February 2016

Knock Knock! Who's There? Snow! Snow who? Snow laughing matter. The winter that isn’t is a joy for some and a terrible disappointment for folks who like winter and for all the plants and critters that rely on the seasons to survive. Lots of snow is not such good news for our southern friends. Ah well. Though there are always fluctuations in the seasons – this year is the most extreme we’ve seen in our 36 years in the Adirondacks. As I write there are a few stranded flakes floating by. Here’s hoping they gather strength and we get a few inches. It’s been three years since we sent out a February newsletter – The past several winters have been full of time to create and try new things. We’re playing out our new and traditional music with a few covers this February and wanted to share the news. We’re also continuing to be excited about our newest CD “Wake Up!” - Very timely for this winter. "The message is as strong as the music is beguiling--an album for your home and for your planet!"--Bill McKibben http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/therusticriders February Gigs February 12th 4 pm to 7:00 pm Adirondack White Out Weekend 6 Hamele Street, Wanakena, NY 13695 (the Old General Store) Free Winter Photo Contest Opening at Otto’s Abode - Live Music, Bonfire & Refreshments (free). Adirondack White Out Weekend is a 72-day festival celebrating the beauty of winter in Star Lake, Cranberry Lake, and Wanakena, (Clifton-Fine, St. Lawrence County, NY) Fun winter activities for the entire family. http://adkwow.webs.com February 14th 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Hohmeyers Lodge on Lake Clear 6319 State Route 30 Lake Clear, New York, 12945 (518)–891–1489 No Cover Valentines Day Music for Great Camp Dinner at the 130-year-old lodge. The Hohmeyer family has been preparing award winning meals for 50 years here. Reservations recommended http://lodgeonlakeclear.com/ Friday, February 26th 4 – 6 pm St Lawrence County Arts Council – Eric Thacher Art Exhibit Opening Art Gallery at Town Hall 18 Elm St Potsdam NY 13676 315 – 265 - 6860 We’ll be providing music for the art exhibit "Scenes Which Appealed to Me" by local artist Eric Thacher. Thacher’s outdoor paintings are inspired by the abstract distribution of shapes and colors in a scene http://slcartscouncil.org/ Saturday, February 27th Planned Parenthood Event Cascade Ski Touring Center 4833 Cascade Rd. Lake Placid, NY 12946 518- 523-9605 We’ll be providing music for this event, but you don’t need to wait. They’re having farm dinners on Fridays in February with live local music and local foods. Hopefully we’ll be skiing soon – but we always need to eat https://www.facebook.com/cascade.ski Sunday, February 28th 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Ski and Music Paul Smiths VIC 8023 State Route 30 Paul Smiths, New York 12970 518-327-6241 Free with Day or Seasonal Trail Pass Hopefully we’ll have great snow by this! Concert of winter music in the Great Room (with great acoustics) at the Visitor’s Interpretive Center. http://adirondackvic.org/Music at the Paul-Smiths-VIC (If you follow the link, Notice the fine guitar in the photo – built by Klaus with Adirondack Spruce logged in Tupper Lake. Inlay work by Dave Nichols)

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