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“There’s a THEATRE in here?” the Amtrak passenger asked, pointing to the Actors’ Equity sign in the lobby of the train station. “There sure is,” I answered as usual, preparing my regular spiel. “It’s very convenient, as actors can ride the train from Broadway directly to the stage here in the Adirondacks!”  It’s a frequently asked question about a unique situation. The circa 1876 historic building located in the community of Westport...
Here it comes... the first traditional holiday of the summer season and many of us are beginning to make our long weekend plans. The Town of Crown Point is gearing up for their annual Memorial Day celebration held Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28. This community has been hosting Memorial Day celebrations for 150 years! They extend gracious hospitality for everyone to come and enjoy the activities and events planned, but also...
This blog contributed by Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce by Katelyn Chevier.  Top 10 Things To See & Do in Ticonderoga: There is no wonder why Ticonderoga manifests historic charm, scenic beauty, and an abundance of recreation and activities, being the name’s origin is from the Iroquois word tekontaró:ken, meaning "it is at the junction of two waterways." This lovely little town nestled between Lake George and Lake...
It’s a great feeling, knowing where your food comes from. Just the other day I was thinking about how the concept of local — locally produced food and locally owned businesses — was never part of the conversation when I was growing up. Back then, chain stores reigned supreme and no one thought twice about how the food on their plate got there as long as it tasted good. It seems over the past 15 years or so there’s been a big change in that...
Spring has Arrived! While winter took a while to be defeated this year in the Adirondacks, the spring movement of waterfowl and other species in the Lake Champlain Region was not to be deterred. For instance, just the other day a friend of mine found 17 species of waterfowl in Bulwagga Bay from Crown Point and Port Henry. So, when the weather turned to warm and sunny just in time for Earth Day, Wren and I wasted no time in heading out...
It’s drama time for our rivers, creeks, and streams. Melted snow and spring rains have filled their banks to capacity. They are putting on quite a show as they race down the mountains and into the valley, all in a hurry to reach Lake Champlain. It’s my favorite time of year to go out on a waterfall watch and see the fantastic displays. I find moving water mesmerizing; I love the sounds and the sparkle as it splashes onward. Here are some of...
On May 4, 2018, the most accurate Star Trek set reproduction in the world will welcome back the person who created the starship captain. On that day, it will be 51 years, 7 months, and 26 days since William Shatner brought Captain Kirk to television. This beloved show was actually obscure in its time. But that was before there was a man on the moon and a computer in the palm of our hand. Now, Star Trek isn't a show which barely hung on long...
Westport was born from its lovely natural advantages, and this tradition continues as the concept and experience of "leisure" has changed through the centuries. If you like staying in historic lodges, dining on the water, and exploring nature from the beach to the mountaintops, Westport beckons. I do love Westport. Let me count some of the ways. Home of The Chair To give an idea of the character of this charming town, remember that the...
Located directly along the Adirondack Coast of Lake Champlain is the Town of Moriah — an incredibly scenic community with phenomenal views at every turn.This town is large and is comprised of several hamlets: Moriah Center, Moriah Corners, Witherbee, and Mineville, as well as the village of Port Henry. For this week's blog we are fortunate to have talented local photographer, Shawn Michener, share some of the seasonal magic he’...
Wild Windy Weather The wind was howling when Wren and I walked down to the beach at Noblewood Park in Willsboro with a plan to scan through the birds there. White-capped waves rolled and crashed along Lake Champlain, and the strong gale made scoping difficult at best and impossible at worst. The fact that it began snowing didn't help my cause either. I eventually had to give up and walk away – my face numb and my eyes tearing -...
Submitted by guest blogger: Katelyn Chevier A Local Way to Combat Winter Blues  At the same time every year, as the monotony of winter drags on, I begin to feel stuck on autopilot. Tiredness ensues, as I see no light at the end of the tunnel promising spring. Getting creative with outdoor hobbies throughout the season is smart in this region, but what if you require a little shake-up to your frosty repertoire? A local...
An exciting stop on the way to the valley On our way to check out birds in the Lake Champlain Region, my brother, nephew, and I decided to check out Ausable Club Road where, as the name suggests, the Ausable Club sits. There had been a report of possible Common Redpolls and Pine Grosbeaks there, neither of which have been around this winter, so it was worth a stop. Our day had already started with a Northern Shrike along Old Military Road...
Each March we are lucky to be treated to two NYS Maple Weekends - a celebration of that honorable upstate tradition of harvesting the sap of the sugar maple on the cusp of spring and boiling it down into maple syrup. However, here on the Adirondack Coast, we love our maple all year long! If you are wondering where you can get some of the best maple syrup around, boy do I have a tip for you. North Hill Maple Farm is a sixth generation...
Today the Adirondacks are the destination for enthusiastic and athletic individuals from around the world. They come here wishing to feel the thrill of adventure that only our unique winter landscape can offer. Whether you are into skiing, ice climbing, nordic skating, or snowshoeing, many excellent opportunities await the winter visitor.  But what of Adirondackers from a century ago? Did these hardy inhabitants of our rustic frozen...
If you have visited a mountain town in the last few years, you may have noticed that fat bikes are steadily growing in popularity. More than ever, riders are taking to the snowy roads and trails, adding another outdoor hobby to their list. I have picked up mountain biking over the past few summers, and love that fat biking allows for year round riding and an additional winter activity when the skiing is subpar. Some riders are even...