Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Faugh a Ballagh! (Clear The Way!) for Irish Road Bowling History, Rules and Terms

Faugh a Ballagh! (Clear The Way!) is the battle cry of Irish Road Bowlers to make sure no one is hit by an approaching cannonball. 

From green beer to corn beef and cabbage, some of the most popular St. Patrick’s Day traditions have very little direct connection to Ireland. Not to downplay the importance of dressing in green, parades and brined meat, but one fun tradition that has been practiced in Ireland for hundreds of years in the counties of Cork and Armagh, is the sport of Irish Road Bowling. 

Originally known as Long Bullets, Irish Road Bowling's North American the road bowling history is a great deal shorter. The first American outpost of the Irish Road Bowling League was founded in 1996 in Boston, MA. Since that time there have been a small number of leagues founded in West Virginia and New York with non-official games sprouting up all over. As in all games, Irish Road Bowling has its own lingo where a road shower gives advice and you never want to break the butt

A few years ago my Adirondack family decided to claim our Irish traditions, via family in Cork and being dabblers of green beer, with an afternoon of bowling in Indian Lake. We register as a family team and are handed a bullet, the official 28 oz. iron ball with an 18 centimeter circumference. It looks like a cannonball. Though it feels less like bowling and more like bocce, the energy is infectious. 

Fintan Lane's book Long Bullets: A History of Road Bowling in Ireland where he traces the history of the game that is believed to have originated in the Scottish Lowlands. The game spread to Northern England, Ireland and North America. Though no documents can be found to authenticate the claim, the road bowling belief is that the iron bowls were originally cannonballs

Irish Road Bowling consists of teams of four to bowl an official 28 oz. iron ball from Point A to Point B down a country road for almost a mile. The team with the least number of bowls is the winner. There are no penalties and each team alternates bowls. Though most people show up with formed teams, singles looking for a place are fit into teams when possible. American rules allow for teams of four while traditional Irish Road Bowling is an individual sport. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Ski or Snowshoe During Great Camp Santanoni Winter Weekends

A 10-mile ski or snowshoe to Great Camp Santanoni in Newcomb
If you missed the second of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)  Winter Weekend events to be held at Camp Santanoni, Newcomb, NY in Essex County, don't worry. The last scheduled event is March 18-19.  

Cross-country skiers and snowshoers will have access to the remaining historical camp properties and interpretative displays through tours with Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) volunteers. Don't forget the Great Camp Santanoni is always open to the public, these Winter Weekends provide public access to the remaining historic buildings on the property. 

The relatively flat (old road) access to Great Camp
Santanoni is perfect for all skiing abilities
The 10-mile  round trip cross-country ski or snowshoe winter adventure starts  from Camp Santanoni's Gate House reaching  the old farm buildings in one (1) mile and 0.5-mile spur trail leading to the nearby 3.6-mile Adirondack Interpretive Center's trail system. The easy trail continues along the old road leading to the Main Lodge at Great Camp Santanoni and is perfect for the novice skier and challenging enough to provide a great workout for a more experienced person. 

The 10-mile leads to the isolated main lodge complex and the Artist's Studio along the shores of Newcomb Lake. During Winter Weekends, bring your own cup to enjoy free coffee, tea or hot chocolate and be prepared to carry out whatever you carry in.  The Adirondack Interpretive Center will provide snowshoes at the Gate Lodge for any visitors without their own. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Trivia Contest: Enter to Win 4 Pack Tickets/Meet and Greet Passes to the Feb 22 Lake Placid Harlem Globetrotters

For those interested in a bit of Globetrotter history, The Harlem Globetrotters are neither originally from Harlem nor did they start out as the professional comedic basketball team they are today. The Harlem Globetrotters actually started in the 20s as an all African-American exhibition basketball team in the south side of Chicago known as the Savoy Big Five.  

The original team played in Chicago’s Savoy Hotel ballroom before dances. In 1927 a new name was debuted, New York Globetrotters, with little to do with New York or trotting around the globe. The team began touring around the country.  “New York” was taken out of the team name in 1930 and the word Harlem added, as organizes hoped to capitalize on the team’s strong ties to African-American culture.  It wasn’t until the 1930s that the team even played in Harlem.

As its popularity evolved they experimented with adding comedy to the games. Then with the 1950 NBA integration, the Globetrotters’ competitive exhibition games were shrinking so fancy footwork and amazing dribbling skills were needed to keep the crowds coming. Now more than 85 years later the Harlem Globetrotters have trotted the globe playing over 20,000 games in over 120 countries. (Click here to purchase tickets are proceed for a chance to win tickets.) 

Take the Harlem Globetrotter trivia quiz to be entered to win! 
One lucky winner! 

Harlem Globetrotters Tickets Giveaway

We have (1) set of 4 Tickets with 4 Meet and Greet passes  to giveaway – for the Lake Placid (NY) Harlem Globetrotter Show February 22 , 7 pm at the Lake Placid Olympic Center.

• Answer all the questions correctly.
• Click the button to find your score.
• Take the quiz again until you have all the correct answers
• On the score page click "Email me" to  AdirondackFamilyTime and email your entry/quiz score to be entered in the Harlem Globetrotter Trivia Contest.  

One winner  will be randomly selected from all submitted entries. The Winning Tickets will be available at Will Call on the day of the game. Giveaway ends on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 11:59pm EST.  Void where prohibited.

TRIVIA CONTEST 2017 (Lake Placid, NY)
Harlem Globetrotters Tickets Giveaway
We have (1) set of 4 Tickets with 4 Meet and Greet passes to giveaway – for the Lake Placid (NY) Harlem Globetrotter Show February 22, 7 pm at the Lake Placid Olympic Center. One winner will be randomly selected. Tickets will be available at Will-Call on the day of the game. Giveaway ends on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 11:59pm EST. Void where prohibited.

  1. What Harlem Globetrotter holds the Guinness World Records® records for the world’s longest basketb
  2. Thunder Law Meadowlark Lemon
  3. What year were The Globetrotters inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
  4. 1998 2002
  5. Where, and in what year, did the Harlem Globetrotters play their first road game?
  6. Hinckley, Illinois, in 1927 Harlem, New York in 1926
  7. What is the Globetrotters’ theme song?
  8. Sweet Home Alabama Sweet Georgia Brown
  9. Are The Globetrotters the first sports team to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?
  10. Yes No
  11. Who are some of the people who been named official Honorary Harlem Globetrotters?
  12. Pope Francis, Nelson Mandela, Bob Hope President Obama, Robin Williams, Ellen Degeneres
Thank you for participating in this contest for Harlem Globetrotter tickets at the Lake Placid Olympic Center.

• Answer all the questions correctly.
• Click the  "email me" button to find your score. 
• Take the quiz again until you have all the correct answers
• On the score page  click "Email me" to  AdirondackFamilyTime and email your entry/quiz score to be entered in the Harlem Globetrotter Contest. 
Contest Rules

Good luck! We hope to see you at the game!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Get Hooked on Hilarious “Guys on Ice, an Ice Fishing Musical Comedy”

Marvin (Brendan Gotham) and Lloyd (Lucky Cerriti) in
Guys on Ice
Where: Pendragon Theatre, 15 Brandy Brook Rd, Saranac Lake, NY 12913, 518-891-1854

When: February 11,17,18,24,25 at 7:30 pm, February 12,19,26 at 2 pm
Admission: $20 general, $15/matinees with a 10-minute intermission
Book and Lyrics by Fred Alley
Music by James Kaplan

Musical Director: Joe Izzo
Set design, costuming, props: Kent Streed
Lighting: Bonnie Brewer
Stage Manager: Colin Rust

(Saranac Lake) At first glance a musical about three guys in a shanty, ice fishing on Lake Colby may feel like worlds colliding. But in the cold of winter, Pendragon Theatre’s production of “Guys on Ice” wards off any chill with its clever songs, fish tales and friendship. Don’t let this fast-paced adventure into friendship and fishing be the “one that got away.” 
This musical had the audience laughing in our seats, whether we were fans of fishing or not. If you’ve ever wondered what really goes on in those lake ice shanties or are just looking for a fun escape, “Guys on Ice” is the perfect wintery mix. Director Kim Bouchard has altered this musical comedy to be lightly peppered with local interest. She has this trio heating up the stage in this working-class comedy, which highlights the simple things in life.  

Saturday, December 24, 2016

NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) Tracks Santa (St. Nicolas)

Do you wonder what Santa is up to? The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has the military equipment and technology to find out if St. Nicholas is making tracks.

For the past 60 years NORAD has tracked Santa progress on Christmas Eve and all because of a misprint. In 1955 a Sears and Roebuck, Inc advertisement ran a phone number for children to call and talk to Santa.

Instead of reaching Santa, the children called in the NORAD (former  Continental Air Defense Command- CONAD). Director of Operations Colonel Harry Shoup had his staff check for signs of Santa and children calling in were given periodic updates regarding St. Nick's location.

Keep track of Santa! 
In 1958 the Canadian and United States governments created a new bi-national air defense command for North American, renamed from CONAD to the current NORAD. The new organization continued the tradition of tracking Santa for youngsters.

For anyone that is concerned about government funds being used to track Santa, NORAD TRACKS SANTA is staffed by NORAD volunteers who personally respond to emails and phone calls from children around the world and funds are raised through donation and sponsorship.

In preparation of Santa's Christmas Eve trip,  the NORAD Tracks Santa site goes live on December 1st with games, videos, coloring pages and other Santa related information.

NORAD TRACKS SANTA uses its radar North Warning System, 47 installations across Canada's North and Alaska. This is the same system tat provides warnings of any possible missile strikes aimed at North America.

Keep checking back because on December 24 all systems go live and the NORAD Tracks Santa website is using all the government intel to keep the little man in red in our sights. Enjoy!