Sunday, July 5, 2015

Adirondack Events: July 6-12, 2015

By Diane Chase, Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series: Adirondack Family Time


The Adirondack Weekend Highlights for July 6-12, 2015.  Highlights: Enjoy!  
Tupper Lake's Woodsman's Days, 

July 1-5, 2015 events

Have a great weekend from the Adirondack Park! There are a variety of activities and events happening around the Adirondack region this weekend that are great family fun!  

Calendar of Events July 6-12, 2015
Adirondack High Peaks/Lake Placid/Saranac Lake Events What to do in Tupper Lake, Lake Placid, Malone, Paul Smiths, Bloomingdale, Gabriels, Wilmington, Jay, Upper Jay, Keene, Keene Valley New York (NY)

Old Forge/Inlet/Long Lake (Central Adirondack Events)– including What to do with kids, family in Cranberry Lake, Newcomb, Thendara , Raquette Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Long Lake, Old Forge, Northville, Caroga Lake, Star Lake, Croghan, Indian Lake and Inlet New York (NY)

Lake George/ Southern Adirondack Events – What to do in Schroon Lake, North Creek, Indian Lake, Whitehall and Lake George, Caroga Lake, Mayfield, Lake Luzerne, Bolton Landing, Gloversville, Thurman, Warrensburg, Hague New York (NY)

Champlain Valley, Adirondack Events – What to do in Ausable Forks, Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Westport, Port Henry, Elizabethtown and Keeseville, Wadams, Essex and Plattsburgh New York (NY)

Friday, July 3, 2015

REVIEW: PENDRAGON’S TINTYPES IS FLAWLESS

Tintypes at Pendragon highlights snapshots of
history through song and dance. 
What: The Tony nominated play, Tintypes, a musical conceived by Mary Kyte with Mel Marvin and Gary Pearl, is a turn-of-the-century musical revue that provides a series of vignettes into America’s immigrant experience at the onset of World War I. The cast of five actors documents the end of an era through a series of songs and a poignant understory.
Where: Pendragon Theatre, 15 Brandy Brook Ave, Saranac Lake, 518-891-1854, www.pendragontheatre.org
Advanced tickets price: $30/adult, $25/senior, $15/student with ID, $20/matinee
At Door ticket price: $35/adult/senior, $25/student, $20/matinee
When: Saranac Lake: July 2, 3,7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17 at 8 pm with matinees at 2 pm on July 4,11,18. VIEW in Old Forge: July 6 at 8 pm.
Tintypes: A fun play for all ages. 

By, Diane Chase, AdirondackFamilyTime.com
(Saranac Lake) Tintypes, now playing at Pendragon Theatre until July 18, is a fast-paced musical that hits all the high notes with over 40 songs from the turn of the century. 

I sit amongst an audience that ranges in age from a three-year-old to the senior set for this family-friendly show. This musical has enough depth and history to allow an older audience to peel back the layers from its glossy surface and see the pain and suffering underneath while the younger set will gladly sit back and listen to pitch-perfect songs, vignettes and dance routines. 

This musical is more a series of skits woven together through song with this ensemble evoking just the right touch of emotion to bring the audience to its feet. The quest for the American Dream is questioned through social class represented through the eyes of an immigrant, a person of race, a social elite, a celebrity and a human rights advocate. Like the diverse characters, the sketches are a melding of period appropriate events, politics and inventions. With very little dialog the understory is given a high coat of shine through its charming, upbeat score and pantomimes, pulling us back to an era of optimism and “can do attitude.”  
  
Tyler Nye as Teddy Roosevelt and Sam Balzac as a reporter.
I recognize right away the set design from Tijana Bjelajac. I am a huge fan of Bjelajac’s theatre work. She has previously designed sets for Pendragon’s productions of Red and Man of La Mancha. Bjelajac transforms the stage to late 1800s New York City with minimal elements and props. The brick wall backdrop allows the audience to imagine the action from city streets to a factory or the vaudeville stage while also serving as a flickering silent movie screen. A lone piano in the corner has accompanist Kim Weems providing the diverse and complicated score. Bonnie B. Brewer washes the stage in a light that conjures up images of sepia tone prints and innocent times. 

Director Karen Lordi-Kirkham, also Pendragon’s Executive/Artistic Director, coaxes a perfect performance from this standout ensemble cast. Not a pause is missed or a cue forgotten. With 43 songs in two acts, these song and dance troopers don’t miss a beat or look out of breath. They may have sung for their supper, but it’s the audience that walks away full.  Working with an ensemble is a delicate balance that can sometimes highlight a weak link rather than showcase the collaborative effort. Lordi-Kirkman chooses the best for this ensemble of five, as they transition from solo to harmony with ease. 

Adirondack Fireworks and Special Independence Day Events 2015

Independence Day (The Fourth of July) in the United States may be ripe with the smell of barbecues as families gather to celebrate the declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776.  

The festive day can also be gestured in with the sound of a baseball game or the  ring of horseshoes or corn hole as well as parades, games and way too much food. 

 The Adirondacks is no different than all the other parts of the country. There is certainly a lot to do in the Adirondacks around Independence Day and a lot of choices to make on how you will spend your time. One activity that is a constant when celebrating July 4th is the evening fireworks display.
Many towns around the Adirondacks have full day celebrations with face painting, live music and even barbeques. Some towns have live music preceding the firework display while others have parades to show their pride in the ol' "red, white, and blue."

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Easy Adirondack Hikes: One of 33 Easy Hikes: Lake Placid's Cobble Hill

Summit of Cobble Hill 
By Diane Chase


When I first moved to the area and didn’t have the time or inclination to just climb the 46 High Peaks, I decided to take a different route. That route has led me to explore beautiful trails, walks and swimming holes around the whole Adirondack Park. There are some places that have been worth a repeat visit and other places that were just okay. 

My two-year-old hiked in Crocs
while carrying "her" purse
My route has lead me over hills and through fields exploring all the fun activities that take place in this Tri-Lakes and High Peaks region and beyond.

One favorite hike is so conveniently located in the center of Lake Placid that I always suggest it to people of all ages and hiking abilities. Cobble Hill has an elevation of 2,345’ and a vertical ascent of only 462’. I can easily finish it within an hour or I can take longer and explore the local flora and fauna. There are a few trail entrances, but an easy option is to start from the Northwood trailhead (Whitney Rd) located off of Mirror Lake Drive.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Adirondack Events Calendar July 1-5, 2015

By Diane Chase, Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series: Adirondack Family Time


The Adirondack Weekend Highlights for July 1-5, 2015.  Highlights: Fireworks and Festivals around the Adirondacks!  July 2 brings a Full Moon! Enjoy!  


Have a great weekend from the Adirondack Park! There are a variety of activities and events happening around the Adirondack region this weekend that are great family fun!  


Calendar of Events July 1-5, 2015
This guide has over 330 activities:
 33 easy hikes,
19 swimming holes, maps, trivia and
four-season of fun for Lake Placid,
Saranac Lake and the High Peaks. 
Adirondack High Peaks/Lake Placid/Saranac Lake Events What to do in Tupper Lake, Lake Placid, Malone, Paul Smiths, Bloomingdale, Gabriels, Wilmington, Jay, Upper Jay, Keene, Keene Valley New York (NY)

Old Forge/Inlet/Long Lake (Central Adirondack Events)– including What to do with kids, family in Cranberry Lake, Newcomb, Thendara , Raquette Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Long Lake, Old Forge, Northville, Caroga Lake, Star Lake, Croghan, Indian Lake and Inlet New York (NY)

Lake George/ Southern Adirondack Events – What to do in Schroon Lake, North Creek, Indian Lake, Whitehall and Lake George, Caroga Lake, Mayfield, Lake Luzerne, Bolton Landing, Gloversville, Thurman, Warrensburg, Hague New York (NY)

Champlain Valley, Adirondack Events – What to do in Ausable Forks, Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Westport, Port Henry, Elizabethtown and Keeseville, Wadams, Essex and Plattsburgh New York (NY)