Adirondack Experience staff has recently announced a lineup of winter events including a Tasty Tales webinar with Chris Shaw, a Sensory Snowshoeing event, a Board Games in Blue event, A Place to Sit (or Not) – An Expression of Style virtual program that features speakers/artists Tim Fortune, Barry Lobdell, and Jonathan Sweet, and a member’s only snowshoe hike. See below for details about these events.
ADKX Member Snowshoe Hike
Monday, February 20 from 10 am to 1 pm | $40 per person
This is a members-only event
Join us for a fun winter event as Shane Holmes, ADKX IT Coordinator and licensed Adirondack Guide, and Doreen Alessi-Holmes, ADKX Conservator and Adirondack 46’er, lead a snowshoe hike on the ADKX’s Minnow Pond Trail! Their knowledge of and enthusiasm for the region will make for a truly unique and fun experience. After you return to campus, warm up, dry off, and enjoy a special lunch indoors. Space is limited. *You will need to bring your own snowshoes
Register online at this link.
Tasty Tales with Chris Shaw
Wednesday, February 22 from 7 to 8 p.m.
Join storyteller, musician, and chef Chris Shaw as he cooks Salmon en Papillote with lemon and onions. Along the way Chris will share a few fishing – or more likely fishy — tales.
About the Speaker: Chris Shaw spent the last 40 years singing the songs and telling the stories of the Adirondacks from here to Anchorage and San Diego to Berlin. After 15 years as the international representative of Taylor Guitars, 12 albums, numerous TV specials, and 25 years of “Mountain Snow and Mistletoe” shows, Chris retired in 2015 after going back to school for Culinary Arts at Schenectady County Community College and the Culinary Institute of America.
This program is sponsored by the Adirondack Experience and Albany Public Library.
Register for the virtual event at the link here.
Board Games in Blue
Thursday, February 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. | Free event
Are you on “board” for fun and games at the ADKX? Bring the family to the Visitor Center for board games, wintry puzzles and activities, hot cocoa, and s’mores. The ADKX Store will be OPEN during the event, 1 to 4 p.m.
Thursday, February 23 | 1 to 3 p.m.
$8 for Members, $10 for Non-Members
Get up close to nature to rekindle your sense of playfulness and wonder at nature’s beauty with special guests Certified Forest & Nature Therapy Guides Helene Gibbens and Suzanne Weirich.
The duo will introduce you to the wellness practice of Forest Bathing. Discover how engaging all your senses, sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing leads to mindfulness and relaxation, effortlessly. Get up close to nature to rekindle your sense of playfulness and wonder at nature’s beauty. A great family activity! Suitable for children 6 years and up. This two-hour guided experience will take place on gentle terrain. We will end with a cup of wild tea and a brief discussion of how to take this wellness practice home for ongoing health benefits such as reducing stress, anxiety and blood pressure, as well as boosting your immune system’s ability to fight infection.
Pre-registration is required. A limited number of snowshoes will be available to borrow. In the case of severe weather, the event will be rescheduled. Please wear sturdy shoes and warm clothing. Hats, gloves, and scarves are recommended.
$10/person for non-members. $8/person for ADKX members.
Register for the event at this link.
A Place to Sit (or Not) – An Expression of Style
Monday, February 27 from 7 to 8 pm | Free event
This series takes place on Zoom
Join us from the comfort of your own chair for an exploration of the work and creativity of artists Tim Fortune, Barry Lobdell, and Jonathan Sweet.
The Adirondack chair is unrivaled in representing the region to the world beyond the Blue Line. Three artists—Tim Fortune, Barry Lobdell, and Jonathan Sweet—have all created unique works inspired by this iconic piece of furniture. Yet as active artists, Fortune, Lobdell, and Sweet work in entirely different mediums and subscribe to very different styles. Join us from the comfort of your own chair for an exploration of the work and creativity of these three artists.
Register for the virtual event at this link.
Timothy Fortune’s work has been infused by his experiences growing up in the Adirondacks. He completed Bachelor and Master degrees in art while studying in Italy, Philadelphia, and New York City. After moving to south Florida, he opened a studio and gallery and also taught art for 16 years. Returning to his hometown of Saranac Lake in 1988, he opened The Small Fortune Studio and Gallery on Main Street where he paints intimate images of the Adirondacks in watercolor and oil, and continues to foster the vibrant arts community in the village.
Barry Lobdell lives in Saranac Lake, where he is a longtime member of the Adirondack Artists Guild. His work is always on display there and is regularly part of many competitions in the area. He was the first recipient of the Barbara Johnson Parnass Art in Public Spaces Program Prize in Saranac Lake in 2003. In the same year, he won the Best in Show/Purchase Prize in the North Country Regional Juried Art Show at the Gibson Gallery in Potsdam, NY. He won First Prize for Photography in the 2010 Adirondack Life Juried Exhibition at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, a competition in which he won Second Prize in 2003 and the Best in Show award in 1997. He claimed Best in Show in the Northwind Fine Arts Gallery’s Juried show in 2014.
Jonathan Sweet is a contemporary American furniture artist. Growing up in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, he is inspired by the woodlands around him. He thrives on creating one of a kind custom wood furnishings and interiors. He enjoys studying scale and proportions that are pleasing to the eye. He invites an observer to dream or provoke interesting conversation. Sweet creates excitement and calls attention to his unique style.
Please visit https://www.theadkx.org/ to keep tabs on upcoming events and programs.
Photo at top: ADKX Member Snowshoe Hike participants. Photo courtesy of the Adirondack Experience.