Weekender A&E

Music on the rocks

TUPPER LAKE — People in pontoon boats, speedboats and personal watercraft pulled up to a small rock in the middle of Big Tupper Lake and listened to the music. For the next five hours or so, on that overcast Saturday, the musicians belted out songs such as Tom Petty’s “Breakdown,” ...

Maurice Kenny on Walk of Fame

SARANAC LAKE — A crowd gathered at the Saranac Lake Free Library on Thursday during the Art Walk to celebrate the unveiling of the latest plaque in the village’s Walk of Fame, bearing the name of one of its most beloved and prolific artists, Maurice Kenny. Kenny was born in Watertown in ...

How to pick a painting

SARANAC LAKE — Joseph Gyurcsak walked through the aisles of hundreds of paintings at the Harrietstown Town Hall for two hours, trying to decide which one was best. “I’m looking for paintings that have some honesty in them,” he said, “paintings that feel like the artist just ...

Essex County Fair: from puppets to pork chops to demolition derby

WESTPORT — This week the Essex County Fair is celebrating 170 years. The fair will run every day through Sunday on state Route 9-9N and Sisco Street. The $10 admission includes all rides, some shows and parking. Here is a list of events for each day: - Daily events and ...

Walk of Fame plaque for Kenny unveiled at Art Walk

SARANAC LAKE — This village’s Third Thursday Art Walk takes place Thursday from 5 to 7:30 p.m., and amid a wide variety of offerings, a Walk of Fame plaque will be unveiled for Mohawk poet Maurice Kenny. The plaque will be uveiled at 6 p.m. at the Saranac Lake Free Library, 109 Main ...

‘Plastic Madness’ art exhibit comes from Mexico to BluSeed

SARANAC LAKE — BluSeed Studios will host “Plastic Madness / Locura del Plastico,” an international traveling exhibition, on Thursday, Aug. 16 with a meet-the-artists reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Glen Rogers, an artist who created this exhibition, will give a special presentation at 6 ...

Natural wonders at High Falls Gorge

There are many reasons for making High Falls Gorge, one of New York’s natural wonders, a must-see stop. Our visitors and friends are always such a range of ages and abilities, High Falls Gorge makes it easy for everyone to get close to nature. We can always go our separate ways for other ...

Cucumbers or zucchini?

Mid-August is the time of year when our garden produces an over-abundance of zucchini and cucumbers. In fact, these plants are so prolific that Aug. 8 has been dubbed Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbors’ Porch Day. Dave Barry writes, “The trouble is, you cannot grow just one ...

Free family program on Essex Co. fire tower history

ELIZABETHTOWN — Families will have a chance to view the Adirondacks from the top of the world in a unique program offered by the Essex County Historical Society. The Adirondack History Museum will present its Adirondack Fire Towers and Land Stewardship Program Field Day Wednesday, Aug. 22 ...

The Emerald Trio will perform Sunday in Saranac

SARANAC — The Emerald Trio will perform at the historic Saranac Methodist Church on state Route 3 in Saranac at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. The trio is comprised of Karen Bogardus on flutes, Orlando Wells on violin and viola, and James Sheppard on piano. The program will feature “Trio ...

Poet Maurice Kenny going on Walk of Fame

SARANAC LAKE — Mohawk poet Maurice Kenny will be the next inductee to this village’s Walk of Fame. A bronze plaque, featuring Kenny’s name and titles, will be unveiled at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Saranac Lake Free Library, 109 Main St. Kenny was hailed for his contributions to ...

First night of Plein Air

SARANAC LAKE — Watercolor artist Tony Conner of Vermont sat outside in the dark with a headlamp snug on his skull, painting the streetscape outside the Hotel Saranac. It’s called a nocturne, a piece of art depicting what the world looks like after the sun goes down. At the end of ...

Dannemora ‘Escape’ show to premiere in Plattsburgh

PLATTSBURGH — The hook for Ben Stiller was the human element of the Dannemora prison break. Now, as the producer/director’s “Escape at Dannemora” gathers hype for a fall release on Showtime, he hasn’t forgotten about the human input that helped make the eight-part limited series ...

Adirondack Plein Air Festival celebrates 10 years

SARANAC LAKE — Sandra Hildreth climbed to the top of St. Regis with her two 12-year-old sons in 1997. She carried a set of watercolors with her. When they got to the top, the boys played on the rocks while Hildreth painted mountainscapes in front of her. Since then, she almost exclusively ...

Ouluska Pass will perform Aug. 16 at Will Rogers

SARANAC LAKE — Performing chamber music, Ouluska Pass, will play their 17th season in Saranac Lake at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug.16 at Saranac Village at Will Rogers. This program will include pieces by Beethoven, Prokoffier and Bitzan. This performance will also have special vocal guest ...