Rip-Roaring Adventure on the River

There’s one Adirondack pastime that requires more guts than any other: whitewater rafting on the Hudson River. Rafting companies proudly share their life’s passion with those daring souls who seek heart-stopping adventure on the river. Revel in the icy clear water flowing from the heart of the Adirondack wilderness. Board an inflatable boat and paddle hard through angry rapids, dodging boulders and striving to not fall into the jaws of the river. Heed the commands screamed by your guide as your group attempts to conquer the turbulent waters. Hear half-true tales of epic days on the river and overnight camps in the forest. Rafting on the Upper Hudson River Gorge is the most intoxicating adventure in the Lake George Area.

Beginning in April and running through October, rafting on the Upper Hudson River Gorge is an absolute thrill. With waters ranging from Class III through Class V rapids, the river’s diverse rapids provide for an all-encompassing rafting experience. The water is highest in April and May when snowmelt fills the river. As summer turns into fall and the water levels fall the rapids mellow out, turning the river into an almost relaxing Class III paradise.

There are several rafting services that will take you through the Upper Hudson River Gorge. These expert companies have decades of Hudson River experience and are committed to providing a safe and exhilarating venture. It doesn’t matter which company you choose to raft with – every outfit will help you master the mighty Hudson with confidence.

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Our first Lake George Area rafting company is Adirondack Adventures, based in North River. Adirondack Adventures offers several different rafting trips around the state and their 3-4 hours Upper Hudson River Gorge trip is a thrilling favorite. A huge part of the fun at Adirondack Adventures is the bus ride to the river. Tunes are blared all the way to the put-in to make sure you’re pumped up for a day on the water. A bus ride to the put-in means you raft back to your car – no bus ride in wet clothes! Since whitewater rafting is a drain on energy, Adirondack Adventures provides a hearty lunch from Izzy’s Deli & Market in North Creek. And Adirondack Adventures offer a Swiss army knife of other activities such as overnight rafting trips, kayak instruction, and whitewater tubing if you’re interested.

Adirondack River Outfitters, also based in North River, is the next Lake George Area rafting company on our list. ARO run rivers all around New York, and their 17-mile trip on the Hudson River Gorge is always popular. With 35 years of rafting experience, Adirondack River Outfitters are true experts. If their guide’s commitment to safety doesn’t convince you, their river stories will. While these stories aren’t always completely rooted in reality, they do help to flesh out a day on the river. Also, don’t skip out on the post-raft chicken barbecue, where you and your new friends can listen to some more tales from the water. Adirondack River Outfitters also have zip lines, an aerial adventure course, and paintball at their home base in North River.

Third on the list is Beaver Brook Outfitters, based out of North Creek. Beaver Brook Outfitters host a number of different rafting trips on the Hudson River Gorge ranging from their 17-mile day trip to an overnight raft and camp. The day trip is the usual 17-mile run down the Hudson, replete with fantastic scenery, plenty of stories and laughs, raging or relaxing water depending on the season, and a fantastic lunch and dinner. Overnight trips on the Hudson feature those same stories, laughs, and meals as well as a peaceful night in the Adirondack woods. Beaver Brook also hosts canoeing and kayaking tours, caving expeditions, and guided fly fishing trips. Beaver Brook boasts that they are the only company on the Hudson to provide lunch, dinner, and all required equipment on every single day of the season.

The next rafting outfit on our list is Square Eddy Expeditions. Based out of North Creek, Square Eddy Expeditions offers yet another run down the Hudson River Gorge, albeit from a different town than the previous three companies. Their 17-mile adventure includes a robust and organic homemade lunch on the river, all required equipment, and an experienced guide to share safety instructions, river stories, history, and maybe even a song or two. In addition to their Hudson River Gorge run, Square Eddy Expeditions guide a unique hike-and-raft expedition. This adventure begins with an intermediate hike to one of New York’s tallest waterfalls, OK Slip Falls in Indian Lake. After hanging out above the waterfall, rafters follow the trail to the Hudson River and travel it back to North Creek.

The fifth rafting company on our Hudson River list is North Creek Rafting Company. Based out of North Creek, they offer two trips on the Hudson River Gorge. Their full day Upper Hudson trip is the typical 17-mile run down a mix of furious and calm waters. The rapids range from Class III-IV, and there’s a fresh lunch thrown into the middle. They also feature a nine-mile Lower Hudson trip from Riparius to Thurman. The trip on the Lower Hudson runs from April-June and is still relatively steep and always a ton of fun. North Creek Rafting Company also specializes in overnight rafting trips. You can raft and camp on the Hudson for two, three, or four nights, traveling a total of 17-29 miles.

Whitewater Challengers is yet another rafting company on the Hudson out of North River. Their fifteen-mile trip on the Upper Hudson takes about eight hours and includes on-the-river snacks and complimentary wetsuits. They also host an overnight trip on the Upper Hudson. The overnight trips include lunch, dinner, camping, and breakfast all on the river. In addition to crushing the Hudson River, Whitewater Challengers also have an aerial zip line and ropes course as well as a paintball course.

Last but certainly not least on our list of Hudson River Gorge whitewater rafting companies is the Wild Waters Outdoor Center. Based out of Warrensburg, these 33-year veterans of the Hudson offer a trip on the Upper Hudson and the Middle Hudson. The Upper Hudson trip is a full day 17-mile raft which includes all equipment and a delicious riverside lunch and post-raft dinner. Their Middle Hudson trip is a 7-mile family-friendly introduction to rafting. The 2.5-hour outing takes rafters through Class III rapids and makes for a perfect springtime activity.

Sacandaga River

The Sacandaga River is the place to go for those beginner rafters in the Lake George Area. Only 10 minutes from Lake George Village, the Class I-II rapids ensure family-friendly rafting that people of all ages and physical ability levels will love. The dam-controlled river guarantees that there is raftable water all summer long. These three companies will get you and your family on the Sacandaga River.

Beaver Brook Outfitters sure do love whitewater rafting, because they’re also on the Sacandaga River. Their two hours, 3.5-mile family-friendly day tours feature Class II and III whitewater. The entire family is invited, as these trips are suitable for kids as young as five. Beaver Brook Outfitters raft the Sacandaga seven days a week all summer long.

Second on the list of Sacandaga River rafting companies is the Sacandaga Outdoor Center. Setting out from Hadley, their four-mile run is another perfect family adventure. In addition to an awesome day on the water, they also have water cannons. Yup, water cannons. And everyone is a target!

The third company on our Sacandaga River rafting list is Wild Waters Outdoor Center out of Lake Luzerne. They conquer the Sacandaga from June 17th through Labor Day, September 4th. They head down the river three times daily. These 3.5-mile trips include easy water at first, a swimming section at the halfway point, and big rolling waves at the end.

Hudson River Whitewater Derby

If you’re a seasoned rafter or you want to watch the experts dominate a river, you need to head to the Hudson River Whitewater Derby. This event in its 60th year is an annual series of whitewater races on the Hudson. This Adirondack tradition features a novice slalom race and a giant slalom race on Saturday and a downriver race on Sunday. There’s even a “Not-so-Whitewater” race on Saturday for those beginner and intermediate level kayakers and canoers. Basil & Wicks hosts an awards party on Saturday complete with prizes and music. The 2017 edition of the Hudson River Whitewater Derby will be held on May 6-7.

What to Wear: For summer trips you can’t go wrong with a bathing suit and a t-shirt. An extra layer never hurts, either. Do not wear cotton as it stays wet. Bring old sneakers or sandals that strap to your feet so you can safely walk in the river. Bring a jacket in the spring and fall. Other essential gear will be provided at the river and keys and cell phones are not necessary to bring.


Lake George Area Weekend To Do

Alice in Wonderland JR.


Thursday – Saturday, March 30 – April 1 at 7pm
Saturday & Sunday, April 1 & 2 at 2pm
Charles R. Wood Theater

Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures. Featuring updated songs from Disney’s thrilling animated motion picture, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR. is a fast-paced take on the classic tale. The ever-curious Alice’s journey begins innocently enough as she chases the White Rabbit. Her adventures become increasingly more strange as she races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game!


Great Upstate Boat Show


Friday, March 31 from 11am – 8pm; Saturday, April 1 from 10am – 7pm
Sunday, April 2 from 10am – 5pm
Adirondack Sports Complex (The Dome)

Bring the family to the largest boat show from New York City to Montreal. This show highlights everything needed for your boating adventures. 25 dealers from throughout the Northeast representing 60 brands; over 175 boats will be on display. Showcasing the latest boats, docks, boat lifts, technologies and boating lifestyle accessories. There are live seminars including New York State Boating Safety. Door prizes and much more. Remember this…Some of the best memories are created on the water. Presented by the Eastern New York Marine Trades Association.


Taps & Apps


Friday, March 31 at 6:00 PM
The Queensbury Hotel

Join Mean Max and Glens Falls Brewfest for a 7 course food & beer pairing! Enjoy a special menu created by Chef Matthew Bolton and the SUNY Adirondack Culinary Arts Program. All will receive a souvenir pint glass to take home.  Tickets are limited for this event so get yours now!


Unicorn Rodeo

Friday, March 31 – Saturday, April 1, 4pm – 12am
Stony Creek Ranch

Johnny Stevens presents the Unicorn Rodeo at Stony Creek Ranch Resort with live music from Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1. This is a benefit  for the Southern Adirondack Musicians Fund, which helps musicians in times of need.


Adirondack Thunder vs. Elmira Jackals


Friday, March 31 at 7:00 PM
Glens Falls Civic Center

Come cheer on the ECHL affiliate, the Adirondack Thunder as they take on the Elmira Jackals in this action packed game on the ice!


Pond Skimming Contest

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Sunday, April 2 at 11:00 AM
Gore Mountain

Skim across Gore’s huge pond in our annual spring classic! Get goofy, get wet, and have fun! Each participant gets one splash. There will be a Costume Judge so DRESS UP! There will also be a judge for Splash, a judge for Skim Distance, and a judge for Overall Performance.  Costume scores will break any ties, followed by Overall Performance, Splash, & then Skim Distance. HELMETS are required.  A completed release form is required for all participants. Kids- be sure to have your parents sign! Award ceremony to follow one hour after final splash on the sundeck.  Prizes may include Dynastar skis, Helly Hansen packs, Carrera goggles, Smith accessories, and more!


Adult Learn to Sew: Beach Tote

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Saturday, April 1 from 9am – 11:30am
Sketch Design Lounge

Learn to sew while making a large, lined beach tote — an easy project for beginners! Course price includes all supplies, fabric and use of a sewing machine. This class is for adults who have not sewn for some time and need a refresher or those who have always wanted to learn how to sew. Registration can be completed through the SUNYACC Continuing Ed Department.


Glens Falls Brewfest

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Saturday, April 1 from 4PM – 8PM
The Queensbury Hotel

Samples of craft beers and ale brewers from around the country including local and regional favorites. Music by Forthin Road, a rocking Irish Band; and food. Have some fun and support Adirondack Theatre Festival, and the Feeder Canal Alliance too.


Adirondack Thunder vs. Norfolk Admirals


Saturday, April 1 at 7:00 PM
Glens Falls Civic Center

Come cheer on the ECHL affiliate, the Adirondack Thunder as they take on the Norfolk Admirals in this action packed game on the ice!




Great Upstate Boat Show

12th Annual Great Upstate Boat Show

Some of life’s best memories are created on the water. 

Have you been dreaming of summer days on the water, fishing as the sun rises or feeling the lake breezes on your face?  Here’s your chance to make those dreams a reality or maybe you’d just like check out the latest models.

It’s the biggest boat show in the region!  23 dealers representing 60 different brands with over 1,500 new and pre-owned boats available.

It’s all taking place at The Dome in Queensbury this Friday – Sunday, March 31 – April 2.

Some highlights:

Service
Storage
Docks
Lifts
Parts
Accessories

New to boating?  Attend a seminar to learn everything you need to know about owning a boat.  Topics include:

Props 101
NYS Boating Safety
Paddleboarding 101

Visit the GUBS website for complete details.

A few bonuses:

Buy a boat at the show and be automatically entered to win $50,000
Visit the GUBS website and enter to win two Gold Season Passes to Six Flags Great Escape
Purchase your tickets to the show from GUBS website for $2.00 off admission to the show

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Family Dining in the Lake George Area

Sometimes picking a place to eat that the whole family will enjoy is stressful. We’re here to make sure your vacation is stress free! The below restaurants and pit stops in the Lake George Area are sure to please everyone in your family.

Bistro LeRoux, Queensbury

Dinner out with the kids shouldn’t mean you can’t treat yourself. At Bistro LeRoux parents will love the fine dining with French inspired cuisine and the nice atmosphere complete with twinkly lights. The kids will love the white paper that drape the tables that they can color on. The restaurant even has a second room towards the back that is great for families and service is always excellent.

The Docksider, Glen Lake

The Docksider sits on the shores of Glen Lake and offers a fun family atmosphere with a menu full of American classics. During the summer months you can sit outside and enjoy the beautiful views and the kids will love hanging out on the docks and watching the fish. Only a couple miles away from the Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom, it’s a great and relaxing spot for dinner after a day of fun.

Cate’s Italian Garden, Bolton Landing

Cate’s in Bolton Landing does a great job, from incredible food to coloring options for kids. Their pizzas can be kid friendly and their staff go out of their way to be very sensitive and aware of what kids need (getting their food out quickly, refilling drinks). The interior is a captivating mix of Italian celebrity posters and chianti bottles and lake themed decor. The outdoor seating right along Bolton’s Main Street is wonderful for families and couples alike.

The Log Jam, Lake George

You can’t beat the atmosphere and the salad bar at this family favorite. The restaurant sits in an authentic log cabin and has massive stone fireplaces and a pot-belly stove that kids love. It’s located at the Lake George Outlets making it a great stop after a day of shopping. The service is excellent but you should expect a wait if you don’t have a reservation.

Basil & Wicks, North Creek

Basil & Wick’s is one of those places that you’ll enjoy with the kids and also tuck away in the back of your mind for a place to go as a couple. Hearty food, warm, inviting atmosphere and so close to skiing or tubing on the river!

Jacob & Toney’s, Warrensburg

Whether you’re traveling back home or need some food to take on a hike or beach day, Jacob & Toney’s in Warrensburg is the place to stop. The subs are huge and delicious and they offer great assortment of snacks and desserts.

Find a full list of restaurants in the Lake George Area here.


Lake George Area Weekend To Do

Happy Spring!  In honor of the new season, there are plenty of ways to get outside this weekend and enjoy the longer days.  Or, if it’s still a bit too chilly for you out there – try some of the varied indoor activities scheduled for this weekend in the Lake George Area!

NYSFSSAA Basketball Tournament of Champions

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Friday – Sunday, March 24 – 26, All Day

Glens Falls Civic Center

Basketball fans – you do not want to miss this Tournament of Champions. Witness the most elite girls and boys the New York State Public High School Athletic Basketball Association competing for the Championship title. Competing teams are winners of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association which includes New York City Public School Athletic League and Catholic High School Athletic Association as well as the Independent Schools Athletic Association in Classes AA, A and B.


Family Fun Night – LEGO Mania

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Friday, March 24, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Glens Falls Family YMCA

Join us for a Family Fun Night and bring your Legos (we will have some sets available)!  Make some awesome creations all while building family bonds.  Pizza will be served for dinner!  Family swim to follow starting at 8:00 PM.  Pre-registration is required – (518) 793-3878


Wine 101: Wine & Chocolate

Friday, March 24 at 7:00 PM
Adirondack Winery

In honor of American Chocolate Week…

Whether you’re an experienced wine drinker or entering the world of wine for the first time, join us for a sweet night out as we get down to the basics of pairing all things Wine & Chocolate!  We’ll guide you through a wine, chocolate and sweets flight and give you insights on how to make the perfect pairings with our award-winning wines!


Lend Me a Tenor


Friday – Saturday, March 24 & 25 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 26 at 1:00 PM
Tannery Pond Center in North Creek

Presented by Our Town Theatre Group.  A madcap comedy by Ken Ludwig set in September of 1934.  Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company is set to welcome world famous tenor, Tito for a one night engagement.  Through hilarious mishaps, two Titos and two women in lingerie, each thinking she is with the real Tito, will leave you teary-eyed with laughter.  Winner of three Tony Awards.


Art & Yoga

Art and Yoga
Saturday, March 25 at 9:00 AM
The Hyde Collection

Find your inner Zen among the artwork of acclaimed contemporary nature watercolorist Allen Blagden. Yoga instructor Kate Patterson will lead the group on a spiritual journey to connect with your inner calm and nature brought to life with Blagden’s realist works.


The Great Soup Cook Off

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Saturday, March 25 at 9:00 AM
Glens Falls Farmer’s Market

Join us at the market Saturday, March 25th to find out who has the most delicious soup!  Awaken your taste buds as you sample a variety of soups made by our very own market vendors.  Be sure to vote for your favorite soup!  Recipes will be available; purchase ingredients at the market to make your favorite soup at home!


Build a Rustic Birdhouse

Saturday, March 25 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Adirondack Folk School

Anyone can learn to make a rustic birdhouse in just a few hours. Using rough-cut lumber, you will construct a rustic birdhouse that can be functional and/or decorative. Choose from several birdhouse designs. There will be a short discussion about nesting birds, feeding birds, and suitable houses for area birds. Participants are encouraged to bring objects (such as old drawer pulls, door knobs, hardware, etc.) from home. Adults and teens welcome; children ages 10-14 must be accompanied by an adult.


Thurman Maple Days

Thurman Maple Days - Spring syrup like you wouldn't believe!
Saturday & Sunday, March 25 & 26 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Town of Thurman

Celebrate the start of spring! Maple syrup producers open up their sugar houses for free tours, tastings, and demonstrations. There is a pancake breakfast 9am at Valley Road Maple Farm, 190 Valley Road. Visit our maple producers, Valley Road Maple Farm, Adirondack Gold Maple Farm, Toad Hill Maple Farm and Hidden Hollow Maple Farm. Three neighboring farms will host open houses with talks, tours, samples and items available for sale. This is a self-guided tour, maps are available in the area and online. The Town of Thurman is located just 20 minutes from Lake George via I-87, Adirondack Northway. Take exit 23 to New York State Route 9 to New York State Route 418 and follow the sign posts to see all the sites celebrating spring and maple season!


Winter Meltdown Spicy Food Festival

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Saturday, March 25, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
The Shirt Factory

Sauces, garlic, pickles, agradolce, jerky, salts, spices and more, try them and more at the Winter Meltdown Spicy Food Festival at the Shirt Factory.  Also local restaurants will have food sample sales to benefit The Open Door Mission.


Slush Cup & Cardboard Derby

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West Mountain Ski Area

Join us for the always entertaining Slush Cup (slush pond skimming event) and Cardboard Sled Derby!  Two hilarious races on one day!  Registration for both begins at 11:00 AM.  The Cardboard Derby is at 12:00 PM and open to teams of 3.  The Slush Cup is at 1:00 PM and anyone in costume pays a discounted registration fee. Spectating is free!


Maple Sugaring – Sap to Syrup


Saturday, March 25 at 1:00 PM
Up Yonda Farm

Come to Up Yonda and discover the craft that has become a legend in the northeast. As the sun begins to warm the trunks of sugar maple trees, sap starts to flow. This marks the start of the sugaring season in the Adirondacks. Join us for Maple Sugar Basics and enjoy the process that yields sweet rewards! We’ll tap, collect, and boil the sap of sugar maples on the property. We’ll cover all the steps to get from sap to syrup.


Beauty and the Beast Ballet

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Saturday, March 25 at 2:30 PM & 7:00 PM

Sunday, March 26 at 12:30 PM
Charles R. Wood Theater

Be Our Guest with the Adirondack Ballet Theater, as they present their adaption of the renowned children’s fairy tale classic “Beauty and the Beast”.  Students ages 4-18, and professional guest artists will take the stage and delight audiences with their vision of Princess Belle and the outcast Beast. Let our dancers and the music by Alan Menken take you through Belle’s journey.  Children are invited to come dressed up as their favorite prince or princess for the day, participate in a French folk dance during intermission, take a photo in our photo spot and enjoy the performance.


de Blasiis Music Series – Hyperion String Quartet

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Sunday, March 26 at 3:00 PM
The Hyde Collection

This award winning quartet performs contemporary works all over the U.S.  All grads of the Eastman School of Music, they have been performing together since 1999.  From collaborations with Grammy award winning composers to work with the Skidmore College Dance Department, this group has an original and relevant sound.


Maple Day

Maple Day, Sunday, March 26th. Live music, Maple-infused foods and Treats. Local Maple products
Sunday, March 26, All Day
Gore Mountain

Lift ticket specials, live music in the Tannery from 2-5pm, yummy treats and Adirondack Maple Farm will be selling locally-made maple goodies!


Shamrock Shuffle and Leprechaun Leap

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Sunday, March 26 at 11:00 AM
Glens Falls High School

The 31st Annual Adirondack Runners Shamrock Shuffle and Leprechaun leap.  A 5 mile loop race and 7/8 mile children’s fun run.  Race proceeds benefit the Warren-Washington Countries NYS Special Olympics.


Bands ‘n Beans

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Sunday, March 26 from 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Roaring Brook Ranch

This annual fundraiser for the Lake George Arts Project literally packs the house for an afternoon that can’t be beat!  Unlimited hot chili and hot music will be served up.  Beverages are for sale.  There’s a silent auction and, best of all, you get to vote for your favorite chili!  Bring your appetite.




Lake George Area Weekend To Do

Live! Folklife Concert: Fellow Pynins

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Crandall Public Library

Fellow Pynins is a contemporary American roots and Appalachian inspired folk duo (Dani Aubert & Ian Van Ornum), who sing original songs in vocal harmony backed with clawhammer banjo, mandolin, guitar and Irish bouzouki. They are a family who make music and life one. Farming, cheesemaking, mead making, mushroom hunting, sewing, printing, and raising a wild child are all part of the life that brings a richness to them and their expression through song.


Irish Spirit Race

Do You Dare Challenge a Leprechaun... If luck is on your side you could win big!Friday, March 17 at 9:00 AM
Gore Mountain

Be on Team Leprechaun or race the Leprechauns – you decide.  Only 30 volunteers will be accepted to Team Leprechaun and Leprechaun costumes are required.  Free lift tickets to all Leprechauns.  All ages welcome.  Must be an intermediate or better skier to be on Team Leprechaun.  Challenge racers have two chances to beat a Leprechaun and all are welcome to race a Team Leprechaun skier.  Prizes will be awarded to the top 7 challenge racers!


St. Pat’s Wine Tasting


Friday, March 17 – Sunday, March 19 from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM each day
Adirondack Winery

We’ll be joining in on the Village-wide fun and offering wine tastings all weekend long to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Stop in for a tasting, enjoy special weekend upgrades, try your luck at our guess the cork contest… & don’t miss out on our Shamrock Sangria!


Opening Reception: “Memories” Exhibition

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Friday, March 17 at 5:00 PM
The Shirt Factory, Suite 114

The public is invited to North Country Arts’ 2nd Exhibition of 2017, “Memories” at their NCA at The Shirt Factory Gallery. On view will be works in all media created by local and regional artists. The exhibition runs until April 29 and regular gallery hours are Thurs.-Sat. 1-5 p.m. Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some great art! Wearing something green is optional!


Sham “Rock” the Block Party

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All Weekend
Lake George Village

Friday, Saturday and Sunday 3/17-3/19. Pony rides, keg toss, bounce houses, human foos ball and much more. Businesses will be holding events as well!  Live Music, All Day Corned beef and cabbage dinner $12.95 Friday-Sunday while it lasts! The St Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Sunday.  Come get your Irish on!


Adirondack Thunder vs. Wheeling Nailers


Friday, March 17 at 7:00 PM
Glens Falls Civic Center

Come cheer on the ECHL affiliate, the Adirondack Thunder as they take on the Wheeling Nailers in this action packed game on the ice!


Weaving a Traditional Tumpline

Saturday & Sunday, March 18 & 19, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Adirondack Folk School

The tumpline is one of those basic straps for hauling burdens that has been used for centuries. A simple strap has been used by many people historically (and prehistorically), but the use of this strap on the forehead seems to be a concept indigenous to the Americas.  In this class students will learn the use of a simple loom and shuttle, along with finger weaving techniques to create their own tumpline to use with a bedroll, toboggan and even a deer drag for the hunter. Looms, shuttles and weaving materials will be provided.


Maple Sugaring – Sap to Syrup


Saturday, March 18 at 1:00 PM
Up Yonda Farm

Come to Up Yonda and discover the craft that has become a legend in the northeast. As the sun begins to warm the trunks of sugar maple trees, sap starts to flow. This marks the start of the sugaring season in the Adirondacks. Join us for Maple Sugar Basics and enjoy the process that yields sweet rewards! We’ll tap, collect, and boil the sap of sugar maples on the property. We’ll cover all the steps to get from sap to syrup.


Thurman Maple Days

Thurman Maple Days - Spring syrup like you wouldn't believe!
Saturday & Sunday, March 18 & 19 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Town of Thurman

Celebrate the start of spring! Maple syrup producers open up their sugar houses for free tours, tastings, and demonstrations. There is a pancake breakfast 9am at Valley Road Maple Farm, 190 Valley Road. Visit our maple producers, Valley Road Maple Farm, Adirondack Gold Maple Farm, Toad Hill Maple Farm and Hidden Hollow Maple Farm. Three neighboring farms will host open houses with talks, tours, samples and items available for sale. This is a self-guided tour, maps are available in the area and online. The Town of Thurman is located just 20 minutes from Lake George via I-87, Adirondack Northway. Take exit 23 to New York State Route 9 to New York State Route 418 and follow the sign posts to see all the sites celebrating spring and maple season!


Vaudreuil’s Raid 1757

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Saturday, March 18 at 11:00 AM
Fort William Henry

Inviting all British, French and Native American groups to participate in a recreating of the events of the March 19, 1757 French raid on Fort William Henry! Reenactment 12:00 noon at the fort. Free and open to the public!


Adirondack Thunder vs. Wheeling Nailers


Saturday, March 18 at 7:00 PM
Glens Falls Civic Center

Come cheer on the ECHL affiliate, the Adirondack Thunder as they take on the Wheeling Nailers in this action packed game on the ice!


Introduction to Inkle Loom Weaving

Sunday, March 19, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Adirondack Folk School

Join us for a morning of inkle loom weaving! Students will have a variety of patterns and colors to choose from. They will use the pattern to warp an inkle loom to create a colorful band that can be used for trim, a strap or a belt. The finished band can be up to seven feet long, or multiple shorter bands can be created.  Students as young as 10 years old are welcome to join in.


 Brilliant Baroque Symphony Concert

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Sunday, March 19 at 4:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church of Glens Falls

Join us in the beautiful First Presbyterian Church in Glens Falls for an afternoon of favorites from the Baroque: Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 and Handel’s vibrant Water Music. For a rare treat, Principal Oboist Sherwood Wise will perform a work for solo oboe and orchestraPre-Concert talk with Maestro Peltz at 3pm. Box office opens at 2:45pm in Pruyn Room.


Adirondack Thunder vs. Atlanta Gladiators


Sunday, March 19 at 7:00 PM
Glens Falls Civic Center

Come cheer on the ECHL affiliate, the Adirondack Thunder as they take on the Atlanta Gladiators in this action packed game on the ice!




Celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day in the LGA!

We love St. Patrick’s Day!  Not only does it fall days before the official start of Spring but it is also a whole lot of fun!  So find your Irish greens and join us at one (or more!) of these St. Pat’s celebrations.

Irish Spirit Race

Do You Dare Challenge a Leprechaun... If luck is on your side you could win big!Friday, March 17 at 9:00 AM
Gore Mountain

Be on Team Leprechaun or race the Leprechauns – you decide.  Only 30 volunteers will be accepted to Team Leprechaun and Leprechaun costumes are required.  Free lift tickets to all Leprechauns.  All ages welcome.  Must be an intermediate or better skier to be on Team Leprechaun.  Challenge racers have two chances to beat a Leprechaun and all are welcome to race a Team Leprechaun skier.  Prizes will be awarded to the top 7 challenge racers!


St. Pat’s Wine Tasting


Friday, March 17 – Sunday, March 19 from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM each day
Adirondack Winery

We’ll be joining in on the Village-wide fun and offering wine tastings all weekend long to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Stop in for a tasting, enjoy special weekend upgrades, try your luck at our guess the cork contest… & don’t miss out on our Shamrock Sangria!


Sham “Rock” the Block Party

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All Weekend
Lake George Village

Friday, Saturday and Sunday 3/17-3/19. Pony rides, keg toss, bounce houses, human foos ball and much more. Businesses will be holding events as well!  Live Music, All Day Corned beef and cabbage dinner $12.95 Friday-Sunday while it lasts! The St Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Sunday.  Come get your Irish on!


St. Patrick’s Day Dinners

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Restaurants throughout the LGA are offering special menus to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  In fact, you can probably walk into any local restaurant and get a St. Pat’s treat.  Here’s a sampling of the places offering the traditional corned beef & cabbage dinner!

Fort William Henry – St. Pat’s Dinner – Friday, 2PM – 9PM

Sweet Basil – St. Pat’s Dinner & Elvis Show – Saturday at 5PM

Morgan & Co. – St. Pat’s Dinner – Friday, 4PM – 10PM

190 Grille – St. Pat’s Music and Food – Friday, All Day

The Docksider – St. Pat’s Dinner, Friday, All Day

The Garrison – St. Pat’s Specials: Friday, All Day – Music, 6 PM – 9 PM




Lake George Area Weekend To Do List

Murder: Stage Right – or Who Killed Hamlet?

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Friday & Saturday, March 10 & 11 at 6:00PM
Sunday, March 12 at 1:00PM
Queensbury Hotel

It’s Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre.  The show takes place in mid-1940s Chicago where a troupe of players is rehearsing the final act of William Shakespeare’s masterpiece “Hamlet.” There are tensions among the players.  During the course of the rehearsal, one of the lead actors is murdered. And the audience is tasked with the job of finding out who did it.  (518) 792-1740 for tickets.


Comedy Night

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Friday, March 10 at 6:30 PM
Fort William Henry

Performing will be 2 time Emmy nominated Rich Williams, NYC up and comer Quentin Davis, and local talent Mike Cahill. Hosted by Kate Gauthier. Headliner Rich Williams has made appearances on Comedy Central, Chelsey Lately and The Howard Stern Show.


Quilting Basics for Anyone I: Cutting and Piecing

Saturday, March 11 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Adirondack Folk School

Whether you have quilted before and need a refresher or are a total novice, this is the inspirational class for you! Students will learn traditional quilting basics while creating their own “Sea and Sky” quilt top. The class will introduce students to the history of quilt making, as well as the cutting and piecing of a quilt top. A variety of tools and their proper use will be demonstrated. Students may bring cutting tools and rulers. Bring anything you may have bought and now need “demystified”. A sewing machine is required.


Introduction to Fly Tying

Saturday, March 11 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Adirondack Folk School

What better way to appreciate the Adirondacks than through fly fishing and fly tying, with their long and rich local traditions. Fly fishing leads us to learn more about our environment and natural resources and increases the time we spend outdoors appreciating nature and living a healthier life. Most fly fishers become strong stewards of our resources as they learn to fish. Come learn the basics of tying your own flies with an expert instructor.


Thurman Maple Days

Thurman Maple Days - Spring syrup like you wouldn't believe!
Saturday & Sunday, March 11 & 12 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Town of Thurman

Celebrate the start of spring! Maple syrup producers open up their sugar houses for free tours, tastings, and demonstrations. There is a pancake breakfast 9am at Valley Road Maple Farm, 190 Valley Road. Visit our maple producers, Valley Road Maple Farm, Adirondack Gold Maple Farm, Toad Hill Maple Farm and Hidden Hollow Maple Farm. Three neighboring farms will host open houses with talks, tours, samples and items available for sale. This is a self-guided tour, maps are available in the area and online. The Town of Thurman is located just 20 minutes from Lake George via I-87, Adirondack Northway. Take exit 23 to New York State Route 9 to New York State Route 418 and follow the sign posts to see all the sites celebrating spring and maple season!


St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Saturday, March 11 from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Main Street in Chestertown, NY

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the classic small town parade, bringing out the entire community at just the time of year where people are yearning to get out of the house and get together. All our local organizations are welcomed to join in the parade, and everyone cheers for the bag pipers, musicians, public servants, community volunteers, town services, fire trucks, road crews and much more.


Adirondacker’s Log Jam

Adirondacker's Log Jam
Saturday, March 11 at 11:00 AM
Gore Mountain

Freestyle fun and awesome prizes. Adirondack attire is welcomed – flannels, beards, overalls and of course – suspenders! Advanced registration and helmets are required.  Competitors will be judged on their overall performance, with scoring based on the total of 3 best runs from each of 3 judges.  All ages welcome!


Maple Sugaring – Sap to Syrup


Saturday, March 11 at 1:00 PM
Up Yonda Farm

Come to Up Yonda and discover the craft that has become a legend in the northeast. As the sun begins to warm the trunks of sugar maple trees, sap starts to flow. This marks the start of the sugaring season in the Adirondacks. Join us for Maple Sugar Basics and enjoy the process that yields sweet rewards! We’ll tap, collect, and boil the sap of sugar maples on the property. We’ll cover all the steps to get from sap to syrup.


Beginning Bluegrass Banjo

Saturday, March 11 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Adirondack Folk School

In this class you will learn enough about the banjo so that you can use a variety of available instructional aids from your home and progress with learning Bluegrass banjo at your own pace. You will be exposed to the basics of playing 5-string Bluegrass banjo, including tunings, left hand chord shapes, right hand rolls, vamping, hammer-ons, pull-offs, chokes, chimes, and how to read tablatures. We’ll also look at online sites for banjo practice and instruction. Bring a playable 5-string banjo, two metal finger picks, and a thumb pick.


Advanced Fly Tying

Saturday, March 11 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Adirondack Folk School

This class is for those who are ready to extend their knowledge beyond the basics. You will learn fly tying skills, techniques and tools, and about the proper materials to prepare for any kind of fish or situation. This class will introduce you to a variety of flies that are ready for action. Learn to tie wet flies, dry flies, streamers, and patterns. You will get started with the materials required to create a wide variety of flies and advance through the vast array of fly tying possibilities. If you have the basic skills of tying flies, this class will help hone your skills so you can bring home the keepers!


Barrel Fest

Lake George Festival of Barrels at the Adirondack Brewery
Saturday, March 11 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Adirondack Pub & Brewery

Beer lovers from all over the Northeast and beyond will make their annual pilgrimage to be a part of Adirondack Brewery’s Barrel Festival. We will be tapping our one-off, barrel-aged ales along with rare barrel-aged offerings from guest Northeast Breweries (click here for a list of guest breweries). We’ll have blazing bonfires, a burning man, live music from The Schmooze, cigars provided by Queensbury Cigar & Pipe, and much more!


Thurman Maple Sugar Party


Saturday, March 11 at 4:00 PM
Thurman Town Hall

This all-you-can-eat sumptuous buffet is crowned with a dessert of genuine jackwax.  Serving begins at 4:00 PM and lasts until all are served.  $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6-11.  Free for those 5 and under.  Join the fun as area musicians perform and we welcome maple season and Spring.


Opening Reception: Andrea Hersh


Saturday, March 11 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Lake George Arts Project

Opening March 11 and running through April 14, 2017, the Lake George Arts Project’s Courthouse Gallery will present “Sol Survivors,” a solo exhibition of work by Andrea Hersh.  The opening reception takes place on Saturday, March 11, from 4 – 6 PM, beginning at 4 pm with a brief performance by the artist with dancers Liz Fillipone and Louisa Barta.  Reception to follow. This event is FREE and open to the public.  Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 12 – 5 pm, and Saturday 12 – 4 pm.


Youth Jersey Giveaway & Police Appreciation Night
Adirondack Thunder vs Manchester Monarchs


Saturday, March 11 at 7:00 PM
Glens Falls Civic Center

Special Police themed jersey giveaway for the kids and also we will be honoring our Police tonight – come out and support all Police forces. Hometown Hockey team the Adirondack Thunder are the ECHL affiliate of the NHL Calgary Flames.


Adirondack Thunder vs Brampton Beast plus Post Game Skate

Sunday, March 12 at 3:00 PM
Glens Falls Civic Center

Catch the Adirondack Thunder as they face off against the Brampton Beast in a fast-paced, thrilling hockey game at the Glens Falls Civic Center!  Stay after the game and skate with the Thunder players!


Full Moon Poker Ski & Snowshoe

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Sunday, March 12 at 6:30 PM
Garnet Hill Lodge

Join us for the last full moon tour of the season in our 4th annual poker run!  On snow shoes or skis – player’s choice – go around old faithful and collect your hand.  Meet up at the lodge to see how you did, while enjoying fabulous finger foods that go along with any serious gamblers’ night at the table!




The Science of Maple

It’s Maple season!  But why now?  Why is Maple season in March when so many other seasons are in late spring, summer or fall?  Why does the sap flow in the winter when it’s still so cold out most of the time?  Why Maples and not Pine or Birch trees?  We decided it was time to do some research into the science of Maple and find answers to our burning Maple questions.

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Turns out the scientific processes that create Maple syrup start in the summer when all the leaves are still on the Maple tree.  Think back to that high school biology class when you learned about photosynthesis – the process that leaves use to turn sunlight into stored energy.  Maple leaves create sugar through this process and transport it to the wood of the tree where it is stored during the winter months.

 

There are lots of different types of Maple trees but the species that produce the best Maple sap prefer the climate in the Northeast and Canada.  Maple trees in those climates have evolved genetically (for reasons we don’t fully understand) to produce a sweeter sap than other types of trees, even other Maple species that grow around the world.

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In March, the days start to get longer and temperatures rise but typically fall below freezing at night.  This daily swing in temperature may wreak havoc on our immune systems but it creates ideal conditions for Maple sap production.

Think of water freezing and melting.  When it’s warm, the water will flow freely, moving with gravity.  When it’s cold, the water freezes, pulling any liquid into a solid state.  It’s a little more complicated with Maple sap but that’s the general idea.

Image result for sapwood maple layer Maple trees have layers.  One of the outer layers of a Maple tree, known as sapwood, houses the part of the tree that is actively growing and working to transport stored sugar (from photosynthesis) and nutrients from the earth throughout the tree.  When the temperature gets warm during the day, sugar and nutrients start to flow, creating pressure.  At night, when temperatures freeze, this flow slows way down, relieving the pressure and allowing the tree to draw new nutrients up through the roots.  Then it gets warm again during the day and the nutrients start moving to support new growth, building up pressure in the tree again.

When we puncture a Maple tree with a tap, the pressure created by warm temperatures during the day pushes some of the nutrients out in the form of sap.  So long as the temperature continues to cycle between warm and cold, new nutrients will be drawn up from the earth at night and pushed through the tree as sap during the day.  Most years in the Lake George Area, these weather conditions last for the month of March.  Once the weather stops regularly dropping below freezing at night, Maple trees bud and energy is sent to support growing leaves so photosynthesis can resume.  This drastically changes the flavor of the sap and ends Maple season.

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Depending on the size of a Maple tree, it may have one to three taps.  There is more than one way you might see Maple sap being collected.    To start a tap, a small hole must be drilled into the tree for a spile that the sap can drip out of.  Traditionally, a bucket is hung beneath the spile to catch the sap.  Many Maple producers have opted to use tube systems which transport the sap to a holding tank using either gravity or a vacuum system.

The sap is gradually moved from the holding tank to a sugar house where it is systematically poured into an evaporator so any water in the sap can be boiled off, leaving maple syrup.  It takes about 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of Maple syrup.  Sap that is boiled down even further will make Maple sugar.

Finally, the Maple syrup is filtered to remove any sugar sand before it’s bottled and sealed.  Now it’s ready to go home with you!

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“Last of the Mohicans” Weekend

A perfect weekend for history and movie buffs, this itinerary will take you to the spots portrayed in James Fenimore Cooper’s 1826 historical novel and the 1992 film adaption.

Day 1

Hyde Collection Art Museum & Historic House: A must stop on every Lake George Area itinerary; the Hyde Collection houses Volumes I-II of the First American Edition and three volumes of the First English Edition of James Fenimore Cooper’s 1826 novel “The Last of the Mohicans”. The Hyde Collection is also listed on the National Register of Historic Homes and includes original works from Rembrandt, Rubens, Picasso, Homer, van Gogh, and more.

The Queensbury Hotel: After your visit to the Hyde House head over to the Queensbury Hotel, less than a mile away. In the lobby, you’ll find a large mural over the fireplace by Griffith Bailey Coale, a member of the National Society of Mural Painters. The mural depicts Hawkeye, one of the main characters, lighting the entrance of the Hudson River cave. The mural has been on display since the hotel’s opening in 1926!

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Cooper’s Cave: It’s time to see the cave located on the Hudson River off Route 9 between Glens Falls and South Glens Falls! You can’t actually go in the cave but you can walk to the viewing platform to see the cave, be close to the rushing water and to read about James Fenimore Cooper and the Mohican Tribe that inhabited the area.

Cooper’s Cave Ale Company: Ready to fuel up? Cooper’s Cave Ale Company is the perfect spot for lunch, dinner and an afternoon ice cream or craft beer in Glens Falls. We recommend the James Fenimore Cooper Burger and their homemade waffle ice cream cone. It’s located along the Warren County Bike Trail so you can burn off the extra ice cream calories if you’d like.

Prospect Mountain: Take a drive or hike up Prospect Mountain in Lake George to get a bird’s eye view of Lake George and note the strategic location of Fort William Henry at the southern point of the Lake.

Day 2

Fort William Henry: A must stop on your “Last of the Mohicans” weekend, Fort William Henry is located right in Lake George Village. It portrays life at the Fort from 1755 to 1757. Take part in their military demonstrations, guided tours and colonial artifacts and travel back in time to when it was an actual French and Indian War Fort. After checking out the museum take a walk through Lake George Battlefield Park and see the remains of the southwest bastion of the Old Fort Gorge stone fortress.

Cruise the Lake: A great end to a fun weekend, take a cruise aboard one of the five cruise ships that traverse “The Queen of American Lakes”. Check out the schedules and boats offered by Lake George Steamboat Company and Lake George Shoreline for a range of cruise durations and offerings. Narrated cruises offer a better understanding of the historic significance of the lake and the strategic role it played in the French and Indian War.

It’s rare that history comes so clearly to life. Experience it in the Lake George Area!