Showing posts from August 2, 2015

FREE Adirondack Fire Tower Program at the Adirondack History Museum

Poke-O-Moonshine Fire Tower The Adirondack (ADK) History Museum is offering a free Adirondack Fire Tower Program on August 12 from 9 am – 3 pm starting at the Elizabethtown museum home base. The daylong session will start with an educational discussion with Fire Tower expert David Thomas-Train. According to Adirondack History Museum Director Aurora McCaffrey this is the second time this summer that this free program has been offered to families with children in 4 th to 8 th grades. “We have held this program in 2013 and a shorter program in 2014,” says McCaffrey. “This summer we did a similar educational day and hike in July. We meet at the museum and the class will visit the whole museum. David Thomas-Train will show the new fire tower exhibit and the light-up Essex County map of all the restored fire towers. He’ll also lead smaller groups up the museum’s fire tower. Then the group heads to Poke-O-Moonshine to climb the mountain.” The hiking participants will lea

Arts Trails in Sacandaga Valley August 8-9, 2015

The Sacandaga Valley Arts Network (SVAN) Arts Trails takes place August 8-9, 2015 The Great Sacandaga Lake in Fulton and Saratoga Counties For the second year the S acandaga Valley Arts Network  (SVAN) is hosting a driving tour of Artists' studios and galleries around the Sacandaga watershed region of New York. The tour of over 30 artists is being conducted between 10 am - 5 pm on August 8-9 (Saturday and Sunday) throughout the towns of Northville, Edinburg, Vail Mills, Gloversville, Porters Corners, Benson, Bleecker and Caroga Lake (Town of Johnstown). According to Art Trails Organizer Constance Dodge this weekend artist tour is just a portion of what SVAN provides for the Sacandaga Valley. Since 1997 SVAN has provided craft and fine art workshops, performing arts programs, musical events and visual arts programing to the surrounding region. "I think a lot of people aren't aware of the Sacandaga Valley Arts Network," says Dodge. "Back in 1997, I wa

Review: Depot Theatre’s “New York Water” is Dynamic

New York Water at the Depot Theatre, Westport What: Written by Sam Bobrick and published by Samuel French, Inc, New York Water is a dark comedy about two mid-level professionals who meet while living in New York City.  They make a rash decision to get married and move to the Midwest for a quieter life only to search greener pastures in Los Angeles and finally return to Manhattan. Where : The DepotTheatre , 6705 Main Street, Westport, New York 12993, 518-962-4449,  Ticket price: $29/adult, $27/senior/student, group discounts are available. When: Westport NY: August 7,8,9,10,14,15, at 8 pm and August 9,13,16 at 5 pm. Matt Mundy as Alfred and Juliane Godfrey as Linda in New York Water Cast/Crew: Director: Misti Wills Linda: Juliane Godfrey Alfred: Matt Mundy Stage Manager: Sarah Overturf Scenic Design: Bonnie Brewer Lighting Design: Margaret Swick Sound Design: Jim Carroll Technical Director: Kati Long (WESTPORT) In a world of speed dati

Old Forge Enchanted Forest Water Safari Discounts/Review

Water Safari,  3183, State Route 28, Old Forge Serengeti Surf Hill at Enchanted Forest Water Safari Old Forge, New York   My ADK kids have braved the twists and turns at Old Forge's Enchanted Forest/ Water Safari 's water park on numerous occasions. It's mostly been chaperoned trips during the shoulder season to New York's largest water theme park when their school and a few other Adirondack institutions have taken over the whole park. We were given a group price and welcomed into the empty park to have our run of the slides and amusement park rides. During the heat of the summer going to a favorite swimming hole is always on our radar, but finding a clean, well organized inexpensive amusement park/water park can be a bit more challenging. Sometimes there are hidden costs or fees and I want to research all my options. I want the only surprise I get when I go to a water park to be the temperature of the water. (It was warm.) What is included with Admission

Fishing in the Adirondack (ADK) High Peaks with Kids: Wilmington's (NY) Lake Stevens

by Diane Chase Recently my husband has started adding a fishing pole to our “must have” gear we leave in the car. The pole and tackle box now sit along side our water shoes, hiking boots, and towels. His logic makes sense.  We are usually finishing a hike or going on some Adirondack adventure that culminates with a watery stop. With 3,000 lakes and ponds at our disposal within the Adirondack Park’s 6-million acres, it is a nice option to always be able to cast a line. A nice place for children to be able to try out fishing is Lake Stevens in Wilmington. Located at the Whiteface Memorial Highway Tollhouse, this small dammed lake is stocked with trout and designated just for children and anyone with limited mobility. In the Adirondacks children under the age of sixteen are not required to have a fishing license. This small lake is also handicap accessible. Lake Stevens is named for J. Hubert Stevens, the 1932 Olympic gold medal winner in the Two-Man bobsled competition. La