Lake George, also known under the nickname of the Queen of American Lakes, is a large, long lake in the Adirondack Mountains region of New York State. Its maximum length is just over 32 miles and it boasts a huge surface area of 45 square miles, with an average depth of around 70 feet and a maximum depth of almost 200 feet. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
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NY Attraction Spotlight: Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River
Donated by the Cutting family to the Long Island State Park Region, the Bayard Cutting Arboretum provides a sanctuary and an oasis; it’s blessed by a beauty and an atmosphere of quiet reflection that seems both serene and otherworldly. For those who enjoy the raw wonder of untamed nature, the informal gardens and seemingly haphazard, childlike glee in planting as many trees as possible is irresistible. The grounds are a constant joy to behold and the variety and scope of the trees are an equally impressive sight.
Guided tours of the gardens and grounds are free of charge and take place during the spring, summer, and fall. These can be scheduled in advance.
The trees themselves are the real attraction and this is one of the largest and most varied selections of conifers in Long Island. The original crop must have been planted shortly after work on the development finished after 1887, however many of those trees were lost to the hurricane of 1985. Subsequent plantings made after this, however, have managed to hold on and so the younger trees are still fit and healthy. A stroll through the park will showcase spruce, fir, pine, hemlock, cypress, and yew trees, amongst other less widely known varieties of conifer.
The arboretum offers educational days out and workshops for young and budding green fingers in addition to internships that cover all aspects and phases of large-scale grounds maintenance to those who are a little more serious about a career in the field or forest.
In the annex of the main manor house, the venue hosts an exhibition space that presents not only works inspired by the arboretum itself but also from other artists and travelling exhibitors. The paintings will normally reflect the theme of nature and are usually water colors, but it’s always worth going to see what is on offer, as sometimes it helps you to see a certain side, or shade, of the trees that you missed in real life.
If you get hungry during your visit, don’t fear. The Hidden Oak Café, located inside the manor house, offers a varied menu of fine foods from quiche, soup, pie or dessert to sandwiches and high tea. They do offer a deluxe dining experience for those looking for a scheduled spot for a soiree and you can book the “Victorian Tea,” which consists of scones, fresh tea in pots, full catering and, of course, finger sandwiches. This option must be reserved at least 24 hours in advance, however, to allow the team time to prepare.
Photography is forbidden in the park unless you apply for a permit beforehand, and so any budding photographers should bear this in mind before planning a trip.
Admission and Opening Hours
During the summer season (April 1st to October 31st), the park is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00pm. In the winter season (November 1st to March 31st), they are open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The Hidden Oak Cafe is subject to similar opening hours.
Admission is charged per vehicle and the standard ticket price is around $8.
440 Montauk Highway, Great River, NY 11739, Phone: 631-581-1002
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NY Attraction Spotlight: National Museum of Dance & Hall of Fame
The National Museum of Dance & Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs is dedicated entirely to the art of dance. Located in the former Washington Bathhouse in the beautiful Saratoga Spa State Park, the Museum was established in 1986 by Marylou Whitney and is one of the few in the world that honors dance in this way. The Museum features and archives several growing and evolving collections of photographs, biographies, videos, documents, costumes and artifacts relating to the art of dance, as well as a Resource Room, which houses thousands of documents, periodicals, books and print items for research purposes.
The National Museum of Dance & Hall of Fame many galleries that house a range of three permanent exhibits and several rotating exhibits. The Museum also offers a range of dance and masters classes, residencies, lecture/demonstrations, and other programs through the Lewis A. Swyer School for the Arts. The Museum also offers a wide selection of unique programs, events, and workshops for all ages throughout the calendar year and is available for individuals or groups to rent for catered gatherings and events.
Exhibits at the National Museum of Dance & Hall of Fame include ‘Dancers in Film,’ which celebrates the relationship between the art of film and dancers and features famous actors and dance roles from the silver screen. ‘Art in the Foyer’ showcases the work of renowned photographer Paul Kolnik, who has enjoyed an intimate connection with the Saratoga Performing Arts Center for over 40 years.
The ‘Dancing Athlete’ is an innovative exhibition that explores the relationship between dance and sports, dancers, and athletes and the influence each of these practices has had on each other. ‘50 Years at SPAC’ is an exhibition that highlights the inspiring programming at SPAC over the past 50 years and includes a plethora of costumes, photographs, interviews, videos, and ephemera. There are also several exhibits showcasing Hall of Fame Inductees such as Patricia Wilde and Gregory Hines, and ‘Saratoga Favorites’ of the New York City Ballet.
The Alfred Z. Solomon Children's Wing is an interactive space designed especially for children and includes a Gallery, a reading corner, a video library, a staging area, movement and balance toys, and more. The Kids' Gallery displays several revolving exhibits of children's artwork and offers a range of programs for kids to create their own masterpieces.
Events at the National Museum of Dance & Hall of Fame include a Multicultural Dance Day, which presents a variety of performances from various cultural dance groups ranging from tango, break dance, Irish step, Greek and belly dancing. The NYC Bus Trip explores the city by bus and takes in American Ballet Theatre performances of Serenade after Plato’s Symposium, Jessica Lang World Premiere, and The Brahms-Haydn Variations. Part séance, part ghost story, Hollowville is an atmospheric hymn to America that delves into important pieces of history such as the atom bomb.
Annual fundraisers at the Museum include the Purple Tie Affair which is held to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Bridal Show, which provides guests with a superior range of resources and specialized wedding professionals to enhance the special day.
The National Museum of Dance & Hall of Fame is located at 99 South Broadway in Saratoga Springs and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm with free admission on Tuesdays. Groups are welcome at the Museum, and group tours are available by reservation only. Docent-led guided tours, as well as arranged movement classes for all levels, are also available with no prior dance knowledge necessary.
Ideally located in the beautiful Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs and housed in the historic Washington Bathhouse, the National Museum of Dance offers a unique space for special events and functions such as weddings, receptions, and other celebrations.
99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs, New York 12866, Phone: 518- 584-2225
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NY Attraction Spotlight: Ten Broeck Mansion
Located in Albany, New York, the Ten Broeck Mansion aims to preserve and display the historical influence of the Ten Broeck family in the 18th century. Visitors can expect to find guided tours and educational exhibitions that spark their interest in the cultural and historical impact of this affluential family.
The Federal-style mansion which housed the Ten Broeck family was built in 1797 on five acres of beautiful lands complete with formal gardens and sprawling lawns. The mansion was built after their first home was sadly destroyed by a terrible fire. The house also had a wonderful view of the nearby Hudson River.
Abraham Ten Broeck was a respected General who commanded New York Militia during the Battle of Saratoga. Ten Broeck was a man of many firsts, he was the first president of the Albany Public Library, the Bank of Albany, and the first trustee of Union College. He also served as a delegate in the Continental Congress in 1775, was a member of the state Senate, and even served as the mayor of Albany.
His wife, Elizabeth was a member of high-society and was highly influential in political and social affairs. After her husband’s death in 1810, she lived in the home for another 10 years until her passing.
The next 30 years consisted of refurbishment and renovation of the mansion until it was purchased by Thomas Worth Olcott in 1848. Olcott and his family were very prominent members of the Albany civic improvement and banking circles. They owned the home for the next 100 years until the mansion was donated to the Albany Country Historical Association.
Historic Haunted Pub Crawl:This annual event takes guests through downtown historic Albany on a ghost tour complete with a pub crawl! Guests will be led through the Ten Broeck Mansion and the city by trained docents while hearing supernatural tales. This year’s event will be held on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 and will feature 3 different times for the tour departure. Be sure to buy tickets ahead of time.
Halloween Season Events:Each Halloween, the Mansion hosts haunted events, special lectures, pub crawls, and tours. The events vary each year.
The 3rd Annual Holiday Gala: This annual fundraising gala which benefits the Albany County Historical Association will be hosted on November 16, 2017. This event is complete with a 3-course meal, live music and a social hour. Among the distinguished guests this year include Susan Holland, the Executive Director, Historic Albany Foundation. Tickets are $150 per person and must be purchased ahead of time.
Holiday House:Each December, the Mansion will host a variety of holiday themed events including teas, lectures, tours, and musical events. A main highlight is the experience of Dutch Christmas and their version of Santa – Sinterklaas. Traditional and historical decorations fill the mansion and are sure to delight guests of all ages.
Fine Art and Craft Exhibits:Throughout the year, the Mansion will display around 3-6 exhibits focused on local artists and historical events from the Albany area.
Jansen/Cohen Summer Concert Series:The gardens which surround the Ten Broeck Mansion will play host to a variety of musicians each summer. Past performances include concert genres of jazz, blues, rock, folk, and classical. Visitors are invited to bring a picnic lunch and take a tour of the mansion while in attendance.
The Ten Broeck Mansion is a proud part of the Albany County Historical Association and therefore boasts a large amount of educational programming for the community. There is an internship program and educational resources for educators and students alike. Some of the most popular educational programming includes the following:
Living History Day:This free event is held annually on the first Sunday of May and features historical re-enactments, tours of the mansion, live music, pony rides, a petting zoo, and various local vendors selling unique food, crafts, and homemade goods. It is fun for the whole family and is a great way to kick off the summer.
Summer Archeology Camp:This annual week-long camp is held for 5th and 6th graders and is hosted by real-life archeologists! The campers who attend will get to experience an archeological dig and catalog their discoveries. Scholarships for this camp are available for campers in low income brackets.
Fossieck Lecture Series:This event includes a rotating series of free guest lectures at the mansion. The speakers, topics, and dates for these lectures vary.
Ten Broeck Mansion, 9 Ten Broeck Place, Albany, NY 12202, Phone: 518-436-9826
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