New Land Trust plans blueberry festival

SARANAC - The New Land Trust is hoping one way to get people interested in their property is through their stomachs.

The nonprofit organization, whose focus is to preserve 287 acres it owns in the Adirondack Mountains, will host its first blueberry festival next Saturday, July 25, at its property on Plumadore Road.

Kathleen Cantwell, secretary of the NLT board of directors, said the organization wanted to share the abundance of blueberries found on the property with visitors while educating them on their mission at the same time.

"We wanted to establish the blueberry festival because there are wild blueberries everywhere," explained Cantwell. "It's just one of the unique things we can offer people."

The festival will consist of an offering of free blueberry pancakes from 8-10 a.m., followed by the NLT's annual meeting, which all are invited to attend. Educational events will follow at 12:30 p.m., featuring a discussion about waterbugs by Janet Mihuc, an etymologist with Paul Smiths College, and a clay trail marker making workshop led by Cantwell.

Other events that will make up the festival include an orienteering exercise to find a geocache site and an opportunity to pick blueberries. Entertainment will be provided at 2 p.m. by acoustic folk music artists Snowy Le Joie and Ryan Casey.

"There are things planned, but it's meant to be open-ended for people to just relax and enjoy the land," said Cantwell.

Those attending are encouraged to bring insect repellent, their own lunch, and camping gear if wishing to stay overnight.

The New Land Trust is located at 236 Plumadore Road and is accessible from State Route 3 in the town of Saranac. For more information, including obtaining a map and directions, visit the organization's Web site, www.newlandtrust.org.

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