GOING TO THE BIRDS
NEWCOMB—Join Northern New York Audubon President Charlotte Demers for a bird walk Saturday, Nov. 3, at Arbutus Lake here. Meet at Adirondack Interpretive Center at 5922 State Rt. 28N at 9 a.m.
Participants will hike a two-mile loop around the shore of Arbutus Lake in Huntington Wildlife Forest. This flat trail goes through mostly softwood and mixed wood forest. There is the possibility that red and white-winged crossbills will be in softwoods along the trail.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the AIC at (518) 582-2000 to register.
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.
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. 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.
TAKE DEFENSIVE DRIVING
INDIAN LAKE—A defensive driving course will be held at Byron Park on Rt. 28 here Sunday, Oct. 28, from 4-10 p.m. Passing this course can save 10 percent on auto insurance premiums. The class costs $35 each. Call John Rathbun at (518) 648-5306 to register or for more information.
PUMPKIN FEST AT OAK
SPECULATOR—The Hamilton County Youth Board and The Four Rivers Alliance will hold a countywide Pumpkin Fest Monday, Oct. 29, from 5:30-7 p.m. at Oak Mountain Ski Center here.
There will be games, arts and crafts, ghost stories and a pumpkin carving / painting contest. Anyone of any age can bring a pumpkin already carved or painted and at least one non-perishable food item to enter the contest. Other donations for local food pantries will be accepted.
Candles will be provided. Winners will be announced at 6:30 p.m.; one must be present to win. Participants are encouraged to wear a costume; those who do will be entered into drawings for prizes.
This is an alcohol, tobacco and gambling free event. Call Allison Braunius or Brandy Richards at (518) 648-5355 with questions.
HAM IS ON THE MENU
WELLS—Wells United Methodist Church will hold its annual Election Day Dinner Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 4-6:30 p.m. The menu is ham, mashed potatoes, winter squash, green beans, coleslaw, applesauce, homemade pie and a beverage. Adults pay $9 each; children ages 6-12 are charged $4.50 each. Those under age 6 eat free. Take-outs will be available.
HOMEMADE TURKEY DINNER
INDIAN LAKE—The Indian Lake Methodist Church Election Day Dinner will be Tuesday, Nov. 6. Takeouts start at 4:30 p.m. and sit down dinners at 5 p.m. Vote and then enjoy a nice homemade turkey dinner with stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetables, rolls, coleslaw, apple or pumpkin pie and beverages. Dinner costs $9 per adult and $4 ages 4-11. Children under age 4 eat free.
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.
BLUE MT. LAKE—The Blue Mountain Lake United Methodist Church will host an Election Day Pot Luck Dinner Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 5-7 p.m. Please bring a dish to share. The church will provide baked ham, macaroni and cheese, rolls and beverages. It will also be accepting donations for Community Action Agency and the Food Pantry.
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.
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.
JUG BAND IS COMING
INLET—Steve Best and the Grace Baptist Church Jug Band from Ogdensburg will be playing and singing old southern gospel songs at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Inlet Community Church. Best graduated from the Town of Webb High School in 1974. Come sing, tap your feet and laugh; the public is welcome.
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 if 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.
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.
MAKE A SLEIGH BASKET
HOPE—Laura Ginter will hold a Sleigh Basket workshop for advanced beginners Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at her BasketThyme Studio, 163 Hope Falls Road here. Bring lunch.
Just in time for the holidays, this adorable basket has a wooden sleigh bottom with a round and flat reed cradle, finished by a rolled rim.
Tuition is $65 Sacandaga Valley Arts Network members, $70 others. Supplies are $12. Call Ginter at (518) 863-4145 to sign up. For more information visit www.svanarts.org.
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