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Travel & Outdoor
Adirondack Life

Adirondack Life

January/February 2020

Get Adirondack Life digital magazine subscription today and discover stunning photography and insightful articles on Adirondack Park recreation, history, architecture, arts, food, personalities and communities from Lake Placid and North Creek to Old Forge and Lake George. Learn about this treasured territory of mountains, rivers, valleys and lakes where life is in balance with wilderness.

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8 Issues

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1 min.
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PUBLISHING TEAM CIRCULATION DIRECTOR Lisa Lincoln CONTROLLER Joni Manning EDITOR-AT-LARGE Elizabeth Folwell EDITORIAL EDITOR Annie Stoltie SENIOR EDITORS Lisa Bramen, Niki Kourofsky DESIGNER Mark Mahorsky CONTRIBUTORS Nancie Battaglia, Mark Bowie, Carrie Marie Burr, Joe Connelly, Luke Cyphers, Johnathan Esper, Lisa J. Godfrey, Daesha Devón Harris, Carl Heilman II, Jamie West McGiver, Curt Stager, Mark Wilson ADVERTISING MANAGER Linda Bedard SALES Jo’el Kramer, Chelsea Nye COORDINATOR Karly Garren DESIGN AND PRODUCTION Marty Kilburn PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Matt Paul CIRCULATION CIRCULATION DIRECTOR Lisa Lincoln BUSINESS BUSINESS AND HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGER Janine Sorrell CALENDAR AND WHOLESALE MARKETING Janine Sorrell, Karly Garren OFFICE MANAGER Cynthia Douglas SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE 800-877-5530 BUSINESS OFFICE 518-946-2191 FAX 518-946-7461 ADVERTISING 518-946-2191 or adsales@adirondacklife.com…

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SENSORY MAGIC I absolutely loved your 50th Anniversary Issue, in particular “Sensory Fieldwork” by Christopher Shaw. I too arrived in the Adirondacks in the ’50s when things were quieter and not so “busy.” I recall running from a hermit on the Whiteface trail, being mesmerized by beaver building dams up Whiteface Brook, pulling rainbow trout from a crystal clear lake, and of course … those haunting loon cries at dusk. At 78 I am lucky enough to still relish the sensory fabric that Mr. Shaw describes so well. Thank you. Bob Hunsicker via email CLOSING THOUGHTS Great photos and articles (50th Anniversary Issue). I especially appreciated Elizabeth Folwell’s “Following a Thread” and the closing Postscript quote by Martha Reben. It’s the perfect final thought about the Adirondacks! Thank you. Bob Schott via Facebook OUR BETTER ANGELS I was moved by…

4 min.
a graves situation

President Grover Cleveland stood on the second-floor veranda of Henry and Kate Graves’s mansion in Au Sable Forks and likely told the crowd, waving hand-sized American flags on the lawn below, that company towns like theirs were the pride of the nation. That August day must have been one to remember—the elegant three-story Victorian as backdrop for the 22nd Commander in Chief and his new bride, 21-year-old Frances Folsom. This was a social stop on the couple’s journey to Saranac Inn for a month-long summer vacation. According to an 1886 New York Times article, the president would fish and “transact the least possible amount of official business.” The Graves showpiece on Rome Street was unlike the region’s other grand estates—often twiggy, antler-clad marvels of lakeside architecture, out of sight to all except…

2 min.
art of winter

Living in the Adirondacks gives artist Diane Leifheit an infinite supply of subject matter. “One could fall out of their car on the side of the road and find something to paint,” she notes on her website, dianeleifheit.com—and the North Country’s ever-changing weather only adds to the variety. Leifheit’s solo exhibition Speaking of Seasons at View Arts Center, in Old Forge, showcases pastels from the plein-air sessions she favors spring through fall, though the winter scenes are completed in her Paul Smiths studio. Leifheit is also the judge for Wintry Mix: Art of Ice and Snow, an exhibition at View of recent works in any medium by regional artists. Both shows continue through January 11. Visit viewarts.org for more information. EYES ON THE PRIZE Each year, publications from New Mexico to Newfoundland gather…

7 min.
class dismissed

Last fall, for the first time since the Inlet Common School opened in the early 1900s, its two tiny, red-roofed buildings overlooking the Fulton Chain’s Fifth Lake were empty. In the four classrooms, clusters of diminutive desks, tables and chairs and a pile of colored stability balls—which the fourth and fifth graders chose over conventional chairs—sat quietly; books and games still crowded the shelves and assorted musical instruments were stacked against a wall. One day a week, the school’s former superintendent, principal and third- and fourth-grade teacher, Chris Holt, visits the facility to make sure things are in order while the board of education decides what to do with the buildings. On March 28, 2019, the Inlet Common School District voted—93 to 62—to transfer its students to the Town of Webb…

3 min.
becks tavern

We wanted a ski cabin but we bought a hotel,” said Matt Parobeck, 45, who owns Becks Tavern and Gore Mountain Lodge with his older brother, Mark, and younger brother, Douglas, all avid downhillers and devotees of Gore. “Once I brought my children here, the rest was history,” said Mark. “I fell in love with the glades from day one. And it is a perfect family mountain.” The 13-acre Valhaus property in North Creek had been a roadside motel about as close to the state-owned ski area as you can get and was ripe for a whole new gestalt when the Parobecks purchased it in 2013. After extensive renovations that reconfigured basic units into rooms designed for a family of four, the lodge was launched six months later. In June 2017 Becks…