Wet weather can't dampen spirit

To the editor: On a wet and wild March day, two dozen hearty Adirondackers turned out to enjoy the gifts of nature and commemorate an historical event that gives our area an interesting and unique place in the annals, factual and legendary. Gathered around a warm campfire, we enjoyed stories with our special guests, Bob and Holly Bearor, and each others company. Mr. Bearor is the foremost authority and author of The Battle on Snowshoes, which took place 250 years ago on site near Ticonderoga Country Club rather than Rogers Rock Campsite. There, in a drenching, freezing rain, a dozen tough women, men and boys snowshoed or skied the trails, racing the clock, imagining themselves as Rogers Rangers in retreat from the French and Indians with their scalping knives. Betty Peria and Toni OBryan, both of Ticonderoga and both true Adirondack women skied to a tie for first place. Another younger, but just as sturdy and true Adirondack woman, Heidi Karkoski of Ticonderoga, took first place, and best overall time, 12:31, in the snowshoe race (even with one wrong turn). Second place went to an even younger, and most friendly, woman of Ticonderoga, Katie Elling. From Hague, Jan and Bob Whitaker cruised to third place finishes on their snowshoes, happy and cozy in their Gore-tex. Not to be outdone by the ladies, the male snowshoers were led by Frank Montbriand, of Ticonderoga, on a brisk walk. Mark Moss, also of Ticonderoga, took a slick second place, not falling once. The real superstars were Martin Glazer and Matt Cook, both 12 tender years of age and both from Ticonderoga, flying around the barely broken trails on their Raquettes, falling across the finish line in first and second place in the youth category. Soaking wet and a bit bruised from a knee-on-log incident, they were still smiling and enjoyed their Grog and Ranger Dogs or hot chocolate and hot dogs as its known today served 1750s style by Nancy Young and Tim Costello. Tending the fire, and keeping us all warm, Tavish Costello earned the most authentic garb award in his chemise (long linen shirt) and bonnet du police (fatigue cap). Susan Darrin was a close and dapper second in her leather and fur, coonskin cap and cool walking stick. Co-organizers Joe McCranels and Karen Costello would like to thank the local Hague businesses who so generously donated the wonderful prizes for the racers: Sew and Sow Embroidery, DeFranco Landscaping, Firehouse Restaurant, and Juniper Goods and Gifts. Also thanks to the town of Hague and the Hague Market for their support and Ticonderoga Elementary School for the loan of the snowshoes. Special thanks to our new friends, Bob and Holly Bearor, for sharing the great costumes, stories, and laughs. We appreciate everyones goodwill and fortitude that came out on such a real winter day. Proceeds from this event go to the Beste Scholarship and John Costello Memorial Scholarship Funds in equal amounts. They benefit, but we were all rewarded with a true Adirondack experience. Karen Costello Hague

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