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Weekender A&E

Curling up

A few dozen veteran and new curlers took the ice with brooms in their hands and stones at their feet. For the past few weeks, the Lake Placid Curling Club has hosted training sessions at the Saranac Lake Civic Center. As the leads sent their first stones down the sheet, skips stood at ...

Winter is prime time for your favorite soups

The soup cauldron simmers, steams, shimmers warming soul, spirit, flesh. Winter is time for hot, steamy, flavorful soup. There are probably thousands of different soups, because you can make soup from almost anything. There are broth-based soups and chunky chowders, as well as vegetarian and ...

Ice Palace documentary has three screenings before Winter Carnival

SARANAC LAKE — “Ice Palace, A Love Letter” will have three screenings the week before the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival starts. The first will be held at Hex and Hop Brewing on state Route 3 in Bloomingdale Friday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. The other two will be held at the Downhill Grill ...

Seeing it to the end

This past weekend I started and finished “The Witcher” on Netflix. I had never read any of the books nor have I played the highly popular video game series, but for some reason, the show intrigued me. The story follows this beefy, white-haired mutant brother who slays both men and monsters ...

The Wild Center Wild Walk is open for Winter

The Wild Center is one of our favorite places to visit. It houses all the essentials for a multigenerational family: coffee, animals, coffee, interactive activities, coffee and wonderful trails to work off all the caffeine consumed. I enjoy the exhibits and am constantly amazed at how this ...

Fiber optics: a full sensory experience

LAKE PLACID — The way Geri Hahn describes things doesn’t really make sense. Only about 3% of the Earth’s 7.5 billion people would be able to understand her fully, and that includes her kids. “We say experiences are really tasty or delicious,” she said. “Our language is ...

Magazines are becoming fine art

In “Ghostbusters,” Harold Ramis’ Egon says, “Print is dead,” as Annie Potts’ secretary character flips through a People magazine. That film came out in 1984, long before the internet, smartphones and E-readers were common amenities. While I don’t necessarily agree with Egon, I ...

The winter market: Kohlrabi

This is the first year we've had a farmers market through the winter in Saranac Lake. I love it! I wondered what vegetables would be available through the winter. The market still has squash, Brussels sprouts, a variety of root veggies (like carrots, turnips, beets). There are also greens ...

Winter stargazing from the Adirondack Sky Center

Living in the Adirondacks and being able to look at a darkened sky filled with glimmers of planets and stars is something I never take for granted. I admit my view of the sky is more mystical than practical, though I can identify some common constellations. My family makes time for a full moon ...

Long Lake Winter Carnival promises to deliver good times

LONG LAKE — This town will host its annual Winter Carnival next week. The festivities kick off at noon Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center, 6 Pavilion Way off of Deerland Road. Events begin with a bonfire, snowmobile parade, and coronation of the King and ...

CES gadget show: How watching TV will change in 2020s

NEW YORK — What will watching TV be like in the 2020s? Amid new gadgets and glitz, the CES tech show in Las Vegas aims to offer some answers, many of which boil down to more streaming and more efforts to glue you to your phone. The show’s keynote addresses, once dominated by ...

Ways to welcome 2020

SARANAC LAKE — Like any holiday, New Year’s Eve has two sides. Thanksgiving means lots of delicious food, but it also means spending cringe-worthy time with family members you may not see eye-to-eye with on socio-political topics. Christmas means gifts and holiday cheer, but it also ...

Looking forward . . .

I don’t care what all you Farmers’ Almanac loyalists say. We’re in a new decade as far as I’m concerned, and I can finally start referring to this time as “the ‘20s.” Know your onions, take a jorum of skee and let’s blouse, kid. Roaring ‘20s jokes aside, I wanna get real ...

Stars light up the ice

LAKE PLACID — Figure skating royalty was on hand Monday for Stars on Ice at the Lake Placid Olympic Center's 1980 Herb Brooks Arena.

After New Year’s, it’s time to eat healthy

It’s Jan. 2 and we have just entered a new year — and a new decade. The past decade brought technological innovations: smart phones, social media, electric vehicles, self-driving automobiles. It also opened our eyes to new challenges — the biggest being our planet's changing ...

An Adirondack woodland sleigh ride

The weather might be a tad bit inconsistent, but there are still many activities to check off the winter To-Do list. Taking a horse-drawn sleigh ride is one of them. Adirondack Sleigh Rides at Lake Placid’s John Brown Farm, Lucky Clover Sleigh Rides at Lake Clear Lodge and Retreat and the ...

What makes First Night First Night?

SARANAC LAKE — Everybody knows New York City has a big New Year’s Eve celebration each year. Don’t ever go to that. Standing around in the cold for half a day, huddled next to thousands of randos and catching a glimpse of Ryan Seacrest is not worth it to watch a ball drop for 10 ...

And the award for best movie of the decade goes to …

Movies are a huge part of my life, so as we enter a new decade, I figured we take a look back at the best films of the last 10 years. OK, now I obviously haven’t seen every movie ever made, so I’m sure your favorites might be missing. - 2010: “Blue Valentine” - Get ready to ...