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Weekender A&E

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 ...

Meg Bernstein exhibit at Adirondack Artists Guild

SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack Artists Guild will present “Flora and Fossils,” new work by Meg Bernstein, during the month of December. The show will open with a reception on Friday, Dec. 6, and will run through Jan. 6. Meg is in her 20th year as a member of the Adirondack Artists ...

ArtWorks show kicks off holiday shopping season

SARANAC LAKE — Why go crazy on Black Friday, when you can relax and enjoy some art, while still getting your shopping done? That’s the idea behind an arts sale and soiree sponsored by Saranac Lake ArtWorks, to be held at the Hotel Saranac on Friday, Nov. 29 from 5 to 8 p.m. “We ...

Being thankful is important in good times and bad times

It has been a challenging couple of months. I sometimes feel that if I’m given one more obstacle or ball to juggle, everything is going to just crash down around me. The reason that I’m writing this is in spite of the obstacles I’ve been given, I have also been given the opportunity to ...

Pasta is great for leftovers

The guests have gone. The big day is over. You’re left with lots of food. Many say that leftovers are the best part of the holiday. But even if you love turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce and gravy, they get boring after a while. It is fun to find creative ways to use what is left ...

Judge rules for former stunt woman, but she still doesn’t have pension

SARANAC LAKE — Local former stunt woman Leslie Hoffman recently won a court case dealing with her on-going fight for a disability pension from the Screen Actors Guild, but she said it’s not a total victory. At the end of October, U.S. District Judge Gary Klausner ruled in favor of ...