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Adirondack Rubies: Barton Mines Garnet Mine Tours, North River (NY)

Digging for treasure is something that one doesn’t seem to grow out of. No matter our age it is still exciting to unearth a precious object. Sometimes the search for treasure is much more fun than the finding of it.   Barton Mines is one of the oldest continuous family-owned operating mines in the United States. Located in the Adirondack Park since 1878 Barton Garnet has produced garnet abrasive products.  While on our tour we are told that not only is the garnet New York State’s official gemstone, it is the hardest garnet in the world.  Barton Mine is located in North River (NY) , about 35 minutes from Lake George, Blue Mountain Lake and Long Lake. The Gore Mountain area has one of the largest deposits of this particular garnet, sometimes called the “Adirondack Ruby,” in the world. It is used in all sorts of industrial applications from sandpaper coatings to waterjet cutting abrasives.  This particular mine ceased operation in 1984 when a water vein flooded the p

"Romeo and Juliet" Launches Adirondack Shakespeare Company Spring Season

This spring the Adirondack Shakespeare Company is launching its first Adirondack spring tour with the tragedy Romeo and Juliet . The play will open at North Creek's Tannery Pond Community Center for one night only. This professional theatre troupe will be hosting shows from Saratoga Springs to Upper Jay, NY. According to ADK Shakes Artistic Director  Tara Bradway  the company has been producing its summer festival season in the Adirondacks since 2010 and an autumn season since 2013. Now they are expanding their Adirondack season to bring Shakespeare in springtime as well.  "We did a spring season in the past but it was always based in New York City," says Bradway. "Now we've been here [Adirondack] full time for the past year. We feel there is a demand for  'off-season' programming. We wanted to transplant that spring season from New York City to the Adirondacks."  "We chose these plays because the tragedy and comedy are so nicely balan

Gore Family Festival at North Creek February 10

Sunday February 10 at Gore! Festival For Kids & Family Race North Creek • FREE One-Day Lift Tickets for everyone ages 12 & under when accompanied by a full paying parent.   • Hot Cocoa Sampling & Macaroni Necklace Making from Price Chopper! • Live Family Entertainment and Games from Chip Chevalier 1-3pm! • Mini Cupcakes at the Food Court- three for just $1.25! Family Fun Race presented by Beaver Brook Outfitters-  8:30-10am:  Registration in the Base Lodge  10:30am:   Parent/Child teams race for great prizes on our carve course on the Arena! Mother/Daughter, Mother/Son, Father/Daughter, and Father/Son divisions- no age categories. $5 per team, with great prizes!  FREE tubing for kids 12 and under when accompanied by a full-paying parent starting at 5pm! © 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

Adirondack Theatre: Pendragon Theatre takes To Kill a Mockingbird on the Road

Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake, the Adirondacks only year-round professional theatre is taking its production of "To Kill A Mockingbird" on the road.

Whiteface Mountain and Gore Season Passes: Deadline June 21

It is challenging to think about snow when the mercury hits 90 but if you love a discount and plan on buying a season pass to either Whiteface or Gore than now is the time to do it.  ( BTW, I have nothing to do with Whiteface or Gore but hate to pay full price for anything.)  Whiteface Mountain and Gore Season Passes: Deadline  June 21 Adult Non-Holiday Whiteface / Gore $565 Adult Full Season Whiteface / Gore $720 There are additional benefits for Season Pass Holder Benefits: 1 Complimentary Summer Cloudsplitter Gondola Ride 1 $5 Off Adult Admission to Oktoberfest 2 Tickets to a Saturday Night Ice Show this Summer 2 42% Off Any Food, Beverage or Merchandise Purchase 1 50% Off a Quick Tune Available Non-Holidays 2 Bring a Friend and Save $10 Off One Day Lift Ticket Anytime 2 Bring a Friend and Save $25 Off One Day Lift Mid-Week, Non-Holiday Lift Ticket