Showing posts from May 2, 2010

Adirondack Fun: Free Pancake Breakfast!

I do love to cook. I make my own bread, yogurt and summer jams. I enjoy spending time in the kitchen with my family as we share the fun of cutting up vegetables. Doesn’t that all sound idyllic? The part that is truly a chore is doing the dishes. Good grief. No matter how many times I ask that we try to reuse the same glass those cups pile up. I am just as guilty. I put down my water or forget my coffee cup and just reach for another. Spoons seem to spring from cupboard to sink. So under the guise of community spirit, I look forward to those opportunities to dine out and let someone else share in the clean up. Tonight the Lake Placid Elementary School is holding a benefit to raise funds for a new natural playground, Paw Print Park, from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., at the school’s cafeteria. The Italian-styled dinner ($8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for children) is from a variety of local restaurants. If you are just interested in taking a break from cooking you can even get it to go by c

Lake Placid's Paw Print Park - fundraising dinner!

By Diane Chase In Lake Placid tonight a group of Lake Placid Elementary School parents and community members will be offering an Italian Feast to support a new playground called Paw Print Park. A variety of local restaurants such as Villa Vespa, Crowne Plaza, Main Street Pizza, Hohmeyers, Paul Smiths College are providing the feast with donated items from Gauthier’s, Northwood School and Steak and Seafood Company. The menu is baked ziti, lasagna, grain salad, green salad, homemade sauce and meatballs, and a variety of yummy desserts. This is not a private endeavor. It is a huge undertaking organized by parents to replace the existing 20-year-old playground. As funds and grants are being raised for this new renovation at the public school, the public has been and always will be welcome to use and continue to use the playground. The new proposal has a school garden, composting facility as well as natural playground in a similar style as The Wild Center 's The Pines. The fee is mini

Adirondack Family Fun: Mother's Day What to do in the Adirondacks 5/7-5/9 2010

By Diane Chase Mother's Day Weekend isn't all about sitting around being served homemade French toast with fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and reading the New York Times Sunday paper undisturbed, while members of the family worship the ground you (mothers') walk on. (Yes, I do realize that is a run-on sentence but felt the sudden urge to get a menu request out there.) It's about being together. For those that have mothers... Happy Mother's Day. For a brief history surrounding Mother Day's, here is my latest post on Adirondack Almanack . For a weekend full of activities Tri-Lakes 5/8/10 all day Northern Lights School Bowl-A-Thon Saranac Lakes 7:30 p.m. Lake Placid Center for the Arts presents Bright Star 8:30 a.m. – noon Volunteer to indentify Adirondack birds by sight and sounds at the Paul Smiths VIC 10:00 a.m. Paul Smiths VIC API Friends walk 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Arts and Craft Fair at NCCC, Malone Campus where Artisans, book sale, art vendors and more. Fre

May Day Traditions! The Tussie-Mussie or May Day Basket

By Diane Chase May 1st is always a celebration of spring. Whether you choose to give a May Day Basket or a Tussie-Mussie, it is a wonderful way to highlight the change in seasons. The May Day basket dates back to ancient Roman festivals of spring. Pick or buy a bouquet of flowers and arrange place them in a basket. Secretly place them on the door of a neighbor. This an excellent activity for you to do with your children as it gives them a sense of doing something altruistic. It is a kind gesture and can bring a sense of community. A tussie-mussie is a nosegay of flowers and herbs bound together by a ribbon or a doily and chosen for the message it conveys. This old-fashioned nosegay or posy delivers a message to the recipient. The sentiment is entirely up to the maker of the tussie-mussie. Use roses and myrtle to express love or lavender to show happiness. Don’t forget to add a card which clearly defines the meanings of each plant included in the tussie-mussie so your sentiments will