Thursday, December 1, 2016

Cool Globes Climate Change Exhibit in Lake Placid NY

Twelve Cool Globes are in place around the Adirondack winter resort of Lake Placid, NY. The outdoor public art installation will be available to the public throughout the winter season. 

In 2007, the Cool Globes exhibit premiered  around Chicago in partnership with the Field Museum of Natural History and Mayor Daley’s Office of Environment. The 120 globe exhibit drew millions of people to view the enormous outdoor art and to start a conversation about global warming. 

Since then, “Cool Globes” has traveled the world, making stops in New York City, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Houston, Vancouver, Sundance, Cleveland, Boston, Copenhagen, Geneva, Marseilles, Amsterdam and Jerusalem. In New York State, the “Cool Globes” exhibit has been on display in Battery Park City in Lower Manhattan and at Canalside in Buffalo and currently in Lake Placid. NY

Cool Globes Founder and Waterkeeper Alliance Staff Wendy Abrams combined the use of public art installations with education to promote solutions to climate change. Each globe is a beautiful piece or art in itself, but also focuses on a particular climate change issue that can be addressed with simple actions by individuals and businesses. 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Heads to the Adirondacks and New York State 2016

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train 
Since 2001 the Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train has been raising funds for food pantries across the United States with a boxcar stage, musical lineup and even visits with Santa. (Watch the video hereThe Holiday Train first started in 1999 in towns throughout Canada.) Over 14 brightly decorated rail cars with thousands of Christmas lights will be pulling into over one hundred towns in seven states and Quebec raising awareness for local food pantries.

The Adirondack and New York State section of the tour starts Sunday, November 27 in Fort Edwards at the Amtrak station.  Each stop is a little over a half hour. Each event does take place outside so dress warmly.  Some locations have vendors set up to sell hot refreshments but it is not something to count on. The focus is on the local food pantries and making sure their shelves are stocked for winter. 

In September 2015 the Canadian Pacific Railroad sold a section of its railroad from Schenectady, NY to Sunbury, PA to the Norfolk Southern Railway so will not be operating the Holiday Train in those previous locations. 

Friday, November 25, 2016

Craft: Get ready for Christmas with this Advent Calendar idea

*All artwork and tutorials © Jenny B Harris, AllSorts

From illustrator, designer and all around crafty lady, Jenny B Harris of Allsorts are these sweet and easy tutorials on how to make a "peppermint star," an advent calendar of pocket purses and even a little elf clog. 
These were first loaded on her website in 2007 and we have used her tutorials to make  tiny purses for dolls, shoes and stars to hang from the sky.. because that is where stars come from (according to my daughter.) We even made elf shoes for "real" elves that would visit us at night. 

We did find out that we didn't have elfin visitors but mice. My child was most disappointed to learn that in our world, at our house, mice do not wear clothes but eat shoes, felt and even the cupcakes we left on the counter. 

Keep in mind that these are not my designs or artwork so if you copy or reuse, please give credit where credit it due...  (*All artwork and tutorials © Jenny B Harris, AllSorts) 

*All artwork and tutorials © Jenny B Harris, AllSorts
These crafts are easily manufactured using wool felt and embroidery floss. You and your kids can make a few a night while watching TV or have a stitch party on some dreary rainy day.

Come December 1 you can hang them in a row and have your little ones open one pocket per day until December 25!  More directions here. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Over 30 Adirondack (and Beyond) Turkey Trots and Jingle Bell Runs

Run off that turkey!  

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.

Around 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 24
Lake Placid Turkey Trot, Olympic Oval, Lake Placid
Start: 8:30 am
Cost: Preregister by November 22 online for $25, $30/day of event, Free/12 and under
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. 
Check-in: Nov 23 from 4-6 pm or Nov 24 (race day) 6:30 – 8 am
Discounts: Bring 3 nonperishable food items on race day and receive a $5 discount
Benefits:Adirondack Health Fit for Life and Local Food Panties
Prizes: First, Second, Third overall male and female finishers. Fun prize for anyone finishing ahead of the mystery turkey runner (outfitted in feathers)

 Tupper Lake Erin Dewyea Turkey Trot, Tupper Lake Train Station, Tupper Lake
Start: 9 am 
5K: $35/day of event, Free/children
10K: $50/day of event, Free/children
Check-in: Nov 23, 4-7 pm, Nov 24 6:30 - 7:45 am
Cash Prizes
Benefits:  Funds for the Erin Dewyea Memorial Scholarship for a Tupper Lake senior pursing a career in education 

 Bitters and Bones Saranac Lake 5K Turkey Trot
Start: 8:30 am at Bitters and Bones 
Cost: $20/adults, $10/children, $5/SLCS students, $5/strollers, leashed dogs/$5
Discounts: none
Check-in: 7:30 -8:30 am at Bitters and Bones
Benefits: Interfaith Food Pantry and SL Student Needs Fund
Prizes: lots of raffles, bake sale and fun plus an event tee for every participant

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

John P. Adams Memorial Turkey Trot, Peru NY
Start: 8:45 1 mile Fun Run) 9 am Turkey Trot
Cost: $20/advanced 5K, $20/advanced 10K, $10/one mile Fun Run. (Online registration closes at 8:45 am on race day) Cost after 7 pm Wednesday increased to $25 for 5K and 10K
Check-in: 4-7 pm Wednesday, at Peru Elementary School Cafeteria, 7:30 -8:15 am on race day

68th annual Troy Turkey Trot, City of Troy
* no headphones, strollers or dogs
Start: 8 am - 10K, 9:30 am - Grade School Mile, 9:35 am - 1 mile Turkey Walk, 10 am - Open 5K  
Cost: Before 11/21: 10k/$30, 5K/$25, Grade School Mile:/$10, Turkey Walk/$10
Online registration is closed Monday, November 21 at 11:50 pm ET
Last chance: 10K/$35, 5K/$35, Grade School Mile/ $15, Turkey Walk/$10 
Check-in: Wed, Nov 23, 11 am – 6 m at the Troy Atrium or Nov 24 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

14th annual Christopher Dailey 5K Turkey Trot, Saratoga City Hall, Saratoga, 
Start:  8:30 am
Cost: $25/Online registration closes Nov 22 (Tuesday) last day to register is November 23 at the Saratoga Hilton from 4-8 pm. No Race Day registration
Check-in: Nov 23 from  4-8 pm at the Saratoga Hilton or  November 24 from 6:30-8 am 
Benefits: provides funds for area youth programs through its foundation

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Veterans' Day Time Line

For those of you wondering why Veterans Day is always celebrated on November 11... Oh wait. It wasn't always celebrated on the 11th. Here is why!

1918: November 11, 11:00 a.m. the armistice ending World War I (truce) goes into effect

1919: President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with these words "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"

Fact: The original idea for Veterans’ Day was a day observed with parades with a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

1938: November 11 is made a legal holiday is signed into Act on May 13 – as a day dedicated to the cause of world peace known as Armistice Day.

1954: With World War II, Korean War the Act of 1938 was amended by changing Armistice to Veterans’ to honor all American veterans of wars.

1968: The Uniform Holiday Bill is signed on June 28 to ensure three-day weekend for Federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Columbus Day.

1971: The first Veterans Day is celebrated on a Monday to much public dismay. Many felt the historic significance of the November 11 date should continue to be recognized.

1975: President Gerald Ford signs Public Law 94-97 restoring Veterans Day to November 11. “A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.”

© Diane Chase, author of Adirondack Family Time: Tri-Lakes and High Peaks (Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities) for the towns of Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Jay/Upper Jay, Wilmington, Keene/Keene Valley which is available online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the third guidebook in the four-book series of Adirondack Family Activities.