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Weekender A&E

Making an honest buck

SARANAC LAKE - Not every day of a musician’s life is like a music video. Like any job, plenty of days are boring and tedious. Plus, with artists, there is the extra weight of finding the next gig. It’s a grind, and singer-songwriter Cole Davidson knows that grind. “It’s kind of just ...

Winter radishes at the winter market

There are three kinds of radishes at our winter farmers’ market at the Hotel Saranac: watermelon, Daikon and black. Winter radishes are much larger in size than their cousins that herald spring. These root crops are harvested in late fall and can be stored through the winter. Juniper ...

Take a walk on the wild side; it’s dangerous, but you might like it

Back in the 1950s, certain groups condemned Elvis Presley and the Beatles for being too sexual and promoting delinquency among youth. “Jailhouse Rock,” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand” were seen as the Devil’s music. Flash forward and people started pointing their fingers at bands and ...

Lake Placid keeps Mirror Lake clear for ice skating

This is a year for ice and with that comes an automatic stop at the Lake Placid ice track on Mirror Lake. Though there are plenty of skating opportunities around the Adirondacks, one reassuring aspect of skating on Mirror Lake is that the North Elba Park District graciously keeps it clear of ...

Northwood School announces new dance program partnership with Dance Sanctuary

LAKE PLACID — Northwood School will partner with Dance Sanctuary for the upcoming 2020-21 academic year. The program will have options for students wanting a high level dance experience to further their opportunities at the collegiate level and for students with limited or no dance ...

Call for artists at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE — The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts is seeking artists to exhibit in the 2020 season. Exhibits are located in one of their three galleries and run for four to six weeks from June to December (dates subject to change). Each exhibit has an artist reception open to the ...

North Country Jr. Iron Chef registration deadline is Jan. 31

POTSDAM — Registration for the seventh North Country Jr. Iron Chef competition is now open through Jan. 31. This regional event is a competition for teams of middle and high school age youth from Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. Teams develop ...

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 ...