Happy New Year! As 2020 comes to an end, we’ve rounded up some of the latest news and events you should know about in the Adirondacks, from first day hikes to a new virtual concert series.
Find a First Day Hike
First Day Hikes are huge in the Adirondacks and across New York State. See what First Day Hikes are planned – there are six in the Adirondack Park – and register as soon as possible! (Also, you may want to check if snowshoes are available to rent or bring your own.)
A New Art Exhibit Will Be Up Through January
On Thursday, January 7, a new exhibit goes up at the Adirondack Artists Guild in Saranac Lake that consists of 12 of Ken Wiley’s paintings carefully selected from his 55-year career. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday from 11am to 3pm.
Winter Weekends Canceled for 2021
The Winter Weekends at Camp Santanoni, which typically take place over three weekends at the Adirondack Great Camp, have been canceled for 2021. The indoor spaces used for the events are too small to accommodate the usual number of attendees safely under current guidelines.
2020 NYS Pumpkinseed Ties for Record
When angler Jordan Tontarski caught a pumpkinseed last January while ice fishing on the Black River near Watertown, he suspected it would be a contender in the New York State Winter Classic Fishing Tournament.
After the fish, which had characteristics of both the pumpkinseed and the bluegill sunfish, was examined by biologists of the DEC and ichthyologists in Albany, it was recently determined to be a pure pumpkinseed. With this identification, the state record has officially been tied with the 1994 catch by R. Kennard Mosher in Indian Lake.
Plan for an Extraordinary Adirondack Sleigh Ride
Circle B Ranch in Chestertown is now accepting reservations for their sleigh rides, perfect for couples or outdoorsy folks. Enjoy an incredible ride through the Adirondack winter wonderland followed by warm beverages and s’mores.
Great News for the Saranac Lake Free Library
Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports that an anonymous and local donor has given $20,000 to the Saranac Lake Free Library. The money is going toward their Research Room, and it has allowed the library to construct new cabinetry that will house rare pamphlets and manuscripts.
The View Kicks Off Virtual Concert Series
The View Arts Center in Old Forge will present a virtual concert series this winter starting on December 31 with Lee Rocker of the Stray Cats performing for New Year’s Eve. The shows will be offered through the arts center’s website at no charge; donations are welcome to help fund future performing arts programs. Check out more at viewarts.org.
- Adirondack Daily Enterprise: Anonymous person donates $20K to Saranac Lake Free Library