CHRISTMAS ON MAIN ST.
INLET--Avoid the hassle and the crowds ... shop in Inlet and Old Forge Thanksgiving Weekend and participate in some fun small-town activities.
Adirondack Christmas on Main Street will be Nov. 29 through Dec. 1. Friday's schedule includes an Adirondack Kids Book Signing and a Book Sale (Saturday too). Saturday there will be a Candy Cane Hunt, Children's Holiday Film Festival, Noah's Ark Animal Workshop, Holiday Dog Parade, Inlet's Best Holiday Pie Contest, the Tree Lighting, Cookies and Cocoa with Santa and a Wine and Cheese Tasting.
The fun wraps up Sunday with a Make Your Own Ornaments Workshop and the drawing for the winner of the Holiday Basket; save Inlet receipts dated Nov. 29, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and bring them to Inlet Information Office to get one free raffle ticket for every $10 spent in Inlet. For more call (315) 357-5501 or go to AdkChristmasonMain.com.
FAMILY FRIDAY $5
TUPPER LAKE--The Wild Center at 45 Museum Drive here is bucking the trend and not opening at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day (or anytime on Thanksgiving), but come the day after to Black & White Friday for a family day with an Adirondack artisanal trunk show, live music, animal encounters and $5 admission. The mall alternative.
CARDBOARD SLED RACES
INLET--The Second Annual Central Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit will have four races, in Long Lake, Old Forge, Indian Lake and Inlet. Contestants must race at three locations to complete the circuit and enter to win the championship.
The races will be held Jan. 18 at Mt. Sabattis in Long Lake during Moonlighter's Winter Carnival; Feb. 15 at Indian Lake Ski Hill during WinterFest; Feb. 15 at McCauley Mountain in Old Forge during Winter Carnival; and Feb. 22 in Inlet's Fern Park during Frozen Fire & Lights. Find out more at FrozenFireandLights.com.
THREE NEW EXHIBITS
BLUE MT. LAKE--The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts on Rt. 28 here has three new exhibits mounted through Nov. 9: drawings by Alain Martin and paintings by Liza Houston and Rachel Trusty. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Gallery Reception Nov. 9 5:30-7 p.m.
Martin's drawings are based on the Weegee photograph of the beach at Coney Island and inspired by a cryptic line from a novel by Don DeLillo. Houston, of Glens Falls, is displaying her body of work called "Currents." She uses rivers and movement of water over and around rocks as a visual starting point, then oscillates between representation and abstraction.
Trusty's small experimental paintings, "Loud White Space," explore the power of white, negative space around isolated figures. Call (518) 352-7715.
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.
AN EVENING OF MISCHIEF
INDIAN LAKE--Join the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts for some spooky laughs, a definite treat for Halloween, Saturday, Nov. 2, at Indian Lake Theater starting at 8 p.m. Admission is $15 / $10 members / $5 under age 12.
Winifred, Sarah and Mary are coming back from the dead to bring the movie "Hocus Pocus" to life. Enjoy the film and real-life witches (in drag) as they lead an evening of games and mischief.
'BULLY' NEXT IN SERIES
INDIAN LAKE --Indian Lake Theater's "Taking Care" film series will culminate with a screening of the documentary "Bully" Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m.
The film series, supported by Hudson Headwaters Health Network, the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, Marti Evanoff and the family of Ruth Fane, has covered topics in public health from aging and nursing home care, services available to the disabled and the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous.
"We wanted to cover a topic that would speak to some of our younger residents," says ILT Director Danielle Shaw. "'Bully' received a lot of national attention when it first came out and we're looking forward to bringing the documentary to Indian Lake." A discussion will be held following the screening on local and regional resources available to deal with the issue.
WILD GAME DINNER
MOREHOUSE--The Morehouse Rod & Gun Club will hold its annual Wild Game Dinner Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Recreation Center on Rt. 8 (behind the fire hall) starting at 6 p.m. The public is invited. There will be raffles, an auction and fun for everyone. Bring a dish to pass (does not have to be game). For more call (315) 826-7509 or email email@example.com.
DINNER FOR VETERANS
LONG LAKE--The Long Lake Moonlighters snowmobile club will honor local veterans Saturday, Nov. 9, with a Veterans' Dinner at Long Lake Diner starting at 7 p.m. It is free for all veterans and $15.99 each for all other guests. Join friends for a social hour prior to dinner at the Owl's Head Pub starting at 6 p.m.
LADIES LUNCHEON SOIREE
GLOVERSVILLE--Mountain Valley Hospice is gearing up for the holiday event of the season with its annual Ladies Luncheon Soiree Friday, Dec. 6, at 12 p.m. at the St. Patrick's Masonic Lodge on Perry Street in Johnstown. This four-course luncheon, sponsored by Patriot Federal Bank and catered by Union Hall Inn, features raffles of holiday gift baskets, trees, wreaths and breathtaking decorations.
Individual tickets can be purchased for $45 each or a hostess can reserve a table of eight for $315. Anyone who would like an invitation is asked to call 725-4545 or visit MVHcares.org. All proceeds benefit families in need of hospice care.
Mountain Valley Hospice seeks to make hospice care available to all appropriate patients and families in Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery and Saratoga counties.
EAT AND MEET
BLUE MT. LAKE--The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts will hold its annual Soup Social & Cast Party celebrating the end of the year Friday, Dec. 20, starting at 5 p.m. It is free.
Joint ALCA staff and the casts from "Beyond Therapy" and "Miracle On 34th Street" and celebrate another successful year. Bring a favorite soup to share.
CLAIRE BLACK WILL PLAY
BLUE MT. LAKE--Enjoy an evening with a talented Adirondack-grown pianist, Claire Black, Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here. She will delight with selections of Sergei Rachmaninov and Franz Schubert. Admission is $15 / $10 members.
WINTER CONCERT SLATED
SPECULATOR--Speculator's Annual Winter Concert will be Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Lake Pleasant Central School, 120 Elm Lake Rd., Speculator, featuring Mountain Arts Consortium Choir and A Pretty Good Band presenting a collection of holiday songs including a pop-bottle rendition of "Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer." Free admission. 50/50 raffle. (518) 548-4521 or www.speculatorchamber.com.
HIKE THE SAWYERS
LONG LAKE--Climb Sawyer and Little Sawyer mountains between Blue Mt. Lake and Indian Lake with Guide Spencer Morrissey Saturday, Nov. 9, starting at 9 a.m. The three-mile, round-trip hike has nice views and some bushwhacking. It is good for both adults and children (must be supervised). Pre-registration is required; call (518) 624-3077.
MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET
BLUE MT. LAKE--One of the best Christmas movies of all time will come to life on stage in the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts' holiday musical, "Miracle on 34th Street." Tickets are $20 / $15 members and $5 age 12 and under.
It tells the story of Kris Kringle trying to help those who have lost their faith believe in Santa Claus again. Filled with humor and spectacle, this joyous, heart-warming musical is pure family entertainment.
"Miracle" will be performed Nov. 29 and 30 at Indian Lake Theater, Dec. 6 at Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek, Dec. 7 at Newcomb Central School and Dec. 13 at Long Lake Central School, all starting at 7 p.m.; and Dec. 14 at View in Old Forge starting at 2 p.m.
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