Emcee Ed Kanze, left, captures the sound of Mickey McKinney, who tried his hand at the moose calling contest last year during the 2011 Great Adirondack Moose Festival in Indian Lake.
The 3rd Annual Great Adirondack Moose Festival (GAMF) will be held Sept. 22-23 in the town of Indian Lake.
There will be a number of activities and events, including sidewalk sales and a moose-calling contest.
The Festival’s highlight this year is the “Forever Locked” moose exhibit. The exhibit features a full taxidermy mount of two bull moose whose antlers became permanently locked together during a fatal fight.
The “Forever Locked” moose museum-quality, masterpiece of taxidermy depicting the rare, natural event will be on display during the Moose Festival at the Indian Lake Volunteer Fire Department. The cost is $4 for adults, $2 for children and free for kids under 4 years of age.
The GAMF is sponsored by the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce. For more information please visit www.indian-lake.com call (518) 648-5636 or (518) 648-5112.
•The Big Moose Tent: Browse one of a kind Adirondack themed crafts, custom made wooden bowls and more. Be sure to visit Adirondack Museum’s Moose Lab 101 to learn more about the elusive moose. Local business owners, community organizations, and state agencies will be available to share information about their businesses and services. Indian Lake Central School, Route 28, Indian Lake.
•Moose River Plains Self-guided Driving Tour: Pick up a Moose River Plains Self-guided Driving Tour Map at the Chamber of Commerce,
Route 28, Indian Lake, and take an exceptional scenic 24-mile dirt road drive through some of the most pristine woodlands in the Adirondacks. The map will also highlight points of interest within the Plains. The Moose River Plains is the largest block of remote land in the Adirondacks and is readily accessible by motor vehicles. Please review the map for very important DEC Safety guidelines.
•Adirondack Quilt Show and Sale: North Country Crafters will display and sell their “made in the Adirondacks” quilts, which will range from full to baby crib size. Visitors will also get a close up look at how quilts are made and have opportunities to chat with the Crafters. Byron Park, Meeting Room, Route 28, Indian Lake.
•Moose Caption Contest: Marty’s Chili Nights Restaurant: Checkout their Moose Caption Contest and learn how you can win a $30 gift certificate to Marty’s. Stop by the restaurant on Main Street to enter to win. No purchase necessary.
Saturday, Sept. 22
9 a.m. Clear Pond Guided Hike. Indian Lake and Blue Mountain Lake Fish and Game Association with Daryl Smith. Enjoy the 1.1-mile hike (each way) over gently sloping terrain to Clear Pond. Bring drinking water. Hikers will meet at 8:15 a.m. at the Chamber of Commerce parking lot. Route 28, Indian Lake. Hike will begin at 9 a.m.
9 a.m. Old Fashioned Turkey Shoot. Indian Lake and Blue Mountain Lake Fish and Game Association with Hank Dobbin. The Old Fashion Turkey Shoot will include 22- shotgun rifle and BB gun shooting. Targets will be available for $1 or $5. Winners will take home frozen chickens or turkeys. Chain Lakes Road (off Route 28), Indian Lake.
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Moosterpiece Children’s Games and Activities. Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce with Vicki Virgil and Jennifer Zahray. Go for a moose walk, walk like a moose, pop, sink, hoop and find a moose at the Moosterpiece Children’s games and activities and win Moose Bucks for prizes. Byron Park Pavilion, Route 28, Indian Lake.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Adirondack “Art” Moose Hunt. While traveling Route 28 between Indian Lake and Blue Mountain Lake be on the lookout for the elusive “Art” moose. These moose are created in the style of famous artists, such as Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso, and Dali. Sketch all four famous Moose and come to the Arts Center for a prize. “Art” Moose Hunt Maps can be found at the Arts Center, Indian Lake Theater and Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce. Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, Route 28, located in Blue Mountain Lake.
10 a.m. Fly Fishing Casting Demonstrations. Patrick Sisti, New York State Outdoor Guide. Try your skills at “waving a stick in a stream” and learn how to cast a fly line for that elusive trout. Indian Lake School, Route 28 Indian Lake
Noon - 4 p.m. Beer Sampling Tent. The sampling will be provided by McCadam Distributors of Plattsburgh. IDs required. Outside the Indian Lake Restaurant, Routes 28 and 30, Indian Lake.
1-4 p.m. Town Of Indian Lake Museum Open House. With Bill Zullo, Hamilton County Historian. Stop by the Open House, chat with Bill Zullo, and learn about the folks who settled Indian Lake through exhibits, antique dolls, family portraits, and the story of Emma Meade, great-granddaughter of Chief Sabael Benedict, one of the early settlers. Route 28, Indian Lake.
1-5 p.m. Live Music Entertainment. Stop by the Town Park and listen to Blues, Country and Classic Rock music. Sponsored by Indian Lake Restaurant. Intersections of Routes 28 and 30, Indian Lake.
1 p.m. “How to Fish in Adirondack Ponds, 101” Program. With Patrick Sisti, New York State Outdoor Guide. Learn the secrets of Adirondack pond fishing, where to find the ponds and, most importantly, how to fish in the ponds. American Legion Hall, Route 28, Indian Lake.
1:30-3 p.m. Moose-Calling Contest. With Ed Kanze, Naturalist and Adirondack Guide. In the midst of the Festival, this event will not so quietly march in and take its place. Sign up, watch, listen and learn as contestants show off their unique moose calling skills. Contest participants should pre-register in one of the two categories: Children (up to 18) and Adult (19+). To pre-register please call: (518) 648-5636 or (518) 648-5112. Indian Lake Theater, Route 28, Indian Lake.
2 p.m. Prospect Point House Tour. With David Oestreicher. Visitors are invited to walk the grounds with David Oestreicher as he correlates the present cottage colony to the historic hotel that once loomed over Blue Mountain Lake. The hotel was the first in the world to have electric lights in each room. The wiring was installed in 1882 by Thomas Edison, a Blue Mountain Lake summer resident. Route 28, Blue Mountain Lake.
4:30 p.m. Count the Moose Scat Contest Winner Announcements. Moose “Scat” is located in several convenient locations. Stop by one of the retail locations and write down your guess as the number of moose scat in each container. Stop by the Indian Lake Town Park and cheer on the winners of the Count the Moose Scat Contest. Indian Lake, Town Park, intersections of Routes 28 and 30, Indian Lake. Visit these retailers to sign up for the Count The Moose Scat Contest: in Indian Lake, Pine’s Country Store, Grandma’s Things, Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce, Cedar River Golf Course; in Blue Mountain Lake, Steamboat Landing and the Adirondack Museum.
7 p.m. Rocky Bullwinkle Film Festival. Adults-$5, Children under 12-Free - Indian Lake Theater, Route 28, Indian Lake.
Sunday, Sept. 23
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Adirondack Wildlife Refuge & Rehabilitation Center. The Center will exhibit a non-releasable owl, falcon and hawk, to use as indicator species to discuss their part in the eco-system as well as conservation and the environment. The Big Moose Tent, Indian Lake School, Route 28.
1 p.m. Blue Mountain Lake Cruise. Enjoy a scenic hour and a half cruise aboard the Blue Mountain Lake Boat Livery’s flagship, The Oneonta, while enjoying “Moose Tracks Flavored Ice Cream.” Adults, $15; children, $12 per child. Route 28, Blue Mountain Lake.
2 p.m. Prospect Point House Tour. With David Oestreicher. Route 28, Blue Mountain Lake
2:30-4 p.m. Mooseterpiece Children’s Story Time. Join Irene Uttendorfsky, author of children’s books, as she reads Adirondack Mouse and the Mysterious Disappearance. Discover how Adirondack Mouse meets Wadsworth Moose. After the story, participate in Adirondack Mouse Adventures board game.