Wednesday, November 26, 2014

26 Adirondack (and Beyond) Turkey Trot 5K and Jingle Bell Runs

Getting out of bed and running a 5K (or more) may not be everyone’s idea of a Thanksgiving celebration, but Turkey Trots, Reindeer or Jingle Bell road races are a popular, fun way to spend time with family.

round the Adirondacks and beyond there are many various road races and raising funds and awareness for wonderful causes. Even if you don’t want to get up on Thanksgiving Day and run 3.1 miles, you can still donate, dress-up in some crazy holiday garb to cheer and support other participants.

Some of these events also are used to raise awareness for healthy living as well much needed funds for specific charities! 

November 27
Lake Placid Turkey Trot, Olympic Oval, Lake Placid
Start: 8:30 am
Cost: $30/day of event, Free/12 and under
Check-in: Nov 26 from 4-6 pm or Nov 27 (race day) 6:30 – 8 am
 Discounts: Bring 3 nonperishable food items on race day and receive a $5 discount
Prizes: First, Second, Third overall male and female finishers. Fun prize for anyone finishing ahead of the mystery turkey runner (outfitted in feathers)

Adirondack Family Time guidebook for
Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake
and the High Peaks: over 33 easy hikes,
snowshoe/ski trails, four-season activities
for everyone in the family. 
Tupper Lake Erin Dewyea Turkey Trot, Tupper Lake Train Station, Tupper Lake
Start: 9 am 
Cost $30/day of event, Free/
Check-in: Nov 26, 6-8 pm, Nov 27 8-9 am
Benefits:  Funds for the Erin Dewyea Memorial Scholarship 

Saranac Lake Turkey Trot
Start: 9 am at The Community Store 
Cost: FREE 
Discounts: none
Check-in: Just show up to run before the start
Benefits: a healthy lifestyle
Prizes: None, it’s free

Start:  10 am
Cost:$15 advanced, $20 after Nov 20
Check-in: Arsenal Green Park, Malone
Benefits: provides grants for businesses providing for children’s activities

67th annual Troy Turkey Trot, City of Troy
* no headphones, strollers or dogs
Start: 8 am: 10K, 10 am: 5K, 9:35 am:1 mile Turkey Walk, 9:30 am: Grade School Mile
Cost: Last chance: 10K/$35, $35/5K, Grade School Mile/ $15, Turkey Walk/$10 
Check-in: Wed, Nov 26, 11 am – 6 m at the Troy Atrium or Nov 27 at 6:30 am No 5K or 10K registration accepted on race day
Benefits: Regional Food Bank, Joseph’s House and Shelter
Prizes: Costume contest for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes

13th annual Christopher Dailey Turkey Trot, Saratoga City Hall, Saratoga, 
Start:  8:30 am
Cost: $25/Nov 26 (Wed) last day to register
Check-in: Nov 26 4-8 pm Saratoga Hilton

Benefits: provides funds for area youth programs through its foundation

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving! Diane Chase's Adirondack Calendar of Events for November 27-30, 2014

By Diane Chase, author of the Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time™

The Adirondack Weekend Highlights for November 27-30, 2014.  Local Adirondack Black Friday and Small Business Saturday
*UPDATED 11/26/14

Best Bet! Turkey Trot 5K in Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, Peru, and Saratoga; Canadian Pacific Holiday train in Saratoga Springs, Fort Edwards, Port Henry, Ticonderoga, Plattsburgh, Rouses Point; Ticonderoga North Country Christmas; Indian Lake Country Christmas; Inlet and Old Forge Christmas on Main, Nutcracker Ballet in Plattsburgh, FREE skate in Saranac Lake. Speculator Holiday Stroll! 


Lake Placid/ Saranac Lake/ High Peaks Region and Beyond 

Family fun for Tupper Lake, Lake Placid, Malone, Paul Smiths, Bloomingdale, Gabriels, Wilmington, Jay, Upper Jay, Keene, Keene Valley New York (NY)

THURSDAY 11/27/14
 8 am - 4 pm Whiteface Mountain is open for Thanksgiving
8:30 am Adirondack Health Turkey Trot 5K at the Lake Placid Olympic Oval. Bring 3 nonperishable food items for $5 discount. Race day cost: $30/pp, $100/group of four, Free/kids 12 and younger. Strollers (yes), Dogs (no) - proceeds benefit local food pantries and Adirondack Fit for Life
Best Bet: FREE 3rd annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk Saranac Lake (Meet in front of The Community Store
Best Bet:1st annual Erin Dewyea Turkey Trot, Tupper Lake, $30 registration includes tee- all proceeds benefit the Erin Dewyea Scholarship Fun. 
11:30 am  - 1 pm FREE Thanksgiving Public Skating at the Saranac Lake Civic Center provided by Hyde Fuel. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

18 Holiday Festivals around the Adirondacks and Beyond

Around the Adirondacks local stores and businesses aren’t feeling the pressure to celebrate early. They are saving their energy and pulling out all the stops for a Black Friday and Small Business Saturday weekend that is uniquely Adirondack.  These events give you enough time to let your turkey dinner settle down while festive enough to gesture in the Christmas spirit.  As you can see from the schedule at the end of the page, various towns stagger the events so you can attend one or all!

Children will be able to make crafts to give as gifts, enjoy horse wagon rides or participate in free puppet shows, movies and treasure hunts. We always took advantage of those free activities to slip away and get a bit of our holiday shopping completed. 

Speculator is hosting its Holiday stroll on November 28 with gift certificates, give-aways and discounts topped off with Victorian carolers while Lake George plans on making the village glow with over 15,000 lights on November 29.  

Indian Lake is celebrating their 17th annual Country Christmas Tour November 28-29. Over 31 different businesses, crafters, artisans and vendors will be set up throughout Indian Lake for annual Country Christmas tour. The event will kick off on Friday at 9 am with artisan and crafter tours. Don’t forget to check out the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts production of “The Sound of Music.” Willemsen’s Train Exhibit will once again be available as well as Mrs. Claus storytime, The Puppet People variety show and candy cane hunt. Children can feed Pygora goats or participate in a holiday workshop creating their own gifts to give. History buffs can take a step back in time and tour The Hedges in Blue Mountain Lake. 

In Inlet and Old Forge, an Adirondack Christmas on Main Street, November 28-30, is a true small town celebration with all the quaint shops and unique merchandise available that can’t be found in a big box store. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mount Pisgah (Saranac Lake) Multi-Use Trails

It seems like this is finally the time that the snow may stick around. Some ski mountains are able to make snow so we can get on those trails as quickly as possible while others wait until Mother Nature helps with that base layer. I am still in autumn mode, even with shoveling snow. I am not so quick to pass up that beautiful time of year. I like the chilly nights and warmish days. That is why I live here. Every season is so different and I enjoy each one. Yes, even mud season.

Look for more 33 easy hikes, snowshoe/XC trails
swimming holes and over 300 activities
in Adirondack Family Time: Tri-Lakes and High Peaks
(covering Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and more)
Recently my daughter and her friends had suffered through my list of errands and really needed a place to run around.  I didn’t want to get into a long hike and they didn’t either. My husband recommended the new trails behind the tennis courts at Mount Pisgah, Saranac Lake. What started as a quick jaunt, turned into a wooded exploration. The paved path starts near some boulders marking the entrance and lead behind the courts. I start walking while the girls just took off. This first trail is a paved figure 8 that loops around Mt. Pisgah’s small reservoir. There are benches placed along the trail and the girls start playing tag. There is really something amazing when kids get onto trails. They turn from bored to engaged in a matter of moments.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Diane Chase's Adirondack Family Time™ Calendar of Events for November 21-23, 2014

By Diane Chase, author of the Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time™

* UPDATED 11/20/14
The Adirondack Weekend Highlights for November 21-23, 2014.  Best Bet! 

Calendar of Events November 21-23, 2014.

Over 33 easy hikes, 19 swimming holes
trivia, maps and four-season activities
Adirondack High Peaks/Tri-Lakes and Beyond - What to do with kids, family fun in Tupper Lake, Lake Placid, Malone, Paul Smiths, Bloomingdale, Gabriels, Wilmington, Jay, Upper Jay, Keene, Keene Valley New York (NY)

Central Adirondack Family Time – including What to do with kids, family fun in Cranberry Lake, Newcomb, Thendara , Raquette Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Long Lake, Old Forge, North Creek, Star Lake, Croghan, Woodgate, Minnehaha, Indian Lake and Inlet New York (NY)

Southern Adirondack Family Time – What to do with kids, family fun in Schroon Lake, Whitehall and Lake George, Caroga Lake, Mayfield, Lake Luzerne, Piseco, Northville, Bolton Landing, Gloversville, Thurman, Warrensburg, Hague New York (NY)

Champlain Valley, Adirondack Lakes Family Time – What to do with kids, family fun in Ausable Forks, Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Westport, Port Henry, Elizabethtown, Keeseville, Wadams, Essex and Plattsburgh New York (NY)