BID IN BLEECKER
BLEECKER--Bleecker Community Church's annual auction will be Saturday, July 13, at the Church Hall at 641 County Highway 112 here starting at 10 a.m. This auction has a little of everything and includes home-baked items. It is held inside with seating provided. Refreshments are available.
JOIN THE FLEET
LONG LAKE--The Long Lake Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department will hold an Adirondack Challenge Boat Flotilla Friday, July 12, from 5-7 p.m. starting at the Long Lake Town Beach. All boaters are encouraged to join. Boats will meet at the Long Lake Town Dock at 4:30 p.m. for the line-up and parade. Music by the Garrison-LeBlanc Trio.
WRITING WORKSHOP SET
INDIAN LAKE--The Indian Lake Library Writers Group will hold a writing workshop Tuesday, July 16, from 1-4 p.m. at the library, led by Steve Coffman and Michael Czarnecki. Bring original writing for ideas and suggestions or just for an audience. This is open to writers of all ages and abilities. Return for an open mic from 7-9 p.m. For more information call Nancy Berkowitz at (518) 648-5444.
BOOK SALE COMING
SPECULATOR--The Friends of the Lake Pleasant Library will hold a Book Sale to benefit the library Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, July 21, from 12-3 p.m. at the library on Rt. 8. A huge selection of books and other media will be available. Book donations are gratefully accepted. The books are "sold" by donation.
BOOKS & OTHER GOODIES
INDIAN LAKE--The Friends of the Indian Lake Library will conduct a book and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21, at Indian Lake Town Hall on Pelon Road. Hundreds of gently used books will be sold. Baked goods will be available July 20 only.
ON INVASIVE INSECTS
INDIAN LAKE--Attend the Invasive Insect Symposium Tuesday, July 16, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Ski Hut on Tower Hill off Rt. 30 here. Learn tree species and tree-killing pests and what to do about them. The whats, whys and costs of emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetles will be explained. A hike will teach the signs and symptoms of these invasive insects.
Municipal staff, community planners, landowners, loggers, foresters, landscapers and hikers are encouraged to attend. To register for this free event contact the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District at (518) 548-3991 or firstname.lastname@example.org by July 10.
CRAFTS & FLEAS
ARTS IN THE PARK
INLET--The 37th Annual Arts in the Park craft fair here will be July 20-21 starting at 10 a.m. at Arrowhead Park on Main St. Over 90 vendors will sell handmade paintings, photography, pottery, jewelry, furniture, clothing, candles and more. Saturday to 5 p.m., Sunday to 4 p.m. Music 12-3 p.m. both days and Saturday 7-9 p.m. Additional free parking in front of The Woods Inn and at Fern Park. _Free shuttle service between Arrowhead Park and Fern Park during fair hours. Food booth.
CRAFT & VENDOR SHOW
INDIAN LAKE--Check out the Adirondack Challenge Craft & Vendor Show Saturday, July 20-21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day on the lawn at Indian Lake Central School. For more go to www.indian-lake.com or call (518) 648-5112.
ALLEMANDE LEFT *
PISECO--The Piseco Library Coffeehouse Series will present a toe-tappin', foot-stompin' evening of Homespun Community Dance Saturday, July 13, from 7-9 p.m. at Adirondack Education Center (the former school) on Rt. 8 here. Admission is free; donations go toward programming and new books for Piseco Library. Homespun's renowned caller Paul Rosenberg creates a festive learning experience that lets everyone know what to do and when to do it.
IT'S DO-SI-DO TIME
INDIAN LAKE--Join the Adirondack Challenge Square Dance Friday, July 19, from 6-9 p.m. in the market parking lot at the intersection of state routes 28 and 30 here, featuring the Upstate New Yorkers. Instruction will be provided. This old-fashioned square dance is free. For more call (518) 648-5828.
RAQUETTE LAKE--Magician Jim Perry will delight the audience with a magical theater experience, full of fun, fantasy and a world of wonder Wednesday, July 10, starting at 7 p.m. at Raquette Lake Library.
MOUNTAIN BIKE STUNTS
LONG LAKE--Professional mountain biker Chris Clark will give a breathtaking display of balance and agility at the Long Lake Town Ball Field Tuesday, July 16, starting at 3 p.m. The Adirondack Challenge Mountain Bike Stunt Program will run for 30 minutes.
WATERSKI SHOW SLATED
LONG LAKE--The 2011 Eastern Regional Water Ski Champions will perform at the Long Lake Town Beach on Rt. 30 Saturday, July 20. See pyramids, jumps, stunts and barefoot waterskiing by the US Waterski Show Team. Demos kick off in the morning around 10 a.m. with a full show at 3 p.m. This event is free. Arrive early; parking at the beach is limited. Additional parking is available at the school and town hall. (518) 624-3077, www.mylonglake.com.
OPEN HOUSE PLANNED
SPECULATOR--There will be an Open House at the new Speculator Village Hall on Rt. 8 here Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to show off the new village offices. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays except for legal holidays. Refreshments will be provided.
IT'S TRICKY TRAY TIME
SPECULATOR--The Lake Pleasant Friends of the Library will hold its annual Tricky Tray Wednesday, July 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Speculator Pavilion. Funds received benefit children's programs and other community events. To create a 'tray' contact Sandy LaVarnway at (518) 548-7100.
RUN, BIKE AND SWIM
PISECO--The Piseco Lake Triathlon will be Saturday, July 20, this year. Individuals and teams will swim half a mile, bicycle 11.5 miles and run three miles. The event starts at 9 a.m. on the beach at The Irondequoit Inn on Old Piseco Road here and ends at Piseco Airport, where medals will be awarded. Contestants must pre-register online at www.speculatorchamber.com.
AQUA FEST IS SET
BLUE MT. LAKE--Aqua Fest will celebrate work and play on the Adirondacks' rivers, streams, lakes and ponds and explore some of the threats facing these waterways Saturday, July 20, at the Adirondack Museum on Rt. 30 here. Experts will offer presentations, displays and activities on water quality, aquatic plants and animals, log drives, fishing, boating and more.
Visitors will enjoy a variety of interactive activities including a toy boat workshop, guideboat hat craft project and fly tying and have a chance to "mess about" with different boats on the museum's pond.
IT'S A SUMMER BASH
INDIAN LAKE--The Town of Indian Lake will hold the Adirondack Challenge Summer Bash at Byron Park on E. Main St. (Rt. 28) here Saturday, July 20, from 12-4 p.m. and Sunday, July 21, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. This family-friendly event includes games, bouncies, a dunk tank, demonstrations, face-painting, storyteller Bill Smith, food, fun, music and more. The Knights of Columbus will start serving chicken barbecue at noon. Admission is $3 each; children must be accompanied by an adult. Call (518) 648-5828 for more.
COME FOR SUPPER
WELLS--The next dinner at Wells United Methodist Church will be Saturday, July 13, from 4-6:30 p.m. Enjoy chicken in gravy on biscuits, mashed potatoes, green beans and carrots, beverage and homemade pies, cakes and cookies. The cost is $8.50 per adult and $4 ages 6-12. It is free for children under age 6. Take-outs and gluten-free options are available. The church is on Rt. 30.
FIREMEN THROW A PICNIC
LAKE PLEASANT--Lake Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual Community Picnic Saturday, July 20, from 12-4 p.m. at the firehouse on South Shore Road here. There will be hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage sandwiches and fixings; raffles; and the drawing for the winner of the annual 50-50 raffle. Donations are gratefully accepted.
CHICKEN AND MUSIC
WELLS--Come to Wells Saturday, July 20, for a Chicken Barbeque from 1-3 p.m. and the County Line Rebels Band from 4-8 p.m. at the Wells Pavilion. The dinner is $9 each. It includes barbecued chicken, baked potato, coleslaw, roll and a bottle of water. It will be held on Main St. in front of Steve's Garage and next to the firehouse from 1-3 p.m.
WELLS GARAGE SALE
WELLS--The Town of Wells Community-Wide Garage Sale will be July 19-21. Hot dogs, soda and water will be sold outside Wells Museum and barbecued chicken dinners Saturday from 1-3 p.m. at Steve's Garage. The County Line Rebels will play from 4-8 p.m. Saturday at the Wells Pavilion. Along with original songs the group performs classic, new country and a little '50s and '60s rock and roll.
INDIAN LAKE--The Indian Lake Garden Club will meet Wednesday, July 17, at 10 a.m., at the Ski Hut on Tower Hill off Rt. 30. Member Lois Kelley will give a presentation on Woodland Wildflowers. The program will progress through the seasons, including a look at some of the flowers that appear far above the ground in trees (pine, cedar, etc.). Kelley was formerly director at the Goodwin State Forest Conservation Center in Hampton, Conn.
MUSEUM HAS NEW DISPLAY
WELLS--The Wells Museum is open for the 2013 season with a new display -- a recreation of the original parlor of the building when it was owned by Mary Hosley and Orra Buyce, who made their home there in 1918. The display includes many of the original furnishings, including the original sofa, as well as games and pottery. The museum is open Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. during July and August.
PROGRAMS ARE PLANNED
PISECO - Piseco Lake Historical Society has two programs coming up. Wednesday, July 10, Roy Rehill will give a presentation and sign his book, "Adirondack Adventures, French Louie & His Biographer." He will detail his various endeavors as a canal boat driver, lumberjack, trapper and guide.
Wednesday, Aug. 14, will see an in-depth presentation about the history, construction, operation and future of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. Programs are held at Piseco Community Hall starting at 7 p.m.
TAHAWUS AND ADIRONDAC
NEWCOMB--Adirondack Architectural Heritage has organized a tour of Tahawus and the deserted village of Adirondac for Thursday, July 11, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending around 3 p.m. The fee is $30 members / $40 non-members. Call (518) 834-9328 for reservations.
An odd assortment of structures stands on a remote road outside Newcomb: an imposing stone tower, a 19th-century house and a handful of tumbledown cottages. Look at more than a century of mining, see the 1854 McIntyre Furnace and the remains of the village and talk about the Adirondack Iron and Steel Company operations and 20th-century mining at Tahawus.
HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR
INLET--A Historical Walking Tour of downtown Inlet will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, July 12. It will be followed by an open house at the Inlet Historical Society building.
OPEN FOR HISTORY
SPECULATOR--The Town of Lake Pleasant Historical Museum on Rt. 8 here will hold an Open House Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. New exhibits are on boxing, family camps and emergency departments. Azalia and the Good Ole' Boys will be singing with specials by Tom Hoover, Howie Parslow and others. For more call 548-4478.
IT'S A CCC REUNION
GLOVERSVILLE - The Fulton County Historical Society will host a free reunion of Civilian Conservation Corps alumni, family and friends Sunday, July 14, at 1 p.m. at the Fulton County Museum at 237 Kingsboro Ave. Author Marty Podskoch will give a short presentation on CCC camps in New York state. CCC alumni will have time to share stories and photos of their CCC camps both in New York and other states. Podskoch will also sign his book, "Adirondack Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: Its History, Memories and Legacy."
LETSON FARM TOUR
LAKE PLEASANT--Learn about the Letsons and how they were involved with the Town of Lake Pleasant from the beginning during the Letson Farm Tour Monday, July 15, with The Historical Society of Lake Pleasant & Speculator. Meet at 10 a.m. at Twig's Treasure House at the corner of Page St. and State Route 8. For more call (518) 548-4478.
VOLUNTEER WORK DAY
NEWCOMB--Adirondack Architectural Heritage has organized a Volunteer Work Day for Camp Santanoni for Wednesday, July 17, to clear brush and tidy up at the farm (one mile from the parking lot). Volunteers should bring lunch; plenty to drink; appropriate clothing; bug and sun protection; and trimmers, clippers, etc. All help is appreciated. Email Howie Kirschenbaum at email@example.com to sign up.
BLUE MT. LAKE--The Adirondack Museum on Rt. 30 here will present "Keeping the Camp Fires Burning: Adk. Caretakers and Their Stories," Monday, July 15, starting at 7:30 p.m., moderated by Betsy Folwell. Admission is free to members, $5 others. For more go to www.adkmuseum.org.
JAMCRACKERS WILL PLAY
RAQUETTE LAKE--Listen to the Jamcrackers Thursday, July 11, starting at 7 p.m. at St. William's on Long Point here. Dan Duggan, Peggy Lynn and Dan Berggren perform a diverse blend of folk and blues, ballads, gospel and dance tunes.
Jamcrackers was the name of the river-drivers who broke up log jams with pike poles or, as a last resort, dynamite. The program is free. Call (315) 354-4265 for reservations (the site is boat access only). The boat leaves the village dock beginning at 5:50 p.m. A Pie Raffle will be held to help defray costs.
SUNSETS BY THE LAKE
INLET--Johnson & Company will be featured at Inlet's Sunsets by the Lake Concert Series Saturday, July 13, from 7-9 p.m. at Arrowhead Park off Rt. 28 (rain site Fern Park Pavilion). The Johnson & Company band was formed in October of 2010 and has been playing clubs all over Central New York since.
JOHNSON AND COMPANY *
INLET--Johnson and Company will perform during Inlet's Sunsets by the Lake summer concert series Saturday, July 13, from 7-9 p.m. at Arrowhead Lakefront. Bring a chair or a blanket (rain location Fern Park Pavilion).
Johnson and Company's sound is a mix of rock-n-soul and funk-n-blues. The band recently released a CD called "Funky Guitar Man." The song "Blues Train" was written about riding on the Adirondack Railroad. The music video contains many pictures of Inlet / Old Forge.
DELLA MAE TO PLAY
INDIAN LAKE--Boston-based bluegrass band Della Mae will be at Indian Lake Theater Wednesday, July 17, at 7 p.m. for a live concert. The five multitalented young women of Della Mae are respectful of American musical tradition but not restricted by it. "We're really excited to draw such talent this far up north," says ILT Director Danielle Shaw. Advance tickets are available at the theater or by phone at (518) 648-5950 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for $18. Tickets at the door will be $22.
STRING BEE IN CONCERT
RAQUETTE LAKE--Hear John O'Hara on hammered dulcimer, Steve Quenneville on guitar and pianist Dave Liddy when String Bee, a stylistically diverse acoustic trio, plays at St. William's on Long Point here Thursday, July 18, starting at 7 p.m. O'Hara brings an Irish influence to the music, Quenneville's vocal and guitar abilities are rooted in country blues and Liddy's ragtime / boogie-woogie piano style anchors each song.
Call (315) 354-4265 for reservations (the site is boat access only). The boat leaves the village dock beginning at 5:50 p.m. A Pie Raffle will be held to help defray costs.
THE FULTON CHAIN GANG
INDIAN LAKE--The Fulton Chain Gang will play from 6-10 p.m. in the market parking lot at the intersection of state routes 28 and 30 here Saturday, July 20, from 5-10 p.m. Don't miss this free Adirondack Challenge Boot Stompin' Country Concert. Bring a chair. For more call (518) 648-5828.
SUNSETS BY THE LAKE
INLET--The Town of Inlet's Sunsets by the Lake Concert Series will continue Saturday, July 20, from 7-9 p.m. at Arrowhead Park off Rt. 28 (rain site Fern Park Pavilion) with Dan Duggan & Peggy Lynn. Lynn, "The First Lady of Adirondack Music," is recognized nationwide for her soulful songwriting and extraordinary vocal versatility. Duggan is known nationally for his wizardry on hammered dulcimer and flat-picking guitar and is the recipient of the National Hammered Dulcimer Championship.
GUITAR BOOT CAMP
BLUE MT. LAKE--Join Christopher Shaw Sunday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Campfire Guitar Boot Camp I at the Adirondack Museum, Rt. 30. Learn tricks and licks and get on the fast lane to playing in some amazing tunings. Students must be able to play all first position chords and switch back and forth with them in time. Bring guitar, capo, questions and problem spots. $50 each; register at www.adirondackmuseumstore.com/workshops.
Shaw is one of the best-known Adirondack singer-songwriters touring today. He is Taylor Guitars' first international clinician demonstrating American folk and country guitar styles.
IT'S FLOAT NIGHT
LONG LAKE--The Town of Long Lake will host Float Night at the Long Lake Town Beach Friday, July 19, from 5-7 p.m., featuring a Cardboard Box Boat Face-Off. DJs Andrew and Pat spin the tunes as kids of all ages get creative and build a boat using only cardboard and duct tape. The last boat floating wins the title. Prizes awarded. Lifeguards on duty. Call (518) 624-3077 for more information.
CABARET ON THE MOUNTAIN
BLUE MT. LAKE--The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts' site-specific performance this year puts a unique twist on the musical "Cabaret." It will be set in a modern spiegeltent, an Austrian traveling mirrored circus tent, at Gore Mountain in North Creek, complete with classic German beer and goodies.
"Cabaret" is set in 1931 Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power. It focuses on the seedy Kit Kat Klub, revolving around English cabaret performer Sally Bowles, 19, and her relationship with a young American writer. Shows will be July 11, 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. The $50 / $40 members fee includes a chairlift ride. Call (518) 352-7715 or visit the website at www.adirondackarts.org.
'SHREK THE MUSICAL'
BLUE MT. LAKE--Based on the Oscar-winning film, "Shrek the Musical" brings the hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre to the stage, presented by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here. "Shrek" is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun.
Dates are: July 17, 8 p.m., View, Old Forge; July 18, 8 p.m., Long Lake Central School; July 19, 8 p.m., Newcomb Central School; July 20, 8 p.m., ALCA; July 21, 2 p.m., Tannery Pond Community Center, North Creek; and July 21, 8 p.m., Indian Lake Theater. Tickets are $20 / $15 ALCA members, $5 ages 12 and under. Visit the website at www.adirondackarts.org to buy tickets.
LEARNING TO PERFORM
BLUE MT. LAKE--Christopher Shaw will teach his Stories and Performance: It's Your Turn to Shine! workshop at the Adirondack Museum on Rt. 30 here Friday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn the art of weaving interesting and funny stories into a performance.
Shaw is one of the best-known Adirondack singer-songwriters touring today. His 10 albums have sent him all over the world, as Taylor Guitars made him its first International clinician demonstrating American folk and country guitar styles. He's also an Artist in Residence at the museum, working with schoolchildren to explore Adirondack history through song and stories. The fee is $50 each. Register at www.adirondackmuseumstore.com/workshops.
ART ON EXHIBIT
SPECULATOR--Local artists Amy Germain and Tom Preston have combined their artistic abilities with an exhibit at the Lake Pleasant Library through July. Germain of Everyday Adirondack Photography has unique views of her subjects and does individual photo sessions. Preston of Chickadee Hill is noted for his wildlife photos. Stop in and enjoy this local talent. Both artists live in Piseco.
MEET THE ARTISTS
BLUE MT. LAKE--A gallery reception for artists Hannah Lightbody (Mixed Media), Miguel Alfaro (Trova De Amor - Paintings), Hai Ri Han (Tactile and Visible Stories - Book Art) and Anthony Dortch (The Privileged Series - Illustrations) will be held at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here Saturday, July 13, from 5:30-7 p.m., the last day of their exhibitions. Gallery hours are Thursdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more call (518) 352-7715 or visit at www.adirondackarts.org.
SPECULATOR ART SHOW
SPECULATOR--The 48th Annual Speculator Art Show will be Saturday, July 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Speculator Pavilion on Rt. 30 here. A wide variety of art will be exhibited and sold. Artists wishing to participate may obtain entry forms by calling the local chamber of commerce at (518) 548-4521, Carol Dorr at 548-3652 or Mary Ann Hughes at 548-4692). There is no admission fee; any donations will be used for student art programs, scholarships and other ways of enhancing fine art in the area.
THREE NEW EXHIBITS
BLUE MT. LAKE--The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts will have works by three artists mounted from July 19 through Aug. 17: "Underwaterlilies" by William Scully, "Untitled" by Ricardo Onascimento and "Midlife Mermaid" by Jane Zweibel. Summer gallery hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 12-4 p.m. Sundays.
Scully's underwater digital photography captures water lilies in a unique underwater perspective. Onascimento mixes craft techniques and electronics to create sculptures exploring different cultures and traditions. Zweibel's sewn, stuffed and painted sculptural objects push and blur the boundaries and conventions of sculpture and painting.
RAQUETTE LAKE--Join a Decoupage Craft Class Wednesday, July 17, at 7 p.m. at Raquette Lake Library here and make a decoupage box or journal to take home. Everyone is welcome to this free class at 1 Dillon Rd. It is great for kids and adults of all ages. Call (518) 624-3077 for more information.
MAKE YOUR OWN PADDLE
BLUE MT. LAKE--The Adirondack Museum on Rt. 30 here will host craftsman Caleb Davis and his Traditional Paddle Making Workshop July 18 and 25. Participants will use hand tools to make their own cherry paddles. This one-day workshop is physically demanding. _Fees are $125 each for a single blade paddle and $135 for a double bladed paddle. Pre-registration is required at www.adirondackmuseumstore.com/workshops.
BLUE MT. LAKE--Christopher Shaw, one of the best-known Adirondack singer-songwriters touring today, will hold his Songwriting: Adirondack Style! workshop Saturday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Adirondack Museum on Rt. 30 here. $50 each; register at www.adirondackmuseumstore.com/workshops. Bring guitar, legal pad, pencils and erasers and learn about structure, finding your muse, and how to trick yourself out of writer's block.
His 10 albums have sent Shaw all over the world as Taylor Guitars' first international clinician demonstrating American folk and country guitar styles. He's also an Artist in Residence at the museum.
* 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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