Here's what we hosted in 2017:


WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 2017  @ 7PM

Erin Vennie-Vollrath, Aquatic Invasive Species Project Coordinator for Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP)

Erin joined the APIPP team in 2014. She leads APIPP’s early detection and monitoring programs for aquatic invasive species, manages volunteer groups and surveys, coordinates with partners in the region, and provides trainings and presentations to various stakeholder groups. 

She moved to the Adirondacks in 2014 from Wisconsin where she worked on a variety of projects focused on aquatic invasive species. Erin received a Master of Science in Water Resources Management and a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Erin lives in Saranac Lake where she and her husband are taking full advantage of weekends to explore the area by foot, kayak and bike.

Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program can be reached by calling 518-576-2082, on the web at, or at PO Box 65 Keene Valley, NY  12943.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 26, 2017 @ 7PM

Corey Laxson & Dan Ketting, Paul Smiths College The School of Natural Resource Management and Ecology

They will present the results of 20 years of study of water quality in the Blue Mountain Lake watershed and throughout the Adirondacks.

Laxson is western New Yorker by birth, but an Adirondacker by choice. He first moved to the area in the mid 1990’s to attend Paul Smiths College as an Ecology and Environmental Technology student. On the first day of class he realized three things, that he wanted to live in the Adirondacks for the rest of his life;  he wanted to be a biologist; and he wanted to be a teacher. His main area of interest is aquatic ecology. He is particularly curious about aquatic invertebrates and their interaction with fish, stream insect communities and invasive aquatic plants. Lawson's interests are not just in the water, but also in teaching and learning about mammals, amphibians and tropical ecology.

Laxson can be reached at Paul Smiths College 7883 NYS 30 Paul Smiths, NY  12970 or on the web



Reading by Micah Perks

Presented by the Blue Mountain Center

Micah Perks co-directs the creative writing program and is a professor in the Literature Department at University of California, Santa Cruz. Despite coming from the West she has strong ties to the Adirondacks. She has had several residencies at the Blue Mountain Center and has written at least two Adirondack books.. Her memoir ˆPagan Time" was listed by Adirondack Life as Adirondack Required Reading and novel We Are Gathered Here is set in the Adks. She has a new book out, What Becomes Us, which was released last October. She will read for about 1/2 hour and answer questions.