Monday, Feb. 25, starting at 4 p.m. at Byron Park here. The National Safety Council sponsors the class. By taking it one can receive a 10 percent savings on car insurance premiums and reduce four points off one’s driver’s license.
For further information and to register for the course call John Rathbun at 648-5306.
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.
HELP THE SKI PATROL
SPECULATOR—A Spaghetti Dinner to benefit the Oak Mountain Ski Patrol will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, from 5-7 p.m. Admission is $10 per adult and $7 per age 10 and under.
There will be live music by Skyler’s Dream Team from 5:30-9:30 p.m. with no cover charge and a 50/50 raffle.
Drawings for over $1,000 in prizes start at 7:30 p.m. The grand prize is a package of skis, bindings and poles donated by Alpin Haus in Amsterdam. Other prizes include gift baskets, gift certificates, ski center day passes, ski and boarding lesson certificates, tubing passes and more. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. One need not be present to win.
The proceeds will be used for training expenses and rescue supplies.
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.
‘HACHI’ IS COMING
WELLS—The Virginia Hosley Free Library on Main Street here will present the film “Hachi,” a G-rated movie suitable for all ages, Monday, Feb. 25, at the library. Complimentary popcorn and soda will be served and admission is free. Donations are accepted.
Starring Richard Gere and Joan Allen, “Hachi” portrays a family bond that develops following the discovery of a lost Akita puppy. A beautiful friendship unfolds and an entire town is inspired by the family’s spirit and loyalty. The running time is 93 minutes.
ICE FISHING DERBY
WELLS—Fish Lake Algonquin here Saturday, Feb. 23, during the Wells Fish & Game Club’s First Annual Ice Fishing Derby. Fish for perch and pickerel from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; weigh-in at the Methodist Church is followed by dinner there. Prizes.
The entry fee is $15, free for ages 12 and under. Registration begins 6-8 p.m. Friday evening at the Methodist Church on Rt. 30 and resumes there at 6 a.m. Saturday. For more call club President Nancy Lewis at (518) 924-2110 or Jeremy Edwards at 548-3801.
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.
FOR MEN ONLY
SPECULATOR—Men who want to have some fun are urged to enter the Apple Pie Baking Contest for Men to show off their baking skills, win some prizes and get some bragging rights. Call 548-4411 or stop in at Lake Pleasant Library to enter. Then, on Saturday, March 2, deliver the finished pie to the Lake Pleasant Central School Cafeteria by 1:30 p.m.
Three impartial, expert judges will make their decisions and winners will receive prizes and accolades. Then everyone gets to eat pie. The event is open to the public; admission is free.
The Friends of the Lake Pleasant Library is presenting the event, which is sponsored by Melody Lodge and Charlie Johns Store. The library has cookbooks to loan for men who need some help or inspiration.
CHICKEN AND BISCUITS
WELLS—The Wells United Methodist Church will hold a Saint Patrick’s Day Dinner Saturday, March 2, from 4-6:30 p.m. The menu consists of chicken in gravy on George Chamberlain’s famous biscuits, mashed potatoes, green beans and carrots, beverage and homemade pies, cakes and cookies. The cost is $ 8.50 for adults, $4 ages 6-12 and free under age 6. Take-outs and gluten-free options are available. The Methodist Church is located near the center of Wells on Route 30.
HAM DINNER PLANNED
SPECULATOR—The women’s group of Grace United Methodist Church in Speculator is presenting an old-fashioned ham dinner at the Lake Pleasant Fire Hall Saturday, March 2, from 5 p.m. until all can be served sufficiently. The menu will include baked ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, rolls, assorted beverages and ice cream for dessert. These dinners are popular so arrive early before the food is gone.
The cost of the dinner is by donation. All proceeds will be used to support the various local, national and international mission projects supported by Grace United Methodist Women.
THE EARL’S CHAIR
WELLS—The Virginia Hosley Free Library here will sponsor traditional Irish music Sunday, Feb. 24, from 2-4 p.m. at Wells Community Hall. The Earl’s Chair will captivate with jigs, reels, hornpipes and songs, all flavored here and there with a bit of Celtic humor.
The Earl’s Chair features Tom Wadsworth on uilleann pipes, flute guitar and vocals; Dave Smith on bouzouki and banjo; Len Broiles on fiddle and mandolin; and Pam Broiles on bodhran and vocals.
Admission is by donation and refreshments will be available.
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. Local sponsors include Mountain Memories, G.A. Bove Fuels, Alicia C. Miller Real Estate and Stewart’s Shops.
AUDITIONS ARE SLATED
BLUE MT. LAKE—The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts will hold casting meetings for “Honk.,” “Spitfire Grill” and its 2013 Adirondack Lakes Summer Theater Festival during March.
“Honk.” promises to be another life-affirming production. There are roles for all ages. Rehearsals will be twice a week from March 15 through April 7 and daily from April 8 until the performances April 13 and 14.
Rehearsals for “Spitfire Grill” will begin May 12 with performances running from June 7 to June 15. This production has roles for adults and teens.
This year’s Summer Theater Festival will be the musical “Shrek,” a Beatles-themed “Cabaret” and “Mama Mia.” Rehearsals begin July 1 with performances running through mid-August. There are roles for all ages.
Casting meetings will be March 1 at 5 p.m. at Long Lake Town Hall, March 2 at 3 p.m. at Indian Lake Theater and March 3 at 3 p.m. in Blue Mt. Lake. For more visit www.adirondackarts.org or call (518) 352-7715.
MAKE A TOTE BASKET
HOPE—Sacandaga Valley Arts Network is sponsoring a workshop Saturday, Feb. 23, at BasketThyme Studio at Hope Valley Lodge, 163 Hope Falls Road here. Laura Ginter’ will teach “Tote Basket (Advanced Beginner)” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bring lunch.
Make a leather-strapped tote from flat, oval and round reed. It is 10 inches at the base and 12 inches high. Tuition is $50 / SVAN members $45; supplies are $20. Call (518) 863-4145 to sign up.
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