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Patrons check out the goods at last year's Heart of the Park Craft Fair in Long Lake. This year's summer craft fair will be Sunday, Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mt. Sabattis Pavilion. (Photo submitted)

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Coming Attractions -- 07/30/2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - Updated: 8:27 PM

BOATING

BOAT SAFETY DAY

INDIAN LAKE--The Indian Lake Community Farmers Market will feature New York State Boat Safety Saturday, Aug. 2, beginning at 10 a.m. In addition to having opportunities to expand their general knowledge about boat safety, visitors will also learn about the different types of life jackets and boat classifications.

John Rathbun, area boat safety expert, will also share information about new state regulations on certifications regarding personal watercraft and power boats, how to tie knots to secure boats and much more. Plan to arrive early and receive boat safety key chains and iron-ons for children's tee shirts. For further information contact Brenda Valentine at 648-5636.

BOOKS/WRITING

HUGE BOOK SALE

SPECULATOR--A huge book sale, presented by the Friends of the Lake Pleasant Library, will be held at the Lake Pleasant Library here Friday and Saturday, Aug. 15 and 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 17, from 12-3 p.m. The Friends has a large supply of books, DVDs and CDs and now is the time to stock up for fall reading. The books are "sold" by donation and the proceeds used for the library's children's programs, supplies and community events.

CHILDREN/TEENS

MAGIC SHOW IS FREE

INDIAN LAKE--The Indian Lake Library invites families to a free magic show Wednesday, July 30, at 7 p.m. at Byron Park Pavilion as part of the Summer Reading Program, Fizz!Boom!Read! The event is free and open to all. For more information contact the library at 648-5444

MUSICAL WORKSHOP

NORTH CREEK--Our Town Theatre Group is bringing its Children's Musical Workshop program back to Tannery Pond Community Center here this summer. Young, aspiring performers can participate in this week-long workshop and learn about acting, singing, dancing, creating costumes and working together, culminating in a free short performance for family and friends.

Last year's children's musical workshop of "Bugz" was a hit for students and parents alike. Shelly Oliver, mother of two children in "Bugz," said, "It was a wonderful experience for them. In one short week, they met new friends and had a great time singing and performing."

This year's workshop will be the week of Aug. 4 with a performance Saturday, Aug. 9. See www.ottg.org for registration information.

SOCCER CLINIC

PISECO--Adirondack Bible Chapel will sponsor a soccer clinic behind Piseco Elementary School from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, through Friday, Aug. 8. All boys and girls in grades 7 and up are welcome. For more information contact Heather Abbott at (518) 332-0978

KIDS' ART CLASSES

LONG LAKE--The Town of Long Lake is sponsoring Kids' Art Classes this summer. Children are invited to learn painting, drawing, and art skills using professional materials with instruction provided by Cindy Black. Classes will be offered Aug. 6 and 20 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Mt. Sabattis Pavilion. Cost is $5 per class. Sign up for one or more by calling (518) 624-3077. Pre-registration is required.

CRAFTS & FLEAS

A NEW CRAFT FAIR

NORTH CREEK--Gore Mountain introduces an all-new Craft Fair Aug. 2-3 with free admission, entertainment, and an array of Adirondack artists from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Browse the works of woodworkers, photographers, and jewelers while exploring fine foods, fabrics, and more.

Take a Northwoods Gondola Skyride, enjoy disc or mini golf, or have fun with base area attractions including hiking trails, a climbing wall, bounce inflatables, and bungee trampoline.

Race the Train will be Aug. 2, an 8.4-mile race from Riparius to North Creek where runners challenge the Saratoga-North Creek Railroad.

Wayne Stock VII will be at the North Creek Ski Bowl Aug. 2. A lineup of 10 bands kicks off at noon, with live entertainment scheduled through 11 p.m. Admission is free.

LL CRAFT FAIR

LONG LAKE--Long Lake's summer craft fair will be Sunday, Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mt. Sabattis Pavilion, 1130 Deerland Rd. Admission is only $1.

With nearly 50 vendors selling a wide variety of handcrafted goods and art, this event is always a hit. In addition to returning favorites, the 2014 Heart of the Park Craft Fair will also welcome a number of new vendors.

Penelope the Clown will entertain kids of all ages with balloons, music, and face-painting while the Lion's Club will serve a barbecue lunch.

There is parking at the pavilion and the lower lot near the tennis courts. There will be a shuttle bus for those who park in the lower lot. For more information call (518) 624-3077 or visit the www.mylonglake.com calendar page.

TWIGS CRAFT FAIR

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 more information call Barbara Oakes at (518) 548-5790.

ENTERTAINMENT

BRIDGE & GAME NIGHT

LAKE PLEASANT--Weekly bridge games are being held at North Country Bible Fellowship on Elm Lake Road here Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m., and this year board games have been added.

All adults are welcome to attend. Bridge players should bring cards and game players should bring board games. Call Mollie Tanner at 548-6201 with any questions.

EVENTS

CAR CRUISE MONDAYS

INDIAN LAKE--The town center here will be the scene of car cruises every Monday at 6:30 p.m. running through Sept. 1. For more information or to join call (518) 648-5306 or 648-5828.

SWIM RACES SLATED

LONG LAKE--Swimmers of all ages will compete for free tickets to Old Forge's Enchanted Forest Water Safari in Long Lake's annual Swim Races Wednesday, July 30, starting at 10 a.m. at the Town Beach. Many prizes will be awarded, with first place in each division winning a free ticket to Enchanted Forest Water Safari in Old Forge.

DURANT DAYS

RAQUETTE LAKE--Durant Days and Boat Parade Weekend approach with a variety of activities celebrating William West Durant, inventor of the Great Camp Style Architecture, from Aug. 1-3. Friday, guests aboard the W.W. Durant enjoy exclusive tours of great camps with stops along the way, including a visit to Camp Pine Knot. Paid tours of great camps and luncheon dining cruise, call (315) 354-5532.

Saturday, Wide Variety performs at the Raquette Lake School at 2 p.m. The day rounds out with the traditional Boat Parade at 7 p.m. with cash prizes of $75, $50, and $25; call 354-4070 to register a boat. Saturday night enjoy a breathtaking fireworks show at dusk.

Sunday, tour Great Camp Sagamore at 10 a.m. at half price. There will also be Vespers Service at St. Hubert's, with boat taxies available at the village dock. Call (518) 624-3077.

PENNY AUCTION SET

PISECO--The Piseco Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary's annual Penny Auction will be Saturday, Aug. 2, at Piseco Community Hall. The doors open at 6 p.m. and drawings start at 7:45 p.m. John Casey will be the emcee. Buy 100 raffle tickets for $1. This evening of family fun is a great way to entertain grandchildren. The proceeds benefit Piseco Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corps.

VESPERS SERVICE

RAQUETTE LAKE--The Church of the Good Shepard on St. Hubert's Isle will hold its annual vespers service Sunday, Aug. 3, at 3 p.m. as part of the 16th Annual Durant Days on Raquette Lake. An offering will be collected for building repairs.

William West Durant built this historic church in 1880. It is accessible only by boat. There will be free transportation from the village dock at 2 p.m., courtesy of Burke's Marina. Free refreshments, including hot dogs, will follow the service. All are welcome. (315) 354-4267 or info@sthubertsisle.com

RL BUSIEST DAY

RAQUETTE LAKE--Come to Raquette Lake Saturday, Aug. 9, for a fun and busy day. The craft fair starts at 10 a.m. at the Raquette Lake Union Free School, the Annual Book Sale at 10 a.m. at Raquette Lake Library and the annual fire department and ambulance squad auction at 6 p.m.

BARBECUE & RAFFLE

PISECO--Piseco Volunteer Fire Department will hold its 15th Annual Harley Raffle, Chicken & Pork Barbecue, and Clam Bake Saturday, Aug. 9, starting at noon at Oxbow Inn on Rt. 8 here. Harley tickets are $20 each, and only 2,000 will be sold.

First prize is a 2014 Harley-Davidson FXDF Dyna Fat Bob in Vivid Black valued at $15,699, or take $10,000 cash instead. Second prize is $1,000 cash and third prize is a Harley-Davidson jacket. The drawing will be at 6 p.m. For more information call (518) 548-6400.

ALCA BENEFIT SET

BLUE MT. LAKE--The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts annual Great Arts Benefit will be Saturday, Aug. 9, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Adirondack Museum. Admission is $50 / $40 members, $85 Patrons and $100 Benefactors. Call (518) 352-7715 or visit adirondackarts.org for more information.

Enjoy the Marion River Carry Pavilion. Come for the Great Arts Benefit classics including a silent auction, cocktails and company, but stay for the private tours of two new exhibitions. The benefit supports the arts center's year-round programming.

RUNNING AT OAK

SPECULATOR--Oak Mt. Ski Center's Second Annual Trail Run will be Sunday, Aug. 31, starting at 9 a.m. The Oak Runner is 10K and there will be a one-mile fun run for children. Prizes, food, beer Pre-register at www.active.com; click on 'Running,' slide down to '10K' and do a search for 'Speculator.'

CANOE CLASSIC COMING

OLD FORGE--The Adirondack Canoe Classic will be Friday through Sunday, Sept. 5-7 this year. The 90-mile route runs from Old Forge, through Long Lake and on to Saranac Lake.

This flatwater race follows the original highways of the Adirondacks from Old Forge to Saranac Lake. The course offers a mix of lake and river flat water paddling with several carries. Participants receive a tee-shirt, mileage pins, awards, camping, snacks, boat shuttles and a post-race meal. The 90-Miler is limited to 275 boats. Entry deadline is July 20. The entry fee is $160 per paddler ($140 AWA members).

LONG BOAT REGATTA

LONG LAKE--The annual Long Boat Regatta here will begin at 11 a.m. at the Long Lake Town Beach Sept. 20. This is a competitive event featuring the North American War Canoe Championships, a 15-mile race on Long Lake. Other events include the 10-mile Adirondack Kayak Championships; New York State Collegiate C4 Championship; and 10-mile canoe, guideboat and "anything goes" races for youth and adults.

All races begin and end at the beach across from Adirondack Hotel. The entry fee is $25 each / $20 Adirondack Watershed Alliance members. Registration the day of the race is from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on the porch of Adirondack Hotel.

FILMS/MOVIES/TV

SEE 'TOM SAWYER'

WELLS--"Tom Sawyer" will be shown at Wells Wesleyan Church on Rt. 30 here Sunday, Aug. 10, beginning at 6 p.m. Free food and enjoyment. Tom Sawyer and his pal Huckleberry Finn have great adventures on the Mississippi River, pretending to be pirates, attending their own funeral, and witnessing a murder.

FOOD

CHICKEN BARBECUE SET

LAKE PLEASANT--The Lake Pleasant United Methodist Church Annual Chicken Barbecue will be Saturday, Aug. 2, starting at 5 p.m. Come and have some barbecued chicken, homemade coleslaw, baked beans, baked potatoes and applesauce and of course dessert. This is a donation only meal; all donations are used for local needs.

CHICKEN AND BISCUITS

WELLS--Wells United Methodist Church will hold a Chicken and Biscuit Dinner Wednesday, Aug. 20, 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.

The cost is $8.50 per adult, $4 ages 6-12 and free if under age 6. Take-outs and gluten-free options are available. The church is near the center of Wells on Route 30.

GARAGE/YARD SALES

TWIGS TREASURES

LAKE PLEASANT--Twigs Treasures House is open for the season with 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 call Letty Rudes at 548-7077 Lore Frisk at 548-4668 or Susan Thielking at 548-6318.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays through August and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday and Monday of Labor Day Weekend, Fridays and Saturdays from Sept. 5 through Oct. 11, and Sunday and Monday of Columbus Day Weekend.

GOLF

GARY O'ROURKE TOURNEY

LAKE PLEASANT--The annual Gary O'Rourke Memorial Golf Tournament will be Friday, Aug. 22, starting at noon at Lake Pleasant Golf Course. The event supports local youth programs and the Oak Mountain Ski Patrol. Register at friendsofoakmountain.weebly.com/ and click on 'Events.'

HISTORY

LAKE PLEASANT MUSEUM

SPECULATOR--The Lake Pleasant Museum on Rt. 8 here is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through September. New displays this year include Hunting Camps, A Woman's Work is Never Done, Rhinelander's, School Days and the Wall of Veterans.

For more information call the museum at 548-4478 or Aaron Weaver at 548-8351.

INLET HISTORICAL SOCIETY

INLET--The Inlet Historical Society building on Main Street is open Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until Aug. 30.

WELLS MUSEUM OPEN

WELLS--The Wells Museum on Main St. here is open Fridays and Saturdays during July and August from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For additional information call Wells Historical Society's Kathy Olsen at 924-7922.

ADIRONDACK WILDLIFE

SPECULATOR--The Historical Society of Lake Pleasant & Speculator is supporting a new event. Friday, Aug. 8, at 2 p.m. Donald Leadley will present "The Adirondacks & Its Wildlife" at Lake Pleasant Central School on Elm Lake Road here. Spread the word; it's free.

WAR ENCAMPMENT

SPECULATOR--This year's Civil War Encampment will be Aug. 9-10 at the Speculator Ball Field on Rt. 30. It opens at 10 a.m. Aug. 9 with a Surgeon Presentation by Paul Supley at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The battle demonstration starts at noon. The day ends with cannon fire at the village beach at 8 p.m.

Aug. 10 starts with a period church service at 9 a.m. Another battle demonstration starts at noon. The encampment closes at 1 p.m. The Historical Society of Lake Pleasant & Speculator sponsors the event.

ALL ABOUT THE CCC

INDIAN LAKE--Author Marty Podskoch will give a free presentation on the Civilian Conservation Corps Wednesday, Aug. 13, starting at 7:30 p.m. at Indian Lake Theater on West Main Street here, to celebrate the 81st anniversary of its founding.

He will also sign his latest book, "Adirondack Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: Its History, Memories and Legacy." The 352-page book contains over 500 pictures and illustrations, 185 interviews, 26 maps, and 25 charts.

The CCC began in 1933 to relieve the poverty and unemployment of the Great Depression. Camps were set up around the country, and the young men enrolled in them did many public works.

Anyone with information or pictures of men who worked at one of the CCC camps is encouraged to come to the presentation. For more information contact Linda Hutchins at (518) 618-5950.

TOUR TO SANTANONI

NEWCOMB--Join Adirondack Architectural Heritage Saturday, Aug. 16, for a tour of Great Camp Santanoni here. Santanoni was built for Robert and Anna Pruyn of Albany beginning in 1892. The estate eventually included 12,900 acres and nearly four-dozen buildings.

The day will include the Gate Lodge, the 200-acre farm and the Main Camp on Newcomb Lake to see ongoing restoration. The Santanoni Preserve is a National Historic Landmark.

The round-trip walk is 9.8 miles on a gently sloping carriage road. The tour begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $20. A limited number of seats are available on a horse-drawn wagon for a $25 fee. If handicapped say so when registering so the proper wagon can be readied. (518) 834-9328

GREAT CAMP SANTANONI

NEWCOMB--Join Adirondack Architectural Heritage Saturday, Sept. 5, for a tour of Great Camp Santanoni here. Santanoni was built for Robert and Anna Pruyn of Albany beginning in 1892. The estate eventually included 12,900 acres and nearly four-dozen buildings.

The day will include the Gate Lodge, the 200-acre farm and the Main Camp on Newcomb Lake to see ongoing restoration. The Santanoni Preserve is a National Historic Landmark.

The round-trip walk is 9.8 miles on a gently sloping carriage road. The tour begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $20. A limited number of seats are available on a horse-drawn wagon for a $25 fee. If handicapped say so when registering so the proper wagon can be readied. (518) 834-9328

HUNTING/FISHING

LL BASS TOURNAMENT

LONG LAKE--The Long Lake Fish & Game Club will hold its 6th Annual Long Lake Bass Tournament Saturday, Aug. 9. This event is amateurs only and no live bait is permitted. Public weigh-in begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Shamrock Motel's beach. Prizes will be based on the total weight of five legal black bass. $110 per boat / two-person limit. Pre-registration is required. Email to ll.fish.game.club@gmail.com.

BASS FOR CASH

PISECO--The Speculator, Lake Pleasant & Piseco Fish and Game Club will sponsor its annual Bass for Cash partners bass fishing tournament Saturday, Aug. 9 on Oxbow Lake from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Launched from Oxbow Motel, State Rt. 8, Piseco, registration is $50 per boat and can be done in advance by calling Tom Preston at (518) 548-7327 or prior to the start of the tournament. Registration forms are also available at the Oxbow Inn or Oxbow Motel.

The event is limited to 50 boats._Based on a full field, a total of $2,150 in cash prizes will be awarded, with $750 for first place, $550 for second, $350 for third and $150 for fourth. Prizes will also be awarded for the best weight of pickerel and sunfish, lunker bass and tagged bass.

LECTURES/TALKS

ON ADIRONDACK ART

BLUE MT. LAKE--The Aug. 4 Monday Evening Lecture at the Adirondack Museum here will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Admission is $5 / free for museum members, students, and children. The museum will be open until 8 p.m., so bring a picnic to enjoy on the grounds or get dinner from the museum's food service and attending the lecture. (518) 352-7311

Museum Director Emerita Caroline Welsh will present "The Rich Rewards of Wilderness: 20th-Century Adirondack Art." See how artists in the last century perceived, valued, and pictured Adirondack wilderness.

IT STARTED HERE

BLUE MT. LAKE--The Aug. 11 Monday Evening Lecture at the Adirondack Museum here will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Admission is $5 / free for museum members, students, and children. The museum will be open until 8 p.m., so bring a picnic to enjoy on the grounds or get dinner from the museum's food service and attending the lecture.

Philip Terrie will present "A Shared History: The Adirondacks and the National Wilderness Act of 1964." Discover the Adirondack origins of the American fascination with wilderness and the direct influence the Adirondack Park had on the creation of the country's wilderness system.

LOST AND FOUND

BLUE MT. LAKE--The Aug. 18 Monday Evening Lecture at the Adirondack Museum here will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Admission is $5 / free for museum members, students, and children. The museum will be open until 8 p.m., so bring a picnic to enjoy on the grounds or get dinner from the museum's food service and attending the lecture.

John Morton will present "Looking Inside the Sonic Hotel: Lost and Found Sounds of the Adirondacks Exhibition with the Artist." Find out how the composer and sound artist discovered historic Adirondack recordings, gathered new local sounds, and combined them into an audio portrait of the region.

THROUGH HOMER'S EYES

BLUE MT. LAKE--The Aug. 25 Monday Evening Lecture at the Adirondack Museum here will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Admission is $5 / free for museum members, students, and children. The museum will be open until 8 p.m., so bring a picnic to enjoy on the grounds or get dinner from the museum's food service and attending the lecture.

David Tatham will present "Winslow Homer in the Adirondacks, 1870-1910: What an Artist Tells Us of an Ever-Changing Wilderness." Explore the idea of wilderness through Winslow Homer's eyes with one of the world's foremost authorities on the artist.

MUSIC

'I AM THE ADIRONDACKS'

PISECO--The Friends of Piseco Library will present the Jamcrackers and Carl Heilman for an evening of Adirondack music and photography in a program called "I Am the Adirondacks" Thursday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m.

The very popular trio of Peggy Lynn, Dan Berggren, and Dan Duggan with their spirited traditional and original Adirondack music will be combined with Heilman's spectacular slide show portraying the legendary beauty and mystique of surrounding areas will surely captivate all who attend.

The program will be held at Piseco Elementary School on Rt. 8. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under age 12.

FLAME IS STILL BURNING

LONG LAKE--Flame: the Band will perform Friday, Aug. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at Long Lake Town Hall, sponsored by the CVW Long Lake Public Library.

Flame, a group of talented musicians from upstate New York who happen to have disabilities, is capturing the world's attention. In 2003 the band from Lexington - Fulton County Chapter, NYSARC Inc. started changing the world through music.

Since then, requests to hire Flame have poured in from all over the world. Flame averages 70 paid performances a year, including concerts in 16 different states and Europe.

Flame's song list contains over 100 classic hits from the past five decades. The band has released five CDs; the newest, "Still Burning," celebrates its 10th anniversary.

Recent events have catapulted Flame into the national spotlight, including a segment on ABC TV's "Good Morning America."

COME AND JAM

LONG LAKE--A traditional music jam session featuring a variety of acoustic folk instruments will be held Saturday, Aug. 9, from 2-4 p.m. at The Knoshery, a short-order snack stop with tables under a shelter near the town beach here. Musicians of all levels are encouraged to come and join in, and everyone is encouraged to come to listen, sing and dance. Some of the instruments typically used at these sessions are guitar, fiddle, dulcimer, mandolin, accordion, concertina, banjo, and bass. Music featured will be old time, Celtic, folk, bluegrass... anything anyone wants to play or sing. For more information call (518) 624-3879.

ALEX SMITH WILL PLAY

INDIAN LAKE--Alex Smith will bring music from his newest album, "Hamilton County," to Indian Lake Theater on West Main Street here for a concert Saturday, Aug. 9, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 each.

Drawing praise from local musicians such as Dan Berggren and Chris Shaw, who say he "personifies the next generation of Adirondack singer-songwriters," Smith's music has been played on stages from Vermont to Colorado this summer.

His previous albums include "North Country Sessions" and "Live with Dylan Rice."

Alex grew up in Long Lake. He began writing songs at age 12, finding material in familial and local traditions.

He began touring while attending St. Lawrence University and was then signed to Wetpecket Island Records, which produced his latest release.

HYMN SING COMING

LONG LAKE--Calvary United Methodist Church here will sponsor a hymn sing at the Mt. Sabattis Pavilion during the regular worship hour of 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 10. Judy Garrison will be the organist, playing a portable keyboard. Everyone is welcome, and invited to bring hymn suggestions. The service will be followed by a potluck picnic. Everyone is invited to bring a dish to pass. Sandwich fixings and beverages will be provided. For more information call 624-2056.

DABROSKI WILL PLAY

BLUE MT. LAKE--The Tom Fagan Fund will bring violinist Michael Dabroski to the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here Monday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. Admission is $20 / $12 members / $6 under age 12. Call (518) 352-7715.

Often praised for his "sensitive, charming, beautifully nuanced, and cleanly articulated" playing, Dabroski personifies the bold 21st century classical musician. He later collaborated with Harry Connick Jr. to found Adirondack Music Camp (1998-2001) to provide full scholarships to young Adirondack resident musicians to attend, at no cost.

BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL

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 www.upperhudsonbluegrassfestival.com.

BLUEGRASS & ARTS

SPECULATOR--Oak Mt. Ski Center's Bluegrass & Arts Festival will be Saturday, Aug. 16, this year, from 12:30-11 p.m. Celebrate music and arts in the Adirondack Mountains in Oak's natural amphitheater. The gates open at 11:30 a.m. and the music starts at 12:30 p.m. Lift rides to the top of the mountain will be available.

Hear Swampcandy, Remsen Social Club, The Old Main, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys and Nick, Nigel and Braids from Floodwood.

Admission is $15 ($20 with camping). Tickets may be purchased online. To be a vendor email crystal@oakmountainski.com.

STRIKE UP THE BAND*

RAQUETTE LAKE--The Excelsior Cornet Band, which plays authentic Civil War music, will join the Thursday Evening on the Lake series at St. William's on Long Point here Sunday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m. For this program only there is an admission of $10 as it is a fund-raiser for an access ramp at the church.

Tickets are available now. Tickets are available to those needing boat transportation, as well as those coming in their own boats. For more information call (315) 354-4265.

NEEDLEWORK

QUILTS AND FIBERS

LONG LAKE--The Long Lake Quilt and Fiber Showcase will be Aug. 1-3 at the Long Lake Town Hall. This is the biennial quilt and fiber arts show presented by the Northern Needles group of Long Lake.

The hours are Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12-4 p.m. Admission is free, although donations will be accepted for the Long Lake Food Pantry. Some of the items will be for sale.

PERFORMING ARTS

'AS YOU LIKE IT'

BLUE MT. LAKE -- The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts will bring back Shakespeare in the Park with "As You Like It" this summer. Encounter colorful, backwoods characters in a tale of romance... or something like it... at the following venues in and around Hamilton County.

Wednesday, July 30: Raquette Lake, 2 p.m.; View in Old Forge, 7 p.m.

Thursday, July 31: Byron Park, Indian Lake, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 2: Newcomb Beach, 2 p.m. (rain site pavilion).

Saturday, Aug. 2: Flanders Park, Tupper Lake, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 3: Prospect Point, Blue Mt. Lake, 2 p.m. (rain site ALCA).

Sunday, Aug. 3: Speculator Park, 7 p.m. (rain site pavilion).

Call (518) 352-7715 or visit adirondackarts.org for more.

'THE PENGUIN TANGO'

BLUE MT. LAKE--The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here will present "The Penguin Tango," an original comedy by Stephen Svoboda, Thursday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. It will also be performed Aug. 15 at The Wild Center and Aug. 16 at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, both at 7 p.m. Admission is $25 / $15 members. Call (518) 352-7715.

In this sidesplitting, screwball comedy, inspired by actual events at the Bremerhaven, Brooklyn, and Central Park zoos, a community of penguins is hilariously turned upside down by sex, stereotypes, and soggy sardines. Broadway World called The Penguin Tango "... sweet, charming, winsome and utterly enjoyable."

'33' IS COMING

BLUE MT. LAKE--The Wardrobe Ensemble, an emerging theatre company based in Bristol and London, presents '33' at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here Saturday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. The play was devised by the company and developed at the National Theatre Studio, the Berkshire Fringe Festival, and Bristol Old Vic.

'33' tells the tale of the 33 men stuck half a mile under the ground, the journalists in the desert above them, and the world that watched from afar for an outlandish, touching and funny modern legend of men on the brink of death, fame and madness. Admission is $20 / $12 members. Call (315) 352-7715 or go to adirondackarts.org.

PHOTOGRAPHY

SEE THE PHOTOS

BLUE MT. LAKE--The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here will hold its annual Diversity Juried Photography Show Aug. 21 through Sept. 27. Gallery hours are Mondays through Saturdays through August and Thursdays through Saturdays through September, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

See a fantastic array of photographs from around the nation. A gallery reception will be held Sept. 27 from 5:30-7 p.m. Call (518) 352-7715 or go to www.adirondackarts.org.

VISUAL ARTS

THREE NEW SHOWS

BLUE MT. LAKE--The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts here has three gallery shows running through Aug. 16. Hours are Thursdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A reception will be held Aug. 16 from 5:30-7 p.m.

"On Being," multi-media by Leonard Thomas-Vickory, is based trips to Japan, particularly zen philosophy and stone gardens. The works center on traditional Japanese banners called nobori. The notion is to bring solace.

"After," paintings by Laara Cassells, form part of a new series where contemporary figures are hooked into modern technology to extend discussions of art and celebrity status backwards and forwards in time.

"Untitled" abstract figurative oil paintings by Jenny Hutchinson are portrait-like and represent a combination of the model, the medium, and the artist.

Call (518) 352-7715 or go to www.adirondackarts.org.

* This event is possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts' Decentralization Regrant Program, administered in Hamilton County by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake.

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