December 14, 2011
Dan Berggren (www.berggrenfolk.com) is an award-winning educator and musician who grew up in the Adirondacks and has been entertaining audiences for more than 35 years while producing albums with his recording company, Sleeping Giant Records. His songs come from the stories of friends and neighbors and focus on human nature, love, hard work, failure and success.
Casey Filiaci (caseyfiliaci.com/home.htm) is an accomplished composer, arranger, pianist and producer who resides in Pittsford, NY, and whose credits include HBO's Main Movie Theme, NBC Olympic Themes, multiple Silver Mic and Telly awards for his jingles, and two Emmy nominations for “Best Sports Music.” His only goal is to create music in a variety of musical genres that will deliver memorable results.
Dan Duggan (www.esperanceproductions.com/index.html), a national hammered dulcimer champion and award-winning composer, is recognized from Maine to California for his wizardry on the instrument; his Esperance Recording Studio specializes in Acoustic Music. The Erie Daily Times calls the music produced by his studio as “timeless . . . the sort which restores your soul.”
Peggy Lynn (www.quercusmusic.com/index.html), singer, songwriter and arts educator, brings an infectious enthusiasm to all her endeavors. With a sultry, yet powerful alto voice, she gives a clear message of the passion underlying her songs: the contributions and burdens of women. Her music ranges from folksy to blues with equal ease, alone or harmonizing with others. Her honors include the Arthur E. Newkirk Education award from the Adirondack Mountain Club in 2005.
“I Am the Adirondacks" is Carl Heilman II's (www.carlheilman.com) most recent, digital, multi-image production and is an evocative, visual journey that speaks of our relationship with wilderness and our spiritual connection with the Earth as we venture into the spectacular landscapes of nature and find wonder in the details. Carl has photographed the Adirondacks for more than 30 years, working to meld his passion for wildness into his landscape and panoramic photography (www.naturepanoramas.com). His work has been presented on regional PBS stations and has been published in many national and regional publications, including his coffee table books: The Coast of Maine (2009), Lake George (2009), Backroads of New York (2007), The Adirondacks (2006), Our New York (2006), Wild New York (2005), and Adirondacks: Views of An American Wilderness (1999). His highly acclaimed, digital, panoramic presentation, "The Wild Adirondacks," is shown daily at The Wild Center Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks in Tupper Lake.
This magical evening will conclude with sales of CDs from the musicians, plus DVDs, posters, books, Adirondack puzzles and calendars from Carl.
6:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Holiday Social
Join ADKers for refreshments and conversation. As is always the case, ADKers will be on hand to describe the doings of our various committees as you exchange holiday greetings.
October 12, 2011
Our October Program will be presented by Douglas Bassett, Letchworth State Park Naturalist. His topic will be “The Nature of Letchworth” with a discussion of the history, geology, plants and animals of Letchworth State Park. Doug is a popular and accomplished speaker and is known for his in depth knowledge of his material and his dry sense of humor. We are so pleased that he has agreed to be our speaker at our October chapter meeting.
Next meeting - September 14, 2011
or, How to spend your time with the beauty and the mud and the vistas and black flies while creating the newest ADK Chapter (almost single handedly)
Learn about the Adirondacks’ premier hiking/backpacking trail – the Northville-Placid Trail - from the self-proclaimed “NPTrail Fanatic” himself – Tom Wemett. Tom is formerly from Rochester and a past member of the Genesee Valley Chapter of ADK. He currently serves as the Chair of the NPTrail Chapter of ADK – the newest chapter of ADK approved in March 2011.
Tom also serves on the ADK Trails Committee and the ADK Board of Directors as well as the Webmaster for www.NPTrail.org, the website devoted specifically to the Northville-Placid Trail. In a narrated power-point presentation, Tom will be describing some of the history of the NPTrail as well as the various sections of the trail including where to stay and some of the scenic vistas and other landmarks to look out for along the trail. He will also answer your questions about the trail.
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May 11, 2011
May 11 – 7:30 – Program – Tim McDonnell: New York Waterways: Geologic Formation and How They Shaped Our History
As avid paddlers, hikers and photographers, we treasure NY's extensive waterways for their beauty and recreational value. Tim McDonnell previously gave us an overview of the geologic formation of the major features of our NY landscape. He's returning now to focus on its waterways - starting with their formation, and giving particular attention to the role of the Adirondack Mountains. From there, he'll show how those waterways shaped New York's political, economic, religious, and social history; and how strategic use of those waterways at critical junctures in our history, (including the French and Indian War, the American Revolutionary War, and later, the campaign to abolish slavery), were crucial to the success of those early national struggles.
Tim could be described as a geography activist. As co-coordinator of the New York Geographic Alliance (NYGA), a partner with the National Geographic Society, and as a teacher at MCC and OSHER Lifelong Institute for Learning at RIT, he has dedicated himself to promoting multi-disciplinary investigation of the connection between the physical landscape and its people, history, religions and economy, and the need for geographical literacy to meet the challenges of today's world. He teaches geography, geology, and astronomy at MCC in the Chemistry/Geosciences Dept., and at OSHER, where he has also recently taught courses in plate tectonics, evolution, and the Underground Railroad.
Tim has his own personal website “Geography of New York” (http://www.nygeo.org). His message is “Geography is not an indoor sport”; you have to get out and explore, and he provides interactive maps and geological guides designed to do so.
Join webmaster Steve for a tour of the chapter website -- one of the best in the state if we do say so ourselves. Find out where he hides things and how you can how you can help un-hide them. Questions, comments and, especially, suggestions are welcome.
The biggest change in the past few months is the way we handle the various trip schedules. Come see how the new calendars work, and how you can view the schedules in your personal calendar.
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April 13, 2011
April 13 7:30 – Program – Neil Woodworth: Can We Protect our State Forests and the Finger Lakes Trail?
Neil Woodworth, executive director of the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK), will discuss the threats posed from a new state proposal to lease our DEC managed state forests in Western and Central New York to energy companies to extract natural gas using high volume hydraulic fracturing gas exploration and exploitation. He will speak at a meeting of the ADK Genesee Valley on April 13. He will discuss the potential threats to our ground and surface waters as well as the surface impacts to the state forests that are the setting of the Finger Lakes Trail and the North Country National Scenic Trail.