This week, Union will host the third annual Adirondack Week, a program celebrating the rich economic and social history of the 6.1 million acre Adirondack Park through a series of panel discussions, excursions and other events.
The Adirondack Week idea was first established in 2013 with the goal of enhancing academic strengths by leveraging the college’s unique location and proximity to the park.
The program will allow students to better understand the challenges and opportunities facing the park today.
Adirondack Week will kick off on Sunday May 10, with a student hike to Tenant Creek Falls, located north of Sacandaga Lake.
The three-mile hike features beautiful, cascading waterfalls along the way.
On Monday, May 11, artists in residence Ricochet Duo will perform Hillary Tann’s piece ‘Solstice’ in the Taylor Music Center.
Tann is an acclaimed composer whose lyrics and well-balanced nature of her music reflect her affinity with the natural world.
Immediately following the concert, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies at Bowling Green State University, Phil Terrie, will host a Dinner and Discussion Lecture Series entitled “State of the Adirondack Park, 2015.”
Terrie is an Adirondack expert and will outline the major economic, social, natural and political issues confronting the park today.
On Tuesday, May 12, the Hudson Mohawk Bird Club will lead a guided walk to the Reist Sanctuary located by the Kelly Adirondack Center.
The second event at the Center will feature Mark Bowie, a professional nature protographer.
Bowie will give a multimedia presentation entitled “The Adirondacks: By the Light of Midnight.”
His presentation will pay tribute to the mystery and wonder of the Adirondacks by night.
On Wednesday, May 13, the Ricochet Duo will perform another concert for Adirondack Week.
The Concert will be held at Proctors and will honor the work of Anna LaBastille.
LaBastille was an international environmentalist and acclaimed feminist figure.
The concert will bring together music, light, sound and images from Adirondack photographers to succinctly capture LaBastille’s four inspirations: water, woods, birds and silence.
Adirondack Week will culminate on Thursday, May 14 with an informational fair featuring live music, chainsaw art and much more in front of Schaffer Library.
The last event of the day at 5 p.m. will be a panel discussion featuring six female College faculty and staff who will discuss the contributions of women to the Adirondacks as it pertains to music, religion, literature, and various other academic disciplines.
The event-filled five days will engage the campus community around the importance of the Adirondacks and continue to stimulate campus discussion around its issues.