Showing posts from August 7, 2011

Native American Storytellers/Musicians Joseph and Jesse Bruchac Come to Paul Smith’s VIC

By Diane Chase The first and only time we have seen author Joseph Bruchac and his musician son Jesse perform was at the Old Forge Adirondack Storytelling Festival at the McCauley Mountain Chalet. It was a riveting mix of music and Native American storytelling. My children have checked out plenty of Bruchac books from the school library and a few more line our shelves at home. Joseph (Joe) Bruchac has written over 70 books for children and adults as well as poetry, short stories, music and anthologies. The theme throughout is his strong tie to his Abenaki culture.

Investing Locally: Locavesting on Main Street not Wall Street

By Diane Chase We have all heard about the local food movement but what about the local investment movement? What would happen if we invested 1% into a local business rather than sending our money to large corporations or overseas? In the Adirondacks there are plenty of people with great ideas that lack the capital to grow their business. As more and more people attempt to eat locally, can we take it one step further and start investing with that same 50-mile range? Author Amy Cortese writes about investing in businesses 50 miles or less from your home in her book,  Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit from It."  Some of the greatest examples she found of local stock markets and local investing was in the town of Hardwick, VT where business owners went to local investors to solve cash flow issues when businesses started to grow too fast The  Saranac Lake Community Store  is one such group investment effort and I am sure there are others in the

Songwriter Dar Williams comes to the Adirondacks: Indian Lake Theatre

Dar Williams at the Indian Lake Theater August 12 at 8:00 p.m.  American singer-songwriter Dar Williams visits the Adirondacks to perform this Friday at the Indian Lake Theater in Indian Lake, NY. A favorite among the adult-alternative set, Dar Williams has a unique voice that can dance from lyrical and ethereal to playful and gritty. Her lyrics are funny and sharp while they deal thoughtful insight into life. Williams has been described as a synthesis of the Indigo Girls, Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez.  Tickets are almost gone, so reserve your seats now by calling (518) 352-7715. $35 (members of Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts) $25/general admission © Diane Chase, author of Adirondack Family Time: Tri-Lakes (Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake and High Peaks: Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities with GPS Coordinates  available online or bookstores/museums July 2011. Diane is currently working on the second guidebook in the four-book series of Adirondack Family A

Adirondack Family Activities: Wilderness Swimming with Children

One of the greatest privileges in visiting and living in the Adirondack Park is being able to swim in all the natural swimming holes, pools and ponds. Swimming in ponds and streams can be tricky with small children but not impossible. Being able to go for a refreshing dip in a natural setting is worth a few precautions. Though it is a fun family activity there are a few things to remember before you go. The first rule is to never swim in springtime when the water is at its swiftest from recent snowmelt and mountain runoff. Each year there are incidences where people of all ages believe that they can outwit Mother Nature and battle the strong currents. Even expert swimmers have been known to drown during these rough, unpredicible times.

Adirondack for Kids: Be A Nature Detective Cricket vs. Grasshopper

By Diane Chase My children can spend hours scouring the countryside for grasshoppers... or are they crickets? Well, it would depend on what time of the day it is. Here are just a few quick facts to help tell the difference.