ADK. BIRDING FESTIVAL
LAKE PLEASANT--Hamilton County Tourism and Aububon New York will present the Ninth Annual Birding Festival in Hamilton County June 13-15. Hamilton County is designated as an IBA, Important Bird Area.
Bird watching is a celebrated Adirondack experience. In the Adirondacks, it is marked by the Adirondack Birding Festival, held annually in June. Nesting season comes late in the mountains because of the altitude and latitude.
Among the rare boreal birds found here are Bicknell's thrush, spruce grouse, American three-toed woodpeckers and many kinds of raptors and water birds. For a rewarding experience book a bird-watching trip with a licensed guide. For more info visit www.adirondackexperience.com and click on "Events."
TAKE A BIRD WALK
NEWCOMB--The Adirondack Interpretive Center at 5922 Rt. 28N here will hold a Northern New York Audubon Bird Walk Saturday, June 14, from 9-11 a.m. The walk will explore an expansive blowdown that occurred off Rt. 28N. This drastic change in habitat provides unique and interesting opportunities for bird watching. On the way, the group will stop at Lodo Pond, where various waterfowl can often be found. Plan on one to two hours of moderate hiking on unmarked trails. Be sure to wear appropriate footwear. Pre-registration is required. Call (518) 582-2000.
ABOUT 'SWEET GLORY'
PISECO--Author Lisa Y. Potocar of Ballston Lake will sign her book, "Sweet Glory," Wednesday, June 11, starting at 7 p.m. at Piseco Community Hall on Old Piseco Rd. here. "Sweet Glory" is a love story with a sweeping portrayal of the heartache of the Civil War and the courage of key figures in history as seen through the eyes of two young women who disguise their gender to join the Union Army.
The two form a close connection with other misfits in their unit, 12-year-old Charlie, who's hidden his age to provide for his mother; and Irishman Keeley, who inspires men to abandon their inner conflicts and band together. While enjoying the camaraderie, soldiering and nursing severely test notions of glory in war.
CZARNECKI TO READ
INDIAN LAKE--Poet, publisher and oral memoirist Michael Czarnecki will have a reading at the Indian Lake Library Wednesday, June 11, starting at 7 p.m. He will read original work from "Journeys on NY 28: Photos, Stories and Poems" and share creative non-fiction and poetry from his travel across America. Contact Nancy Berkowitz at 648-5444 for more information. This free event is open to everyone.
KIDS' FISHING DERBY
LONG LAKE--Kids ages 16 and younger will enjoy fishing on Jennings Park Pond across from the Long Lake Town Beach Saturday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Long Lake Fish and Game Club sponsors this annual contest. The pond is stocked with trout in the early spring. Prizes are awarded and a life-long Adirondack hobby is born. For more call (518) 624-3077.
PISTOL SAFETY COURSE
LAKE PLEASANT--The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office will hold a Pistol Safety Course Thursday, June 19, from 6-9 p.m. at the Lake Pleasant Firehouse on S. Shore Rd. here. It costs $25 each, payable with cash or a check made out to "Hamilton County Sheriff's Office." Call the Hamilton County Jail at (518) 548-3113 to reserve a seat in the class.
AMERICADE IS COMING
LONG LAKE--Lake George's Americade is this week, and Long Lake is a central destination on motorcyclists' tours of the Adirondacks. Long Lake is the crossroads of the Adirondacks where State Route 30 connects with Rt. 28N. Riders can hop on the Theodore Roosevelt Scenic Byway through Newcomb, or head north towards Lake Placid. Point south from Canada, get caught up in the beauty and stay overnight in Long Lake.
Book a launching pad right here. There are great lodgings, ample parking and the open road. Gas up, grab a cup of joe, shop for souvenirs, enjoy a meal or be spontaneous and stay the night. For maps and other info call (518) 624-3077.
CELEBRATE THE NPT
NORTHVILLE--Each year the Adirondack Mountain Club sponsors an event in conjunction with the American Hiking Society's celebration of National Trails Day. This year ADK is partnering with Northville Merchants Association, Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the completion of the NPT.
Northville will host the celebration / dedication of the relocation of the southern end of the trail into Waterfront Park on Main Street June 7-8. Dedication programs start June 7 at 3:30 p.m. in Waterfront Park. There will be activities for all ages both Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 a.m. both days.
TAKE THE MIC
BLUE MT. LAKE--Have a song, a poem or a scene from a favorite show to perform? Come and shine during Open Mic / Poetry Reading Night Saturday, June 7, starting at 7 p.m. at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, 3446 Rt. 28 here. General admission is $10. For more call (518) 352-7715 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BLACK FLY CHALLENGE
INLET--The 19th Annual Black Fly Challenge will start from Arrowhead Park here Saturday June 14, at 10 a.m. One of the biggest sporting events in the Adirondacks, last year's BFC drew nearly 600 entries and hundreds more fans from across America for this one-of-a-kind, 40-mile destination bike race. It attracts both serious racers and recreational riders on cyclocross and mountain bikes. The race starts in Inlet and ends in Indian Lake this year. The post race party at Indian Lake Central School begins around noon. www.blackflychallenge.com
RUNNING FROM THE FLIES
LONG LAKE--The Town of Long Lake and Paul Smiths College team up to present a 5K race in John Dillon Park, 2150 Tupper Rd., Sunday, June 15. The race starts at 10 a.m. _New for 2014 is a Kids Dash, a shorter course just for children under age 12.
There is no parking at the site. Shuttles will transport both participants and spectators to the park starting at 8 a.m. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and the racing starts at 10 a.m. There will be a gear area for racers.
Call (518) 624-3077 for more information. Registration materials are available at mylonglake.com. Click on "Calendar Of Events" and slide down to "Spring." All registrations must be by check or money order payable to The Town of Long Lake, POB 496, Long Lake NY 12847.
BLACK FLY RODEO
INLET--The Black Fly Challenge Committee is bringing back the fun of mountain biking with a family friendly rodeo Sunday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fern Park here. Events include Log Pull, Slow Race, Barrel Race, Balance Race and Longest Wheelie. Rodeo entry fees are $5 per event or $20 for all five.
Races include the Hill Climb ($10 entry fee), Kids Race ($5) and Circuit Race ($10). Try your hand at the Huffy Toss. Food and beverages will be available.
'TRACKS' IS FEATURED
INDIAN LAKE--The June 5 Thursday Night Art House movie at Indian Lake Theater on W. Main St. here will be "Tracks," the remarkable true story of Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska), a young woman who leaves her life in the city to make a solo trek through almost 2,000 miles of sprawling Australian desert.
Accompanied by only her dog and four unpredictable camels, she sets off on a life-changing journey of self-discovery. Along the way she meets National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan, who begins to photograph her trek. The film begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 each. www.indianlaketheater.org__
MOVIE NIGHT IN WELLS
WELLS--Wells Wesleyan Church on Main St. here will present Movie Night Sunday, June 8, at 6 p.m. "Hot Lead and Cold Feet" is a comedy Western and fun for all ages. Laugh until you fall off your saddle. It stars Jim Dale, Karen Valentine, Don Knotts, Jack Elam and Darren McGavin.
'GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL'
INDIAN LAKE--The June 12 Thursday Night Art House movie at Indian Lake Theater on W. Main St. here will be "The Grand Budapest Hotel." The film recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the two world wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.
The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune, all against the backdrop of a suddenly and dramatically changing continent. The film begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 each. www.indianlaketheater.org
IT'S MOVIE NIGHT
BLUE MT. LAKE--Friday, June 13, is Movie Night at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, 3446 Rt. 28 here starting at 7 p.m. Bring pillows, blankets and sleeping bags, munch on popcorn and favorite movie candies and watch a hit movie. General admission is $10. For more call (518) 352-7715 or email email@example.com.
CHICKEN AND BISCUITS
WELLS--Wells United Methodist Church is holding a Chicken and Biscuit Dinner Wednesday, June 11, from 4:30-7 p.m. The menu consists of chicken in gravy on fabulous homemade biscuits by Bev Peters, mashed potatoes, green beans and carrots, beverage, and homemade pies, cakes, and cookies. Cost is $8.50 for adults, $4 for ages 6-12 and free for under age 6. Take-outs and gluten-free options are available.
Note this is a different day of the week and a different start time from previous dinners. This is the only place to eat dinner out in Wells on Wednesdays. The church is located near the center of Wells on Route 30.
STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL SET
WELLS--The Wells Historical Society will hold its annual Strawberry Festival Saturday, June 14, from 2-4 p.m. at the Wells United Methodist Church on Main St. here. Enjoy fresh strawberries, homemade biscuits, real whipped cream and ice cream with iced tea and punch for $3.50 per adult and $2 per child under age 12. All proceeds go to Wells Museum, keeper of times past.
LAKE PLEASANT--Twigs Treasures House opens for the season Memorial Day Weekend. Come in and browse two floors of constantly changing arrays of antiques and slightly used furniture, household goods, toys, linens and more.
Twigs Treasures is on Page Street near the intersection with State Route 8, across from Lake Pleasant Park. To donate items call Letty Rudes at 548-7077 Lore Frisk at 548-4668 or Susan Thielking at 548-6318.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays during June, Tuesdays through Saturdays (to 4 p.m.) during July and August, Sunday and Monday of Labor Day Weekend, Fridays and Saturdays from Sept. 5 through Oct. 11, and Sunday and Monday of Columbus Day Weekend.
PISECO--Community garden plots are now available on a first come, first served basis for residents of Speculator and Lake Pleasant. If interested call Cornell Cooperative Extension at (518) 548-6191 or the Crisbachers at 548-8124 for information.
PLANT SALE PLANNED
WELLS--The Wells Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale Saturday, June 7, from 9-11 a.m. under the pavilion behind Wells Community Hall. Any donations to the sale may be left at The Wood Place on Rt. 30 here.
GOLF LEAGUE STARTS
INLET--The Inlet Ladies 18 hole Golf League begins play Tuesday, June 10. Tee time is 8:30 a.m. Participants are asked to arrive at the golf course by 8 a.m. at which time the pairings will be given out.
Ladies should sign up the week prior to the week they wish to play. Those who are not a member of the Inlet Gold Club will be able to play at a special greens fee rate. Each week $2 will be collected from each player which will go toward the prizes for that week. Dues are $25 and cover year-end prizes and the awards luncheon the last Tuesday of August.
More information is available by calling Aileen Townsend at (315) 369-8182.
JOIN THE GOLF LEAGUE
LAKE PLEASANT--The Ladies Tuesday Morning Golf League at Lake Pleasant Golf Club on Rt. 8 here is seeking new members. One need not be a member of the club; simply pay to play. Members are of all levels of ability.
League members enjoy reduced greens fees for league play. The league meeting to start the season will be Tuesday, June 24, at 8 a.m. at the golf course. Dues of $40 cover prizes and the end of the season banquet.
To reserve a spot call Jan at 548-8533 or Dee at 548-3294 after June 1.
WELLS MUSEUM OPEN
WELLS--The Wells Museum on Main St. here is open for the summer: Saturdays during June from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays during July and August from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For additional information call Wells Historical Society's Kathy Olsen at 924-7922.
ON ADIRONDACK MURRAY
TUPPER LAKE--Randall S. Beach will be the guest speaker during Adirondack Architectural Heritage's 24th Annual Meeting at the Wild Center here Saturday, June 14.
Beach is the great-great-grandson of William H.H. "Adirondack" Murray, the topic of his talk. The program will explore the life of the clergyman turned author and his impact on the Adirondacks.
Murray published "Adventures in the Wilderness or Camp Life in the Adirondacks" in 1866, a book that eventually brought thousands of tourists to the Adirondacks.
The Wild Center is offering discounted museum admission of $12 to anyone attending the meeting. People are also welcome to bring a lunch and picnic on the grounds or purchase lunch at the café. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 3 p.m. with refreshments following, and is free to AARCH members and guests.
FOR TEENS OF ALL AGES
NORTH CREEK--Tannery Pond Community Center at 228 Main St. here will present Jocelyn Arndt of The Dependents Friday, June 13, starting at 7 p.m. Jocelyn and Chris Arndt will bring their band for this special night of music for 'teenagers' of all ages.
Admission is free. For reservations call (518) 251-2505. firstname.lastname@example.org / www.tpcca.org.
DULCIMER CONCERT SLATED
BLUE MT. LAKE--The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here will hold its annual Dulcimer Symposium concert Tuesday, June 24, starting at 7 p.m. This unique evening features both hammer and mountain dulcimers. Admission is $12 members / $20 others. (518) 352-7715 or email@example.com
TAKE A HIKE
INLET--Celebrate National Trails Day in Inlet this year. Mitch Lee will lead a hike to Lost Pond and Helldiver Pond in the Moose River Recreation Area.
Meet Saturday, June 7, at 9 a.m. at the Inlet Information Office in Inlet Town Hall, 160 Rt. 28. Dress for a hike and have proper shoes and bug repellant. Pack a lunch to enjoy at one of the ponds. The round-trip total hike for both is 2.5 miles. The drive into the Moose River Plains will cover more than 10 miles of dirt road to the trailhead.
For more call (315) 357-5501 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PADDLE RICH LAKE
NEWCOMB--The Adirondack Interpretive Center at 5922 Rt. 28N here will hold Beaver Natural History -- A Paddle on Rich Lake Saturday, June 28, from 1-3 p.m. Discover the fascinating history of beavers in the Adirondacks and how their furs have shaped local economy over the years. Learn the benefits they can have to local ecosystems as well as the damage they cause natural resources. This program will be taking place on a canoe so be ready to paddle. Canoes are available or bring one. No canoe experience is required, and all are welcome to participate.
IT'S 'FOREVER WILD'
BLUE MT. LAKE--"Forever Wild" at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here will be Friday, June 13, and Saturday, June 14, at 7 p.m. this year. Local actors come together to write, direct and perform their own skit show spoofing the Adirondacks. Don't miss this chance to see favorite locals and their Adirondack humor. Admission is $16 / $12 members and $6 under age 12. To contact the AC call (518) 352-7715 or visit the website at www.adirondackarts.org.
PHOTOS IN THE DARK
NORTHVILLE--Harry Wirtz will hold an advanced one-day workshop on low light and flash photography Saturday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sacandaga Valley Arts Network Art Center at 132 S. Main St. here.
Get sharp, detailed images with high sensitivity settings in dim light, use a camera's built-in flash to even out scenes with extremes of lighting and see how an inexpensive off-camera flash can help. Bring a DSLR camera with preferred accessories, tripod, and Mac or Windows laptop with image editing software. Good familiarity with camera and software is strongly suggested.
Tuition is $50, $45 SVAN members. Phone Harry Wirtz at (518) 863-8636 before registering. Bring lunch or buy it nearby.
MEMBERS' ART SHOW
BLUE MT. LAKE--The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here will showcase the talent of its members through June 7. Come enjoy works in varied mediums. Gallery hours are Thursdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A reception will be held June 7 from 5:3-7 p.m.
JAN PALMER LOOKS BACK
NORTH CREEK--"A Retrospective, Jan Palmer," will be on exhibit in Widlund Gallery at Tannery Pond Community Center, 228 Main St. here, through June 25. An Artists' Reception will be Saturday, June 14, from 5-7 p.m.
Palmer, of North River, will fill the gallery with some 50 years of paintings in watercolor and pastel.
Raggedy Ann and Andy illustrations, fairy tales and other stories represent the early years. Palmer has illustrated over 20 books for most of the major publishers and has won many awards from national shows.
Her love of portraiture shows in recent paintings of local children as well as portraits of her daughters. Details are available at www.tpcca.org. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, and most weekends from 12:30-3:30 p.m.
THREE GALLERY SHOWS
BLUE MT. LAKE--The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here has three gallery shows coming up. Each runs from June 12 to July 12. Gallery hours are Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A reception will be held July 12 from 5:30-7 p.m.
"In Search of Humanity: Deconstructing Mythology" is installations by Kristina Siegel. Her artwork is three dimensional textile objects, flattened and pressed textile objects encased in glass, drawings and paintings.
"Relics," paintings by Stephen Von Mason, are oils on canvas to create stylized intensely colored paintings. He provides a critical view of social and cultural dynamics.
Leila Namin's paintings will also be on exhibit. She tries to make mysterious narratives around her characters. Everything can be a metaphor for something else.
For more call (518) 352-7715 or go to www.adirondackarts.org.
LEARN TO MAKE BOOKS
BLUE MT. LAKE--The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts at 3446 Rt. 28 here will hold a Book Making Class June 21-22 from 12-5 p.m. Students will learn many different book-making techniques while creating their own unique books. Painting, printmaking, oil pastels and collage will be utilized as students create their own pages.
Taught by Elaine Katz, the fee is $25 members / $30 non-members. Sign up at (518) 352-7715 or email@example.com
NEWCOMB--The Adirondack Interpretive Center at 5922 Rt. 28N here will hold a Watercolor Workshop with artist Frances Gaffney Saturday, June 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. An award-winning painter, Gaffney will demonstrate her approach, materials and equipment. By observing (taking photos as desired) and receiving individual coaching, students will learn her approach to composition, value planning, perspective and painting techniques. Check www.esf.edu/aic/programs for a full list of suggested materials list. Pre-registration is required. Call (518) 582-2000.
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