There are times when we get so taken up with the busy summer season in the Adirondacks we forget there also are "happenings" in the other Adirondack seasons. My calendar is getting filled up as the winter season opens and, although the summer gets major attention, the Adirondacks in winter is unique in its own way and has a lot to offer. Winter can be as busy as summer for those who choose to partake in the snow season offerings. Winter sports - skiing, snowmobiling, snowboarding, skating, snowshoeing, ice climbing, winter hiking and ice fishing - can make for a busy season. There also are those special events that take place in the Adirondack hamlets.
The Adirondack communities work hard to offer annual events that attract participants from inside and outside of the Adirondacks. The town of Wells on Route 30, the Adirondack Trail, has a special Swap Meet scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wells Community Hall. Sponsored by the Wells Fish and Game Club, this popular event features buying, selling, and trading old and new sporting goods and Adirondack-themed items. I'll be there with my Adirondack books to sign autographs and talk Adirondackia. Refreshment will be available. It is a good way to spend some Adirondack time.
The annual Sportsmen's Day is scheduled for the same date, Jan. 22, from 9:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Sacandaga Bible Conference at Broadalbin. Exhibits, seminars, and a game buffet will be featured at this outdoor gathering. Ticket holders also are eligible for the many door prizes. The event is usually "sold out" with attendees from far and wide. Writer/photographer Charles Alsheimer will be the featured "White-tailed Deer" presenter.
The Adirondack Outdoorsmen Show is back again at the Johnstown Moose Club on Route 30A. Scheduled for Feb. 19 and 20, the sixth annual show will again bring exhibits, supplies, and seminars to the shareholders in our outdoor industry. Wildlife artist/trout record holder Tom Yacorella will be there. Outdoor writers Dan Ladd and Todd Mead will be on hand, and I will be there with my Adirondack books.
The Adirondack Museum offers "Cabin Fever" programs throughout the winter. On Jan. 23 at 1:30 p.m. "Let's Eat-Adirondack Food Traditions" with Curator Hallie Bond and Copperfield Chef Stephen Topper will explore the subject at the Copperfield Inn in North Creek.
The Great Sacandaga Lake will host the third annual Walleye Ice Fishing Derby on Jan. 29 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Fulton County Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Route 30's Food and Fuel have the registration forms for the 1,500 expected anglers. Thousands of dollars in prizes will be awarded throughout the event.
The Mike Norris Ice Fishing Derby also is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 29. The event, held on Raquette Lake, is limited to 125 entrees and cash prizes are awarded. Preregistration is at the Tap Room and check-in on that day is at the fire hall.
The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival with the annual parade, concerts, other events and fireworks will be a major Adirondack event the weeks of Feb. 4 to the 13. Indian Lake and Blue Mountain Lake have a Winterfest on Feb. 18 to 20. Raquette Lake's Carnival is Feb. 19 and 20. Also, do not forget the cross country and downhill ski centers with their wide ranges of events and activities.
You might want to check with other Adirondack towns and find out what they have scheduled. The Adirondacks are alive and well in both summer and winter.