Adirondack A&E e-News # 264

Essex County Arts Council Out and About

In this edition of Out and About, Essex County Arts Council Arts Administrator Susan Hughes shares info on the Wilmington Historical Society’s summer lecture series.

Lecture Series in Wilmington

The Wilmington Historical Society received an ECAC CAP grant to support its 2023 Summer Speaker series. This lecture series is in its 20th year of offering a wide variety of programs on local and Adirondack history. All of the programs are free and open to the public.

August events include the following:

When Men and Mountains Meet, Wednesday, August 16th, 7 pm at the Wilmington Community Center with author Glenn Pearsall. In the presentation based on his When Men and Mountains Meet: Stories of Hope and Despair, Mr. Pearsall includes extensive research on the earliest attempts to explore and develop the Adirondacks after the American Revolution. It is, ultimately, the story of a people and their relationship to the land. The earliest carried a tomahawk or musket, but after the American Revolution a new kind of people, settlers and businessmen, came here. Many of these efforts began with great hope and optimism. Most ended in despair and disappointment. Refreshments provided by Up-A-Creek Restaurant.

Bullets, Booze, Bootleggers, and Beer: The Story of Prohibition in Northern NY, Monday, August 28th, 7 pm at the Craft Bar of NewVida Preserve located at 6394 NYS Rt.86 (former Paleface Ski Resort) with author Lawrence P. Gooley. Mr. Gooley shares a complete look at Prohibition in northern NY: the shootings, killings, wild pursuits, gunplay at levels never seen before or since, corrupt lawmen, scofflaws, stills, Bootleg Kings, border runners, humorous incidents, ingenious smuggling techniques, hundreds of speakeasies, thousands of arrest stories, and more. Free spirits tastings will be offered by Murray’s Fools Distillery.

Gary Casagrain at Tupper Arts

Thursday, August 10 through Monday, September 4 (Labor Day)

Tupper Arts will host “Adirondack Inspired,” a gallery show displaying over 40 pieces of Casagrain’s work. Included are some early pieces, along with works from private collections, including some from the artist’s personal collection. Some will be available for sale, including prints and posters.

Opening Reception, Thursday, August 10, 5 to 7:30 pm, will include the unveiling of 11 of his newest works with remarks by the artist, beginning at 5:30. Refreshments will be served to the accompaniment of live jazz. The reception is free to attend.

Read the Adirondack daily Enterprise’s article on the Gary and the show HERE.

Tupper Arts, 106 Park Street, Tupper Lake


Alexander Tentser began studying piano with his father at the age of four in Kiev, Ukraine. After a highly acclaimed performance of the Grieg’s Piano Concerto at age twelve, he was recommended for studies at the Gnessin Music College in Moscow, Russia, the oldest music college in the country. He continued his piano education at the Gnessin Russian Music Academy with Professor Theodor Gutmann, a student and assistant of Heinrich Neuhaus, who taught in the celebrated Russian piano tradition. Alexander received a full scholarship for doctoral studies with Professor Nohema Fernandez at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Alexander performed as the orchestra soloist, piano recitalist, and chamber musician in Russia and in the United States. He currently teaches music courses at Pima Community College in Tucson and maintains a private piano studio of children and adult students. Alexander is also a sought-after lecturer and scholar teaching music courses for adults for the Learning Curve in Tucson.

Donations in any amount accepted, also.please bring used sneakers/sports shoes size 8 and above in good condition as they are desperately needed in Ukraine.

Dmitry Feld

St Agnes Catholic Church, 169 Hillcrest Ave, Lake Placid

East Branch Friends of the Arts Presents

Adirondack Plein Air Festival Private Preview Party, Show & Sale

Friday, August 18, 6-9 pm, Harrietstown Town Hall. Tickets are $20.

Be among the first to see these plein air paintings!

The Private Preview Party, Show & Sale is the first of only two times the week’s Adirondack plein air paintings are available for purchase. Get your piece of the Adirondacks at this party.

This year is the 15th anniversary of the renowned Adirondack Plein Air Festival, which was founded and is hosted by Saranac Lake ArtWorks, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. From August 14-19, 40 artists from around the country will visit and paint our beautiful Adirondack home. Much artwork sells and most of the proceeds go directly back into the arts community.

More information, including artists participating, works hops and schedule, is HERE.

Purchase Preview Party tickets HERE.

Harrietstown Town Hall, 39 Main St, Saranac Lake

Lake Placid Historical Society Festival

Deadline is August 19, 2023!

Saturday Night on the Patio

Annie in the Water

Saturday, August 12, 7:30 – 10:30 pm

High energy jams, mixed with funky tones, but chill when you need. We are letting the journey take us, living and loving along the way.

Comprised of members Brad Hester (Lead Vocals/Rhythm), Michael Lashomb (Lead Guitar/Vocals), Josh West (Drums/Vocals), Chris Meier (Bass/Vocals), Matt Richards (Keys/Vocals) and Brock Kuca (Percussion/Vocals), each performance is another adventure; exhilarating and everlasting.


The Waterhole, 48 Main St, Saranac Lake

ADK Folk Music Festival

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