This weekend and beyond is chock-full of winter fun, from the Raquette Lake Winter Carnival to Snocade in Indian Lake, to a snowshoe race at Natural Stone Bridge & Caves. See what’s happening and catch up on local Adirondack news!
Discover a Plethora of Winter Events in the ADK
There’s a lot of great stuff coming up:
- Raquette Lake Winter Carnival: February 18 – 20
- Adirondack Whiteout Weekend: February 18 – 20
- Wild Lights at The Wild Center: February 18 – 26
- 15th Annual Chili Bowl Luncheon at The View: February 19
- Brew-Ski in Tupper Lake: February 19
- Hague Winter Weekend & Polar Plunge: February 19 & 20
- Lake George Winter Carnival – Weekend 3: February 19 & 20
- Free Fishing Days in New York State: February 19 & 20
- Snocade in Indian Lake: February 19 – 26
- Stone Bridge Caveman 6K Snowshoe Race: February 20
- Birds of Prey at Hotel Saranac: February 20
- Snowmobile Safety Course in Indian Lake: February 22
- Lake George Winterfest: through March 11
- Winter Into Spring – New Exhibit at Tannery Pond Center: through March 26
5 Quick Updates on Happenings Around the Park
The North Creek Mosaic Project is Finally Complete
One of the largest pieces of public art in the region, the North Creek Mosaic Project, is now finished after 10 years of work and contributions, reports North Country Public Radio. Artist Kate Hartley and around 2,000 volunteers have created this incredible mosaic of stained glass and stone along a 180-foot wall. Images depict anything and everything that reminds us of the Adirondacks: images of whitewater rafters, hikers, skiers, wildlife, and much more adorn the wall.
Adirondack Artists Guild Juried Art Show Now Accepting Submissions
Speaking of Adirondack art, the Adirondack Artists Guild of Saranac Lake is hosting their 24th annual juried competition from March 18 through April 20. Submissions are being accepted now through March 4, and artists can enter up to three works. Any artist can submit any media, providing it’s original and created within the last three years.
Find out more at their website: https://www.adirondackartistsguild.com/
New Biking Network Will Connect Wilmington to Elizabethtown
A multi-use trail network in Keene geared towards mountain bikers is now in the works, according to Adirondack Explorer. When fully complete – the project will be conducted in phases – the network will include six to seven miles of both mountain biking and hiking trails. And once complete, the trail system will be a part of a mountain bike route from Wilmington to Elizabethtown. There doesn’t appear to be word yet on a specific timeline for the project.
The Ice Palace is Now Closed for the Season
The IPW (Ice Palace Workers) posted on Facebook on Tuesday that the Ice Palace is now closed, and they are working on dismantling it. High winds, rain, and high temperatures predicted prompted the shutdown. We’ll look forward to what they come up with next year!
DEC Announces Annual Buffer in a Bag Program
The DEC is once again offering free seedlings to qualified landowners for streamside plantings. Qualifying private and public landowners can apply for a free bag of 25 tree and shrub seedlings, slated for planting near streams, rivers, or lakes to help stabilize banks, protect water quality, and improve wildlife habitat.
In order to qualify, you must have property in the state with at least 50 feet bordering a stream, river, or lake. This is a first come, first serve program until supplies run out.
“Small-scale streamside plantings can help decrease erosion, slow floodwaters, and protect fish and wildlife habitat,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said in a statement.