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Another standing ovation The packed house at the Charles Wood Theater applauds a performance by the Adirondack Theatre Festival. The Wood Theater opened in 2004, in a transformed former Woolworth’s store. Photograph by Jim McLaughlin McLaughlin Griffin Photography & Design
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Features 5 ‘Busiest Little City in America’? That’s what he says
7 Reps recommend... The Congressman & others
12 The map Your guide to our advertisers
14 How do you like the roundabout? We like it a lot!
17 Jimmer & Serena 2 athletes to watch, GF link
18 About Cooper’s Cave And that painting in the lobby
20 2010 events calendar Many you won’t want to miss
42 Enterprise & philanthropy
22 Hey, where are the falls?
Dual themes of Glens Falls
Why they only run rarely
44 We need you, Charles! Charles Evans Hughes, that is
26 Fun for kids As told to us by the kids
28 She chose Glens Falls
A Vermonter on her adopted hometown
32 Summer of Wyeth Hyde Museum’s new show
34 So much to do. Really!
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here and returned after college and law school. In 1980 I started The Chronicle newspaper, and we’ve been delving into the greater Glens Falls-Lake George region ever since.
It’s an endlessly fascinating place that is enjoying a relative heyday right now. What prompted us to create the Glens Falls Visitors Guide is simply that Glens Falls increasingly has visitors! We want to clue visitors in to what makes Glens Falls tick, what gives this place its character — the people, the pleasures, the enterprises, the heritage, the landscape, the ethic. Hopefully this magazine will give you a better sense of Glens Falls, even a deeper feeling for it. We invite you to tell us how we did. Let me also take this opportunity to thank the businesses who enabled this magazine to happen. The Chronicle is all about ideas, and we’re forever giving flight to fresh ambitions, not knowing if they’ll prove to be viable. Time and again this community comes through for us big-time. And again they did here, even in a tough economy. That so many businesses bought ads tells you a lot, in and of itself, about why Glens Falls succeeds. Thanks, too, to Gabrielle Katz at Celadon Design Group for answering our late and urgent plea for map creation and to Finch Paper, as always a pleasure to work with. Thanks to The Chronicle staff especially. Rose to the occasion yet again!
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THE GLENS FALLS VISITORS GUIDE Published by The Chronicle newspaper P.O. Box 153, Glens Falls, NY 12801 (518) 792-1126 • Fax (518) 793-1587 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.glensfallsvisitorsguide.com Publisher & Editor: Mark Frost Managing Editor: Cathy DeDe We welcome your feedback.
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Is Glens Falls the busiest little city in America? By Mark Frost
At last count, only 14,354 people live in the City of Glens Falls, down more than 25% from the peak of 19,620 in 1950. And with school enrollment continuing to shrink, the 2010 census likely will show a population even smaller now. Which makes it all the more amaz-
From the biggest hospital between Schenectady & Montreal, to pro hockey, to venues where The Who, Jeff Dunham & Ralph Nader have played, a city of 14,000 overachieves. ing that so much is available within the city limits — and that the range of possibility continues to expand. Among the highlights: • Little Glens Falls has a 4,800-seat arena, the Civic Center. Mike Tyson boxed here, Michael Jordan dunked here, Bob Hope and Jeff Dunham told jokes here, The Who, Billy Joel and Ozzy Osbourne sang here. Coming
Downtown is increasingly abuzz, and so much happens within the city limits that you can’t keep up with it all. Photo by Cathy DeDe/The Chronicle
this July Serena Williams, the topranked women’s tennis player and Martina Hingis, the former #1, will compete against each other here. • Little Glens Falls hosts the Philadelphia Flyers’ top minor-league hockey team, the Adirondack Phantoms, as well as New York State’s high school championship tournaments in boys basketball and girls volleyball. • Little Glens Falls has its own pro-
fessional Symphony Orchestra, which plays some of its concerts in the stateof-the-art Glens Falls High School auditorium that seats upwards of a thousand people. • Little Glens Falls is home to the largest hospital between Schenectady and Montreal. • Little Glens Falls has a new 300seat theater, the Charles R. Wood Theater. Hillary Clinton and Ralph Nader have made speeches on this
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stage. Song-writing great Jimmy Webb (“By the Time I Get to Phoenix”) and Broadway legend Elaine Stritch performed here. The Wood is home to the professional Adirondack Theatre Festival; the venerable Glens Falls Community Theatre; and the Adirondack Children’s Troupe. • Little Glens Falls has two local breweries — Davidson Brothers and Cooper’s Cave Ale Company. • Little Glens Falls has two independent movie theatres — the twoscreen Aimie’s Dinner & Movie and the new single-screen Park. • Little Glens Falls has three(!) restaurants that offer sushi — The Mikado and Siam Thai Sushi downtown, and Chinatown Express on Dix Avenue whose sushi is available at drive-thru pick-up. • Little Glens Falls has three museums — the nationally signicant Hyde Collection art museum, the local Chapman Historical Museum and the emerging World Awareness Children’s Museum. • Little Glens Falls has a classic hotel, the Queensbury, in business here since 1926. • In this age of consolidation, little Glens Falls still has a locally headquartered bank, Glens Falls National. • Glens Falls has a newly expanded and thriving Crandall Public Library. • Glens Falls hosts major annual events like the Adirondack Balloon Festival; Adirondack Drums drum & bugle corps competition; the June Arts Fest of the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council; and the Taste of the North Country food festival. I’ve been arguing for years that Glens Falls is the “busiest little city in America.” I’m not giving up!
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We asked four top elected ofcials to tell us the three things they would suggest visitors do during a visit here.
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The Congressman, who lives in Glens Falls said: With so many great places to visit in Glens Falls, it’s hard to pick just three. The Chocolate Mill Café downtown is the perfect place to stop to either grab a chocolate snack, or have brunch on the weekends. If you’re up for a small trip, drive to Lake George and take in the beautiful water and shoreline. Or, take a walk to The Hyde Collection in town to see the best collection of western art in Upstate New York. With so many treasures to explore and beauty to see, it’s hard not to love calling Glens Falls home.
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Congressman Scott Murphy
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My rst of three recommendations is to plan on enjoying breakfast, lunch and dinner at our wonderful restaurants. Great food, excellent service and reasonable prices throughout the city. My next recommendation is visit the Hyde, Chapman and World Awareness Children’s museums. I think most visitors would be surprised by the quality of our cultural institutions. Finally, take time to stroll downtown and even some of our city neighborhoods. We’re fortunate to enjoy a great quality of life here in Glens Falls. It is easy to feel at home in Glens Falls with its friendly, small-city charm.
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Visitors to Glens Falls must experience the City’s art and history. You will feel the architecture and the warmth of the people. Historic buildings house neat shops and upscale restaurants. Visit The Hyde Collection and enjoy antique furnishings and works by the masters. The Chapman Museum gives a glimpse of life in the late 1800s. LARAC exhibits outstand-
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Stepping up the promotion... Since 1981, Glens Falls has hosted the New York State High School boys basketball championship tournament. The March event at the Civic Center draws tens of thousands of fans. This year the promotion took a quantum leap with new banners and projected images created by the Glens Falls firm Trampoline Design.
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A dining scene more & more worth exploring By Mark Frost
It may be hard to believe now, but there was a time in the 1980’s when you couldn’t buy dinner in downtown Glens Falls. Now a profusion of options embodies the unfolding renaissance. To my mind Bistro Tallulah, which opened across the street from our ofce in autumn 2007, was a breakthrough restaurant that catapulted Glens Falls dining to a higher orbit. Fort Ann’s Shawn Whalen returned from working in New Orleans with a know-how not just in presenting inter-
Interesting new eateries; others last generations. esting, unique food, but a total concept in how he wanted to run a restaurant. From the artwork, to the limited Tuesday-Saturday strictly-dinner schedule, to the half-plate option that lets you dine ne without necessarily spending a lot of money, Bistro Tallulah is a signature destination for discerning foodies. Matt Funiciello’s Rock Hill Bakehouse Cafe is like that, too. It could hold its own nicely in Saratoga Springs or even Manhattan — with its natural breads baked by Rock Hill in its Moreau bakery,
with its emphasis on quality, local, independently sourced ingredients, and with Matt’s Green Party activism that infuses the place, from the book and video lending library, to the poetry “slams” and the coffeehouse avor, to hosting Ralph Nader and in fact bringing him to Glens Falls. There was time when this recipe might not have succeeded in staid Glens Falls, but like Tallulah, Matt’s Rock Hill was an immediate success. Another restaurant that hit the ground running was The Chocolate Mill a few doors up from the roundabout. Pedigreed pastry chefs Frank and Jessica Vollkommer said they had lots of options where to locate, including Saratoga, but that they settled on Glens Falls as having the best potential. Nothing so far has undercut their assessment. The beautifully restored space is itself tasty, and they’ve now expanded from breakfast and lunch into dinner, too. The long glass pastry case is stocked with tempting treats, an affordable pleasure that’s become a part of many lives. Other restaurants have built themselves up quietly, gradually. Raul’s, at the roundabout, likewise handsomely restored its space, and Russell Porreca’s soft sh tacos are a standby of mine. A
Speaking of food... You did realize, didn’t you, that kitchen megastar Rachael Ray grew up in Lake George, still has a home and much involvement here and got her start working with her mom Elsa Scuderi in local restaurants. — Mark Frost text & photo
Proudly serving the City of Glens Falls since 1926! Located in the heart of downtown Glens Falls across from City Park, the elegant and historic Queensbury Hotel has often been regarded as the town’s centerpiece. Considered a destination on its own, the landmark Queensbury Hotel is a full service hotel featuring newly renovated guest rooms and magniﬁcent grand lobby. Photo: Len Frazier/Chronicle
88 Ridge St., Glens Falls, NY 12801 Phone: 518.792.1121 • www.queensburyhotel.com
AAA Rated 3 Diamond 125 Guest Rooms Including 12 Suites Indoor Pool and Jacuzzi On-site Spa Massage and Facials Free WiFi • Business Center • Fitness Center Beautifully Appointed Banquet Rooms Exquisite Cuisine for Social and Corporate Events Garden on the Park Restaurant And for swank and sophistication, nothing beats Fenimore’s Lounge for the widest variety of martinis in town, happy hour and nightly dinner specials. The Chronicle’s GLENS FALLS VISITORS GUIDE • 2010 • 9
block south, I’m a fan of the Thai salad at Prima Gourmet. Across the street, I’m a soup and half-sandwich guy at Francis and Tracy Willis’s Gourmet Cafe. The range of possibilities grows and grows. Now we not only have two local breweries, they both have good restaurants. Davidson Brothers appeals yearround, but their shaded outside dining on Exchange Street Plaza is unbeatable. The pub at Cooper’s Cave Ale Company, a few blocks from downtown, is uniquely Patty Bethel, nicely done. Glens Falls is about family, and the Bethels are a prominent clan. Besides Ed, Patty and son Adrian at Cooper’s Cave, brother Joe is the police chief and other brother Kevin and his wife, also Patty, operate 132 Glen Street Bistro, another success that is extremely Glens Falls. Downtown has long had a successful Japanese restaurant, The Mikado, and now it has a Thai restaurant, too, Siam Thai Sushi. Up Ridge Street, Puerto Rican-born Donnah Digan-Lewis is making her dream come true at GG Mama. There’s more differentiating going on now, more going after niches. At the Queensbury Hotel, Fenimore’s touts its martinis. Wholy Crepes is a new eatery. Yet at the same time there is strength in “old” Glens Falls. David “Dango” Johnson turned his father’s Maple Street bar, Fitzgerald’s, into a thriving sports
bar/restaurant that is cornerstone to a little empire. On Wednesdays, 5-cent wing night, the mob descends. At The Bullpen, four Glens Falls buddies not only have built a multi-location success but remained buddies doing it. Hot Shots: Beer pong, anyone? We’ve got two Sullivan’s, Irish Pizza and Next Door Pub. And in former factories, SensibilitiTeas tea shop at the Shirt Factory and Samantha’s Cafe at Union Square. I like the quintessential Glens Falls places that carry on for generations — the Gazetoses’ New Way Lunch (Dirty John’s to the locals), where hot dogs with the works rule; and Jerry DiManno’s Poopie’s, where burger eaters order the “one-and-a-half,” and I know the turkey sandwich is thick and the soup tasty. I like Sandy’s Clam Bar, another Glens Falls landmark whose owner Rich Mozal (with whom I took driver ed.), turned his father Joe’s South Street bar with a rough reputation into a mainstream mecca. Rich dead-panned, “We haven’t had anybody killed here in years.” I like that Sam’s Diner has gone from two generations of the Saleem family to family friend Pete Brock. That David Ferris, the peanut butter ribbon candy maker extraordinaire, carries on the Boston Candy Kitchen. And Steve’s Place — really nice waitresses, I respect owner Chris Vamvalis, and this place is pure,
Sen. Schumer bites into a Glens Falls tradition
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, on a visit to announce $974,000 in federal money for South Street revitalization, stopped by the Gazetos family’s landmark New Way Lunch and ate a hot dog with the works on Jan. 7, 2010. Chronicle photo/Gordon Woodworth
straight-shooter Glens Falls. Lots to explore here. Go to it!
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Elected representatives’ recommendations..
From page 7, State Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward ing pieces by regional artists. The World Awareness Children’s Museum offers hands-on cultural awareness exhibits. Kayak the Feeder Canal and experience this link to New York State’s historic waterways. Finish the day with wine in hand and a performance at the Wood Theatre.
Enjoy Fine Italian Cuisine In The Heart Of Lake George
Glens Falls Mayor John ‘Jack’ Diamond
Among our many attractions, visitors can nd world-class artwork, professional theater productions and the area’s largest and most diverse library. I would encourage a visit to The Hyde Collection, where one can see works by Picasso, Rubens and Renoir, among others. Walk along our picturesque downtown or take in a professionally staged play or musical at the Charles R. Wood Theater. Visit the recently renovated Crandall Public Library, where you can nd books ranging from the classics to contemporary best-sellers. These things and more make Glens Falls a great place to visit, and an even better place to live.
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Key to advertisers’ map on the facing page... The adjacent map is your guide to restaurants, bars and retailers whose advertisements are included in the Glens Falls Visitors Guide. The number on the left identifies the location on the map. The number on the right is the page number where their ad appears. (Map not to scale.) 1. Raul’s Mexican Grill (p. 13) 2. Prima (p. 6) 3. Kismet (p. 20) 4. Siam Thai Sushi (p. 7) 5. Dog Ate My Homework (p. 27) 6. Patchwork Passion Quilt Shop (p. 26) 7. Minky Mink (rear entrance) (p. 26) 8. The Bullpen (p. 6) 9. Best Nails (p. 34) 10. Gourmet Cafe (p. 13) 11. Sterling & Company (p. 21) 12. Charles Wood Theater (p. 30) 13. Uncorked Glens Falls (p. 19) 14. Bistro Tallulah (p. 7) 15. Red Fox Books (p. 27) 16. New Way Lunch (p. 14) 17. Glens Falls Farmer’s Market (p. 19) 18. Sandy’s Clam Bar (p. 18) 19. Hot Shots (p. 14) 20. Boston Candy Kitchen (p. 7) 21. Rock Hill Bakehouse Cafe (p. 5) 22. Union Square (p. 31) 23. City of Glens Falls (p. 29, 43) 24. Queensbury Hotel (p. 9) 25. East End Eatery (p. 13) 26. Poopie’s (DiManno’s Lunch) (p. 13) 27. The Shirt Factory Shoppes, including Elements of Art (p. 23 & p. 27) 28. The Pub at Cooper’s Cave (p. 4) 29. Dix Avenue Laundromat (p. 4) 30. Eternal Sun Tanning (p. 4) 31. Rob & Deb’s Frozen Dreams (p. 11) 32. Livingston’s Furniture (p. 33) 33. GF Farmer’s Market (winter) (p. 19) 34. Blackburn Gallery (p. 21) 35. Seeley Office Systems (p. 34) 36. Steve’s Place (p. 6) 37. Carl R’s Cafe (p. 16) 38. Luisa’s Bistro (p. 10) 39. Patti’s Quilting & Anne’s Yarn Shop (p. 20) 40. Jack’s American Bistro (p. 8) 41. Baker’s Dream (p. 19) 42. New Way Lunch Qby. (p. 14) 43. Rick’s Bike Shop (p. 26) 44. Entertainment One (at Aviation Mall) (p. 28) 45. Old Hofbräuhaus at Ramada Inn (p. 18) 46. The Log Jam Restaurant (p. 15) 47. Lake George Factory Outlets (p. 24-25) 48. Adirondack Factory Outlets (p. 24-25) 49. Log Jam Outlet Center (p. 24-25) 50. French Mountain Commons (p. 24-25) 51. Lake George Village (p. 32) 52. Mario’s Restaurant (p. 11) 53. The Sagamore (p. 17)
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How do you like our roundabout?
By Mark Frost & Gordon Woodworth
Controversial when it was debated in 2005 and predicted by many to fail when it debuted in 2007, the roundabout at the ve-way intersection of Glen, Warren and Ridge Streets and Hudson Avenue is now almost universally praised. Ofcially it’s Centennial Circle — Jon and Diane Swanson of Queensbury won a contest, naming the circle after the City’s 100th anniversary in 2008. Pre-roundabout, this intersection was a nightmare. Its 2 minute, 20 second stoplight sequence prompted many drivers to cut through side-streets and go out of their way to avoid it. Glen Street would turn into a virtual dragstrip as drivers raced at high speed to make the green or yellow or justchanged red light. It was dangerous. Centennial Circle changed everything. Now, on most occasions, trafc ows smoothly, drivers proceed more slowly and most of them yield courteously to pedestrians. That may have been the biggest surprise to critics who’d warned that the continuous ow of trafc, without a stoplight, would mean people could never cross the street safely. It’s worked out quite the opposite. Bump-outs narrowed the width of street there is to cross, and because the
crosswalk is situated behind the rst car waiting to enter the roundabout, the second driver doesn’t mind deferring to the pedestrian crossing in front of him. It’s made for a more intimate downtown, too, where pedestrians and drivers make eye contact and things proceed at
a saner, more livable pace. Centennial Circle’s opening has coincided with downtown’s resurgence. Now people go out of their way to use the roundabout, and Centennial Circle hosts political press conferences, a lighted Christmas tree, banners and greenery.
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“Visiting Glens Falls without dining at The Log Jam Restaurant…is like going to Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower!” Lunch & Dinner Served Daily • The setting — Uniquely Adirondack! • The food — Finest ingredients, expertly prepared! • The service — Our staff is proud & excellent!
An experience to savor awaits you! Steaks • Seafood • Poultry • Lite dinner entrées • Appetizers Fresh catch of the day • Fresh & tasty salad bar • Children’s menu Rustic bar & lounge with ﬁreplace • Special requests are always welcome Wine list & wines by the glass • Micro-brew beers Specialty frozen drinks • Cappuccino & frozen coffees
I-87 (Northway) left at Exit 20, ½ mi. north on Rte. 9, Lake George, N.Y. (518) 798-1155 • Mobil Guide Rated • Reservations accepted and honored Major credit cards • www.logjamrestaurant.com The Chronicle’s GLENS FALLS VISITORS GUIDE • 2010 • 15
Newly enlarged Crandall Public Library: It glows! Taxpayers in the City of Glens Falls, Town of Moreau and Town of Queensbury all voted to approve the $13.7-million renovation and expansion completed in 2007. The library is the region’s most widely used cultural institution. Beyond books, it offers a film series, concerts, art exhibitions, a Folklife Center, used book sales, children’s programs and much more. Chronicle photo/David Cederstrom
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Voted Area’s Best Mexican Restaurant 3 Years in a Row! Open for breakfast, lunch & dinner 7 days a week at 7:00 a.m.
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Serena & Martina vie July 9 at the Civic Center
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Ticket prices range from $29 to courtside for $75. A joint courtside ticket with admission to the pre-match gala sells for $130. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-7453000, or at the Civic Center Box Ofce. Williams has won 25 Grand Slam titles, including ve Australian Open singles crowns. Hingis won Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Australian Open in 1997 and has won ve Grand Slam titles.
Serena Williams, the world’s topranked women’s tennis player, will take on former #1 Martina Hingis in a World Team Tennis match on Friday, July 9, at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Williams leads the Washington Kastles; Hingis heads the New York Buzz.
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A pre-match gala will feature a meetand-greet session with the two stars. Global Spectrum, which manages the Civic Center for the City of Glens Falls, said it will donate to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation $1 of each ticket sale, plus a share of proceeds from the gala.
The Glens Falls native, now a junior at Brigham Young University, leads the league in scoring and is touted as a definite pro prospect.
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So much to tell about Cooper’s Cave Chronicle editor Mark Frost writes: You can’t visit Cooper’s Cave anymore, but signage on and under the Route 9 bridge (Cooper’s Cave Bridge) connecting Glens Falls and South Glens Falls tells more about the site and the lore. (The under-the-bridge exhibit, reached on the South Glens Falls side, is worth visiting.) The Daniel Day Lewis movie version of Last of the Mohicans made the falls seem almost like Niagara’s! Cooper’s Cave lore abounds locally. The Cooper’s Cave Ale Company not only named itself after the cave; the entrance to its pub is through a re-creation of the cave. YMCA Camp Chingachgook on Lake George is named after the major Indian ally of the fictional Fort William Henry survivors, and Uncas Street in Glens Falls is named for Chingachgook’s son.
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Just some of the events during the rest of 2010 • Adirondack Phantoms, through April 10 at the Glens Falls Civic Center. AHL professional hockey games. Post-season games follow as needed. 798-0202 or www.glensfallscc.com. • NYS High School Boys Basketball Tournament, March 19-21 at the Glens Falls Civic Center. 798-0202 or www.glensfallscc.com. • Highlights from ‘Coppelia,’ Saturday, March 20 at the Wood Theater, Glens Falls. By Adirondack Ballet Theatre. www.woodtheater.org. • ‘Tee Time,’ Saturday, March 20 at Crandall Public Library. Mini-golf fund-raising event. $5. 792-6508. • ‘The Three Little Pigs,’ Saturday, March 20 at the Wood Theater. Free opera for children. 7989663 or www.woodtheater.org. • Great Upstate Boat Show, March 26-28 at the Dome, Adirondack Sports Center, Queensbury. 791-0070. • NYS Boys and Girls Federation High School Basketball Tourney, March 26-28, Glens Falls
Civic Center. 798-0202 or www.glensfallscc.com. • Shamrock Shuffle & Leprechaun Leap, Sunday, March 28, from Glens Falls High School. 5-mile run, and children’s 1-mile fun run. www. adirondackrunners.com or 798-9593. • Family FUNdraiser Fiesta, Sunday, April 4, at Glens Falls Civic Center. To benefit Project Guatemala medical mission. www.gfmmf.org. • Glens Falls Brewfest, Saturday, April 10, at the Queensbury Hotel. To benefit Adirondack Theatre Fest and Feeder Canal Alliance. www.glensfallsbrewfest.com. • Regional Juried High School Art Exhibition, April 11 to May 23 at the Hyde Collection. Outstanding student art. 792-1761 or www.hydecollection.org. • Disney on Ice: Princess Classics, April 15-18
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at the Glens Falls Civic Center. 798-0202 or www. glensfallscc.com. • Adirondack Living Show, April 23-25 at The Dome, Adirondack Sports Complex, Queensbury. 371-6363. • Noel Coward’s ‘Blithe Spirit,’ April 30-May 2 at the Wood Theater. By Glens Falls Community Theatre. 874-0800 or www.woodtheater.org. • Spring Artists Open House, May 1-2 by Shirt Factory Artists. www. shirtfactorygf.com. • Adirondack Voices, Tuesday, May 4, at Christ Church United Methodist. Community chorus sings “Broadway Today.” 793-2620. • Rising Stars at the Wood, Saturday, May 8 at the Wood Theater. Benefit features standout youths. 874-0800 or www. woodtheater.org. • Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra, Sunday, May 9, at GF High School. Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and other “Titans.” 793-1348. • Thunder Slam Monster Truck Show, May 14-15 at the Glens Falls Civic Center. 798-0202 or www.glensfallscc.com. • Annual Armed Forces Day Concert, Saturday, May 15 at Wood Theater. Lake George Community Band. 874-0800; www.woodtheater.org. • Alice in Chains, Wednesday, May 19, at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Classic hard rock band. 798-0202 or www.glensfallscc.com. • Third Thursday Art Walks, May 20-Oct. 1 in downtown Glens Falls. Monthly event features art openings and receptions, music, more at numerous venues. www.glensfallsartwalk.com. • ‘Have a Seat’ in Glens Falls, May 30-Sept. 6. Display of 39 artist-decorated Adirondack chairs throughout downtown Glens Falls. www. haveaseatglensfalls.com • Memorial Day Parade, Monday, May 31, 10 a.m. on Glen Street, Glens Falls. • Glens Falls Soap Box Derby, June 5-6 on Murray Street Hill, Glens Falls. 796-7447. • Feeder Canal Canoe and Kayak Race, Saturday, June 5, beginning in Glens Falls. 792-5363. • Glens Falls Golden Eagles, New York Collegiate Baseball League. June 6 to July 30 at East Field. Fireworks on opening day, June 6. 260-4786 or www.glensfallsgoldeneagles.com. • 38th LARAC June Arts Festival, June 12-13 in City Park. 798-1144 or www.larac.org. • Zonta Country Faire, June 12-13, Glens Falls. • Adirondack Theatre Festival, June 23-July 31 at the Charles Wood Theater. Summer Equity theater series. 798-7479 or www.ATFestival.org. • Classic Car Cruise-In, Thursday, June 24, on Glen Street, downtown Glens Falls. Evening car show. www.cityofglensfalls.com. • 29th Adirondack Drums, Wednesday, June 30, at East Field. Drum and bugle corps competition by the Fort Edward Lions Club. 747-4342 or www.adirondackdrums.com. • Summer Jam, Saturday, July 3, at East Field. Family concert by national and local bands, plus fireworks. 798-9890. • Fourth of July Pops Concert and Fireworks, Sunday, July 4, in Crandall Park. By Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra. 793-1438. • Andrew Wyeth: An American Legend, June 12 to Sept. 5 at the Hyde Collection. Art exhibit. 792-1761 or www.hydecollection.org. • NY Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game, Monday, July 12 at East Field. 260-4786.
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• Tennis stars Serena Williams vs. Martina Hingis, Friday, July 9, at The Glens Falls Civic Center. A World TeamTennis match. $29-$75. 7980202 or www.glensfallscc.com. • Music of the Tonys, Tuesday, Aug. 3, at the Wood Theater. Concert by Seagle Music Colony singers. 874-0800 or www.woodtheater.org. • ‘The 39 Steps,’ Aug. 6-15 at The Wood Theater. Hitchcock-inspired mystery thriller/comedy. 874-0800 or www.woodtheater.org. • American Carnage Tour, Wednesday, Aug. 11 at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Hard metal rock by Megadeth, Slayer and Testament. 798-0202 or www.glensfallscc.com. • ‘Waiting for Godot,’ Aug. 19-Sept. 5 at the Wood Theater. Samuel Becket’s classic, By Painted Pony Productions. 696-5353. • Classic Car Cruise-In, Thursday, Aug. 26 on Glen Street, downtown Glens Falls. Evening car show. www.cityofglensfalls.com. • ‘Eurydice,’ Sept. 10-11 at the Wood Theater. Classic play by Pendragon Theatre of Saranac Lake. 874-0800 or www.woodtheater.org. • ‘Mark Twain Tonight!’ Sept. 17-18 at the Wood Theater. Wrightstage Productions’ one-man play. 874-0800 or www.woodtheater.org. • Adirondack Balloon Festival, Sept. 23-26 in Glens Falls and at Warren County Airport, Queensbury. Opening launch is Thursday, Sept. 23, in Crandall Park, Glens Falls. Balloon Festival Party and Classic Car Show on Friday, Sept. 24, in downtown Glens Falls. www.adirondackballoonfest.org. • Glens Falls Cemetery Tour, Saturday, Sept. 25, at Bay St. Cemetery. Reenactors tell the noteworthy stories of former citizens now buried here. By Chapman Historical Museum and GF Community Theatre. 793-2826. • ‘The Jungle Book,’ Saturday, Sept. 25, at The Wood Theater. Kids’ show by Pendragon
Tony DeSare’s annual Thanksgiving concerts A superlative singer-pianist, as warm as he is polished, Tony DeSare is a Hudson Falls native emergent nationally and internationally for his jazz standards. He returns home for annual Thanksgiving weekend concerts (Nov. 26-28, 2010) to benefit the Charles Wood Theater. Ticket info: 874-0800 or www.woodtheater.org. Theatre of Saranac Lake. 874-0800 or www.woodtheater.org.
• Taste of the North Country, food festival, Sunday, Sept. 26, in City Park. By Glens Falls Kiwanis Club. 792-5781. • ‘The Imaginary Invalid,’ Saturday, Sept. 25, at The Wood Theater. By Pendragon Theatre of Saranac Lake. 874-0800 or www.woodtheater.org. • Colors of Fall Art and Craft Festival, Saturday, Sept. 25, in Crandall Park. 353-2121. • 2010 Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region, Oct. 1 to Jan. 2, 2011, at the Hyde Collection. Juried professional artists’ show. 792-1761 or www.hydecollection.org. • Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra, Sunday, Oct. 3, at GF High School. Brahms’ Symphony No. 1. 793-1348 or www.gfso.org. • Halloween Trick or Treat event, Friday evening, Oct. 29, Glen Street and downtown Glens Falls. www.cityofglensfalls.com. • Glens Falls Community Theatre 75th Anniversary Show, Saturday, Nov. 6, at Glens Falls High School. Followed by gala celebration. 792-1740 or www.gfcommunitytheatre.org. • 15th Chronicle Book Fair, Sunday, Nov. 7, at the Queensbury Hotel. 100+ authors, publishers, book sellers. 792-1126 or email email@example.com. • Adirondack Stampede Rodeo, Nov. 6-7 at the Glens Falls Civic Center. 798-0202. • NYS Public High School Girls Volleyball Tournament, Nov. 20-21 at the Glens Falls Civic Center. 798-0202 or www.glensfallscc.com. • North Country Festival of Trees, Nov. 26-28 at the Queensbury Hotel. To benefit Prospect School Child & Family Center. 798-0170. • Tony DeSare, Nov. 26-28 at the Wood Theater, Glens Falls. See photo, left. • Hometown Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting, Friday, Dec. 3, downtown Glens Falls. www.cityofglenfalls.com.
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Her fun-filled day: Bike ride, mini golf & an ice cream cone The best thing that my family and I do during the summer is we go on a fun-lled day. To start our day, we go on the bike trail. We ride the bike trail all the way to Sprinkles. I get an orange twist ice cream cone. After that we go back on the bike trail to our car. We get in the car and go to Pirates Cove and play miniature golf. After 18 holes of miniature golf we head home for a nice dinner on the grill. That is an exciting day I look forward to doing in the summer.
— Anna Korniak 5th grade, Mrs. Curren, Barton Intermediate School, Queensbury
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Here’s some really inside information for visitors to the Glens Falls area. Every year The Chronicle asks area students to tell us what they most like to do for fun around here. Here are some replies that appeared last summer in our Adirondack Family magazine. Please note that the children’s grade level and teacher refer to where they were in the spring of 2009.
Likes Elvis impersonators One of the best things my family and I do during the summer is go to the Great Escape. First we walk in and go on a ton of rides. Then we go to Splash Water Kingdom and we wait until the BIG splash. Another thing that we do is go to Lake George and go on the MinneHa-Ha and see the Elvis impersonators. Then later we go to a good restaurant on the lake and watch the reworks. These are the best things my family and I do during the summer.
— Victoria Sidot 4th grade, Mrs. Cabana Kensington Road Elementary, GF
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There are many things we do that are fun over the summer. I like shing, camping and campres, and the Great Escape. I got a Great Escape season’s pass this year. My favorite ride is the Comet. Last year I went 19 times! I will have a lot of fun.
—Trent Paradis 5th grade, Mrs. Cosh, Hartford Central School
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My family and I like to go to Lake George in the hot summer. First we go in the lake, Once we are freezing we play in the hot sand. Then we go up to the play ground for about ten minutes. After that, we walk up to the arcade with a million quarters! Later, we go to watch the reworks and eat dinner. If we’re lucky my mom will let me and my sister go on a horse and carriage ride. To top the night off, we go to the village and buy a little toy from a shop. I love the summertime with my family!!
— Lucy Tougas 4th grade, Mrs. Herrmann, Jackson Heights Elem., Glens Falls
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My family and I most like to go to Zack’s hot dog place in Hudson Falls. Then, once we nish our hot dogs, we’ll go to my cousin’s house for a swim and a couple games of manhunt. Afterwards, we just relax in the house. I love doing this because it’s simple but fun.
— Laura Hendley 4th grade, Mrs. Herrmann, Jackson Heights Elem., Glens Falls
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One thing I do over the summer is go to Adirondack Extreme in Bolton Landing. I love going there because it is very challenging! I love challenges! When you get there, you put on a harness, you go through a small course rst, then you’re off to the rst course. There are four courses. If you feel like you need to get down at any time you can. When you’re done with that course, you can stop, or if you are really scared, then someone can help get you down. It is really high up so it can be a little scary. There are ziplines, wooden bars, obstacles and much, much more! I can’t wait until I go this year.
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—Shaun Young First grade, Mrs. Schulze Big Cross St. School, Glens Falls
Geocache in Moreau In the summer time my family and I go hiking a lot in Moreau State Park. We go geocaching, which is where you use a GPS to nd a box which has toys and a log. We sign our last name in the log and we give something and take something…. I like hiking because I like rocks and sticks. I like rocks because some are very unique. I like sticks because I just do…. I hope you will consider going hiking when you visit….
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Vermonter, in her 20’s: Why I chose Glens Falls By Kate Austin
Editor’s note: Kate Austin is an arts writer with The Chronicle, this magazine’s parent publication. • I like to tell people I’m here on purpose. Here’s why I chose to buy a house in Glens Falls. Density of activity and a sense of community is what makes me appreciate a town or city. Glens Falls is this magical city built on industry, with an organic and thriving arts community that’s active, diverse and tight-knit. It’s got museums, theater, all types of musicians — from rock bands to its own symphony orchestra. It’s got a cornucopia of good restaurants owned by good people. It’s got a nightlife — whether you want to listen to live jazz and chat with friends or go out dancing, you don’t have to leave town. It’s got tons of things for families to do
together, whether it’s planned activities or parks and playgrounds. It’s got its own sports teams, its own civic center. There’s no way I can name everything great about it. If I wrote for days, I’d still miss something — it’s that jam-packed. Often I’ll hear Glens Falls praised for its location between Saratoga Springs and Lake George, and that it’s close to Boston and New York City, but there’s so much that’s going on right here. There are many times that I’ve been at a concert, a downtown festival, a farmers’ market, or stumbled across people doing medieval reenactments in the park and thought to myself, “I can’t believe I just walked here from my house, that this is going on only a couple blocks away.” And beyond that, Glens Falls is big enough to be exciting and small enough to be personal. I’ve often been at a community meeting, a friend’s art show, or seen somebody reading The Chronicle and thought, “Wow. Not only is this an amazing place, but I’m a part of it.” Besides so much going on, this city’s got history. Looking at old photos of Glens Falls with its opera houses, trolley, factories and shops feels like looking at photos of my own ancestors, though I’m
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from Vermont originally. You can see the components that made it what it is today; how its face morphed and what traits remained through the years. The spirit of Glens Falls is consistent: a shining beacon of business and culture, hard-working and tight-knit, and with some incredible architecture to boot. I know people who have become regulars at certain businesses. I know those business owners hire the regulars when they need some extra dough. It’s a warm give and take, a safety net of open arms. There are organizations who are happy to welcome you and your ideas to their board. This is how I’ve formed meaningful friendships in town — nding these jewels in the community where a built-in set of friends is waiting for you to jump in and be a part of something. It truly is magical. I’ve lived here less than ve years but I can’t walk downtown without bumping into ve people I know or stopping for a conversation about some community event or project. It becomes familiar, but when I imagine it through a visitor’s eyes, I’m dazzled. Glens Falls is a vibrant city and it welcomes newcomers with open arms. This is home to me because of that. I hope this helps you, visitor, to feel the same.
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In 2008, the City of Glens Falls signed a contract with Global Spectrum to manage the city-owned Civic Center. Global Spectrum is a subsidiary of Comcast Spectacor, one of the world’s largest sports and entertainment firms and the owner of the Philadelphia Flyers National Hockey League team and Philadelphia 76ers National Basketball Association team, among many other interests. Things have been popping at the Glens Falls Civic Center lately. After a 10-year absence, Glens Falls has an American Hockey League team again, the The Adirondack Adirondack Phantoms, Phantoms will the Philadelphia Flyers’ be here again top minor-league team. for the 2010The Phantoms have 2011 season. drawn an average of more than 4,000 fans a game and have committed to continue in Glens Falls for the 2010-2011 season. Comedians Jeff Dunham and Larry the Cable Guy have played the Civic Center, both shows selling out so quickly that a second performance was added for each. The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Harlem Globetrotters have come, too. Upcoming: Disney on Ice (April 15-18), Monster Trucks (May 1415), rock concerts by Alice in Chains (May 19) and Megadeath and Slayer (Aug. 11), women’s pro tennis featuring Serena Williams and Martina Hingis (July 9). Info: www.glensfallscc.com.
This summer at the Hyde: Andrew Wyeth, 30 works from Maine & more
Chronicle managing editor Cathy DeDe writes: Following up on last
summer’s blockbuster Degas & Music show, the Hyde Collection’s major 2010 summer exhibition is Andrew Wyeth: An American Legend. Hyde executive director David Setford and deputy director Erin Coe curated the show, in association with the Farnsworth Art Museum of Rockport, Maine. It won’t include Wyeth’s “Christina’s World” — which rarely travels — but it will have more than 30 pieces from the Farnsworth collection, the Hyde’s own Wyeth watercolor, “The Ledge and the Island” (1937), and other works on loan from museums and private collections. The Hyde also plans to host numerous lectures, art shows and performances in conjunction with the show, both inhouse and in collaboration with area arts groups.
Andrew Wyeth’s 1944 painting ‘Turkey Pond,’ a Tempera on panel from the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockport, Maine (gift of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Wyeth in memory of Walter Anderson). The show opens on Sunday, June 12, and continues until Sept. 5. There will be a special $10 admission fee for this exhibit, $5 for museum
members. The Hyde is located on Warren Street, east of downtown Glens Falls. Info: 792-1761 or www.hydecollection. org.
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She says: So much to do here! By Cathy DeDe
To understand Glens Falls is to know that ours is the smallest city in the country with its own professional orchestra (Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra), that we boast a world-class art museum with a permanent collection that raises even the highest-brow eyebrows (The Hyde Collection), and that civic leaders rolled up their sleeves to raise the $3 millionplus needed to transform the former Five-and-Dime in the center of town into a thriving performing arts center (The Charles R. Wood Theater). And that’s just the beginning…
Hyde is world-class
The Hyde Collection, at 161 Warren Street is a world-class art museum housed in the Italianate former house and courtyard of Charlotte and Louis Hyde (similar to The Gardner in Boston, or The Cloisters in New York City). The permanent collection includes works by Rembrandt, Picasso, Rubens, among others, plus modern masterpieces. Changing exhibitions highlight classic and modern art and artifacts. A mustsee. Admission is by $5 donation. Special exhibits such as this summer’s Andrew Wyeth show require a paid ticket. Hyde House is closed for roof repair through May 23; the Wood Gallery is closed March 29 to April 10. Info: 792-1761 or www.hydecollection.org.
History at the Chapman
The Chapman Historical Museum, at 348 Glen Street, includes tours of a historic Victorian-era house and changing exhibits about Glens Falls and regional history. Theirs is the second-largest collection of historic works by native son, pioneering Adirondack photographer and entrepreneur extraordinaire Seneca Ray Stoddard. The gift shop has an extensive collection of regional-interest books. Admission is by donation. 7932826 or www.chapmanmuseum.org.
‘World’ museum for kids
The World Awareness Children’s Museum aims to re-open at its brandnew, permanent location at 89 Warren Street, as soon as it completes its Capital Campaign, perhaps by the end of this year. For now, contact WACM for info about art exhibits and children’s events, inspired by its collection of art by children from around the world, at other nearby locations. 793-2773 or www. worldchildrensmuseum.org.
Signature Wood Theater The Charles R. Wood Theater, at 207 Glen Street is a centerpiece downtown destination. Civic and business leaders’
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efforts transformed the former Five-andDime Woolworths store into a $3.5 million, 300-seat performing arts center. The eye-catching modern interior design still retains the building’s old-time cinder block feel. Resident companies include the Adirondack Theatre Festival summer Equity company and the Glens Falls Community Theatre, with guest performances by dance companies, several Adirondack regional theaters, touring musical groups from folk to jazz artists, and other special events. 798-9663 or www.woodtheater.org.
Gutsy Adk. Theatre Fest
The Adirondack Theatre Festival presents four professional shows featuring Equity cast and crew at the Wood Theater, this year from June 23 to July 31. ATF’s beat is newer, sometimes groundbreaking shows and world premieres. Coming in 2010: A backstage musical about Gene Kelly’s Singin’ in the Rain; a new play about a vacationing divorcee who stumbles upon a nude male sunbather in the Adirondacks; a two-person murder-mystery musical comedy; musical cabaret; and more. 798-7479 or www. atfestival.org.
Theatre group turns 75
The storied Glens Falls Community Theater amateur group celebrates its 75th anniversary of “putting on a show” on Nov. 6, 2010. Offerings range from full-blown musicals and classic comedies to audience participation murder-mystery dinner theater, and their offshoot etc company’s readings and productions of newer, edgier stuff. 792-1740 or www. gfcommunitytheatre.org. Newer on the block is Wrightstage, an amateur company that stages smaller,
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Our professional orchestra The Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra performs several concerts each season, including Mahler’s tremendous Symphony No. 1, the “Titan,” on May 9, as well as a free outdoor pops concert in Crandall Park on the Fourth of July. 792-1348 or www.gfso.org.
Chamber music, too
The de Blasiis Chamber Music Series (touted as the longest continuously run chamber series in the country) performs on select Mondays at the Hyde Collection. The Lake George Chamber Orchestra plays on select Sundays at the Hyde.
LARAC’s art gallery
LARAC, the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council, has its Lapham Gallery in the former Lapham family carriage house on City Park in downtown Glens Falls. The Gallery has changing themed exhibits by area artists and ne artisans, plus a small shop with jewelry, gifts, music and books by local artists and artisans. 798-1144 or www.larac.org.
Former factory, arts hotbed Find The Shirt Factory at Lawrence and Cooper Streets on the more industrial east side of town. Low rents and excellent light from the huge windows of this
historic building that once housed the hugely productive Troy Shirt Factory have enticed dozens of area artists to set up studios and galleries here. Other tenants include a tea shop, a quilt store, an art supply shop and several yoga, massage and other healing arts businesses. Not everyone is open all the time, but it’s a fascinating place to wander. Galleries of note include bjsartworks, the Tom Myott Gallery, and the Buttondown Gallery coop of Shirt Factory artists. Open houses are planned periodically during the year. Info: www.shirtfactorygf.com.
‘3rd Thursdays’ for art
The Third Thursday Glens Falls Art Walk is offered on the third Thursday of each month, from May through October. Find exhibits and artist receptions in galleries, storefronts, lobbies and other public spaces throughout downtown Glens Falls (and beyond), plus live music, readings, family activites, wine tastings and more. This year, they’re adding free, family-friendly outdoor movie screenings on an inatable screen in the Lapham Place alley! www.glensfallsartwalk.com.
Other galleries to find
Find numerous independent art galleries around town, including Michael George’s 6 Pine Street Gallery, and the May Gallery on Bay Street. The North Country Arts Center stages exhibits in
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Two movie houses!
At Aimie’s Dinner & Movie, at 190 Glen Street, have a meal or dessert while watching a movie in one of the two theaters that feature intimate booth seating on on several levels. Featured are rst- and second-run movies that won’t likely make it to the cineplex at the mall. Cost includes movie admission and a minimum food/drink charge. 792-8181 or www.aimiesdinnerandmovie.com Find the Park Street Theater at 14 Park Street, in a renovated old theater, one of four long-lamented former 1940sera theaters from Glens Falls’ earlier heyday. The Park no longer has its classic sloped seating, but recently re-upped as a movie theater, screening rst- and second-run lms, plus an occasional concert or other performing arts event. 793-2600.
Farmer’s Market, all year Two Glens Falls Farmers’ Markets operate on Saturday mornings, yearround. The winter market runs through April 24 at Christ Church United Methodist on the corner of Washington and Bay Streets. The more extensive summer market is held under the South Street pavilion from May to November. Special events such as Strawberry and Pumpkin Festivals are planned. Info: www.glensfallsfarmersmarket.com.
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McMullen dresses, made in Glens Falls, were America’s leading ready-to-wear women’s fashion in the mid-20th century. Photo by George Philip Sauter, courtesy the Chapman Historical Museum.
Even after dress manufacturing ended, men’s dress shirts still were made in this factory well into the 1980’s. Now the building, on the corner of Lawrence and Cooper Streets, is being redeveloped as The Shirt Factory, housing artists, a tea shop, yoga, quilt and art supply shops and more. (See their ad on page 23.) A similar transition has happened at Union Square, too (ad on page 31).
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Early Glens Falls papermakers. (Note that they worked in bare feet.) Photo courtesy Finch Paper and the Crandall Public Library Folklife Center
Industrial enterprises built from scratch that continue for decades, even more than a century, are a big part of Glens Falls’s tradition. Finch has been making paper since 1904. Local banking, cement, limestone & chemical businesses all go back 100+ years.
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‘U.S. News & World’ touts Glens Falls as 1 of top 10 real estate markets By Mark Frost
Glens Falls will be one of the 10 best housing markets in the next decade, says U.S. News & World Report in its March 2010 “Money Guide” issue. The story says, “Home prices in the area will increase an average of more than 7 percent a year over the next 10 years, Moody’s Economy.com projects.” Glens Falls ranked second on the list, just behind Silverdale, Washington, and just ahead of Corvallis, Oregon, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. The article referred to the greater Glens Falls market, encompassing 130,000 people. It said the market’s median home price is $178,950. The story touts Glens Falls’s proximity to the Adirondack Mountains and “beautiful Lake George”; its status as “the catheter valley” because of “its thriving medical device manufacturing industry”; popularity as a “lower-cost alternative to
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nearby Saratoga County”; and its being “a bedroom community for the state capital of Albany.” An online version of the article quotes Todd Shimkus, president of the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce, touting downtown: “It is staggering to see $65 million for a new wing of a hospital, $17 million for new library, $25 million for a downtown townhouse project, $4 million for a corporate headquarters for Barton Mines, $3.5 million for a theater downtown, [and] $500,000 for a downtown park.” The other markets listed in the top 10 were, in order, Decatur, Ill., Duluth, Minn., Charleston, S.C., Pittsburgh, Fort Collins, Colo., and Charlotte, N.C.
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Chronicle managing editor Cathy DeDe writes: • Explore!, at 103 Warren Street, is an indoor “playground” with activities for young children and their families, including a pirate ship and castle, indoor maze, ball room and nature center. Admission fee charged. 793-7803 or www.exploreinglensfalls.com. • Bay Street Bead Works, 88 Bay Street. Make your own jewelry on site (or purchase beads to bring home), with options for all ages. 798-2323 or www. baystreetbeadworks.com.
Enjoy the architecture, lots to be discovered!
The Sherman House, corner of Glen Street and Sherman Avenue, was built in 1844 by Augustus Sherman, one of Glens Photos by Frost & Woodworth Falls’s earliest lumber barons. The Exchange Street Plaza streetscape between Davidson’s restaurant and Aimie’s Dinner & Movie. The handsome B.B. Fowler building at right went up in 1903 after the fire of 1902 and housed Fowler’s great dept. store through the mid-20th century.
“Perhaps the oldest extant in the central business district,” Milk & Honey’s two buildings on Exchange Street are pre-Civil War.
The William McEchron house (1891), at the corner of Maple and Ridge Streets, was donated by the family to the City of Glens Falls, which now unable to care for it, plans to sell it for major renovation into a steakhouse.
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‘Have a Seat’ this summer in downtown Glens Falls
Chicago had its painted cows, Saratoga Springs has its berglass horses — and this summer, downtown Glens Falls will be dotted with Adirondack chairs, each one uniquely decorated by a regional artist. The promotion is called “Have a Seat in Glens Falls,” running from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Meanwhile, area youths are invited to decorate miniature Adirondack chairs for a display at Crandall Public Library. (Info: 792-6508.) On Sept. 15, the ‘The Track,’ by Janine Thomas, full-size chairs will be recalls the historic Broadacres auctioned at a party at race track in Glens Falls. the Queensbury Hotel. Proceeds benet Crandall Public Library and the Glens Falls Business Improvement District’s efforts to renovate City Park. Info: www.haveaseatglensfalls.com.
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Glens Falls’ heritage: Enterprise & philanthropy To understand how Glens Falls works and has long thrived as a community, my view is that you need to understand that
Boston Red Sox co-owner Phil Morse brought the 2004 World Series trophy to Glens Falls. Mark Frost photo
The philanthropy isn’t just by the elite. Local grass-roots support for community fund-raisers here is astounding. The annual Marathon Dance by the students and community of South Glens Falls High School raised $283,407 this year alone. The students choose the beneciaries.
it’s long been propelled by two traits: enterprise and philanthropy. Glens Falls people didn’t wait passively hoping jobs would arrive; they built pioneering companies from scratch in a host of industries — from papermaking and the manufacture of cement, pigment and
Enduring business triumphs, built from scratch, matched by lasting generosity to the community.
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medical devices to amusement parks, computerized TV listings, insurance, banking and apparel. Many of those businesses prospered for generations and a surprising number continue to operate today. But as important as their nancial success was what many of their owners did with their wealth — they shared it with the greater community. There are many more benefactors beyond the three you see featured on this page.
At the age of 26 in 1969, Phil Morse of Glens Falls started NAMIC, a medical device manufacturer. When he sold it to Pfizer 25 years later, Mr. Morse’s share of the $165-million price amounted to $83-million. Mr. Morse and his wife Sue, a Glens Falls native and long-time school board member, donated the money to create the school’s Morse Athletic Field complex, the envy of student athletes around the region. Other Morse beneficiaries include the Glens Falls YMCA and the University of Maine, where the Morses met as students. Maine’s football team plays on Morse field. Mr. Morse also became part-owner in his beloved Boston Red Sox baseball team. NAMIC, now owned by a company called Navilyst, continues to employ hundreds and manufacture medical devices in Glens Falls.
Henry Crandall is a prime example
Born illegitimately in 1821, he grew up poor on the east side of Lake George but went on to make a fortune as a lumberman. He retired in 1880 at age 59, and turned to philanthropy until his death in 1913. Crandall gave Glens Falls its library, the expansive Crandall Park and a large part of what is now City Park. He and his wife Betsey, in their will, funded a still ongoing trust with the directive: “to do the most good to the greatest number of people.”
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Photo courtesy Crandall Public Library Center for Folklife, History & Cultural Programs
Phil Morse launched medical device maker, gave Glens Falls school athletic field complex
Charley Wood created The Great Escape, gave many millions of dollars
Even before Disneyland opened in California, entrepreneur Charles R. Wood had launched Storytown, U.S.A. in Lake George. The park, later renamed, The Great Escape, thrived as did many other Wood ventures. Mr. Wood, who died at age 90 in 2004, was just as energetic and ambitious in his philanthropy as he was in his business. With the actor Paul Newman, he started the Hole in the Woods Ranch, a free vacation camp for critically ill children in Lake Luzerne. Glens Falls has the Charles R. Wood Theater, the Charles R. Wood Cancer Center, the Charles R. Wood Gallery at the Hyde Collection art museum and the Charles R. Wood Children’s Room at Crandall Public Library. His generosity continues in large amounts even after his death. Last year alone the Charles Wood Foundation made $1.58-million in grants throughout the Lake George region — his philosophy was to extend his largesse to all the places the theme park drew customers from. “I made my money here and I want it to help people here,” Mr. Wood told The Chronicle newspaper.
We’re glad to have you visit...we’d love to have you stay! Glens Falls is a fabulous place... To live... • Friendly people • Excellent, neighborhood schools • Tremendous quality of life • Events, facilities, fun!
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Chronicle editor Mark Frost opines:
In a recent era where one New York governor resigned in disgrace and another is under criminal investigation, where a comptroller likewise quit under a cloud and where the former Senate Majority Leader was convicted of corruption, wouldn’t it be great if Charles Evans Hughes could again emerge in New York? Born in Glens Falls (his house on Center Street, just off Maple, bears a historical plaque), Hughes was legendary for his integrity. His success in uncovering and cleansing corruption in the insurance and utility industries propelled him to state and national prominence. In 1906 Hughes won the governorship, defeating the newspaper mogul
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William Randolph Hearst, inspiration for the movie Citizen Kane. In 1910 Hughes was appointed by President Taft to the U.S. Supreme Court. Six years later, Hughes resigned to run for President against Woodrow
Corruption-fighter born in Glens Falls was New York governor, Chief Justice of Supreme Court, nearly President Wilson. It was a cliffhanger. Wilson won 277 electoral votes, Hughes 254. Hughes was so esteemed, though, that he was reappointed to the Supreme Court, this time as its Chief
Photo: Crandall Public Library Folklife Center
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St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church
Welcomes visitors to Glens Falls and the North Country!
Join us for Mass during your visit to the Adirondack region: Weekend Masses: Sat. Vigil 4:00 P.M., Sun. 8:00 & 10:00 A.M. Weekday Masses: Tues.–Sat. 8:30 A.M. Reconciliation/Confessions: Sat. 3:00–3:45 P.M. Conveniently located on Rt. 9
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62 Warren St., Glens Falls Daily Mass (M-F): 8:05 a.m. Weekend Mass(es): Sat. 4 p.m. Vigil; Sun. 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m. Rev. Joseph Manerowski www.stmarysglensfalls.org (518) 792-0989
It was 30 years ago that The Chronicle newspaper was launched. At the right of this photo, that’s Russ Barber’s Bingo balloon. The Chronicle has proudly sponsored Russ and his balloons for decades at the Adirondack Balloon Festival. (Note The Chronicle banner.)
Photo by Mike Borgos on that memorably misty Saturday morning launch of the 2009 Adirondack Balloon Festival.
We’re definitely in the mood to celebrate! We had $1,700 and a dream when we launched The Chronicle in September 1980. Its survival, let alone its success, was a long-shot. But survive and prosper it did — because greater Glens Falls-Lake George, the northern New York State region, gave flight to it. Thank you! To our readers, to our advertisers, to our outlets, to our staff and freelancers past and present, to all our friends — thanks.
We’ll publish a 30th Anniversary Chronicle in September. And during Labor Day Weekend,
please join us on Saturday, Sept. 4, for a Chronicle Picnic at Crandall Park Pavilion in Glens Falls!
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Beyond everything else, there is just the natural wonder and splendor of life in the lower Adirondack region. Mark Frost photo
Photo by Gerry Lemmo
The Glen Street elm
Time was when Glens Falls’s main street was lined with draping, lovely elm trees. Now only one remains, a beauty at the north city line. Every spring brings hope and fear: Will it leaf out or finally succumb to Dutch elm disease? — Mark Frost
Summer baseball, too The Glens Falls Golden Eagles play at East Field from June 6 to July 28 in the New York Collegiate Baseball League. This year, the team will also host the NYCBL All-Star Game, on
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Monday, July 12, in conjunction with the 30th anniversary celebration of the stadium. Season tickets cost $90; single admission costs $5. Info: 7924100 or www.glensfallsgoldeneagles. Cathy DeDe photo com.
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