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Weekender A&E

Hallelujah! Choirs ring in the holidays

When does it start to look a lot like Christmas? Some say it’s when the snow starts falling. Some say it’s when they put up their tree. And some say it’s the day before the holiday and they’ve just realized they haven’t done any shopping. Up here in the North Country, ...

The Skinny: Cool stuff to do this week

Fiddler in the cafe - I once saw this dude Yannig Tanguy play fiddle at January Jams at the Recovery Lounge in Upper Jay, and he’s a dope performer. Mixing Celtic, American-folk and French-Canadian sounds, Tanguy delivers some impressive fiddle playing. He and his friend Lee Adam are ...

A magical place where you can find (almost) anything

What if I told you there was a place where you can go to get books, movies, music, newspapers, magazines and sometimes even video games — seemingly infinite pieces of media, culture and entertainment at your disposal — and it’s all free (sorta)? You’d probably be like, “Psh, yeah ...

Let’s go nuts for the holidays

It’s December. Wintertime evokes visions of sitting by a hearth cracking nuts, which are now at their peak of freshness, and widely available. Popular holiday songs mention “chestnuts roasting on an open fire” — a custom that few Americans know. But walnuts and almonds are our most ...

The Joy of Giving Party

It can be challenging to find ways to nip the holiday focus on commercialism. We survive Black Friday, attend Small Business Saturday, and search through the Cyber Monday deals. If we are careful, it’s easy to get caught in the drama of wanting the most popular “must-have” items. To ...

Pendragon Theatre offering acting and playwriting classes

SARANAC LAKE — Have you always wanted to do some acting or playwriting, but haven’t figured out how to make the leap? Well, you are in luck. This winter, Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake is offering acting classes and a playwriting workshop for all levels of experience. Acting ...

Defonce makes connections, one postcard at a time

SARANAC LAKE — In an age dominated by electronic communication, sound bites, and fake news, Postcrossing, a worldwide postcard exchange network, seeks to create connections through tangible and personal interactions between strangers. Visit the Saranac Lake Free Library on Thursday, Dec. ...

Note to vendors: 2020 Winter Carnival is just around the corner

SARANAC LAKE — Applications for vendors participating during the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival are now available online at www.saranaclakewintercarnival.com. Applications can also be picked up at the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at 39 Main St. The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival will ...

TV trivia: the Skipper’s real name

Here’s a little TV trivia for you. You all remember the Skipper from the classic TV program, “Gilligan’s Island.” The character played by Alan Hale Jr. Well, the Skipper has a name IRTVL (“in real TV life”). His name was mentioned only once during the series in a radio ...

Getting real as life goes on

Ten years ago, shortly after beginning work on a new album, a dog attacked musician Eddy Lawrence. It bit him on his left hand — the one that manipulates notes and chords on the neck of a guitar. That’s like a soccer player breaking his foot, or a singer suffering from chronic ...

A movie theater in SL would be a dream come true

Last week, Saranac Lake village Mayor Clyde Rabideau threw out an idea on his Facebook page: Would you like to see a movie theater in Saranac Lake? My answer: HELL YES!!! However, I personally feel like there should be some stipulation to this fantasy movie house. Lake Placid and ...

Adirondack Singers to perform annual winter holiday concert

SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack Singers, the community chorus of the Tri-Lakes and beyond, will present their annual winter holiday concert on Sunday Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Saranac Lake. Donations are gladly accepted at the door. Seasonal selections include ...

Usher in the holiday season with eggnog

Thick, creamy eggnog is the official drink that welcomes our winter holidays. It appears in stores shortly before Thanksgiving, and disappears right after New Year’s. The association with Christmas is relatively recent —probably dating to the 18th Century. The beverage originated as a ...

Review: All-star Mose Allison tribute hits the right spots

Various artists, “If You’re Going to the City: A Tribute to Mose Allison” (Fat Possum) It may be a tired cliche to say someone was one of a kind, but Mose Allison most definitely was. A jazz and blues pianist whose songwriting career meshed lyrics with Mad magazine wit, keen ...

Finding the perfect Christmas tree

Our Christmas tree tradition always involves sturdy boots, a saw and lots of layers. Though not a planned segment of our seemingly idyllic Adirondack ritual, we always manage a snowball fight where someone gets hurt. It’s tradition. Our neighbors generously invite us to search for a tree on ...

Iconic Southern rock recording studio is revived in Georgia

ATLANTA — The Georgia music studio that fused blues, country and other sounds into Southern rock is being reborn. Capricorn Sound Studios in Macon helped propel the Allman Brothers Band and other groups to stardom in the 1970s. Capricorn’s historic Studio A is reopening this week, ...

16 performers to grace First Night Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — From Latin rhythms to folk melodies, First Night Saranac Lake offers a wide range of ways to ring in the new year. The all-ages New Year’s Eve celebration, which has been a highlight of this Adirondack village’s calendar since 2006, will have 16 performers at nine ...

Pining for the Pontiac

SARANAC LAKE — Village Mayor Clyde Rabideau knows the idea of having a movie theater here has been long-standing, but the thought reignited recently when his wife took their granddaughter to see “Frozen 2” at the Adirondack State Theater in Tupper Lake. On Sunday, he posted on ...

Griff’s alternative Christmas playlist

Thanksgiving may have originated from a dinner between Pilgrims and Native Americans, and maybe there was a turkey somewhere in the mix, but in recent history, it’s turned into the day where you ask, “Can we listen to Christmas music yet?” As soon as the calendar hits that last ...