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Old Forge Library to present 2013 Ad’k Storytelling & Music Festival

Storyteller Bill Smith will again entertain at this weekend's Adirondack Storytelling & Music Festival in Old Forge.

Storyteller Bill Smith will again entertain at this weekend’s Adirondack Storytelling & Music Festival in Old Forge.

The Old Forge Library’s Adirondack Storytelling and Music Festival is scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 21 from 12 to 2 p.m. under the tent on the Forge Motel Knoll.

Award-winning musicians Dan Berggren and Roy Hurd will be headlining the event along with popular Adirondack Storytellers Bill Smith and Jeannine Laverty.

Dan Berggren’s roots are firmly in the Adirondacks, where he was raised, but his music has branched out across many borders.

Hearing stories and songs from local friends and neighbors, he has developed a style that captures the spirit of the mountains.

Roy Hurd is one of the best-known singer/songwriters in the Adirondacks.  Continue reading

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Inlet’s Arts in Park Craft Fair set Saturday & Sunday, July 20 & 21

Over 60 artists and craftsmen will set up at Arrowhead Park in Inlet on Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21 for the 37th Annual Arts in the Park festival.

Among the items for sale will be pottery, quilts, handmade/ hand-embroidered apparel, wrought iron, floral designs, jewelry, wall hangings, sand art, metal products, wooden items, furniture, photography, bird houses, leather items, fishing lures, redwood signs, and lawn ornaments.

Vendors come from all over New York state, as well as Connecticut, Vermont and Canada, and many will be demonstrating their crafts at their booths.  Continue reading

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Chicken BBQ to benefit the Strand

North Woods Lodge F&AM 849 and Dewey Old Forge Chapter #449 OES will be hosting a chicken barbeque in the parking lot of the Strand Theatre in Old Forge on Saturday, July 20 from noon until the food is gone.

The barbeque will cost $12 per person and will include a half chicken, baked beans, potato salad, roll, dessert, and a drink.

Pre-orders can be made by contacting Jan Park or by leaving a message at 369-6889.

All proceeds, following expenses, will be donated to the Save the Strand project.

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Inlet program to highlight past & present life in Inlet, July 24

The Inlet Historical Society will present a continuation of its “Inlet Then and Now” program on Wednesday, July 24 at 7 p.m.

Charles Herr, who presented the the first part of the program in June, will continue his discussion of the development of the early Village of Inlet.

He will also discuss the churches, fire department and other hotels and businesses at the head of Fourth Lake and the surrounding Seventh and Limekiln Lakes. Continue reading

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Saturday, July 20th: Mountainman Outdoor Supply Co. to host SUP Festival, Competition

Mountainman staff demonstrate Stand Up Paddling on the Old Forge Pond. Photo by Carolynn Dufft

Mountainman staff demonstrate Stand Up Paddling on the Old Forge Pond. Photo by Carolynn Dufft

Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company will host the 2nd Annual New York SUP Festival on Saturday, July 20 at the Old Forge lakefront and at Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company on Route 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The event will include races, free demos, clinics and instruction on stand up paddleboards and is designed to introduce the public to the enjoyment of stand up paddleboarding as a fitness opportunity.

SUP is a simple, easy to learn watersport that offers a full body workout.

An SUP is essentially an oversized surfboard that is specifically designed for use on either flatwater or surf.  Continue reading

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Otter Lake Fire Dept. says thank you

Chief Jeff Abrial presents a check for $176 to Program Director Sonya SkidmoreThe Otter Lake Fire Department hosted a spaghetti dinner on June 29th to benefit the department equipment fund and the Forestport Summer Recreation Program.

The dinner was a great success, and we plan on doing it again in the future. Thanks to all those who turned out for our inaugural event.

Best regards,

Tom Abrial, Secretary

Otter Lake Fire Department

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New York City-based Frank Williams among first vacationers to Big Moose

by Roy Crego, Guest Contributor

FrankWilliamsphotoAmong the early vacationers at Big Moose Lake was Frank Williams. Frank was born around 1842 in New York City to immigrant Welsh parents. He rose steadily in the business world and eventually became the senior partner in Williams, Russell & Co., a major coffee and sugar brokerage with offices at 101 Front Street in Manhattan.

On the 1880 Census, Frank, his wife Lavinia, daughter Julia, and a servant were listed as living across the East River in Brooklyn at 55 3rd Place—an attractive brownstone.

Coffee may have been Frank’s business, but for pleasure he and his wife traveled regularly to the Adirondacks and Big Moose. Joseph F. Grady, in his The Adirondacks: Fulton Chain-Big Moose Region (1933), tells how guides Jack Sheppard and Richard Crego built one of the earliest permanent camps on the lake for Williams. It was located on the northeast shore near the inlet.   Continue reading

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