Family Time, by Diane Chase

Celebrate 25 years of the Native Butterfly House

The Native Butterfly House at Paul Smith College’s VIC is celebrating its Silver Jubilee. For 25 years this unique netted canopy has not only provided a place to view native species. It is also a valuable resource for anyone interested in attracting butterflies and other pollinators to their ...

Adirondack Mountain Club offers free summer programs

My family spends quite a bit of time at the Adirondack Club’s Heart Lake property. It isn’t dubbed the entrance to the High Peaks for nothing. With access to over 13 Adirondack 46ers, the Adirondack Loj, Heart Lake, and High Peaks Information Center property also offers free year-round ...

Horse crazy at the Lake Placid Horse Show

There is something captivating about seeing the horses back in the rings at the North Elba Horse Show grounds. I’m not sure if it’s the Whiteface Mountain backdrop or the grace of these powerful thoroughbreds. Whatever the reason, scheduling time to be a spectator at the Lake Placid and I ...

Congratulations to the Class of 2018

I’m not quite sure where to begin. This has been my first year of “last” activities throughout my child’s senior year. I’ve attended the last high school soccer game, school play, concert, band, and parade. There have been flower ceremonies, acknowledgements, teas and awards. I was ...

Celebrating Father’s Day

My husband and I were recently at a festival where a group offered a “mining” activity. For a certain fee, the child could dig around searching for gemstones. (We used to do something similar and bury treasure in our sandbox for our kids to find.) Later we saw the same family getting into ...

ADKX — The Museum of Blue Mountain Lake

What’s in a name? Last year’s name change from The Adirondack Museum to Adirondack Experience - the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX) had a few people up in arms. For my family, it’s still the same place that we’ve explored since the children were tiny and continue to recommend to ...

Memorial Day — it’s all in the name

I know in our household most of the conversations surrounding Memorial Day weekend usually center around a summer kickoff and unused “snow days.” It rarely focuses on the actual reason for the holiday. It becomes about barbecues, parades, and other celebratory activities. Sometimes we need ...

Paddling through the trees on the Saranac River

One annual activity we always look forward to is a slow and easy paddle along the flooded shores of a creek or river. With all the recent rain and late snowfall, this adventure creates our own Adirondack “Everglades” experience. Though many may choose to paddle to a particular destination ...

A Bit of Mother’s Day History

I’ve always found Mother’s Day to be a wonderful tradition. It doesn’t have to be about celebrating a woman. We can celebrate Mother Nature or admire a person who has provided support. We can take a moment of silence and honor those no longer here. It is a momentary break from our busy ...

Hug a nurse, or better yet, buy one a cup of coffee

It’s coming up on Nurses’ Appreciation Week (May 6 to 12), and there is no better time to reflect on the countless good reasons why you did not become a nurse. I was recently reminded after my son’s recovery from having his wisdom teeth out. Don’t get me wrong. He was an excellent ...

Another one for the books — Independent Bookstore Day

Finding a great bookstore has the same effect on me as seeing a puppy or knowing where to find the perfect cup of coffee. It’s a mixture of anticipation and excitement blended with satisfaction. I always imagine a bookstore to have that “hot of the press” smell, with its latest editions, ...

Let every day be Earth Day

Celebrating Earth Day once a year is like giving your mother a thank you card on your birthday and letting her know that you really appreciate the 22 hours of labor she went through. I’m sure she knows, but a bit of gratitude doesn’t go unnoticed. So, yearly, on April 22, I ask my family ...

Spring fever at Asgaard Farm

Springtime rituals are different for everyone. For us, the maple sap is finally starting to flow. We spend out time outside searching for any tree buds or new wildlife sounds. I usually reach a point where I’m even willing to shovel our backyard just so the snow has a chance to thaw before ...

Escape the ‘Taken’ or ‘Pirate Plunder’ rooms

We are always on the search for different ways to get out of the house and away from the TV and video games. My daughter recently commented on how it was so much easier before we had phones. Now we are Googling event times and researching activities, but even though we aren’t using the phone ...

Staycation or vacation: Here’s the annual list of Spring Break fun

Well, here is the annual “vacation like a local” or “live like a tourist in your own town” list. I don’t like to pigeonhole activities as being touristy. As far as my family is concerned any of the activities on this list are “just another day of fun in the Adirondacks.” The ...

Finding eggs and Easter bunnies

I’ve been fortunate to be part of an annual egg hunt in my town for the past three years. It takes a village to throw an event. Someone has to get those treats and someone has to put the treats into those eggs. As much as I’d like to believe it’s the Easter Bunny, I’ve seen the assembly ...

BluSeed offers free children’s spring break art classes

Sometimes all the stars align. That is what happened after a friend suggested I send a quick email to Saranac Lake’s BluSeed Studios Artistic Director Carol Marie Vossler about the possibility of working together. My children grew up participating in the Weibrecht AfterSchool Workshops at ...

Adirondack Global Arts Festival Comes to Lake Placid

I’ve always tried to present a world view to my children. I’ve always asked them to listen to opposing views and make their own choices. Do they always do what I feel is right? Don’t be silly. This weekend Lake Placid is once again hosting the Adirondack Global Arts Festival to remind us ...

Lessons learned from a Sadie Hawkins Dance

My first reaction to the news that my children’s school has scheduled a Sadie Hawkins Dance has always been a heavy sigh. When my son was younger, I thought that girls have surely gotten beyond the need to have a special occasion to ask a boy to do something. We are empowering our girls. ...

Sleigh rides at John Brown Farm and Lake Clear Lodge

The weather might be weird, but there are still some iconic winter activities to check off the Adirondack Bucket List. Taking a horse-drawn sleigh ride with a lakeside or High Peaks view is just one of them. Adirondack Sleigh Rides at Lake Placid's John Brown Farm and the Lake Clear Lodge and ...