Adirondack Experience Announces Upcoming Fall Events and Programs –

Adirondack Experience, the museum on Blue Mountain Lake, (ADKX) has released its upcoming fall programs and events which include nature hikes, Xperience For All (an event that celebrates outdoor recreation for all), FallFest, a virtual program in which three panelists discuss the architecture of the Adirondacks, and more. Please see below for more details on these events.

experience for all, Saturday, September 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free
Celebrate outdoor recreation with a day filled with hands-on activities and demonstrations. Learn more about organizations in the Adirondacks and North Country/Capital Region at the Expo, including those serving the BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and adaptive sports communities.

This new event will be a celebration of outdoor recreation and showcase the many opportunities for outdoor enjoyment for those unfamiliar or not yet comfortable exploring the area’s woods and waterways. by themselves. ADKX will be free for everyone on the day of the event. The day will include workshops, games, demonstrations and presentations, all in the spirit of providing museum visitors with a base to pursue their leisure activities in safety.

Participating organizations and presenters so far:

  • Adirondack Council
  • Adirondack Diversity Initiative
  • Adirondack Interpretive Center, SUNY ESF
  • Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program
  • ADK North Country Gender Alliance
  • EmpowerER Network for People with Disabilities
  • NYS DEC Accessibility Office
  • Double H Ranch
  • Big Capital District Girls Inc.
  • Haudenosaunee National Lacrosse
  • Human Power Planet Earth
  • Homeward Bound ADK
  • Inclusive Recreation Resource Center (SUNY Cortland)
  • John Brown lives!
  • John Dillon Park
  • Lake Placid 2023, FISU World University Games
  • Olympic Regional Development Authority
  • Exterior Afro Albany and Upstate NY
  • Paul Smith College and VIC
  • Regional Office for Sustainable Tourism (ROOST)
  • adventure project
  • The wild center

FallFest, Sunday October 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Celebrate fall with traditional pastimes like apple pressing, fall crafts and fiber arts. Demonstrations and music all day. This family day is filled with activities, games and much more.

Activities include:

  • Carriage rides
  • Apple pressing and cider tasting (while supplies last)
  • Pumpkin Painting (while supplies last)
  • Fall Crafts + Fall Games
  • live music
  • Fiber Arts Demonstrations
  • And more

FREE admission to ADKX and Fallfest for residents of Adirondack Park.

Nature hikes with Ed
Explore the trails of the Central Adirondacks with naturalist and guide Ed Kanze. Check out our upcoming hikes below or click here for a full list of upcoming programs.

Thursday September 22

Coney Mountain rises between the villages of Tupper Lake and Long Lake, on the border between Franklin and Hamilton counties. The trail is 2.2 miles round trip and passes through beautiful woods including a stand of old growth sugar maple trees leading to the summit. Nesting birds will sing. The 360 ​​degree view from the open rock summit is stunning. The Western Adirondack Lakes region stretches wide in one direction, while to the east, weather permitting, we will look towards the High Peaks. The elevation gain is just over 523 feet. The summit elevation is 2267 feet.

Participants should meet at the trailhead at 1:30 p.m.

What to bring: Proper footwear for a hike such as sneakers or boots, appropriate clothing, water and snacks if desired.

Registration required for this hike. Directions and more information will be sent after registration. Click on HERE to register
$3 for ADKX members; $5 for the general public.

Learn more about Ed Kanze:

Ed Kanze graduated in 1978 from Middlebury College. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in geography and won the Bermas prize for the highest departmental distinctions. He lives with his wife and two children on 18 acres along the Saranac River.

In April 2005, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, Ed’s essay on the passenger pigeon, “In Search Of Something Lost”, was named by the John Burroughs Association as the natural history essay Outstanding Publication of 2004. The same essay won a Gold Medal in Environmental Writing from the International Regional Magazine Association. PBS featured Ed and his nature writing in the documentary “The Adirondacks”. His essays and articles have appeared in Adirondack life, Audubon, the world of ornithologists, The Ecologist, Utne Readerand much more.

Ed has published five books. His most recent, Beyond the Mountain and Home: Travels of an Adirondack Naturalist brings together stories of nature and adventure in New York State’s Adirondack Park, the largest park in the Lower 48.

Architecture of the Adirondacks, Monday, October 24 at 7 p.m. This is a free virtual event.
In a panel discussion moderated by Jim Bodnar (Former Principal, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill), three architects will share how historic building design in the Adirondacks has shaped their work in the region today.

In the words of the late Harvey Kaiser, author of Great Adirondack Camps: “There is reason to argue that Adirondack architecture, particularly as framed in the evolution of the great camps, is a distinct style – the rustic style of the Adirondacks.” In a panel discussion moderated by Jim Bodnar (formerly Director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill), three architects will share how historic building design in the Adirondacks has shaped their work in the region today. Panelists will share recent projects and design concepts, as well as buildings from the past that they have drawn inspiration from.

About the speakers:

James L. Bodnar, and his wife Anne, Vice Chair of the ADKX Board of Directors, have summered at Bartlett Carry on Upper Saranac Lake for 40 years. Jim is an architect who worked with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill for 17 years in Washington, New York and London before establishing his own practice 32 years ago. He served on the board of trustees of the American Academy in Rome, where he was a member and president of its alumni association. Jim was previously president of the Sculpture Center in New York and currently serves on the board of the Upper Saranac Foundation.

James L. Bodnar

Nils Luderowski spent his formative years in Stockholm, Sweden, where he studied mathematics, interior architecture and furniture design. He was educated at the Pratt Institute of Art & Design in Brooklyn, NY, where he incorporated American movements such as the Craftsman and Prairie styles into his developing aesthetic. Nils ran a design studio in New York and taught at Parsons School of Design. In the mid 1990s he moved to Keene where he lives with his family. His work can be found dotting the many lakes, rivers and mountains of the Adirondacks. Nils is a licensed architect in New York State and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Nils Luderowski

Michael Bird established Adirondack Design in 1984 with the ideal of preserving, enhancing and continuing the tradition of Adirondack architecture, which began over a century ago. Adirondack Design strives to become the recognized authority on the continuation and preservation of Adirondack architecture. Our technology is next century; our atmosphere belongs to the past. Bird’s experience of living and owning a Great Camp and being intimately familiar with the way of life, as well as the upkeep involved, has engendered a unique sensibility in its design and construction methods.

Michael Bird

Adirondack Experience is located at 9097 State Route 30 in Blue Mountain Lake, New York. The museum is now open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information about the museum and its upcoming programs and events, please visit,

All Photos: Photos from the Adirondack Experience website.