Interpretive Center offers plenty to do

Adirondack Interpretive Center, Route 28N, Newcomb

Adirondack Interpretive Center, Route 28N, Newcomb Photo by Andy Flynn.

— The Adirondack Interpretive Center, located at 5922 State Route 28N in Newcomb, offers outstanding learning opportunities right in our own backyard. Managed by the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, the center serves thousands of visitors and area residents each year.

A noteworthy program of theirs is the Winter Solstice Shindig on Dec. 21 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 21 marks the beginning of winter and the folks at the Center know how to do it in style! There will be a celebration of fresh snow, steaming chili and great music!

This is sure to be a fun-filled day, starting at 2 p.m. there will be Solstice tree decorating.

Wear your warm winter boots, as you will be venturing outdoors to select the seasonal Solstice Tree. In the afternoon the Interpretive center staff welcomes you to join them to help create homemade decorations.

Enjoy live music from The Center’s program manager, Frank, and his bluegrass group — the Morehouse Family Band — will perform live from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Then at 5 p.m. there will be a potluck dinner. For just $5, come enjoy all-you-can-eat chili and corn bread. For those who bring a dish to share, dinner is free. Reservations are requested, and you can reach the Center at 582-2000. Those planning on bringing a dish, call or email them at aic@esf.edu.

At 6 p.m. there will be a Full-Moon Snowshoe Hike. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy a guided walk along the trails by moonlight. The event is a wonderful way to get to know people from neighboring towns. At 7 p.m., hot chocolate will be served.

The AIC offers programs, events, various speaker series, courses and other activities throughout the year to the general public as well as school groups. The Center’s programs provide individuals and groups with opportunities to learn directly from ESF faculty and staff members and guest experts. The facility was formerly known as the Visitors Interpretive Center.

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