PROMISED LAND: The Adirondacks will soon have a full-scale opera to share with the world, based on an inspiring slice of its history. Under the direction of music educator Helen Demong, the Northern Lights Choir of Saranac Lake has performed music from the opera for the public since 2013, but the piece has not yet been fully staged with costumes and sets. This week, our Paul Larson begins a series of stories, following the progress of “Promised Land, an Adirondack Folk Opera.
SPECIAL BREW: Jack LaDuke brings us the story of how two brew-pubs in Lake Placid are teaming up with hundreds across the country to brew a special beer to raise money for the victims of the deadly fires in California.
ADOPT-A-WISH: With the holidays here, Make-A-Wish has kicked-off it’s yearly Adopt-A-Wish campaign to help grant wishes for kids from here in the North Country with a critical illness.
This year, two wish recipients were on hand to help launch the annual Adopt-A-Wish fundraiser. 9 year-old Jimmy Briaddy from Saranac Lake and 16 year-old Aubrie Girard from Plattsburgh had their wishes granted earlier this year. Now, as wish ambassadors, both say they like giving back, and helping to provide hope and comfort to other kids in need. The Adopt-A-Wish booth will be set up at Champlain Centre Mall in Plattsburgh and Aviation Mall in Queensbury through December 31st selling stars to raise money for kids’ wishes. You can find a full list of locations, businesses and schools offering the Adopt-A-Wish stars at the Make-A-Wish Northeast New York website: www.nenywish.org
You can also call the local coordinator, Lorretta Cappiello at 518-570-6257 to become a volunteer.
WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA: Next weekend, hundreds of thousands of wreaths will be laid on the graves of Veterans all across the country. An idea that started with a wreath maker in Maine, to place Christmas wreaths on every grave at Arlington National Cemetery, and has now spread across the nation.
Pete Siskavich spent this week marking the graves of the 161 veterans at the Saint Bernard’s and United Methodist cemetery in the hamlet of Lyon Mountain, grave sites that are buried under more than a foot of fresh snow.
This is the first time that volunteers in Lyon Mountain are joining in Wreaths Across America, and placing holiday wreaths on the headstone of every veteran.
The ceremony and wreath laying will take place Saturday, December 15th, at 12 noon at this cemetery in Lyon Mountain, as well as Saint Michael’s Cemetery in the neighboring town of Standish. Learn more: www.wreathsacrossamerica.org
Type in Lyon Mountain under location to learn more or contact Pete Siskavich via Facebook: www.facebook.com/petersiskavich
CRANE CANDLELIGHT CONCERT
In what’s become a treasured holiday tradition here in the North Country, The Crane Chorus and the Crane Symphony Orchestra come together every year to put on a candlelight concert.
This year’s performance was conducted by Jeffrey Francom and Joel Schut, and featured more than 250 carolers and musicians from the renowned Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. The concert includes traditional Christmas and seasonal hymns along with popular favorites.
This year’s concert also featured one of Crane’s most famous alumni, Lisa Vroman, an opera singer & Broadway actress.
The holiday concert tradition began in the 1930s at what was then the Crane Institute of Music at Potsdam Normal School, and has continued to grow in size and prestige over the years.
We here at Mountain Lake Public Television recorded the concert and will televise it on Monday, December 17th at 9pm. We will also be sharing the Candlelight Concert nationally with PBS stations across the country.
Learn more: www.potsdam.edu/academics/Crane/events/candlelight