@theVIC Tuesday, March 11, through Monday, March 17
Thursday, March 13 – Armchair Science Lecture: Citizen Science: Road kill App
The VIC's Armchair Science Lecture series continues with a presentation by wildlife ecologist Danielle Garneau on a citizen-science project designed to help scientists track ecological trends. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the VIC auditorium. $5/person. Free to season pass holders and Friends of the VIC. Underwritten by Friends of the VIC.
Friday, March 14 – Bunny Boot Ball
Kick up your feet for a thumping good time at the VIC! We’ll be skiing and dancing to live music, provided by the band Crackin’ Foxy, and enjoying snacks, a bonfire and indoor and outdoor activities. Wear your big winter bunny boots but bring your dancing shoes and join us for a fun night of music and dance. $15/person, $25/couple. Dress is Adirondack outdoor casual.
Saturday, March 15 – Adirondack Paintball Biathlon
The VIC has teamed up with our friends at Dewey Mountain and the New York Ski Education Foundation (NYSEF) to bring a paintball event to the Paul Smiths VIC. Registration opens at 9 a.m. The races start at 10 a.m. The entry fee is $5 for ski-club members and $10 for non-members.
Saturday, March 15 – Winter Birding Trip to the St. Lawrence Valley
Join the Adirondack Birding Center on a trip to the shoreline of the St. Lawrence River and surrounding agricultural fields near Massena. The van trip will take us to raptor-rich fields and active waterfowl gathering places along this very productive river valley. We'll search for buntings, sparrows, hawks, ducks and much more during this all-day outing. $75/person. 25 percent discount for Friends of the VIC. Preregistration is required by calling (518) 327-6241.
Saturday, March 15 – The Great VIC Rock Ski Challenge
Due to the great ski conditions, the VIC will offer both 5 and 10K ski courses. Registration opens at noon. The race starts at 1 p.m. following the Adirondack Paintball Biathlon. $20/person or $15 for Friends of the VIC. Hot beverages, prizes and snacks provided.
Sunday, March 16 – Sunday Ski & Music: Open Celtic and Traditional Jam hosted by Sue Grimm, Steve Borst and Erik VanYserloo
The Sunday Afternoon Live Music and Ski Series continues with a Celtic and traditional fiddle music jam hosted by Reel Jig Band members Sue Grimm, Steve Borst and Erik VanYserloo. Free with day or season pass. Underwritten by Friends of the VIC. Donations accepted.
Sunday, March 16 – Skate Skiing Clinic for Beginner and Intermediate Skiers
Before you put those skis away, improve your technique with experienced ski instructor and coach Sean Burke. Burke grew up skiing in Paul Smiths and has coached locally with the New York Ski Educational Foundation program. His career has taken him to Anchorage, Alaska, and Gunnison, Colo. Burke competed at the Division 1 collegiate level at Western State College in Colorado. He’s worked with beginners, intermediates and experts. Burke will give you pointers to make your skiing more efficient and enjoyable. $15/person, $10 for season-pass holders and Friends of the VIC. Preregistration is required by calling the VIC at (518) 327-6241.
Saturday, March 22- Quilt Workshop
In this workshop, you will learn techniques for making half-square triangles quickly and accurately and then use these units to piece together the tree of life quilt block. This simple yet striking block will be used to complete your pillow, wall hanging or quilt. Construction of other quilt blocks using the half-square triangles will also be explored. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $45. Preregistration is required by calling (518) 327-6241.
Saturday, March 22, & Saturday, March 29 – Sap to Syrup
Work with Paul Smith's College VIC sugar makers Tom Manitta and Kyle Dash to experience all aspects of the syrup making process. Participants will go home with a pint of fresh maple syrup. The program runs from 1-4 p.m. $25/person. Preregistration required. Limited to 10 participants per session. Contact: Brian McDonnell, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday and Sunday, March 22 & 23, and March 29 & 30 – Maple Weekends
The Paul Smith's College VIC will hold two maple weekends with sugar bush tours, maple confections, family activities and workshops. We'll have the grand opening of our Sugar House March 22 and 23 and a maple run during the final weekend in March.
Adopt a Sugar Maple
Support the development of maple sugaring at the VIC by adopting a tree for $50. We'll do the tapping, and you'll be investing in the education of an intern and the equipment to take care of your tree. You'll also get a quart of maple syrup from the tree when it's ready. (Shipping not included) Adoption papers are available at the VIC front desk. Makes a great gift!
New Moon Art Show: Naturally: Photographs by Burdette Parks and Paintings by Mary Woodcock Johnson