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Top 10 Things to Do Columbus Day Weekend in the Lake George Region (Warren & Washington Counties)

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Top 10 Things to Do Columbus Day Weekend in Lake George

Lake George Columbus Day Weekend Events 2011

Forget about summer, it’s now fall, which brings in a whole slew of fun fall-themed events to partake in, and this Columbus Day Weekend, the Lake George region is abuzz with activity. From fall-themed festivals and tours to great art exhibits for a cause to hockey games and much more, you definitely won’t be at a loss of things to do. Here’s our (2011) Top 10 List of the Best, Not to Be Missed Things to Do in the Lake George region Columbus Day Weekend (encompassing Warren & Washington counties).

1. Meet the Author, Kristin Kimball, Crandall Public Library

Kristin Kimball, who penned the popular book, The Dirty Life (about she and her husband’s experiences moving from the big city to live and work on a farm in Essex, NY and the various obstacles they met along the way) will be giving a talk/signing this Thursday, October 6 at the Crandall Public Library. The event starts at 7pm and runs until 8:45pm in the library’s Community Room. Kimball has been on tour promoting her book, with a plethora of recent appearances that include The Linda in Albany. Get a little in the know beforehand and check out our review of The Dirty Life on The Free George in our Best Summer Reads 2011 article. For more info on the event, call 518-792-6508, ext 3.

Garlic Festival, Warrensburg2. Garlic Festival, Warrensburg

Oh you sweet bulb of love! If you love garlic as much as I do, you also know you don’t want to miss this festival. The Warrensburg Riverfront Farmers Market will be hosting its 2nd annual Garlic Festival on Friday, October 7 from 3pm to 6pm; a slew of locally grown garlic varieties will be on hand for sale (including bulbs to grow on your own), along with growing tips, garlic recipes, medicinal makeshifts, tips and tricks for spiffy garlic décor, and contests for those looking to sport their best garlic-infused cuisines (best appetizer, soups, pasta, entrees, vegetable and dessert will all receive awards). Live music will also be part of the mix. Call 518-466-5497 for more info.

3. Landscapes for Landsake Art Exhibit

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Landscapes for Landsake exhibit, which runs October 8 from 3pm-6pm, and October 9 & 10 from 12pm to 4pm at Maple Ridge in Coila, which is just west of Cambridge. Over 88 artists’ work will be on display and for sale; the event acts as the Agricultural Stewardship Association’s annual fundraiser & in its nine years prior, has raised over $119,000 for land conservation. 50% of the sales go toward farmland conservation. Participating artists this year include Paul Chapman, Leslie Parke, Art Poulin, Serena Kovalosky, George Van Hook and many more. For more info and a full artist lineup, visit

4. Thurman Fall Farm Tour

Thurman will be hopping this weekend, with their annual Thurman Fall Farm Tour on Saturday & Sunday from 10am to 4pm. This year’s event makes use of thirteen sites, including multiple farms, galleries and a B&B. Activities range from guided tours, equine logging, demonstrations, old machinery/tractor exhibits, a craft show, a quilt and home show, an Adirondack Authors’ Night, a gospel concert, a chicken BBQ, an old-fashioned barn dance and more. Special $5 train ride passes will also be available throughout the weekend. For more info on the Thurman Fall Farm Tour, visit

5. Bolton Landing Town-Wide Garage Sale, Arts & Crafts Fair & Fall Festival

The residents of Bolton Landing do their spring cleaning in the fall, and lucky for us this is the case, because this weekend (October 8 & 9), you can expect to be privy to some very cool stuff in and Bolton Landing at the Town-Wide Garage Sale. Lots of great finds and many participants equate to a worthwhile trip, because if you’re like me, you’re probably quite fond of the winning combination of cool things & funky treasures. While perusing the finds at the various sales, you may also want to check out Bolton Landing’s Arts & Crafts Fair, happening on Saturday & Sunday, and the Bolton Fall Festival on Saturday. Visit for more info on all of these events.

Adirondack Phantoms Opening Night Game 20116. Adirondack Phantoms Opening Night Game

It’s hard to imagine it’s that time, but it is—hockey season is about to descend upon us. This Saturday marks the Adirondack Phantoms’ opening night game against the Connecticut Whale. (Hmm…I have to ask, what’s with the singular usage? Are the Phantoms playing a real whale or something?) The game takes place at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Visit for tickets & more info.

7. Renaissance Gathering, Washington County Fairgrounds

For the love of jousting, merriment and wenching! The East Kingdom of the Society for Creative Anachronism (it’s a mouthful, we know) will be holding its Metalsmiths Symposium X & King & Queens Champions of Arms at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Greenwich this October 7-10. Horses, fencing, war reenactments and lots of other good renaissance-y stuff will be happening here, including classes on beading, enamel, pysansky, patina, horn carving, stone setting, wood carving and much more. All classes are given with a suggested donation of $5. $10 a day will get you admission to the festival/gathering, with discounted prices for children under 12; if you’re looking to camp out for the weekend, the fee is $20, which covers admission for all days. For more info, visit

8. North Country Pottery Tour

If you’re one of those early holiday shoppers, this may be the perfect place to pick up an early gift or two. The self-guided North Country Pottery Tour takes place on Saturday & Sunday (October 8 & 9) from 10am to 5pm (Sat) and 10am to 4pm (Sun), and features galleries throughout Glens Falls (many of which are in The Shirt Factory) and one gallery in Chestertown. For more info on participating artists & galleries, visit

A little aside here: while on the tour and making your stop at The Shirt Factory, be sure to swing by bjsartworks (housed in the same building) to check out Break the Chains, an exhibit for a great cause—$1,000 of the monies raised will go to support the Catholic Charities Domestic Violence Project and help raise awareness and assist with relief in domestic violence situations. Click here for more info on Break the Chains.

9. Gore Mountain Harvest Fest

Boasting a menu that includes pulled pork sandwiches on a pretzel roll, pumpkin sweet potato corn chowder, smoked turkey drumsticks, vegetarian butternut & apple bisque, St. Louis Pork Ribs smothered in Adirondack Apple BBQ Sauce, German Sauerkraut and beer-basted Bratwurst, Cider Lemonade, homemade apple pie, jumbo snickerdoodles, apple fries with apple butter ketchup and more (um…yum), the Gore Mountain Harvest Fest is worth the trip just for the food alone. In addition to the food, however, there’s also scenic gondola skyrides & mountain biking, a slew of Adirondack vendors selling cool, authentically Adirondack wares from jewelry to photographs to furniture, $40-$45 helicopter rides offering great views of Gore Mountain, and tons of stuff for the kids including bounce houses, a climbing wall, pony rides and more. The event itself is free and takes place 10am-4pm on Saturday & Sunday, October 8 & 9. For more info on the Gore Mountain Harvest Fest, visit

Also! Happening the same weekend is the North Creek Autumn Street Fair; the fair features live music from noon till 9pm, tent and sidewalk sales, a wine tasting, an Oktoberfest celebration, fly-fishing demonstrations/instructions, and takes place on Main Street in North Creek.

Hair of the Dog10. Hair of the Dog, Hudson River Music Hall

Favorite Capital Region Irish Band, Hair of the Dog, will be rocking it out come 2pm at Hudson River Music Hall on Saturday, October 8. If you’re a lover of Irish rock, or even just rock alone, you won’t want to miss this show. Hair of the Dog was voted Best Favorite Local Band by both Metroland and the Albany Times Union. Click here to read an interview on The Free George with Hair of the Dog’s Rick Bedrosian. Call the Hudson River Music Hall at 518-321-2620 for more info, tickets & prices.

Monica Sirignano is Co-Publisher of The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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