Home of the High Peaks, the towns of Keene and Keene Valley are a mecca for hikers and other visitors who wish to experience the unspoiled beauty of the Adirondack Mountains. There are hundreds of trails, not the least of which leads to the summit of Mount Marcy, the highest mountain in New York state.
Camping, snowshoeing and cross country skiing are among the wintertime activities. In the summer, the incredible Ausable River provides trout fishing, swimming holes, and spectacular waterfalls.
The Keene/Keene Valley area is conveniently located in the heart of the High Peaks of the Adirondacks. Many popular and lesser-known hikes start here.
2012 summer events in Keene/Keene Valley
Every Sunday, June 17 to Oct. 8 : Farmers market- From 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Marcy Field
Sunday, June 17: Kite Fest - The 5th annual Keene Valley Kite Fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Marcy Field.
Friday, July 13: Lectures in Song - The East Branch Friends of the Arts will host Fred Miller with Lectures in Song at 8 p.m. at the Keene Valley Congregational Church, 1791 state Route 73.
Saturday, July 14: Performance - Custom Blend, an a Capella group, will perform at 8 p.m. at the Keene Valley Congregational Church, 1791 state Route 73.
Thursday, July 19: Meadowmount in the Valley - The East Branch Friends of the Arts will present Meadowmount in the Valley, a classical music event by students of the Meadowmount School of Music, at 8 p.m. at the Keene Valley Congregational Church, 1791 state Route 73.
Saturday, July 21 and 22: Keene Valley Craft Fair - The 18th Annual Craft Fair will be held at Marcy Field in Keene Valley. This event is sponsored by the Free and Accepted Masons.
Sunday, July 22: Golf Ball Drop - The Keene Valley Neighborhood House Annual Golf Ball Drop will be held on Marcy Field.
Friday, Aug. 3 (5 to 7 p.m.) and Saturday, Aug. 4 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.): Bazaar and Quilt Show - The Keene Valley Congregational Church Bazaar and Quit Show will be held.
Sunday, Aug. 5 - The Keene Valley Fire Department will host an open house at 3 p.m. with a barbecue at 5 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 25 and Sunday, Aug. 26: Arts and Antiques Show - The High Peaks 20th Annual Arts and Antiques Show will be held on Marcy Field.
Wednesday, Sept. 5: Golf tournament- The Keene Valley Neighborhood House will host its annal golf tournament at the AuSable Club.
Saturday, Aug. 18: Jazz workshop - The East Branch Friends of the Arts will present a jazz workshop by Eli Yamin from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Keene Valley Congregational Church, 1791 state Route 73.
Sunday, Sept. 2: Storytellers event - The East Branch Friends of the Arts will present "Storytellers" with Brett Lawrence, Charity Marlatt and Wendell Wells at 4 p.m. at the Keene Valley Congregational Church, 1791 NYS Route 73.
Saturday, Sept. 22: Car rally - The American Legion Flaming Leaves Antique Car?Rally will be held on Marcy Field.
Saturay, Sept. 22: Keene Hill Climb Reunion - This reunion will be held at the Holt House on Marcy Field.
Sunday, Sept. 23: Rutabaga festival - The Great Adirondack Rutabaga Festival will be held on Marcy Field.
Saturday, Sept. 29: Piano performance - The East Branch Friends of the Arts presents pianist Charles Fisk at 8 p.m. at the Keene Valley Congregational Church, 1791 state Route 73.
From the Beer Walls to the Chapel Pond Slab, rock and ice climbers find ample climbing opportunities here. Due to the popularity of the sport, local licensed guides are available to help you experience the best climbing in the Northeast.
The Ausable River flows through both Keene and Keene Valley, providing anglers with miles of access to this popular trout fishing area.
St. Brendan's R.C. Church, Keene, (518) 523-2200. 4 p.m. Saturday Mass.
Methodist Church, Keene, (518) 576-9809
Keene Valley Congregational Church, (518) 576-4711
School: Keene Valley Central School, K-12, (518) 576-4555
Keene Public Library, (518) 576-2200
Keene Valley Library, (518) 576-4335
Community service organizations:
Keene Food Pantry
Ausable Valley Garden Club
Ausable Valley Habitat For Humanity
Keene Valley Rod and Gun Club
Crisis Intervention Counseling Center, (518) 576-4557
High Peaks radio-controlled airplane club, (518) 576-9775
Town government, (518) 576-4444
(Information courtesy of keene-keenevalley.com)