WANAKENA WEEKLY #129 - 07/21/22 - 07/27/22

Happy Thursday

– Halfway there! Leaves will be changin' before you know it - perhaps they already have. (some have). Down in the low 50s the other morning, see your breath - if you're lookin'. Lots of summer left, though - soak it up! Ranger School class of 2023 will be here in just a couple weeks. ACT NOW! Regular readers know we have not been keeping-up with our regular weekly habits - we're sort-of sorry about that. Thanks for your continued readership. Who has time to write it all down as it's all happening? Waxwings dip and dive and Cardinal flowers pop down by the river. Hikers report wet yet not croweded trails - the same goes for boaters out on Cranberry Lake: wet yet not too crowded. Poker Paddle and live music last weekend in Wanakena. Open house at the Cranberry Lake Hub last weekend, too. What else? LOTS! Carol Vossler of Saranac Lake is out on the lawn under the big tent as we type this doing PULP PAINTING workshops - spots still open! Get out there - a few sessions in August, too. More info below. This weekend Jonathan Foster is playing at the Cranberry Lake Pavillion behind the Library 2-4pm.WOOHOO! NEXT WEKEEND is LIVE MUSIC Friday August 5th Wanakena ZPARK - Misty Blues 7pm performing in-conjunction with Ranger School Alumni Weekend - free show all welcome. SOS 5k Sunday August 7th Star Lake!!!!! Sign-up NOW! History Center Open EVRY WEEKEND Saturdays and Sundays! Blackwaters Cafe does diner on Fridays! Cemetery meeting August 9th 7pm Wanakena church! Cranberry Lake ART SHOW at the fie hall August 13th and 14th!!! Cranberry Lake Canoe Race that Saturday the 13th. Wanakena Quilt Fest Labor Day Weekend! Pickle ball EVERY Saturday morning 9am at tennis court in Wanakena. Regular Town Board Meeting Second Wednesday August 10th @ 6:30 Star Lake. Here’s a link to the most recent town board meeting minutes HERE: Town Of Fine: Minutes: July 13, 2022: July Town Board Meeting [Digital Towpath] Today's Ice Jam Danger remains LOW (two years in a row without an ice jam).

- 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)

- The 21st annual Clifton Fine Summer Concert Series is HERE! Schedule posted on the website cliftonfinearts.blogspot.com and postcards flying about. The In the Pines Clifton Fine Summer Concert Series is organized by the Cultural Arts Committee of the Clifton Fine Economic Development Corporation.

- Carol Vossler of Saranac Lake is out on the lawn under the big tent as we type this doing PULP PAINTING workshops - spots still open! On View: "A Thin Place" Multi-Media by Dave Hassig. Clifton Town Historian Mark Friden gifted the Otto's Abode phone booth a 1908 Northern NY Phone Book complete with Wanakena listings! Otto's will be partying alongside the LIVE MUCIS next Friday the 5th in conjunction with Ranger School Alumni Weekend - c'mon down. Local Loons that will be in the Cranberry Lake Art Show in a couple week are on view here at Otto's NOW! Junk Drawer and LOTS MORE to check out!!! Open seven days a week through the summertime. Then we cut back hours a little bit but stay open all year long. FRESH PRODUCE!!!! Locally grown and found by Dan Martin and crew in Potsdam, NY. COME AND GET IT! Next FOLK JAM is Sunday, August 21st 3-5pm. Croquet, anyone? Handmade Bags by Trout Lake's Hen Island. Handmade baskets by Wanakena's own Sue Patterson. COLD BEER SOLD HERE! Over SIXTY varieties of beer/cider/etc... in the walk-in cooler. Maple Syrup is IN! Howard Graham's 2022 liquid gold. COME AND GET IT! Gallons, half-gallons, quarts, pints and half-pints! Bread, milk, eggs and many more dry, cold and frozen groceries. TAKE A PEEK. Candy, snacks, ice cream and soft drinks, too. Fresh ground HOT COFFEE and baked goods at the counter. Books, maps, music for your browsing pleasure. Camping/fishing/hiking knickknack patty-whacks. The Clifton Community Library in Cranberry Lake has installed a fantastic Library Drop Box. Folks in town will be able to drop-off library items and also pick-up pre-ordered items! More info to come. CALL UP THE LIBRARY AND GET IT DONE! Perhaps visit their website, too. Why be a square when you could be a deconstructed cube?

- Open for business six days a week! Thanks, Mary for running the show!

BLACKWATERS CAFÉ AND TRADING POST - "New local art wall and fresh ground coffee!" Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 8-3:30pm and Friday for dinner also 8am - 7pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays. www.blackwaterscafe.com

RANGER SCHOOL - ALUMNI WEEKEND COMING UP August 5th! LIVE MUSIC down at the Gazebo Friday the 5th 7pm. Class of 2023 arrives in just a couple weeks! Cadets move on and out soon. Campus hiking trails remain open to the public. Stay away from the buildings, though. Park way up in the student parking lot if you must. CHECK OUT THEIR TRAIL CAM. Webcam | The Ranger School | SUNY ESF

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!"

WANAKENA HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION – HISTORY CENTER OPEN.... Starting June 18, 2022 regular operating hours: Saturday and Sunday 11AM - 4 PM. The Walking Tour around Wanakena has opened for the season 5/9/22.

WANAKENA CHURCH – Great to hear those bells a'ringin'. Star Lake Church CLOSED for summer. Also: NO ZOOM! Service through September 4th. Did you know this song was performed and recorded via the Wanakena Church Organ in May 2016? Cranberry Lake | Z Plan (bandcamp.com)

WANAKENA PUBLIC BATHROOM AND DOCK - THE BATHROOM AND DOCK ARE OPEN AND IN PLACE AND HERE AND THERE! For your pleasure and necessity. Wanakena Sewar and Wanakena Water in working order as well.

WANAKENA CEMETERY ASSOCIATION – Cemetery meeting August 9th 7pm Wanakena church! 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.

WANAKENACCOMODATIONS - "Where do people stay?" is the question... the answer: IN A TENT. Lots of primitive camping!!!!!! All free and open to the public!!!!!! Coyote Den Motel in Cranberry Lake. Looking for more? Besides Packbasket Adventures Lodge, Wanakena has a number of "vacation" rental homes available. They are all of ADKbyOWNER/AirBnB/VrBo variety. It's someone else's place that YOU stay at. In other words: you can't just show up in Wanakena and expect to get a hotel roof under your head. You need to plan accordingly with your fancy pants smart phone. Do an internet search for Wanakena ADKbyOWNER/AirBnB/VrBo rentals and stuff will pop-up. Or check the Coyote Den in Cranberry Lake. 

– Jon Foster Sunday July 31st 2-4pm, Nelson Bros August 24th - FREE. The HUB will be open August 5th and August 12th 1-4pm. Take out HUB pews? YAY OR NAY? Cranberry Lake ART SHOW August 13th and 14th!!! Lakeside General OPEN for the season. 2022 Cranberry Lake Boat Club Schedule of Events: Community Picnic - July 30th, 2022, Canoe/Kayak Race - Saturday August 13th, 2022, Sailboat Races - TBD. Cranberry Blog is back for the season here: Submit a Blog | CRANBERRY B[L]OG (cranberryblog.org)NEW Motel in town! It's called Coyote Den. Right by the Oswegatchie on Rt. 3. Tilly's is open. Five Ponds Partners kickstarted and initiated port-o-johns at some local trailheads! The Cranberry Library is OPEN. NEW LIBRARY DROP BOX DOWN AT OTTO'S! Cranberry Lake State Campground opened May 20th - Oct. 9th. Tooley Pond Duck Decoy Showroom in Cranberry Lake is OPEN! Tooley Pond Duck Decoy Showroom in Cranberry Lake is OPEN! John Dragun NEON ARTWORK and MORE down in Windfall! Snowmobile trails CLOSED FOR THE SEASON! Cranberry Lake Mountaineers voted BEST CLUB in New York State in 2022.

OUT WEST - SOS 5k Sunday August 7th!!!!! Sign-up NOW! Summer YOGA back at the Community Center FRIDAYS 9-10am. Gym renovations mean NO OPEN GYM and VOLLYBALL this summer at CFCS. CFCSD Fitness Room: OPEN to community members 6pm – 8pm and 5pm - 10pm M-F and weekends 6-10am (paperwork required). Green Pinky Farm near Oswegatchie is greening-up! Alcoholics Anonymous Friday nights at 7pm in the SOS Building. Wanakena's closest neighbor, Mountain Gate Redemption near Benson Mines, is open. A little further west Scoops Ice Cream, Coffee Fever, Twin Lakes Hotel, American Legion, Todd Hardware, CF Golf Course and Jreck's, Clifton-Fine Hospital, Community Bank, Adirondack Pharmacy, Clifton-Fine Community Center, Dollar General and Circle J’s in Star Lake are open! Still further west in Oswegatchie, Hillside Diner, UB’s, and Adirondack Rustics are open! Also, the school is ALWAYS hiring, various positions. Lots more to discover on their facebook page. GO EAGLES! Ice Rink has closed down for the season. Snowmobile trails CLOSED for the season - Cranberry Lake Mountaineers voted BEST CLUB in New York State in 2022.

- As of today, there are NO lost dogs in Wanakena. Woof Woof!

THIS TIME LAST YEAR HERE Otto's Abode: WANAKENA WEEKLY #77 - 07/22/21 - 07/28/21 (ottosabode.org) AND TWO YEARS AGO!!!!! HERE: Otto's Abode: WANAKENA WEEKLY #25 - 07/23/20 - 07/29/20 (ottosabode.org)

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Middle Summer ... Here's flowers for you, hot lavender mints, savory, marjoram; the marigold the goes to bed with the sun, and with him rises weeping; these are the flowers of middle summer.
- WIlliam Shakespeare