WANAKENA WEEKLY #78 - 07/29/21 - 08/04/21

Happy Thursday! Happy August!

– The rainy, rainy, rainy, rainy stretch has lightened-up. Wanakena has experience nearly a week of fantastic sunny weather. Nice breeze here and there, clusters of cedar waxwing flutter about on the boulders and rapids below the carbridge. Speaking of RAPIDS.... holy cow, the Oswegtchie is RIPPING through town; sounds like springtime! It's lovely. All this rain also means WET trails for hikers... just trudge through it - dont WIDEN the path to go around mud puddles, you're only making it worse. The road into Wanakena IS paved.... but NOT "finished". This past Saturday was a pop-up Clifton Fine Economic Development Corporation Cultural Arts Committee Summer Concert.... two bands (Felt Star and Lahnah) descended upon the green all the way from Portland Maine. They played some Indi-rock and some hard hitting rock jamsters. Lahnah and Felt Star joined foreces and even performed an impromptu improv finale. Oh, what else? Wild flowers and mushrooms bountiful after a wet July, berries galore, too. NEW ART SHOW at Otto's Abode and a paper making workshop at ZPARK next week. Sounds like the Stone Manor in Cranberry Lake will be opening up today!! History Center opens August 21st! Ranger School students back soon - sharpen those axes and wax those helmets and get ready for a whole lot of cafeteria food! Here’s a link to the most recent town board meeting minutes. HERE: Town Of Fine: Minutes: July 14, 2021: Town Board Meeting [Digital Towpath]

- Warming up!!! Temperatures getting up to 80 by day. Looking like a nice weekend ahead of us with a chance of thunderstorms some Sunday. Friday's weather looks FANTASTIC for the Useless Cans show a la ZPARK @ 7pm. Warm and rainy next week. This weather forecast is brought to you by Wanakena’s own PATTIJACKNAN weather team – a Wanakener garage-pole-mounted weather station and crew. THANKS, TEAM! This weather station can be found HERE: Wanakena, NY 10-Day Weather Forecast | Weather Underground (wunderground.com)

- ART PARTY TONIGHT (Thursday august 5th 5-7pm) c'mon down and meet the artists! Free and open to ALL! PULP PAINTING WORKSHOP on the lawn with Carol Vossler (see flyer below). The Clifton Fine Economic Development's Cultural Arts Committee will host their FOURTH concert of the summer this FRIDAY August 6th at 7pm. Useless Cans Gypsy Punk from Albany, NY. This is the second-to-last-concert (next one is Labor Day Weekend Saturday). While you're here: FRESH produce on the porch every day starting Wednesday afternoons - bread, milk, and eggs delivery, too. ALSO t-shirts, ice cream, hiking and fishing supplies, groceries, knickknacks, walk-in beer cooler, books, maps, candy, baked goods, gifts necessities - hot fun in the summer time!!! Thanks for all your support!

- August 3rd - 31st.... ADIRONDACK REFLECTIONS - drawings by Paul Cervalloni and pulp paintings by Carol Vossler! C'mon down and check out this AMAZING exhibition on view all month! 

– Grand opening of the History Center August 21st! The Walking Tour around Wanakena is OPEN for the warm-weather season! Bottle and can drive outside of the History Center ALL SUMMER LONG! Get chuggin' and give up those nickels!

BLACKWATERS CAFÉ AND TRADING POST - "Deli case with meats, cheeses, subs, salads, fresh veggies, dairy products! Specialty foods arrive next week." They are open Sun, Tues, Wed 8-3pm & Thurs, Fri, Sat 8-7pm (closed Mondays). CHECK OUT THEIR TRAIL CAM HERE: gotsnowcams.com - New York - paul@NorthernChateau@.com

LEGACY WATER STAYS - Here is the FULL description from the website: Waterfront on Cranberry Lake! A hidden gem! Dock and boat slip included. Boat launch 100 ft away. Kayak rentals available. Automated keypad check-in, fully stocked kitchen, reliable high speed wifi, a/c. Professionally cleaned. Cook or get a bite to eat at Black Waters Cafe right next door! Great for hiking, fishing, boating, snowmobiling, a work-cation, relaxing, and exploring. Wanakena is an adorable little hamlet! After your first visit, you will want to keep coming back! The space: This is one of 3 units on the property. Each has it's own entrance and private indoor space. Outside space (1/2 an acre) is shared. There is a large Pavillion for guests to use (except if booked for an event) with outlets for plugging in while sitting by the water. Ask about our onsite kayak rentals. The Black Waters Cafe is an impressive diner style restaurant right next door! You can order and take your food right out back under the pavilion. They also sell some essentials like bug spray, some fishing gear, etc. Wanakena is a cute little historic hamlet. You will want to walk across the suspension bridge, learn about the history of the area, and walk the 1/2 mile Labyrinth. Visit Ottos Abode for the full experience where there is also an outdoor summer concert series. This is close to local waterfalls, the Cranberry 50, 2 local beaches, and the public boat launch. 43 minutes to the Wild Center in Tupper Lake.

PACKBASKET ADVENTURES – Website says: "We are OPEN FOR BUSINESS and following NYS DOH Guidelines. We are accepting reservations with proof of completed vaccination protocol OR proof of negative Covid test within 3 days of planned arrival. Come have a safe and relaxing stay!"

RANGER SCHOOL - Students come back pretty soon.... just a couple of weeks now! The Dubuar Forest will be open to the public again effective Tuesday June 1. This includes the fire tower. Happy Trails! CHECK OUT THEIR TRAIL CAM HERE: Webcam | The Ranger School | SUNY ESF

WANAKENA CHURCH – OPEN FOR SUMMER SUNDAY SERVICES STARTING JUNE 6th – Service starts at 9:15 AM!!! Ring that bell! Outdoor service at the end of August under the BIG TENT.

WANAKENA CEMETERY ASSOCIATION – Got yer raffle tickets? Announced that Cremation Remains burial has gone up from $150 to $250. Also, there is no longer a backhoe charge for cremation burial because they don’t use a backhoe for cremation burials any longer.

– Cranberry Lake Boat Club has also got a boat race planned for August 7th stay tuned and register at Otto's Abode, register NOW. The race goes from Cranberry Village (Harewood) and out around Birch Island and Back. Tilly's at Stone Manor is OPEN (and hiring)! Cranberry Lake Art Show will be held Sat and Sun August 14th and 15th this summer. Clifton Community Library OPEN 6 days a week: Mon-Fri 10-2pm also Wed 6-7pm and Saturdays 10-1pm and LIVE MUSIC out back in the pavilion August 8th at 2pm Jonathan Foster will be preforming, also The Nelson Brothers will be preforming 2pm August 29th. Cranberry Lake Book Club first Mondays of the month in the pavilion out back. Cranberry Lake North Shore Hub has a new break wall and the public docks are laid out for YOU to dock your boat in Cranberry Lake!  Lakeside General Store is OPEN! Tooley Pond Duck Decoy Showroom in Cranberry Lake is OPEN!!!!!!! John Dragun NEON ARTWORK and MORE down in Windfall… OPEN! What ever happened to Grass River Railway? We spoke with someone who’s workin’ on it! Childwold Church every Sunday @ 11am. Also, check this out: http://cranberrylake.com/defaults.asp

OUT WEST – Star Lake Garage Sale August 7th... village-wide! Picnic Table Painting Contest at the Legion August 28th! August 7th CF Golf CLASSIC!!! Jrecks Subs OPEN out at the Golf Course Club House. WHAT'S THE SCOOP? Hard and soft serve ice cream on rt. 3 on the right heading up the hill into Star Lake. Clifton Fine Hospital is HIRING! Clifton Fine Central School is HIRING! Lots going on at SOS in Star Lake. August 7th BIG garage sale, August 14th-15th South Woods Historical Society event. Summer Yoga back at the Star Lake Community Center on Wednesdays, call ‘em up! The Fitness Room at CFCS is OPEN to community members 6pm – 10pm M-F starting May 3rd (paperwork required). Also, volleyball at school Thursday nights at 5:30pm, outside. Mountain Gate Redemption near Benson Mines is open. Golf course is open. Twin Lakes Hotel, Coffee Fever, American Legion, Todd Hardware, Adirondack Pharmacy, Community Bank and Circle J’s in Star Lake are open! Alcoholics Anonymous Friday nights at 7pm in the SOS Building. UB’s, and Adirondack Rustics, Hillside Diner in Oswegatchie are open! The following is copy-pasted from the Fine Town Board Meeting hours from Wednesday 11/11/2020: Jeremy wanted the board to be aware that the Dollar General is looking into putting a store at the former Great American site. This would not be required to go to site plan review since it is not a change of use.

KIM AND THOMS LOST DOG REPORT - As of today, there are NO lost dogs in Wanakena. Town of Fine is doing a Dog Census this summer. All dogs over 4 months are required to be licensed in the Town of Fine.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR Otto's Abode: WANAKENA WEEKLY #26 - 07/30/20 - 08/05/20 (ottosabode.org)


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"Here's flower for you, hot lavender, mints, savory, marjoram; the marigold that goes to bed with the sun, and with him rises weeping; these are the flowers of middle summer."
- William Shakespere