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Adirondack Experience to host virtual lecture series through summer

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE — Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, will host new live, virtual programs starting this Monday, July 6 at 7:30 p.m.

The Adirondack Experience will be offering programs at 7:30 pm on most Mondays. The museum is reformatting its traditional summer Monday Evening Xplorations speaker series for a virtual platform. These engaging programs will feature experts in Adirondack history and culture in conversation with staff from the museum along with Q&A with the virtual attendees. These programs will livestream monthly on the first and third Mondays.

Additionally, the museum is launching virtual Trivia Nights on the second and fourth Mondays. Players can test their Adirondack smarts in a family-friendly competition.

Both the speaker series and the Trivia Nights are free for museum members. Non-members are asked to contribute a “Pay What You Can” donation and non-member attendance will be limited to the first 100 registrations. All programs require registration through theADKX.org website.

¯ July 6, 7:30 p.m.: “The Legacy of Harvey Kaiser’s ‘Great Camps of the Adirondacks'” with Steven Engelhart. This program will explore the importance of the region’s rustic architecture, the role that Kaiser’s Great Camps had in its appreciation and stewardship, and some of the unintended consequences of this success. Engelhart is the executive director of Adirondack Architectural Heritage, the regional historic preservation organization of the Adirondack Park. He also wrote the foreword to the new edition of Kaiser’s “Great Camps of the Adirondacks.” He resides in Essex.

¯ July 20, 7:30 p.m.: “Rural Rosie” (encore program) with Katie Torchetti. Find out how the women of the Adirondacks stepped up during wartime to protect their country, keep up morale and find resourceful ways to make a living while they were left to be the family breadwinners. Torchetti is a former public school teacher who currently home-schools her two children and teaches outside the home, including high school history and English with a local learning cooperative, ministry college courses and tutoring.

¯ Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m.: “Doghiker: A Talk about Hiking with Dogs” with Alan Via. In addition to 77 great hikes with dogs, Via will discuss proper trail etiquette for dog owners and Leave No Trace, and review getting a dog, training for hiking, safeguarding your dog, first aid, field first aid and gear. Via lives in New York’s Capital Region and has been a hiker and hike leader for 40 years. His resume includes multiple rounds of the Adirondack 46, including the winter 46.

¯ Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m.: “Arts in the Adirondacks in the Age of Coronavirus” with Kimberley A. Bouchard, Chris Leifheit, Allison Studdiford, and Nathalie Costa Thill. This evening presentation will feature an actor reading a diary excerpt from a World War II North Creek soldier and a discussion about how cultural organizations in the Adirondacks are adapting to the challenges of this time — another momentous period in U.S. history. Bouchard is the artistic director of Pendragon Theatre; has directed over 70 productions in professional and educational theatre in the U.S., Canada, Spain, England and Mexico; and is a professor emeritus of SUNY Potsdam, where she taught theatre arts for 24 years. Leifheit first acted at Pendragon in 1997 and has performed in over 25 productions since then. Studdiford is the associate artistic director for Pendragon Theatre. Thill has been the executive director of the Adirondack Center for Writing since soon after its inception in 1999.

¯ Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m.: “Anne LaBastille: Trailblazer and Hellraiser” with Leslie Surprenant. Explore the life and legacy of Adirondack “Woodswoman” author and internationally recognized conservationist Anne LaBastille. Surprenant, a longtime friend and LaBastille’s estate executor, shares the exceptional life story of this trailblazer. Surprenant is an Adirondack native, retired from a 35-year career as a biologist with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, and also a professional ski instructor, state-licensed guide and home project DIYer.

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