Showing posts from April 14, 2013

Ausable Forks: Asgaard Farms Kidding Season

By Diane Chase,  Spring break may be starting for area schools but this is a busy time of year for Rhonda Butler and David Brunner, owners of Asgaard Farm and Dairy. Once owned by illustrator, printmaker and artist Rockwell Kent, the property, designed by Kent, has remained mostly unchanged.   Since March 9 over 62 baby goats (kids) have been born with more expected during the week of March 31-April 5. I talked with Rhonda at length about the spring births and was delighted to find out there are many opportunities to visit the kids and even attend a birth. The goats at Asgaard are breed through their natural cycle. Though larger dairies use artificial light to manipulate the goats to breed off-season, Asgaard continues to follow the natural season. 

Daffest 2013 in Saranac Lake

After packing away the skis, making mud pies through the spring season it is time to celebrate summer with Saranac Lake's Daffest.  In addition to all the activities below, don't forget to just take some time to explore all the parks around Saranac Lake and see the beautiful daffodils! Enjoy! Check frequently for changes in schedule:  April 26  1 pm Historic Tour through Riverside Park to Bartok Cabin ($5) 5:30 pm - 8 pm . Harriestown Hall.: Meet the soapbox derby contestants, taste free samples and vote on the pastry competition April 27  10 am - 3 pm: Festival of Blooms Riverside Park,  • Paul Smiths College baking students bring baked goods for sale and to sample • Merrilooms the clown will be on hand for face painting and balloon animals. • Blue Line Sports Shop will be holding fly and reel fishing demos and clinic. • Adirondack Lakes and Trails will be holding kayak, canoe demos and clinic. 11 am:  Daffest Derby Day at the George LaPan Highway in Saranac L

FREE showing of Oscar nominated movie LINCOLN at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall

To celebrate their 10th anniversary, The Champlain Valley Film Society is screening a FREE showing of the Oscar nominated film Lincoln at The Grange in Whallonsburg LINCOLN Saturday,  April 27, 8.00 pm Whallonsburg Grange Hall Oscar winner as this year’s Best Actor, Daniel Day-Lewis stars in one of the most acclaimed movies of the year, Steven Spielberg’s deeply moving story about Lincoln’s fight to abolish slavery and unite our nation. Other movie shows:  May 11  SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK May 25FORT APACHE by Westport director Addison Mehr