Library Lunch series features ‘Finding True North’ author

Fran Yardley will present historic slides and talk about her book “Finding True North” on Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Saranac Lake Free Library. The event is free. (Provided photo — Burdette Parks)

SARANAC LAKE — The next Library Lunch presentation will feature a True North story.

In 1968, Fran and Jay Yardley, a young couple with a pioneering spirit, moved to a remote corner of the Adirondacks to revive the long abandoned but historic Bartlett Carry Club, with its 1,000 acres and 37 buildings.

Fran will show historic slides and talk about her book “Finding True North,” which chronicles their journey and along the way unearths the history of those who came before at the Library Lunch presentation on Thursday, Feb. 20 at noon at the Saranac Lake Free Library.

The Bartlett Carry property, located in the Saranac Lake area, had been in Jay’s family for generations, and his dream was to restore this summer resort to support himself and eventually a growing family. Offering an evocative glimpse into the past, Finding True North traces the challenges and transformations of one of the world’s most beautiful, least celebrated places and the people who were tirelessly devoted to it.

Fran Yardley is a writer, actor, nationally known storyteller and workshop leader. She has lived at Bartlett Carry since 1968. With her late husband Jay Yardley, she renovated and managed the Bartlett Carry Club for 16 years. In 1999, she co-founded Creative Healing Connections, a nonprofit organization offering retreats for women veterans and women with cancer and chronic illness.

All presentations of the Library Lunch Series are free. Bring soup or sandwich if you like, and enjoy a dessert and beverage. For more information, call 518-891-4190.


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