FROM DIARY TO BOOK
BLUE MT. LAKE—Pat Garber, the author of several books on nature and history, will discuss her most recent work, “Heart Like A River: The Story of Sergeant-Major Newsom Edward Jenkins, 14th North Carolina Infantry, 1861-1865,” at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here Thursday, Oct. 25, starting at 7 p.m. The presentation is free.
The book is based on the diary of Garber’s great-grandfather, a Confederate soldier in the Civil War. She will discuss the process of “transcribing, reading, and preparing the diary for publication” and her confrontation “not only with the agony of that horrific war,” but also with her confusing legacy as a “daughter of the Confederacy.’”
“Heart Like a River” presents a look at that war in the works of one of its soldiers. For more information call (518) 352-7715.
RIDE THE PUMKPIN TRAIN
OLD FORGE—Adirondack Scenic Railroad will run its Pumpkin Train Oct. 20-21, leaving Thendara Station here at 10 and 11:15 a.m. and 12:30, 1:45 and 3 p.m. for Carter Station. Tickets are $15 each ages 12 and up and $10 each ages 2-12. Children age 2 and under ride free.
Watch for ghosts and goblins and try to win a jar of candy. Leave the train at Carter Station to visit Wally’s Pumpkin Patch. All costumed children may pick a free pumpkin and have a chance to pick the “Great Pumpkin.” Whoever picks the Great Pumpkin will don a new engineer hat, blow the horn and ride back to Thendara in the locomotive.
Tour haunted Old Town Hall upon returning to Thendara. Meet spooky friends, pose for a family photo and join the costume contest.
ART FROM THE START
BLUE MT. LAKE - New and exciting workshops for ages 2-4 are planned at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children. The fall Arts from the Start workshops run from 10 a.m. to noon and cost $20 / $15 members. Snack and play are included.
Oct. 23 and 24 is Recycled Art with Brenda Voorhees. Preschoolers will make tools from recycled items and create their own works of art.
Oct. 30 and 31 is Halloween Crafts with Robyn James. Make spook-tastic creations to celebrate Halloween.
Nov. 6 and 7 is Mommy and Me Yoga with Amy Kohanski. Bring a yoga mat if possible.
Nov. 13 and 14 is Music with Jason Hall. Sing some favorite children’s songs to foster a love of music in the children.
PAINT PISECO PINK
PISECO - Residents of the Piseco / Lake Pleasant / Speculator area have planned a benefit for Amy Bartholomew of Piseco, who has been diagnosed with cancer.
“Paint Piseco Pink” will be held for her at Oak Mountain Ski Center in Speculator, which is donating the space, Saturday, Oct. 27, starting at 5 p.m. to help them pay for transportation to and from Syracuse for treatment which is expected to last for nine months. There will be a potluck supper, a DJ, bucket raffles, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. Admission is $5 each.
Amy and her husband, Aaron, have three small children who attend Lake Pleasant Central School. He is Piseco’s fire chief.
To donate money, gift baskets, raffles, etc. contact Sadie Wilt in Piseco at (518) 926-9684.
HERE’S THE BEEF
SPECULATOR—Speculator Lions Club will hold its annual Fall Scholarship Dinner Friday, Oct. 19, from 5-8:30 p.m. at The Inn at Speculator. There will be roast beef and more for $15 each, $8 children under age 12.
CARVE THE TURKEY
MOREHOUSE—Morehouse Volunteer Fire Company’s annual Turkey Dinner will be Saturday, Oct. 20, from 4:30 p.m. until the food is gone at Morehouse Recreation Center on Rt. 8 here.
The menu is turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, squash, veggies, cabbage salad, cranberry sauce, rolls and dessert. Take-outs will be available.
The charge is adults $11 each and children $6 each for all you can eat. For more contact Amanda Seeley at email@example.com.
TIME FOR TURKEY
SPECULATOR - The women of the Grace United Methodist Church here are planning for their Traditional Election Day Turkey Dinner Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 5-7 p.m. in the Oak Mountain Ski Center Lodge. The menu will include turkey dinner with all the trimmings topped off with a variety of homemade pies and cakes. Take-out dinners will be available starting at 4:30 p.m.
The cost of the dinner is by donation; all proceeds will go toward the support of local, regional, national and international mission projects supported by Grace United Methodist Women.
SEE STODDARD’S WORK
ALBANY—”Seneca Ray Stoddard: Capturing the Adirondacks” is on exhibit in the Crossroads Gallery at the New York State Museum here until Feb. 24, 2013.
Stoddard was one of the first to capture the Adirondacks through photographs. He shared and promoted that vision to a post-Civil War audience that was beginning to have the means to follow in his footsteps. Soon, those footsteps became a flood of tourists.
Growing up in Wilton, Stoddard was no doubt inspired by the Adirondacks from an early age. Although Stoddard was not alone in marketing the Adirondacks, other commercial and competing photographers remain largely unrecognized today. Unlike many of his contemporaries, the tremendous scope of Stoddard’s work remained largely intact. The New York State Museum acquired the Stoddard prints in 1972.
SEE THE COUNTY COMPLEX
LAKE PLEASANT—Take a free tour of the buildings at the Hamilton County seat here Saturday, Oct. 20, starting at 10 a.m., sponsored by the Historical Society of Lake Pleasant and Speculator for the Lake Pleasant Bicentennial. Learn about the rich history of Hamilton County as County Historian Bill Zullo leads a tour of these historic buildings. Reservations are not needed.
LOGGING THE SEWARDS
LONG LAKE—Sharpe Swan, executive director of Camp Pok-O-Moonshine and Camp McCready and a record holding ADK 46er, will give a presentation on “Logging The Sewards” Wednesday, Oct. 24, starting at 7 p.m. at Long Lake Library.
Come for a fascinating look into the logging history of the Seward Mountain Range in the High Peaks. For more call the library at 624-3825.
TAKE A CEMETERY TOUR
SPECULATOR—Tour Speculator Cemetery Saturday, Oct. 27, starting at 7 p.m. and learn about the lives of early settlers buried there. Village of Speculator Historian Bev Hoffman and Town of Lake Pleasant Historian Anne Weaver will lead the tour. The Town Bicentennial Committee and the Historical Society of Lake Pleasant and Speculator are sponsoring the event.
THE WILD CENTER
TUPPER LAKE—The Wild Center at 45 Museum Drive here has several events coming up.
Meet a live raven and explore the mythology behind this classic Halloween bird at The Lore of the Raven Saturday, Oct. 27, from 1-2 p.m.
Meet live skunks, owls and other nighttime animals and learn why they aren’t afraid of the dark at Creatures of the Night Sunday, Oct. 28, from 1-2 p.m.
Black & White Friday is Nov. 23. Normally the day after Thanksgiving is Black Friday. At The Wild Center, it’s Black & White Friday; black and white with Night and Day, two new skunks and just one of the highlights of the day. There will be local crafters, music, fall treats like cider and outdoor activities to get the kids tired out. Admission is just $5 for adults and free for children age 14 and under. For more call (518) 359-7800.
ON DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
CAROGA LAKE—Harry Wirtz of Words & Pictures will hold an Introduction to Digital Photography workshop Saturdays, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Caroga Lake Municipal Bldg, 1840 Rt. 10 here. Bring lunch.
Learn to adjust a camera to make sharp, well-composed images, then enhance them using Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Elements.
This workshop is for those at beginner and intermediate levels. Bring a digital camera and a Mac or Windows laptop with image-editing software if possible. Students should have basic skills with computer and camera. A digital single lens reflex camera is strongly recommended but a high quality adjustable “point and shoot” camera will suffice.
Tuition is $85 Sacandaga Valley Arts Network members, $90 others. Call (518) 863-8636 to sign up.
SNOWMOBILE CLASS SET
LAKE PLEASANT - Pleasant Riders Snowmobile Club will hold a Snowmobile Safety Course Saturday, Nov. 10, at Lake Pleasant Fire Hall on South Shore Road here from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is for adults as well as children who will be 10 years old by that date. For information and to register call Dick Eliezer (518) 548-3194 or Betsy Bain at 548-5719.
WELLS—The public is invited to attend a brief ceremony commemorating Veteran’s Day Monday, Nov. 12, at 9 a.m. at Wells Community Hall.
Community volunteers will place a memorial wreath there following a prayer from a local minister and a short speech by Town of Wells Supervisor Brian Towers. The observance is to honor not only those local men and women who have served in the military, but all servicemen who have risked life and limb for their country.
ON EXHIBIT AT ALCA
BLUE MT. LAKE—The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here has mounted four new exhibits, all on display through Nov. 3, when a reception will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Gallery hours are Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“Urban Planning” features drawings by Lauren Smith. “Paths in Life” is inferred photographs by Gary Larsen. “3 Tributaries,” prints by Shana Goetsch, are in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The fourth exhibit is “Untitled,” multi-media art by Casey Lupini.
PAINTINGS ON DISPLAY
NORTH CREEK—The Widlund Gallery at Tannery Pond Community Center here is hosting a showing of current paintings by members of Johnsburg Fine Arts until Sunday, Nov. 18.
Polymer clay jewelry and other keepsakes created by Helene O. Goodman are also on display. Goodman’s pieces are beautifully crafted and most are for sale, as are many of the JFA paintings. A few mosaic pieces created in the adult and youth classes will also be displayed.
Call 251-4349 for information about JFA. TPCC is open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
AUTUMN GLORY BASKET
HOPE—Laura Ginter will hold an Autumn Glory Basket (Intermediate) workshop Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at her BasketThyme Studio, 163 Hope Falls Road here. Bring lunch.
This bowl-shaped, double-rimmed basket has some special touches that set it off. The wooden base is spoked with smoked reed woven with variegated triple-twined, spaced dyed autumn colors of burnt orange, hunter green, burgundy and yellow to the first rim followed by flat-oval smoked reed curving inward to the second rim.
Embellishments are autumn leaves, pine cones, colored beads, wire curls and raffia. The pattern is from Sharon Klusmann of Cornerstone Baskets.
Tuition is $40 Sacandaga Valley Arts Network members, $45 others. Supplies are $15. Call Ginter at (518) 863-4145 to sign up.
PICKLING AND CANNING
SPECULATOR—Ever wondered how Peter Piper pickled that peck of peppers he picked? Come to this workshop and learn how from Speculator’s very own Peter Piper.
David Turner will give a Pickling and Canning Demonstration at Lake Pleasant Central School on Elm Lake Road here Thursday, Oct. 25, starting at 4:30 p.m. The Friends of the Lake Pleasant Library is sponsoring the event. It should be fun and it’s free.
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