Family Fun

Keene Valley Library "Bowls for Books"Holiday festivals, fundraisers, and carol fests are around every corner this time of year in the Adirondacks. But tonight I have stumbled into one of the most unusual and fascinating of these at the Keene Valley Library: “Bowls for Books.”It all started with a pottery workshop held here in the library in early November by Carmina Leabres. Carmina is a ceramic artist who lives and works at her studio in Keene on Hurricane Mountain.She is here tonight and explains how she invited beginners to join her at the library for a workshop on hand building bowls and... continue reading
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January in the Adirondacks is one our most exciting months for events. From World Cup skiing to Saturday film series, there's much to do in Lake Placid this month! Bobsled & Skeleton thrills Starting off with fast-paced sliding sports at Mt. Van Hoevenberg, don't miss the action of North Amerian Cup Bobsled and Skeleton taking place through January 10th. The world's second-seeded sliding competitors take on the world's best sliding track this week. These are the up and coming future stars of sliding. Don't miss it. Fun ice competition ... continue reading
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ADK Winterfest | For the whole familyFor the first time ever, the Adirondack Mountain Club will be opening up its Heart Lake property outside Lake Placid for a mid-winter festival geared for the whole family! The very best part of the festival - it's almost all FREE!  WINTERFEST will take place on Saturday, January 11th at the Adirondack Loj property, 7 miles outside Lake Placid.  Crews at the Loj have been busy preparing a skating rink on the lake for weeks now. They even concocted their own, very imaginative, version of a Zamboni ice machine for the pond. Made from old skis, buckets and... continue reading
First Day on the SlopesTeaching toddlers to ski- A rite of passageMy husband and I are avid, or maybe the word is addictive skiers, and have been most of our lives. We began with our families when we were young and as we grew older skiing became a getaway with friends, couples days and our way to unwind. It's important to us our kids take part in downhill and for us, the sport has evolved as our family grows. Our oldest child who is now a teenager was an easy learn on the hill. We gracefully traded off ski lessons and took our time teaching him not only to ski, but to be a skier. In between... continue reading
            This past weekend was not a favorite for skiers and snowshoers in our region.  In fact, as I sat in my living room, I swear I could hear my cross country skis whimpering softly as they stood by the door.  Unfortunately our forecasted wintry mix proved to initially be mostly rain and it made a mess of our snow.  And then the ice arrived, making Ice, Ice, Baby a more appropriate Christmas Carol than White Christmas.             For folks like me the rain and ice make for poor skiing conditions, although Wren and I enjoyed a nice ski on Friday – our first rainy day – before too much... continue reading
4 UPgrades at Whiteface for all 3 DOWNhill Skill LevelsWhiteface Mountain is giving the gift of snow this holiday season in the form of 35 new energy efficient snow guns, and more ski terrain with the addition of a new brand new expert glade trail, “Rand’s Last Stand.” Whether you’re a novice, intermediate, expert or park-goer, there is something new for each ability level and trail level.35 new efficient low energy snow gunsThese new snow guns are distributed among Green Circle, Blue Square and Black Diamond trails.  Beginners will love learning on the pristine snow of Easy Street. ... continue reading
Relax, You're in Lake Placid NYAwaken Your SensesTaking a mindful approach to exploring Lake Placid and the High Peaks Region means getting out of our fast pace habits - there is so much to see and do in our area visitors can sometimes feel overwhelmed.  Finding balance is an easy thing to do while visiting Lake Placid, and to each of us the definition of balance is different. Your peace may include a quiet cabin on the lake, majestic mountains in the background and glass of wine by the fire. It may also mean speeding down the Olympic track in a bobsled, or skiing The Slides at Whiteface. The... continue reading
Winter Bird Watching  I had a few guests in town this Thanksgiving holiday and I took them to see the Gray Jays along the north end of the Bloomingdale Bog Trail.  It is the best place to find Gray Jays in the Adirondacks and the region.  It was a cold day and the trail was quiet as we walked south toward the power lines where the jays are usually found. As we approached the makeshift feeder which folks have constructed there, we saw a lot of bird activity.  Black-capped Chickadees and Blue Jays buzzed to and from the feeder into which someone had poured some sunflower seeds.  As we walked... continue reading
A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to tour through Kids Kampus at Whiteface Mountain. Lauren Garfield, sales and marketing manager at Whiteface Mountain and Wendy Hickey, the snowsports reservation supervisor gave me the 411 on all the activities for kids.When I arrived at the ski hill, the air was cool and crisp and snow had been spotted on the top of the peak that morning. All around I could hear the sounds of the ORDA crew industriously working on getting the mountain ready to entertain visitors. Bucket tractors were moving boulders, and the distinctive sounds of hammers and screw... continue reading
            I’ve seen three North American (also called Northern) River Otters a few times recently when I’ve walked Wren at Lake Colby in Saranac Lake.  The otters have been quite curious and yet wary of us and Wren has been intrigued watching them (partly because the one was making snorting noises) as they came to the surface, popping their heads out to look at us and then dived beneath the water again.             Generally when a few otters are found together it is a mother with her pups, in this case fully grow pups.  The pups stay with the mother until the following spring when she’ll... continue reading


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