Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Adirondack (Adk) Lectures Series


Take a moment to explore the experts of the Adirondack Park. Meet talented artists and performers and learn through these inexpensive lecture series. Enjoy!

February 23 - Annie and Jonny Rosen at the Adirondack Mountain Club's Heart Lake (free)

Come in from the cold and warm up with the wonderful musical talents of Annie and Jonny Rosen. These talented musicians from Schenectady are making their journey up North to help us celebrate winter in the Adirondacks. You’ll enjoy listening to their beautiful vocals and harmonies that are blended into an eclectic mix of acoustic folk, torchy blues, standards, bluegrass, gospel, early jazz and more. A great night of musical entertainment for everyone!

February 24 -"Lies Will be Told Today" with Chris Shaw

(Free to Adirondack Museum members and students; $5 for non-members)  1:30 p.m. at the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek, NYJoin Adirondack singer, songwriter, and storyteller Chris Shaw for an afternoon of songs, stories, and a few tall tales. Shaw will perform traditional and original songs of his native Adirondacks. This entertaining performance features stories and songs that will bring you to logging camps, into the woods, and on the waters— and of course Chris, an avid fly fisherman, will share a few fishy tales. 
On February 28 Sharp Swan, Sharp will be discussing mountain guides; from early Adirondack history to present day conservationists. Knowledgeable guides, quirky characters, staunch outdoorsmen, and revered storytellers; these guides played an integral role in unlocking the wild of the Adirondacks to enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. Calling upon the experiences and stories of Orson Schofield “Old Mountain” Phelps, Bill Nye, Alvah Dunning, and Elijah Simonds, Sharp's discussion will explain how these men blazed the proverbial trails that lead us to the mountains today. Sharp is a contributing author of the book Heaven Up H’istedness: the history of the Adirondack Forty- Sixers and the High Peaks of the Adirondacks. Though donations are welcome the lecture is free and open to the public. Starting on Thursday, February 28, at 7:00 pm, Swan’s lecture will conclude the 4th annual Cabin Fever lecture Series. 

Paul Smith's College Armchair Lecture Series
March 1- Armchair Traveler Lecture Series 
Join the Paul Smith's VIC at 7 p.m. for a presentation by Frank Lescinsky on his experience as a VIP guest on a NASA Mars Exploration Launch. Learn something new from an expert or expand your knowledge about distant places from someone who’s been there. Free to season-pass holders and students; $5/lecture for all others. Please call the Paul Smith’s College VIC at (518) 327-6241 for more information.

March 8 – Armchair Traveler Lecture Series
 Join the Paul Smith's VIC at 7 p.m. for a presentation by Peter Plumley on “Paleomagnetism and the Adirondacks.” Learn something new from an expert or expand your knowledge about distant places from someone who’s been there. Free to season-pass holders and students; $5/lecture for all others. Please call the Paul Smith’s College VIC at (518) 327-6241 for more information.
March 9 - "Four More Feet" at the Adirondack Mountain Clubs Heart Lake with Randy Pierce
Four More Feet is a documentary about Randy Pierce, a totally blind hiker who takes on the challenge of hiking all of New Hampshire's 48 four-thousand foot peaks in a single winter season. Aided by his service dog, Quinn and several human guides.  Randy, Quinn, his human guide Justin and the filmmaker will be at the show and available for questions.

Adirondack Museum's Cabin Fever Lecture Series

March 10- "Cooling Mother Earth: New York's Footprint in Nature, Then and Now"      (FREE; Speakers in the Humanities Lecture sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities This program takes place at 1:30 p.m. in the Adirondack Museum's auditorium.(

Are New Yorkers stewards of nature or lords of nature? This vivid lecture/ multimedia presentation probes the question by revisiting key moments in the Empire State's development history— especially its Indian, Infrastructure and Conservation legacies; then linking them to today's environmental crises. To find answers, Dr. Spiegelman unearths the hidden roots of New Yorkers' conflicting views of nature, development and civilization— both then and now.  

Fort Ticonderoga's Fort Fever Series

March 17 - "Evacuation Day 1776" Rich Strum, Director of Education

($10 per person and payable at the door; members of the Friends of Fort Ticonderoga are admitted at no cost. 2:00 pm at  the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center at Fort Ticonderoga.Even though it's St. Patrick's Day, March 17th continues to be celebrated in Boston as Evacuation Day. Rich Strum talks about the British occupation of Boston in 1775 & 1776 and the eventual departure of the British troops on March 17, 1776.

April 7 - Trunks and Travel... a 19th Century Journey"                 

(FREE; Speakers in the Humanities Lecture sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities 1:30 p.m. in the Adirondack Museum's auditorium in Blue Mountain Lake.)

The audience is part of the program in this lecture, which brings to life the customs, sights, and sounds of travel in late-19th-century New York State. Exploring the preparations of a wealthy Victorian industrialist and his wife as they get ready to travel, participants learn about transportation modes, rules and etiquette of the road, proper attire, and the era's social expectations. 

April 21 - "Very Well Prepared for the British Army" with Stuart Lilie, Director of Interpretation ($10 per person and payable at the door; members of the Friends of Fort Ticonderoga are admitted at no cost. 2:00 pm at  the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center at Fort Ticonderoga.


Take a walking tour with Stuart Lilie of some of the many redoubts, redans, and entrenchments built to fortify Ticonderoga in 1776.


© Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time™, 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™.

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