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Adirondack Architectural Heritage plans ski tour

NEWCOMB - The Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) will start their 2010 educational series with a cross-country ski into the 19th-century, Adirondack Great Camp, Camp Santanoni of Feb. 7.

The trip will provide an opportunity to learn about the camp's fascinating history and architectural significance that make it a National Historic Landmark. The 10-mile round trip ski, along the preserve's gently sloping historic carriage road, leads into the historic wilderness estate.

The group will visit the camp's three complexes; the Gate Lodge, the Farm, and the Main Camp as well as view the massive log retreat at the Main Camp - the work of architect Robert Robertson. Authentic Adirondack rustic architecture will be featured and points of restoration will be shown.

"We want to encourage anyone with skis to join us in this kick-off event, " said program director Susan Arena. "Mark your calendars."

The tour will be led by AARCH staff and John Friauf, former AARCH Board Member. They will depart Santanoni Preserve parking area in Newcomb at 10 am and will return around 3 pm. Skiers are encouraged to bring a trail lunch and plenty of hydration.

The fee is $20 for members and $30 for non-members. Advance registration is required by calling AARCH at 834-9328.

"We want to preserve and interpret Camp Santanoni," said Arena.

This tour is one of AARCH's 50 events in an annual series highlighting the region's vast architectural legacy. For more information on call 834-9328 or visit www.aarch.org.

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