Due to COVID-19, many tourist attractions have had to cancel or delay opening. Please call businesses for details.
 

Be A Tourist In Your Own Town- Walk In the Footsteps of Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Cell Phone Tour

Be A Tourist In Your Own Town- Walk In the Footsteps of Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Cell Phone Tour

Walk In the Footsteps of Elizabeth Cady Stanton

https://www.ecstantonhometown.org/cellphone-tour.html

Take an afternoon to enjoy beautiful historical downtown Johnstown. Downtown Johnstown marks the birthplace of the Women’s revolution and suffrage movement pioneer- Elizabeth Cady Stanton. It was a beautiful March Spring day, and in honor of Women’s History Month, I thought it would be a great day to check out the cell phone tour.  (https://www.ecstantonhometown.org/)

The tour is narrated by Coline Jenkins, who is the Great Great Granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton.  She narrates the story with such dignity and grace,  I would sometimes would press a number twice, just so I could hear the story of that spot again.

The tour starts right on the corner of Market and Main Street in Johnstown, and takes you on a mile tour, allowing you to envision the time when she lived here, went to school here, and brought her ideas of Women’s Equality to life. You call the number 518-406-7081, and from there you will take a journey and walk the footsteps of Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

*Roaming charges may apply, and even though this tour is free, your minutes will be used.  You can call the number, listen to the history at the site, then hang up and call back for the next stop.

This map is available at https://www.ecstantonhometown.org/cellphone-tour.html

The 10 stops give you plentiful and interesting information. The stops include: where she was born, her fathers law office, her former school (The Johnstown Academy), the old jailhouse (The Tryon County Jailhouse/Fort Johnstown, James Burk’s Inn (meeting place of the Daughters of the American Revolution), Mrs. Henry’s Boarding House (where Elizabeth and Susan B. Anthony both stayed to write volumes of historical  literature for the Women’s Suffrage Movement), The Tryon County/Fulton County Courthouse (stay tuned for details on belated 100th Women’s Suffrage Movement Anniversary celebrations).  The stops have nice signs and the tour is easy to navigate.  My favorite fact was at Stop 7 at the Tryon County/Fulton County Courthouse. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B Anthony held a rally right here in Johnstown to encourage women to vote for the local school board! Could you imagine, to be alive at this time- 2 pioneers encouraging women to vote!)

 

Look for these signs along the tour. First and Second stop at Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s birthplace- now Berkshire bank, 51 West Main St.

Inside the bank is a beautiful tribute and artifacts from ECS, sponsored by the ESC Hometown Association.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stop #4- Tryon County Jail, Fort Johnstown

Stop #5, James Burk Inn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stop #6- Mrs. Henry’s Boarding House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stop #7- Tyron County/Fulton County Courthouse. Take some time to read the signs and enjoy sights from the oldest working courthouse in America!

Finishing out the tour, you will move on to the Colonial Cemetery, (the grave site of Elizabeth’s grandparents).  The last stops are her former church where she was married (The Scotch Presbyterian Church) and the Elizabeth Cady Stanton marker. Make sure you cross the street into the park to see the plaque, and look up to see the beautiful stone work at St. John’s Episcopal church.

Stop #8- Gate to the Colonial Cemetery

 

 

Stop #10- The Elizabeth Cady Stanton Marker

 

 

 

 

After the tour, it was a perfect time to get a beverage at Second Wind Coffee (FB and Instagram  @secondwindcoffee)  Shaun has tried many times to get me to try something new, but I can’t stray from the medium latte with coconut milk.

The lattes are perfection, and the coffee is great too.  Second Wind also has baked goods and sandwiches.   Other great meals are around this area as well. Lunch or Dinner, Downtown Johnstown has wonderful choices.

After your meal, check out the local shops.  If you decide to have dinner and the stores are closed, please check them out online.

Downtown Johnstown Restaurants: please call for availability and reservations.

Union Hall Inn: 518-762-3210                                                                                                               https://www.facebook.com/Union-Hall-Inn-Restaurant-151512999285/about/?ref=page_internal

LaPalma Mexican Grill- 518-848-3172                                                                                                        https://www.facebook.com/La-Palma-Mexican-Grill-276960433237322

Vintage Café- 518-762-0030       https://www.facebook.com/Vintage-Cafe-161269773998351

Partners Pub- 518-762-2337              https://www.facebook.com/lanzispartnerspub

Pete’s Snack Bar- 518-762-9074

Hot Dog Hut- 518-762-3678        http://www.hotdoghutcafe.com/

Miss Johnstown Diner- 518-762-1994                                                                                                    https://www.facebook.com/Miss-johnstown-diner-169522306437661

Johnstown Peking In- 518-762-2828  http://www.pekingcorp.com/

Second Wind Coffee-  https://www.facebook.com/secondwindcoffee

Market Street Pizza- 518-762-8615               https://www.facebook.com/MarketStreetPizzaJohnstown

Vince’s Pizza and Pasta- 518-736-2828                                                                                              https://www.facebook.com/Vinces-Pizza-Pasta-250497278295017

Hometown Market- 518-848-3343                                                                                              https://www.facebook.com/Hometown-Market-211320725627786

Plaid Giraffe- 518-762-1970

Stewart’s Shops – gas and quick food/drinks                https://www.facebook.com/YourStewarts

Shopping:  The Elizabeth Cady Stanton Association has a Women’s consignment shop on Main Street, called the Sunflower Shoppe, located on 26 West Main Street. The goal of the shop is to help women and their career clothing needs. I have gotten beautiful name brand clothes and shoes.  The most I have ever spent on a piece (some with tags still on them!) is $5.  Last time I went sweaters were $1 and work tops were FIFTY CENTS.  The lovely staff are always ready to help with what you need.                               Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 11:30am-4pm  Saturday: 10am-1pm     https://www.facebook.com/ecssunflowershoppe/

 

Other stores include:

Mysteries on Main Street- 518-736-2665                https://www.facebook.com/MysteriesOnMainStreet

Something Special- 518-762-1268                                                                                                        https://www.facebook.com/Something-Special-Johnstown-NY-344399882399750

McLemon’s Boutique-
https://mclemonsboutique.square.site/

Toying Around- 518-795-9410                  https://www.facebook.com/ToyingAroundJohnstownNY

Studio Herbage Florist- 518-762-7755               https://www.facebook.com/studioherbage

Fisherman’s Supply Christian Bookstore-518-762-3548    https://www.facebook.com/FishermensSupplyChristianBookstore

Indoor Farmer’s Marketplace (opening soon)- 518-902-1633 https://www.facebook.com/indoormarketplace

Green Essentials Naturally-  518-239-2020           https://greenessentialsnaturally.com/

Main Motorcar Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram- 518-762-3183 https://www.facebook.com/MainMotorcar

A&E Sportwear-  518-762-1852

La Villa Dogworks- 518-762-2275              https://www.facebook.com/LaVillaDogWorks

The Game Guys- 518-847-5949                  https://www.facebook.com/gameguys1

Roth School of Art (call for classes)-  518-762-3130                                                  https://www.facebook.com/Roth-School-of-Art-137709936242866

Please check out Downtown Business & Professional’s Association Facebook page (@DJBPAssociation) for updates. There are many businesses and professionals ready to safely serve you in Johnstown, and all of Fulton County.

For more historical information: Johnstown Historical Society (https://cityofjohnstown.ny.gov/our-history.html). Our  Fulton County Historian, is Samantha Hall-Saladino (http://fultoncountyhistoricalsociety.org/).                                                                                                         Johnson Hall Historic Site (https://parks.ny.gov/historicsites/johnsonhall/details.aspx)

Drumm House (https://www.mohawkvalleyhistory.com/destinations/listing/Drumm-House)

Please visit www.44lakes.com for all the dining and shopping options in Fulton County, or find us on Facebook on Visit Fulton County NY Facebook page.

Have fun in Fulton County! -Anne Boles, Tourism Director

 

Call to Artists!

The Glove Cities Arts Alliance (GCAA) is pleased to announce its 2021 Art Walk. This exhibition will feature only the works of artists who live or work in New York’s Fulton, Montgomery and neighboring counties. This art walk will encompass a large portion of the downtown area, with 30 businesses participating thus far.

GCAA is a new Arts Council in Gloversville, serving Fulton and Montgomery counties. Our mission is to help sustain the health and vitality of the arts in our local communities and to create an environment where the arts are accessible by all. We at GCAA believe there is a lot of unseen talent in Fulton and Montgomery counties and we want to help share that with the larger community.

Currently, GCAA is working toward hosting an art walk on Main Street in Gloversville on June 5th. Our goal for this event is to fill business store fronts with works by local artists. We feel this will be an excellent way to showcase the vast amounts of talent in our community, as well as enrich the downtown environment. This event will be heavily publicized through social and local media sources. The opening day of the art walk, June 5th, will be a fun day for all. There will be local musicians playing throughout the downtown area, craftivities for children, AND the Wine and Food Festival!

Art in all media and from any artist within the region is welcome. Pieces selected will hang in the business store fronts of downtown Gloversville.

Artwork will be selected by a curatorial committee from GCAA’s board.

Any artist in the Fulton/Montgomery or neighboring counties are welcome to submit work. There is no submission fee. All works must be submitted by April 30th via email to glovecitiesarts@gmail.com

Artists submissions should include:

Up to 5 images (jpeg) of your strongest works. Please title your images as follows: YourInitials_Title.jpeg Public Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony: Saturday, June 5, 2021 Exhibition Closes: August 5, 2021 Removal of Artwork: August 6-9, 2021

Location: Downtown area, Gloversville, NY For more information about this artwalk and call to artists, please contact glovecitiesarts@gmail.com, or visit our pages on Instagram and Facebook.

Upload images as attachments in the email, not in the text body Have your JPG as close to the resolution of 1920 pixels @ 72dpi on the LONGEST side.

Three dimensional work may have two views  A brief description of submitted images. Include the following information: Title, year created, medium, dimensions A brief bio telling us about yourself, as well as your contact information

Eligibility:

All works must be original works of the exhibiting artist.

All entries must be of original design and personal execution.

Nudity Policy:

Due to the wide range of ages and cultures of the guests we anticipate at the art walk, we are not able to accept content that includes frontal nudity or is sexual in theme, or violent content. It is the sole discretion of the GCAA to accept or reject submissions that may fall under these guidelines. It’s possible that there will be more artists submitting works than there are window spaces available. We will do our best to be as inclusive as possible.

Selected Works:

Selection notification and exhibition contracts will be sent by email by May 5, 2021. Shortly thereafter, artists will  receive explicit instructions regarding artwork drop-off and setup. Artists will be responsible for coordinating with corresponding businesses to display their artwork.

Selected works must be set up in the assigned display by the evening of Wednesday, June 2nd.

Artists MUST make an appointment with the business they are working with to set up installation time.

Works must be delivered. Mailed pieces will not be accepted.

The Glove Cities Arts Alliance asks a 10% commission on all works sold.

All sales are to be made directly through the artist. Businesses are not to make sales on behalf of the artist unless explicitly instructed to do so, by the artist.

Selected artwork must be suitably framed and ready for installation.

Unsold work must be picked up promptly after the show closes on August 5th. Work that is not collected 60 days after the last day of the show will be forfeited to the Glove Cities Arts Alliance. Pickup dates for this exhibition are to be arranged with the specific business that the artist is working with, by the artist.

Important Dates:

Deadline for submission: April 30, 2021

Notification of acceptance: May 5, 2021

Work to be installed at location: June 1-2, 2021

Be a Tourist in Your Own Town- Lapland Lake, Northville and Lanzis on the Lake

This edition features local author, Emily Juniper.  You can find her poetry collections (A Strangely Wrapped Gift, Swim, Things I Learned in the Night) and YA novel (Rafa and the Real Boy) on Amazon.com and other online retailers wherever books are sold.   Please visit  www.emilyjuniperpoetry.com and follow her current works on Instagram, @by.emilyjuniper

Enjoy her perspective and try the day out for yourself!

A Charming Day in Northville: Lapland, Woods Lake, and More.

by Emily Juniper

I have never been cross-country skiing in my life, but when I was asked if I’d like to try it, I couldn’t say no. A trek with friends through the beautiful Adirondacks after months of quarantine and nothing new or stimulating to do sounded like a dream, and in short, it was.

When my partner and I arrived at Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center (www.laplandlake.com) which is just along the border of the Adirondack State Park–we were greeted by friendly employees clad in brightly colored ski gear, and Finnish music blaring from the speakers of the visitor center (I later found out the founder Olavi Hirvonen, a Finnish-American as well as a former Olympian). Current operators Paul and Kathy Zahray continue the Finnish traditions, as they brought Lapland in 2014 and kept everything the same.

Snow fell gently in the surrounding woods, and there was an air of excitement that comes with trying something new that everyone seems to be enjoying. I felt like I had walked out of quarantine and into a Scandinavian storybook.

After we rented our skis and zipped up our boots–the rentals are very affordable as far as winter recreation goes, and the process was quick and efficient (as well as staff are adhering to COVID-19 guidelines, please see their website for updates and safety initiatives)–we shuffled to the trail across the street and I clipped the toe of my boots into the skis. The “push and glide” motion of crossing-country skiing is definitely harder than it looks, but the trails were packed down and groomed with ski lanes. Within minutes, I felt like I had the hang of it (though if I’m being honest, there were a few five-year-olds metaphorically “skiing” circles around me). Lapland has over thirty-eight kilometers of groomed cross country ski trails, many of which are one way, which makes the experience less daunting for newcomers like me. Lapland also has ungroomed trails for the more experienced, snowshoeing, and they offer lessons, day passes, and cabin rentals as well.

 

Trail to Woods Lake

Since we were beginners, our party decided to tackle the three kilometer loop to Woods Lake and back. The trek was beautiful, peaceful, and exactly what I needed to break the monotony of pandemic fatigue. Even though the center itself was bustling with people, we rarely encountered others on the trail. The trail we took went through a forest of pine trees right to a frozen lake, which we were able to traverse on our skis as well. The air was fresh, we were too busy to look at our phones, and we got a pretty good workout while we were at it.

View at Woods Lake

 When we finished the loop and found ourselves back at the rental center, we returned our equipment, and although The food truck outside the building looked tempting, we had already made lunch reservations elsewhere.

Upon leaving Lapland, red-cheeked and invigorated, we headed into Northville (http://www.villageofnorthville.com/about-us/attractions/) , a quaint town in Fulton County on the shores of the Great Sacandaga Lake. The town is quiet yet inviting, with Cooperstown-esque small town charm. We went to the Northville Five and Dime Store, which is the oldest operating 5 and 10 store in the U.S. still operating today (http://northville5and10.com/). There was an array of old school ten-cent candies for sale, which I have to admit was almost the highlight of the trip (when is the last time you saw Bazooka gum, Charleston Chews, Atomic Hotballs and Razzles all in the same place? I’m thirty-one, and even I couldn’t resist filling up a bag with my favorites).

Delicious homemade fudge and the penny candy at the Northville 5&10

 

After the 5 &10, we went to The Flower Barn (https://www.flowerbarnandgifts.com ), which is a lovely mom-and-pop shop featuring fresh flower bouquets,  jewelry, unique home decor, and treasures made by local artisans.

Inside The Flower Barn, owned and operated by Bob and Sally Peck

 Mondays are a bit quieter in the village, but there are many more stops and restaurants to choose from. Before you head on your way back home, take the time to go across the bridge to visit the family owned and operated stores, art galleries, and restaurants. You’ll be glad you did!

Our final destination was lunch, which we had at Lanzi’s on the Lake, a restaurant and marina on the lakefront (http://www.lanzisonthelake.net/ ). The restaurant is a hit with locals (which is usually a good sign), and as we sat and ate we watched snowmobilers come and go across the lake, stopping into Lanzi’s for a drink or some wings. Admittedly, the restaurant did not have many options for vegetarians that day , but they made up for it with the beautiful lake-side view, and cozy interior where we warmed up, had a drink, and enjoyed a socially-distanced meal out.

Inside the Adirondack Room – Lanzi’s on the Lake

Lunch views at Lanzi’s on the Lake

 

By the time we were heading back home to Albany, I was already asking my partner when she wanted to go back to Lapland to try snowshoeing and take a similar foray around the town. All in all, we experienced everything you could want in a day out–fresh air, exercise, good food, warm company, beautiful views, and a little something to take home to remember it all by. I would highly recommend the experience to anyone looking to get out this winter (and let’s face it, who isn’t?), and it was more than worth the hour drive.

*****

Emily Juniper is an LGBTQ+ writer and author from upstate New York. She is an advocate for animal rights and mental health in teens and young adults, particularly OCD awareness. You can find her poetry collections (A Strangely Wrapped Gift, Swim, Things I Learned in the Night) and YA novel (Rafa and the Real Boy) on Amazon.com and other online retailers wherever books are sold.

Be A Tourist In Your Own Town- Royal Mountain Ski Area

Be a Tourist In Your Own Town: Royal Mountain Ski Area

Featured Writer: Andy Heck- President at Alpin Haus

Caroga Lake NY is home to Royal Mountain, a great family ski area for all ages and abilities.

The Alpin Haus family has had a very long and great relationship with Royal.  Each year Alpin Haus sells pre-season passes,  (please visit www.alpinhaus.com for locations and hours) to customers.  Alpin Haus also has a youth ski lease program for families who are looking for a great experience.  Since the first store opened, Alpin Haus has become the place to go for all-season supplies. Snowmobiles, ski, and snowboard clothing, as well as personal watercrafts, boats, pools, spas, recreational vehicles, and patio furniture are available all year long.

Royal Mountain Ski Area (www.royalmountain.com) is conveniently located in the foothills of the Adirondacks, in Caroga Lake NY. Royal is about an hour away from Albany and Utica. It is a family mountain with 3 chair lifts, from beginner slopes to expert trails.  Jim Blaise built a great business from the ground up, and has been a great transition to new owners Jake and Brooke Tennis, who are continuing the Royal tradition of a wonderful experience.

Andy writes: “When you go to Royal Mountain everyone is like family there.  From the staff to the skiers-everyone is friendly and are happy to see each other.  This year with the pandemic it has been so great to see families being able to be outside together getting fresh air and having a great time.  The lodge and lifts are all following protocols to ensure everyone is safe.  It is a great place to enjoy the beautiful Southern Adirondacks.  The lodge looks great, fire pits are awesome, and as someone who has been very cautious regarding COVID safety, I was very comfortable.”

“For families they have a great program to teach kids how to ski. When my kids were young they learned on the bunny hill before graduating to the big part of the mountain.   Now for me my typical day is going early on a Sunday morning and heading out as the lifts open for the day.  I often go by myself knowing I will run into others I know at the ski lift.  For instance, one day I ran into a friend I grew up with and we skied all morning together.”

L to R: Andy Heck (President of Alpin Haus) John Toper (Alpin Haus Clifton Park Ski manager) Charles Weitz (Amsterdam RV Outfitter)

 

“For the trails themselves, my favorite is the Royal. Royal is the beautiful black diamond trail you see from the lodge.   After a run on Royal, like many skiers I move through all the different trails.  During the year when the snow is bountiful I even head in the woods for some great glades skiing.   Regardless of your ability there is a trail for you.  One of the best parts of Royal is their commitment to snowmaking.  Every year you know that the trails will be covered with a great base of snow lasting into April.  Each night they groom making the trails perfect each and every day.”

 

Every year on the Thursday of President’s week Alpin Haus hosts a ski demo day at Royal Mountain, where ski vendors come and set up tents with next year skis.  Customers then get to go out on the mountain and test the new product.   Ski reps love how amazing, intimate, and special Royal Mountain is. They go all over the Northeast and say they never get treated as well as they do by us and Royal Mountain.  Due to COVID-19, Demo Day is cancelled this year, but everyone is looking forward to 2022 to continue this fun long-standing tradition.

 

Before you head home, make sure you check out www.44lakes.com for suggestions on dining and shopping.  Didn’t get enough from one day at Royal? Lots of cozy cabin rentals and hotel rooms only 10-15 mins away from the mountain.  Fill up with a dinner from a local restaurant and shop at a family owned business ready to safely serve you.

 

Enjoy the winter and check out Royal Mountain Ski Area: 3072 NY Route 10 Caroga Lake NY 12032. Phone: 518-835-6445.  www.royalmountain.com  Email: info@royalmountainskiarea.com Find them on Facebook @skiroyalmountain for latest updates and additional information on snowdrag races and other events coming up 2021!

 

Empire State Development Announces “Raising The Bar” Restaurant Recovery Fund

Empire State Development is offering grants of up to $5,000 for restaurants adjusting to COVID-19 safety guidelines. The $3M+ Raising the Bar Restaurant Recovery Fund—supported by Diageo North America, Coastal Pacific Wine & Spirits (a division of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits), National Development Council and ESD—offers NYS restaurants up to $5K to support COVID-19-related upgrades.

“Raising the Bar” grant funding can be used for COVID-19-related improvements and equipment that will allow the business to comply with social distancing guidelines, expand take-out/delivery operations, or accommodate outdoor dining such as plexiglass barriers/partitions, signage promoting social distancing and hygiene protocols, heaters, heat lamps, weatherization upgrades and insulated delivery bags;  improvements that will allow the business to continue operating through the winter months such as filtration system upgrades and food heaters to maintain temperature for to-go orders and purchasing PPE and sanitation supplies necessitated by the pandemic; and COVID-19 related business improvements like patio heaters or contactless technology. Qualifying purchases and expenditures must be from September 1, 2020 onwards to be eligible. Initial round of grants are up to $5,000.

Initial grant funding will be awarded based on the received applications and dispersed independently by NDC, an experienced national economic non-profit that has been in operation since 1969.

Restaurants can apply to the “R​aising the Bar Restaurant Recovery Fund” starting Monday, January 11, 2021. For more information visit the ESD website at https://esd.ny.gov/raising-bar-restaurant-recovery-fund.

 

Application Link: nysrestaurantrecovery.fluxx.io