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Lake Clear Train Depot Celebration

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By Diane Chase
Charlie’s Inn in Lake Clear is going to become a hub of activity this weekend, July 16-17, in celebration of the Lake Clear Junction Station Centennial. Inside the beautifully preserved Lake Clear Junction Station Depot is an exact miniature replica of the Lake Clear Depot and surrounding houses, circa 1911. 
To commemorate the event will be a variety of vendors, events and activities meticulously planned by Betsy and Wayne Tucker. The building has some stories to tell. My daughter and I are able to gather just tidbits of the momentous era when train travel provided possibility to the Adirondacks. Historic Saranac Lake, Paul Smith’s College and over 15 other vendors will be around to demonstrate the elements that brought together Dr. William Seward Webb, Paul Smith, stagecoaches, an electric railway, NY Central Railway and settling the Adirondacks. There will be authors to meet, Adirondack Carousel carvings to see and a Pendragon Theatre historical interpretation.

1966 Batmobile at the Clinton County Fair

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By Diane Chase
The Clinton County Fair will take place this year from July 19-24, 2011 with a variety of Grandstand events, This annual county fair is located at 84 Fair Grounds Rd in Morrisonville, just outside of Plattsburgh. In its 64th year, the Clinton County Fair 
One special treat will be the 1966 Batmobile on display all week at the Clinton County Fair in Building One. 
Sometimes going to a fair can be a drain on your finances. Save money by checking out the schedule to see the various specials and discounts being offered.  A Megapass is another way to save money. It is good for any one day at the fair and includes admission and rides all day. The catch: It's only on sale until July 18 at Price Chopper (Plattsburgh & Champlain) or at the Fair Office. (Save an additional $1 if you use your Advantage Card )

Adirondack Family Activities: Ticonderoga Art Treks

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By Diane Chase
Twenty-nine years and still going strong, the Ticonderoga Festival Guild continues to provide weekly children’s programming under the name Arts Trek. Each Wednesday morning at 10:15 a.m. Ticonderoga Arts Trek holds court at the Knights of Columbus Pavilion, behind the K of C Hall on Montcalm, for anywhere from 200 to 250 children.
According to Executive Director Cathie Burdick the program name Arts Trek originated in the 80s and is an anagram of the then popular TV show Star Trek.

Lake Placid FREE WEDNESDAY Young and Fun Series!

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FREE YOUNG  and FUN ARTS SERIES scheduleAt the Lake Placid Center for the Arts auditorium10:30AM • FREE ADMISSIONSeating is First-Come, First-Serve. Doors Open at 10:00 a.m. No General Reservations

July 13 • Billy Goats Gruff Seagle Music Colony
This charming intro to opera retells the classic fairy tale story. Adapted by John Davies and featuring music from operas by Mozart, Donizetti and Rossini. Appropriate for ages 5 and up.
July 20 • Vermont Singer / Songwriter Jon Gailmor
Songs to make people feel alive! Humans prenatal through prehistoric will enjoy a great blend of music from this multi-award winning Vermonter. Humor and audience involvement are integral parts of this fun show!

Adirondack Music Festival: 6th Annual Childstock July 30th

The 6th annual Childstock Music Festival  is not only a day of acoustic and electric music it is a family-friendy event for all ages!! The day starts at and is filled with music from "The Stone Revivial Band" to "Lucid."  Doors open at 10:00 a.m, July 30, 2011
Tickets are $18 (presale) adults, $15/students, Children 12 & under are FREE when accompanied by a paying adult.  $22 tickets at the "door" Childstock is a charity event, donating all profits to the Malone Music Booster, dedicated to keeping music in schools! They are also supporting local food and beverage vendors. 
Children's activities will be available from 11am-3pm, including: ~Recycled & Biodegradable Art~ tables FULL of things from nature to make beautiful art with ~Wishboat Workshop~ build your own boat and set sail with a special wish! ~Painting & Coloring ~ express yourself with markers, crayons & paints!

Adirondack Food: Eat N' Meet in Saranac Lake

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By Diane Chase

If you have not eaten at Eat N' Meet 139 Broadway in Saranac Lake, you are missing an experience. The food is deliciously prepared by Chef John Vargo from mostly Adirondack locally grown or harvested products. Check the reviews yourself!

With a motto of "It's Not Fast, It's Food," Eat N' Meet offers a daily menu that alters between the standard (yet still delicious) Mac N' Cheese to more complex options like Chicken coq au vin or Blackened Catfish.

Adirondack Wildflowers: Red Baneberry

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Red Baneberry can be founded in wooded areas and thrives in full shade Plant is 1'-2' height White flowers that flower from May - June Berries start to form and show in July - August WARNING: Berries are poisonous


© Diane Chase, author of Adirondack Family Time: Tri-Lakes and High Peaks (Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities) available online or bookstores/museums July 2011. Diane is currently working on the second guidebook in the proposed four book series of Adirondack Family Activities.