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Taking on Ice Fishing in Saranac LakeIce fishing is a premier Adirondack sport, and Saranac Lake can lay claim to having some of the best. Our abundance of lakes and ponds, many of them easily accessible, puts us right at the top of hard water fishing places. We also get lots of great winter to freeze them up!Despite the early freeze, I had managed to not go myself until just the other day. While... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:winter, Outerwear, Outdoor Recreation, Gear, Fishing, Family fun, Equipment, Dog Friendly
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In my mind, one of the best parts of winter is getting outdoors to experience and learn about our amazing natural environment here in the Adirondacks. Events that center around learning about the natural Adirondacks can be experienced at:the Visitor interpretive centerIn addition to the wonderful exhibits, live birds and trail system at the Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC), the facility... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:winter, Wildlife, Snowshoe, Natural History, Historic Downtown, Family fun, Exhibits, Events, Cultural, Birding, Arts
Slip Sliding away on Gothics & ArmstrongThe winter climbing season is upon us in the AdirondacksThe winter climbing season is a very exciting time of year and when the conditions are good, the climbing is exceptional.  This goes for all of the mountains in the Adirondack Park, but for those aspiring to be winter 46ers, this is especially true. Saranac Lake makes for an... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:winter, Snowshoe, Outerwear, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Gear, Equipment
            Snow covered landscapes the world over have a few things in common.  They are white.  They are generally cold – recently true around here.  And they are quiet.              The day following our recent snow storm Wren and I skied north from the north... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Dog Friendly, Snowshoe, Skiing, Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, winter, Wildlife
Sun Tzu’s Awesome Tips On Art GiftsSaranac Lake is a great place to get art of all kinds & prices, for holiday gift giving. The abundance of galleries and the many local crafts in stores offer variety, but there's still one problem. How do we do this particular kind of shopping for the people in our life?Art just might be the trickiest form of gift, relying as it does on such elusive... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Shopping, Historic Downtown, Cultural, Arts
Blue Mountain Fire TowerMicrospikes needed on Blue MountainIt was almost the perfect day for a snowshoe in Saranac Lake, if only the skies were blue and the views endless, would it have been any better. The temperatures were in the mid 20s and not a lick of wind. Blue Mountain is one of the finest fire tower peaks in the Adirondack Park with its interesting trail and sweet views. To get to Blue... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:winter, Snowshoe, Outerwear, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Gear, Family fun, Equipment, Dog Friendly
First Night 2013First Night’s origins trace back to mid-70’s Boston, where community-minded artists created a new kind of New Year’s party. Now, with upwards of 75 official “First Night” cities across the USA, the well-established First Night Saranac Lake shines in Northern New York as one of the best. In fact, in 2011, the Saranac Lake First Night button won the award for best event button in... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:winter, Theatre, Music, Historic Downtown, Family fun, Events, Cultural, Arts
 Sandra Hildreth is not only a sensational artist but also a very good marketer. I am here today at her studio/home in Saranac Lake because I saw her Open House Studio posted on the North Country Public Radio Community Calendar.Several artists in the area are having Holiday Open Houses and giving the public a chance to purchase fine art Christmas presents. Some of them I visited on the... [Read More]
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Author:Kathy Recchia
Categories:Exhibits, Cultural, Arts
Art & Dining = Blue Moon CafeFood and art go hand in hand. A glass of wine, a plate of cheese and crackers, and an oil painting says gallery opening to us. But what about adding a caesar salad, or salmon and cream cheese on a bagel? We can have it all… at the Blue Moon Cafe in Saranac Lake. While the saying is “once in a blue moon,” we can enjoy this local dining favorite every day. At Blue... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Historic Downtown, Shopping, Cultural, Arts, Exhibits
Snow Shoe In Saranac LakeMount Arab is located so close to the Saranac Lake Region, yet it gets very little attention from visiting hikers and snowshoers. This 2,500’ peak is a gem in the tri-lakes area and with its attractive firetower, it boasts has some pretty amazing views.  I had never been up Arab with snow on the ground before and I thought this would be a great day to change that... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:winter, Snowshoe, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Family fun
Top Family Winter Events in Saranac Lake Sparkle Village Craft Fair This year, as in winters past, Saranac Lake pulls out all the stops for the events that have made their mark on the winter calendar. The fun starts with a shopper's delight, Sparkle Village Craft Fair.  Over the past 26 years Sparkle Village has grown from a small event into one with a very long waiting list... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:winter, Historic Downtown, Family fun, Events
            As what The Weather Channel was calling Winter Storm Boreas was bearing down on us, many folks were apprehensive about their Thanksgiving travel plans.  On the other hand, others of us were excited about the possibility of some snow and the chance to get out cross country skiing.  Thanksgiving morning dawned clear and... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:winter, Wildlife, Snowshoe, Skiing, Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, Fall, Dog Friendly, Cross Country Skiing
            We have once again reached the time of year when turkey is in the forefront of our minds and in the center of our plates, and it is worth considering the Wild Turkey which makes the Adirondacks and New York State its home.  Turkeys range across much of the country and all of the state and are common in the region.  I... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:winter, Wildlife, Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, Hunting, Family fun, Fall, Conservation
The first Sparkle Village Craft Fair I attended was a small affair in the upstairs lobby of an old Saranac Lake hotel back in the early 90’s. I was producing and selling fleece headwear at the time and took in a modest amount over the two days.  The craft fair was in its early days and attendance was good, but not stellar by any means. A group of about a dozen vendors comprised the event at... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:winter, Shopping, Historic Downtown, Events, Arts
I have been in search of climbing all the fire tower peaks in the Adirondack Park; not only those that still have towers, but those that also once had.With this little venture, it placed Debar Mountain was on my list. Corenne and I have been flirting with Debar Mountain for quite some time and something always got in the way from us actually climbing the peak. This week was our week to go and... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:winter, Snowshoe, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking
While driving down Lake Flower Avenue toward downtown SaranacLake you might have noticed a little pale green house close to the road. You might know this house as the “peace on earth” house with all the lights and picture of the world out on the front lawn this time of year.  That little house is too small to be an apartment or a cabin and in too strange of a place to be simply a storage... [Read More]
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Author:Courtney Petkovsek-Powers
Categories:Arts
            On my regular walks along Lake Colby in Saranac Lake, I’ve been finding a variety of ducks and other water birds.  The other day was no different as I found five Bufflehead – all males – almost immediately as I started walking along the railroad bed.  There were also two Common Loons on the main body of the lake – both... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Birding, Dog Friendly, Fall, Outdoor Recreation, Wildlife, winter
Take a cool Adirondack art community with talented artists, add some holiday cheer and you get a festive art attraction. New this season from November 22nd - December 28th, BluSeed Studios is bringing Saranac Lake a trendy twist on the craft fair. Dubbed the “Starving Artist Exhibit and Sale,” local artists will be presenting a range of new work on sale for the holidays. This month-long event... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Kennedy
Categories:winter, Shopping, Family fun, Exhibits, Events, Cultural, Arts
Artists often work alone, but like everyone else, they can find strength in numbers.This is the thinking behind a membership of artists, galleries, theatre and art related businesses in the greater Saranac Lake area, called ArtWorks. It’s not only a concept. It’s also a place!Saranac Lake has a wonderful, walkable, downtown area which groups most of my favorite shops, restaurants, and galleries... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Shopping, Exhibits, Cultural, Arts
Saranac Lake certainly has its act together when it comes to the arts. This evening I am attending the 1st Annual Saranac Lake ArtWorks “State of the Arts” Celebration at Bluseed Studios in Saranac Lake.Most of the cultural organizations in the greater Saranac Lake area have been invited and almost all are in attendance. It is an amazing gathering of visual artists, theatre artists, literary... [Read More]
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Author:Kathy Recchia
Categories:Theatre, Music, Historic Downtown, Exhibits, Events, Cultural, Arts
            I see muskrats almost every day that I’m out walking with Wren or looking for birds.  I find them in most streams, lakes, and marshes in the region from Bloomingdale Bog to the waterways which empty into Lake Champlain.  This is particularly true during the fall as our days grow shorter and after we change our clocks to... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:winter, Wildlife, Summer, Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun, Fall
With hunting season in full swing many hikers decide to take a bit of time off. The time off is not only to partake in hunting, but in some cases many hikers are quite nervous about being in the woods.  Hunting season isn’t a reason to become a couch potato; you can still have to get out there and enjoy Mother Nature and do some serious hiking. This is a great time of year to be in the woods... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:camping, Equipment, Dog Friendly, Family fun, Fall, winter, Wildlife, Snowshoe, Outerwear, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Gear
Part of the heart and soul of Saranac Lake is its art community. You can see it in the walkable downtown and in talking to the residents - here are 5 simple ways to experience it during your next visit: Live Performances! - The Pendragon Theatre is an award-winning professional theatre, the only year round professional repertory in the Adirondack Park. They offer a full range of... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Kennedy
Categories:winter, Theatre, Summer, Shopping, Historic Downtown, Heritage, Family fun, Fall, Exhibits, Cultural, Arts
When you walk down the street in Saranac Lake, there is a distinct artistic vibe. Truly. It’s not just because there are so many art galleries and shops; though that certainly contributes. It’s reflected in the people who live here, and for a visitor, whether you’re stopping for a coffee on your way to hike a Saranac Lake 6er or in town for Winter Carnival, it’s easy to get caught up in that... [Read More]
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Author:Kim Rielly
Categories:Theatre, Events, Cultural, Arts
Through the grapevine I had heard about a new trail up Goodman Mountain, formerly known as Litchfield Hill. I knew nothing about the DEC forming a trail up this peak, but it would be a good idea, I thought to myself. I had been up this 2000’ peak a few years ago in winter and found the woods to be very open and a pleasant bushwhack; it would be nice to see it under different terms.  This... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:winter, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Family fun, Fall
            The fall is the time of year when Wren and I take regular walks on the railroad tracks which run along Lake Colby in Saranac Lake in search of migrating ducks and other water birds.  But with all of the warm weather and southerly winds we’ve had this fall, the waterfowl migration has been slow to get started.  And so our... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:winter, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Fall, Birding, Wildlife
Yoga. To some this is a lifestyle, to some it is an extracurricular activity and to some it is just too intimidating. I have had the recent pleasure of interviewing a local yoga instructor, Helene Gibbens. I have met and spoken with her many times, but this time it was her turn to educate me about her business and life. Helene is a very talented, patient and compassionate instructor. Take a... [Read More]
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Author:Courtney Petkovsek-Powers
Categories:Wellness
When among the millions of acres of Adirondack wilderness, we feel close to the natural world. Once visited, it has a magnetic pull on our heart which encourages us to return.This principle is embodied in a famous visitor. When I married a Saranac Lake native, his older relatives loved to tell me stories about the man in baggy trousers and wild hair, who always had a smile for the children he met... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Wellness, Summer, Outdoor Recreation, Heritage
I get this question a lot, “What’s the difference between this trekking pole and this one?” While trekking poles are relatively simple to use, they can be confusing to purchase. Not only are there several different brands out there to choose from, but you have key features like materials, basket size, suspension or no suspension, grip ergonomics, weight, etc., to choose from. What I would like to... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Snowshoe, Family fun, Fall, Saranac Lake 6er, Equipment, camping, Birding, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Gear, Trail Running, Summer
There’s nothing like playing in the snow, especially when it’s the first of the season. While the flurries were reaching the village I knew I had to get up higher, above 3000 feet in elevation to really enjoy it, so I headed to McKenzie Mountain for a spell. It has been a while since I visited McKenzie, last December to be more exact and under similar conditions, and actually not since the... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Saranac Lake 6er, winter, Snowshoe, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking
            Warm sunny weather can be difficult to find in the region once the fall sets in, and I took advantage of a warm day to head out on Lake Colby in Saranac Lake for a quick paddle.  I set off from the boat launch making quick progress across the lake.  Lake Colby has a few arms which are fun to explore, and they also serve... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Summer, Paddling, Fall, Outdoor Recreation, foliage, Wildlife
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Entering the late fall period marks the transition from summer into winter. Sunsets come earlier every day and with it the gradual lowering of temperatures. Adirondackers tend to hunker down in front of the fireplace or wood stove with a hot cider on those chilly days and nights of late fall.Most of our outdoor events have had their day until the outdoor winter events begin, but this is the time... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:Theatre, Music, Historic Downtown, Fall, Events, Cultural, Arts
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Entering the late fall period marks the transition from summer into winter. Sunsets come earlier every day and with it the gradual lowering of temperatures. Adirondackers tend to hunker down in front of the fireplace or wood stove with a hot cider on those chilly days and nights of late fall.Most of our outdoor events have had their day until the outdoor winter events begin, but this is the time... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:Events, Cultural, Arts, Historic Downtown, Theatre, Fall, Music
As the fall foliage drifts away into the history books and winter is still a few weeks away, some ask what we do for fun during the in-between time?  We fully embrace the arts and indoor events  this time of year! Of course we still get outdoors as well, but indoor events are a most welcome distraction as the temperatures dip to the chilly level.This coming week it’s all about the... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:Wildlife, Theatre, Heritage, Family fun, Fall, Events, Cultural, Birding, Arts
            Wren and I hiked St Regis Mountain north of Paul Smith’s the other day, taking advantage of the beautiful weather.  St. Regis is short enough to do in half a day and I stopped work early to make sure we had enough daylight. I’ve hiked St. Regis quite a few times before, but this is the first time I’ve hiked it since it was... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Wildlife, Summer, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, foliage, Family fun, Fall, Dog Friendly
Have you ever gone on a hike, arrive at the summit and then realize you don’t remember the trip up? Most of us will take a hike, walk, or journey of some kind and go as fast as we can to get to the ‘reward’, but how often do we stop during the journey to enjoy our surroundings? Probably not very often.Edward Kanze is a naturalist, author, columnist, wildlife photographer, licensed guide, and... [Read More]
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Author:Courtney Petkovsek-Powers
Categories:Wildlife, Wildlife, Heritage, Cultural
            Wren and I took a hike at the Paul Smith’s College VIC this past weekend, enjoying the fall colors.  The day, like so many others of late, was warm and sunny, and the chance to get outside was not to be missed.  The VIC’s network of trails takes hikers through a wide range of habitats, and we started our walk along Heron... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Wildlife, Summer, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, foliage, Family fun, Fall, Dog Friendly, Birding
What exactly is the trifecta, well, it’s nothing official by any means, but something I made up a few days ago. I would paddle Panther Marsh (unofficial name of wetland east of Panther Mountain), then paddle Panther Pond, and then hike Panther Mountain.  The sky was free of clouds but there was a slight cool breeze in the air, sounded and felt like a perfect autumn day.I started with Panther... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Wildflowers, Paddling, Hiking, Fall, Wildlife, Birding
            All this warm fall weather has had me wanting to get out for a paddle, and I was finally able to do so this past weekend on Jones Pond near Paul Smiths.  Since Jones Pond is not large, it can be covered in an hour or it can be extended for as long as you want.  And, since Wren does not generally want to lie still for... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Family fun, Fall, Birding, Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Wildlife, Summer
            This past week was a golden combination of perfect weather and amazing leaves, and Wren and I took advantage of it by being out as often as we could manage it.  A few days ago we hiked Baker Mountain in Saranac Lake – one of the newly crowned Saranac Lake 6ers.  Baker is a great short hike if you don’t have much time,... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Hiking, Fall, Summer, Wildlife, Dog Friendly, Outdoor Recreation
            At this time of year I begin to check out the back side of Lake Colby in Saranac Lake for ducks and other waterfowl passing through our region on their way south.  We have not had a significant cold front in a while, so when I went to Lake Colby the other day, I wasn’t expecting much.  I was correct in my forecast.... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Fall, Birding, Wildlife, Summer, Paddling
The colors were bright; the sun was high in the sky without a cloud blocking its warm rays, and the wind, absent. This called for a perfect day to get a fall kayak trip in. I had never paddled Church Pond and was curious about the access to Osgood Pond and what it was like.So many times I have driven by Church Pond and the boat launch site, even gotten out of the car for a photograph or two, but... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun, Fall
            I keep a set of bird feeders up year round to attract birds to my yard.  They do remarkably well in that endeavor, and I’m excited when I find a new species of bird for my yard list.  But feeders also attract other things to the yard and I enjoy them as well.          ... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Wildlife, Outdoor Recreation, Fall, Summer
            I was in Tupper Lake the other day and took advantage of my time there by adding in a quick hike up Panther Mountain during the afternoon.  Panther offers a short hike to a nice view of the distant High Peaks, and is therefore an easy hike to fit into a busy day.  It is only 6 tenths of a mile to the top.  ... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Fishing, Fall, Summer, Outdoor Recreation, Dog Friendly, Wildlife, Hiking, Birding
The 7th Annual Artist at Work Studio Tour is upon us and what a weekend for it! Reports say that our leaves will be at peak and I must say that nature’s landscape is just as stunning as the man-made works that I am seeing today.The Artist at Work Studio tour is a free, self-guided tour of 50 artist’s studios that is organized and presented by Saranac Lake Artworks. It extends from Jay, NY to Paul... [Read More]
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Author:Kathy Recchia
Categories:Heritage, Arts, Exhibits, Family fun, Events, Cultural
The Saranac Lake Region is blessed with numerous recreational opportunities from hiking trail to quiet bodies of water. The area also has some of the most scenic roadways in the region. With all that’s going on recreation wise, you now have the changing of the guards. As summer hibernates, the fall colors come alive with a show that makes the best 4th of July Celebration a bit humbled.  One... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Hiking, Family fun, Fall, Outdoor Recreation
This coming weekend - specifically Friday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Sept. 29 - artists around the northern Adirondacks will throw open the doors to their studios and invite us in for this year's version of Artist at Work Studio Tour.  Each year on this weekend we get a rare opportunity to watch our renowned artists at work and see their workplaces.Last year I toured some of the artists'... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:Family fun, Fall, Events, Cultural, Arts
            While many folks are waiting for changing leaves to grace our landscapes with color, I have always liked the late summer and very beginning of fall for the ornamental colors they provide.  As August advances and becomes September, wildflowers continue to bloom along trails, roads, and hillsides.  Their colors mingle with... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Wildflowers, Summer, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Family fun, Fall
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While the leaves are busy beginning to change for our annual Adirondack Fall spectacle, think about joining in on one of our regional events. Saranac Lake will be alive with many cultural and historic events during the next couple of weeks.A most popular weekly summer event comes to a close with the final Third Thursday Art Walk on September 19th.  Galleries and sidewalks come alive with... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:Music, Historic Downtown, Heritage, Family fun, Fall, Events, Cultural, Arts
Scarface for me started out to be a trail run, just to see how far I could get before the slopes overtook my legs. I remember from a few years ago that the lower portion of the trail is in excellent condition for running, so why not at least give it a go.I started very late in the day, possibly later than one should have for most hikes in the region, but I had my headlamp  just in case I ran... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Trail Running, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking

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