The holiday happenings continue through this weekend – see what’s going on from Warrensburg to Plattsburgh, and then catch up on four updates to know around the Adirondacks.
Holiday Festivals, Tree Lightings & More Christmastime Fun
Here’s what’s coming up:
- Best 4th in the North Chicken BBQ: December 2
- Holiday Art Bazaar at BluSeed Studios: through December 3
- Sparkle Village Arts & Crafts Fair: December 3 & 4
- Wild Lights at the Wild Center: December 3 & 4 (and other dates)
- Royal Snow Sisters Princess Show in Lake George: December 4
- Holiday Festival in Essex: December 4
- Christmas in the ‘Forks: December 4
- Downtown Plattsburgh Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting: December 4
- Kids Art Project Fair at Tannery Pond Community Center: December 4
- Nutcracker in a Nutshell in Lake Placid: December 4
- Christmas in Warrensburgh: December 4 & 5
- Ticonderoga North Country Christmas: through December 5
This Week’s Happenings Around the Park, With 4 Newsy Tidbits to Know
Adirondack & Catskill Parks Team Up Together to Protect Resources
The DEC has announced the first-ever Adirondack and Catskill Parks Coordinators, Josh Clague and McCrea Bunrham respectively, who will work collaboratively with each another and other organizations to protect the two Parks.
The Coordinators will help to drive the DEC’s ongoing efforts to promote sustainability and will work to address challenges the Parks face. This will be done through implementing management plans, overseeing common resources, joining together for educational efforts, and more. One problem both Parks face is the recent significant increase in visitors.
“As more New Yorkers discover the beauty of the Adirondacks and Catskills, DEC continues to build upon our ongoing efforts to protect these unique natural resources by working with our partners to address the increase in visitation we’ve seen over the least year and the last decade,” Commissioner Basil Seggos said in a statement.
Go Off the Wall With Gift Purchasing at BluSeed Studios
BluSeed Studios of Saranac Lake has their Off the Wall exhibit up now, and all the locally produced artworks are up for sale, retailing at $100 or less. Visitors can purchase and carry off a piece on the spot, and artists are refilling inventory as the show continues on, and artworks find new homes or become holiday gifts. The gallery at 24 Cedar Street is open daily from 2pm to 7pm.
The Empire State Winter Games Will Return in February
After a one-year hiatus, the Empire State Winter Games will return to Lake Placid for the 42nd year of competition February 3 to 6, 2022. Roughly 2,000 athletes of all ages from New York State and elsewhere will participate in over 30 sports in Lake Placid and nearby. This event typically draws in not just the athletes, but up to 15,000 additional spectators, not counting friends and family members of competitors!
“We are thrilled to bring ESWG back to Lake Placid in 2022,” Lake Placid Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism Chief Operating Officer Mary Jane Lawrence said in a statement. “Being able to host this winter multi-sport competition to so many young athletes, along with their families, reinforces our unique position as a competitive sports and leisure travel destination.”
Hikers Attempt to Scale Marcy in Sneakers
North Country Public Radio reports that on November 25 a group of hikers called the DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch for help down from the Mount Marcy summit. The hikers donned only sneakers for this 15-mile round-trip hike, that currently includes 8 inches of snow.
With winter conditions present in the Park, it’s more important than ever to adequately prepare for a hike, or opt to utilize a guide service.
- North Country Public Radio: “Hikers in the Adirondacks call for a ride off snowy Mt. Marcy after summiting in sneakers