WHAT’S A MOUSE?
SPECULATOR—Aren’t sure what a mouse has to do with a computer? Don’t miss this class.
Lake Pleasant Library will be hosting a Very Basic Computer Class Mondays, Nov. 26 and Dec. 3 and 10, from 9:30-11 a.m. Start from the very beginning with patient instructors to learn how to turn a computer on and off, understand the desktop, icons, files, etc. and of course how to use a mouse.
Call 548-4411 or stop in at the library to sign up. Class size is limited to six. It should be fun and it’s free.
LAKE PLEASANT—The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service are thrilled to host a free Invasive Pest Forest Survey Thursday, Nov. 29, from 10 a.m. to noon rain or shine. Learn how to survey neighborhood trees, woodlots and forests for signs and symptoms of invasive insects.
Meet at the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District office at 103 County View Drive here.
Take a hike with APHIS’s Tom Colarusso and the SWCD’s Caitlin Stewart to discover the signs and symptoms of invasive forest pests. At the end of this program participants will know how invasive insects harm trees and the infestation clues they leave in trees. Bring binoculars, comfy footwear and suitable outerwear.
Contact the SWCD at email@example.com or (518) 548-3991 to register by Nov. 27.
CRAFTS & FLEAS
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR
LONG LAKE—The annual Holiday Craft Fair sponsored by the Friends of the Long Lake Library will be held in the Long Lake Central School Gym Saturday, Dec.1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crafters and vendors from around the area will present many attractive items for sale.
There will be candles, soap, jewelry, scarves, pocketbooks, note cards, toys, photography, floral arrangements, quilts, blankets and rustic furniture. Cyber Creek Café will serve lunch and there will be a bake sale, hourly door prizes of art and craft items and a Christmas tree and wreath sale.
For more information call Jackie Mallery at (518) 624 2056.
LONG LAKE—The Not Too Far From Home Comedy Tour Returns To The Cellar here Saturday, Dec. 1, starting at 9 p.m. Advance tickets are $15, tickets at the door are $20. Professional stand up comedians Frank Gentile, Deric Harrington and Aaron David Ward will perform.
The Cellar Restaurant and Pub is at 3 Kickerville Lane. Call (518) 624-5539 or go to www.thecellarlonglake.com for more.
Aaron David Ward has entertained audiences across the country for the past 10 years.
Since starting comedy in 2003 Deric Harrington was voted Funniest Person in Upstate New York and the Second Funniest Person in Peoria, Ill. His jokes have been published in “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Jokes and The Comedy Thesaurus.”
Frank Gentile shares the difficulties of marriage, parenting and lawn mowing while making audiences laugh throughout the Capital Region and beyond.
BLACK FRIDAY DEALS
LONG LAKE—Black Friday Open House will be held Nov. 23 from 3-6 p.m. at Adirondack Trading Post and Ali Baba’s Liquor & Wine store.
Ali Baba’s will offer wine samplings. The Trading Post will offer a 20 percent discount all day on gifts, clothing, fishing and camping gear and certain foods. Pampered Chef’s Dina Kennedy will hold a demonstration with samples and discounts.
SPECULATOR—The 4th Annual Adirondack Holiday Stroll will kick off the holiday season here Black Friday, Nov. 23.
Businesses will open their doors from 4-7 p.m. to offer special deals for holiday shoppers including promotions, product samples, giveaways, coupons, refreshments and more. As part of this year’s centennial celebration certain businesses will have specials for $18.12; a list is available at the chamber’s office.
Adirondacks Speculator Region Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Lake Pleasant Bicentennial Committee are sponsoring the Holiday Stroll. For more information contact the chamber at (518) 548-4521 or go to www.speculatorchamber.com.
Lake Pleasant Museum will hold a special open house from 4-7 p.m. with new displays, special sales of bicentennial items, the book “Lake Pleasant and Speculator in the Adirondacks” for $18.12 and more. Refreshments will be served.
LIGHT UP THE TREE
WELLS—The Town of Wells Annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be Saturday, Nov. 24, at Wells Community Hall on Main St.
The Wells Improvement Group Craft Fair and the Virginia Hosley Free Library Book Sale begin at noon. Once again Wells Improvement Group welcomes donations for Tricky Tray. Contact Maggie Welch at 924-2128.
Vendors will offer an assortment of seasonal and gift-worthy treasures for holiday shoppers and library volunteers will sell a variety of books.
Enjoy refreshments sold by Wells Volunteer Ambulance Corps. WIG’s annual membership drive will be ongoing so sign up for a chance to win a Family Fun Night theme basket filled with movies, games and snacks.
The Community Christmas Tree will be lit at 6 p.m., kicking off the magical season and setting the stage for Santa Claus’ arrival.
SOUP-ER FUN AT ALCA
BLUE MT. LAKE—The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here will hold a Holiday Soup Social, Cast Party and Gallery Reception Friday, Dec. 14, starting at 5 p.m. Bring a pot of homemade soup and join this celebration of the year that was.
The free party will feature ALCA’s end-of-year gallery reception as well as the cast party for its production of “Little Women.” Don’t forget to shop the gallery, which will be featuring a 20 percent off sale.
CHICKEN & BISCUITS
WELLS—Wells United Methodist Church on Rt. 30 here will hold a Chicken & Biscuit Dinner Saturday, Dec. 1, from 4-6:30 p.m. (or the food runs out). Enjoy a night out, camaraderie, friendly conversation, a good meal and no dishes to wash.
The menu is chicken in gravy, George Chamberlain’s “famous” biscuits, mashed potatoes, green beans, carrots, homemade desserts and a beverage. Take-outs and a gluten-free option will be available.
The cost is $8.50 per adult and $4 per child ages 6-12; children under age 6 eat free.
Gift certificates for Wells UMC dinners are now available. Each entitles the bearer to one dinner, even if prices rise. They may be purchased at any Wells UMC dinner or from Bob or Alice at 924-2220. They make perfect Christmas or hostess gifts.
SOUP AND SANDWICHES
SPECULATOR—Grace Methodist Church here will host a Soup & Sandwich Supper following the Speculator Tree Lighting and Caroling Saturday, Dec. 1, at The Four Corners, a project of the congregations of the United Methodist churches of Lake Pleasant and Speculator.
Monetary donations will be given to the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry. Come let the joy of music, the sparkle of lights and the warmth of food and fellowship bring kindle the Christmas spirit.
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.
NORTHVILLE—The First United Methodist Church at 301 S. Main St. here will hold the 65th annual Community Christmas Concert, “The Song of Christmas,” Saturday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m.
“The Song of Christmas” was the first community Christmas concert performed under Helen Russell’s direction, in December 1948. In honor of her 65th concert it will be presented again, still under her direction.
BLUE MT. LAKE—Based on Louisa May Alcott’s family experiences, “Little Women” follows the adventures of four sisters as they grow up in Civil War America. Now, this narrative has been brought to life as a musical.
“Little Women” embodies the complete theatrical experience, guaranteeing a night filled with laughter, tears and a lifting of the spirit. Performances are scheduled for Nov. 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. at Indian Lake Theater; Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. at Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek; Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. at Long Lake Town Hall; Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. at Newcomb Central School; and Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. at View in Old Forge.
Tickets are $15 / $10 ALCA members ($5 ages 12 and under). For more call (518) 352-7715 or visit the website at www.adirondackarts.org.
OLD FORGE - Once again The Old Forge Ballet Company will present Tchaikovsky’s full-length “Nutcracker” ballet at The Strand Theatre here. There will be two performances Saturday, Dec. 1, a narrated matinee at 2 p.m. and an evening performance at 7 p.m. Children under age 12 are admitted free.
Tickets are $10. They may be purchased at The Naked Moose and The TOW Bar in Old Forge and Dan’s Big M supermarket in Eagle Bay. Call (315) 369-8721 or 369-6273 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to order by mail before Nov. 24.
SNODEO IS COMING
OLD FORGE—The 36th Annual Snodeo Weekend here, sponsored by the Central Adirondack Association, will kick off the snowmobile season Dec. 7-9 at the George T. Hiltebrant Recreation Center.
All four major snowmobile manufacturers will display their 2013 models. Buy a chance to win one for $20; whoever holds the winning grand prize ticket will choose one of four 2013 sleds: an Arctic Cat F 1100 LXR from Big Moose Arctic Cat, a Polaris Rush Pro-R Retro from Don’s Polaris, a Ski-Doo GSX LE 600 E-TEC from Smith Marine or a Yamaha FX Nytro from Big Moose Yamaha.
There will also be five cash prizes ranging from $100 to $1,000. Buy tickets at the Old Forge Visitor Information Center, any of the snowmobile dealerships above or online at www.snodeo.com.
THREE NEW SHOWS
BLUE MT. LAKE—The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here has three new gallery shows running through Dec. 14. Hours are Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A reception will be held Dec. 14 from 5-6 p.m.
“Attitude, Line, Move-ment” is woodcarvings by James Kries. “I am influenced more with movement and line than with reproducing representational art,” Kries says.
“Creation Myths” marks the 10th anniversary of the Northeast Felters Guild. It celebrates the parallels between the medium of felt making and the phenomenon of myth.
“Post-idiom” is watercolor and text by Elizabeth Kauffman. “Our desire to be ‘green’ is often provoked by romanticized ideas,” she says. “The gloss of romanticism is joined with the simple language of text messages and Twitter posts, leaving little room for detailed analysis or complex solutions.”
NORTHVILLE—Journeys II, a solo exhibition of plein air paintings by Janet Marie Yeates, is on display in the SVAN Gallery of North-ville Public Library at 341 S. Third St. here through Dec. 27. Hours are Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon; Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Wednesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The library will be closed Nov. 24.
NORTH CREEK—The Upper Hudson Valley Watercolor Society’s Member Exhibit will be on display at Tannery Pond’s Widlund Gallery here through Dec. 26. This exhibit showcases the talent and creativity of regional watercolor artists; many pieces will be for sale.
An opening reception celebrating the artwork and the artists will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, from 5-7 p.m. at the gallery. Light refreshments will be served.
Tannery Pond Community Center is generally open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays when the “Open” flag is out. To confirm hours call (518) 251-2505.