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Adirondacks, The Brand

What I find funny.

Is the Adirondacks really a brand? When a salesguy in charge of Tourism Marketing calls me from Michigan and wants Long Lake to advertise in its USA Today National Travel Parks Magazine and I explain the size of my town and the size of my budget he’s still insistent on selling me an ad for my city. So I stop him an say “David, I’m not a city”

Then I break down that I’m in the Adirondacks and he really needs to be focusing on bigger money, and that my teeny budget can only be stretched so far, he interrupts and says : “AdderDax?” “What’s that, how do you spell that?”

Adderdacks?

Umm… So I respond by saying, well The Adirondacks is 6.1 million acres of public and private land in Upstate New York that equals the size of Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier,and Great Smoky Mountains combined. Silence on the other end. Pause pause pause, clicking, I think he’s googling. He thinks I’m making it up, I can tell by the sound of his voice. “Bigger than the Grand Canyon?”

“Yes, David”

So I get a little frustrated when I’m in meetings and the conversation leads to “re-branding” the Adirondacks. I have a suggestion, why don’t we actually brand the Adirondacks? Why don’t we actually spend money and educate people that the Adirondacks even exist? Who’s in charge of writing those social studies textbooks in Texas? Anyone have a name?

I lived in Cranford, NJ and Manhattan for over 20 years and let me tell you, most of my neighbors and co-workers had never ever heard of the Adirondacks and it was less than five hours away. “There’s nothing north of Westchester County” “Upstate New York? You mean Buffalo?” “We didn’t even know this place was there, we love Vermont.” “You guys have lakes, rivers and mountains and bears, birds, fish and bobcats and loons and owls?” Ummmm.. yeah and we also have places to sleep including hotels, motels, campgrounds and lean-tos and lots of our access to this great wild land is free.

So I’m amused. I’ll admit it. I’m amused. The governor is shaking trees, scrambling his warriors and his people together to get everyone to find a plan to get tourists to the Adirondacks. Nevermind that he wants all this tourism money to come into the Adirondacks yet the state is cutting funding for our rural schools, so once he gets all these tourists here there won’t be any businesses open because all the young folks working them had to leave so their children could get an education. But I digress…

So I don’t really know who’s in charge of the Adirondacks. Is there one bureau for this? The Adirondack Bureau of Adderdacks Advertising? We have seven regions, let’s see, the coast, the wild, the lakes, the seaway, Tug Hill, Lake George and Lake Placid. Is that everything? How are people supposed to figure out what the heck they want to do?

I know I’ve sat on committees to revitalize, committees to get grant money, committees to talk about committees, and usually when sitting on these committees, they never include the entire area of the Adirondacks. The Adirondacks is sliced, diced and broken up when it comes to money, advertising and funding, but lumped together as one when it’s failing.

I think we’re having an identity crisis… or just a crisis.

So as I steer my salesman to bigger fish, yes if you work in one of those seven regions Dave might be calling you, but he’s doing his own research because I didn’t even know who to tell him to call. While everyone struggles to figure out where to put the most effective ads, how to reach the most people, just remember we do have a lot of people living within a days drive of this magnificent place I’m lucky enough to call home, but there’s plenty of people out there that have never even heard of us.

So let me know when the Adirondacks gets branded. I can’t wait.

Debbie Harry/Madonna Musical Disaster Dissection Comes to Long Lake NY Adirondacks

Writer/Performer Peter Michael Marino presents a comic autopsy on his $6 million West End musical fiasco Desperately Seeking Susan in DESPERATELY SEEKING THE EXIT. Directed by Obie Award winner John Clancy, performances of this site-specific, solo tell-all comedy begin May 3 at the Triple Crown Underground. The American premiere will be followed by the UK premiere at Manchester, England’s Taurus Bar (presented by Vertigo Productions) and a run at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

In 2007, American playwright Peter Michael Marino wrote a musical based on the film “Desperately Seeking Susan” featuring the music of Blondie. It opened on London’s West End…and closed a month later. DESPERATELY SEEKING THE EXIT offers a behind-the-scenes peek at how this £4 million musical was made and unmade: hatching the idea, deals with MGM, Debbie Harry and even Madonna; the workshops, the previews, the scathing reviews and the closing night. Once you’re in, there’s no way out!

Peter Michael Marino is a writer, actor, director and teacher. He received the 2010 and 2011 Backstage Reader’s Choice Award for Favorite Comedy Teacher for his acclaimed “Flying Solo” classes at The PIT. He also received the Back Stage Bistro Award for his cabaret spoof, Lance Jonathan: More About Me! He is the co-writer of the lesbian pulp homage Hollywood Nurses. He has directed and developed shows with Delilah Dix (Ars Nova, Laurie Beechman Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe), Mark Giordano’s Mad Man (The PIT), Sheila Head’s Head Games (IO West, Ars Nova), and Alicia Levy’s Chickapalooza (The PIT, Ars Nova). As a performer, he appeared in STOMP for five years off-Broadway and on tour, as well as in numerous regional productions and workshops.

John Clancy is an Obie Award-winning director, playwright, and a partner in Clancy Productions, an acclaimed international theatrical touring and production company. He is the founding Artistic Director of The Present Company and a founding Artistic Director of The New York International Fringe Festival. He has directed six Scotsman Fringe First winning productions at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, including Americana Absurdum (Brian Parks), Cincinnati (Don Nigro), Horse Country (C.J. Hopkins), screwmachine/eycandy (C.J. Hopkins) and his own Fatboy. Both Horse Country and Cincinnati went on to win The Best of the Fringe Award at the Adelaide Fringe in 2004. In 2002 he received a Glasgow Herald Angel for excellence in direction at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. John was awarded The New York Magazine Award in 1997 for “creativity, enterprise and vision”.

DESPERATELY SEEKING THE EXIT July 6th at 9:30PM at Quackenbush’s Long View Wilderness Lodge, 681 Deerland Road, Long Lake, NY. Tickets are $15 available on a first-come, first served basis; no advance reservations will be taken. A full bar is available. For more information, visit www.SeekingTheExit.com.

Adirondack Affair 2011 Episode 2

Grace Duryea (Martha Byrne) has just arrived in Long Lake Adirondack Affair Episode 1 2011 after the death of her father. A mysterious stranger, Charlotte (Ellen Dolan) is very concerned about Grace’s arrival and is on edge and ready to reveal a secret.

An Adirondack Affair is an event held every fall in Long Lake for fans of soap operas to get a chance to get to know the nuts and bolts of producing a soap opera. In 2011 fans joined two-Time Emmy Winner Martha Byrne and Emmy-nominee Ellen Dolan for a fun-filled weekend including a cabaret performance and on-camera acting with the actresses. The actresses shot scripted scenes with attendees. Seventeen pages of material were shot in six hours at four different locations with little or no rehearsal. Fans received their dialogue the morning of taping. No auditions, no stress of the casting call, just crazy, fast, rapid fire acting fun in an incredibly short turnaround time. Director Fritz Brekeller (All My Children) hopped in with little prep time to pull all the elements together.

The Town of Long Lake is thrilled to receive national media attention in the Novemeber 21st, 2011 publication of the magazine CBS Soaps in Depth. Alexandra Roalsvig, Long Lake Tourism Director, helped organize and coordinate the weekend by inviting Martha Byrne, Ellen Dolan and Fritz Brekeller up to do on the spot video taping with fans. “This event was a chance to introduce Long Lake to a new audience. Fans have the one an one chance to interact with some terrific talent and I get the chance to feature local Long Lake businesses as the backdrop for the story. The actors are thrilled to come to the Adirondack region and help promote Long Lake to a wider audience.”

Featured in this episode is Jason Hall, a local Long Laker and noted musician and songwriter, current member of the Fat River Kings band. Jason has a huge catalog of original songs he has written, he often appears locally at Open Mike Nights and he will also be in the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts upcoming production of Cinderella.

Find a copy of CBS Soaps in Depth, on stands now (November 21) for photos, info and more scoop about the fun weekend.

In 2012 Adirondack Affair will be the last weekend in September. Don’t miss it! More original material to be scripted. For more info check out www.adirondackaffair.com

Link to: Adirondack Affair 2011 Episode 1

Long Lake is OPEN! No extra water here!

With the recent onslaught of Hurricane Irene wreaking havoc with our region and the continuation of rains from Hurricane Leigh/Lee (call the fact checkers) – it would certainly seem the Adirondacks are struggling. Long Lake extends a huge branch of “hang in there” to our neighbors in Keene, Keene Valley, all along the Ausable, our friends in Warren County, south of us in Binghamton and Vermont struggling with their clean up and rising waters. Those communities got hit hard by Irene and Long Lake knows the surprise, shock and amount of work it is to rise up after a disaster – check for flooding Long Lake (spring 2011). Hang in there our neighbors, our hearts are with you.

But with news about flooding in our region, so comes rumors and questions. There’s a rampant rumor spreading that an imaginary lock has been put on the imaginary gate into the Adirondack Park. Just to clarify, there are not gates to the Adirondack Park, there are no toll booths and the blue line is a map demarcation and chances are you won’t actually see a blue line when crossing into the park (as far as I know)

Long Lake and Raquette Lake are here and open.

Long Lake Clouds

This weekend presents the 90 Miler Adirondack Canoe Classic sponsored by the Adirondack Watershed Alliance. Over 600 paddlers are registered. The race kicks of on Friday morning, September 9th in Old Forge.

Saturday the event takes off from Endion in Long Lake. Paddlers hit the course at 8:30am. Spectators are welcome to view the race from the Long Lake Town Bridge as they paddle north towards Tupper Lake. It’s a glorious sight to see these paddlers as they wend their way down the widening of the Raquette River. Organizer Brian McDonald anticipates with the volume of water in the lakes and rivers that it will be a record breaking race year.

Best small town moment of the week. Meeting two paddlers from Michigan stopping at the Long Lake Town Beach who saw event organizer Brian McDonnell picking up the big orange buoys (borrowed from the Adirondack Museum) from the Town of Long Lake – if anything this event is collaborative and partners from all across the North Country help out to welcome the paddlers to our region. The couple from Michigan stopped to say hi to Brian and report they had arrived from the west and they were looking forward to the race. We’re thrilled to be part of such a far–reaching event that invites folks from all over the country and the world to our beautiful region.

Also this weekend is the Adirondack Museum Rustic Furniture Fair. Enjoy the museum’s fantastic collection of artifacts and history, and the A.F. Tait exhibit. Step outside to experience a world class event not to be missed. Rustic Furniture makers from across the country descend on Blue Mt. Lake and the Adirondack Museum to showcase their work and sell it to guests. These artisans are exclusively selected and display their handcrafted rustic pieces on the museum campus.

If that’s not enough for you, check out Newcomb’s Teddy Roosevelt Weekend chock full of events galore celebrating the historic ride by Teddy Roosevelt from the heights of Mount Marcy to become President of the United States.

And don’t forget to make Long Lake your central location for dining and lodging. Long Lake is in a great central location to explore the Adirondacks and enjoy these events in area towns. Great restaurants, beautiful views, a lake, hey we even have an airport (okay, a seaplane base) but it’s an airport to us. Have your own seaplane? Fly in, or fly over to see the paddlers on the race to Saranac Lake!

Here comes the plane from the LL Airport

See you in Long Lake this weekend! We’re open in the Heart of the Adirondacks and the weather looks great!