Minutes prior to Rachel Ray’s benefit show in Lake George High School April 12, the celebrity chef and famed talk show host (left) responds to a question posed by Denton Publications reporter Katherine Clark (right) in the school library.
Photo by Thom Randall.
continued AJ: You’ve definitely gotten to go to a lot of places and do a lot of things — you’ve gotten to see so much....
RR: “I’m very lucky to see so much of the world, but this is where I live!”
AJ: What amazes you most when you come back with fresh eyes?
RR: “How beautiful where I grew up is — and my appreciation for it just grows the older I get. I love Italy very much —I was married there, my family is from there, my husband’s family is from there and it’s the place I most love to travel — but the only place I really feel at home is the Adirondacks. “
AJ: When you come back, what stands out the most?
RR: “I love coming over the Northway over the big hill and see the Great Escape — it was Storytown when I was a little kid — then I see the mountains and I know I’m home and I always get a little chill.
“In the fall I love coming over that crest and seeing the colorful foliage. And in the summer I like to see the bright green of the mountains.
“The air smells different here. Just everything is different here. I love how dark the sky still gets, not as black as I remember as a kid, and the winters aren’t as cold now — this last winter was heartbreaking, absolutely crushing. I’d gotten new toboggans for Christmas and we dug a new toboggan run about a half-mile long in the forest and we never got to use it. We never got enough snow from Christmas until now.
“That breaks my heart — when I was a kid we used to have the big winter carnival out on the lake and when my mom was a kid they used to have horse races out on the ice and this year, wow, I never went ice skating or anything — it was crazy.”