The Beat http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/ Category - festivals and events Mon, 22 Dec 2014 22:42:49 GMT Ring in the New Year with a First Day Hike at Fort Ontario http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/12/Ring-in-the-New-Year-with-a-First-Day-Hike-at-Fort-Ontario/8013/ Winter Walk through History at Fort Ontario Oswego, N.Y. - Fort Ontario State Historic Site's first annual "Winter Walk through History" is scheduled for Jan. 1, 2015. The event will feature a narrated historical stroll around the grounds and buildings of the old 75-acre military reservation. Led by AmeriCorps staffer and historian Mitchell Manniccia, the walk will begin at 10 a.m. in the Enlisted Men's Barracks inside the old stone fort. The event is free and open to the public. Free parking will be available in the main visitor lot. The Winter Walk Through History event is part of New York State Park's statewide First Day Hikes Program and is being conducted in cooperation with Oswego County AmeriCorps and Friends of Fort Ontario. First Day Hikes encourage participation in healthy outdoor winter physical activities and are a fun way for the whole family to ring in the New Year. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/12/Ring-in-the-New-Year-with-a-First-Day-Hike-at-Fort-Ontario/8013/ Holiday events in Orange County put a smile on Santa’s face! http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/4/Holiday-events-in-Orange-County-put-a-smile-on-Santa-s-face-/8007/ Orange County, N.Y. - Like a child's Christmas stocking, Orange County is filled with holiday events and activities to make everyone feel festive, joyful, and ready to celebrate the merry season. With fresh glittering snow blanketing the charming countryside, Orange County is only a seventy minute ride from Manhattan, two and a half hours from Philadelphia, three and a half hours from Boston, and one of Santa's most favorite stops. Thu, 04 Dec 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/4/Holiday-events-in-Orange-County-put-a-smile-on-Santa-s-face-/8007/ Winter Fun Abounds in the Lake George Area of New York’s Adirondacks http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/3/Winter-Fun-Abounds-in-the-Lake-George-Area-of-New-York-s-Adirondacks/8006/ Lake George, N.Y. - Temperatures are plummeting, and the snow has started to fall, which means it's time to embrace winter in the Lake George Area of New York's Adirondacks - on the slopes and off! If downhill skiing is your thing, head to Gore Mountain in North Creek, recently named a "Top 10 Mountain" by SKI Magazine for its value, lifts, scenery and terrain variety. Add the new "Adirondack Express II" high-speed quad lift and you've got plenty of reasons to visit Gore this winter. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/3/Winter-Fun-Abounds-in-the-Lake-George-Area-of-New-York-s-Adirondacks/8006/ Get Away to the Adirondacks for Holiday Festivities in a Winter Wonderland http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/1/Get-Away-to-the-Adirondacks-for-Holiday-Festivities-in-a-Winter-Wonderland/8005/ From Downton Abbey-Inspired, to a Yule Log Hunt, Make NY's Adirondacks Your Home for the Holidays Adirondack Region, N.Y. - This year's lineup of Adirondack holiday festivals includes a celebration straight out of a Laura Ingalls Wilder book, and skiing and riding with Old Saint Nick. Just four hours north of New York City and two hours south of Montreal, head to theAdirondacks this holiday season to  enjoy: ‘Gifting the Adirondacks' Holiday Fair, December 5-6, at the Adirondack Folk School in Lake Luzerne, features a wide selection of handcrafted works of art for sale. Mon, 01 Dec 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/1/Get-Away-to-the-Adirondacks-for-Holiday-Festivities-in-a-Winter-Wonderland/8005/ Dickens Christmas Returns to Skaneateles - Opening Day Is Nov. 28 http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/21/Dickens-Christmas-Returns-to-Skaneateles---Opening-Day-Is-Nov-28/8004/ Skaneateles, N.Y. - In Skaneateles, it's always a Dickens of a Christmas. For each of the last 21 years, Charles Dickens has spent a month in this charming lakeside village, gathering research for his soon-to-be written classic "A Christmas Carol." On village streets, he encounters Scrooge, Tiny Tim, the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present, the Ghost of Jacob Marley, President John Tyler, and a bevy of other characters ranging from finishing school girls to pickpockets. Magic, music and merriment prevail, as the revels play and guests ride by in horse-drawn carriages. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/21/Dickens-Christmas-Returns-to-Skaneateles---Opening-Day-Is-Nov-28/8004/ A Gilded Age Christmas at Staatsburgh State Historic Site http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/18/A-Gilded-Age-Christmas-at-Staatsburgh-State-Historic-Site/7999/ Staatsburg, N.Y. - The halls are being decked! Staatsburgh State Historic Site is preparing for its festive Gilded Age Christmas, featuring sumptuous decorations throughout the mansion and special children's programs from late November through New Year's Eve. The site opens for the holiday season on Friday, November 28, and offers public hours Thursday through Sunday, from Noon to 4pm (closed Christmas Day) through December 31.  Special evening hours are from 6pm to 8pm on Friday December 12, and additional days for visiting the mansion include Noon to 4pm on Monday, December 29 through Wednesday, December 31. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/18/A-Gilded-Age-Christmas-at-Staatsburgh-State-Historic-Site/7999/ Lake Placid Nordic Festival Feb. 27-March 1 http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/6/Lake-Placid-Nordic-Festival-Feb-27-March-1/7994/ 2014-'15 Cross Country Season Passes on Sale Now, Save $20 through Dec. 1 Lake Placid, N.Y. - Lake Placid, N.Y. has a well-deserved reputation for world-class alpine skiing, but it also has some of the best Nordic skiing in the United States.  The Lake Placid region has plenty to offer Nordic skiers and winter enthusiasts of all ages and abilities with its vast array of groomed and set to its backcountry trails.  So whether you're a beginner skier or an experienced racer, the place to be February 27-March 1, 2015 is in Lake Placid for its first-ever Nordic Festival. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/6/Lake-Placid-Nordic-Festival-Feb-27-March-1/7994/ Fresh Cut and Fragrant http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/3/Fresh-Cut-and-Fragrant/7992/ Christmas trees and B&Bs - a great holiday experience in Orange County Orange County, N.Y. (Nov. 3, 2014) -  Fields of perfect Christmas trees are waiting to be cut for the holidays in the Hudson Valley's Orange County. Nine tree farms provide a real old-fashioned experience, with thousands of acres of fragrant trees ready to be cut, gift shops filled to the brim with wreaths and decorations, and a cup of hot chocolate or cider to boost holiday spirits! Mon, 03 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/3/Fresh-Cut-and-Fragrant/7992/ Ghoulish Halloween Fun http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/27/Ghoulish-Halloween-Fun/7989/ The Hudson Valley haunts offer spooky entertainment in Orange County, NY   Orange County, N.Y. - Halloween thrill seekers looking for real shock value will find plenty of places to be scared to death in Orange County.  Whether it's "flashlight" corn maze fun at one of the county's local farms, or the shrieking madness of a scare park, Orange County has a wonderful variety of eerie entertainment to make your visit memorable and your nights sleepless. Tens of thousands of people from as far away as Philadelphia, Boston, and Connecticut make the trip annually to be horrified. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/27/Ghoulish-Halloween-Fun/7989/ Adirondacks Gear Up for Winter with New Ski Resort Offerings and Festivities http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/20/Adirondacks-Gear-Up-for-Winter-with-New-Ski-Resort-Offerings-and-Festivities/7987/ From Oak Mountain to the Adirondack Coast - Family-Friendly Winter Fun in the Mountains Adirondack Region, N.Y. - In Northern New York, winter's snowy depths and plunging temperatures mean one thing for the Adirondacks: it's time to play. With snowflakes already falling, ski resorts and communities are gearing up for a winter filled with ski resort updates, world-class sporting events and holiday festivities. Located just four hours north of Manhattan, the Adirondack Region presents its' 2014-15 winter preview: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/20/Adirondacks-Gear-Up-for-Winter-with-New-Ski-Resort-Offerings-and-Festivities/7987/