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Wanakena Historical Association 2018 Award & Gift from Ranger School Alumni. 

On August 4th 2018 the Wanakena Historical Association was honored bu the Ranger School Alumni as the 2018 recipient of the Kermit E. Remele Award of Meritorious Service which recognizes groups of people who have combined efforts beyond the norm to have a positive and lasting influence on The Ranger School. Accomplishments included developing the J Otto Hamele Historic Walking Tour and rebuilding the Wanakena Footbridge. 

Previous recipients have been: The Ranger School Centenial Committee (2012), The Clifton-Fine Hospital (2016), and the Star Lake Fire Department (2017). Allen Ditch Accepted the award on behalf of the WHA with most of the trustees in attendance. 

In addition to receiving this prestigious award, The Ranger School gifted the WHA with a wooden pendulum-driven clock manufactured by the E Ingraham Company that long-ago graced the mantle of The Wanakena Hotel. This fine piece of Wanakena history was given to The Ranger School by the family of a Ranger School graduate. Currently the WHA does not have the specifics on the donor family or name of the alum.

The Davey Trail

Joe McCarthy - 08/8-10/18

1/4 mile in... 1/4 mile out... Wanakena Labyrinth 100 times... 50 miles... "any questions?"

Artist in Residence

Dymph DeWild - 09/5-9/2018

A conceptual artist from Virginia working in Intermedia, Dymph DeWild spent 5 days and 4 nights in Wanakena at Otto's Abode. During her residency DeWild explored the larger Clifton-Fine region looking for inspiration from the abandon Benson Mine Iron Ore Site and Newton Falls Paper Mill Site (from a safe distance) in relation to one of her current projects working with an operating paper mill in North Carolina. DeWild installed a pop-up four-day exhibition within Otto's Abode entitled Wolf Light. Friend and neighbor Bo King treated us to a trip on Cranberry Lake, which added to DeWild's foot trail explorations up the Oswegatchie River on the Moore Trail and out to The Big Pine and more. Had she more time in Wanakena the rope + pulley sky-sausage transportation infrastructure would have surely turned from talk to walk.

To see more of DeWild's work visit her website -------> http://dymphdewild.com/

exhibition opening

JEANNE LAMPSON - 7/17-8/5/18

JOIN US and MEET THE ARTIST 5-7pm, Friday, July 20th as we present local watercolorist Jeanne Lampson's Seasons Of the Trees exhibition opening celebration! This event is free and open to the public. There will be snacks, drinks, music and more! Seasons of the Trees will be on view at Otto’s Abode July 17th – August 5th. ______________________________________________________________________

" The arts have been a very influential part of my life, even from a young age. I grew up on a farm near Brownville, New York where my father operated a landscape and greenhouse business. Our family went on many camping and hiking trips to the Adirondacks, both in my own youth and again with my children.  This helped give me a love and appreciation for nature and provides my greatest inspiration for my new paintings. 

I started drawing at a young age and was always encouraged by my family.  I took all the art classes offered in both high school and college.  However, I have been mostly self-taught in the watercolor medium through observation, private study and vast amounts of time practicing. The look of watercolors, so fresh and spontaneous, is what originally drew me to them and my paintings now range from realistic to impressionistic. When my two children were old enough to begin school, I started experimenting with watercolors more and took several classes from local artists.   

After almost 30 years I still find the work challenging and rewarding. In addition to running my business, I have been teaching adult education watercolor in workshops in the area. I am grateful to my students as they often give me inspiration and fresh ideas as well as a renewed enthusiasm. I belong to several Watercolor Societies. I’m an Associate member of the American Watercolor Society, Signature member of Central NY Watercolor Society, and Associate member of the North East Watercolor society. 

Samples of my work can be viewed on my website at www.jeannelbl.com or at my studio in Natural Bridge.  Other paintings are on display at; Adirondack Rustic in Oswegatchie, Adirondack Artworks in Natural Bridge, and Gallery 3040 Old Forge. For questions or comments, I can be reached by e-mail, jeannelbl@yahoo.com or phone 315-493-1611. "