Adirondack Museum Offers "Passion in the Park"

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE - Discover the romantic side of the Adirondack Park and join the Adirondack Museum for a special Valentine's Day program that explores love stories happy, melodramatic, and tragic - all set in the North Country.

Bring a special loved one and plenty of handkerchiefs on Sunday, Feb. 14 as the Adirondack Museum presents "Passion in the Park", a Valentine's Day edition of the Cabin Fever Sunday series with Curator Hallie E. Bond.

The presentation will be held in the Auditorium and will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m. Cabin Fever Sunday programs are offered at no charge to museum members and are sponsored by the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, dedicated to improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park. The fee for non-members is $5. There is no charge for children of elementary school age or younger. Refreshments will be served.

Some of the love stories that Bond will share are part of folklore and history of the region. Others have recently come to light through research in the Adirondack Museum's fine collection of diaries and personal letters.

Bond will discuss how the reputation of the Adirondack Mountains as a romantic spot was established in the mid-nineteenth century and share the ways Valentine's Day was celebrated before the era of cards from Hallmark.

The program will be illustrated with charming images of vintage Valentines and photographs from museum collections.

Bond has been Curator at the Adirondack Museum since 1987. She curated a number of popular exhibits including "Common Threads" 150 Years of Adirondack Quilts and Comforters," "A Paradise for Boys and Girls: Children's Camps in the Adirondacks," and "Boats and Boating in the Adirondacks." She has written extensively about regional history and material culture.

For additional information, please call the Education Department at 352-7311, ext. 128 or visit the museum's web site at www.adirondackmuseum.org.

The Museum Store and Visitor Center will be open from noon to 4 p.m.

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