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Happy New Year!

(So keep those highways and roads safe and don't forget your designated driver!)

First Night Saranac Lake Schedule. Happy Adirondack New Year!

First Night Saranac Lake is just around the corner with exciting events,  spoken poetry, live music, comedy and magic. Come watch the snowflake ball watch and fireworks at midnight! Happy New Year from the Adirondacks!
to print a schedule, click here
Buttons are $12 for adults and can be purchased starting in Mid-November at: Ampersound Music, Price Chopper Supermarket (Lake Placid), Books & Baskets, Blueline Sports, ADK Daily Enterprise, Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce, and the Lake Placid Visitor Bureau. Children 12 & under are FREE. All button sales are final.

© 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™.

Merry Christmas!

from everyone at  Adirondack Family Time
(Diane, Tyler, Sawyer and Lisse Chase)

Make A Snowflake For Sandy Hook Elementary Students

According to a press release from the National PTA, when school resumes for Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, in the wake of last Friday’s school shooting, students will be in a new building. Parents and volunteers are working to ensure that the students are welcomed back by a winter wonderland with the entire school decorated with as many unique snowflakes as possible.
The National PTA reports that an effort is under way to cheer the Sandy Hook Elementary students when they resume instruction. They are asking everyone to make snowflakes or to donate change in support of the Sandy Hook PTSA.
Be as creative as possible, no two snowflakes are alike!  Please send snowflakes by January 12, 2013 to:
Connecticut PTSA
60 Connolly Parkway
Building 12, Suite 103
Hamden, CT 06514
The National PTA met with PTA leaders of all of the schools in Newtown, Conn., including the Sandy Hook PTA, as well as community leaders who requested the group’s help in supporting the families, according to a stateme…

Adirondack Park Zip Codes

Adirondack Park Zipcode Areas. Search and find where the next Zip Code Meets Date will be around the Adirondack Park!

Lake Placid: Wilmington Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation Center

The main reason we drag ourselves out of our winter bed on weekends is to ski at Whiteface. We have also found there are plenty of other reasons to visit Wilmington, a quiet town known for Olympic caliber alpine trails. Besides the restaurants nestled along the roadside, one favorite stop for my family is the Adirondack Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
The Wildlife Refuge is a 50-acre rehabilitation center on the western branch of the Ausable River. There is a one-mile educational nature trail; animal enclosures and a pet timber wolf. Run by Wendy and Steve Hall, the Halls are passionate about the environment and always willing to explain how plants and animals play a vital role in nature. Wendy holds Federal and State licenses in wildlife rehabilitation and education. The Wildlife Refuge continues to educate the public through presentations at schools and other organizations. There is usually an animal on site that has been brought to them to (at best) return to its natural environme…

Lake Placid: Village of Lights at the North Pole

It has been a few years since I’ve been back to Santa’s Workshop in Wilmington, NY. My children are a bit older and getting too tall for most of the rides. Without sounding too much like the Grinch, I was feeling like the North Pole didn’t fit me quite right (most of the rides are for children 48” or smaller.) Well, thanks to a friend who was madly packing her children into her car to make it to Santa’s Workshop, we were reacquainted with the North Pole as a family with older children.
Each Sunday in December as well as December 21-23 and 26-30, Santa’s Workshop puts on a special evening show with a Nativity Pageant under the evening sky. Holiday music surrounds the tiny village where elves are busily preparing for Christmas. Join in the caroling around the fire pit, or go to Jack Spratt’s Bakery to get your s’more kit (stick included.) Of course, no visit is complete with out a stop to see the “jolly old elf.”

Fort Ticonderoga Winter Lecture Series 2013 Dates

Once a month the staff of Fort Ticonderoga will lead the “Fort Fever Series” through April 2013.  When: Sundays  at 2:00.  Where: Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center at Fort Ticonderoga.  Admission: $10 per person payable at the door; (members of the Friends of Fort Ticonderoga are free). Programs are scheduled for January 13, February 10, March 17, and April 21 "The Realities of War"Christopher Fox, Curator of CollectionsSunday, January 13, 2013, 2:00 p.m.Using petitions filed by Massachusetts Provincials following their service in the French & Indian War, Chris Fox talks about the experiences of those soldiers during the 1758 campaign against French-held Fort Carillon (Ticonderoga). "Exploration on Snow Shoes: A Timeline of Trees on the Pavilion Landscape"Heidi Karkoski, Curator of LandscapeSunday, February 10, 2:00 p.m.Tour the Pavilion grounds on a winter's afternoon and learn about the ornamental tree species, the age of the trees, and how they were incorp…

35th Anniversary Season at the Westport Depot Theatre

2013 DEPOT THEATRE 35th Anniversary Season Fridays, Saturdays, Mondays at 8 PM Saturdays at 3 PM · Thursdays, Sundays at 5 PM (unless otherwise noted) 
June 28 - July 14ROUTE 66 *World Premiere Musical* Book by Jerold Goldstein & William Squier Music by Fred Stark, Lyrics by William Squier ROUTE 66 is a new romantic musical comedy about

Catch the Geminid Meteor Shower Dec 13-14, 2012

The Geminids are usually the last and one of the most prolific meteor showers of the year. the August Perseids is the other major meteor shower.  This December 13-14, the new moon will provide a dark sky, better providing a grand backdrop for these showers.

Also known as Falling Stars or Shooting Stars, a meteor shower appears as streaks of light when a meteorite enters the earth's atmosphere. A comet will pass too close to the sun and small bits of debris will break off leaving a trail of small pieces. When the earth rotates through the comet's path, these small pieces burn looking like falling stars.

When? December 13-14 starting at dusk with good viewing starting around 9 EST and best viewing around 1 am on the 14th.

What to wear? Dress warmly. It may not happen immediately.

Saranac Lake: Book Launch "Everybody Has Feelings"

Saranac Lake guidance counselor Jennifer Tissot has authored a book called “Everyone Has Feelings, A Book About Emotions For Young Children” with photography from middle-school teacher and professional photographer Karen Miemis
The 20-page paperback book is simple in design with expressive photos of children demonstrating an array of emotions. Local kids fill the pages, expressing their best (and sometime worst) feelings from being happy to mad and everything in between. Jennifer gets right to the point, letting kids know “everyone has feelings” in a non-rhyming way. 

2012 Whiteface Super Sunday Ski Passes

Each year Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort, located in Wilmington (outside of Lake Placid) in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains offers five Sundays featuring low-cost lift tickets!

There are also food and drink specials at the Cloudspin Lounge, slope-side games, raffles, contests and more!

We are all looking for a bargain and these tickets are $40 Adult | $35 Teen | $30 Junior

Lake Placid Golden Skates Marathon December 7-9

The Lake Placid Golden Skates Marathon, formerly known as the Lake Placid Marathon and the Dimon Sports Marathon, is a new event taking place in Lake Placid, NY on December 7-9 at the historic 400m Olympic Speed Skating Oval used during the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains.

This new event is named for the hand-crafted 14-karat gold jewelry awards that the winning skaters (male and female) will receive, made by from Devillt Studios in Jay NY.

Lake Placid Holiday Stroll December 7-9, 2012

Lake Placid, NY presents its annual Holiday Village Stroll with many free activities, crafts for kids and movies. Take time to enjoy a wine tasting at The Pines Inn and get your parcels wrapped while children watch a holiday film.

Ice Skat at the Olympic Center and search for the High Peaks Resort's Yule Log. There is hockey, and even a gingerbread house craft at Generations Restaurant. So much to do! Have fun.

Click below for the compete schedule.

8th Annual Saratoga Restaurant Week

Saratoga Restaurant Week, November 30- December 6, 20123 Course Menus For Just $10, $20 Or $30 Lunch For $5 Or $10!Participating local restaurants offer 3-course dinner specials during the Saratoga County Restaurant Week.Start off with your choice of an appetizer or salad, then choose from a menu of sumptuous entrees, and top it off with a decadent dessert! Plus some participating restaurants are offering lunch specials for just $5 or $10. Saratoga Restaurant Week is the perfect time to get out and try new restaurants in the Spa City! 2012 Restaurant Week presented by American Express:

Where to Buy Adirondack Family Time Guidebooks?

Scroll down to see a list of stores around the Adirondacks and beyond that carry the Adirondack Family Time guidebooks! 
If you do not see your local bookshop, please let me know and I will contact them. Thank you for your continued support! 

Champlain Valley Plattsburgh to Ticonderoga

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