PENNY AUCTION SET
PISECO--The Piseco Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary's annual Penny Auction will be Saturday, Aug. 3, at Piseco Community Hall. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the drawings start at 7:45 p.m.
Buy 100 raffle tickets for $1. It is an evening of family fun for adults and children of all ages and a great way to entertain grandchildren. Bill Edwards is the emcee for the evening. The proceeds benefit Piseco Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corps.
TO ARBUTUS LAKE
NEWCOMB--Charlotte Demers will lead a two-mile birding excursion around the shore of Arbutus Lake in the Huntington Wildlife Forest here Saturday, Aug. 3, starting at 9 a.m., sponsored by Northern New York Audubon.
This flat loop goes through mostly softwood and mixed wood forest. A pair of loons have consistently and successfully nested on the lake and it is likely, at this time of the year, that the chicks will be with the adults. Meet at the Adirondack Interpretative Center at 5922 State Route 28N. To register email Demers at email@example.com or call (518) 582-2000.
TUNNEY WILL VISIT
SPECULATOR--Jay Tunney, author of "The Prizefighter and the Playwright: Gene Tunney and Bernard Shaw," will speak and sign his book at Lake Pleasant Central School on Elm Lake Road here Saturday, Aug. 3, at 10 a.m. The film, "Tunney-Dempsey Heavyweight Highlights," will be shown.
The book may be purchased at Charlie Johns Store. It features Gene Tunney, the famous 1930s prizefighter, and his friendship with George Bernard Shaw. The description of Tunney's time training at Osborne Point here for his big fights in the 1920s brings local history to life.
Tunney retired from boxing in 1928 as the first undefeated world heavyweight champion in modern history. At the end of that year he met the man who would become a close mentor, friend and father figure for the rest of his life, George Bernard Shaw.
BOOK SALE BEGINS
LONG LAKE--The 2013 Annual Book Sale sponsored by the Friends of the Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Long Lake Public Library begins with the Preview Party Thursday, Aug. 8, from 4:30-7 p.m. in the Long Lake Central School gymnasium. A $10 admission fee gives the earliest opportunity to view and purchase an unlimited number of books, CDs and DVDs. Light refreshments and local entertainment. Open to the public, the sale continues Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
FOUR PROGRAMS PLANNED
SPECULATOR--Lake Pleasant Library has several events still coming up in this summer's children's program. Friday, Aug. 2, sing a story and read a song with Nan Hoffman from 10-11 a.m. at the pavilion. Music With Guitar And Banjo will run from 10-10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 12, at the library on Rt. 8, featuring Thomas Hoover. The Friday, Aug. 16, Turtle Dance is for all children, including those in the autistic spectrum. It starts at 10 a.m. at the pavilion.
BASKETBALL CLINIC SET
SPECULATOR--Lake Pleasant Youth Recreation will hold its first Upstate Elite Basketball Clinic at Lake Pleasant Central School here Aug. 5 and 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is for ages 6-12 and costs $25 each.
Participants will learn the fundamentals of basketball from professional basketball player Harley Fuller and Foothills Hoop Club Amateur Athletic Union director Michael Philo, a four-time championship coach. Additional counselors are Indian Lake residents SUNY Potsdam basketball player Carli Reynolds and Wells College player Allie Pine.
The clinic will focus on a variety of skills and techniques. Players will participate in drills, three on three games, games and contests. There will be awards. Bring a bagged lunch and water.
Sign up by July 24 by calling Heather Philo at (518) 548-7571. Visit www.lpschool.com for more details.
CRAFTS & FLEAS
TWIGS CRAFT FAIR
SPECULATOR--The annual Speculator Craft Fair will be Thursday, Aug. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fair features 155 quality booths this year. It is required that all crafts be handmade.
This year there will be many new crafters, along with many who have been exhibiting in Speculator for many years. Crafters are from all over the Adirondacks and New York state, the Syracuse and Vermont area and most of the Northeast.
The fair will be held on the ball field between the pavilion and the firehouse on State Route 30 across from the town beach. Come enjoy the crafts offered and then go for a swim.
The fair is sponsored by the Hamilton County Twigs and benefits the local ambulance corps and the local health clinic. For more information call Barbara Oakes at (518) 548-5790.
FLEA MARKET COMING
INDIAN LAKE--Seeking treasures? Got a sweet tooth? SMILE's annual flea market, bake and craft sale will be Saturday, Aug. 31, on the grounds of St. Mary's RC Church on W. Main St. here from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact Dave (648-5170) to make a donation or reserve a craft table. Thanks for helping SMILE raise money to assist neighbors through difficult times.
LANE LAKE RUN
SPECULATOR--The 35th Annual Lane 10K Lake Run will be Sunday, Aug. 4. Registration starts at 9 a.m. at the pavilion on Rt. 30, across from the village beach; or register online at www.ezracereg.com. The shady, scenic route follows the south shore of Lake Pleasant. Awards will be made at the pavilion immediately following the race. Call the Adirondacks Speculator Region Chamber of Commerce at (518) 548-4521 for more information.
ICE CREAM AND BLUEGRASS
WELLS--In keeping with traditions of bygone days, there will be an Ice Cream "Sunday" Social and Old Time Bluegrass Gospel Concert at the Historical Wells Baptist Church on Main Street here the Sunday of Old Home Days Weekend, Aug. 4. Enjoy a hot fudge or hot butterscotch sundae on the lawn from 2-4 p.m. followed by an Old Time Blue Grass Gospel Concert at 4 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $3 for the sundae; the concert will be pass-the-hat. Proceeds will help with restoration of the church.
FLIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLIES
TUPPER LAKE--The Wild Center here is showing "Flight of the Butterflies" in its Flammer Theater through June 2014. AdkAction.org provided a $20,000 gift to sponsor the screening. The film spans thousands of miles and several generations while tracking monarch butterflies to their Mexican winter haven for a truly spectacular sight, hundreds of millions of butterflies.
AdkAction.org's goal is to protect milkweed, the perennial plant essential to monarch reproduction; and to urge planting of late-blooming flowers to feed monarchs as they begin their incredible journey. Monarch butterflies lay their eggs only on milkweed leaves and their caterpillars eat only milkweed.
BASS FISHING DERBY
LONG LAKE--The Fifth Annual Long Lake Bass Fishing Derby here will be Saturday, Aug. 10, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$10 a boat, two-person maximum. Weigh in open to the public at 3 p.m. at the Shamrock Motel. Cash prizes awarded at 3:30 p.m. at Town Hall. Pre-registration required. For registration info call Bruce Jennings at (518) 624-2145 or write to Long Lake Fish and Game Club, POB 691, Long Lake NY 12847.
CHICKEN IS ON THE BARBIE
LAKE PLEASANT--Lake Pleasant United Methodist Church is hosting a chicken barbecue Aug. 3 from 5 p.m. until the food is gone. All dinners are by donation and fund local missions of the LPUMC. The church is on Route 8 just east of the county buildings - follow your nose.
FLY IN OR DRIVE IN
PISECO--The annual Fly-In / Drive-In Pancake Breakfast sponsored by Speculator Lions Club will be Saturday, Aug. 24, from 8-11 a.m. at Piseco Airport (rain or shine). This year the Lions are adding an additional tent and seating to accommodate the large number of people who have attended in recent years. The cost is $7 per adult and $4 for children under age 11. Come join in on the great food and fun. All proceeds support local community needs and Lions charities.
SQUARE DANCE AND CLAM BAKE
RAQUETTE LAKE--A Raquette Lake tradition returns Saturday, Aug. 31, when Burke's Marina hosts an evening of square dancing and a clambake from 5:30-9 p.m. Celebrate the end of summer with friends and neighbors at an evening of great food and dancing. $30 adults/ $15 under age 12. For more call the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts at (518) 352-7715 or visit the website at www.adirondackarts.org.
LAKE PLEASANT--Twigs Treasures House is open for the summer. Come browse two floors of constantly changing arrays of antiques and slightly used furniture, household goods, toys, linens and more.
Twigs Treasures House is on Page Street near the intersection with State Route 8. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays during August; Fridays and Saturdays during September (plus Sunday, Sept. 15, until noon for the Town-Wide Garage Sale); and Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4 and 5, and Columbus Day Weekend Oct. 11-13 and Oct. 14 to noon.
To donate items call Letty Rudes at 548-7077) Lore Frisk at 548-4668 or Susan Thielking at 548-6318.
GARDENERS ARE NEEDED
SPECULATOR--The Lake Pleasant / Speculator greenhouse on Elm Lake Road needs volunteer gardeners to help grow fresh vegetables for the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, which distributes food to anyone in the community who needs it. Call Nancy at Cornell Cooperative Extension at (518) 548-6191 to help out this valuable effort.
MUSEUM HAS NEW DISPLAY
WELLS--The Wells Museum opened for the 2013 season with a new display -- a reproduction 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.
MEN AND MOUNTAINS
NORTH CREEK--Glenn Pearsall will talk about his book, "When Men and Mountains Met: Stories of Hope and Despair in the Adirondack Wilderness after the American Revolution," Sunday, Aug. 4, starting at 2 p.m. at Tannery Pond Community Center, 228 Main Street, North Creek. The suggested donation is $10 adults and $5 students. (518) 251-2505 / http://www.tpcca.org/
SEYMOUR & DUNHAM
INLET--The Inlet Historical Society will present "French Louie & His Biographer" Wednesday, Aug. 7, starting at 7 p.m. at the historical society building on Main St. here. Author Roy Reehil will give a presentation on the famous hermit and woodsman Louie Seymour and his biographer, Harvey Dunham; answer questions; and sell and sign his books.
Centered on Dunham's recently discovered photo-journals from the 1920s, the show features vintage photographs depicting Seymour's life as a canal boat driver, lumberjack, trapper and guide and reveals the back story of the man who kept his legacy alive by writing "Adirondack French Louie," Dunham's classic book of Adirondack folklore. For more contact Reehil at (315) 675-9704 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ON FRENCH LOUIE
SPECULATOR--The Historical Society of Lake Pleasant & Speculator will present "French Louie & His Biographer" Friday, Aug. 9, starting at 7 p.m. at Lake Pleasant Central School. Author Roy Reehil will give a presentation on the famous hermit and woodsman Louie Seymour and his biographer, Harvey Dunham; answer questions; and sell and sign his books.
Centered on Dunham's recently discovered photo-journals from the 1920s, the show features dozens of vintage photographs depicting Louie's life as a canal boat driver, lumberjack, trapper and guide and reveals the back story of the man who kept Louie's legacy alive by writing "Adirondack French Louie," Dunham's classic book of Adirondack folklore. For more call the historical society at (518) 548-4478 or contact Reehil at (315) 675-9704 or email@example.com.
ON SPECULATOR HISTORY
SPECULATOR--Join a historical walk through Speculator with Town of Lake Pleasant Historian Anne Weaver Saturday, Aug. 10, starting at 10 a.m. using the special historical tour map. Meet at the chamber office in The Lane Emporium at the intersection of state routes 8 and 30 and Elm Lake Rd. For more call (518) 548-4478.
NATIVE AMERICANS AND LP
SPECULATOR--The Historical Society of Lake Pleasant & Speculator will present a program on Native Americans and the Town of Lake Pleasant Saturday, Aug. 10, starting at 7 p.m. at Lake Pleasant Central School.
Special guest speaker Chief Samuel George will talk about the Cayuga Nation and Village of Speculator while Historian Beverly Hoffman will talk about the influence Native Americans had on Lake Pleasant. For more call (518) 548-5325.
ABOUT THE RAILROAD
PISECO - Piseco Lake Historical Society has arranged for an in-depth presentation about the history, construction, operation and future of Adirondack Scenic Railroad. It will be Wednesday, Aug. 14, starting at 7 p.m. at Piseco Community Hall on Old Piseco Rd.
ON PISECO HISTORY
PISECO--Piseco Museum Historian John Simons will give a special tour Saturday, Aug. 17, starting at 10 a.m. at the museum on Old Piseco Rd. It will be followed by a tour of the Silver Lake Tannery site and a visit to the Julia Preston historical marker with Hamilton County Historian Bill Zullo. Meet at the museum. For more call (518) 548-4478.
SING A STORY
INDIAN LAKE--The Indian Lake Library celebrates "Dig Into Reading" with a family concert at Byron Park Wednesday, July 31, starting at 7 p.m. Sing a story and read a song. Nan Hoffman will entertain the entire family. The concert is free and open to all. For more call (518) 648-5444.
BUSKERS ARE COMING
INLET--The Buskers will perform during Inlet's Sunsets by the Lake summer concert series Saturday, Aug. 2, from 6-8 p.m. at Arrowhead Lakefront off Main St. here. Bring a chair or a blanket. The rain location is Fern Park Pavilion.
"'Folk impurists' with a smart, distinct voice and a kitchen sink repertoire of influences from jug band and jazz to roots rock, The Buskers tap the street music tradition for which they are named and then go much farther, with serious musicianship, a sense of humor and energy to burn." -- Weirs Times.
This concert series is sponsored by the Town of Inlet, Eugene Melnyczuk, Dennis and Eileen Michael, The Wine Shop, Craig Wittlin and Central Adirondack Association.
CLASSICAL MUSIC FROM INDIA
LONG LAKE--Ustad Shafaat Khan, who plays the sitar, surbahar and tabla, and three other performers will present a concert of classical music from India and Pakistan at the United Methodist Church here starting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8. A pre-concert buffet dinner of authentic Indian food prepared by Cyber Creek Café will be served at St. Henry's Parish Hall from 5-7 p.m. The price is $13, no reservations required.
Khan has performed at prestigious concert halls, music festivals and universities in India, America, Europe, China, Russia and Japan. He performed with Stevie Wonder at one of the biggest festivals in the United States, and shared a television concert with Ray Charles. Khan was presented with the Professional Excellence Award for an outstanding musician, performer and teacher by the State of Pennsylvania, his home state.
JAMCRACKING GOOD *
PISECO--Back by popular demand, Jamcrackers -- Peggy Lynn, Dan Berggren and Dan Duggan -- will be at the Piseco Library Coffeehouse Thursday, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m. The musical fun Jamcrackers has on stage is genuine and contagious. The trio presents a diverse blend of blues and folk, ballads and dance tunes. This group has unique arrangements and striking harmonies.
BLUEGRASS & GOSPEL
NORTH CREEK--The 10th Annual Upper Hudson Bluegrass Festival will be Aug. 16-18 at Ski Bowl Park here. The music runs from 12-9:45 p.m. Friday, 9-10:45 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Mike and Mary Robinson will lead a gospel sing and service Sunday starting at 9 a.m. before bluegrass sets resume.
Food and craft venders will be on site. Three-day tickets are $50 each before Aug. 9 or $60 at the gate. They include camper parking, fresh water and, for an extra fee, pump-out Sunday between noon and 3 p.m. Call for camper parking information.
Daily tickets are available. To purchase advance tickets send a check and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Upper Hudson Festivals, POB 276, North Creek NY 12853. For more, including daily rates and the performers, go to upperhudsonbluegrassfestival.com or call (518)-251-3141.
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK
BLUE MT. LAKE--The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here continues its Adirondack Summer Playhouse with Shakespeare in the Adirondack Park - "Macbeth." This hour-long outdoor adaptation of Shakespeare's classic thriller is set in a 20th-century militaristic society.
Remaining performance times and locations in Hamilton County are: July 31, 2 p.m., Raquette Lake (rain site, school); Aug. 1, 7 p.m., Byron Park, Indian Lake; Aug. 3, 7 p.m., Speculator Pavilion; and Aug. 4, 2 p.m., Prospect Point, Blue Mt. Lake (rain site, The AC).
Free admission. For more go to www.adksummerplayhouse.org.
THE BEATLES CABARET
BLUE MT. LAKE--Join the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in a musical exploration of the Beatles. The production will feature both nontraditional arrangements and arrangements that pay homage to quintessential Beatles recordings. General admission tickets are $10.
Remaining performance times and locations are: July 31, 9 p.m., Tony Harper's, Old Forge; Aug. 5, 8 p.m., Wild Center, Tupper Lake; and Aug. 12, 8 p.m., Bar Vino, North Creek. For more go to www.adksummerplayhouse.org.
PUT ON DANCING SHOES
BLUE MT. LAKE--The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here invites readers to "Mamma Mia Film Experience." The classic movie musical comes to life with live performers and full-on audience participation. Join special guest performers as they sing and dance to the music of ABBA in front of the film. Audience participation kits will be sold at the door.
Performances will be Aug. 6, 8 p.m., Long Lake Town Hall; Aug. 7, 8 p.m., Indian Lake Theater; Aug. 9, 9 p.m., State Theater, Tupper Lake; and Aug. 11, 8 p.m., Strand Theater, Old Forge. General admission tickets are $10, plus $5 a participation kit.
SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
BLUE MT. LAKE--Join the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts for "Songs for a New World." Travel from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge 57 stories above Fifth Avenue to meet a startling array of characters. The score runs the gamut of today's popular music.
Performance times and locations are: Aug. 15, 8 p.m., Long Lake Town Hall; Aug. 16, 8 p.m., Tannery Pond, North Creek; Aug. 17, 8 p.m., The AC; Aug. 18, 2 p.m., View, Old Forge; 8 p.m., Indian Lake Theater; and Aug. 19, 8 p.m., Charles R. Wood Theater, Glens Falls.
Tickets are $20 / $15 AC members; children age 12 and under $5. For more go to www.adksummerplayhouse.org.
A WEEKEND OF THEATER
RAQUETTE LAKE--You love theater, your spouse loves history, you both love adventure. What to do...
The Adirondack Summer Playhouse wraps its season Aug. 23-25 with a Grand Finale Weekend featuring four theatrical performances and a two-night stay at Great Camp Sagamore in Raquette Lake.
Enjoy productions of "Cabaret," "Macbeth," "Songs for a New World" and "Shrek" along with hiking, swimming and canoeing--all at the former wilderness estate of the Vanderbilts.
Packages, which include lodging, all meals and all performances, are $339 for adults and $175 for children under age 18. For more information go to www.adksummerplayhouse.org or www.greatcampsagamore.org or call (315) 354-5311, ext. 21.
INDIAN LAKE--The Friends of the Indian Lake Library will sponsor wildlife photographer Gerry Lemmo and his program, "California Here I Come," concerning the flora, fauna, fishing boats, etc. of California Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m. in Indian Lake Theater. No admission fee; light refreshments will be served.
PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW SET
BLUE MT. LAKE--The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here will hold its Diversity: Through Many Lenses Fourth Annual National Juried Photography Show Aug. 22 through Sept. 28. Come see a fantastic variety of photographs from around the nation.
Gallery hours are Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A Gallery Reception will be held Sept. 28 from 5:30-7 p.m. For more information call the AC at (518) 352-7715 or visit the website at www.adirondackarts.org.
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.
During August John Jazeboski will exhibit his artwork, landscapes in oil. Jazeboski also makes custom frames. He also lives in Piseco.
THREE NEW EXHIBITS
BLUE MT. LAKE--The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts will have works by three artists mounted 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.
GROW SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS
PISECO--Cornell Cooperative Extension of Hamilton County will give a demonstration on Shiitake Mushroom Inoculation Saturday, Aug. 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the gazebo behind the Piseco Education Center on Rt. 8 here. Go home with an inoculated log and grow your own shiitake mushrooms. Pre-registration and payment is required by Friday, Aug. 9 The cost is $30 and includes one inoculated log. Call 548-6191.
LEARN TO MAKE CHEESE
PISECO--Cornell Cooperative Extension of Hamilton County will hold a workshop on Cheesemaking Saturday, Aug. 24, from 10 a.m. to noon at Piseco Education Center on Rt. 8 here. The cost of $25 per person includes a cheesemaking kit. Pre-registration and payment is required by Friday, Aug. 16. Call 548-6191.
* 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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