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Newcomb's TR Weekend: September 14-16, 2018

image of teddy rooseveltDid you know Teddy Roosevelt had a love for the Adirondacks and a special connection with Newcomb, NY? This small town in the heart of the Adirondack Park was actually the starting point of Roosevelt's midnight ride to the presidency. Join in the community's celebration of the life and times of Teddy Roosevelt during TR Weekend!

During the three-day celebration, events will take place all over the Town of Newcomb. There will be nature walks, demonstrations, food, activities for kids and families, and more.

2018 TR Weekend Schedule

Friday, September 14:

  • 10-5pm: “The Pruyns of Camp Santanoni” New Exhibit at the Newcomb Historical Museum marking the 125th anniversary of the completion of Camp Santanoni.
  • 4:30-6pm: Dinner at Newcomb Central School sponsored by Class of 2021. School Cafeteria. BBQ featuring Buffalo burgers and regular burgers, hot dogs, salads, beverage and gourmet s'mores for dessert.
  • 6-8pm: “Family Fun Night-Rockin’ Through the Ages" - Games for all ages and music by DJ Nate Bush, including your favorite oldies and the latest hits!

Saturday, September 15:

  • 8-10am: Pancake breakfast hosted by NCS Class of 2020 - Breakfast includes choice of blueberry, buttermilk, or chocolate chip pancakes, sausage, coffee, and juice. School Cafeteria.
  • 8am: Start your day off with a freshly roasted cup of coffee, some good conversation, and Newcomb’s “Million Dollar View” of the High Peaks. Look for Ed LaCourse’s Kiosk at the Newcomb Overlook Park.
  • 9am: FREE Wagon Rides to Camp Santanoni. Meet at the Gate House no later than 8:45am (look for event sign on 28N west side of town). Tour lasts approximately 4 hrs. Bring a bagged lunch & beverage. Participants will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • 10-4pm: Newcomb’s Mountain Quilters 13th Biennial Quilt Show & Quilt Raffle. Adirondack Interpretive Center, 28N - look for event sign. Browse through the many beautiful quilts on display created by members of Newcomb’s Mountain Quilters.
  • 10am-4pm: Craft Fair - Newcomb Fire Hall.
  • 9-11am: Fishing Derby - Coach Winslow’s Pond on 28N. Pre-K-3rd Grade - Prizes. Look for event sign.
  • 10am-3pm: Float Plane Rides piloted by Tom Helms, Helms Aero Services, Long Lake. Newcomb Town Beach Dock. Rain Date Sunday, 9/16.
  • 9:30-10:30am: Running of the Colors (runners, joggers, walkers - All Ages) - Event takes place throughout the Winebrook Hills neighborhood streets. Sign in at St. Barbara’s Episcopal Church.
  • 9-10am: Blacksmithing Demonstration with Blacksmith Dan King (Tupper Lake). Newcomb Overlook Park, 28N.
  • 10-5pm: Newcomb Historical Museum, 28N. New Exhibit: “The Pruyns of Santanoni.” This year marks the 125th of Great Camp Santanoni located on the shores of Newcomb Lake in the Town of Newcomb.
  • 10:00am-3pm: Goodnow Mountain History hosted by Mike Gooden, ESF Forester. A family-friendly hike with panoramic views of the High Peaks.
  • 10am-2pm: Car Wash hosted by Class of 2020. Newcomb Health Center Parking Lot.
  • 10:30am-12pm: SUNY ESF and Paul Smith’s College Timber Sports Teams Scrimmage. Newcomb Overlook Park, 28N.
  • 11:30-1:00pm: Pulled pork lunch hosted by NCS Class of 2019. Beverage & dessert included.
  • 12-2pm/2-4pm (2 showings): PBS American Experience episode “Into the Amazon” - Teddy Roosevelt’s post-presidency trip with Brazilian explorer Candido Rondon into the heart of the So. American rainforest to chart an unexplored tributary of the Amazon. NCS Auditorium.
  • 12-2pm: Local Boat Builders Demonstration of Lightweight Solo Canoes. View a display or take a short demo paddle in these incredible canoes. Meet the boat builders at Ruth & Dave Olbert’s Cloud-Splitter Outfitters.
  • 1-2pm: Back by popular demand! Log Rolling Competition hosted by ESF & Paul Smith’s Timber Sports’ Teams. Pres. Roosevelt (aka Joe Wiegand) will attempt to prove to students that even he is up to this feat. Bring your suit and try your skill! Town Beach, Lake Harris. Look for event sign.
  • 2:30-3:30pm: “Go Fly a Kite!” and Ice Cream Social - Sponsored by the Class of 2020. Newcomb Overlook Park.
  • 4-4:30pm: President Roosevelt stops by the Newcomb Historical Museum. TR was a great friend of the Pruyn family and visited Santanoni when he was Governor of New York. The President will share his memories of Santanoni.
  • 6pm: Italian dinner hosted by Class of 2020. Gondolieri studente (student condoliers) will be your waiters/waitresses. As you enjoy your dinner you will be serenaded with beautiful Italian music by Newcomb’s own Signore & Signora Damasevitz. Take a selfie in the NCS Gondola and then head to the auditorium for a fascinating presentation with Pres. Roosevelt and Prof. Roy Ginsberg.
  • 6:30-8:00pm: Join TR and Prof. Roy Ginsberg to discuss TR’s incredible African Safari and Amazon Expedition in two parts. Audience participation welcome.

Sunday, September 16:

  • 8-10am: Breakfast hosted by Class of 2021. Enjoy an Egg Mc“Newcomb” - a breakfast sandwich with egg, ham, and cheese. Beverages also provided. Newcomb Overlook Pavilion.
  • 9am: FREE Wagon Rides to Camp Santanoni. Meet at the Gate House no later than 8:45am (look for event sign on 28N west side of town). Tour lasts approximately 4 hrs. Bring a bagged lunch & beverage. Participants will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • 9-10am: Ty Yandon 5K Race. Meet at the Newcomb Health Center parking lot, 4 Santanoni Drive, across from Newcomb Overlook Park. Registration Fee/$15.
  • 10-4pm: Newcomb’s Mountain Quilters 13th Biennial Quilt Show & Quilt Raffle. Adirondack Interpretive Center, 28N - look for event sign. Browse through the many beautiful quilts on display created by members of Newcomb’s Mountain Quilters.
  • 10am-12pm: Guideboat Regatta, Rich Lake. Enjoy the beauty and craftsmanship of antique & contemporary guide boats. Talk with owners and take a “test-row” in any of a series of authentic Adirondack Guide Boats. Park at Rich Lake public access, then follow signs for guide boats. Look for event sign west of town.
  • 10am-2pm: TR Weekend Golf Tournament hosted by the NCS Class of 2019. Lunch provided. Call 518/582-3341 to register.
  • 10-11:30am: Open House at the former Archer & Anna Huntington Lodge on Arbutus Lake. The lodge has been completely renovated and restored to its former glory. Refreshments will be served. Look for event sign west of town.
  • 1-3pm: Tahawus Mine Tour 1 - A guided tour at the site of the former National Lead Company Mine, now owned by Mitchell Stone. Bus transportation will be provided for the tour (personal cars not allowed in the site). Minimal walking involved.
  • 3-5pm: Tahawus Mine Tour 2 - Same as above.

For full event details, visit the Town of Newcomb's website »

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Photo: New York State Public Library Digital Collections