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Fall Festival at the Adirondack Museum

September 14th, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Adirondack MuseumJoin the Adirondack Museum for the annual Fall Festival on Saturday, September 29, 2012. The festival will include fantastic fall fun for every member of the family with pumpkin painting, wagon and pony rides, apple cider pressing, arts and crafts, music and much more.

Visitors of all ages can climb aboard a rustic wagon, take a seat on a hay bale, and enjoy a leisurely ride around the museum’s grounds. Young children can enjoy a pony ride on center campus with Circle B Ranch. A 4-season ranch located in Chestertown, N.Y., Circle B Ranch is open year round. For more information visit:

Fall Festival at the Adirondack MuseumJoin award-winning singer/songwriter Erica Wheeler for camp songs throughout the day. Ms. Wheeler will offer a journey through songs that were written by people who have worked and played in the Adirondacks. From campfire sing-a-longs, to railroad and logging songs, Wheeler will combine her own songs and stories with traditional ones from the area. Erica’s programs have a way of helping people appreciate their “sense of place” more deeply and see familiar places through fresh new eyes. Sets will take place at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.

Activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fall Festival include: pumpkin painting (while supplies last), apple cider pressing and cider samples (also while supplies last), and fantastic fall crafts.

This event takes place on National Smithsonian Museum Day. Go to the Smithsonian Magazine website, print the coupon and visit us for free during our Fall Festival!

Media sponsorship of the Fall Festival is provided by Kids Out and

The Adirondack Museum, accredited by the American Association of Museums, shares the history and culture of the Adirondack region in 22 exhibits on a 32-acre campus in the Central Adirondacks. The museum is supported in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency. For additional information, visit or call (518) 352-7311.

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Check out Wild Center Discovery Passes Now Available at Clinton, Essex, and Franklin County Libraries

June 18th, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Wild Center LogoTupper Lake, NY – Next time you’re at your local library checking out that new bestseller and picking up some books for the kids, why not check out Wild Center Discovery Passes at the same time? The Wild Center, working with the Clinton Essex Franklin Library System (CEFLS), aims to be a vital part of the community and be accessible to those in the local community who may not be able to come to the museum.

The 11 libraries in the CEFLS will each receive two Discovery Passes to lend to those with library cards, just as one would borrow a book. Borrow the Discovery Pass, bring it to The Wild Center admissions desk and enjoy all that The Wild Center has to offer from Animal Encounters to The Pines playground, Naturalists Cabinet and of course, the otters. The Discovery Pass includes free admission for one family (2 adults and their dependent children), including special Fests. It does not include special Back of House tours or Canoe trips where additional fees are charged. It may be borrowed for up to four days and there are no reserves, holds or renewals.

“The Discovery Pass is a boon to local families who are looking to explore The Wild Center this summer,” said Ewa Jankowska, Director of the CEFLS in Plattsburgh. “CEFLS is excited to collaborate in this project that will let families get familiar with a terrific local resource. As information centers for small communities, local libraries are standing by to connect patrons with a great experience that is right in their own back yards.”

Public libraries throughout the CEFLS three county service area are gearing up for summer reading fun. “Many of our member public libraries have extensive collections of local history and nature books for all ages and what they don’t have, we can get for them,” Jankowska adds. “As part of our ‘Dream Big Read!’ summer reading activities, we’ll be working with local libraries to follow up the Discovery Pass experience by providing and promoting related books, e-books, and special programs.”

Susanna Carey, Director of the Au Sable Forks Free Library is thrilled for this opportunity to offer free family passes to The Wild Center. “Having had the good fortune to visit before I know that it is a delightful place that combines learning and adventure for all ages,” said Carey. “The pass will allow patrons from our library who have not yet had a chance to explore the Center to do so, and hopefully they will share their experience with other future visitors. Or perhaps it will provide people with a chance to return and take advantage of the special events on offer. I believe that this venture between The Wild Center and public/free libraries is an exciting one which hopefully will enlighten the summer of many!”

“The Wild Center and CEFLS each seek to be educational resources for the community, as well as necessary centers for lifelong learning,” said Stephanie Ratcliffe, Executive Director of The Wild Center. “We’re building on a natural partnership and connecting with members of our three local counties. We want to ensure that everyone who wants to experience The Wild Center can.”

The Wild Center hopes to add more libraries to the program in the future.

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Adirondack Museum offers Free Admission to Active Military

May 22nd, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Blue Star Museums offers free admission to active duty military, with up to five family members.

Blue Mountain Lake, NY – Today the Adirondack Museum announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,500 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2012. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The complete list of participating museums is available at

Adirondack Museum“The Adirondack Museum is pleased to participate in the Blue Star Museums program for a third consecutive year,” said David M. Kahn, Executive Director of the Adirondack Museum. “This program is a terrific way to recognize our service men and women, and their families.”

“Through Blue Star Museums, the arts community is extending a special invitation to military families to enjoy over 1,500 museums this summer,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “This is both an opportunity to thank military families for their service and sacrifice, as well as a chance to create connections between museums and these families that will continue throughout the year. Especially for families with limited time together, those on a limited budget, and ones that have to relocate frequently, Blue Star Museums offers an opportunity to enjoy one another and become more fully integrated into a community.”
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“As we enter the third consecutive year of the Blue Star Museums program, we are happy provide an opportunity for our nation’s service members and their families to connect with our national treasures,” said Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet. “Through this distinctive collaboration between Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts and more than 1,500 museums across the United States, military families have an unparalleled opportunity to visit some of the country’s finest museums for free.”

This year, more than 1,500 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative, including more than 300 new museums this year. Museums are welcome to join Blue Star Museums throughout the summer. The effort to recruit museums has involved the partnership efforts of the American Association of Museums, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Association of Children’s Museums, the American Association of State and Local History, and the Association of Science-Technology Centers. This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and 70 children’s museums. Among this year’s new participants are the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar in Richmond, Virginia, the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo, NM, the Cleveland Botanical Garden in Cleveland, Ohio, the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco, California, the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas, and the World Figure Skating Museum & Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

About Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,500 museums across America. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 28, 2012 through Labor Day, September 3, 2012. The free admission program is available to active-duty military and their family members (military ID holder and up to five family members). Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members. Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. To find out which museums are participating, visit The site includes a list of participating museums and a map to help with visit planning.

The Adirondack Museum, accredited by the American Association of Museums, offers 65,000 square feet of exciting exhibitions housed in twenty-two modern and historic buildings. Visitors can explore how people have lived, worked, traveled, and played in the Adirondacks from the 19th century up to today. The museum is supported in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency. For additional information, visit or call (518) 352-7311.

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