On Yer Bikes This Sunday

The late Lance Gregson had many passions: The Adirondacks, Schroon Lake and cycling. He also had a vision and a motto he lived by: More Bikes, Less Cars.

Tragically, Lance was taken from this life way too soon, but his memory – and mission – are kept alive each year with the annual 1-Eye Classic bike ride. Lance’s wife Annie Gregson organizes the event with a small army of volunteers, which keep the cogs turning.

It’s a combo bike ride for riders of any ability, a great potluck picnic after in the Town Park, with an afternoon filled with music, giveaways, raffles and good times. You can bring a dish to share, or if you prefer, pay to eat the goodies with a cash donation.

And this Sunday,  (September 14) ‘The 1-Eye” happens for the 7th time, with riders from all over, jumping on their bikes and enjoying the spectacular early fall riding conditions, close to  -- and a little farther out -- from Schroon Lake.

Rides start at three miles up to 60 – so there is something for everyone.

Don’t worry if you haven’t signed up yet – the event is a very casual affair – after all, it’s a ride, not a race, and we are most certain, Lane would much rather you enjoy the scenery, than pretend that your are riding the Tour de France – not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Sign up begins 8am at the Towne Park. You can learn more about Lance and his life, here and more about the event, here.

Rum Running In The North Country

Photo Courtesy: TriLakeAlliance

Photo Courtesy: TriLakeAlliance

Travelers on Route 9 this weekend beware: you may witness some rum runners in action  -- hauling their booty from the Black Bear Pub and Restaurant to Chestertown.

There will be no need to call the cops – it’s all part of the annual Rum Runners Weekend.

For history and /or rum enthusiasts – Route 9 played an important role in the illicit rum trade between the Canada and the US during prohibition, which you can read about here.

The event, organized by the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance, kicks off tonight with a Car Hop at the Luck E. Star in Warrensburg, from 5pm – 8pm. There’s a 1920s themed Scavenger hunt and party at the Panther Mountain Pun in Chestertown.

On Saturday the Rum Runners Parade leaves the Black Bear in Pottersville around 10am and travel over Landon Hill meeting up with the Tweeds at Route 8/9 intersection at around 10.30am.

There are barrels full of fun times, which you can read about here.

Remembering Frontier Town Saturday

Frontier Town postcard, circa the 1960s

Frontier Town postcard, circa the 1960s

The very mention of the word Frontier Town -- to many in these parts -- and many more across the US,  brings smiles and great stories about what was once a sparkling jewel in the North Country.

For some, the memories are still vivid of the rodeo, the stage coach holds ups, Main Street shoot outs and the steam train ride. Others remember when there was a landing strip where folks would arrive by plane. From the 1950s heyday, to a second reincarnation in the mid-1990s, many hold dear the memories of their time there, either as a visitor or worker. (At its peak the park provided full and part time work for around 500 folks).

Long shuttered, and most recently the subject of a controversial tax sale, it’s those glory days that two local authors are seeking to recapture in a new book they hope to publish.

Tammy Whitty-Brown of Plattsburgh and Jennifer St. Pierre of Crown Point will spend this Saturday collecting stories, scanning photos and photographing memorabilia, at the Annual Frontier Town Celebration at Gokey’s Trading Post in North Hudson.

From Charles Mayhood, who was a greet and parking attendant:

"Put there because of my stellar (beginner) French. So many Canadians! I still remember... Bonjour Madame (Monsieur), bien venue a Frontier Town. Voice est une carte du village. Stationer au droit, s'il vous plait.... a thousand times a day. My grandmother, Violet Carlson, was the weaver there in the early days".

Organizers of the event are encouraging Frontier Fans to come out, set up a table and bring a chair. The events starts at Noon  and goes to 4pm. Check out the fabulous Facebook page for terrific pictures – from then and now – that fans have shared, right here.


Fast Forwarding To Fall

New York State has just released its first fall Foliage report of the season – and it’s still summer!!!

But with autumn like temperatures and conditions in these parts, we can see why. In fact last week we may have spotted the first tree to "turn" here in Schroon – across the way from the Schroon Lake Shopping Mall, aka “The Dollar General.”

From the State’s website:

“…the first significant signs of spectacular fall colors are beginning to appear in the Adirondacks, Thousand Islands-Seaway, and Catskills regions, according to observers for the Empire State Development Division of Tourism's I LOVE NEW YORK program.

In the Adirondacks region, foliage spotters based in Lake Placid expect up to 20 percent color change by the weekend with brilliant patches of gold, yellow, orange and some scattered red leaves. Cool, crisp nights and sunny days are creating the components for a fantastic foliage season according to foliage spotters in the Tupper Lake/Mt. Arab areas of Franklin County. For the coming weekend they expect up to 20 percent color change with leaves of muted brilliance. Look for sporadic tones of burgundy, scarlet, ginger and goldenrod”.

Are you ready for fall? Tell us in comments.