Cole’s Woods Closed

On Wednesday, December 28, 2022, the City of Glens Falls announced that Cole’s Woods is closed until further notice, after high winds damaged lights and left the system of cross country ski trails in poor condition.

Cole’s Woods is supported by The Friends of Cole’s Woods, a group that have been the stewards of Cole’s Woods since 1978; they support a wide range of seasonal recreational outdoor activities within Cole’s Woods, and are committed to the free and public use of the park. The members of this organization recognize the value of having a trail system and woodlands accessible to local communities, and are committed to ensuring that the trails remain safe, groomed for nordic skiing, and maintained for other recreational activities. 

Cole’s Woods is the home of the first lighted cross country ski trails in North America. In December of 1971, a budget of $3,000 was used to cut back brush and illuminate two kilometers of trails. The City of Glens Falls will provide notification when the trails re-open.

The Queensbury Hotel 2022 NYE Celebration

Looking for a way to ring in 2023? The Queensbury Hotel has events for you! On Saturday, December 31st, 2022, The Queensbury Hotel is offering two ways to ring in the New Year!

 The First Option: A four-course dinner & New Year’s Eve Party is $175 per ticket.

This includes:

  • Cocktail reception in Gold Room
  • Four-Course Dinner in The Queen’s Ballroom
  • A Six-hour Open Bar (6:00 PM to Midnight)
  • Admission to NYE Party with Soul Session in Adirondack Ballroom (9:00 PM to 1:00 AM) 
  • 20% service charge applied at check out includes staff gratuity.

The Reception and Four-Course Dinner Menu includes:

The Tasting Table:

Chef’s curated display of artisan cheeses, salumi and appetizers

Passed Hors D’oeuvres:

Beef Crostini, Caramelized Onion, Horseradish, Leek Ash

White Shrimp Cocktail, Spicy Cocktail Sauce

Gochujang Meatball, Scallions, Sesame Seeds 

Blue Crab Quiche Tartlet, Buttered Leek, Gruyere

First Course:

Lobster Bisque, Butter-Poached Lobster, Cognac, Tarragon Oil

Second Course:

Chestnut and Kobocha Squash Ravioli, Brown Butter Shimeji Mushrooms, Star Anise

Third Course:

Roast Beef Tenderloin, Potato Pave, Hakurei Turnip, Glazed Carrots Bordelaise Sauce

Fourth Course:

Baked Alaska, Chocolate Espresso Cake, Banana Sea Salt, Caramel Gelato


An Assortment of Mini Pastries and Truffles for the table  

The second option, The New Year’s Eve Party, is $75 per ticket which includes:

  • Admission to the NYE Party with Soul Session in the Adirondack Ballroom(9:00 PM to 1:00 AM)
  • Live entertainment from Garland Nelson & Soul Session
  • Open bar (9 p.m.-midnight)
  • Lite snacks 
  • Photo Booth 
  • 20% service charge applied at checkout includes staff gratuity.

To make the most of your evening, book a room and stay overnight; when you purchase your ticket, you will receive a promo code to receive a discount on an overnight stay. 

Kiwanis Club of Glens Falls “Spirits In the Trees” Opening Ceremony

Spirits in the Trees

Kiwanis Club of Glens Falls hosted the opening of “Spirits In the Trees” on Sunday night at Crandall Park. The lighting of the trees took place at just after 5:00 PM; of the 100 trees on display, 94 of them were decorated. Patricia Van Buren, coordinator of the event, was on hand in the late morning on Sunday to help set up. 

She was very pleased with the number of trees that were decorated: “Yesterday, it was so nice to see people talking and laughing as they decorated the trees. They were intermingling and introducing themselves to one another. It was wonderful to see the community together” she said, as we wandered from tree to tree, admiring each one. Van Buren decorated her own tree: “Celebrating People and The Cats they Love…and a few dogs.”

Patricia Van Buren and her tree

 Just after 4:30, cars streamed into Crandall Park as the daylight faded into a gray snowy evening. People wandered around the trees, admiring each one and greeting neighbors and friends. There were heaters near the stage, and the boy scouts were raising money by offering hot chocolate for a donation.

The event included remarks from Kiwanis Club President Doug Shaver, and Mayor Bill Collins; these remarks were followed by an invocation by Pastor Chris Jewell of Queensbury United Methodist Church. After these remarks, there was a reading of the themes for each of the trees, and the program for the event had a listing of the trees and the people involved in donating it. 

Doug Shaver credited past president and current club secretary Patricia Van Buren with advocating for the event: Shaver said from the band stand, “Spirits in the Trees was the vision of one of our past presidents and current club secretary, Pat Van Buren. Pat felt that families and friends, working together to plan and design a tree theme should gather to decorate those trees in remembering a lost loved one, honoring an individual or group dear to them, or celebrating the importance of something in their lives, would be a wonderful event to share with our community.”

Glens Falls Mayor Bill Collins

Mayor Collins gave the crowd a warm welcome and received cheers from the crowd. “This is an amazing thing that we’ve got here; and I hate to make predictions as Mayor, but I predict that after you see these lights lighting up, that you’ll all wish that I do that I got a tree. You know both my father and my sister passed away years ago right before Christmas, and it makes Christmas both more meaningful and a little more difficult every year. But as I walked out tonight looking at all of these trees I grew with regret that I didn’t take the time to do this. And I bet there’s a few others as you walk through tonight that would think the same thing. And I’ll bet you there will be double the number next year. Great ideas catch on and this is a great idea.”

The Abraham Wing Elementary School donated a tree, celebrating the Abraham Wing Community; second-grader Quentin Straight was on hand to show off the ornament that he had made in art class. When asked about the most exciting part of the event, Quentin said, “Seeing my artwork on the tree and seeing the tree light up.” Quentin was accompanied by his father Eric Straight, his mother Tori Phillips, and his aunt Johna Ferry.  

Second Grader Quentin Straight & Family

After the trees were lit, there was seasonal music played by the Queensbury High School Madrigals. Trees will be lit every evening throughout the New Year.

Glens Falls Ladies’ Night

Glens Falls Collaborative

On Thursday, December 8th, The Glens Falls Collaborative is hosting Glens Falls Ladies Night from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Participating businesses will stay open late, offering a variety of discounts; and bars, restaurants & eateries will have special offerings as well. 

The Glens Falls Collaborative is a membership organization whose mission is to band together and support Glens Falls. This group organizes festivals, creates advertisements and holds mixers, along with working with the city of Glens Falls on hospitality efforts. 

Amongst the shops and stores that are participating in this event, there will also be a pop up party at The WorkSmart Coworking & Meeting Space. This shared workspace concept is a locally owned and certified NYS women-owned business, which is owned by Christy Alexander. The workspace is scaled to individual needs, and utilizes membership plans with different tiers: the four tier system ranges from a $25 per day drop in pass, $159 per month shared workspace, $309 per month dedicated desk, & $409 and up per private office. 

Christy Alexander owner of WorkSmart

The WorkSmart concept helps people who work remotely create a dedicated workspace. There are some challenges to working from home, including distractions, and the blurred lines between home life and work life… WorkSmart creates an environment where people can better concentrate on their work, and also collaborate with other professionals. For people interested in trying out the workspace, there are $25 “Drop-In Passes” available.  These passes can be purchased online, and offer a choice of using the shared workspace or a private office; or a meeting room can also be booked. WorkSmart is located at 237 Glen Street, in Glens Falls, NY. For more information, visit worksmartgf.com.

The Glens Falls Collaborative has hosted events that are synonymous with Glens Falls Festivals, including the Adirondack Christkindlmarket, Wing Fest, and Take a Bite. For more information about Glens Falls Ladies’ Night and The Glens Falls Collaborative, visit https://glensfallscollaborative.com/.

Local Norway Spruce Shines To Kick Off the Holiday Season

Courtesy of: Tishman Speyer

On November 30th, New Yorker locals and visitors alike gathered at the world-famous Rockefeller Christmas Tree to watch it light up at 9:57 PM on Wednesday night. The tree was lit by Tishman Speyer (President and CEO), Rob Speyer, & Chairman Jerry Speyer.

More than 50,000 multi-colored, energy efficient lights were strung on five miles of wire to adorn the 14-ton, 82 foot tall & 50 foot wide Norway Spruce. The Swaroski Star dazzled from the top of the tree. The star was designed by Daniel Libeskind, and this is the 19th year that a Swaroski Star has topped the Rockefeller Christmas Tree.  This spectacular star is made up of 70 spikes, covered in 3 million crystals, 9 ½ feet in diameter, and weighs 900 pounds. 

This star-studded event included the Radio City Rockettes. It was hosted by Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Craig Melvin, and ACCESS Hollywood Host Mario Lopez.  There was a special appearance by Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph; and, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani sang a special duet of “You Make It Feel Like Christmas”. 

This tree is one of our own local beauties; it was donated by the Lebowitz family of Glens Falls. The tree was harvested on November 10th, and arrived in New York City on November 12th.  The Lebowitz family attended the tree lighting ceremony.

Spectators can view the lit tree each day from 6:00 AM – 12:00 AM: All day (24 Hours) on Christmas, and from 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM on New Year’s Eve. For more holiday images, please visit: Twitter @rockcenternyc , Instagram @rockefellercenter and Facebook @rockefellercenternyc

Adirondack Safari Has All of Your “Glamping” Needs Covered

Andrew Percetti – owner of Adirondack Safari – has a vision and expertise in the field of the Adirondack experience that keeps people coming back.  He understands that the enjoyment of camping can be enhanced with modern comforts: The concept of “Glamping” is just that: a combination of camping, and luxury. To that effect, Adirondack Safari offers a camping experience with all the comforts of home… So, instead of the traditional “roughing it”, there is now an option to maintain comfort, while still enjoying the outdoors.  

Adirondack Safari offers an upscale glamping experience. Fully furnished tents are provided – there are mattresses for comfortable sleeping, rugs, bedside tables, fan, a power strip, a fire pit, zero gravity chairs, a charcoal grill, and a picnic table with a canopy; all along the banks of the beautiful Schroon River.

A new addition to the 2023 Glamping season at Adirondack Safari will be themed tents; Adirondack Safari can take you any place you want to go with their destination-styled tented abodes, which include:

  • The island-themed tent creates ambiance and comfort with a fun and beachy decor. 
  • The India-themed tent has vibrant colors and exotic decor. 
  • For a true feeling of the Adirondacks, the Adirondack-themed tent compliments the Adirondack experience with appropriate furnishings.
  • The Native-American-themed tent comes with an authentic lean-to instead of the traditional canopy at your site.
  • The Luxe tent lets you camp like royalty while still in the great outdoors. This package includes luxurious niceties: complimentary Prosecco, two bundles of firewood, and two four hour Kayak rentals.

No matter which tent you choose, after a day on the river or exploring Lake George, a luxurious and relaxing tent will await.

The Adirondack Safari facilities also provide on-site bathrooms and showers, and outdoor sinks for cleaning dishes and cutlery. Everyone has a different expectation and experience with camping; however, Adirondack Safari makes it easy for everyone to enjoy. This type of camping spans generations, and the activities that are offered fit any and all age groups. There are Native-American performances, outdoor movies, bingo, the “silent disco”, river tubing, volleyball, giant Jenga, and rotating live entertainment. The goal of Adirondack Safari is to create an outdoor experience where families and friends can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities and each other’s company. 

Adirondack Safari checks all of the boxes for fun in the great outdoors; not to mention, being close to all of the amazing attractions in Lake George! Adirondack Safari combines the best glamping experience with the best location for guaranteed summer-time fun.

Adirondack Safari will be open from June 16, 2023, until September 4, 2023. Plan your Safari now! It could make a wonderful holiday gift. Adirondack Safari has 59 Tents available, but they book up quickly: Ensure your summer fun and book now at adirondacksafari.com

Pickleball, Anyone?.. Everyone?

First Pickleball court

Pickleball “mania” has been sweeping the nation for some time now: a sport originally founded by a group of dads looking to entertain their families on a summer afternoon now has legendary athletes like Labron James and Tom Brady owning teams or joining a Pickleball syndicate. 

Pickleball has an interesting history: It was devised by Congressman Joel Pritchard and successful businessman Bill Bell. On a Saturday in the summer of 1965, the pair returned to Pritchard’s home to find that their families were sitting around with nothing to do. There was an old badminton court on the property, and the group improvised due to lack of equipment – they started playing with ping pong paddles and a perforated plastic ball. They placed the net at 60 inches, but as the weekend progressed, lowered the net to 36 inches. The following weekend, fellow friend Barney McCallum was introduced to the game. The three created the rules relying heavily on the base of badminton, while remembering that the goal was to have a game the whole family could play together.

Two years later, Joel Prichard constructed the first pickle ball court in his friend Bob O’Brian’s backyard. In 1972, a corporation was created to protect the new sport… And in 1975, the National Observer published an article, introducing Pickleball as America’s newest racquet sport. 

In 1984, The United States Amateur Pickleball Association (U.S.A.P.A) was organized to help with the growth and advancement of the sport; their first rule book was published in March of 1984. As of 2015, USAPA has amassed over 10,000 members. Currently, the sport is exploding in popularity: there are nearly 8,500 locations on the USA Pickleball “Places2Play” map.

Some of the popularity of the sport is attributed to its accessibility, and as a result, Pickleball has often been played in community centers, PE classes, YMCA facilities, and retirement communities. 

U.S.A.P.A Logo

The name itself has gained attention, too: In the Summer of 1965, Joan Pritchard came up with the name in a reference to a rowing term “pickle boat”. A “pickle boat” is when a crew is thrown together to give all rowers an opportunity to compete. Pickleball was named as the reference to using the “leftovers” from tennis, ping pong, badminton and platform tennis… So, if you are looking for a holiday gift for the family or something to do together, think Pickleball! The sport originated with the odds and ends found around the house, has evolved into its own industry. There are now matching paddles, carrying cases and even celebrity Pickleball players! It can be played indoors or outdoors, and is fun for the entire family.

Catholic Charities Hosts 27th Annual Saratoga Festival of Trees Event

Festival of Trees

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties invites the local community to unwrap the magic of the holiday season at their 27th annual fundraiser – The Festival of Trees – on Wednesday, November 30 through Sunday, December 4, at the Saratoga Springs City Center.

The Festival returns with a showcase of beautifully decorated trees, wreaths and other holiday and gift items for purchase. Festival proceeds will benefit the programs of Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties. The Festival of Trees event hours vary as follows: Festival of Trees Preview Reception, Wednesday, November 30, 6-8pm; Festival of Trees, Thursday, Dec. 1, 4-9pm; Friday, Dec. 2, 3-8pm; Saturday, Dec. 3, 12-7pm; and Sunday, Dec 4, 11-2pm. Tickets are $10 per person, $5 for Seniors, $5 for ages over 10 and free for anyone 10 and under, when accompanied by an adult. Special admission pricing set at $5 will be offered on Thursday of Victorian Streetwalk Weekend after 5pm. Festival of Trees tickets can be purchased at the entrance to the Festival. Festival of Trees Preview Reception tickets can be purchased online at http://www.saratogafestivaloftrees.com/ or by calling 518-587-5000.

After a two-year pause, Breakfast with Santa returns this year. There are three Breakfasts with Santa on Saturday, December 3: the first scheduled for 8:30-9:30, then 10-11 and 11:30-12:30; Sundaes with Santa follows from 1-2pm. Tickets are $10 each. Children 2 and under are free. Adults must accompany children. Tickets include either the breakfast or sundae, a tour of the Festival of Trees, a photo with Santa and access to a variety of children’s activities for $1 per ticket. Activities include cookie decorating, face painting, manicures, ornament making, picture frame creating and letters to Santa. There will also be a Holiday Shop with gifts for purchase. Breakfast with Santa and Sundaes with Santa admission tickets are sold in advance only and can be purchased online at http://www.saratogafestivaloftrees.com/ or by calling 518-587-5000.

Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties, Sister Charla Commins said, “The Festival of Trees is the biggest fundraiser and community event of the year for Catholic Charities. With decreasing funding and increased need, it is becoming more difficult to assist people in the tri-county communities who have been seriously impacted during these difficult times. This festive and magical event has been greatly modified in the last few years because of COVID, but this year we are reinstating all of the Festival’s activities, including the ever- popular Breakfast with Santa. Proceeds will assist us in providing services to individuals and families across the ages. We are sure the generosity of our communities will continue to support this wondrous holiday event and we are grateful.”

About Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties

Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties has been serving the tri-county area through a wide spectrum of counseling and programming efforts since 1975. In 2021, the agency served more than 4000 tri-county residents regardless of race, creed or lifestyle, with special emphasis on the economically poor and the vulnerable. Catholic Charities services are provided by caring, skilled professionals, and services benefit youth at risk, victims of domestic violence, families in need of counseling, the terminally ill and countless others. For more information on the mission or services provided by Catholic Charities, call 518-587-5000.

Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties is an agency of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany.

North Country ARTS Opened “Celebration Exhibit”

On Saturday, November 19th, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, North Country ARTS hosted an open house for their ”Celebration Exhibit” in their main gallery at Suite #120 in The Shirt Factory. The atmosphere was festive as patrons, art lovers, artists and community members mingled throughout the gallery.

Artist Colleen Shannon

The day before the event, Artist Colleen Shannon spoke of the two pieces that she was featuring and the process of creating her art. She said, “I love a blank canvas, because the possibilities are endless with a blank canvas.”  When filling out her canvas, Colleen sometimes uses word prompts, or simple swatches of color. As she adds to the canvas, the image begins to take form; at that point, the process starts to slow down. There are times during the process that she has to walk away from the piece and give her thoughts time to evolve… She admits that it can be hard to know when a piece is finished, and that she has occasionally taken paintings too far and had to start over. But, when a painting is just right and near completion, she adds texture to it. Colleen is currently exhibiting two of her creations: Never Alone and Wanderlust.   

During the opening, artist Paige was a welcoming presence at the wine, cider and apple bar. Paige and partner Prince own and operate Pastel Prince out of the Garden Level of The Shirt Factory. They provided two pieces for the show – Daddy Krumpus and Surreal Celebration. Surreal Celebration is a commentary on modern society’s programming of youth and the evolution of finding one’s own way through life’s challenges. 

Artist Paige

The exhibit will be open to the public for six weeks, and can be viewed Thursday through Sunday, between the hours of 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Paintings and ceramics will be on display and for sale through the holiday season. For more information, email Info@northcountryarts.org, or check out the website at NorthCountryArts.org

The Wood Theater Presents School Of Rock: The Musical

Thursday, November 17th… School of Rock: The Musical opened at The Charles R. Wood Theater in Glens Falls N.Y…  And it’s a Hit!   

School of Rock: The Musical will run though Sunday, November 20th. Tickets are either $20 or $30, depending on the day of the performance. Theater-goers have raved about the show, noting that they loved the range of emotion that the performance inspired, thanks to the incredibly talented cast! Amanda Rabine of Fort Edward, New York, took her daughter Spencer to the show. She said afterward, “We laughed, we sang, I cried, and we never stopped smiling!”

School of Rock: The Musical is based on the popular 2003 film starring Jack Black. The main character – Dewey Finn – is a washed up rock star wannabe turned substitute teacher by a chance turn of fate; he then seizes the opportunity to teach his students about the power of music! The first adaptation of this movie to the stage was on Broadway in 2015, and its lasting success is a true testament to its quality!

The Wood Theater is located at 207 Glen Street, in the heart of Glens Falls. This theater is a non-profit, year-round event space; nearly 350 events happen at the 300-seat theater every year! The Wood Theater’s mission is to promote cultural and artistic endeavors which help foster economic development, and improve the quality of life in the Glens Falls area. For tickets or more information, visit Woodtheater.org

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