Joe Wiegand as Theodore Roosevelt
The hamlets of Newcomb and North Creek will be celebrating former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt’s connection to the region this month with two weekends packed with activities.
Through the Saratoga & North Creek Railway, North Creek is building upon the town of Newcomb’s annual TR Weekend, a long-running festival marking Roosevelt’s famed night ride to the presidency in September 1901. After learning that President William McKinley was dying of a gunshot wound, then-Vice President Roosevelt made a nighttime mad dash on a buckboard from the Tahawus Club to the train station in North Creek, where he embarked on a trip to Buffalo where the president had been shot. Roosevelt was vacationing with his family in the town of Newcomb at the time and had been hiking up Mount Marcy.
The theme of this year’s TR Weekend in Newcomb is “Trains and TR.” It will be held Sept. 6-8.
•Silent Auction-NCS Auditorium 5-8 p.m. – many interesting items this year. Proceeds of auction go toward a Teddy Roosevelt Scholarship for a Newcomb graduating senior. • Dinner at Newcomb Central School 5-6:30 p.m. (pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw, dessert). Entertainment during and after dinner featuring some of America’s favorite train songs with Gary Gazaille--NCS Auditorium. • The History of Trains in the Adirondacks 7-8 p.m. - Join Christine Campeau from Blue Mountain Museum, and Ray Flanagan, Director, North Creek Depot Museum as they bring us for a “ride” through the history of ADK trains. • Back to School Dance sponsored by the Senior Class at NCS, 8-11 p.m., Newcomb Fire Hall, Grades 9-12 featuring a DJ and Snacks.
•Newcomb Mountain Quilters Annual Craft Fair: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Newcomb Central School (NCS). Fair runs Saturday only so come early and stay the day. • NCS will serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and pie slices • Silent Auction – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. School Auditorium—Winning bids to be announced at 5 p.m. • Golf Tournament: 9 a.m. at the High Peaks Golf Course. Phone NCS: 582-3341 for more information • Float Plane Rides 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with Tom Helms. Float Plane to be docked at the Lake Harris Public Beach. $35 each. (Rain Date: Sept. 8 10 a.m.-3 p.m.)
•Activities for Pre-K to Grade 3: • Fishing Derby 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Matt Winslow Pond, Rt. 28N (look for sign) Bring a rod--bait provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. • Miniature Golf 12-3 p.m. – School Athletic Field (clubs will be provided) • Creating Fairy & Troll Houses 12-3 p.m.—School Athletic Field
•Activity for Grades 4-8: • Field Day activities—Beach or Athletic Field 1-3 p.m.
•ESF Guide Boat Regatta on Rich Lake 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Rich Lake Boat Access, Rt. 28N (look for sign) • Goodnow Fire Tower: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mike Gooden SUNY ESF Forester and former NYS Ranger will be manning the restored tower between 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
•Arrival at NCS of President Teddy Roosevelt (aka Joe Wiegand) 4:30-5 p.m. The “President” will meet with diners before dinner to discuss “TR and Trains.”
•BBQ, Music, and Fireworks at the Overlook at Dusk. BBQ 5-6:30 p.m., Music provided by Eric Peter 7-8 p.m.
•Ty Yandon Memorial 5K: 9 a.m. (adults/Teens) 9:15 a.m. (children under 10) 8 a.m. Registration at the Health Center. $15 entry fee. For more info email: firstname.lastname@example.org • Upper Works Tour: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tour will be co-lead by ESF and Christine Campeau of the Adirondack Museum. Event includes a guided historical, social and industrial tour of the Upper Works Village and McIntyre Iron Company’s New Furnace. Tour begins with shared memories from former residents of the Village and concludes with lemonade and cookies at the Tahawus Club. Bring lunch and comfortable shoes for light walking. • Huntington Forest and Lodge Tour: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Easy hike with Stacy McNulty. Meet at SUNY ESF Adirondack Ecological Center, 6312 Rt. 28N New this year: Stacy will discuss “Native Plants of the Huntington Forest” • Interpretive Signage Ribbon Cutting 12 p.m. at the Upper Works Blast Furnace. Open Space Institute will hold an informal ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the installation of new interpretive signage at the blast furnace, the first phase of a comprehensive interpretative plan that will grow to extend through the Upper Works village.
• Join Teddy Roosevelt for a “Whistle Stop” speech on a section of the newly reopened Tahawus rail line 2:30-3:30 p.m. Iowa Pacific will bring an engine and caboose to the railroad crossing at the Tahawus/Blue Ridge Road intersection. Parking is available at the site. Note: public is not allowed to board the train.
For more information about the Newcomb event, visit online at www.newcombny.com.
Teddy Roosevelt returns to North Creek on Sept. 13-15. The Saratoga & North Creek Railway welcomes renowned Roosevelt reprisor Joe Wiegand for a series of themed events in North Creek to commemorate the president’s history with the region and the 1901 ride on horse-drawn buckboard when he learned he would become president.
Some of the activities include:
•Historic crafts and trade demonstrations
•“First Person” talks by Roosevelt
•Rough Rider pony rides
•Olde Tyme BBQ in the Kellogg Park with barbershop quartet performances
•Teddy bear tea and story time for children
Many events are free and all take place rain or shine.
North Creek will also welcome The Leviathon No. 63. This highly sought-after reproduction steam engine will make its first visit to New York and the Northeast for this event. This replica is faithfully reproduced from the original design of the steam engine constructed at the Schenectady Locomotive Works in 1868 that was one of four commissioned by the Central Pacific Railroad.
This reproduction took 10 years to build and is full sized and standard gauge. It uses fuel oil rather than wood to power its engine.
The Saratoga & North Creek Railway will run one round trip daily from Saratoga to North Creek featuring this steam locomotive. Special stops will allow railroad buffs to take photos, etc. at Riparius station. The historic turntable in North Creek will host demonstrations using this locomotive.
The Teddy Roosevelt Dinner will be held Sept. 14 at the Garnet Hill Lodge in North River. It will include hay rides, a buffet-style dinner and “Life in the Adirondacks,” Tales from Teddy presented by Joe Wiegand.
For more information, visit online at www.sncrr.com.