Adirondack A&E e-News # 224

Pendragon Theatre and BluSeed Studios combine forces to Create Inaugural Artist-In-Residence Program

Pendragon and BluSeed are thrilled to announce a new collaboration as the organizations were recently awarded $75,000 in matching support from the National Endowment for the Arts to create a new Artist Residency program in Saranac Lake.

Pendragon Theatre and BluSeed Studios will create, cultivate and launch the first year of an Artist-in-Residence program for twelve artists—six North Country artists and six national artists—to create public work in Saranac Lake that speaks to issues and life in the community.

The Residency will be dedicated to both the visual and performing arts, bringing in both a diverse and intergenerational set of visual and performing artists to Saranac Lake in order to create new artwork within the community, provide free performances and installations and address challenges in the community through artistic engagement.

Visit HERE for more details.

Wild Infusions Herbal Study Sessions at the Old Forge Library

The Old Forge library will host a free 3 session study group, Wild Infusions Herbal Study, led by Jessica Maureen Hinsdill of Wild Soulstice, LLC. Wild Infusions Herbal Study is a group learning session with focus on one herbal plant at a time. Discussions may include plant identification, medicinal usage, herbalism terminology and more.

Join in creating a circle of support, a place to reawaken a culture of wellness and rekindle the confidence to nourish ourselves, our families, and our community. The study group will meet once a month on Tuesdays at 6 pm on the following dates: May 16 – Violet; June 20 – Chamomile; and July 18 – Calendula.

Jessica has been her family’s herbalist, healing scrapes and colds with herbal medicine and holistic living. When diagnosed with Lyme Disease, she took a break from college for Holistic Nutrition to heal, finding herbs to support the path back to wellness. Now studying with Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, she started Wild Soulstice, LLC to provide herbal education and Lyme Disease support to the community.

Bring your prior knowledge to enhance the conversation or come for the learning in community. All experiences and ages are encouraged.

Class size is limited. Call the library, 315-369-6008, or email to register for one or all sessions.

7th Annual Pete Seeger Tribute

Earth Care Coffeehouse, 1st Presbyterian Church of Saranac Lake’s Great Hall

Friday, May 12, 2019, 7 pm

Pete Seeger’s banjo is inscribed with the words, “This banjo surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.” Join us as we celebrate Pete’s Legacy by sharing music and stories together.

Pete’s Clearwater project, a replica of the historic sloops that once sailed the Hudson, allowed people to experience its beauty and be moved to preserve it. The Clearwater project helped to pass the Clean Water Act in 1972. Today, Clearwater continues to be a leader in ensuring clear water for all people. Pete stated, “I guess I’ve learned more from the Clearwater than anything else. All I did was help plant a seed.”

For this concert, local performers are freely offering their energy to celebrate Pete Seeger’s life and to help continue to clean the water and the preserve the earth.
There will be songs that Pete sang and some original music based in the folk tradition and storytelling. Travis Jeffery a former captain of the Clearwater and friend of the Seeger’s will share stories and will perform. He will be joined by, Colleen Corrigan, Dave Filsnger, Keith Gorgas, Duane Gould, Lisa and Klaus Meissner, Mark Palyswait, Tom Techman and Slo Jam, Carl Rubino, Bruce Thompson and others. Free refreshments will be provided by the bakers of the Presbyterian Church congregation.

It’s a free concert, though donations for the Clearwater will be accepted.

1st Presbyterian Church of Saranac Lake, 57 Church St, Saranac Lake

Attention Applicants for the Executive Director Position

Sometimes technology just doesn’t cooperate! If you emailed your cover letter and resume for the Executive Director position prior to April 26th, we ask that you please resend it to: Once the email is sent, you will receive an email confirming its receipt. If you sent your materials after April 26th, and received a confirmation email, we have your materials. We apologize for any inconvenience.

This committee has developed a job description for the type of leader we are seeking to help the school expand its program offerings, facilities, outreach, and philanthropic support. If you are interested in applying, you can do so HERE.

We’d also ask you to share this announcement with friends, family, colleagues and others who might be qualified or who might know someone who should see this.

The Wild Center Reopens May 5

The Wild Center reopens on May 5 and will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 5pm.

Beginning Memorial Day, The Wild Center will be open 7 days a week.

The Wild Center, 45 Museum Drive, Tupper Lake

The Monarch Report (a new work of theatre/puppetry)

May 12, 13th, 19th (7:30 pm) 14th, 20th (3 pm)

Directed by Gabrielle Schutz. Created by Andrew Murdock.

Upper Jay Art Center is thrilled to present this original work of theatre/puppetry. The Monarch Report is a multimedia performance exploring the delicate relationship between humans and insects. The story follows two humans in isolation who raise and release hundreds of monarch butterflies in captivity. The more invested they become in their hobby, the more they begin to reflect on their own role in the ecosystems around them. This visually compelling performance employs puppetry, quirky humor, and live-feed video to make-large the tiny lives of monarch caterpillars and their metamorphosis into butterflies.

Who might love this show? Nature nerds, adventurous theatregoers of all ages (10-100), and those who are curious and passionate about learning.

You can get your tickets now HERE, or RSVP via email to

Upper Jay Art Center, 12198 9N (North), Upper Jay

Northern Lights Choir Concert

Northern Lights Choir, directed by Helen Demong, is one of the finest large choral ensembles in the North Country. Our 60 voice choir will present a concert of incredible Americana songs and some of the most beautiful choral pieces across many different styles.

The Art Of Storytelling Continues

Adirondack Center for Writing and North Country Public Radio will host the wildly popular live storytelling competition, The Howl Story Slam, on Friday, May 12 at 7 pm at the Lake Harris Lodge in Newcomb, NY. Now entering its seventh season, the Howl Story Slam invites anyone to sign-up, get on the mic, and tell a true, unscripted story in under five minutes on the season’s theme “School Days.”

Judges, selected from the audience, will score each story’s quality, its relevance to the theme, and its compliance to the time limitation. The winning storyteller at each event will be invited to compete in the Grand Slam event held at St. Lawrence University at the end of 2023.

ACW & NCPR have been hosting this storytelling series since 2016. In 2022, six Howl Story Slams took place in towns across the North Country. The 2022 Grand Slam brought an audience of over 500 people to the Saranac Lake Town Hall in January of this year. The Howl welcomes first-time storytellers, and even though there’s an aspect of competition, the hosts Nathalie Thill and Mitch Teich ensure the atmosphere is fun, supportive, and communal.

Here are the next four 2023 Howl Story Slam dates and locations:

May 12, 7 p.m. – Lake Harris Lodge in Newcomb, NY

May 24, 7 p.m. – Big Slide Brewery in Lake Placid, NY

June 8, 7 p.m. – The Hub in Brant Lake, NY

June 22, 7 p.m. – Ledge Hill Brewing in Ticonderoga, NY

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