@theVIC Tuesday, May 6, through Monday, May 12
Friends of the VIC
Help support the Paul Smith's College VIC by joining the Friends of the VIC. Membership is available at a range of levels, starting with a $45 annual contribution.
The VIC will be closed on Mondays until Memorial Day. We're open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the rest of the week, and the trails are open dawn 'til dusk, free of charge.
Saturday, May 10 – Barking Up the Right Tree
Can you identify Adirondack trees by their leaves? By their bark? Join VIC naturalist Michelle Berrus on a walk from 10 a.m. to noon and gain a new understanding of bark ecology and identification. $20/person, $15 for Friends of the VIC. Call (518) 327-6241 to register.
Friday, May 16 – Songwriters’ Showcase
The Paul Smith's College VIC will host an evening of songs with musicians Doug Irving, Ray Agnew, Gwen Tracy and Keith Gorgas. The music starts at 7 p.m. $10/person. $8 for seniors, students, Friends of the VIC and children.
Saturday, May 17 – NFCT
The Northern Forest Canoe Trail will hold its annual trail maintenance conference at 9 a.m.
Saturday, May 17 – Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walk
Join Brian McAllister of the Adirondack Birding Center at 9 a.m. as he searches for late migrating VIC summer birds. Observe as they set up nesting territory, sing and show off their mating display. $20/session, $15 for Friends of the VIC, Free for Warblers.
Saturday, May 17 – Quilt Workshop: Flower Pounding
Learn the simple and traditional technique of transferring flower and leaf pigment to paper or a prepared fabric surface using a hammer. You will experiment with fresh flowers, leaves and grasses on muslin and paper, then work on a final nature-inspired design. You may choose to further enhance your piece with embroidery thread, beading or other forms of embellishment. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $45/person. Preregistration is required. Call (518) 327-6241.
Saturday, May 17 – Adirondack Wetland Monitoring Program: Birds and Plants
Help conserve the Adirondacks by becoming a citizen scientist! Join us from 2-5 p.m. and learn to participate in the new Adirondack wetland monitoring program. We will begin with an overview of the wetland-monitoring project and then proceed with hands-on instruction in field techniques used to record phenological data for wetland birds and plants.
Sunday, May 18 –Wildflower Walk – Spring Ephemerals
Have you noticed the explosion of springtime flowers? Come learn how these flowering plants adapt to take advantage of the sun as it hits the forest floor early in the growing season. Bask in the floral beauty and learn more on a walk with VIC naturalist Michelle Berrus. 1-3 p.m. $20/person, $15 for Friends of the VIC.
Saturday, May 24 – Jenkins Mountain Scramble
Mark your calendar for the fourth annual Jenkins Mountain Scramble. We're featuring a 13.1-mile wilderness run for $50, a 10K for $40, a 5K run/walk for $15 and a kids 1K for $5. Prices increase after Friday, May 16. The first 50 people who register on ultrasignup.com are guaranteed a t-shirt. All proceeds from the race will be used to support the VIC.
Friday-Sunday, June 6-8 – The Great Adirondack Birding Celebration
Save the date for the 12th annual Great Adirondack Birding Celebration. The event will feature an all-day birding trip across the Adirondacks on Friday, a Saturday and Sunday morning field trip to boreal birding hots spots, a keynote lecture and afternoon workshops. Stop in now, and enter to win this year's Birding Celebration hand-made loon wall hanging.
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! You can also adopt by mail: Just send a check for $50 (plus $15 for shipping for 1-2 quarts). Make checks payable to the PSCVIC: Paul Smith’s College VIC, 8023 Route 30, Paul Smiths, NY 12970.
Purchase Some VIC Maple Syrup
We still have a limited supply of VIC handcrafted, wood-fired syrup available. Pint, $10; quart, $18; and half-gallon, $30 (plus shipping).
New Moon Art Show: Adirondack Moons and Waters
Photographer Rob Marrone and his son, artist Dan Marrone, will exhibit their works in the Great Room Art Gallery until Tuesday, May 27. The show will include scenic framed and mounted photos and some works of local lakes painted on birch bark. Free admission. Underwritten by Friends of the VIC. Win the "mystery photo" if you can identify where it was taken!