Events

Events

Extraordinary Leaves and LayersAs you are cruising along the Adirondack Coast this fall, peeping at the magnificent colors, you are bound to admire the awesome scenery this historic valley displays. Man has been admiring and coveting this valley for centuries. From early European exploration, through conflict, and settlement, this fertile valley and its resources have been sought after and fought over. There are layers upon layers of American...
I met with a longtime Depot Theatre person to discuss the new 2017 season. Beth Glover has an excellent vantage point to view all the upcoming productions.This busy actress appears in local venues, on and off Broadway, and on the West Coast. Theater, small films, and television provide a varied backdrop for her work, even from backstage, such as serving as a stage manager for Depot Theatre's production of "SHOUT! The Mod Musical."What to love"I...
Champ Day is drawing near, and once again the residents of Port Henry are gearing up to celebrate their hometown lake monster, Champ. This annual bash at the “Home of Champ” keeps getting bigger, and this year is shaping up to be some fun doin’s.Champ Day is Sunday, July 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is a special kickoff to Champ Day - “The Return of Champ Day Movie Night!” - which will take place on Wednesday, July 12, at 7 p.m. Come by the...
Let the celebrations begin!The summer season is off to a great start - the water is as blue as the sky, the sun is shining, and our seasonal shops are open for business!The action really heats up this week as our villages prepare to celebrate the long holiday weekend with events for all ages. We invite you to come celebrate with us along the Adirondack Coast; it is really the ideal location for this specific holiday.It was on the waters and...
A popular attraction has opened its doors for the 2017 summer season, and our friends at Star Trek Original Series Set Tour are looking to outdo themselves with their feature Trekonderoga event, happening August 25-27, including a full roster of exciting big name stars making guest appearances.If you can’t make the big doings, fear not intrepid Trekkies, you can still stop by to tour the sets when you’re in town. Doors are open from May through...
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 27 through Monday, May 29. This community has been hosting Memorial Day celebrations for 149 years! They extend gracious hospitality for everyone to come and enjoy the activities and events planned, but also...
(Featured Image Courtesy and Copyright Fort Ticonderoga)  Just a few more days and Fort Ticonderoga will be open for the season! There you find an ever-changing adventure. I recently spoke directly with Beth Hill, President and CEO of Fort Ticonderoga to get the inside scoop on what exciting experiences we might find at the Fort this year. I will share her insight on a few not-to-be-missed features for this coming season:If cannons...
Port Henry, NY, March 31, 2017- Local Officials unveil a major project aimed at confirming the existence of “Champ,” the Lake Champlain Monster, once and for all.“This will be a shot in the arm for tourism,” stated Super Town Advisor, Bean Favascossa. “This is a huge undertaking that has been in the works for many years. Lake Champlain already has great waterfront activities like boating and fishing, but once Champ is declared real then...
Each March we are lucky to be treated to several 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 family...
If ever you’re traveling through Westport on the last Saturday of the month between now and April, be sure to stop in to the Winter Farmers Market in Westport. You don’t need directions - you’ll see all the cars parked along the edges of Main Street in front of the Heritage House.I stumbled upon it quite by accident while out on a drive to battle a little case of cabin fever - it turned out to be the perfect cure for what ailed me. We saw the...
Technically we may still be in winter, but we're beginning to think spring!Late February’s mild temperatures receded snowbanks and brought in the robins and bluebirds. Seed and plant catalogs have been filling the mailbox for a few weeks now. As I write, I feel the strong heat of the sun pouring through the window. I look out to what’s left of my flower garden; now brown and bedraggled. I have a yearning to get growing. Regional gardeners...
As we approach the holiday season, there are two specific events I look forward to every year. In fact, missing either one of these makes the season incomplete for me. I encourage you to add these events to your holiday “list of things to do”- have them become a part of your holiday tradition. Canadian Pacific Holiday TrainEvery year, in late November — this year on November 27 — the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train of Lights winds its...
After Labor Day, our summer may begin to wane along the Adirondack Coast, but this means we can start getting excited about autumn. Soon the colors will be arriving and dressing our landscape in vivid oranges, yellows, and reds. We have some exciting fall events planned that will be showcased against that colorful scenic backdrop. Here are a few highlights!Adirondack Harvest FestivalYou definitely will want to plan on attending the Adirondack...
Guest Blogger: Audrey Schwartzberg Communications Associate, Adirondack North Country AssociationHitting the roadI’m on my trusty touring bike, hauling my 5-year-old in the Burly buggy. She’d rather be pedaling her big-girl bike, but she’ll have to be content admiring the view from the trailer. My husband and son are up ahead pedaling [almost] in tandem with their bicycle/tag-along combo. Grandpop is joining us for the day, and Grandma...
Let’s talk about a different type of training. Were you aware that National Geographic Traveler magazine rated Amtrak’s Adirondack Line as “one of the 10 most beautiful train trips in the world?" Yes, I am talking about a rail line, and the shout-out was in the year 2000, but no worries, the scenery hasn’t changed. I have ridden the Adirondack Line from one end to the other, and I can also tell you the most beautiful section of that trip is...
It’s coming fast. Summer is an action packed season filled with events, tours, parades, concerts, performances, and festivals, and it all starts Memorial Day weekend on the Adirondack Coast. There certainly will be something going on to entertain you. Let me give you a few brief highlights of what's happening this summer, but by no means will this list be all inclusive. Check the events calendar for more options and opportunities. Where...
As I started to write this blog it was snowing! Are you as anxious as I for some real spring/summer weather and all the opportunities and activities to choose from? A major summer treat for me are the farmers’ markets. I find them a feast for all senses. The colorful sights, smells, and tastes of summer are all on display at the numerous farmers’ markets throughout the region. Luckily, Ticonderoga is not making us wait until the depths of summer...
Late last week I ventured into the most picturesque valley you can imagine. This valley, extending from Wadhams into Essex, glides along the banks of the Boquet River flanked by the gorgeous Adirondacks. Vistas revealed quaint farm buildings surrounded by scenic agricultural land and pastures dotted with a variety of farm animals. I was on my way to the Echo Farm to connect with Dillon Klepetar of Farmstead Catering to learn about his...
Crown Point, N.Y. — A public meeting will be held to present new traffic restrictions for the Lake Champlain Bridge at 10 a.m. on April 15 at the Lake Champlain Visitors Center in Crown Point, N.Y. The new regulations are being put into place in order to facilitate a safer flow of traffic in response to an overwhelming increase in cycling activity in the Lake Champlain region.The bridge, which spans between Crown Point, New York and...
A holiday traditionDuring this time of year of lights, shopping, travels and celebrations, birders add an additional item to their busy calendars: Christmas bird counts. The counts began this past Saturday with counts in Plattsburgh and Ferrisburgh, Vermont (this count includes the Westport area). While my busy schedule precluded me from helping with those, the following day was marked by the Vermont Islands Count, a count which includes the...
It's all about the holidays in the Lake Champlain Region during December. Most communities will host some kind of holiday celebration throughout the month from craft shows to week-long, full-blown, multi-event bashes.  North Country Christmas WeekTiconderoga celebrates the holidays with a wonderful week of holiday magic known as North Country Christmas Week through December 6. With community events, retail promotions, Garden Club events,...
In my opinion, autumn is actually the best time to visit the Lake Champlain Region. The Adirondack Coast sparkles during this season with some crystal-clear sunny days and cool, crisp, great sleeping weather, nights. It’s the perfect season for hiking one of the many CATS trails. The views from atop one of our mountains along the lake go on forever. Often winds subside and boaters enjoy skimming across, or paddling, the flatwater which like a...
A couple of short weeks from now we will be reflecting on where the summer went. Not that summer will officially be over, but once students head back to school options for even mini-vacations and family outings get restricted. An opportunity for a final bash of summer fun is waiting for you and your family in the Town of Moriah over Labor Day Weekend. The Village of Port Henry and Town of Moriah have been celebrating Labor Day for 126 years!...
The Lake Champlain Region is vast, extending approximately 75 miles north to south and 30 miles east to west. Obviously first time visitors, or even repeat visitors, never see it all. I don’t think I have. It’s easy to get caught up in the scenic beauty or focus on one unique feature and pass right by many other opportunities without knowing. Therefore, though not exactly “secrets,” here are a handful of tips regarding some lesser-known facts,...
Sunday is often “family day.” The entire family wants time together, but what to do. Where and how to find one destination that will appeal to family members with diverse ages and interests can be difficult. The historic community of Ticonderoga is prepared to cater to a wide variety of family-friendly interests, particularly on August 2nd.  On that Sunday consider making Bicentennial Park the central family hub. Car Show!Antique and...
It was on the waters and along the shores of our fantastic Lake Champlain that the great battles, struggles and sacrifices were made for America’s freedom. Can you think of a better location to celebrate America’s Independence than where it all took place 200+ years ago? Join us in the Lake Champlain Region as we celebrate the 4th of July and our heritage. Here are some events and happenings throughout our communities that will make this...
Heads up music lovers! Soundwaves is returning this summer season with great performances planned in the Lake Champlain Region. Soundwaves is a summer community concert series curated by Taylor Haskins. The concerts are held Thursday evenings, July 2nd through August 13th, at Ballard Park in Westport, directly on the Adirondack Coast. This top notch musical entertainment collection has been specially crafted by Haskins, a well-renowned...
Hooray for Diversity! Wandering through the communities along the Adirondack Coast it is easy to be awed by the natural beauty. It happens all the time and it is one reason I love entertaining first-time visitors. They rave about the scenery. There is a great diversity and contrast: flat open water, rolling farm fields, heavily wooded areas, and of course the great sky line of the Adirondack Mountains. Views are never boring. Diversity adds...
It’s that time of year when we look forward to what the new year will bring. If this year was any indication, we are in for a wonderful time along the Adirondack Coast in 2015. This year seemed to go by incredibly fast, probably because it was filled with activities and things to do. I reflect back on a few of the highlights.The Grange!The Whallonsburgh Grange! Was there anything that wasn’t happening there this past year? The Champlain Valley...
ABOVE: The Essex Inn, decked out in full holiday decor.North Country Christmas weekTiconderoga throws open its doors during the 5th Annual North Country Christmas Celebration, this year from November 29 - December 7. With a heck of a host of events every single night during the week, you’ll want to get a room in Ticonderoga for a couple of days, or the whole week. A sampling of the North Country Christmas events are: Annual Tree...
The Holiday SqueezeWe are approaching what I often refer to as the “holiday squeeze.” Everything can get a bit stretched - time, wallets, energies, and even belts. We look forward to all the traditional festivities and delivering the perfect gift to everyone on our list. The next few weeks can make us a bit anxious as we attempt to squeeze everything in. During this season we also want to be a little self-indulgent. It is the holidays after all...
It’s said that haunted places are usually associated with the death of an occupant or a strong connection between someone deceased and the property. Many different experiences are connected with haunted buildings - items disappearing and reappearing, seeing strange shadows and smelling unfamiliar fragrances, unexplained noises and lights turning on and off are a few. Many supposedly haunted buildings are quite old and have experienced a great...
 I know many of us that are nuts about cars. I recently learned that there are a lot more cars than there are drivers in the US. Automobiles hold an appeal far surpassing the convenient transportation. Beyond the utilitarian, we may see them as sculptural art, an expression of identity, opportunity for adventures. They also can be time machines for some of us getting along in years. Catching a glimpse of one built a few decades ago can...
Fall in the Lake Champlain Region is always a fun time with harvest activities and fun, educational, and entertaining events. Here are four of our favorites coming up in the next month or so. But don’t forget to check the entire calendar for lots more.Taste our local foods and culinary delightsOn the 20th of September, make sure you don’t miss A Taste of Local Food Festival in Elizabethtown. Hosted by the Adirondack History Center Museum in...
CONNECTING NEW YORK AND VERMONTTourism officials in New York and Vermont recently collaborated to bring the two states bordering Lake Champlain together with a program called Bridging Lake Champlain. On both sides of the lake dozens of August events were planned under this umbrella.  One such event I attended  in mid-August was the Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) Maritime Tour. The tour originated in Westport, NY,...
As the sun slants a little more to the South in late summer, we begin thinking about the change of the seasons and our fall events. Of course, there are still several summer events not to be missed. Here are some of the highlights for the next few weeks.Get lost in the Corn MazeFort Ticonderoga still has a full schedule of historic events that are sure to both educate and entertain you. The Fort’s famous Heroic Corn Maze opened last weekend as...
The Lake Champlain Region is alive with events this time of year. Whether it’s a cultural, historic or community event you're looking for, you're covered. Dinner and a show One of my husbands and my favorite summertime activities is to take the drive to Westport for a production at The Depot Theatre. If you’re arriving from any other community in the Adirondacks, it’s a gorgeous drive this time of year in late afternoon. Located in the...
Early summer in the Lake Champlain Region brings entertainment and events for all. Historic events, festivals and numerous arts events fill the calendar.Fort Re-enactmentsFort Ticonderoga leads the charge with several historic events throughout the season. The Fort is a bustling place during the warmer months with reenactments and living history demonstrations, as well as special Fort tours. June 21st and 22nd brings a Living History weekend....
Spring Brings Wildflowers on The Grand HikeYesterday I hiked fourteen miles, beginning just up the hill from home. Thanks to the Champlain Area Trails I was able to hike from the Westport Hotel and Tavern to the Essex Inn on a series of connected sections of easy roadways and very, very pretty trails. For the Champlain Valley this is a new feat and the successful completion of a goal set several years ago by local trailbuilders.I was joined on...
In my youth the mention of history would make me wrinkle my nose. That was during the school years of course, when I related history to a classroom setting with nothing but a boring memorization of strange names and odd dates. On Lake Champlain, I was living in the birthplace of America and enjoying history on a daily basis, but did not connect the dots. Textbooks aside out of the classroom, the historic sites of our Lake Champlain Region were...
Serendipity!Centrally located within the Lake Champlain Region, resting on the banks of the Boquet River, is the little hamlet of Whallonsburg. This hamlet is within the Town of Essex, about 4 miles from their NHR collection of houses and the Essex to Charlotte ferry dock. A central focus within this hamlet is The Whallonsburg Grange and what is happening there will surprise you.The Grange building itself is about 100 years old. It flourished in...
February events in the Lake Champlain RegionThe Lake Champlain Region is gearing up for a busy February, with historic re-enactments, concerts, rock climbing and snowshoe hikes for starters.Ice and rock climbing talkWinter Climbing will be the subject of the CRUX Climbing Center's event on February 4th. Famous Adirondack ice and rock climber and author, Don Mellor, will be on hand along with Mark Scott to discuss ice climbing technique in the...
In the past, I’ve not thought a lot about Essex, NY as much of a destination after Columbus Day but tonight is making me rethink that notion.This Thursday evening finds me at the Belden Noble Memorial Library in Essex for a poetry open mic night led by Essex’s own George Davis--Rosslyn Redux author and storyteller.There are about a dozen writers here who have braved the cold to listen and share their words. I am especially excited that my co-...
How lucky is the Lake Champlain Valley?Unbelievably. We may live 5 hours or so from NYC but we are always learning of a new talent who has decided to settle in this quiet and picturesque valley.For about a year now, I have been hearing about one such resident--composer/trumpeter, Taylor Haskins.According to his website, Mr. Haskins is being hailed as one of the most original new voices on the trumpet today. Downbeat magazine declared him...
This is my first silent movie with a live accompanist and I know for a fact that it won’t be my last. This evening’s event finds me at Willsboro School where the Champlain Valley Film Society (CVFS) is hosting renowned pianist/organist/film historian Ben Model and two Charlie Chaplin movies: “A Dog’s Life” and “The Kid.”Ben Model is one of the USA's leading silent film accompanists, and has been playing piano and organ for silent movies at the...
Over the course of the next few days there are seasonal Halloween activities throughout the Lake Champlain Region.  Some are very family friendly and some come with fright warnings, but you should find something to appeal to every member of your family. The Penfield Haunted Homestead begins Friday night (October 25th) in Ironville at dusk and runs each evening through Sunday.  A visit to this Haunted Homestead is not for the...
This week in the Lake Champlain Region the fall foliage is nearing peak in the highest elevations and still only at about 50% near the lakeshore areas.   Come spend a day or three and visit our fantastic attractions, restaurants, galleries and shops and stay in one of our historic inns.  Tour the region and take in the great fall foliage as well.There are still farmers markets open - Elizabethtown on Fridays and Ticonderoga on...
Tonight I am attending “Songs to Remember” or Vagabonding—Reminiscences, Songs, Stories and Poems of Marjorie Lansing Porter.  The evening evolves into a tender history lesson, an enchanting musical journey, and a moving and nostalgic tribute to one of the founders of this museum in Elizabethtown who also happened to be the foremost collector of North Country Folklore and folk songs.Adirondack History Center Director Margaret Gibbs...
Some of our historic events in the region offer up an opportunity to learn while doing. A perfect example is this weekend's Festival of Nations (Sept. 20 - 21) at Crown Point Historic Site on Lake Champlain.  The Crown Point Historic Site is home to the ruins of two forts of the 18th century - the French Fort Frederic (1734) and the British Fort from 1759.  Fort Frederic was built when the French claimed the Lake Champlain Region....
New York is the second largest producer of apples in the nation.  The Lake Champlain Region, of course, is responsible for that ranking.  Our Adirondack Coast provides ideal growing conditions and cold enough winters for the required apple tree dormant period.  Actually the trees really enjoy being a part of our breathtaking scenic beauty.  During this month you can find them posing with their red, green and gold ornaments....
I found out last night that there is a new art gallery in Keeseville. Two prominent artists from the North Country were glowing with praise and encouraging me to go and check out the opening on Friday evening.So, here I am on Front Street in Keeseville and I am pleasantly surprised by this New-York-City-like façade and interior space that I am about to enter.Clark Davidson is the gallery owner and main artist on display this evening.  ...
Fall events in the Lake Champlain Region bring together history with arts and cultural happenings. Topping the list this coming weekend are the Fort Ticonderoga Brown's Raid Re-enactment and the Otis Mountain Get Down.Brown's Raid Re-enactment is a two day event, September 14 and 15. With General John Burgoyne’s Army south at Saratoga in September of 1777, march with Colonel John Brown and his militia men as they raid Ticonderoga, releasing...
Harvest Festival Week is coming! This is one of my favorite times of year; as it allows one to explore the abundant local produce and farms in our area.  Essex County has a wonderful selection of small farms that distribute their goods via CSA, farmers markets, roadside stands, grocers, and local restaurants.  Adirondack Harvest works to connect these local farmers to their communities and regional markets, expanding consumer...
Fall in the Lake Champlain Region brings with it a calendar full of events to celebrate the season.  From festivals to historical re-enactments, the region's events will keep you occupied during a weekend outing or longer stay.Farmers' markets abound and so do their wares during this harvest season.  The Lake Champlain Region offers farmers a long growing season and farms are numerous here. Willsboro, Elizabethtown, Ticonderoga and...
If you are still making plans for the upcoming long holiday weekend, you should be considering a visit to the Town of Moriah.  This town has been celebrating the Labor Day holiday for over one hundred and twenty years.  In fact, the residents of this town began Labor Day celebrations before it became a national holiday in 1894.  This symbolic “end of summer” holiday pays tribute to the hard work, achievements and contributions of...
I’ve written about art openings in Essex, NY before but I continue to be awed by both the natural setting and the amazing artwork that ends up in this little gallery with its real-life natural backdrop of Lake Champlain.Tonight’s opening is titled Reflections and so many meanings of that one word are included in this exhibition which features the diverse work of exhibiting members of the Adirondack Art Association of Essex. The artists of the...
The Essex County Fair is in full swing and in respect of its impressive 165 years running, I thought I would post some great historic photographs and a bit of history. The first Essex County-Clinton County Fair was organized by Elkanah Watson in 1848. It was held on the Port Kent Road, on the plains east of the Town of Keeseville. The most important event was horse racing, which is still a component of the fair. In 1850, Essex and Clinton...
It must be summer in the Adirondacks because everywhere I turn there is another arts event going on. So much is packed into our summers that it’s impossible to get to everything.My passion is of course, is theatre, so it’s hard to pass up an opportunity to not only see a great play but get to listen to the actors talk about the play and their roles afterwards.That’s why today I am back at The Depot Theatre in Westport, this time to see their...
It’s opening night of the 35th annual season of the Depot Theatre in Westport and the lobby is a buzz. Tonight we will be treated to a world premiere of a new musical and the writers themselves, are among the excited audience members. We are told this by the Depot Managing Director, Angel Wuellner, in her curtain speech to us before the show begins.The show we will premiere is “Route 66” which has been advertised as a new romantic musical comedy...
When President Lincoln issued a call for volunteers in the spring of 1861, the citizens of Essex County responded immediately and in numbers far out of proportion to their population.  Crown Point, Elizabethtown, Keeseville, and Moriah quickly formed companies. Throughout 1861, men from all over the county followed suit; joining existing infantry regiments, forming new ones, or creating special cavalry or artillery units to fill specific...
The Essex Theatre Company (ETC) in Essex, New York, is gearing up for another summer season of theatre.This week, I had the opportunity to speak with Emily Madan, director of the first show this season,"Much Ado About Nothing."Emily has been acting since 2001 and started directing when she was in college at SUNY Plattsburgh. This is her fifth production as director. She was recently seen on the stage at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts in the...
The historic Hand House in Elizabethtown often boasts classical music in the stately drawing room where Piano by Nature's grand piano resides.But this evening the house is rockin' with ragtime from renowned pianist Ethan Uslan. According to the program, Mr. Uslan is one of the hottest names on the ragtime/traditional jazz scene today. He has performed on NPR's "A Prairie Home Companion" as well as in various concerts and festivals nationwide....
Summertime in the Lake Champlain Region brings with it celebrations, festivals, historic re-enactments and so much more. From festive celebrations to historical offerings with a seasonal twist, the Lake Champlain Region's events will be sure to keep you occupied during a weekend outing or lengthier stay.In May our area attractions open for the season - Fort Ticonderoga, Ausable Chasm and most all of the historic museums are ready to welcome the...
The 2013 performance season has not yet begun at The Depot Theatre but this May evening brings together a gathering of art and theatre lovers. It is a reception for artist Gharan K. Burton whose colorful and provocative paintings are displayed on the lobby walls of this lovely old multi-purpose building.I arrive early enough to take my time and absorb each atmospheric piece. The artist is present and happy to discuss his work and technique with...
I arrive at the Wadhams Library early for an evening that celebrates the art of Edward "Ted" Cornell and his Art Farm at Crooked Brook Studios. I've blogged about Ted before in the context of a documentary about NYC's Public Theatre icon Joseph Papp. Ted worked at The Public Theatre with Papp long before settling into his artist life in the Adirondacks.The Wadhams's librarian sums Ted up perfectly tonight introducing him as "a Renaissance Man"...