Weekender A&E

LPCA, North Country Ballet Ensemble present ‘Nutcracker’

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Center for the Arts and North Country Ballet Ensemble presents the 33rd annual performance of “Nutcracker at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 and at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children, and are available by calling the ...

New venue for Adirondack Singers’ Holiday Concert

SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack Singers’ Winter Holiday Concert will be presented in a new venue on Sunday, Dec. 2 — Saranac Lake’s Methodist Church. Music Director Karen Butters is celebrating 20 years as leader of the mixed choral ensemble, which began as a North Country ...

AdkAction announces Beyond the Peaks Student Film Festival for May

AdkAction and Tupper Lake Central School have announced the Beyond the Peaks Student Film Festival that will take place next May at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake. Interested teachers, parents and advisors are invited to attend a free professional development half-day from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. ...

Hiroya Tsukamoto performs Saturday at Recovery Lounge

UPPER JAY — The Recovery Lounge will host Hiroya Tsukamoto at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. The suggested donation is $15. Hiroya is a composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing the five-string banjo when he was 13, and took up the guitar shortly ...

Fun run/walk for free art classes

I was recently reminded that I am not a runner when I watched people lap me during the recent Bitters and Bones Turkey Trot. It didn’t even matter that the race was no longer being timed when I finally made the finish line. The atmosphere was incredible as people gathered together with the ...

Stars on Ice back returns to Placid Dec. 30

LAKE PLACID — Olympic Ice Dance Gold Medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White headline the Emmy Award-Winning production of Stars on Ice when it returns to Lake Placid’s Olympic Center, Sunday, Dec. 30, at 7:30 p.m. This year’s Stars on Ice tour puts American fans front and center ...

Comedian Larry the Cable Guy announced for 2019 Malone fair

MALONE — The Franklin County Fair Board of Directors have announced the first of the entertainment line-up coming to the 169th annual Franklin County Agricultural Fair. Larry The Cable Guy will appear on Saturday Aug. 3, 2019. Fair dates will be Aug. 2-11. Larry the Cable Guy is a ...

Pendragon asking for play submissions for Young Playwright Contest

SARANAC LAKE — Pendragon Theatre is reminding aspiring young playwrights to take pen to paper and fingers to keyboard for the annual young playwright competition open to all middle and high school age students. Entries should be a traditional 10-minute play, no longer than 10 pages ...

Open ski-son

Though opening day for all four state Olympic Regional Development Authority ski centers was last Saturday, the regular seasons starts Friday. The two local venues — The Whiteface Mountain Ski Center in Wilmington and the nordic center at Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid — had ...

Holiday trains and live music to support food pantries

There is always so much going on this time of year, it is difficult to schedule all the various places I would like to be. The one thing that remains constant as I’m inundated with sale flyers and gift requests, is how fortunate I am to be able give anything at all. In its 20th year, the ...

‘Trees of the Ad’ks’ Nov. 29 at the library

SARANAC LAKE — Randall Swanson will present “Trees of the Adirondacks: The Natives, the Non-natives and the Endangered” at the Nov. 29 Library Lunch program at the Saranac Lake Free Library from noon to 1 p.m. Many people have heard of invasive insect species such as the emerald ...

Arts Center will host Country Christmas Tour

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE — The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts will participate in the 21st annual Country Christmas Tour, an Indian Lake/Blue Mountain Lake holiday tradition, on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23 and 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Various locations will showcase “Made in the ...

‘Escape’ captures viewers, critics

PLATTSBURGH — Ben Stiller’s much anticipated — at least locally — take on the notorious 2015 escape of two vicious killers from Clinton Correctional Facility is drawing mostly rave reviews, here and nationally. The first episode of the seven-part Showtime miniseries “Escape at ...

Shepherd’s pie makes good use of Thanksgiving leftovers

The big feast is over. And you’re left with tons of food: lots of turkey, bowls of mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables. The perfect Black Friday meal to make with these ingredients is Shepherd’s Pie. Leftover turkey, day-old mashed potatoes and gravy combine with veggies to make an easy, ...

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train returns for 20th anniversary

PLATTSBURGH — The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is rolling through North America and Canada for the 20th time this holiday season to raise money, food, and awareness for local food shelves. This year, the train will be arriving at the Plattsburgh Amtrak Station on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7 ...

‘Escape’ unlocked in North Country premiere

PLATTSBURGH — Ben Stiller’s toughest audience left episode 1 of “Escape at Dannemora” ready for more. “Kind of whetted the appetite,” said Sandy Desso, 75, of Plattsburgh, as she left Cumberland 12 Cinemas after the screening Thursday night. - Gesture of ...

‘Jungle Book’ showcases young and old

LAKE PLACID — Little bumblebees buzzed, circling around grown tigers and wolves. “Every year, I advertise first grade through eighth grade, and every year I add younger kids,” director McCayla Quinn said. “You’ll see 5-year-olds hanging out with 14-year-olds. I think it’s ...

Gibson Brothers will headline First Night Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — The Gibson Brothers, a world-renowned bluegrass band from northern New York, will perform like North Country audiences have never seen them before — with electric guitars and drums — as they headline First Night Saranac Lake on New Year’s Eve. Since 2006, First Night ...