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.
Coming to the web this summer is the new informational site, www.townofkeene.org.
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.
2013 summer events in Keene/Keene Valley
6th Annual Keene Valley Kite Fest
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 16 at Marcy Field
Fly a kite with Dad in the heart of the Adirondacks High Peaks. East Branch Friends of the Arts shares Marcy Field with a fabulous farmers market for this annual Father's Day event. Refreshments and kites for sale. Free admission.
7:30 p.m. July 8 at the Keene Valley Library
Michale Glennon and Heidi Kretser, both PhDs with the Wildlife Conservation Society, will present "Why Private Lands are Important for our Wildlife, and What We Find When We Look There." Free admission.
The Underground Railroad
in the North Country
7:30 p.m. July 15 at the Keene Valley Library
Peter Slocum from the recently opened North Star Underground Railroad Museum in Ausable Chasm unlocks the history of the abolitionists who helped slaves escape up the Champlain Line to freedom before the Civil War. Free admission.
Fred Miller Lectures-in-Song: Jule Styne
Sponsored by East Branch Friends of the Arts
8 p.m. July 12 at the Keene Valley Congregational Church, 1791 NYS Route 73, Keene Valley
The talented and ever-popular pianist/singer/narrator Fred Miller presents history, biography and psychology while sitting at the piano singing the superlative songs of his heroes. Cost: $10 per person; students free
Vontus Live! " Music from the Back Porch" Outdoor Concert Series
6:30 p.m. July 17 at the Holt House; Marcy Field, NYS Route 73, Keene Valley
East Branch Friends of the Arts will sponsor Vontus, a youthful three-man rock band whose energetic, plugged-in sound has earned them a following from NYC and the Capital Region to the North Country, Vermont and beyond.
Jazz Vocalist Stacia Kraft
8 p.m. July 20 at the Keene Valley Congregational Church, 1791 NYS Route 73, Keene Valley
East Branch Friends of the Arts presents Stacia Kraft with piano accompanist Kevin Stolz in concert. The American Songbook has been reborn in Stacia's smooth, rich alto. Her stage persona is intimate and soulful with all the appeal of the great vintage jazz singers. Cost: $10 per person; students free
Paddling Adirondack Waters
7:30 p.m. July 22 at the Keene Valley Library
Editor of the Adirondack Explorer, Phil Brown, will present various experiences in paddling through the Adirondacks including, but not limited to, paddling streams and lakes, his recent legal experience, and the challenges and rewards of reporting for the Adirondack Explorer.
Meadowmount in the Valley, sponsored by East Branch Friends of the Arts
8 p.m. July 25 at the Keene Valley Congregational Church, 1791 NYS Route 73, Keene Valley
Meadowmount is a summer school for accomplished young violinists, violists and cellists training for a professional career in music. Cost: $10 per person; students free
Climbing in the Italian and French Alps
7:30 p.m. July 29 at the Keene Valley Library
International mountain guides R.L. and Karen Stolz, owners of Alpine Adventures, Inc., located in Keene, will share photos and stories from some of their favorite trips to the Alps. Free admission.
The Glenmore School of Cultural Sciences 1889-1908
7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5 at the
Monique Weston will present reflections and photographs of Keene's intellectual heritage at the Glenmore School on East Hill in Keene. Free.
Kevin Stolz in concert
8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9
Pianist Kevin Stolz, a graduate of Keene Central School, will present a program of classical music, jazz, original compositions and spirituals.
LOCATION: Keene Valley Congregational Church, 1791 NYS Route 73, Keene Valley
$10 per person; students free
7:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Keene Valley Library
John and Carol Rutherford take us on a guided tour of the great monuments of India between Bhopal in Central India to Delhi, 475 miles north. The tour enables us to visit monuments spanning a range of Indian art and history from the second century BCE to the present. Free.
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