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Mark Twain and the Adirondacks

Mark Twain at Kane Camp in Saranac Lake
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Mark Twain’s Connection to Ulysses S. Grant and Saranac Lake America’s Beloved Humorist and his time in the Adirondacks The father of American literature and former steamboat pilot, Mark Twain traveled throughout the world. In his travels, he and his family vacationed in Saranac Lake but for only one summer. Twain had much more serious [...]

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Monsters, Goblins and Zombies Galore at Double M Haunted Hayrides in Ballston Spa

Double M Haunted Hayride in Ballston Spa. Photo Courtesy of Double M
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Double M Haunted Hayrides: An Annual Tradition It Must Be Halloween: Double M Haunted Hayrides If you want to experience something really scary this Halloween, go to Double M Haunted Hayrides. Visitors ride for 40 minutes on tractor-drawn hay wagons that go through a trail, which takes them deep into the woods. Strange horror scenes, [...]

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Actor Brad Pitt to Produce Biopic on the Life of Saratoga’s Solomon Northup

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Twelve Years a Slave to be released in August 2013 Brad Pitt Helps Bring Solomon Northup’s Story to the Screen Brad Pitt and his production company, Plan B, will produce Twelve Years a Slave, an upcoming movie about Solomon Northup, a free black man forced into slavery who lived in Spa City in the mid-1800s. [...]

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Co-ops: A Great Way to Spice Up Your Grocery Shopping Routine

The Honest Weight Food Co-Op in Albany. Photo Courtesy of Groupon
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What Several Area Food Co-ops Have to Offer Local Alternatives to Chain Supermarkets My dad is the only person I know that loves to grocery shop. No matter where he’s going, he takes his coupons and list, ready at all times for an impromptu stop at the store. Price Chopper, Hannaford, Shop Rite, Trader Joe’s—he [...]

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Look, Up in the Sky! It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s The Adirondack Balloon Festival!

Moon Glow at the 2010 Adirondack Balloon Festival. Photo by Dave Bower
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New York’s Largest Hot Air Balloon Festival Celebrates its 40th Anniversary The 2012 Adirondack Balloon Festival More than 100 hot air balloons of all colors, shapes, and sizes will be launched across the Adirondack countryside beginning Thursday, September 20th at 4pm at Crandall Park in Glens Falls. This four-day event is the oldest and largest balloon gathering [...]

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The Hard Frost is the Grinch for Apple Picking Season

Apples at Knight Orchard, Photo Courtesy of Knight Orchard
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Crop Scarcity Hampers Apple Picking this Year Apple Picking in Upstate New York Many apple orchards in Albany, Rensselaer and Saratoga counties will not have U-Pick your own this season because of the scarcity in crop. The start of school year brings to mind the apple sitting at the corner on the teacher’s desk. The [...]

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How William Henry Harrison Murray Introduced the Adirondacks to America

William Henry Harrison "Adirondack" Murray. Photo Courtesy New York Public Library
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The Inspiration Behind Adventures in the Wilderness How a Connecticut Clergyman Became the Father of the Outdoor Movement The man that initially drew attention to the Adirondacks, and is responsible for the huge influx of urban vacationers to the area was William Henry Harrison Murray (1840–1904). Nicknamed “Adirondack Murray” because of his books, he was [...]

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Charles R. Wood, the Founder of The Great Escape

Charles R. Wood. Photo Courtesy of Glens Falls Hospital
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How The Great Escape Came to Be Charles R. Wood:  Amusement Park Developer and Philanthropist Millions flock to the Great Escape every summer, enjoying the thrill of riding on the Mega Wedgie, speeding on the Streamin’ Demon or getting soaking wet on the Desperado Plunge. The man behind the curtain who made it all possible was Charles [...]

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Verplanck Colvin: The Inspiration Behind the Adirondack Park

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How One Man’s Vision Helped Shape the Adirondacks Verplanck Colvin and the Adirondack Park Earlier this August, 69,000 acres were added to the Adirondack Park, the largest state park in the continental United States. This addition, which is the largest addition to the 6 million acre park in more than 100 years, includes 175 lakes, more [...]

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Teo Macero: American Jazz Saxophonist, Composer, Record Producer and Glens Falls Native

Miles Davis and Teo Macero
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A Tireless Innovator who Changed the Sound of Music Glens Falls Native Teo Macero Record producers and musical artists are known to have relationships that are either contentious or fruitful; often times, their contributions are overlooked. Think of how Howlin’ Wolf, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley might have sounded without the influence of [...]

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