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Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - Updated: 10:40 AM



LAKE PLEASANT--Hamilton County Tourism and Aububon New York will present the Ninth Annual Birding Festival in Hamilton County June 13-15. Hamilton County is designated as an IBA, Important Bird Area.

Bird watching is a celebrated Adirondack experience. In the Adirondacks, it is marked by the Adirondack Birding Festival, held annually in June. Nesting season comes late in the mountains because of the altitude and latitude.

Among the rare boreal birds found here are Bicknell's thrush, spruce grouse, American three-toed woodpeckers and many kinds of raptors and water birds. For a rewarding experience book a bird-watching trip with a licensed guide. For more info visit and click on "Events."



SPECULATOR--A huge book sale, presented by the Friends of the Lake Pleasant Library, will be held Memorial Day Weekend at Lake Pleasant Library on Rt. 8 here. Mark calendars for Friday and Saturday, May 23 and 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, May 25, from 12-3 p.m.

A large supply of books, DVDs and CDs has been accumulated over the winter. Now is the time to stock up for summer reading. The books are "sold" by donation and the proceeds used for the library's children's programs, books and supplies and community events.


INDIAN LAKE--Imagine a 7-year-old child asking to hike the entire Appalachian Trail, and then imagine his parents saying, "Okay."

In "A Child's Walk in the Wilderness" former New York Times "Outdoors" columnist Paul Molyneaux shares a 2,000-mile, seven-month trek with his son Asher, who turned 8 on the trail; experienced bears, rattlesnakes, and bull moose up close; and became the youngest Mainer to through-hike the AT. 

Molyneaux will describe the highlights of their experiences, hiking the trail, writing the book, and bringing the lessons of the trail back to their daily lives Sunday, May 25, at the Indian Lake Theater starting at 7 p.m. in an illustrated 40-minute presentation.

Copies of the book are available at all Hamilton County libraries or for purchase at Indian Lake Theater. Tickets to the event are $5.



LONG LAKE--Kids ages 16 and younger will enjoy fishing on Jennings Park Pond across from the Long Lake Town Beach Saturday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Long Lake Fish and Game Club sponsors this annual contest. The pond is stocked with trout in the early spring. Prizes are awarded and a life-long Adirondack hobby is born. For more call (518) 624-3077.


INDIAN LAKE--A Kids' Fishing Derby _will be held Saturday, July 5, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Byron Park here. The Kids' Fishing Derby encourages children to become involved in fishing and the outdoors.

This is a catch-and-release event that promotes sportsmanship and conservation. The derby is free to all children (ages 15 and younger) and their parents. All participants are provided with a free lunch of hamburgers, hot dogs and a beverage. Prizes are distributed throughout the day and every child leaves with at least one prize.


INDIAN LAKE--The Indian Lake / Blue Mt. Lake Fish & Game Association will holds a Kids' .22 Shoot Saturday, July 5, starting at 2:30 p.m. at its Shooting Range.

The club will provide gun safety instruction and oversight for this event, which is open to all children up to age 16 accompanied by an adult. All levels of experience are welcome. A parent or guardian must sign a liability release form.

For more go to or call Hand Dobbin at (518) 251-4063.



SPECULATOR--The annual Speculator Craft Fair will be Thursday, Aug. 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the ball field between the pavilion and the firehouse on State Route 30, across from the village beach here. Come browse and then go for a swim.

The fair features 155 booths of quality handmade crafts. It is sponsored by the Hamilton County Twigs and benefits the local ambulance squads and health center. For vendor information call Barbara Oakes at (518) 548-5790.



NEWCOMB--Come to the Third Annual Loons and Logs Day at the Adirondack Interpretive Center at 5922 State Route 28N here Saturday, May 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The day includes lectures and activities for the whole family, such as a bird walk, a presentation and demonstration by Artist-In-Residence Frances Gaffney, and an Adirondack chair building workshop (registration re quired); a woodsmen team demonstration; and of course the rubber loon race. Sponsor a loon for a chance to win one of many prizes.

The events celebrate the spring movement of songbirds migrating and log drives. Call (518) 852-2000 for more information and email to sponsor or purchase a loon.


WELLS--The Virginia Hosley Free Library on Route 30 in Wells will hold an Open House / Birthday Party Saturday, May 24, from 10 a.m. to noon, to celebrate its "sweet" 16th birthday with live music, cupcakes, punch and other goodies.

The Arrows of the Word, a singing group specializing in contemporary Gospel music under the direction of Steve Page, will perform. This group of eight sings four-part harmony and employs a variety of string instruments.

The library caters to a wide variety of reading tastes. Along with books for all ages, puzzles and videos are available for loan. The library also provides a Children's Room and WiFi access.

Hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information call Alice at 924-2220 or Edna at 924-4207.


OLD FORGE--The 14th Annual Central Adirondack Kiwanis, Town of Webb School Key Club and Builders Club Free Car Wash will be Saturday, May 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Calypso's Cove parking lot here. The rain date is May 25.

This annual fund-raiser provides money for the many Kiwanis children's activities during the year. Last year over 100 cars were washed.

Sponsor a Kiwanis, Key Club or Builders Club member by pledging a specific amount per car washed or a set amount. For example, if someone pledges 10 cents per car and 100 cars are washed they pay $10; or one might pledge $20 no matter how many cars are washed. Call Bob Teesdale at (315) 369-5425 or Mike Griffin at (315) 369-3881 to be a sponsor.


LONG LAKE--Lake George's Americade will be June 2-7 this year, and Long Lake is a central destination on motorcyclists' tours of the Adirondacks. Long Lake is the crossroads of the Adirondacks where State Route 30 connects with Rt. 28N. Riders can hop on the Theodore Roosevelt Scenic Byway through Newcomb, or head north towards Lake Placid. Point south from Canada, get caught up in the beauty and stay overnight in Long Lake.

Book a launching pad right here. There are great lodgings, ample parking and the open road. Gas up, grab a cup of joe, shop for souvenirs, enjoy a meal or be spontaneous and stay the night. For maps and other info call (518) 624-3077.


BLUE MT. LAKE--Have a song, a poem or a scene from a favorite show to perform? Come and shine during Open Mic / Poetry Reading Night Saturday, June 7, starting at 7 p.m. at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, 3446 Rt. 28 here. General admission is $10. For more call (518) 352-7715 or email


INLET--The 19th Annual Black Fly Challenge will start from Arrowhead Park here Saturday June 14, at 10 a.m. One of the biggest sporting events in the Adirondacks, last year's BFC drew nearly 600 entries and hundreds more fans from across America for this one-of-a-kind, 40-mile destination bike race. It attracts both serious racers and recreational riders on cyclocross and mountain bikes. The race starts in Inlet and ends in Indian Lake this year. The post race party at Indian Lake Central School begins around noon.


LONG LAKE--The Town of Long Lake and Paul Smiths College team up to present a 5K race in John Dillon Park, 2150 Tupper Rd., Sunday, June 15. The race starts at 10 a.m. _New for 2014 is a Kids Dash, a shorter course just for children under age 12.

There is no parking at the site. Shuttles will transport both participants and spectators to the park starting at 8 a.m. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and the racing starts at 10 a.m. There will be a gear area for racers. 

Call (518) 624-3077 for more information. Registration materials are available at Click on "Calendar Of Events" and slide down to "Spring." All registrations must be by check or money order payable to The Town of Long Lake, POB 496, Long Lake NY 12847.


INLET--The Black Fly Challenge Committee is bringing back the fun of mountain biking with a family friendly rodeo Sunday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fern Park here. Events include Log Pull, Slow Race, Barrel Race, Balance Race and Longest Wheelie. Rodeo entry fees are $5 per event or $20 for all five.

Races include the Hill Climb ($10 entry fee), Kids Race ($5) and Circuit Race ($10). Try your hand at the Huffy Toss. Food and beverages will be available.



WELLS--Wells Wesleyan Church on Main St. here will present Movie Night Sunday, June 8, at 6 p.m. "Hot Lead and Cold Feet" is a comedy Western and fun for all ages. Laugh until you fall off your saddle. It stars Jim Dale, Karen Valentine, Don Knotts, Jack Elam and Darren McGavin.


BLUE MT. LAKE--Friday, June 13, is Movie Night at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, 3446 Rt. 28 here starting at 7 p.m. Bring pillows, blankets and sleeping bags, munch on popcorn and favorite movie candies and watch a hit movie. General admission is $10. For more call (518) 352-7715 or email



NEWCOMB--The Adirondack Interpretive Center here will hold two beginner fly fishing workshops this year. No prior knowledge of fly fishing is necessary, nor is gear.

The spring workshop will be May 30-31 and June 1. The fall workshop will be Sept. 12-14. There is a special price for those wishing to attend both, as the second builds on the first. Participants will stay in cabins on the Newcomb Campus of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Each workshop costs $199 and includes meals, lodging, instruction, equipment and guided fishing. A special rate of $375 is for those who take both workshops. For more information or to reserve a spot call (518) 582-2000 or email to



INDIAN LAKE--Indian Lake Methodist Church will hold a Chicken and Biscuit Dinner Saturday, May 24, with take-outs beginning at 4:30 p.m. and sit-down dinners at 5 p.m.

The menu is chicken, biscuits, gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetables, coleslaw, cake and beverage. The suggested donation is $9 per adult and $6 ages 12 and under. Children under age 5 eat free.


BLUE MT. LAKE--The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts Fourth Annual Merry Brunch of May celebration at The Hedges here has been postponed to June 1 at 12 p.m.

The event benefits the AC's Living Able Program, for adults with developmental disabilities; and Arts from the Start, arts programs for children. Come support these programs while enjoying great company, beautiful flowers and excellent food under the spring May Pole. This year there will be after brunch fun; look for more details at Tickets are $22 per adult and $12 children under age 12.


WELLS--Wells United Methodist Church is holding a Chicken and Biscuit Dinner Wednesday, June 11, from 4:30-7 p.m. The menu consists of chicken in gravy on fabulous homemade biscuits by Bev Peters, mashed potatoes, green beans and carrots, beverage, and homemade pies, cakes, and cookies. Cost is $8.50 for adults, $4 for ages 6-12 and free for under age 6. Take-outs and gluten-free options are available.

Note this is a different day of the week and a different start time from previous dinners. This is the only place to eat dinner out in Wells on Wednesdays. The church is located near the center of Wells on Route 30.



LAKE PLEASANT--Twigs Treasures House opens for the season Memorial Day Weekend. Come in and browse two floors of constantly changing arrays of antiques and slightly used furniture, household goods, toys, linens and more.

Twigs Treasures is on Page Street near the intersection with State Route 8, across from Lake Pleasant Park. To donate items call Letty Rudes at 548-7077 Lore Frisk at 548-4668 or Susan Thielking at 548-6318.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Memorial Day Weekend May 23-26, Wednesdays through Saturdays through June, Tuesdays through Saturdays (to 4 p.m.) during July and August, Sunday and Monday of Labor Day Weekend, Fridays and Saturdays from Sept. 5 through Oct. 11, and Sunday and Monday of Columbus Day Weekend.


N. HAMILTON COUNTY--This year's Great Adirondack Garage Sale will be May 23-25 with over 70 miles of garage sales stretching from Long Lake to Indian Lake, Inlet and Old Forge along state routes 28, 28N and 30. Each town has its own map available at area businesses. Deals galore, roads are open and treasures are waiting to be picked.

Don't miss the Charity Yard Sale at the Indian Lake Fire Hall May 23-24, Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be a Bake Sale Saturday, starting at 9 a.m., and a Bag Sale from 2-4 p.m., $5 a bag.



PISECO--Cornell Cooperative Extension of Hamilton County will hold its Grow A Giant Pumpkin Contest again this year.

Everyone is eligible, but must enter to win. For just $2 get five Magic Lantern pumpkin seeds, growing instructions and contest rules. Call (518) 548-6191.

Prizes will be awarded in five categories: Moms and Tots, Pre-K through 6th Grade, 7th and 8th Grades, High School and Adults. The weigh-in will be Saturday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the CCE Office in Piseco Common School and Hamilton County Community Action Agency on Rt. 28/30 in Indian Lake, next to Indian Lake Theater.


PISECO--Volunteer gardeners are needed for the Lake Pleasant / Speculator Community Garden and the new Arietta Community Garden. Gardeners keep some and share some of the vegetables with the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Speculator. If interested call Cornell Cooperative Extension at (518) 548-6191.



LAKE PLEASANT--The Ladies Tuesday Morning Golf League at Lake Pleasant Golf Club on Rt. 8 here is seeking new members. One need not be a member of the club; simply pay to play. Members are of all levels of ability.

League members enjoy reduced greens fees for league play. The league meeting to start the season will be Tuesday, June 24, at 8:30 a.m. at the golf course. Dues of $40 cover prizes and the end of the season banquet.

To reserve a spot call Jan at 548-8533 or Dee at 548-3294 after June 1.



WELLS--The Wells Historical Society proudly announces the opening of its museum for the 2014 season will be May 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. During June it will be open Saturdays only from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. During July and August it will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For additional information call Kathy Olsen at 924-7922.



LONG LAKE--Long Lake's Memorial Day observances will be Monday, May 26, starting at 8:30 a.m. Honor those who died while serving in the armed forces of the United States of America with a wreath laying at the Long Lake Town Beach, a parade through town and a ceremony at the Long Lake Cemetery.

Each year the Town of Long Lake recognizes the sacrifices of the veterans who have lived in Long Lake with a parade, a ceremony for those who died at sea and a ceremony at the cemetery. The parade ends at the Vietnam Memorial with the laying of a wreath. Call (518) 624-3077 for more.


WELLS--As Memorial Day unfolds townspeople here will honor fallen heroes who fought to protect American freedom. Join friends and neighbors at a brief service commemorating them at the Community Hall Monday, May 26, at 9 a.m.

A few solemn words and the laying of a Memorial Day wreath will take place at that time. Wells Central School Band members will participate. The ceremony will be held rain or shine. Everyone is welcome to attend.


INLET--The Town of Inlet is proud to host the 2014 Hamilton County Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 26, organized by American Legion Post 1402. The parade will begin at 2 p.m., leaving from the Inlet Volunteer Emergency Services building on the corner of Limekiln Road and marching down Route 28 to Arrowhead Park. A ceremony will follow on the baseball field. (315) 357-5501.



BLUE MT. LAKE--The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here will hold its annual Dulcimer Symposium concert Tuesday, June 24, starting at 7 p.m. This unique evening features both hammer and mountain dulcimers. Admission is $12 members / $20 others. (518) 352-7715 or


BLUE MT. LAKE--The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here will host the Dirk Quinn Band in Concert Friday, June 27, starting at 7 p.m. Dirk Quinn is the guitarist for a high energy funk / jazz / jam band out of Philadelphia that travels extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada. Come for an evening of eclectic music that is sure to get toes tapping. Admission is $13 members / $16 others. (518) 352-7715 or


NORTH CREEK--The 11th Annual Upper Hudson Bluegrass Festival will be Aug. 14-17 at Ski Bowl Park here with 11 bluegrass bands plus local bands. Bring seating.

The fun starts Thursday with a free Welcome Concert in the evening. Local bands Remington Ryde, Beartracks, Zink & Company, Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters, The John Renne Band plus six more will play.

The music continues Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. Sunday starts with a Gospel Sing from 9-10 a.m. followed by bluegrass from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Daily tickets are available.

Three-day tickets are $50 each in advance, $60 at the gate. They include camper parking and fresh water fill-up. Food and craft venders will be on site. For more call (518) 251-3141 or go to



INLET--Celebrate National Trails Day in Inlet this year. Mitch Lee will lead a hike to Lost Pond and Helldiver Pond within the Moose River Recreation Area. If for some reason the DEC has not opened the gate to the MRRA, then the hike will be to Bug Lake from the Eighth Lake Campground.

Meet Saturday, June 7, at 9 a.m. at Inlet Town Hall, 160 Rt. 28. For more call (315) 357-5501 or email to



BLUE MT. LAKE--"Forever Wild" at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here will be Friday, June 13, and Saturday, June 14, at 7 p.m. this year. Local actors come together to write, direct and perform their own skit show spoofing the Adirondacks. Don't miss this chance to see favorite locals and their Adirondack humor. Admission is $16 / $12 members and $6 under age 12. To contact the AC call (518) 352-7715 or visit the website at



SPECULATOR--An exhibition by artist Carole Granai Williams of Day is on display at Lake Pleasant Library through May.

Williams illustrated a recently published children's book, "Only Daddy's Dog," about a combat veteran and the dog trained to assist him in his recovery. Cynthia Crosson, who is involved in the Trauma Assistance Dog Program, wrote the book. Part of the profits from the sale of the book will benefit TAD.

Williams has been an illustrator for Norcross greeting cards and a technical illustrator for Airborne Instruments. She retired from IBM as an illustrator / designer.


UTICA--The Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art showcases the rich influence of Japanese art and culture on European and American decorative and fine arts with the exhibition Butterflies, Geishas, and Dragons: The Arts and Influence of Japan, on view through Sept. 28.

Japan had been closed to the West for approximately 300 years when, in 1853, its ports reopened for trade, which caused a fascination for Japanese culture in Europe and the United States. The craze inspired Gilbert and Sullivan to write "The Mikado" and had a profound influence on artists such as James Whistler and Claude Monet.

MWPAI is at 310 Genesee St. in Utica. Call (315) 797-0000 or go to


BLUE MT. LAKE--The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here will showcase the talent of its members through June 7. Come enjoy works in varied mediums. Gallery hours are Thursdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A reception will be held June 7 from 5:3-7 p.m.


NORTH CREEK--"A Retrospective, Jan Palmer," will be on exhibit in Widlund Gallery at Tannery Pond Community Center, 228 Main St. here, from May 24 to June 25. An Artists' Reception will be Saturday, June 14, from 5-7 p.m.

Palmer, of North River, will fill the gallery with some 50 years of paintings in watercolor and pastel.

Raggedy Ann and Andy illustrations, fairy tales and other stories represent the early years. Palmer has illustrated over 20 books for most of the major publishers and has won many awards from national shows.

Her love of portraiture shows in recent paintings of local children as well as portraits of her daughters. Details are available at Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, and most weekends from 12:30-3:30 p.m.


BLUE MT. LAKE--The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here has three gallery shows coming up. Each runs from June 12 to July 12. Gallery hours are Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A reception will be held July 12 from 5:30-7 p.m.

"In Search of Humanity: Deconstructing Mythology" is installations by Kristina Siegel. Her artwork is three dimensional textile objects, flattened and pressed textile objects encased in glass, drawings and paintings.

"Relics," paintings by Stephen Von Mason, are oils on canvas to create stylized intensely colored paintings. He provides a critical view of social and cultural dynamics.

Leila Namin's paintings will also be on exhibit. She tries to make mysterious narratives around her characters. Everything can be a metaphor for something else.

For more call (518) 352-7715 or go to



NEWCOMB--Adirondack Interpretive Center Artist-In-Residence Frances Gaffney will hold The Art of Expressive Drawing workshop Saturday, May 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center at 5922 State Route 28N here. Explore artists' processes, build professional drawing tools and techniques and explore new ways of seeing. Participants will draw both outdoors and in the studio. Call (518) 852-2000 or email to pre-register and for a list of suggested supplies.


BLUE MT. LAKE--The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts at 3446 Rt. 28 here will hold a Book Making Class June 21-22 from 12-5 p.m. Students will learn many different book-making techniques while creating their own unique books. Painting, printmaking, oil pastels and collage will be utilized as students create their own pages.

Taught by Elaine Katz, the fee is $25 members / $30 non-members. Sign up at (518) 352-7715 or

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