Learning the Way of the Woods

TUPPER LAKE Three Adirondack communities will play host to a special traveling exhibit that focuses on the Northern Forests.

The Way of the Woods will spend the first part of July in Upstate New York, showcasing the relationship of local people and the forest land.

The exhibit arrives on a large truck-trailer, and opens up to let visitors explore the exhibit. The interior space of Ways of the Woods has been transformed from a 53-foot truck trailer into a museum-quality exhibit. Floor-to-ceiling photographs, displays and several interactive elements engage and educate visitors.

The exhibit will visit the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum on July 4, during Tis Best Fourth in the North celebration.

From July 6-8, the Adirondack History Center Museum in Elizabethtown, operating during normal museum hours.

People are aware of the Adirondacks, but they dont always see it as part of the Northern Forests, said AHCM Director Margaret Gibbs. It will be really interesting to people in the area.

The weekly Elizabethtown farmers market will take place on Friday morning, and a variety of activities to enhance the exhibit experience are scheduled for Saturday.

Local spinners, woodworkers and quilters will set up on July 6, offering demonstrations and wares for sale. Musical duo Staber and Chasnoff will perform at 3 p.m.

The exhibit will finish its Adirondack tour in Tupper Lake, being available during Woodsmens Days on July 14 and 15.

Rings of Time combines photos and film with traditional music and spoken word, all projected onto the cross-section of giant white pine tree several feet in diameter. Visitors activate video clips through infra-red technology.

Flat-screen video stations play profiles of people who live, work and play in the Northern Forest, and exhibit cases display items handmade in the region using native Northern Forest products. Local community groups and schools created some of the slide shows and videos viewable on the video stations.

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