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

Take a drive on the Fulton-Montgomery Quilt Barn Trail

 

The Fulton Montgomery Quilt Barn Trail (FMQBT) is located in upstate New York in the southern Adirondacks in the counties of Fulton and Montgomery.  The area is a mixture of agricultural landscape, rural countryside and small cities and villages.  The FMQBT is in the process of growing throughout the area and encourage residents to join the community pride and individual artistry found in a quilt barn trail.

Wooden barn quilt squares can be based on traditional patterns with individual influences making them unique to each property and community.  The square is frequently mounted on a barn and is thus called a “barn quilt”, while the building may be called a “quilt barn”.  When several of the squares are displayed throughout a community they create a “quilt barn trail”. They usually range in size from 4′ x 4′ to 8′ x 8′ although other sizes may be considered due to limited space.  They are made from exterior grade materials to last many years.  A material list is found on the website, fmquiltbarntrail.com.

One of the bigger pieces on the trail is the Mayfield Mural, at the Mayfield Fire District Building on 28 North School Street. What started as an idea between the FMQBT and interim Superintendent Kathy Dougherty in fall of 2018 has been completed.

It’s been a collaboration among many in the Mayfield community. The project is the result of hard work and the talented students all coming together to make Mayfield a prominent stop on the Fulton Montgomery Quilt Barn Trail.

The mural itself is 8’ x 28’, and it consists of two 4’ x 4’ squares designed & painted by a Mayfield Fire District member & the CubScouts/Webelos Den. Of the remaining 2’ x 2’ squares, 38 were painted by students in a studio in art class at the Mayfield Jr/Sr Central school & the artist from the FMQBT.

The FMQBT now in its 7th year, is a steadily growing tourism trail with over a 160 registered locations.

We hope you will take a drive to see #155 along with the many others found in our latest brochure.

Brochures are available in many locations including the outdoor display at the Visitor Center in Vail Mills.

If you aren’t familiar with the trail please check out the video on YouTube & Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Fulton-Montgomery-Quilt-Barn-Trail-456846717778409

Please visit www.fmquiltbarntrail.com, for more information and a pdf of the trail map.