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Posts from October 2020

Campground Owners of NY CONYT logoBusiness up 25 to 40 percent at some locations

Some park operators say they already have large numbers of reservations for the 2021 camping season

After initially bracing for economic catastrophe as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of New York’s private campground and RV resort operators have had their best year ever as families have embraced camping and the Great Outdoors in record numbers.           

Year-to-date business levels at some New York campgrounds are up by as much as 25 to 40 percent over 2019 figures, according to Campground Owners of New York (CONY), which hosts CampNewYork.com, the travel planning website.

Kota Ezawa  - Nan and Brian in Bed (1983)Detail: Kota Ezawa is currently on view through November 1 at the museum

Rochester, N.Y., October 16, 2020—The George Eastman Museum will host a virtual artist’s talk with Kota Ezawa in conversation with Bruce Barnes, Ron and Donna Fielding Director of the George Eastman Museum, on Thursday, October 22 at 6 p.m. The talk is free, and registration via Zoom is required as space is limited.

Detail: Kota Ezawa is currently on view at the Eastman Museum through November 1. The work on display is from Ezawa’s series The History of Photography Remix, in which the artist created digital drawings of iconic photographs, family snapshots, and other images flooding contemporary life.

NYS - Making Progress HappenMasks Required When Not Eating, Drinking or Skiing, Lifts Restricted to Members of the Same Party, Thorough Cleaning and Disinfection of Rented Equipment and Other Health and Safety Protocols Required

Statewide Positivity Rate is 1.08 Percent  

Positive Testing Rate in Hot Spot Areas is 3.19 Percent; New York State Positivity Without Red Zone Focus Areas Included is 1.0 Percent

7 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday  

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that ski resorts can reopen with 50 percent indoor capacity and with strict health and safety protocols under state-issued guidance starting Friday, November 6.

"Scientists have told us the virus is going to become more aggressive in the fall, and right now, we are all feeling COVID-fatigue, but our micro-cluster strategy is a smart, data-driven and less disruptive strategy to get us through this season. And so far, the data shows the micro-cluster strategy is working to bring infection rates down in our red zone areas," Governor Cuomo said. "Beginning next month, Ski resorts will be allowed to reopen with limited indoor capacity, which will allow New Yorkers to have some outdoor activity this winter without having to quarantine when they come back."

Glens Falls Arts DistrictGlens Falls, NY— The Arts District of Glens Falls is beginning to roll out physical markers as well as colorful banners and numerous sidewalk markers featuring the Arts District logo. In addition, branded bicycle racks are also in production and will be installed at key arts institutions to facilitate bike traffic from the nearby Warren County and Feeder Canal trails.

These markers are only the beginning of the overall plan for public art in Glens Falls.  As part of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, spearheaded by the late Ed Bartholomew, artwork ranging from painted electrical boxes to large scale murals and sculptures are slated to begin production this fall and into 2021. This will create an Arts Trail within the Arts District accessible to both pedestrian and vehicular traffic highlighting downtown, Warren Street and neighborhood arts organizations. …

Antique Boat Museum logoClayton, New York – The Antique Boat Museum and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary’s Alexandria Bay Flotilla have partnered to offer remote learning opportunities through the end of 2020. More new and reimagined programming will continue to roll out in early 2021 as part of this partnership.

The final session of About Boating Safely for 2020 will be held on Google Meet from Monday, November 2 through Thursday, November 5 from 6pm-8pm. This is a more compact schedule than previous sessions of the class, lasting 2 hours per night for 4 nights rather than 1 hour a night for 8 nights.

Fort TiconderogaFunding supports a two-week Summer Institute for teachers in July 2021

Ticonderoga, N.Y. – The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a grant of $88,227 to Fort Ticonderoga to host a two-week NEH Summer Institute for Teachers in July 2021. The institute is titled “For the Common Defense: Subjects, Citizens, and America’s Military Origins, 1609-1815.” Fort Ticonderoga was one of eighteen institutions nationwide to receive this grant funding.

“This prestigious grant allows Fort Ticonderoga an unparalleled opportunity to play a vital part in educating and inspiring America’s youth through their teachers’ participation in this program,” said Beth L Hill, Fort Ticonderoga president and CEO. “Fort Ticonderoga is a national leader in teacher education and this program adds to our diverse offerings and increased reach.”…

Wild Center Otter Pup ReleaseTupper Lake, N.Y. - After five months of rehabilitation, The Wild Center released two female North American river otters in the Shingle Shanty Preserve and Research Station, a 15,000-acre biological field research station in the Western Adirondacks, on Thursday, Oct. 8.

This otter rehabilitation, a first for The Wild Center, began in May after receiving phone calls from residents in two separate areas within the North Country that had each spotted a five-week-old abandoned pup in the wild. Wild Center curator, Leah Valerio, and the rest of the Animal Care staff worked hand-in-hand with local veterinarian Dr. Nina Schoch to retrieve the pups and transport them to the Center's facilities in Tupper Lake, N.Y. …

Kinderhook, New York – Beginning Sunday, November 1, 2020, Martin Van Buren National Historic Site will transition to winter operations. Park grounds remain open daily from 7 am to sunset. Pick up a brochure in the parking lot and follow the three-quarter mile wayside loop to learn more about Martin Van Buren’s post-presidency home.NPS

Facilities, including historic Lindenwald and the park visitor center, will be closed. Ranger programs will not be offered during the winter season. Traditionally, Martin Van Buren National Historic Site increases operations for the spring in mid-April. Please check back closer to that time for more information.  …

Electro MagneticA vibrant solo show by Indie 184, featuring powerful female cultural icons of the past and present

New York, NYSour Mouse, a new venue that opened on the lower east side (110 Delancey St. @ Essex St.) is thrilled to present “Electro Magnetic,” a solo show by Indie 184. The native New York street-artist of Dominican descent has been a female pioneer in the graffiti and street-art arena for two decades. “Electro Magnetic,” is a colorful collection of new artworks that pay homage to powerful icons of the present and past, including Madonna, Jayne Mansfield, Rhianna, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and more.

Ticonderoga Area Chamber of CommerceTiconderoga, NY (October 15, 2020) - The Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership (TMSP) and the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) are pleased to announce the schedule of events for HalloweenFest 2020: COVID-19 Edition. The Halloween celebration may not be the same as years past but the committee has worked hard to provide an array of festive events that are being hosted virtually, on your own, and by several businesses and organizations throughout the Ticonderoga Area. Reminder to follow all guidelines, wear masks, and social distance. The committee is already working on the 2021 schedule with hopes to bring back traditional aspects and much more.