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June 2015 Archives

Jack Ma is one of the newest landowners in the Adirondack Park. Town & Country Magazine recently reported that the co-founder of e-commerce colossus Alibaba paid just under $23 million for the 28,100-acre Brandon Park property in Franklin County.

Photo Credit: Ethan Miller via Adirondack.net Facebook Page
Have you ever felt compelled to express your inner artist, but feel as though you're lacking the knowledge you need to create a masterpiece? The Wild Center recently announced that it will be hosting adult beginner art classes this summer to help people like you learn techniques in areas from watercolor and pastels to mixed media and printmaking.

Photo Credit: Watercolors via photopin (license)
Have plans for this weekend yet? If not, check out our roundup of festivals, road races, DIY classes, and more!

Photo provided by Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon
The DEC recently drafted a plan to improve tourism in the Essex Chain Lake Complex by expanding recreational opportunities and enhancing access to certain areas within the Complex. Your comments are currently welcome on the draft, and public hearings will be held in Newcomb and Indian Lake two weeks from now.

Photo Credit: Elaine Supp via Adirondack.net Facebook Page
17 days and more than 2,000 leads after David Sweat and Richard Matt escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, NY, sources like The Press Republican are reporting that DNA evidence has been found linking the escapees to a hunting camp near Owls Head in Northern New York.

Photo Provided By The New York State Police
Even with today's modern equipment and sophisticated maps, scaling all 46 High Peaks and joining the coveted Adirondack 46er club is no small feat. Now imagine how challenging it would've been back in the 1930s! In 1937, the 46er club expanded to include 9 people, and the only woman in that club at the time is now immortalized in one of the Peaks she scaled.

Seagle Music Colony, a vocal training center overlooking Schroon Lake, is celebrating its 100th season this year! The curtain will open on July 1, kicking off a milestone mainstage season that only a select few institutions can claim they've reached.

Photo courtesy of Seagle Music Colony
Need weekend plans? Let us help you find something fun to do. Our weekend roundup has live entertainment, crafting workshops, festivals, and more!

For those intrigued by the natural beauty of the Adirondacks and its vast array of wildlife, The Wild Center in Tupper Lake is an absolute gem. On its 81-acre campus in the heart of the Adirondacks, The Wild Center has transformed the traditional museum experience and has made the natural world its focus, both inside the walls of the main building and out. 

In keeping with its mission to encourage discovery and exploration of the Adirondacks, the Wild Center will be opening a new attraction on July 4 to help visitors see things from a whole new perspective.

Rendering Provided By The Wild Center
July will be here before we know it, which means it's almost time for 4th of July festivities. The Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership recently announced the schedule for the 2015 Best 4th In The North Celebration, and once you see it, you'll definitely want to work this event into your Independence Day plans!

When done right, the martini is a timeless, classic drink that can showcase a bartender's skills and knowledge of delectable flavor combinations. It's only fitting, then, that the drink gets its own day of recognition. That's right, June 19 is National Martini Day! To celebrate, we tracked down two of the Adirondacks' best martinis to give you a glimpse at the pinnacle of beverage perfection.

As pollution, urban expansion, and climate change continue to threaten the existence of rare and declining species in the Adirondacks, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has drafted a plan that it hopes will combat some of these forces. The Daily Freeman has reported that the DEC is currently welcoming public comments on the 10-year plan, and a public information session has also been scheduled.

Typically, the Adirondack Region is a peaceful place to relax, enjoy nature, or take advantage of the many recreational opportunities the mountains, trails, and waterways have to offer. This weekend, though, the Park will play host to an all-out brawl for a good cause!

There's a lot to write about in the Adirondacks - from history and home-building to wildlife and recreation - which could be why there are so many great authors who are natives of and/or currently living in the Park. To highlight this asset, Denton Publications reports that the Brant Lake Farmers' Market has invited local authors to join them every week.

Last week, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a proposal that could bring big changes to the region and potentially enhance both recreational and tourist opportunities between Adirondack communities.

Want a $50 Stewart's gas card? What about a GoPro HERO 3 White Edition? All you need is a Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter account, a motorcycle, and a sense of adventure, and you could win those prizes!

Have you ever sat on the shore of a lake in the Adirondacks, admired the scenery and thought to yourself "this must be the most beautiful body of water in the entire country"? Although you may have known it all along, others are finally catching on, which inspired Oyster.com to include not one, but two Adirondack lakes on its list of "The 6 Most Beautiful Lakes in the U.S."

Photo Credit: William J. Gard via Adirondack.net Facebook Page
The third Saturday in June is like a holiday to fishermen (and women) in and around the Adirondacks. Since November 30th of last year, we've had to throw back all the Black Bass we could catch, but not for much longer!

If you're looking for something fun to do this weekend, let us help. Check out our roundup of some of the top events in the region, then get out and enjoy!

Editor's Note, June 26, 2015, 8:30 AM: Bodette's Barbecue's Grand Opening has been rescheduled for Thursday, July 16. We have updated the article to reflect this new date.

If you have a hankering for a barbecue sandwich or a rack of ribs, you'll be thrilled to learn about one of Ticonderoga's newest businesses. Bodette's Barbecue will be having a Grand Opening Celebration on July 16, and if you stop by, you can get a great deal on some of Bodette's fare!

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Summer is a beautiful season in the Adirondacks when the sun shines bright, the gentle breeze blows, and the distinct call of the common loon echos from the region's lakes and ponds. In the future, though, summers could be much different, and a recent report by the National Audubon Society suggests the call of that iconic bird could be replaced with an eerie silence.

Photo Credit: Katherine Hardeman
An Adirondack Woof Stock comes to Chestertown NY for the first time ever June 20 - 21. This "Weekend of Peace, Paws, and Music" is expected to draw thousands of dogs and their humans to come celebrate the iconic music and culture of the 60's and man's best friend with family-friendly, dog-friendly entertainment.

dog hippiephoto credit: An Old Hippie via photopin (license)

According to a recent article in The Post Star, the event has been growing faster than expected as different groups and vendors sign on from all over the East Coast to participate in this groovy event. The Tri-Lakes Business Alliance, who is organizing the event, is shocked at how large it's becoming.

It's not the first of its kind, and other Woof Stock festivals throughout the nation draw tens of thousands annually, so we can expect this to be a "big woof" in the Adirondacks as well.

The first-ever Adirondack Woof Stock will feature dog demonstrations and activities, music, vendors and much more. Some highlights include:

The Saratoga & North Creek Railway is one of the gems of the Adirondacks, journeying 56 miles along the Hudson River between Saratoga Springs and North Creek. Since it was resurrected and joined the National Rail Network in 2011, the Railway has been operating a passenger service with 7 station stops, but it was recently announced that the remainder of 2015 will be packed with exciting new outdoor adventure itineraries, special event trains, a rail & sail program, and more!

For the first time since it opened in 1865, not one, but two prisoners escaped from the maximum security section of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, NY over the weekend. A widespread manhunt is currently underway, and the state is offering a hefty reward for information leading to the criminals' captures.
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Back in March, the Essex County Board of Supervisors changed the definition of a "dangerous firework." However, this past Monday, this definition was clearly defined and outlined which types of fireworks would now be available for purchase just in time for the Fourth of July!

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Not sure what to do in the Adirondack region this weekend? There's always something happening outdoors and in! We've rounded up a few of activities and events from our regional event calendar that caught our eye. Get out there and enjoy the beauty of the Adirondack Park!

Photo Credit: Kristina Miller LaBarge via Adirondack.net Facebook Page
As part of the growing effort to bring more tourism to the Adirondacks, Tupper Lake has opened a brand new Information Center in its former Chamber of Commerce building!

Photo Credit: The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism/Lake Placid CVB (ROOST)
"June 6 is National Trails Day!" You may have heard this in your outdoor activity circles or seen it on websites or events calendars, but do you actually know what it is? Fear not! We've got all the information you need to know about this special day.

Greg Norman and his resort development company are aiming for a hole-in-one. The former world's Number 1 has officially joined lead developers Tom Lawson and Michael Foxman on the Adirondack Club & Resort project that will bring a four-season retreat to Tupper Lake, according to North Country Public Radio.

Have you ever stayed at a campground during a busy holiday weekend? If so, you've probably encountered rowdy, disruptive, potentially intoxicated campers who may seem like they're on a mission to wreck your experience. Fortunately, a new law is in the works, which would help campgrounds remove these individuals from the scene and restore the peace to your camping trip.