Don’t miss the 23rd annual Field, Forest, and Stream Day celebration of North Country crafts and traditions next weekend, which will be held at the Adirondack Center History Museum in Elizabethtown on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is always a great family event, with delicious food (including our famous pesto and tomato grilled cheeses sold by the Wadhams Free Library), lively music, and lots of arts, crafts, and games for kids and grown-ups. It's organized by the Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks here in Westport, and features well-known local artists, musicians, and vendors. Call 962-8778 for more information.
This weekend dog lovers will want to head up to the Fairgrounds here in Westport for the dog agility trial, which is free to spectators, and runs Saturday, Sept. 17, and Sunday, Sept. 18, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dog and human teams will compete in several classes including games of strategy. This event is hosted by Agility Dogs of the Adirondacks, a new club formed to promote dog agility in the area.
On Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m., I'll give the first of seven Tuesday evening lectures coming up at the Whallonsburg Grange. The lecture series is called The Story Behind the Story, and each week I'll take a classic Victorian novel and talk about its historical background. First up is The Moonstone (1868), by Wilkie Collins, an exciting story which is also considered to be the very first detective novel. One of the things I'll be talking about is the history of police work and the establishment of professional detective bureaus like Scotland Yard. Hope to see you there.
Then on Thursday, Sept. 22, the Westport Library Association will host an evening of classical music performed by Janice Kyle, Hans Himelein, and Timothy Mount. It's free and open to the public and if it's cool enough there might be a fire in the fireplace.
Finally, next time the power goes out, call National Grid at 1 (800) 867-5222. Keep this number by your phone, since the power company prioritizes repairs based on how many calls they get. Your call counts!