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Inlet Hosts Adirondack Renaissance Faire July 11-12, 2015

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Inlet New York is bringing a different type of Fire and Lights to the Central Adirondacks in the form of dragons, pirates, gypsies and knights. For the first time Fern Park will be taken over by magic when the Adirondack Renaissance and Fantasy Faire  takes place this Saturday, July 11, and Sunday, July 12. Producer Tim Parker has been bringing the Mayfaire on the Green to Holland Patent for the past five years and had first produced The Renaissance Fantasy Festival in Boonville.  According to Parker the Town of Inlet was looking for a new event and he wanted to bring the festival to the area. "The Town of Inlet is so good to work with, " says Parker. "I used to do this faire in Boonville and look forward to having it in Inlet.  The schedule of performers is always a moving target until the last minute. Now everything is set and ready to go." It is a family affair at Parker Publishing and Entertainment. Tim and his family are involved in the process of pr

Saratoga Museum Poster Contest for Kids

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C alling All Kids pre-school through Grade 2 For the Children's Museum at Saratoga's  Annual Big Truck Day Poster Contest Contest Rules: Open to children pre-school through Grade 2. Design the poster at the museum's own Creation Station art room, at school, or at home. Submissions must be on white paper between 8.5 x 11 and 11 x 17. Please include child's name, school grade, name of school, & contact info (address & phone number) on the back of your submission. Deliver submissions to The Children's Museum by  Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 . Prize Package: The winner will have their design featured on all promotional materials  and will receive a prize package including:   A $50 gift certificate to G.Williker's!  FREE tickets (2 adults and 3 children) to the Big Truck Day Event! And more to come! Big Truck Day is always held the first Saturday in August. This year Big Truck Day will be held August 1, 10 am - 2 pm   at the Ma

Long Lake NY Kid-Friendly Summer Activities

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The Town of Long Lake has a summer full of fun for children. From SUP experiences to hiking excursions, there are events to make children of all ages appreciate all that Long Lake has to offer.  Stand Up Paddle Boarding Experience The Town of Long Lake is sponsoring free Paddling Boarding at Raquette River Outfitters this summer on July 16th and 24 th .  Stand up paddle boarding has grown in popularity as a new form to experience the lake.   Preregistration is required.  Spots are limited to residents, second home-owners or visitors staying overnight in either Long Lake or Raquette Lake.  Sign up early by calling 518-624-3077.  Life jackets and instruction generously provided by Raquette River Outfitters! Ages 10 and up.   Feelin’ Long Lakey Kids Day On July 22, The Town of Long Lake is hosting an exciting new event for kids.  From 12pm-4pm a giant inflatable obstacle course will be available for exploration, free of charge.  A special tie dye workshop will be held from

Three Adirondack Owl Prowl Events

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For those of us not fortunate to have wildlife come to us, we need to go to the experts. This winter Adirondack raptor experts are offering opportunities to come across such majestic creatures as the snowy owl, or at the very least learn how to sight them on your own.

Adirondack Full Moon: Cross-Country Ski or Snowshoe Options for the Full Moon

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© Diane Chase, Adirondack Family Time By Diane Chase An Adirondack Full Moon Ski, Hike or Swim?  One Adirondack family activity we always enjoy is taking our cross-country skies and hitting a trail. The kids find it exciting and we get to experience nature in a new way.  You can take your family to enjoy a planned event or find a quiet place and have kids find out what animals are starting to wake up at night! Always bring a headlamp whether you are out on your favorite trail or participating in an organized event! Enjoy!

A Short History of Lake Pleasant, Adirondacks

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This video is about a small town located in Hamilton County, in the Southern Adirondacks, in the State of New York, in the United States of America. Narrated by Lake Pleasant Town Historian,"Anne Weaver", and Speculator Village Historian, "Bev Hoffman". All Pictures are provided by the Historical Society of Lake Pleasant and Speculator. This video was created for the opening of Lake Pleasant's Bicentennial, which was the year 2012. 

Adirondack Irish Road Bowling

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Irish Road Bowling takes place on a country road, but beware the road is not usually blocked off to traffic.  Speculator, NY and Indian Lake are just two places that enjoy this St. Patrick's Day tradition!  Irish road bowling has been played in the Irish countryside since the 1600s.  Using a 28-oz iron or steel ball, called a bowl, or bullet is chucked down a country road to the finish. The player or team with the fewest shots at the finish line wins. The "course" can up to two miles long.

McCauley Mountain XC Ski Trails FREE for March

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Visiting the Central Adirondacks?  McCauley Mountain's cross-country ski trails are FREE for the whole month of March!  

Adirondack Birding Festival Schedule Central Adirondacks

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The Adirondack Birding Festival is taking place throughout Hamilton County June 8-10, 2012.  Hamilton County is the third largest and least populated county in New York State. The county is entirely within the Adirondack State Park. Over 60% of our land area is either Wilderness or Wild Forest. There is not a single stop light in the entire county . The county’s million acres of forest, 1,500 miles of rivers and streams and over 56,000 acres of lakes and ponds provide birding and wildlife watching opportunities unequalled. Our towns and hamlets are located at 1,200 – 1,500 feet above sea-level and our mountains approach 4,000 feet. Normally in June we enjoy warm days and cool evenings. It could be hot. It could snow. Check the forecast before you come and bring clothing for a wide range of weather conditions and temperatures. Nesting birds, rising trout, rushing water, wildflowers and newborn of many species make the woods and waters of Hamilton County a place of springtime

Old Forge: SnoFest and Snowmobile Specials

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SnoFest in Old Forge will take place this March 10-11, 2012 with demo rides, vendors and raffle prizes. Gates to the North Street Recreation Center will be open on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Admission is free. There will be Freestyle Snocross Shows all three days, with a Back-Flip Fireworks Finale on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Special SNOFEST Trail Pass Purchase a Town of Webb & Inlet 2011-2012 snowmobile trail pass during SNOFEST weekend (March 10th-13th) for $65 per sled. Thats a $15 savings off the regular price trail pass plus ride the rest of 2011 for FREE! Only valid 3/10-3/13, must purchase in person at the Old Forge or Inlet Visitor Info Centers.

Old Forge: Ski McCauley Mountain

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By Diane Chase, Adirondack Family Activities™   For a family mountain, Old Forge’s McCauley Mountain can’t be beat.  With an elevation of 2,330’ McCauley has something to offer everyone in our family.  The terrain park is the first thing we see as we pull into the parking area but we quickly pass it to the lifts and make the most of the day.  There is one double chairlift and one T-Bar that access all 20 trails and a Rope Tow for the Mighty Mite. The second T-Bar is at the terrain park area. My kids are well past the Mighty Mite but it is still sweet to see that special place right in the middle of the mountain for those beginner skiers.

Indian Lake: Annual WinterFest Schedule of Events February 17-19, 2012

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Annual Indian Lake Winterfest    Feburary 17-19, 2012 Friday: Mardi Gras Parade 4:30pm, Pasta Dinner at the Legion Hall 5:00pm, Movie at IL Theater 7:00pm. Saturday: Breakfast at the Firehall 7:00-10:00am, Snowarrior Poker Run starts at Byron Park 9:00am, Craft Fair at IL School Cafeteria 10:00-3:00pm, Book and Bake Sale at the Town Hall 10:00-2:00pm, Roast Beef Dinner at the Methodist Church 5:00pm, Gallery Reception and Dance Party at Adk. Lakes Center for the Arts (Blue Mountain Lake) 5:00pm, Tricky Tray at IL School Gym doors open at 6:30pm, Movie at Indian Lake Theater 7:00pm. Sunday: Breakfast at the Firehall 7:00-11:00am, Games and Fun for grade school age kids at the Ski Hut 1:00pm, Make Your Own Sled Races on the sliding slope at 3:00pm, Jalapeno Eating Contest at Marty's Chili Nights at 3:00pm, Bon Fire, Torch Run and Fireworks at the Ski Hut 6:30pm. FREE skating, skiing and sliding all weekend and during President's Week on Tower Hill, weather permitt

Schroon Lake to Lake Placid: Ten Ideas for Winter Activities

I am often sent emails from people looking for activities to do with children or family members of all ages. I am honored to be able to suggest ideas. (My email is below but do to very unpleasant spammers I can't make it a live link.) Below are a few ideas from Schroon Lake to Lake Placid, along the "Adirondack Lake Champlain Coast. Inside activities: These suggestions all have some sort of cost: pan for gems at High Falls Gorge  518-946-2278 , Wilmington (also beautiful trails, waterfall), paint your own pottery at Brush On In, Lake Placid    518.523.6554 , go to the Essex County Fish Hatchery in Crown Point (for a few quarters the kids can feed the fish)  518) 597-3844 .  Ice skating  gets tricky this time of year. We have had so many melts and freezes. Schroon Lake and Ticonderoga flood the tennis/basketball courts or by the beach for an outdoor ice rink but that is not currently available but the playground at the Schroon Lake public beach is fun.

Adirondack Family Fun: Adirondack Movie Theaters

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By Diane Chase One thing we like to do is to enjoy a small intimate theatre experience. Not just live theatre, though that plays (no pun intended) a prominent role in our lives. No, it’s escaping for a few hours and going to “The Movies.” At one time many towns in the Adirondacks had their own movie houses. Sadly most have made way for the multiplex. Some theatres have retained their original architecture so the movie is not always the only thing to observe. Take a moment and enjoy a small slice of history. Each theatre offers a unique experience that a larger cineplex may not. These theatres are independently owned and operated and can offer a less expensive ticket price. 

Adirondack Museums: Goodsell Museum in Old Forge

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By Diane Chase The Goodsell Museum in Old Forge is free to the public and open all year. Visit the Floating Letters exhibit until October 31 st  or enjoy the other items that provide an historical blueprint of the area. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. At the Goodsell Museum children are encouraged to mix and mingle throughout the various exhibits. On the ground floor there are glass cases and cordoned-off taxidermy animals but a pack basket set to the side is marked with a yellow circle, handprint and “OK.”. Children know anything marked with that symbol is fair game. My children examine all the animal pelts gingerly and even try on a few fox collars. Upstairs they examine some medical equipment in a different “please touch box.”  

Things to do in Inlet, NY: Adirondack Inlet's Fern Park

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By Diane Chase Fern Park in Inlet, New York (NY)  offers free skating, sledding, snowshoeing and cross-country ski trails for just a few winter ideas. Since we try to always be prepared, the back of our mini van looks like a traveling sports shop. Ice skates, snowshoes or skis are in the back. Helmets are at the ready. Kids play on around a snow maze Our family likes to see all sorts of places around the Adirondacks. Winter looks just a bit different in the High Peaks than it does in the Central Adirondacks. A visit to Inlet allows us many opportunities to play and enjoy the outdoors and all for free. The indoor ice rink has attached warming room and restrooms The Fern Park Ice Rink is free and open to the public every day from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m (weather dependent). Fern Park Recreational Area in Inlet can be a full day activity for families or a quick stop for kids/children to release some pent-up energy. 

Fun with Kids in the Adirondacks Long Lake Sledding

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Mt. Sabattis is Long Lake's free sledding hill next to the Geiger Arena.  This is a great place to spend a few hours or a good portion of your day. There is also free ice skating available.  One suggestion: post one person at the top of the ridge at the bottom of the hill between your children and the street.  A long walk up Mt. Sabattis sledding hill in Long Lake Getting the boot A slippery slide! 

Adirondack Moose Festival: Adirondack Family Fun

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