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Essex on Lake Champlain: The community blog for Esssex, NY

Essex on Lake Champlain: Community blog for Essex, NY

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Halloween Dawning


What a spooktacular start to Halloween Monday! We think of goblins and ghouls and the Great Pumpkin on All Hallow’s Eve, but early this morning the pre-sunrise lighting over Lake Champlain was simply spooky. And stunning!

Shoot me your favorite Essex Halloween shot for my creepy collage, coming soon…

Join a wildlife tracking team

Want to know more about the wildlife in your woods?

  • Learn in the field. Interpret tracks and signs.
  • Collect scientific data. Help us connect habitat.
Turkey Patterns in the Snow by virtualDavis

Turkey Patterns in the Snow (by virtualDavis via Flickr)

Wildlife needs room to roam. To give wildlife the space it needs, wild habitats are being protected and linked across the landscape.  Two teams of citizen scientists, sponsored by Northeast Wilderness Trust and the Willowell Foundation, will help track the presence and movement of wildlife across an essential habitat linkage between the Adirondack and Green Mountains.

Join a wildlife tracking team & learn from expert instructors. Explore wild areas and learn to identify bobcat, black bear, fisher, mink, otter, and moose. Collect information on wildlife presence and movement, and help conserve their habitats in the Champlain Valley of Vermont and New York. Susan Morse, founder of Keeping Track and world-renowned wildlife expert, will lead the eight science-based tracking sessions.

  • Six full-day field sessions and two classroom sessions learning to detect and interpret tracks and signs and understand wildlife behavior.
  • An invitation to natural history talks and outdoor workshops beginning this fall on topics such as old-growth forests, wolves, lynx, bobcats, bears, and more.
  • Four additional skill-oriented workshops on topics such as orienteering, GPS use, keeping a field journal, and online resources.

Trainings begin in Vermont in October 2011 and in New York in January 2012.

Sign up now! New York tuition is $535. Register by Nov. 1 to receive a 10% tuition reduction. To register for the New York team, contact Elizabeth Lee at 518.962.4756 or elizabeth [at] newildernesstrust [dot] org. Limited scholarships available to early registrants. Enrollment is limited to 15 per team.

For more info: www.newildernesstrust.org

Vermont tuition, thanks to generous underwriting, is $325. To register for the Vermont team, contact info [at] willowell [dot] org.

Market Mania!

Sunday Market Mania! September 18, 2011 from 10 AM to 4 PM, north of Lakeside Cemetery

Sunday Market Mania! September 18, 2011 from 10 AM to 4 PM, north of Lakeside Cemetery

Market Mania! We are busy harvesting antiques, veggies, gourds, mums and more for our Market in the Meadow. Join us Sunday, September 18th from 10-4 in the meadow just north of the Lakeside Cemetery.

Browse the wildly wonderful and overgrown collections from The Pink Pig, The Neighborhood Nest, The Gallery Shop, ReNew, Linda’s Great Junk, David & Helen & Helene’s Treasures, AND MORE!

Come at 9 am with a 10. donation to ReNew and get first pickins!

Essex Independence Day Schedule

Fireworks on the Fourth of July

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It promises to be a sensational Independence Day weekend in Essex. Running race, raft race, concert, parade, strawberry shortcake, fireworks, and two more businesses opening for the season… Happy 4th of July!

Thanks to Norma Goff for making sure that the Independence Day weekend schedule made it up onto Essex on Lake Champlain (@EssexNY and Facebook too). Here’s the overview she posted:

Fireworks at the park on Friday night (the 1st), at 9:15 PM, preceded by an organ concert at the Essex Community Church featuring Carol Williams from California. The parade is on the next day, Saturday, at 11 AM, followed by activities at the park, including a raft race. Also that day from 10:30 on there will be strawberry shortcake for sale at the Essex Community Church, and at 10 AM, at St. John’s Church, there will be singing of special music for the 4th, should you want to add any of this to your site.

Lest anything slip through the cracks, I’m going to include the “official” information from the Town of Essex website:

Friday, July 1

  • 9:15 PM Fireworks (Viewable from Beggs Point)

Saturday, July 2

  • 10 am Parade line-up at corner of Blockhouse Rd & Essex Rd
  • 11 AM Parade with bands, floats, fire trucks and more!
  • Penelope the Clown will entertain folks prior to the parade, during the parade and after the parade.
  • Following the parade there will be food and games at Beggs Pt. Park
  • 3 pm Spelling bee in the Town Hall


  • David Lansing 963-7072 general info
  • Wayne Bailey 963-4060 parade info
  • John Durant 1 802-999-1285

See the full schedule at Town of Essex: July 4, 2011 Celebration.

Travel Writing Contest Hosted by Champlain Area Trails

Pre-edible but beguiling apple

Image by virtualDavis via Flickr

Get your pencils sharpened, your laptops powered, and your cameras ready, Champlain Area Trails (CATS) will soon launch its first Travel Writing Contest. It’s your chance to write about your travels in New York’s central Champlain Valley—to share your favorite experiences on the Champlain Area Trails–whether it’s hiking, walking, skiing, snowshoeing, birding, tracking, picnicking, or a little bit of each. Also tell us about other great recreational, cultural, or gastronomical adventures you enjoyed in the Champlain Valley. Perhaps you paddled on the Boquet River? Took in a play at the Depot Theatre? Biked along scenic back roads? Dined on delicious food at a family-owned cafe? Or savored fresh produce at a local farm? The Valley’s the limit, so start exploring!

Entrants may submit works in two categories: Writing (800- to 1,200-word article with two to four photos) and Multimedia (audio, video, slideshow). First-place winners will receive a $500 cash prize and online publication in our CATS Destination Guide. There will also be goodies for the runners-up. Full details will be announced in August, but it’s not too early to start jotting down your special memories at the places and trails in New York’s central Champlain Valley. (via Champlain Area Trails.)

CATS: Immediate Trail-work Gratification

Black Kettle Nature Trail “Trailhead Sign” (photo credit: Kathryn Cramer)

The June 18th trail project at the Black Kettle Nature Trail was quite productive. The first thing we did was to put a “Trailhead Sign” by the road because the beginning to the trail, located behind the barn at Black Kettle Farm, had been difficult to find. Then at the end of the morning as we were having sandwiches, a car drove up, hesitated at the new trailhead sign, pulled into the driveway, parked and two people got out dressed in hiking boots and trail clothes. They pulled out walking sticks and packs from the back seat and started walking down the trail to where we were sitting. I asked how they happened to be hiking on this trail and they answered, “We wanted to take a hike this morning and we had heard about Champlain Area Trails so we looked at the website, saw this trail on the list and decided to hike on it. We were uncertain if we could find it though and when we saw the sign, we figured we were here.” As they continued down the trail, we patted ourselves on the back and basked in the immediate gratification of improving the hiking experience for others through the little action of sticking up that trailhead sign. Continue reading…

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