5K Triple Crown Running Event

Three local groups are joining forces to raise money, promote their causes and increase tourism in Fulton County with the 5K Triple Crown presented by St. Mary’s Healthcare. Three 5K races will be held on three different days resulting in one male and female grand champion. There will also be cash prizes and medals awarded and other prize drawings for those who enter the 5K Triple Crown.

Glove Cities Rotary will host the Run for the Roses 5K on Saturday, May 3rd.  There will be a 7:30 a.m. registration and 9 a.m. run starting from Partner’s Pub, 21 S. William St., Johnstown.

Mountain Valley Hospice will host the second 5K run on Preakness Weekend,  Sunday May 18th with a 9 a.m. registration and 10 a.m. run at the  FMCC Campus, 2805 St. Hwy. 67, Johnstown.  This will be followed by their annual walk which will begin at 1pm.  Visit www.mvhcares.org for more details and registration information.

Lexington will host their 10th Annual 5K race on the day of the Belmont, Saturday, June 7th with 8 a.m. registration and a 9 a.m. run, starting from Lexington, 465 N. Perry St., Johnstown.

Registration Fees: $50 per participant (until April 15) $60 per participant (April 15 to May 1).  Register online at: 5ktriplecrown.racewire.com or visit FACEBOOK.com/5ktriplecrown.  To be eligible for the Triple Crown, all entries must be received by 5 p.m. May 1, 2014.  Single race registration for any of the above races is also available at 5ktriplecrown.racewire.com.

All Triple Crown entries are automatically entered to win great prizes, including: Mountain Bike, Box Seats for a Day at Saratoga Race Track, Whitewater Rafting Trip, 2 Seats at a NY Giants Game and more!  Free shirt and goody bag to all registered before April 15th.

Cash prizes will be awarded to Triple Crown winners (Male/Female) in the following age groups: 20-39; 40-59; 60+ 1st Prize $200 2nd Prize $150 3rd Prize $100 (19 and under age group winners will receive Scholarships).  Medals will also be awarded in the following age categories: 15 and under; 16-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70 and over Sponsored in part by the Fulton County Tourism.  For more information contact Todd Byrnes todd@5ktriplecrown.com or Lisa McCoy at lisa@5ktriplecrown.com.

Final Johnson Hall Walking Tour

To further highlight the 250th anniversary of the building of historic Johnson Hall and the development of its surrounding estate,  the State Historic Site has presented special interpretive walking tours during the 2013 season.

Beyond The Mansion: A Walking Tour of the Johnson Hall Estate and Outbuildings is led by Aaron Robinson, Johnson Hall’s Senior Historic Site Interpreter.  Archeological evidence, historic documents and ongoing research have provided a better understanding and interpretation of the property.  Robinson will detail the historic grounds and outbuilding locations of Sir William Johnson’s 700-acre 18th century working estate, highlighting how the craftspeople, guests, servants and slaves utilized these spaces to make Johnson Hall function.

Robinson, a graduate of the University at Albany Public History Program, has been on the Johnson Hall interpretive staff since June 2011.                                                                                                 

The final Beyond The Mansion guided tour will be held on Saturday, September 21 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm.  Tour-goers should meet in the East Stonehouse – reservations are not necessary.  The tour is be given rain or shine.

Johnson Hall State Historic Site will be open for the 2013 season for guided tours through Sunday, October 13.  For more information on Johnson Hall, contact (518) 762 – 8712, visit the Site’s Facebook page, or visit www.nysparks.com.

 

Route 29A Chain of Lakes Maps Available

The Fulton County Tourism Department has announced that the official 2013 Route 29A Chain of Lakes Map is printed and ready for distribution.  The Route 29A Chain of Lakes Map is an informational map highlighting dining, shopping, lodging, recreational services, and attractions in close proximity to the lakes along the 29A corridor.   This map is a companion piece to the Fulton County Travel Guide and the Great Sacandaga Lake Map.

Fulton County is a four-season destination; there is always something to do.  With the fall season in full swing, leaf peeping, craft fairs and harvest events, and apple orchards are some of the activities bringing visitors to Fulton County.  This map is a great piece to aid in planning a day trip or weekend getaway.  It is never too early to start planning for next summer’s experience.  And there is plenty to do in the winter including skiing, ice fishing, and snowmobiling.

The maps are available at the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber office at 2 North Main Street, Gloversville and the Fulton County Visitor Center, at the corner of State Routes 29 and 30, Vail Mills or by calling 1.800.676.3858.  For more Fulton County tourism information visit www.44lakes.com.

Vintage Baseball Game and Fulton County Baseball & Sports HOF Inductions Scheduled at Parkhurst Field

The Fulton County Baseball & Sports Hall of Fame will be holding its 2013 Inductions on Saturday October 12, 2013 at Parkhurst Field in Gloversville NY between innings of a Vintage Baseball Game. The game will be played that day between the Whatley Pioneers of Western Massachusetts and the local A., J. & G. Team, which is being compiled of former Gloversville Little Leaguers who once played at the historic Parkhurst Field site and have gone on to play professionally. The starting Pitcher for the Whately Pioneers will be New York Yankee Legend Jim Bouton, while the Manager of the A., J. & G. Team will be Major League Coaching Legend Jack McKeon.

Set to be inducted will be players from the old New York State League Teams that played in Johnstown & Gloversville from 1895-1907. Inductees will include Jack Chesbro (Johnstown Buckskins 1895/NY Yankees/MLB HOF’er), Cupid Childs (MLB 1888-1901/A.,J&G’s 1902), George Bell (A.J.,G’s 1904- 1905/MLB 1907-1911), Howard Earl (MLB 1890-1891/A.,J.&G’s 1904-1907) and Joe Birmingham (A.,J.&G’s 1906/MLB 1906-1921).

According to event Co-Chairman Mike Hauser, “We are excited to be blending our traditional HOF concept with a Vintage Game to be played at an historic site such as Parkhurst Field where some of the 2013 Inductees actually played over 100 years ago.”

“We are taking the concept a step further by creating a team that honors the A., J. & G. teams and players who played on this site with former Gloversville Little League Players, who also began their baseball careers on the very same patch of land several decades later,” adds David Karpinski, President of Gloversville Little League and Co-Chairman of the event.

“Both teams will be wearing throwback uniforms consistent with those worn by their respective teams at the turn of the century, while playing by MLB Rules in place at that time. Adding such modern day legends as Bouton and McKeon will add to the excitement of the day and provide a wonderful memory not only for the players participating in the actual game, but for the residents of Fulton County & Upstate NY who will have the opportunity to witness this historic event,” comments Hauser.

This marks McKeon’s first managing job since he retired as the Miami Marlins Manager at the end of the 2011 Season. Prior to that, McKeon had guided the Florida Marlins to the 2003 World Series Championship over the NY Yankees. McKeon has been in the game of Baseball professionally for 64 years and has managed the Kansas City Royals (1973-75), Oakland A’s (1977-78), San Diego Padres (1988-90), Cincinnati Reds (1997-2000) and the Florida/Miami Marlins (2003-2005 & 2011). McKeon is the only manager in the history of Baseball to win over 1,000 games in both the Minor Leagues & the Major Leagues. Along the way, he earned Major League Baseball’s Manager of the Year Award in 1999 & 2003, while becoming the oldest person to win a World Series in 2003 at the age of 72 when he guided the Florida Marlins past the New York Yankees.

Bouton, who authored the controversial book Ball Four, a tell all diary & memoir of his playing days as a MLB Player, will start the game for the Pioneers. Bouton’s Major League Career spanned from 1963 to 1978, with the NY Yankees, Seattle Pilots, Houston Astro’s and Atlanta Braves. He was a 1963 All- Star and a World Series Champion with the NY Yankees in 1962. His World Series Pitching Record is 2-1, with a 1.48 ERA.

At the conclusion of the game, a roadside ceremony will take place in which representatives from the Fulton County Museum will be on hand to help unveil the very first Fulton County Sports Historical Society road marker that denotes that Baseball has been played at that site since 1906. The Parkhurst Field Museum chronicles the history of the facility since 1906 and will be open to the public that day.

Admission to the game is a $5 donation to the groups HOF Fund. Gates open at Noon and the Vintage Game/Ceremonies will begin at 1pm. Parkhurst Field/Gloversville Little League is located at 50 Harrison Street in Gloversville.

For more information, visit www.fchof.com or contact Mike Hauser at 518-725-5565. You can also visit the “Parkhurst Field” or “Fulton County Baseball & Sports HOF” Facebook Pages.

Fall Events Highlight Foliage Season

The Capital-Saratoga Tourism Region, located in upstate New York, offers visitors fun fall events, locally-grown foods, agri-tourism attractions and scenic locations to enjoy fall foliage this season.

Notable Capital-Saratoga Region fall events include:

For a listing of the many additional fall events offered in the region, visit http://www.capital-saratoga.com/top-events.

The region’s harvest season is underway, featuring locally-grown foods and agri-tourism opportunities. From u-pick apple orchards and pumpkin farms to roadside farm stands and corn mazes, visitors can explore the flavors and fields of the Capital-Saratoga Region. For more information on the many agri-tourism and u-pick options in the region, visit http://www.capital-saratoga.com/things-to-do/agritourism/

Visitors can also enjoy the fall foliage at a wide range of scenic locations, including the 44 lakes of Fulton County, the Southern Adirondacks, along the shorelines of the Champlain Canal, Hudson River and Mohawk River, and throughout the thousands of acres of State and National Park lands that are in the region. Scenic driving and bike routes are also plentiful as are hiking opportunities.

For more information on these fall getaway opportunities and other activities in the Capital-Saratoga Region, visit http://www.capital-saratoga.com/things-to-do/fall/.

About The Capital-Saratoga Tourism Region

New York’s Capital-Saratoga Region includes Albany, Fulton, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga and Washington Counties. With museums, wineries, performing arts venues, thoroughbred racing, hiking, fishing, farmers’ markets, art galleries, festivals and more the Capital-Saratoga Region offers much for travelers to see and experience.

18th Century Cricket

Members of the British Brigade will visit Johnson Hall State Historic Site on this Saturday August 17th   10:00 – 4:00, to play 18th Century Cricket. The event is co-sponsored by Johnson Hall State Historic Site and the 24th Regiment of Foot of the British Brigade.

The British Brigade Inc. is a NYS Board of Regents charted living history organization that demonstrates the military activities and social pastimes of those British and American soldiers and their families, who served their country loyally during the American War of Independence.

Johnson Hall will serve as an elegant setting for the tournament, as Brigade members play the original version of this 18th century pastime. Period spectators will watch on the sidelines, creating a splendid outdoor scene, as they dine and relax among their comfortable field furnishings.

There will be no food vendor on site, spectators are encouraged to bring their own picnic lunch, locate a comfortable place in the shade and enjoy the matches. To complete the experience, opportunities will be made available for the public to try their hand at Cricket.

Matches are scheduled to take place on Saturday between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Major Paul Novotny will deliver game history and playing instructions at both 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM with matches following. A special match scheduled at 1:00 P.M. to be played by teams representing the 24th Regiment of Foot and St John’s Episcopal Church.

Admission to the house and tournament is free. Donations to support this and other events at Johnson Hall are always appreciated.

Johnson Hall State Historic Site is located at 139 Hall Avenue in Johnstown, just off West State St. (State Hwy 29 West). For more information on this event please contact wade.wells@oprhp.state.ny.us or call 518-762-8712

Bassmaster Weekend Series Returns to the Great Sacandaga Lake

The New York Division 23 of the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, will wrap up its regular season on Aug. 17, 2013, at the Great Sacandaga Lake.

The competitors will launch at Northampton Beach Campground, located at 328 Houseman Street in Mayfield, N.Y. Anglers may begin fishing at safe light. Registration begins at 4 p.m. Aug. 16 at Northampton Beach Campground. To register for this tournament, see www.americanbassanglers.com/proddetail.php?prod=733.

Anglers fishing the Boater Division may weigh in up to five bass. Co-anglers may weigh in up to three bass. For New York fishing license information, call 518-402-8843 or see www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6091.html.

Great Sacandaga Lake, also known as Sacandaga Reservoir, covers about 24,707 acres of Fulton, Saratoga and Hamilton counties in the southern part of the Adirondack Park in northeast New York. The lake dates to 1930 with the damming of the Sacandaga River. It averages about 32 feet deep, but drops to more than 74 feet deep in places. The name comes from a Native American word meaning “land of the waving grass.”

During the Aug. 27, 2011, BWS tournament on Sacandaga Lake, John P. Damphier of Johnstown, N.Y., won the Boater Division with a five-bass tournament limit weighing 11.73 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 2.38-pounder. Damphier caught most of his fish on a jig fished around rocks and grass in 19 feet of water. Harold K. Miller Jr. of Washington, Pa., won the tournament big bass title with a 3.63-pounder.

In the Co-Angler Division during that tournament, Reed Poulton of Schenectady, N.Y., landed a three-fish division limit going 6.86 pounds with a 2.68-pound kicker. Poulton caught most of his fish on topwaters around weeds, but caught his biggest fish on a green pumpkin grub fished in 35 feet of water. William B. Adams of Piscataway, N.J., won the Co-Angler Division lunker competition with a 3.08-pounder.

Slated for Sept. 21-22, 2013, the two-day divisional championship will be held on Lake Oneida out of Oneida Shores County Park near Brewerton. At the end of the season, one BWS angler will win the opportunity to compete in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic.

For more information on this tournament, call Joe Angelone, tournament manager, at 256-777-6152 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.

About American Bass Anglers: American Bass Anglers commitment is to provide low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler and at the same time offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.

FEATURED ARTISTS FOR ANNUAL WOODWORKIING AND FINE ARTS WEEKEND ANNOUNCED

This year’s Woodworking and Fine Arts Weekend is highlighting two accomplished painters with different styles who have both been inspired by the area they are from.  Ellen Babin comes to us for the third year from Cape Cod, Massachusetts and our own Constance Dodge all the way from Edinburg who is joining us for a fourth time.  For both artists, painting has become more than a profession or passion.   Having survived serious illnesses, they believe their painting is an integral part of the healing process.

Constance Dodge

As an artist living and working in the Southern Adirondacks, Constance Dodge has been drawn to the history and the beauty of the environment.  Imagination and the immediacy of pastels have allowed her to interpret the incredible natural surroundings with a more impressionist palette, focusing on light and shadow.  Connie’s education includes a BS in Art Educations from Nazareth College and a Masters in Fine Arts from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.  She taught both at the high school and community college levels and was an adjunct instructor at a number of local colleges including the College of St. Rose.

Connie’s paintings were exhibited at Amos Eno Gallery in New York City from 1975-98.  Her work appears in many public and private collections, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., and she was published in the New York Magazine.  The Lake George Visitors Center includes a mural she co-created.  To cite a few of her many honors, Constance won “Best Overall Landscape” at the 2010 Central Adirondack Show, a Project Grant in 2002, a 2009 Artist Grant from NYSCA through the Saratoga Arts Council, and a Fellowship at the Millay Colony.  You can view some of her paintings on her website:  www.constanceadodge.com.

Ellen Babin

In her early years, Ellen Babin was inspired by the work of Andrew Wyeth.  She is an award winning landscape artist of the Cape Cod Art Association in Barnstable, Massachusetts.  Specializing in acrylics, her subjects include the beaches of Cape Cod as well as the mountains, wilderness trails, and streams of the Adirondacks.  While pursuing a career as a Physician Assistant, Ellen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Medicine with a minor in Art from Alderson Broaddus College in West Virginia.  A Cape Codder at heart, Ellen moved to Yarmouth Port in 1983.  Recently retired from medicine, she now spends her time fulfilling her passion – painting fulltime.

Ellen has participated in numerous juried art shows from Cape Cod to Blue Mountain Lake and has been published in many issues of the American Art Review, including 2010 July-August issue, 2010 September-October issue, 2010 November-December issue and 2011 January-February issue.  Presently her work is displayed in galleries in Sandwich, Massachusetts and locally at Colorful Collections here in Northville New York.   She is scheduled for a mother/daughter show at the Cultural center in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts in September 2014.

Northville Rotary’s Fifth Annual Woodworking and Fine Arts Weekend will be held in Northville at the Bradt Building and Town Park on Main Street Friday July 19th from 5:30-8:30, Saturday the 20th from 9-5, and Sunday the 21st from 10-3.  In addition to our featured painters, over 50 artists including woodworkers, jewelers, photographers, weavers, sculptors, potters, a blacksmith and batik artist who will be  displaying their unique talents.  We will have a silent auction of items donated by the artists and will again be raffling a kayak and bicycle.  Come join us.  It is a great weekend in Northville on the Sacandaga Lake!

Lecture Series at Johnson Hall Marks 250th Anniversary

Johnstown, NY-Johnson Hall State Historic Site will host a 5-part lecture series during the 2013 season to mark the 250th anniversary of the construction of the historic Johnson home.

On the first Saturday of each month, lectures that focus on the period surrounding the 1763 building of the home will be held in the first floor hall of the Johnson Hall, beginning at 11am.  Refreshments will be available following each lecture in the Stonehouse.  Regular public tours will be available after 1:00pm on these days.

On Saturday, June 1st, Ron Burch will present “In the English Manner: Pattern Books and Georgian Building Traditions in the Colonial Mohawk Valley”.  Burch will examine the use and influence of architectural theses and books of designs published in England and readily available to American colonials in the 18th century.  Men of stature – including Sir William and John Johnson, Nicholas Herkimer and Philip Schuyler – as well as the upwardly mobile middle class, had access to these publications and exhibited substantial “pattern book” influence in their mid-18th century houses.

Burch retired in September 2010 after 27 years as Curator of Art and Architecture at the NYS Museum in Albany.  He was also a lecturer in U.S. Architectural History for over 10 years at the University at Albany. He previously served as Registrar at the Farmers’ Museum and Fenimore House in Cooperstown, as well as Director at the Fort Plain Museum. He received Masters degrees in US History from Duke University and in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program.

Saturday’s lecture is a Path Through History Weekend event.

Additional lectures will include:

Saturday, July 6 - “This Day I agreed with Mr. Samuel Fuller: Building Johnson Hall” presented by Walter Wheeler.

Saturday, August 3 – “Archeaology at Johnson Hall” presented by Lois Feister-Huey.

Saturday, September 7 – “Colonial Johnstown, According to the Daybook of Robert Adems, Sir William Johnson’s Bookkeeper” presented by Gayle Ann Livecchia

Saturday, October 5 – “Georgian Opulence – in the Wilderness, above the Hudson, and on the Seacoast” presented by Judy Anderson

For more information on this and other 250th anniversary special events, contact Johnson Hall at (518) 762 – 8712, visit the Site’s Facebook page , or visit www.nysparks.com.

FOURTH ANNUAL PECK’S LAKE SPRINT TRIATHLON ANNOUNCED

The Fulton County Tourism Department of the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Peck’s Lake Protective Association (PLPA) are presenting the Fourth Annual Peck’s Lake Challenge Sprint Triathlon to be staged at Sunrise Bay on Peck’s Lake in Fulton County, NY on Saturday, August 3.  The event is comprised of a ½ mile swim, a 9 mile bike ride, and a 3 mile run.

Peck’s Lake is located within the Towns of Bleecker and Johnstown in Fulton County, NY and inside the Adirondack State Park’s “Blue Line.” The Peck’s Lake Challenge swim course will begin at Sunrise Bay on the north side of the lake.  After the swim, triathletes will begin a rolling and challenging bike ride along North Shore Road and proceed to the lake’s South Shore Road and back to Sunrise Bay.  After finishing the bike race, athletes will run on North Shore Road and again return to Sunrise Bay for the triathlon finish.

Entry fee is $50 per racer for registration.  There will be a staggered start at the swim portion between a competitive group and a participant group.  Racers may enter as individuals or as a 2- or 3-person team; entry fees are $40 per each team member.  Sport caps will be guaranteed for the first 100 racers who sign up for the triathlon.  Awards for the top three winners in each age group category will be presented.

The Peck’s Lake Challenge Sprint Triathlon event is limited to 175 total athletes; annually, the event is sold out two weeks prior.  Entry forms can be found on the Chamber’s website, calling the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber at (518) 725-0641, or by sending a request via e-mail to tourism@fultonmontgomeryny.org. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Gloversville, which promotes the social, educational, health, leadership, and character development of boys and girls during critical periods of their growth.

Thank you to our sponsors, to-date, Brown’s Ford of Johnstown, Alpin Haus, Wal-Mart DC #6096, and Railside Café.  And to the LUNA Chix Albany Triathlon Team for their donation of LUNA bars.  Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

For more information, please call the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber at (518) 725-0641 or e-mail tourism@fultonmontgomeryny.org or e-mail pecklaketri@gmail.com.