Friday, February 5, 2016

36th New York Empire State Games (February 5-7) Offers Spectators FREE Fun Sports Action


Here is the Spectator Schedule for the New York State Empire Games taking place at various locations are the Adirondack and beyond. With events happening in Malone, Wilmington, Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake, Paul Smiths and Lake Placid athletes will be competing in 23 winter sports such as Adaptive Alpine, Figure Skating, Biathlon, Cross-Country and Snow Bike Cross.

Empire State Games Schedule February 5-6, 2016

Each event is tailored to the activity and the venue. The Olympic areas do charge a venue fee*, but otherwise going to watch is free! 

Check out these venues for all the Empire Game excitement:
Mount Pisgah
92 Mt. Pisgah Ln. Saranac Lake 
Olympic Center, 2634 Main St., Lake Placid
Olympic Jumping Complex, 5486 Cascade Rd. Lake Placid
Paul Smith’s VIC, 8023 NY-30, Paul Smiths, 
Saranac Lake Civic Center, 225 Ampersand Ave. Saranac Lake,
Titus Mountain215 Johnson Rd. Malone, NY 12953
Empire State Games Map and Venues
Tupper Lake Civic Center, Santa Clara Ave. Tupper Lake, 
Whiteface Mountain, 5021 Rte 86 Wilmington, 

*To save a bit of money on seeing any of the activities at the Olympic venues, the $35 Olympic Sites Passport includes admittance to the Whiteface gondola (foot passenger only this is not a lift ticket), Olympic Jumping Complex ski jumps (and elevator), a discounted bobsled ticket, pin, the Olympic Winter Museum and more. Don't worry if you don't use all the activities for the passport. It is good through April 30, 2016. 

Empire State Games Schedule of Events February 6-7, 2016

© Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Time™ guidebook series. Adirondack Family Time™guidebooks have easy, short Adirondack family hikes for ADK kids, parents, retired, seniors, dog-owners, Adirondack swimming holes, Lake Placid Olympic activities, Adirondack trivia, Adirondack horseback rides, Adirondack snowshoe family trails and more. Look for the Adirondack family guidebooks online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the next Adirondack Family Activities™ guide.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival February 5-14, 2016 (Superheros and Villains)

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival –Ten Days of Winter Fun 

This winter has been a challenge for all winter sports lovers. Temperatures have fluctuated making anyone wanting to play in the snow have to look for new and creative ways to enjoy the chilly temps while exploring the Adirondacks.

The Saranac Lake’s Winter Carnival organizers know that Winter Carnival may take place in winter, but this  “must visit” event for Adirondack residents and visitors alike has always been at the beck and call of O'Man Winter. First started in 1897, the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival history is as vast and varied as the community that has shaped it. 

Here is the ice palace as of February 5, 2016!
According to Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee Public Relations Chair Colleen O’Neill the event is a special time for everyone. It is not just another event to help push people over the winter hump, but provides unique Flowerball to Arctic Golf, the Winter Carnival has so many offerings that people have to pick and choose between their favorite activities.      
ways to engage people and produces fun events that aren’t normally offered in the winter resort area. From
Saranac Lake Winter Carnival
Schedule of Events Feb 5-7, 2016

“We try to introduce new events every year and keep the most popular,” says O’Neill. “This year we are offering a new twist on an old favorite. On Saturday, February 6, we are hosting the ‘Little Ladies Frying Pan Toss.’ The Ladies Frying Pan Toss has been a carnival favorite and now we will host the event for girls. We have two age groups: 8-12 year olds and 13-17 year olds. Most of the time people just show up to watch someone try to sling a frying pan. We want people to have more choices so ”

With over a century of experience to draw from, the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is a ten-day festival of sports, races, parades, live performances and fireworks. Highlights include tubing races, Ultimate Frisbee, scavenger hunt, snowshoe races, curling and woodsmen exhibitions. The town also features an ice palace depicting each year’s annual motif. This year people can choose to show their Superhero or Villain side with their choice of button, the dance party or annual parade.

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival
Schedule of Events for
February 8-14, 2016
“If the weather isn’t cooperating it is always our mission is to find another way and make things work,” say O’Neill. “There have been years with major weather impact, but the tradition is to pull together and make things fun. Snow or ice, the events can be altered or changed. We have made things fluid for that reason.”

O’Neill realizes that the Adirondacks is always at the whim of Mother Nature so she encourages people to keep up to date with the latest schedule via the Winter Carnival website or Facebook page.  

“I think Winter Carnival is important because it brings people that may not be sports-oriented outside to celebrate winter. It challenges them to do something they may not normally do. People tend to hibernate in the winter and this is an opportunity to try new things, see old friends and meet new people.”

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival starts Friday, February 5 and ends Sunday, February 14. Enjoy!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Plattsburgh Cumberland 12 Movie Discounts

Every Wednesday at 10 am  Cumberland 12 in Plattsburgh offers a $5 movie deal Any 2D movies are available for this special. 

Another option to save some $$ is the "Dinner and a Movie" option between Cumberland 12 and Ground Round. For $50 people receive a $40 gift card to Ground Round, a Buy One, Get One appetizer coupon  as well as two Admit One* passes for any film. 

*Admit One passes can not be used during the weekend of an opening film, Thursday - Sunday.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Strangers On A Bridge – Cold War Attorney James Donovan’s Granddaughter Reflects on His Legacy

Strangers on A Bridge by James B. Donovan
“I decided to keep a diary on the case…on what would appear to be my most challenging assignment of law since the Nuremberg Trials.” 
~ James B. Donovan, Strangers on a Bridge: The Case of Colonel Abel 

Nowadays one would be hard pressed to find someone who has not heard of the historic role of Cold War attorney James Donovan, the subject of the Steven Spielberg’s six-time Oscar nominated film, Bridge of Spies. One Google search, a subscription to Time, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times or any other newsfeed provides enough information to fill a term paper or at the very least a few paragraphs of this post. 

Donovan’s granddaughter Beth Amorosi recalls when that wasn’t always the situation.  An untimely death in 1970 of a heart attack at the age of 53 pushed her grandfather’s legacy to the bottom of the history pages, into the footnotes. 

“Over the years my family was somewhat actively trying to revitalize interest in my grandfather’s story. It just happened independently of our efforts. A screenwriter [Matt Charman] expressed interest in my grandfather after he noticed his name as a footnote in a book about the Kennedys*,” says Amorosi. “He noticed another footnote in a different book, this time about the Abel case. In the Abel case he was much more than a footnote; he was central to that story.” 

James Donovan's granddaughter Beth Amorosi
with Bridge of Spies Director Steven Spielberg
It wasn’t the first time that Donovan or his book, Strangers on a Bridge had been the subject for a screenplay. In the 60s, MGM bought the film rights and Gregory Peck had been slotted to play the Cold War lawyer. 

“I’d met Gregory Peck’s daughter and her husband, who is a screenwriter,” says Amorosi. “He had informally talked about the script process and how a character has to catch the interest of the writer.”

According to Amorosi that is exactly what happened when playwright and screenwriter Matt Charman zeroed in on her grandfather’s story. It sparked his interest on how this person was obviously much more than a footnote in history. Charman shopped the story around where it landed in the hands of people at Dreamworks and ultimately in the lap of Steven Spielberg. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

DEC and Long Lake Move Snowmobilers From Canoe Carry to New Route Between Raquette Lake and Forked Lake

A new route outlines snowmobile travel
between Outlet Bay and North Pt Rd between
Maquette Lake and Forked Lake 
The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that snowmobiles can no longer travel on the Raquette Lake Canoe Carry trail between Outlet Bay of Raquette Lake and North Point Road, which is on a private driveway and private road. The DEC only has a deeded right away for non-motorized public use. 

Any snowmobilers traveling between Raquette Lake and Forked Lake in the Sargent Ponds Wild Forest must use the new designated snowmobile trail  (see map) between Outlet Bay and the North Point Road located 1.2 miles west of the Raquette Lake Canoe Carry and 1.6 miles of North Point Road between the designated snowmobile trail and the Forked Lake Canoe Carry Road. The new trail is marked with red markers and directional signs. 

The Forked Lake Canoe Carry Road between North Point Road and Forked Lake remains open to snowmobiles.