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Five Adirondack Corn Mazes: Daytime Twist and Turns or Flashlight and Fright Nights

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A different view from the Great Adirondack Corn Maze This weekend seems to be the Adirondack kick-off for all things spooky. For my household of scaredy-cats, I look for a range of events that my Adirondack family can enjoy a thrilling adventure without the need to co-sleep. One activity that seems to hold the attention of every age is a trip to the corn maze. Getting lost through those corn stalk twists and turns provides hours of fun. Day or night, an Adirondack corn maze can provide hours or fun for all ages. Now with Halloween around the corner these various locations are upping the thrills with evening scares and flashlight nights. Here are a few of my family’s favorite spots.   In the Adirondack High Peaks is the Great Adirondack Corn Maze in Gabriels. It's open from Thursday to Sunday from noon to dusk through the end of October. Special flashlight nights on Friday and Saturday have the corn maze open for evening hours.  Dont miss the Tucker Farm's Frig

The Essex County Cheese Tour: Sampling Adirondack Cheeses Straight From the Farm (Tour) I

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I’ve made my own yogurt for years and recently started experimenting with fermented food. I’m now struggling to produce Kefir without a grainy taste. I just can’t seem to get the balance right. With a cupboard full of sourdough starter and ginger beer plant grains, my pantry looks like a science experiment. With everything else bubbling and brewing, the one product I have no desire to make is cheese. With the amount of dairy my family consumes, making cheese might require an actual cow and we don’t have the space. I’d rather keep things simple and get my beautiful artisan cheese from local Adirondack farms. This Sunday, Oct 11, three creameries have bonded together to once again host The Essex County NY Cheese Tour . The self-guided tours are open from 10 am – 4 pm with farm rambles, free samples and other entertainments.

Applejacks Orchard Pick-Your-Own Apples (Peru, NY)

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Pick Your Own Apples at Applejacks Apples are the perfect fruit in my opinion. I don’t have to peel one. It easily slips into a lunchbox and my children have always been able eat one without any assistance. I bake it, cook it, boil it and eat it raw. It can be tart and sweet. Apples are even members of the rose (Roseaceae) family. How perfect. Apple Fruit Trivia Questions The first time I ever went apple picking my daughter’s contribution was a small bite out of each one before placing it back into the bag. She would pick and eat anything without balking about a small bruise or misshapen form. Now my Adirondack kids slowly turn each apple before eating it, as if they are professional inspectors. The slightest brown spot will delegate that apple for pie or sauce.  Pick Your Own Apples at Applejacks Orchard in Peru (NY) This time my children know that they are responsible for picking only the apples they are willing to eat. Just beyond the Adirondack "Blue Line

Essex: Harvest Hallo'ween with Steven Kellogg

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Harvest Hallo'ween Festival at the Lakeside School at Black Kettle Farm in Essex When: October 20 10:30 am - 12:30 pm Join author and illustrator Steven Kellogg for a illustrated story time as Kellogg retells A Beasty Tale through his own illustrations.  Cost:  $7/adults, $5/children, $20/whole family.  There will also be crafts, wind-wand making, gourd and pumpkin painting, as well as corn grinding activities. Enjoy! © 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™.

Willsboro: Haunted 1812 Homestead

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Boo! Spooky Times at the Haunted 1812 Homestead in Willsboro! When: October 20, Saturday Costume Parade at 1:00 pm  Noon - 4:00 pm Is for the Younger Children 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm is For Older Children Cost $8/pp  © 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™.