Adirondack Sportsman's Dinner

Last weekend, I traveled south to Schroon Lake to attend the 15th Annual Adirondack Sportsmans Dinner. The event, which is organized and hosted by consortium of local ministries, always draws a large crowd, and this year was no different.

Folks from Wells mixed with easily with others from Chazy, Old Forge or Dresden, and evidently, they all share a similar passion for the outdoor life. It is largely a blue collar audience, and camo baseball caps were the common fashion theme of the day.

Seminar topics included birchbark canoe building, waterfowling, wood carving, wilderness survival, turkey hunting, deer management, bass fishing, small gamme hunting, and many more.

For the keynote address, an appreciative audience of over 500 guests filled the auditorium at the Mountainside Bible Center as featured speaker, Dave Blanton, Executive Producer of Bill Jordan's Realtree Outdoors television series, and the popular Monster Bucks (r) video series, related tales of his hunting experiences with NASCAR legend, the late, Dale Earnhart.

I never fail to be impressed with how effectively the shared passion for an outdoor life serves to foster a commonality among such a diverse group of people. Within minutes of arriving, I always feel as if I am surrounded by a group of old friends, although there's hardly a handfull of familiar faces in the crowd.

The event, which has become a spring ritual, always seems to prompt me to try a new activity. After seeing a bit of Wilmington based woodcarver, Allen Aardsma's seminar on woodcarving, I've begun searching for the woodworking tools that I put away years ago.

Tickets for the annual event, which is free and open to the public, are online at www.sportsmansdinner.com. They are available on a first come basis and unfortunately, there are only 500 tickets available, due to space limitations. Keep tabs on the site, as tickets are usually scooped up within days of being offered. In many respects, the gathering can be a life changing event. Congratulations to the organizing committee for providing another entertaining and engaging event!

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