The Adirondack Museum plans to celebrate National Hunting and Fisheries Day tomorrow, Saturday September 27, 2008. The museum is planning a “Sportsman’s Paradise,” an all-day extravaganza of programs, performances, and music — just for outdoor enthusiasts. Activities are scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All are included in the general admission price.
Demonstrations include “Casting a Line” with licensed guide and fly fisherman Patrick Sisti, “Fly Tying” with Geoff Schaake, co-owner of fly fishing and fly tying website www.theanglersnet.com, and “Fish Decoys and Bait” made from mother of pearl by Peter heath.
Members of the American Mountain Men will return to the museum campus and create a living history camp that features the traditional gear and equipment that would have been typical of a 19th-century hunting excursion in the Great North Woods. The group discusses historical hunting and trapping techniques and demonstrates flintlock target shooting, knife and tomahawk throwing.
The museum’s Marion River Carry Pavilion will host a writer’s corner and book signing from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Participants will include: Dan Ladd, whose book Deer Hunting in the Adirondacks not only serves as a guide to open public lands on hunting, but also explores the history and lore surrounding hunting in the Adirondacks; Robert Elinskas, author of A Deer Hunter’s History Book – a collection of stories from the Blue Ridge Wilderness Area; and Donald Wharton, whose collection of Adirondack outdoor stories about trout fishing, bush pilots, deer hunting and more is titled Adirondack Forest and Stream: An Outdoorsmen’s Reader.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation booth will provide information and answer questions throughout the day about hunting and fishing in the Adirondacks.
Adirondack musician and storyteller Christopher Shaw will delight audiences of all ages at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. with music celebrating the great outdoors of the Adirondack
An illustrated presentation, Images From Trail Cameras, will be held at the Mark W. Potter Education Center at 2:00 p.m.
The day ends with “Adirondack Pond Fishing 101” with Patrick Sisti. Sisti specializes in fly fishing, fishing trips on the Indian River and the Adirondack ponds of central Hamilton County, as well as trail camping, canoeing and nature walks. His presentation will walk attendees through the steps taken to find, get to, and fish an Adirondack pond. Handouts will be provided.
Visitors to A Sportsman’s Paradise shouldn’t miss the Woods and Waters: Outdoor Recreation in The Adirondacks, Buck Lake Club: An Adirondack Hunting Camp, and The Great Outdoors exhibits—an interactive space perfect for families is adventure.
The Adirondack Museum tells the story of the Adirondacks through exhibits, special events, classes for schools and hands-on activities for visitors of all ages. Open for the season ending October 19, 2008. For information call (518) 352-7311 or visit www.adirondackmuseum.org.