The Tri-Lakes region of the Adirondacks will celebrate writers, readers, and storytellers of all ages in two concurrent festivals on August 19th and 20th in the neighboring communities of Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. [Read more…] about Adirondack Festivals Celebrate Writers and Readers
Historic Saranac Lake Restaurant Gets New Owners
The Belvedere Restaurant property — a Saranac Lake landmark that has been owned and operated by the Cavallo Family for nearly 90 years — has transitioned to new ownership as Chrissie Wais and John Levy have taken the helm at the historic business.
The ownership transition marks a new chapter for the Belvedere, which originally served as a boarding house before the restaurant opened in 1933. [Read more…] about Historic Saranac Lake Restaurant Gets New Owners
Beyond Books: Libraries Lend Binoculars to Give New Birders a Start
Starting this summer, the Keene Valley Public Library and Saranac Lake Free Library, both located in the Adirondacks, are loaning backpacks stocked with binoculars and field guides to give people an opportunity to try out birding.
The backpacks are part of the Adirondack Land Trust’s “Adirondack Birding for All” program, which is working with the libraries to increase awareness and appreciation of Adirondack birds and their habitats. [Read more…] about Beyond Books: Libraries Lend Binoculars to Give New Birders a Start
Antique Boat Show in Saranac Lake July 9th
The annual Runabout Rendezvous, featuring classing and antique boats on the shore of Lake Flower in Saranac Lake, has been set for Saturday, July 9th. [Read more…] about Antique Boat Show in Saranac Lake July 9th
Grounded: Get Down To Earth In Saranac Lake
The Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will host “Grounded: Get Down To Earth In Saranac Lake,” a month-long event beginning May 7th, highlighting the activities the Saranac Lake area in the Adirondacks has to offer during what is typically seen as an undesirable season (mud season). [Read more…] about Grounded: Get Down To Earth In Saranac Lake
New Name, Host for Lake Placid, Saranac Lake Farmers’ Markets
The weekly farmers’ markets in Lake Placid and Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks will continue to offer locally produced farm products and handmade goods — but under a new name and host organization.
The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) announced that it will provide organizational support for the two markets under the newly dubbed “High Peaks Farmers’ Market.” ANCA will also hire a part-time manager to oversee the markets. [Read more…] about New Name, Host for Lake Placid, Saranac Lake Farmers’ Markets
“Labor’s Slaves in the Adirondacks”: Building the Adirondack Railroad
The St. Lawrence & Adirondack Railroad, also known as the Mohawk & Malone – eventually owned by the New York Central and called the Adirondack Line or the Adirondack Railroad ran directly through the Adirondacks from Herkimer (near Utica) to Malone connecting the rail lines along the Mohawk River to the Main Trunk Line running into Montreal. The line is often attributed to William Seward Webb, but it was the men who actually built the line that are the subject of this essay.
On March 29, 1892 a Boston Globe article titled “Labor’s Slaves in the Adirondacks” reported that Utica “resembled Washington during war times, hundreds of penniless and destitute Negroes are camped out tonight in the temporary places of shelter given them, and the citizens of Utica are consulting as to the best means of returning them to their homes.”
The Globe told readers that all night, “runaway slaves” had been coming into town. One hundred and fifty of them, mostly black laborers from the Deep South, but some recently arrived European immigrants as well. [Read more…] about “Labor’s Slaves in the Adirondacks”: Building the Adirondack Railroad
Historic Saranac Lake Acquires Béla Bartók Artifacts
Historic Saranac Lake has announced that the Saranac Laboratory Museum has received an important donation, a collection of personal effects that once belonged to Béla Bartók.
Widely regarded as one of the great composers, Bartók spent the last three summers of his life in Saranac Lake, in the Adirondack Mountains. Historic Saranac Lake maintains the cabin where Bartók stayed the year of his death, in 1945, and shows it to the public by appointment. [Read more…] about Historic Saranac Lake Acquires Béla Bartók Artifacts
Adirondack Rail Trail Design & Construction Starting
The New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Transportation (DOT), in cooperation with the Office of General Services (OGS), have announced the completion of the transfer of jurisdiction for a 34-mile segment of the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor. [Read more…] about Adirondack Rail Trail Design & Construction Starting
Jazz and Friends National Day of Community Readings
The 7th Annual Jazz and Friends National Day of School and Community Readings will be held on Thursday, February 24th, both in person at the Saranac Lake Youth Center at 6 pm and virtually.
The Jazz & Friends National Day of School and Community Readings is an event that helps to promote a more inclusive educational environment for transgender, non-binary and gender expansive youth. Parents, caregivers, educators, students and community members across the country will join together to support and affirm that our youth can be who they are. [Read more…] about Jazz and Friends National Day of Community Readings