College celebrates its involvement in the local area with Adirondack Week


News Editor
Adirondack Week 2017 took place from May 15-20, 2017.
The week helps Union to celebrate its deep history with the Adirondacks.
Members of the Union community, including alumni and faculty members, have been involved in the Adirondacks in numerous ways for over a century.
Faculty members have incorporated research they have conducted in the Adirondacks into some courses offered at Union.
Throughout the week, various events were held in different venues on campus, including the Kelly Adirondack Center.
All events were free and open to the public.
On Monday night, a talk occurred in the Nott Memorial titled “The Jefferson Project: An Update.”
It touched upon the fact that technology has helped scientists to be able to study Lake George in more depth more than they have previously.
Two alumni returned to campus to give the talk. Project Leaders Mike Kelly ’91 and Jeremy Farrell ’03 discussed their research and how their findings could help improve policy decisions.
On Tuesday, there was a panel titled “Wilderness or Development?: A Panel Discussion on  Classifying the Boreas Ponds Lands.” The panelists presented different viewpoints on how the recently state-acquired Boreas Ponds Land should be classified for future use.
The panelists included David Olbert, an outfitter from Newcomb, NY; John Sheehan, the Adirondack Council’s Director of Communications; and Dave Gibson, the managing partner of Adirondack Wild.
Union College’s Department of Biology Professor Steven Rice moderated the panel.
There was a Q&A session following the panel.
Wednesday’s event was a “Music of the Mountains” event. Harpeth Rising and The Jamcrackers, two bands, performed a short concert in front of Schaffer Library.
Harpeth Rising fuses folk, newgrass, rock and classical music into Chamberfolk music. The band includes three classically trained musicians.
The Jamcrackers features solo performers Dan Berggren, Peggy Lynn and Dan Duggan.
The band is named in honor of the river drivers who broke up log jams.
Following the concert was discussion of the bands’ respective influences as well as the new trends in folk and bluegrass music.
Thursday brought the takeover of Chef U in Upperclass Dining during lunch.
Chef Stephen Topper cooked some Adirondack specialties.
Friday afternoon brought the Adirondack Fair on the Reamer Back Patio.
It was an informations fair about the Adirondacks that featured the Adirondack raptors, refreshments, music and other regional vendors.
Animals local to the Adirondack region also made appearances at the fair.
On Saturday, there was an exhibition opening and ReUnion reception at the Kelly Adirondack Center.
The exhibit is titled “Parts but Little Known: maps of the Adirondacks from 1556.”
It included an exhibit of antique maps that Cal Welch ’62 and his daughter Caroline Welch ’01 have curated.
These maps trace the early development of the Northeast and the avoidance of the inhospitable Adirondack region.
It highlighted the collections of the Adirondack Research Library, as well as maps from a private collection.
It included a large relief map created by the noted Adirondack conservationist Paul Shaefer.
The exhibit also looked at the growing awareness of the region and what the mapmakers though about the potential of the Adirondacks.
Field trips for students to the Adirondack Park have also been held.


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