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Adirondack Life

Adirondack Life

May/June 2020

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2 min.

ALL THE FEELS Just finished reading your “Feel Good Issue” (April 2020) cover to cover. We love our Adirondack Mountains. Debra Shaver via Facebook REALITY CHECK I picked up your “Feel Good Issue,” hoping it might be a welcomed antidote to winter storms and depressing national news, but instead it set my adrenaline afire. While it is comforting to hear about the return of the brook trout to an Adirondack lake which was “fishless for decades,” it is downright dangerous to let ourselves bathe in that complacency without facing the reality that the Trump administration is hard at work dismantling the environmental regulations, 90 of them according to The New York Times, that made it all possible. The EPA, currently run by former fossil fuel executives and lobbyists, has rescinded regulations which cut harmful emissions…

3 min.
seeing clearly

Ten o’clock on a Friday night we rode the escalator up, out of Pennsylvania Station in New York City. We’d made the two and a half–hour drive from our home in the Adirondacks to the Amtrak station outside of Albany, then another two-plus hours into Manhattan. We’d hurried from our train, packs on our backs, my daughter clutching my arm as we wove through the crush of people, many of them hockey fans in their teams’ jerseys, amped up after a game in Madison Square Garden. This trip was part of an early birthday celebration—Big Apple–style—for my nine-year-old. We were on our way to a friend’s apartment, our weekend base camp for excursions around the city. On the escalator, just as the chaos of 34th Street came into view, the man standing…

2 min.
northern lights

Petal Pusher Since 2016, floral designer Linda D’Arco has been dazzling Adirondack brides and selling out farmers’ markets with the specialty blooms she grows on her Jay farm. In a series of workshops starting in May, the Little Farmhouse Flowers proprietor shares her botanical and creative expertise. The one- to two-day classes include a Mother’s Day design workshop, May 9, and a July session on sustainable floristry (D’Arco was recently named one of four U.S. founding ambassadors to the newly formed international Sustainable Floristry Network). For more information visit www.littlefarmhouseflowers.com. Walk the Walk Show your love for the great outdoors on National Trails Day, June 6. Sign up to volunteer with the Adirondack Mountain Club (www.adk.org) on one of their projects around Heart Lake, in Lake Placid, or join the annual hike with retired…

4 min.
freedom summer

The son of an Adirondack pack peddler once told me his father knew the woods by memories of kindness, or its absence. From this farmhouse the young immigrant could hope for a seat at a kitchen table, maybe a plate of something warm. From that one, a pack of mean dogs snatching at his heels. And that was the map he went by, the one that showed the way. I know people who map the Adirondacks by their favorite vernal ponds, or swimming holes, or trails where they can run a dog off leash. Cyclist, barfly, bird lover, curator of epic views—they all have maps that don’t match anything in print. Nobody’s Adirondacks belongs to anybody else. Political economist Robert Reich—Secretary of Labor for President Bill Clinton, part of the Ford…

2 min.
red brick cafe

When Tim Bryant bought an old storefront overlooking Port Henry’s Main Street in 2011, the place had been abandoned for years—and it looked it. A wall had fallen in; part of the floor had collapsed. But Bryant was charmed by the circa-1915 Italianate-style building, and he knew that he might be its only hope. “If someone with a big heart didn’t take it on, it would be gone,” he says. After working overseas for decades, Bryant had moved back to his hometown to be closer to extended family, bringing along his wife, Irina, and three children. Perched on Lake Champlain and a short drive from the High Peaks, Port Henry looked like an ideal spot to raise kids. But Tim saw that something was missing in town—“a little corner,” he says,…

5 min.
falling star

If you are seeking a novel form of entertainment,” counseled the Duluth Evening Herald in 1897, “you must follow New York’s lead and give an ‘Indian tea.’” The event’s success, it added, would depend upon having a Native American like New York City’s Falling Star in “full Indian regalia” on hand to manage the tea table. Anne Paul Denis Fuller, or Falling Star, as she called herself, was an Abenaki woman from Lake Luzerne who became a New York City media sensation between 1897 and 1900. The New York Times interviewed her. A photographer for the New York World posed her in a variety of traditional clothes for a Sunday-edition photo spread. The New York Sun sent a journalist to Lake Luzerne to report on her family life. Articles about her…