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By In Tandem Productions

THAT’S THE SPIRIT! Mountain Spirit Distilling with Dan Paquin & John Whiteman


A conversation with Leigh Gibson

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Spring has sprung in the North Country! We now get out of bed with the sun already shining and birds singing outside our windows. Mountains are shedding their thick, white winter coats, leaving raging rapids and new spawns of fish jumping in celebration of warmer, moving water. Bakery ovens still pump out delicious treats and live music seems to be just that much louder in city streets as windows open to let in some of that warm springtime air. Our second issue brings the North Country this season’s best. Plattsburgh’s Mountain Spirit Distillery is a hidden gem of the region. With a unique distilling process and passionate and intuitive founders, the smooth, oak-flavored whiskey and spirits will make this distillery your new spot for a Friday night drink. Dogwood Bread Company owner Keri Fair is committed to using as much locally-produced food as possible. It’s a dedication you can taste, especially on Friday Pizza Nights in this cozy establishment. The unique wood-fired process adds a nice North Country flair to Fair’s perfectly-crafted good eats.

The Gibson Brothers are internationallyrecognized and an award-winning bluegrass band originally from New York’s North Country. In this issue, explore how the region affected the Brothers’ style and ponder the future of the band and bluegrass itself. Rivers become louder and faster as winter thaws. Many grab their fly-fishing poles for the new season’s bounty. John Ruff is the man behind the craft in the North Country. Tom Conway’s Ausable River Two Fly Shop in Wilmington supplies flies and more for fishing while Ruff guides and handmakes the store’s flies. Learn about the extensive time, dedication, and knowledge that goes into the bait before it even hits the water. This issue is dedicated to Maj. Neil G. Battineli Jr. Damian’s dad instilled hard work and drive into Damian’s lifestyle and is an influence to North Volume Media’s success. Our team was beyond excited anticipating the release of this issue. Many people contributed and we hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed interviewing, designing, writing, editing, and photographing.















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Dan Paquin & John Whiteman of Mountain Spirit Distilling By Damian Battinelli

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Nicole Friend started making cakes out of the love of baking that started during her childhood. After creating cakes for friends, she was encouraged to take her baking skills to the next level. Nicole started selling her cakes about one year ago. One of her favorite cakes to make is a vanilla cake with a fresh raspberry sauce and chocolate frosting. Her enjoyment also comes from the reaction of her customers. “I love to see it when it’s all done. I did that and it’s pretty.” To order your next cake for that special occasion, contact Nicole on her Facebook page. FOR GOODNESS CAKES








he tiny Clinton County hamlet of Ellenburg Depot, New York, is around 1,048 miles give or take - from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Referred to as “The Mother Church of Country Music,” the Ryman is the epicenter of American music, quite possibly the world’s most famous performance stage. From Ellenburg Depot, one would have to head south on U.S. 11 past Malone and Potsdam, along I-81 through Watertown and Syracuse, over to I-90 to whiz by Buffalo and Erie, Pennsylvania, meander down I-71 through Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio, and swing around Louisville, Kentucky, onto I-65, to finally see the bright lights of Nashville in the distance rapidly approaching one’s field of vision. And though that’s the quickest, perhaps easiest, way to Nashville from the North Country, The Gibson Brothers carved their own path to the Ryman. Now hailed as one of the premier acts in bluegrass

and country music, the thousands of shows played and millions of miles traveled have brought the sibling duo from their Upstate New York farm to the — literal and figurative — mainstage of the music industry. In their almost 30 years together, Eric and Leigh Gibson have steadily risen into the upper-echelon of bluegrass music, ultimately receiving a slew of awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) including “Emerging Artist of the Year” (1998); “Song of the Year” (2010, 2013); “Vocal Group of the Year” (2011, 2013); “Album of the Year” (2011); “Songwriter of the Year” (2013); and “Entertainer of the Year” (2012, 2013). In conversation, the Gibsons have never forgotten where they came from, nor have they brushed aside what grew their audience and bred their ultimate success — hard work and a keen appreciation for the storied history, rich heritage, and ever-evolving nature of the music they hold so dear. NORTHVOLUME.COM / VOLUME 1 / ISSUE 2 9

North Volume Magazine: Where do you see bluegrass right now? Leigh Gibson:​Well, it’s a weird time, because I make my living from it. It’s a weird landscape, because the sort of model that we grew up trying to make a living through — make a record, sell the record, tour the record — is different because the “sell the record” part doesn’t really happen as much anymore. And the bluegrass audience is not so much into streaming like other forms of music. That’s sort of catching up, but very slowly in bluegrass. So, if you want to reach young people, it’s through a streaming service. But, they aren’t finding you on the streaming service. [The Fresh Grass Festival in North Adams, Massachusetts] is a great example of a festival that’s moving away from what people would call “traditional 10


bluegrass.” You’re more apt to see somebody from Americana or a singer-songwriter touted act at that kind of festival, because I think they all notice that if they want to get people that are [age] 40 and below to become a fan [of bluegrass] for life, they have to change the way they book their festivals. NVM: In terms of your music, how does it stand out compared to other bluegrass acts? From my perspective, y’all definitely have more of a rockabilly tone to the sound and harmonies, with The Everly Brothers immediately coming to mind... LG:​I’d say it was inevitable that we sound very different from other bluegrass acts. We had to learn bluegrass, being so very removed from its origin. So, we studied the early masters as the only reference we first had at our disposal and other

sounds from the radio and my dad’s small record collection. We weren’t influenced by current acts because we hadn’t heard them — that meant by the time we did hear them we had started a style that was our own. Emmylou Harris was as burned into our DNA as was Lester Flatt. NVM: What is the place of bluegrass music in the 21st century? Why is it important, perhaps even crucial, that this music survive and thrive in the digital age? LG:​ I worry about the place of bluegrass music. We’ve certainly done our best to add to its survival. More than 20 years of writing and performing means something to us. The fine line that some fans require an artist to walk might, in fact, spell its disappearance as a living art form, eventually. They like how it is or even was and don’t want it to change. I understand and sympathize with that point of view. The original themes resonate with me. But, if it doesn’t change along with listeners coming along, and really mean something to or resonate with them, then they’ll likely not remain engaged with the genre. The catch-22 is that should it move too far from the early template of the genre, then it stops being what we recognize as bluegrass. So I often fear artists try to stay within these lines I just laid out as not to offend or seem irreverent and be called “bluegrass.” It makes my head spin, too. But, this fear of change or even individuality creates a

sameness of style or sound. Everybody is lumped together in a pack. I’d argue that bluegrass was more diverse 40 or 50 years ago than it is today — and many of my peers would agree. Time will not stand still for anything. And as we get further and further away from the music’s origin and themes, it may sadly become a historical genre, made up of reenactors and not creators. I really worry about that and wonder who will be left to be the Don Quixote for our music if an industry doesn’t exist to sustain new and creative work in bluegrass. I think of Tony Rice. He certainly was an innovator who moved the needle forward to the point where his NORTHVOLUME.COM / VOLUME 1 / ISSUE 2


style is imitated by most guitarists in bluegrass — to the point that he is a huge part of the bluegrass vocabulary now. He is a legend, a father in the genre. Where is the next Tony Rice? I haven’t seen him. Maybe he’s not coming. NVM: You and I both grew up in the North Country. Growing up in Rouses Point, I discovered bluegrass through The Gibson Brothers. But, how did you discover bluegrass also being from the Canadian Border? LG: Y ​ ou’ve got more Canadian television and radio stations than you did [ones from the United States] where we grew up. We had seen bluegrass acts on The Tommy Hunter Show (broadcasted by the CBC). But, I think the real reason we got into bluegrass was that my father — who was a farmer — liked Irish music, so he purchased a banjo to try to learn it. He couldn’t learn it, so under the bed it went with the guitar and the fiddle. And the local music store had a kid home from college giving music lessons. Before it became a huge store it was small, and I lived five or six miles away. Local musician [Eric O’Hara] was giving lessons. He could play banjo, pedal



steel, and any kind of guitar style you’d want. So, he taught my brother banjo and me guitar. And Eric [Gibson] learned from “Earl Scruggs & The 5-String Banjo,” which is a bluegrass method book. So, I would say, more than anything, that’s what set us on our way toward that style of music. NVM: Though The Gibson Brothers have always had a firm footing in bluegrass, the band itself has seemingly avoided being pigeonholed, in terms of musical description. Why is that important to keep those lines blurred, and what does that mean for the group pushing ahead? LG:​ We always wanted to be song-based and let others worry about what we are. The way I’ve always felt is that we’re The Gibson Brothers and hope fans follow us for our music, not a genre. We found a home for our songs in bluegrass, and I’m grateful for that. We’ve met countless people of great quality through our music in that world and hope to meet more. But, I always hope they’re along for the ride because the songs mean something to them — not the category they’re presented from.

NVM: When I interviewed your brother, we spoke about both finding and loving bluegrass

and being from the North Country. He said that the bluegrass sound is never too far from the mountains, which includes the Adirondacks. What’s your take on that sentiment and the place of bluegrass in our native landscape? LG: ​As I get older, my mind gets closer and closer to the farm in Ellenburg Depot. That image includes the view of the Adirondacks just south of there. I think that’s why it was so easy to be taken with the themes The Stanley Brothers cried out about. Editor’s Note: The Gibson Brothers will headline the 7th annual Plattsburgh Bluegrass Festival, which will be held August 9-12 at the Clinton County Fair Grounds in Morrisonville. Other acts include Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys, Cedar Ridge, Nothin’ Fancy, Smokey Greene, Beartracks, and more. For more information and/or to purchase tickets, go to and click on the “Bluegrass Festival” tab. For more information on The Gibson Brothers, go to

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DOGWOOD BREAD COMPANY TASTES LIKE HOME Spring in the North Country has flavor at Dogwood Bread Company in Wadhams, New York. Owner Keri Fair is committed to using as much locally-produced food as she can get her hands on, despite seasonal challenges. Surprisingly, she’s never had to round out her plates with molded sides of snow. 14


Whether preserved from the fall harvest or just sprouting up in nearby greenhouses, mud season in the Adirondacks has its own signature bounty. Meats, cheeses, maple, sweet potatoes, spinach, pea shoots, and other homegrown delights are anchored by Dogwood’s artisanal breads baked in a wood-fired oven. Customers enjoy hearty offerings of baguettes, bagels, assorted loaves, sandwiches, and more. Friday nights welcome a steady stream of eclectic locals who turn out for dreamy pizzas with crust that’s textured like a warm, chewy cloud. Fair relocated her family to Wadhams from Virginia in 2008: “The reason we moved up here

was a quality of life thing. We wanted more of a sense of community than was happening in Virginia,” said Fair. “Where we grew up in Virginia was great, but it was rapidly changing. My parents are from up this way and that’s how we ended up in Wadhams.” The forever wild haven of the Adirondacks inspired the purchase of her business as well as the cultivation of her craft. Without prior baking experience outside of her home kitchen, Fair had a steep learning curve and used trial and error on top of a decade of baking practice to undoubtedly earn her stripes. Her dedication to the craft is palpable. Wood-fired-baking is

labor intensive. Every part of the process has multiple steps requiring days of advanced preparation. Stockpiles of slab wood are brought in from Keeseville and stacked by crane in mounds as high as the bakery itself. The fire is started at least three days before first bake. After about four hours, the flame burns out and the oven is closed. As heat sinks into the oven’s masonry, six temperature readings are taken over the next 72 hours to ensure the oven is ready when it comes time to. The temperature history log allows Fair to predict the oven’s exact temperature within one or two degrees. All breads are sourdough based and have a long



fermentation process. This adds the type of dimension to the crust and the crumb that the style is known for. The crust becomes hard and chewy, and the crumb (the name for air pockets in the bread) are irregular, chewy, and spectacularly sheened. During the long resting period, the dough is busy strengthening its gluten, explains Fair. Over the course of days, it builds those shiny fiber connections that make a slice of sourdough look as interesting as a stained-glass window. Fair runs her business with help from her sister, Jennifer Newberry, who welcomes customers when taking orders at the counter. The atmosphere feels like a lively home, complete with couches and a hearth. You happily set and bus your own table and help yourself to water that comes from a spigot in the wall. The warmth of the ovens at Dogwood Bread Company are as constant as the building they are housed in, a community staple in Wadhams since the 1830s. The marbled pizzas resemble its face: red brick with fading whitewash. Fifty-pound sacks of flour and oats sit on pallets beneath an old Agway sign in the dining room - a nod to one of the building’s past lives as a feed store. Kitchen banter leads to quirky names for menu items keeping things entertaining for the staff. The names may have political undertones or be inspired by inside jokes, but never have anything to do with ingredients. The ingredients speak for themselves. “You can taste that some care and thought went into each recipe, ingredient choice, and the way it is displayed. We do things in 16


smaller batches and taste each one,” said Fair. “Even though you get the carrots from the same farm, each batch might have a different level of sweetness.” Working closely with Juniper Hill and Tangleroot farms is how Fair meets her goal of serving quality food with fresh ingredients. She even sources her maple from a bakery employee. These are the connections that manifest a fresh salad while it’s still spitting snow. Spinach, radish, and pea shoots make up the greens. Perfectly slivered carrots, radishes, and beets follow. Feta cheese, seeds, and a maple balsamic vinaigrette finish the dish. Each ingredient

blends with the other in harmonious proportion. Its taste is earthy - like the slowly warming soil - dotted with just enough sweetness to provoke memories of warmer days. Soon we will shelter beneath tall pines and gaze upon the hypnotizing ripples of forgotten lakes. Meadows will buzz again, the bullfrogs will start croaking, and the lightning will strike. Maybe we aren’t being punished with eternal winter after all. We are reminded that even though it snows in May, life has never left this unforgiving landscape. The ovens are always glowing in Wadhams, and the food at Dogwood Bread Company tastes like home.








Spring means fly fishermen (and women!) will begin dotting Adirondack waterways. With smooth sways of their arm, this highly-devoted but small-numbered community catches salmon, trout, bass, and more with the help of not worms and bobbers, but handmade flies. Though, have you ever wondered what goes in to making the flies, and who is the face behind fish’s bait? NORTHVOLUME.COM / VOLUME 1 / ISSUE 2


Meet John Ruff. He’s an Adirondacker at heart who’s originally from Saratoga Springs. As a boy, Ruff frequently hiked in the Park and eventually moved to the Blue Line while attending North Country Community College. After traveling West, Ruff made the Ausable River-area home while also teaching himself how to fly fish with his dad’s old pole. Rather than trust commercially-made flies to catch the fish on his home turf, Ruff began making his own flies because he knew what the fish in his home-waters liked and didn’t like. “My family did everything from baking our own bread to making our own furniture,” said Ruff. “It was almost obvious that I would eventually tie my own flies.” Now, Ruff is a full-time guide and flytier for his personal business, as well as the Ausable River Two Fly Shop in Wilmington, New York. “We opened in 2010 and I needed help supplying flies for my shop,” said Two Fly owner Tom Conway. “John needed another outlet for his flys after the legendary flytier Francis Betters passed away, so we both helped each other.” Once Ruff began tying his own flies about 20 years ago, he tied with Betters who then owned the Adirondack Sport Shop in Wilmington. “Fran was the Mickey Mantle of fly tying,” said Ruff. “I started tying with Fran and his style has influenced my designs, and every other flytiers’ designs, too.” Now, Ruff continues to pour his lifelong intimacy and knowledge with local rivers into his own flies.

Ruff’s style mirrors impressionism. His flies do not always perfectly resemble physical attributes of real flies, but rather the feeling and movement of a fly when it’s in the water. “I want to build life into my flies,” said Ruff. “I can make it look great, but more importantly, it has to sit right in the water and look attractive to fish at any angle.”

To do this, Ruff utilizes his widearray of ecological knowledge and starts the fly tying process from scratch. He aims to use only natural and local materials, ranging from whitetail deer, beaver, and muskrat to chickens, hens, and more. “I use parts of the animals that people throw away,” said Ruff. He utilizes animal parts like the bottom of a snowshoe hare’s foot or the underfur of a beaver because of their waterproof attributes, meaning Ruff’s flys can float. Plus, one hide can make hundreds or even thousands of flies: “When I first began tying, a local hunter dropped off five deer hides. I still have about half of one left,” said Ruff.

After scraping, picking, drying, and dying hides himself, Ruff then clips few pieces of hair from a hide to tie onto a hook. He wraps thread from the eye of a hook down, forming the base of a fly. His fingers delicately dance their way back up the hook, starting with the “tail” to eventually end at the head. This is just one method of making the many different types of flies in Ruff’s arsenal. 22


The process for commercial fly tying can take anywhere from three minutes to one hour, but no matter how long, Ruff always enjoys the process. “I love the river and problemsolving,” said Ruff. “My designs come from fishing and learning what size, shape, color, and behavior of flies that the river will accept.” Flytiers tend to overdo the process by trying to match nature specifically, rather than curate their products to specific rivers, which is why “commercial flies from chain stores have no soul.” Ruff’s flies aren’t the cheapest but they represent years worth of knowledge and love for the river and the craft. “My customers are people who realize there is heritage, craftsmanship, history, and culture around the community of tying and fly fishing,” said Ruff. “Ultimately, I want to design flies that will fish certain parts of the river, and I want advanced anglers to be able to make flies do what they want in the water.”



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“When it comes to the different types of alcohol, vodka is the purest of them all and there’s nothing as pure as the Driven Snow,” explained co-founder of Mountain Spirit Distillery, John Whiteman. NORTHVOLUME.COM / VOLUME 1 / ISSUE 2



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Unique to its kind, their Driven Snow vodka does not use potato or cereal grains as its main ingredient. Whey, a byproduct of dairy, is the base material associated with Mountain Spirit’s vodka. They use an enzyme from California in their yeast to convert the lactose from the whey into sugar, a technique for reassurance that any residual will not end up in the final product.“The goal while making Driven Snow is to reach 190 Proof when the vodka leaves the still,” said Whiteman. “It’s really important that it’s no lower, and it’s nearly impossible for it to be much higher.” This is an exact science that these two entrepreneurs seem to have mastered. Hidden in what is now the industrial area of the retired Air Force base at 35 Florida St. is a

true gem of a local business built inside an old Explosive Ordnance Disposal building. Two compatible men of diverse generations and social pockets came together by chance to create something Plattsburgh and its surrounding areas have not seen in decades; a distillery. Peru based J. Hogan Refrigeration and Mechanical was the birthplace of the beautiful partnership. John Whiteman and Dan Paquin shared more in common than their full-time job and skilled trade. The combination of their separate personalities and interests was the recipe for a successful business in the stilling equation.“We both had made moonshine on

our own, but a lot of the liquor we create today was a learning process for us along the way,� said Whiteman. Paquin provided the wit for scientific details and Whiteman backed the social aspects, fueling what is now Mountain Spirit Distillery. From inside the metal structure a whiskeymaking idea was born. The two men used a bourbon recipe of corn, supplied by a farm in Malone, and malted barley, bought from North Country Malt in Champlain. Like many small, local craft businesses, the distillery is restricted by law to create their products from 75 percent New Yorkgrown materials. Whiteman and Paquin found a way to make whiskey with an efficient, innovative



technique of liquor aging. Traditionally, whiskey is aged for lengthy periods of time in barrels made from white oak. Mountain Spirit’s “Workin’ Man” is aged for two brief weeks over oak chips. It smells like a whiskey, tastes like a whiskey, has a kick-start and smooth finish like a whiskey, but in classification of New York liquor standards, is labeled as a spirit. What do you get when you don’t age whiskey in a barrel or over oak chips? Moonshine. Fun fact: Moonshine and White Whiskey are one in the same. The term moonshine is used only when



liquor is bought or sold tax-free. That being said, Mountain Spirit’s Adirondack Glow White Whiskey is no joke! Standing at a solid 100 proof (50 percent alcohol), this liquor will knock your socks off! Whiteman and Paquin use the same recipe and stilling process to create their white whiskey as they do with the Workin’ Mans Spirit, but the aging technique is where the differentiation comes into play. Both whiskeys are stilled at least twice – a process combining distilled water and corn and barley mash, followed by the intricate proofing procedure. That’s when Adirondack Glow and

Workin’ Man part ways. The white whiskey is not aged like the Workin’ Man, but instead is immediately bottled for distribution. Two liquors compiled with identical ingredients find themselves at opposing ends of the whiskey spectrum, all with a little help from time and nature. These savvy liquor connoisseurs have been cooking up some ideas for new recipes for the future of Mountain Spirit Distillery. Whiteman explained that they want to spice up their vodka with flavor and give people something not already found in stores. Using coffee beans from Adirondack Coffee Roasters and their signature oak chip flavor, the birth of “Morning Wood” vodka is in the works. The comical name is almost as enjoyable as this distinct spirit. Now we wait in anticipation for delicious White Russians and Martinis complemented with oak and coffee goodness. Next on the drawing board is a twist on their whiskey. The two distillers have set their goals high to use an ingredient that all of us in the North Country are very familiar with: sap. Paquin and Whiteman are dreaming up a plan to produce a mouth-watering maple whiskey by incorporating local sap into the fermentation process of their Workin’ Man and Adirondack Glow recipe. This sticky substance is a more sensitive component to use while stilling than the artificial maple flavoring that is typically found in mass-produced maple liquors. There is something to say about a business that will challenge themselves with a difficult task in order to create a more legitimate local product.

Only time will tell test their dreams of bourbon. This particular spirit is regulated by American traditional standards. The bourbon has to be aged in brand new white charred-oak containers and from a mixture of at least 51 percent corn. The aging process has to carry out a length of at least three to five years. We will all sit on the edge of our seats patiently waiting a smooth woodybourbon to hit the shelves in the next decade, but until then we will have “Morning Wood,” maple whiskey and … gin! All it takes is the Driven Snow vodka bottled with botanicals and left to infuse in a cool, dark place. John Whiteman and Dan Paquin have brought back the magic of Mountain Spirits to our North Country community for the first time since the prohibition of alcohol. Not only have our towns experienced craft brews, but now original craft booze! The passion of organic creation in Mountain Spirit Distillery liquor shines through in every sip. NORTHVOLUME.COM / VOLUME 1 / ISSUE 2



5/16, 5/19/2018 - Artisan Soaps for Men (Ages 18+) Strand Center for the Arts Location: 23 Brinkerhoff Street, Plattsburgh, NY Time: 4:00pm, 4:00pm, 9:00am In this class students will create soaps with skin soothing properties and masculine scents. With Father’s Day just around the corner, this will be a great class to make gifts for the dads in your life! *Registration required by 1 week prior to class for proper material supply.* $60 Non-Member/$55 Member (Materials Included) Visit

5/16/2018 - Spring Job Fair

Location: West Side Ballroom, Plattsburgh Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm Free to the Public! Come see the Job Fair and see what Employers are hiring. For more information please contact the Chamber at 563-1000 5/16/2018 - Music Circle Time with Mr. Ben

Location: Plattsburgh City Library Children’s Room Time: 10:30am-11:00am NEW PROGRAM! Join our Wednesday morning music circle for babies, toddlers, and their families. We sing songs, play instruments, move around, and make new friends!

5/18/2018 - Ausable River Two-Fly Challenge

Location: Ausable River, Wilmington, NY Catch-and-release fly fishing tournament. 5/18/2018 - 5/20/2018 - Discover Inlet, NY - The Otter Paddlesports Event Location: 16 Rt 28, Inlet, NY 13360 Demos, Specials & more! Visit:



5/18/2018 - Otter Paddlesports Event

Location: Woods Inn, Inlet, NY Join Frisky Otter Tours in their paddlesports event. 5/18/2018 - The Wild Center - Adirondack Student Film Festival

Location: 45 Museum Dr, Tupper Lake, NY 12986 Time: 5:30pm - 8:00pm Giving students the opportunity to reflect on the unique opportunities associated with living in the Adirondacks. Theme - Making It Here! Visit:

5/18/2018 - Dan Mason Performance - Valcour Brewing Company Location: 49 Ohio Avenue, Plattsburgh, NY Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm Musical entertainment Visit: www.

5/19/2018 - Color your Hyde 5K Color Run Location: Franklin County Fair Grounds - Malone NY

Time: 10:15am Kids Run 11:00am Fun Run This year’s event is open for registration and set to be one of the most fun yet! Local vendors, Food truck by Italian Affairs, Rock wall, Bounce houses. asp?PageName=Color-Your-Hyde 5/19/2018 - Spring Fever at the Library

Location: Champlain Memorial Library, 148 Elm Street, Champlain NY Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm Join us for a children’s book walk (outdoors, weather permitting), gardening, story hour, and more. We will provide an updated schedule closer to the event, so stay tuned! We will also be raffling off 5 fantastic gift baskets thanks to lots of local businesses! $1/ticket or 6 for $5.

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5/20/2018 - Sisterhood Empowerment - Elks Lodge

Location: 56 Cumberland Avenue, Plattsburgh, NY 12901 Time: 11:30am - 5:00pm Join us for a day of nourishing, healing, spiritual freedom just for women. Enjoy yoga, massage, reiki, poetry, aromatherapy, food, fellowship and music as well as many other beautiful experiences. Pre-registration Cost is $40; $50 pay at the door. More details to follow.

5/20/2018 - Elfs Farm Winery & Ciderhouse Sunday Brunch & Open Mic Location: 7411 State Rt 9, Plattsburgh, NY 12901 Time: 10:30am - 2:30pm Open Mic Host - Jon Wagar. Build your own Bloody Mary Bar. Brunch - waffles, eggs, crab cake Benedict, lox & bagel, smoked trout, apple bacon, burgers & more. Visit:

EVENTS 5/20/2018 - Green Grass Getdown

Location: Upper Jay Cow release, live music, delicious food, and a small farmers market.

5/21/2018 - Garden Wall Planter - Strand Center for the Arts

Location: 23 Brinkerhoff Street, Plattsburgh, NY Time: 6:00pm This is a great two session class to introduce you to hand building with clay. $50 Non-Members/$45 Members (Materials Included) Visit:

5/22/2018 - Berkshire Farm Center & Services For Youth Information Session

Location: Westport Hotel, 6691 Main St. Westport Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm Learn more about becoming a foster or adoptive parent during our free, no obligation info session. Meet Staff & Foster Parents. Refreshments, children’s activities & door prizes. 518-610-4788 or visit:

5/24/2018 - The Howl Story SLAM At Valcour Brewing Company

Location: 49 Ohio Ave, Plattsburgh, NY 12903 Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm Storytellers - you, your friends & anyone else with a story to tell - put their names in a hat. Names are picked, & one by one, storytellers take the stage & tell their best story in 5 min. Two local judges will select the winners of the night. Stories must be true & from personal experience. Just tell it from the heart!

5/25/2018 - 5/27/2018 - The Great Adirondack Garage Sale Trail

Over 200+ miles of garage sales with treasures to behold from Old Forge to Malone, Cranberry Lake to Speculator and everywhere in between!

5/25/2018 - 5/31/2018 - Carillon Boat Cruises On Lake Champlain Begin At Fort Ticonderoga

5/26/2018 - 5/28/2018 - Memorial Day Weekend At Fort Ticonderoga

5/25/2018 - Adirondack Experience The Museum On Blue Mountain Lake

5/26/2018 - Airborne Park Speedway - AirborneMohawk Sportsman Series

Location: 102 Fort Ti Rd, Ticonderoga, NY 12883 Call 518-585-2821 for boat times & availability. 90 min. Narrated Boat Tours aboard the Carillon, Available Tues-Sun May 25 - Oct 14 Cash bar available. Visit:

Location: 9097 State Rte 30, Blue Mt. Lake, NY 12812 Opening Day! $20 Adults, $18 Seniors, $12 Youths & Students, and Free for Children 5 & under, Active military & members. Visit:

5/25/2018 - Johnny Rawls with the Dave Keller Band at Olive Ridleys

Location: 37 Court Street Plattsburgh, New York Time: 8:00pm - 11:00pm Johnny Rawls and the Dave Keller Band is bringing a night of Sweet Super Soul and Dancing Blues to Olive Ridley’s. Johnny Rawls is smooth and velvet, a Mississippi soul-blues man who wows crowds with his smoldering vocals and guitar style.” Blues Music Award nominated for Best Soul Blues Artist as well as Soul Blues Album of 2018 and his latest album, Waiting for the Train” made Downbeats 2017 Best Album of the Year List was #2 album of 2017 on the Roots Music Reports for Soul Blues. Visit:

5/26/2018 Morrisonville Dog Park Grand Opening

Location: 22 Bullis Road, Morrisonville, NY Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm Free biscuits for all! Dog park rules must be followed at all times. Dogs must be under owners control at all times and no one under 18 may be in direct supervision of a dog. Local vendors will be present.

Location: 102 Fort Ti Rd, Ticonderoga, NY 12883 Time: 9:30am - 5:00pm Remember the sacrifices of fallen armed service men & women of the US on the very ground where so many soldiers paid the ultimate sacrifice. Visit:

Location: 70 Broderick Rd, I-87, exit 36, turn left 50 Laps - 518-561-3208 or visit:

5/26/2018 - Vesco Ridge Vineyard Live Music

Location: 167 Stratton Hill Rd, West Chazy, NY Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm Jr.- is Ryan Miller on guitar & vocals with Josh Meyer on bass. Info -518-846-8544 visit:

5/27/2018 -The 2nd Annual Wild Center Contra Dance Location: 45 Museum Dr, Tupper Lake, NY 12986 Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm It doesn’t matter if you’ve got two left feet, or if you’re a prima ballerina, everyone is welcome at the Wild Center Contra! Visit:

5/27/2018 - Long Table Dinner at ABC by Northern Feast Catering

Location: 765 Mace Chasm Road, Keeseville, NY Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm Grab a seat at our long table dinner and enjoy creatively prepared cuisine using fresh, local and organic ingredients. Our goal is to bring people together over delicious food in a casual outdoor setting. All dinners are served Family Style and start promptly at 6:30pm. Vesco Ridge Wine and Ausable Brewing Beer sold separate. Visit:




5/27/2018 - The Green Market - Olympic Speed Skating Oval

Location: 2634 Main Street, Lake Placid, NY Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm This is a free educational event coordinated by students from the LPHS Env. Club.

5/30/2018 - 6 Over 70 - An Event To Honor Men & Women, Over The Age Of 70

Location: Butcher Block, ADK Room, Plattsburgh Time: 5:30pm Those honored make extraordinary contributions to our community. 5:30 Reception - cash bar, 6pm Dinner $40pp or $320 per table of 8 - RSVP Patti Kileen 518-563-6180

6/1/2018 - Amazing Grace Vineyard - Bruce & Bill & BBQ Location: 9839 Rte 9, Chazy, NY 12921 Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm $15 per person 518-215-4044 for more info. Visit:

6/1/2018 - Durham County Poets Performance Valcour Brewing Company Location: 49 Ohio Avenue, Plattsburgh, NY Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

6/1/2018 - 17th Annual Whiteface Uphill Bike Race

Location: Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Hwy, Wilmington, NY Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm Tickets available:

6/2/2018 - Jogging For JoBeth At Plattsburgh City Recreation Center

Location: 52 US Oval, Plattsburgh, NY 12903 Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm An amazing local artist suffering from Endometriosis. Raffling off three of her pieces of artwork as well as the Run - Walk. To register, visit:



6/2/2018 - 6/3/2018 Hendrickson Hatch Fishing Tournament

Location: Fishing will take place on the Salmon River between the Chasm Falls dam and State Route 37 in Westville, NY Registration will take place at North Country Community College between 8:00 and 9:45 am on Saturday morning. For more information and to register, visit:

6/2/2018 - Youth Fishing Contest

Location: Long Lake, NY The pond is stocked with trout in early spring. Prizes awarded and a lifelong Adirondack hobby is born! (518) 624-3077

6/2/2018 - Memorial Butterfly Release - Melissa Penfield Park

Location: 141 Boynton Avenue, Plattsburgh, NY Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm We invite community members to celebrate life and honor the memory of loved ones by participating in this year’s Butterfly Releases. Visit:

6/2/2018 - 1st Annual Color Run/Walk At Rulfs Orchard & NC Mission Of Hope

Location: 531 Bear Swamp Rd, Peru, NY 12972 Time: 8:30am - Join Rulfs & North Country Mission of Hope to benefit the medical needs of the poor in Nicaragua.


6/3/2018 - Great Strides 5K Walk In Plattsburgh

Location: Melissa L Penfield Park, Boynton Avenue Time: 12:00pm - Beneficiary - Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Cost - donation only. More info, call 518-453-3583

6/6/2018 - 6/27/2018 - Beyond Bullets & Blades At Fort Ticonderoga

Location: 102 Fort Ti Rd, Ticonderoga, NY 12883 Time: 2:30pm - Learn all about 18th century weapons & receive training from museum experts. Visit:

6/7/2018 - Pirates Weekend

Location: Speculator and Town of Lake Pleasant Community event full of activities for all ages.

6/2/2018 - Seasonal Discoveries with Mountain Lake PBS- Adirondack Experience

6/8/2018 - Adirondack Birding Festival

Location: 9097 NY - 30 Blue Mountain Lake, NY Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm Join Mountain Lake PBS for one of their Seasonal Discoveries Day Trips Jun 2nd, Aug 18th, Sept 16th & Oct 21st - all going to exciting locations across the Adirondack region. For info, Visit:

6/2/2018 - Airborne Park Speedway 12th Annual DOZERFEST

Location: 70 Broderick Rd, Plattsburgh, NY 12901 Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm Rain or Shine! Kids of all ages get to climb on dozers, dig with backhoes, play with loaders, cranes and much more -the day where kids drive. Visit:

Location: Hamilton County Three-day Adirondack Birding festival featuring birding hikes, walks, safaris, outings, and seminars.

6/9/2018 - Adirondack Chew & Brew

Location: Twin Ponds Campsite - 224 Fuller Road, Peru, NY 12972 Time: 1:00pm-9:00pm Tickets Available:

6/9/2018 - Discover Inlet, NY - Black Fly Challenge

Location: 16 Rt 28, Inlet, NY 13360 Destination Bike Race! Live Music, Food & more! Visit:

EVENTS 6/9/2018 - 5K FWD For Recovery At Plattsburgh City Beach Location: 4 Beach Rd, Plattsburgh, NY 12901 Time: 8:00am $20 before June 8 at 7pm, $25 the day of race. Beneficiary - Champlain Valley Family Ctr Prevention Program. 518-561-8480 or visit:

6/10/2018 - 2018 Lake Placid Marathon & Half Marathon

Location: 2643 Main Street, Lake Placid, NY 12946 Time: 8:00am - 2:00pm Sign Up:

6/12/2018 - The Wild Center The Adirondack Pollinator Project

Location: 45 Museum Dr, Tupper Lake, NY 12986 Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm A free public lecture by Kim Eierman, an Environmental Horticulturist. Winning the war on pollinator decline. Visit:

6/14/2018 - 6/28/2018 - The Wild Center - Farmers Market

Location: 45 Museum Dr, Tupper Lake, NY 12986 Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm Every Thursday until Sept. 13th - where you can meet farmers & purchase local food grown. Visit:

6/16/2018 - PB&J Presents: JP Soars and Duke Robillard at Retro Live

Location: 14 Margaret Street Plattsburgh, NY Time: 8:00pm - 11:30pm From gypsy jazz, to swing, to electric blues. Two of the BEST guitarists in modern blues today! JP Soars was the 2009 winner of the international Blues Challenge as well as the prestigious Albert King Award and can play any style of guitar with amazing ability. Duke Robillard was a founding member of blues and swing band Roomful of Blues, a member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds

and has released over 30 albums. Robillard has won Best Blues Guitarist four times at the Blues Music Awards as well 2016 for Best Acoustic Blues album of the year and two Grammy nominations for Best Traditional Blues Album. Tickets www.

6/16/2018 - Zoey’s Zone - A Celebration of Joy and Kindness

Location: Cumberland Head Elementary School Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm - to benefit a scholarship fund for a BCS senior that portrays love and kindness in Zoey Leilani Lights honor

6/16/2018 - 6/17/2018 - Museum Weekend At Babbie Rural & Farm Learning Museum

Location: 250 River Road, Peru, NY 12972 Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm Demos include corn harvesting, shelling & grinding using antique equipment, blacksmith shop, and hit & miss engines, Hay Rides and more. Visit:

6/16/2018 - 6/18/2018 - 37th Annual Lake Champlain International Father’s Day Fishing Derby

Location: Lake Champlain - NY & VT - Join LCI for their 37th Annual Father’s Day Fishing Derby on Lake Champlain. Visit:

6/16/2018 - 18th Annual Lake Champlain International Little Angler’s Derby

Location: Malletts Bay, Lake Champlain Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm Join LCI for their annual Little Angler’s Derby on Lake Champlain where kids 14 & under try to land a big catch. Visit:

6/16 - Bass and Pike Fishing Derby

Location: Long Lake Cash prizes for Pike, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass

6/16/2018 - Scots Day At Fort Ticonderoga

Location: 102 Fort Ti Rd, Ticonderoga, NY 12883 Time: 9:30am - 5:00pm Discover your own Scottish connection. Visit:

6/16/2018 - 6/17/2018 - Museum Days At KentDelord House Museum

Location: 17 Cumberland Ave, Plattsburgh, NY Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm No charge. Visit:

6/16/2018 - Amazing Grace Vineyard Father’s Day BBQ

Location: 9839 Rt 9, Chazy, NY 12921 Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm Father’s Day BBQ. The Duo will be performing in the vineyard. $16 per person. Info, call 518-218-4044. Visit:

6/16/2018 - Relay For Life, American Cancer Society

Location: 84 Fair Grounds Rd, Plattsburgh, NY Time: 12:00pm More info - contact Joan Sterling at 404-327-6448

6/16/2018 - 20th Annual Great Adirondack Car Show, Craft Fair & Garage Sale Location: Exit 39, 4 Beach Rd, Plattsburgh, NY At the Crete Civic Center. Car & Club Awards, Great Food, Family Fun, Music & more! Upcoming details, visit:

6/16/2018 - Wilmington Whiteface Whiskey Run Location: Wilmington, NY 10K beginning and ending at Pourman’s Tap House on Whiteface Highway in Wilmington. (518) 420-8370

6/16/2018 - Indian Lake Quadrathlon

Location: Indian Lake Swim, kayak, bike, and run in this first of its kind race in the United States!



EVENTS 6/20/2018 - Love Knot Wire Bracelet (ages 13+) Strand Center for the Arts

Location: 23 Brinkerhoff Street , Plattsburgh, NY Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm Explore the art of creating wire links and learn how to make a classic lover’s knot bracelet. $40 Non-Member/$35 Member Per Session (Materials Included) Visit:

6/23/2018 - Sunset Boat Cruise On Lake Champlain At Fort Ticonderoga

Location: 102 Fort Ti Rd, Ticonderoga, NY 12883 Time: 5:30pm Enjoy a relaxing summer evening aboard the Carillon tour boat. Let this 1920s style vessel take you away with stories of Lake Visit: www.

6/24/2018 - Hill & Hollow Music Presents A Swinging Spring Location: Weatherwatch Farm, Saranac, NY Time: 4:00pm Featuring Jonathan Aceto on the MIDI - electric Violin. With Priscilla & Bart McLean, composers. Suggested donations $30-$50 per person. RSVP required. 518-293-7613. Visit: http://

6/24/2018 - Adirondack Quilt Camp

Location: Long Lake Central School Twenty classes and workshops will be held with ten award-winning quilt instructors. adirondack-quilt-camp-long-lake

6/25/2018 - 6/27/2018 - The Art of Perspective (Ages 9-13) The Strand Center for the Arts

Location: 23 Brinkerhoff Street, Plattsburgh, NY Time: 10:00am This is an introduction to learning to create drawings in Perspective.



6/26/2018 - 7/1/2018 - Lake Placid Horse Show

Location: 5514 Cascade Road, Lake Placid, NY Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm Ticket Information:

6/26/2018 - 6/28/2018 - Mountain Bike Camp Session 1

Location: 114 Goddeau Road Cadyville, NY 12918 Time: 8:30am - 11:30pm Visit:

6/28/2018 - Inlet from the Air

Location: Inlet Town Hall Jean Bird will present views of Inlet and the surrounding area taken from seaplanes. 6/29/2018 - Bluebird BBQ at Shelburne Vineyards

Location: 317 Riverside Avenue, Burlington, VT Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm Tickets available - Visit:

6/29/2018 - 7/1/2018 - Always...Patsy Cline At The Depot Theatre Location: 6705 Main St, Westport, NY Time: 3:00pm - 8:00pm Join the Depot Theatre for down home country humor, heartfelt emotion and audience participation at their first show of 2018, Always... Patsy Cline. Visit:

6/30/2018 - 7/6/2018 - 1777 Siege Of Ticonderoga, Independence Day Weekend Location: 102 Fort Ti Rd, Ticonderoga, NY 12883 Time: 9:30am - 5:00pm Celebrate freedom by exploring the year 1777 when America was consumed in the labor of liberty. Visit:

6/30/2018 - Amazing Grace Vineyards Wine & Music

Location: 9839 Rt 9, Chazy, NY 12921 Time: 6:30pm F & M music in the vineyard. Info, 518-215-4044 Visit:

6/30/2018 - Airborne Park Speedway - 4th Of July Celebration

Location: 70 Broderick Rd, I-87, exit 36, turn left Mod Lites. 518-561-3208 or visit: www.

6/30/2018 - Lets Make A Scene (Ages 5-18) Strand Center for the Arts

Location: 23 Brinkerhoff Street, Plattsburgh, NY Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm Interested in learning about acting and performing on stage? This workshop is for you! $25 NonMembers/$20 Members (Materials Included) Visit:

6/30/2018 - The Wild Center - Traditional Paddle Making With Caleb Davis

Location: 45 Museum Dr, Tupper Lake, NY 12986 Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm Carve your own traditionally shaped paddle using only hand tools. Registration required. Visit:

6/30/2018 - Raquette Lake Strawberry Festival Location: Raquette Lake Fire Hall Enjoy delicious strawberry shortcake and reconnect with summer friends. raquette-lake-strawberry-festival-0 6/30/2018 - Annual 4th of July Parade and Celebration

Location: Speculator Pavilion Enjoy the parade with food, rides, games, and music. annual-4th-of-july-parade-and-celebration

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