Attractions

Attractions

The Hancock House was the setting for a talk with the theme "Adirondack Suffragists: 100 Years of Votes for Women." Both Hancock House-Ticonderoga Historical Museum and the Adirondack History Museum in Elizabethtown will be celebrating the centennial of women's suffrage with new exhibits.Wait, wasn't the 19th Amendment passed in 1920? Yes, nationally, it was. But New York state gave women the right to vote three years earlier. The women of New...
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...
 Recently my wife and I took a little spring outing. The morning sky was clear and the sun shown warm as we started out. Opening the car door, our two enthusiastic companions and intrepid explorers, Cappy and Waggs, excitedly jumped in and we embarked. We have been exploring our local CATS (Champlain Area Trails), starting with a lovely hike up Coot Hill/Big Hollow last fall. We decided Crowfoot Pond would be a more challenging follow-up -...
(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...
Feature photo: Early morning trout stocking- courtesy of Chris Barber  Thousands of the beautiful trout that enjoy life in our streams, creeks, ponds, and lakes spent their youth at the Essex County Fish Hatchery. Every year this hatchery acquires approximately 77,000 rainbow trout eggs, 75,000 brown trout eggs, and 70-77,000 brook trout eggs from huge US Fish and Wildlife suppliers located across the country.Not all of the eggs make...
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...
I've never been one to make New Year's resolutions. In fact, I think they're downright silly. I guess I’m just more comfortable with my vices than most folks. Don’t get me wrong, if you have made some pledge to better yourself in the coming year, I salute you, but enough time has gone by that I say it is time to take stock of your life… and by that I mean it’s time to restock on goodies and sweet treats!The Adirondacks may seem like a...
Blogger's note: As we once again find ourselves smack in the middle of the holiday chaos, we can't help but remember this adventure at Ausable Chasm. It took place at this time last year, and we think it may be time to head back!It’s a chasm. It’s right there in the name, "Ausable Chasm." I’ve seen chasms before in other parts of the country, and I’ve toured chasms. They’re usually pretty cool but more or less the same. I’ve driven by this...
One of the most common phobias is fear of heights, or acrophobia. Research speculates that 3-5% of our population is affected by this fear. So much so that their anxiety limits many of their activities and they bypass opportunities for some spectacular experiences. The Lake Champlain Region offers phenomenal scenic vistas; some of which are best achieved in elevated areas. If you are a member of this 3-5% let me share three ideas where you may...
I love living in the Adirondacks. It's not like other places. For example, the majority of people in this country battle traffic on their way to work, on their way home from work, and then again when they venture out to play. If I were anywhere else but here and I wanted a meal out, I'd possibly be faced with the prospect of navigating through red lights and irate drivers.My “ordeal” to eat out tonight involves a beautiful ride through the...
There’s no doubt about it: Alexander Hamilton is a rockstar right now.The Founding Father is the subject of the smash-hit Broadway musical “Hamilton: An American Musical,” which tells the story of the American Revolution and the early days of our country through a hip-hop lens. It has taken America by storm, selling out shows since its off-Broadway debut in February 2015 and only gaining steam when it moved to Broadway in August 2015. It’s been...
It's hard to visit the adorable town of Essex and not notice the Essex Ice Cream Cafe. Essex has the cutest main street, right on the shore of Lake Champlain, and the shop is situated right in the middle of it. They have a huge variety of hard ice cream flavors, including one called Superman that's bright red, yellow, and blue. They also have one named after Champ, Champy Chocolate. And they have no fat and no sugar options as well....
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...
It’s a chasm. It’s right there in the name, "Ausable Chasm." I’ve seen chasms before in other parts of the country, and I’ve toured chasms. They’re usually pretty cool but more or less the same. I’ve driven by this particular one on a number of occasions and have always been impressed with the view of Rainbow Falls from the bridge. But, until last week, I now shamefully admit I had never actually stopped at Ausable Chasm. I will now also eat a...
Abundance of Recreation and NatureSituated directly on the Adirondack Coast, on Lake Shore Road about half way between the hamlets of Westport and Essex, is an unusual site - a remarkable playground for any outdoor enthusiast. There is a plethora of outdoor experiences and recreational opportunities to be had all in one place, rather a one-stop “shopping mall” for nature lovers. This site has everything: history, water, views, cliffs, forest,...
Boating From Manhattan to MontrealMany are surprised when I tell them that they could launch their boat anywhere along our Lake Champlain Region and easily end up in Manhattan or Montreal. I often get a raised eyebrow, but some are aware that the Champlain Canal connects the southern end of Lake Champlain to the Hudson River. At the northern end, the Chambly Canal connects to the Richelieu and St Lawrence. Although I have never made the...
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...
Family Fun along the Adirondack CoastHere's a little chronicle of my family's recent picks of outdoor fun.  When you have ice you have to go with it.Most of what we love is free and local, making for easy, family vacation time. Despite cold temperatures we needed to get outside and exercise to justify our caloric intake (!).  You all know what I mean.The day before Christmas was super icy so we opted for a hike on--what else--a nearby...
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...
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...
It is a quintessential autumn day, slightly past peak, sunny and warm enough to walk around with just long sleeves yet there is a slight crispness to the air. It is Canadian Thanksgiving and Columbus Day weekend, one of the busiest weekends of the year in the North Country.I am celebrating by taking a ride to Ted Cornell’s Art Farm (aka Crooked Brook Studios) in Westport, NY. This blog is more or less a continuation of a blog on Ted’s slide...
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...
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...
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...
Here it was mid-July and hopes of seeing my garden produce looked rather bleak.   Though our wet spring and early summer did wonders for my lawn, my vegetable garden was pathetic.  My green thumb skills  did not measure up to the challenges of recent weather.    Out of two packages of green bean seeds, I could boast 5 plants that have yet to blossom.  Most of the planted squash seed never...
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...
The Adirondack History Center Museum offers to keep your Tuesdays evenings filled all summer with the Elizabeth HW Lawrence Summer Lecture Series. The series begins July 9th at 7:00 PM with naturalist David Thomas Train's lecture Fire Towers in the Adirondacks.  He will cover the history and current fire tower issues of removal, retention and restoration.   Continue to mark your calendars for the following Tuesday night lectures, which...
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 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"...