BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE - The Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake and the Depot Museum in North Creek will collaborate for the first time on an event, encouraging the public to "stomp off those muddy boots and come celebrate the good works of local non-profits."
On April 24, the museums will host a house party at Tannery Pond Community Center as part of the "Celebrating the Good Works" movement by North Country Public Radio and the Adirondack Nonprofit Network to celebrate the efforts of local non-profits in their communities.
Their overall goal for the evening is to provide more exposure to all area non-profits, according to North Creek Depot Museum director, Michelle San Antonio.
Across the region, varying organizations will host similar events and NCPR will broadcast a special music program during which participating organizations will be featured with on-air mentions and brief call-in segments.
"This is our first collaboration event and it is a pretty big deal," said San Antonio. "I'm hoping that this smooth process means this becomes an annual event and we find more opportunities to work together in the future."
The event is also sponsored by LARAC and the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, administered locally by the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council.
Events will begin with a spaghetti dinner at 5:30 p.m. to benefit the North Creek Depot Museum. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for children 12 and under and children three and under are free. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling 251-5842. Pre-order take-outs are available at 5 p.m.
A segment sure to attract history gurus - an Artifact Night with Andy Flynn, the author of Adirondack Attic will begin at 7 p.m. Flynn hails from Saranac Lake and is both a seasoned writer and local history enthusiast. Admission is free and attendants are welcome to bring objects for show and tell for the purpose of learning more about local history. Items will not be appraised.
The "Celebrating the Good Works" house party will begin at 8 p.m. and will feature the musical styling of Dan Berggren, Peggy Lynn and Dan Duggan. These seasoned solo performers have combined to create a dynamic trio called Jamcrackers. They found their name in honor of the historical river divers who broke up log jams. The three blend folk, blues, ballads, gospel and dance tunes into their performances. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
Susan Dineen, marketing director at the Adirondack Museum stressed the "mixer-feel" of the event.
"We want people to come and go as they please and enjoy themselves while celebrating local non-profits," she said.
She also spoke favorably of the two-museum collaboration.
"We have enjoyed working with the Depot Museum," she said. "We both exist because of history, so it was a natural collaboration."
Nonprofit organizations interested in partnering with the museums are encouraged to call Michelle San Antonio at 251-5842 by April 16 to reserve a spot.
Visit www.northcreekdepotmuseum.com or www.adirondackmuseum.org for more information.