WANAKENA WEEKLY #19- 06/11/20 - 06/17/20
This past week the Wanakena History Center announced via their facebook page that they would not be having a grand opening for the 4th of July as planned. They also said they got more grant money. Piers got a hold of some topsoil and was seen spreading it around out front of the new soon-to-be-opened History Center. A recent local debate about the size of Cranberry Lake reminded us of when Wanakena's Jack Williams had a research project of his published in the Wanakena Historical Association’s Newsletter. Since the newsletter containing the article is not yet on their website, we’ll post it below for your enjoyment.
There were reports that the Ranger School trails were closed; that large unwelcoming barriers and construction cones made visitors feel they are not welcome. This past weekend one of the Ranger School Professors popped in the shop and informed us that is NOT the case. The cones/barriers are to deter folks from hanging out on the property having picnics, campfires, etc... not so much to deter hikers. Although the Fire Tower is closed because, ya know, cooties. In short: TRAILS ARE OPEN. Jean S. informed us that the Ranger School webcam is down.
had a story about a LOCAL (Clifton-fine) student. Here’s what they had to say: North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has announced that Brianna Hanley, a ninth-grader from Clifton-Fine Central School in Star Lake, is the winner of this year’s NY-21 Congressional Art Competition. Hanley’s winning work, titled “Hope,” is a two-panel piece depicting a cherry tree with mixed tempura and acrylic paint with India ink.“Our district is home to many talented young artists, and I was honored to choose Brianna’s piece,” Stefanik said in a press release. “I especially appreciate her title choice, as hope is something we all rely on during these challenging times. This morning, I had the opportunity to congratulate Brianna over the phone and invite her to visit Washington when the Congressional Art Competition Reception is rescheduled for the fall.”
Down at the Abode things are rockin'. Had a busy weekend with lots of outdoor recreationalists stopping in for provisions and info. Some new books, maps, and gifts. Groceries, too! We had the pleasure of a social distance visit from some friends, previously exhibited artists, and past and future performers. Here’s a shot of writer, poet, musician, etc... W.T. Eckert reading a short story he recently wrote. As you see Bill is NOT wearing a mask. That is because he removed it from his face to read the story. It’s a hankie around his neck - can easily slip it back over his nose/mouth. According to NYS Phase III he is allowed to do that within the space. We clean the counter after such an engagement. C'mon down and see the art! Share some art! We're OPEN!
Coffee Fever in Star Lake is BACK OPEN. 8-3pm 7 days a week.
The State announced that ceritan DEC Campgrounds will be open for campers who had previously made reservations. The Cranberry Lake State Campground is one of them. Again, no walk-ins… previous reservations only.
Wanakena Cemetery Association 50/50 raffle is HAPPENING… Bring out yer dead! Pop in the shop for details.
Stone Manor Diner and Motel in Cranberry Lake, Lakeside General Store in Cranberry Lake, UB’s Mercantile & Adirondack Rustics in Oswegatchie, Todd Hardware, Adirondack Pharmacy and Circle K in Star Lake, Mountain Gate Redemption near Benson Mines, and Sevey Point remain open for business in one way or another (open, take out, pick up, drop off, etc…). Post Offices are open too (Thanks, Mary!)
Duck Decoy and MORE showroom open for pop-ins. “Showroom FILLED” 481 Tooly Pond Rd, Cranberry Lake – 315-848-4223
Always beautiful photography at the Wanakena Tracks facebook page.
The Clifton Community Library in Cranberry Lake hosts via Facebook Live bedtime stories most nights read aloud by Ms. Kate the Librarian!
Hillside Diner in Oswegatchie, Twin Lakes in Star Lake remain temporarily closed.
Kim’s Lost Dog Report: There are currently NO lost dogs in Wanakena. Wayne says he left his mail on the roof of his car and drove off, though. OOPS! If anyone finds any of his mail, bring it down to the shop.
All for now!
Any questions, comments, concerns, trail condition inquiries, legends, jokes, animal sightings, etc… feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 3158483008 or pop-in the shop! Wanakena Weekly archive here: http://www.ottosabode.org/p/wanakena-weekly.html