Naturalist Ed Kanze holds a microphone while Beth Petrie, of Indian Lake, attempts to call a moose during the 2012 Great Adirondack Moose Festival moose-calling contest.
Organizers of the 4th Annual Great Adirondack Moose Festival heard the call last year — not the call of a wild moose but the call for more outdoors activities during the Sept. 28-29 event.
“The theme this year is to help people get into the great outdoors,” said Moose Festival co-organizer Brenda Valentine. “I want to get into the great outdoors, but I don’t want to go alone.”
The call for more outdoor activities came from festival goers who filled out the evaluations a year ago. And the promise has been made. It’s time to celebrate the Adirondack moose by going outside. These activities will include a Moose River Plains self-guided driving tour, guided hikes to Sawyer Mountain and Castle Rock, fall foliage whitewater rafting on the Hudson River, and the Tour de Moose mountain bike guided tour. Visitors are also encouraged to explore the local peaks and valleys, rivers and lakes while enjoying the beauty of the Adirondacks.
Visitors to the Moose Festival can participate in programs, games, contests and exhibitions — all with a moose theme. Other activities will include: Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation Center exhibit and demonstrations, fly fishing demonstrations, Indian Lake Museum Open House, Blue Mountain Lake Historic Boat Tour, Adirondack Quilt Show, vendors and crafters in the Big Moose Tent, an old-fashioned turkey shoot, Count the Moose Scat Contest, Adirondack Art Moose Hunt and Moosterpiece fun games. The festival mascot, Bruce the Moose, will be visiting different festival venues throughout the weekend.
Back by popular demand will be the annual Moose Calling Contest at the Indian Lake Theater. Participation is free and open to the public. New York state licensed guide and outdoor columnist Joe Hackett, of Ray Brook, will be the contest emcee and one of the official judges. The contest will be limited to two categories, adult and children.
The Moose Festival is sponsored by the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce and more than 30 regional and local business sponsors.
According to the event chairs Brenda Valentine, Christine Pouch and Aaron Gadway, the festival is a celebration of the return of the moose to the Adirondacks and is designed to offer a multigenerational Adirondack experiences. Most festival activities are free and do not require advance registration. For more information, visit online at www.indian-lake.com or call (518) 648-5636 or (518) 648-5112.
Saturday, Sept. 28
8:45 a.m. Sawyer Mountain Guided Hike. Indian Lake and Blue Mountain Lake Fish and Game Association, Daryl Smith. Enjoy the 2.2-mile round trip hike up Sawyer Mountain. This is an easy hike suitable for most. Elevation increase is 630 feet. Bring drinking water. Hikers will meet at 8:15 a.m. at the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce parking lot, Route 28, Indian Lake. Please Note: Hike Begins promptly at 9 a.m.
9 a.m. 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.
9 a.m. Fall Foliage Festival Rafting. Adirondac Rafting Company, Bob Rafferty. Enjoy Central Adirondack beautiful fall foliage during a 17-mile white water adventure into the Hudson Gorge wilderness. The company will provide skilled river guides, special rafting gear topped off with a riverside lunch. Class 3 whitewater rafting is for everyone. For a special festival rafting discount price, $69, contact Bob or Kerry for reservations at: 523-1635 or www.adirondacrafting.com, 100 Main St., Indian Lake.
9 a.m. Old Fashioned Turkey Shoot. Indian Lake and Blue Mountain Lake Fish and Game Association, Hank Dobbin. The Old Fashion Turkey Shoot will include 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.
9 a.m. Adirondack Quilt Show. North Country Crafters, Jean Gerber. Byron Park, Meeting Room, Route 28, Indian Lake.
9 a.m. North Country Sidewalk Sales. Town Of Indian Lake Merchants.
10 a.m. The Big Moose Tent. Browse one of a kind Adirondack themed crafts, custom-made crafts, jewelry, fudge and more. Indian Lake Central School, Route 28.
10 a.m. Moosterpiece. Children’s Games and Activities, Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce, 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. Adirondack “Art” Moose Hunt. Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts. While traveling Route 28 between Indian Lake and Blue Mountain Lake be on the lookout for the elusive “Art” moose. “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, Blue Mountain Lake.
10 a.m. Fly Fishing Casting Demonstrations. Joe Hackett. Indian Lake School, Route 28.
11 a.m. “Moose Management in New York.” DEC Wildlife Biologist Steven Heerkens. This one-hour PowerPoint presentation will provide an up to date overview of the current status, challenges, future research and DEC’s management program for New York State moose. Indian Lake Theater, Route 28.
11 a.m. Indian Lake Main Street Historic Guided Tour.Bill Zullo, Hamilton County Historian. Established in 1858, Indian Lake is the largest town in Hamilton County. Meet at the Indian Lake Town Hall, Pelon Road.
11 a.m. Moose Festival Cruise & Dine. Donna Pohl. Take a cruise on the W.W. Durant. Visit www.raquettelakenavagation or call 315-354-5532 for more information.
Noon. Beer-Sampling Tent. Must be 21 years old and older to participate. Samplings will be provided by McCadam Distributors of Plattsburgh. IDs required. Outside the Indian Lake Restaurant.
1 p.m. Town of Indian Lake Museum. Open House Bill Zullo, Hamilton County Historian. Stop by the Open House, chat with Bill Zullo, and learn about the folks who settled Indian Lake. Route 28.
1-5 p.m. Live Music Entertainment. Stop by the Town Park and listen to the Gregson Brothers Band who will entertain you with blues, country and classic rock music. Sponsored by: Indian Lake Restaurant, Tavern & Liquor Store, Intersections of Routes 28 and 30, Indian Lake.
1:30 p.m. Moose-Calling Contest. Joe Hackett. 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. To preregister please call: 518-648-5636 or 518-648-5112. Indian Lake Theater, Route 28, Indian Lake.
3:30 p.m. Count Moose Scat Contest Winner Announcements. Indian Lake Theater. Moose “Scat” is located in several convenient locations.
Sunday, Sept. 29
9 a.m. Moose River Plains Self-guided Driving Tour.
9 a.m. Fall Foliage Festival Rafting. Adirondac Rafting Company, Bob Rafferty.
9 a.m. North Country Sidewalk Sales. Town Of Indian Lake Merchants.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Lake Street Boat Works. Joe Spadaro. Stop by this exhibit to learn about construction techniques of traditionally built guideboats. Indian Lake School, Route 28.
11 a.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 ecosystem, as well as conservation and the environment. The Big Moose Tent, Indian Lake School, Route 284.
11 a.m. Castle Rock Guided Hike. John Collins. This 4-mile moderate hike ends in a steep accent to reach the bald peak. Youth under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Recommended for youth over 10. Bring drinking water. Meet at 11 a.m. at the Adirondack Museum parking lot, Route 28, Blue Mountain Lake. Hike will begin promptly at 11 a.m.
12:30 p.m. Moose Festival Cruise & Dine. Donna Pohl.
1 p.m. Blue Mountain Lake Cruise. Quinn Booth. Enjoy a 90-minute 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.