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Top 10 events for this weekend near North Creek

Singer-songwriter Dan Berggren

Singer-songwriter Dan Berggren Photo by Andy Flynn.

— The Gore Mountain Region and Central Adirondacks will be filled with special events this weekend. Here are the Top 10 events, listed in chronological order.

  1. On Friday, Aug. 3, Doug Irving and friends will be giving a concert at the Tannery Pond Community Center. Starting at 7:30 p.m., the performance is being billed as an evening of Adirondack music with the Glens Falls area singer-songwriter and composer. The show will feature songs from his CDs. The other performers will be Nancy Walker, Marc Clayton, Gary Moon, Rick Morse, Jeff Sohn and Nick Parslow. Admission is $12 at the door.

  2. From Friday to Sunday, Aug. 3-5, the town of Long Lake will host the Northern Needles Quilt Show from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Long Lake Town Hall.

  3. Also on Aug. 3-5, the 13th Annual Durant Days weekend features a number of activities in and around the hamlet of Raquette Lake, celebrating 19th century Adirondack developer William West Durant, who was responsible for the architectural designs of Great Camps in the region, such as Great Camp Sagamore. On Friday, there will be a Luncheon Cruise, a water taxi to Pine Knot, St. Williams and lunch aboard the W.W. Durant boat. Call (315) 354-5532 for times and rates. Saturdays events include: a free concert featuring Wide Variety, New Jersey’s Premiere A Cappella Group at 2 p.m. at the Raquette Lake Free Union School; a Poker Run, 2-5 p.m.; family activities, 2 p.m.; Adam Reynolds in concert on the Village Green, 5-7 p.m.; boat parade, 7 p.m.; and fireworks at dusk. On Sunday, there will be a half-priced tour of Great Camp Sagamore, 10 a.m.; Water Taxi to St. Hubert’s Isle, 2 p.m.; and vespers on St. Hubert’s Isle, 3 p.m.

  4. On Saturday, Aug. 4, Race the Train will be held to help raise funds for the North Creek chapter of Dollars for Scholars. Runners take the Saratoga & North Creek Railway for free from North Creek to Riparius (8 a.m.) and race it back 8.4 miles to the North Creek depot. Race time is 9 a.m. They can register online at www.activ.com, call Gary Wilson at 494-2266 or go to riparius@nycap.rr.com. Spectators may purchase tickets to ride the train and cheer for their favorite runners. A 1-mile Family Fun Run takes place at 11 a.m. at the station. Spectators can make train reservations by calling (877) 726-7245 and asking for the Saratoga & North Creek Railroad. Reservations are $10.

  5. In Newcomb, Northern New York Audubon will lead a Bird Walk starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. Birders will walk along the Roosevelt Truck Trail. This is a grass- and moss-covered road that connects Blue Ridge Road and Route 28N. The trail has some brook crossings, passes through a spruce plantation, white pine forest and some young hardwoods as it goes up and down between ridges. Boreal species have been seen in the conifer sites along the trail. The trail is hilly but easy and maybe damp so appropriate footwear is recommended. Plan on three hours of easy to moderate hiking. People should meet at the Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5922 State Route 28N, Newcomb. They can register at 582-2000.

  6. The Adirondack Tri-County NRC Auxiliary Annual Flea Market will be held from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 on the grounds of the facility in North Creek. White elephant items, crafts, books, plants and baked goods will be for sale. Food and drinks will be available. Call 251-5355 for more information.

  7. The Hudson River Trading Company will hold the third annual “Rhythm & Rhymes at the Hudson: A Celebration of Authors and Artists” at its 292 Main St. location from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. More than 20 award-winning authors and artists from all over northern New York will sign their books. Authors will include: Andy Flynn, “Adirondack Attic” book series; Matt Glavin, “Adirondack Treasure”; Lawrence Gooley, “Terror in the Adirondacks” and many more books on local history; Marty Podskoch, “Adirondack Civilian Conservation Corps Camps” and books on fire towers in the Adirondacks; Gloria Waldron Hukle, “Waldron Series Historical Novels”; Larry Weill, “Excuse Me, Sir ... Your Socks Are on Fire”; and Bibi Wein, “The Way Home.”Adirondack singer/songwriter Dan Berggren, a native of Minerva, will give a concert starting at 12:30 p.m. For more information, call 251-4461 or visit www.HudsonRiverTradingCo.com.

  8. Wayne Stock V, sponsored by the North Country Hardship Fund, will begin at noon Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Ski Bowl Park in North Creek. The event will feature 11 hours of music, raffles and plenty of food. Proceeds go to help families who have suffered recent tragedies in Washington, Essex, Warren, Hamilton and Saratoga counties. Learn more at www.northcountryhardshipfund.org.

  9. In Blue Mountain Lake, the Adirondack Museum will host its annual Dog Days of Summer on Saturday, Aug. 4. John Grogan, author of “Marley and Me.,” will give a program at 2:30 p.m. Dogs are welcome. Also, visitors are encouraged to let their dogs try out a rustic agility course and join the pooch parade and costume contest. There will be category winners for the parade and participation prizes for all. Additional information can be found at www.adkmuseum.org.

  10. On Sunday, Aug. 5, Long Lake will host the “Heart of the Park” Craft Fair from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Mt. Sabattis Pavilion. Works will include photographs, fudge, pottery, T-shirts, canoe paddles, unique textile art, jewelry and special novelties. Admission is $1. For more information, call 624-3077.

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