Adirondack A&E e-News # 197


Westport Library Association Presents

An Educational Exhibit On Frances Perkins In Celebration of Women’s History Month.

Documentary Film and Contextual Presentation on March 5 and 23, 2023.

Westport Library Association, 6 Harris Lane, Westport

America’s First Freedom Rider: Elizabeth Jennings, Chester A. Arthur, and the Early Fight for Civil Rights

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Warren County Historical Society will host “America’s First Freedom Rider: Elizabeth Jennings, Chester A. Arthur, and the Early Fight for Civil Rights” presented by author Jerry Mikorenda, based on his book of the same name, on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at 7 pm via Zoom.

For many, the civil rights movement began with Rosa Parks’ brave stand against segregation in 1954. However, few people realize that the right for African Americans to even ride in streetcars was earned a hundred years before that in a landmark civil rights case here in New York City.

Author and Historian Jerry Mikorenda breathes life into this struggle with America’s First Freedom Rider: Elizabeth Jennings, Chester A. Arthur, and the Early Fight for Civil Rights (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020). Using rare period photos and lithographs, in a 30-to-40-minute PowerPoint presentation, followed by a Q&A, the author recreates “The World of Elizabeth Jennings” by exploring the sights and people of old New York as this momentous battle with the Third Avenue Railroad unfolded.

Please call 518-743-0734 or email to register for this free Zoom event.

Max Weinberg’s Jukebox

A Fundraiser for NYSEF

Saturday, March 11, 6 pm

In a special one night only interactive performance to benefit NYSEF, and direct from his tour with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, Max Weinberg presents his “Jukebox.” This unique performance consists of audience song requests—everything from The Beatles and the Stones, to Springsteen and the best of ’60’s, ’70’s and ’80’s rock. Please come out to this fun evening where you, the audience, picks the songs and Max will play ’em as you request ‘em”, while supporting the North Country’s best skiers, the New York Ski Education Foundation (NYSEF)

That’s right—the crowd gets to yell out their choices and Max plays them! This unique approach is fun and satisfying. How many times have you attended a show where you yearned to hear your favorite performer play your favorite song? With Max Weinberg’s Jukebox your dream will be realized.

More info and purchase tickets HERE.

Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 17 Algonquin Drive, Lake Placid

Ti Arts Presents

Adirondack Explorer Film Wins Award At Snowtown Film Festival

A film made for Adirondack Explorer about a Cranberry Lake artist won Best Documentary Short: “Bob Jones Decoy Carver,” directed by Emma French.

Tom French photo

At the end of 2021, Explorer contributor Tom French interviewed Bob and his wife, Linda and wrote a story about them. Then Tom and his daughter, Emma, returned to the Jones’ home and studio and recorded the award-winning video. In it, you can see Bob at work in his Cranberry Lake studio and learn about the process and skills that go into carving and creating wooden decoys.

You can watch the video HERE.

The Snowtown Film Festival celebrates winter and Northern NY through film. Learn more HERE.

Local Historian launches TV History Adventure Series

Don Rittner, executive Director of the Warren County Historical Socieety and a regional historian, filmmaker, and author of more than 50 books has launched a new TV show on Youtube called History on the Road. Rittner and his traveling colleague Justyna Kostek, Director of Just More Theater in New York City, have embarked on an adventure series traveling over the oldest highways of America, stopping at historic communities, interviewing historians and interesting people, and even trying to solve local history mysteries along the way.

The series just released today contains eleven episodes featuring the Great Western Turnpike, one of the oldest turnpikes in America that went from Albany, New York To Cherry Valley, New York, a distance of 52 miles. It is now part of Historic Route 20, the longest road in America. Rittner says he wanted to show that major historical events and fascinating people were not just confined to large urban areas but that rural areas, small villages, also had people that made major contributions to the American Experience.

Rittner’s plans for this season’s shows are to cover Warren County and the Adirondacks. “There is so much history in Warren County and environs that there is a treasure trove of stories begging to be told,” Rittner said.

You can watch the first eleven episodes on the Great Western Turnpike HERE.

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