WANAKENA WEEKLY #79 - 08/05/21 - 08/11/21

Happy Thursday!

– This week brought the HEAT! And humidity. HOT HOT HOT. Also, big rain/thunder/lighting storm tuesday night. Lots o rain! Lots o thunder! Lots o lightning! Up the rapids cardinal flowers as far as the eye can see. The Oswegatchie is RIPPIN' though town. You can hear the rapids all the way over by The Setback. Swarms of cluster flies and clumps of river foam go sailing by. Gentian and blueberries, mosquitoes and no-see-ums. Bugs are bad, trails are wet. Dragonflies cut though golden sunsets and dark forests - at the same time. Frogs and ants and mud speckled pants. Four VERY LOW flying military helicopters Wednesday night. Four of them. They didn't have their lights on.. BUT WE SURE HEARD 'EM. Thanks but no thanks. Meteor shower, too - folks report not seeing many. We saw one. Art Exhibition opening and Artist Reception last Thursday night at Otto's Abode - more info below. First OFFICIAL Wanakena Taxi Ride this past week. A lot of folks have given weary hiker car rides, but this past week the official Wanakena Taxi list was utilized. Paul Flynn answered his call of duty! (photo below) Want to be on the list? DO IT! Clifton Fine Economic Development Corporation's Cultural Arts Committee held a concert at ZPARK in Wanakena last Friday; Useless Cans from Albany put on a hell of a show!!! One concert left: Labor Day Saturday the 4th (Folkfaces Buffalo Bluegrass). BIG weekend in Clifton-Fine this weekend: Cranberry Lake Art Show this weekend in Cranberry Lake and a BIG History Fair in Star Lake at the SOS and Arena. ART SHOW at Otto's Abode all month and a paper making workshop at ZPARK next week. Sounds like the Stone Manor in Cranberry Lake is OPEN!! History Center opens August 21st! Ranger School students back THIS SUNDAY - someone told us the Dubar Forest is CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC again... A professor told us it is still OPEN! 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]

- Temperature is going to drop! After Friday's PM thunderstorms daytime temps will drop to 70s. Looking like a NICE weekend ahead of us! Get out there! Warming up with some rain mid 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)

- There are NO major events this weekend at Otto's Abode. The first event-less weekend of the summer. That doesn't mean we're not looing to have some fun. Stop on down, we'll find something to do. Be sure to check out events in Cranberry Lake and Star Lake and stop in on the way through. Next week: PULP PAINTING WORKSHOP on the lawn with Carol Vossler (see flyer below). While you're here: FRESH produce on the porch every day with deliveries arriving 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! All proceeds from Paul Cervalloni's art sales go to support the Clifton Fine Summer Concert Series! Buy some art and take it home with you!

– NEXT SATURDAY!!!! 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 followingNYS 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.... SUNDAY. Campus is still open to the public. 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.

HAREWOOD – Tilly's at Stone Manor is OPEN (and hiring)! Cranberry Lake Art Show will be held and Sun August 14th and 15th this summer. GO SEE SOME LOCAL ART!!! 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 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 –  Donate school supplies at Coffee Fever! History Fair at the Star Lake Arena and SOS this Saturday and Sunday! CHECK IT OUT!!!! 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 - LOST DOG this past weekend. A dog named Rocky was LOST! It's owner's uncle came down to Otto's to tell us. Turns out the kids just took it out for a walk. THE DOG WAS NOT LOST. God boy! 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 #27 - 08/06/20 - 08/12/20 (ottosabode.org)


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"Heat. It was so dreadful here that I found there was nothing left for it but but to take off my flesh and sit in my bones" - Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)