Editor's note: The annual Black Fly Challenge will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017. Not sure what the challenge is or why you would want to take it? Check out this fun blog written by one of our very own staff cyclists - he was a newbie in 2016.
A notable temperature shift has been happening over the last couple of weeks, making many people realize summer is coming to an end! While we may be packing away the beach chairs and getting ready to head back to school, paddling or hiking are fun ways to take in the ever-changing fall foliage, or perhaps you'd enjoy warming up next to a fall campfire. There is still plenty to do in the Adirondacks! We love this season, and we celebrate it the way all good Adirondackers should — with great fun and good food while surrounded by gorgeous foliage!
Ready for a Summer Vacation?
Its time to pack up the RV and hit the road! Summer is just around the corner and the Adirondacks is the place to be. Whether you prefer to immerse yourself in the wilderness, or you like to get out and mingle with the locals, there is plenty for you to do here! We have tons of events going on all summer, with more being added all the time.
Let's Make Tracks!
3rd annual Snocade
From February 12th through February 22nd of 2016, Indian Lake will kick off SnoCade, a festival of all things snow! This is Indian Lake's 3rd year hosting this event, and it grows bigger each year.
Family and Community Traditions for the Holidays
Some of my favorite memories involve family holiday traditions. When I was a kid, my sister and I would bake and decorate hundreds of Christmas cookies with my Grandma. My family still makes an evening out of decorating our Christmas tree with a big dinner, cookies and hot cocoa. After perfectly placing all of the ornaments, I spend hours and hours wrapping presents with my mom.
October has always been my favorite time of the year. The cool crisp air, the new colorful landscape, and Halloween! There is still so much going on in the Adirondacks!
It's Simple Math:
Oak Mountain + Oktoberfest = Oaktoberfest
Mountain Biking + German Festival = 1 awesome weekend at Oak Mountain
Now Show Your Work:
The Elusive Adirondack Moose
It's In the Air...
Don't Settle... Travel Like a Local!
With a stellar 4th of July weekend upon us, it should be known that July is when the event calendar hits its peak! In fact, there are so many great events scheduled this month that writing a "highlight of events" really just can't do it justice. To get a real idea of what is happening, you need to check out the complete events calendar. But before you do, here is a little tease of what's in store:
July starts with a BANG!
From thousands of falling ping pong balls, to bed races, parades and dazzling firework displays, to say the events calendar for July 4th weekend is jam-packed is simply an understatement! The hardest part is simply going to be choosing which activities to partake in. But to help simplify things for you, here is the run down of the activities we have for you this July 4th weekend:
Music, music, music - much of it FREE!
Summer brings with it some terrific music in the Hamilton County region. Free concerts abound, as do concert events all over the region and festivals highlighting music.
Enjoy free live classical concerts in Long Lake on five Thursday evenings at the United Methodist Church. July 9th kicks off the series with Claire Black performing on piano. A complete list of this concert series is listed on our events schedule under Friends of Music Summer Concert Series.
It's almost that time of year again... Black Fly Challenge time! Maybe you've heard of it? If you haven't, rest assured the Black Fly Challenge is nothing like what you are imagining. Here in the Adirondacks we are tough-blooded, we don't swat at the black flies... we simply out-ride them!
When the stars align
As parents of three, it is rare that my husband and I have a full day to ourselves. Yes, we do try to sneak away for the occasional "date night," but a full day to ourselves comes few and far between.
On the rare occasion that we do find ourselves kid-free for a few hours, we usually end up doing thrilling tasks like Christmas shopping, birthday shopping, attending a wedding, you get the picture... not the most exciting stuff.
When you think of pond hockey, you probably picture a handful of kids shoveling off a small patch of ice in order to hit a puck around with beaten equipment and makeshift goals. In Inlet, NY, when you say "pond hockey" this is totally not the case - when this small Adirondack town puts their mind to something, it usually goes big (and I mean really BIG)! Heck, just think of the world record-breaking paddling event, One Square Mile of Hope. So when it comes to pond hockey, why should it be any different?
Over the years, I have created my own Veteran's Day tradition. As long as I am not working, the day typically goes as follows: