The Huletts Current

News & Opinion About Huletts Landing, N.Y.

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Happy July 4th Weekend

July 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

Hillsdale College’s choir sings “America the Beautiful”

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Tuesday at the Casino: Great Martini Magic

June 29th, 2015 · No Comments

The magician, the Great Martini, pulls away one chair to make his young volunteer levitate on air in 2011.(Click on the image to see full scale.)

On Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM, the Great Martini will perform a magic show in the Huletts Casino. Young and old are welcome to attend.

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Anne Diggory – Look TV Interview

June 29th, 2015 · No Comments

Ticket sales are going very well for the Anne Diggory event on Thursday, so if you haven’t gotten tickets yet, you’ll want to soon.

Here is Anne on Look TV, where at about minute 7, she mentions the Thursday event.

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Bits of Everything

June 28th, 2015 · No Comments

China’s Richest Man Buys Adirondack Property

Jack Ma, founder and executive chairman of Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba, has just purchased a 28,120-acre property in the Adirondacks.
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Local Business: Fort Edward’s Little Theater on the Farm Prepares for 10th Year

Check out for a list of their summer performances.

Bolton Landing Park Transformed

The Lake George Mirror describes a positive change in Bolton Landing.

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Man Finds Unique Hulett Treasure

June 27th, 2015 · No Comments

Anthony Cuva, a guest of the Nash’s, holds a piece of Hulett treasure he found while visiting the Landing. (Click picture to see full-scale.)

Larry Nash contacted me to tell me that one of his guests, Anthony Cuva, found an old key while metal detecting this past week. It is attached to a star shaped piece of metal, labeled “Lakeside Inn 5.”

The original “Lakeside Inn” was built in approximately 1877-1878 and was a boarding house on the peninsula directly south of the steamship landing. Built by Whitehall businessman, John W. Hall, after purchasing one acre from Philander and Emeline Hulett in November 1873, it was originally constructed as a Victorian cottage. There was a bridge between the two peninsula’s because the area between them was swampy and difficult to traverse on foot. Many classic pictures of Huletts show the “Lakeside Inn.”

Anthony recounted that he was out metal detecting and he found it buried right beneath the surface. “It was only covered by a thin layer of dirt and the metal detector picked it right up,” he said. “I wasn’t quite sure what it was, so I showed it to Larry and he knew right away.”

While the key ring is clearly in excellent shape, the key itself is only partially attached and is mostly rusted away.

All-in-all this is a great historical find and most likely over a century old.

A closeup of the Lakeside Inn key tag, that Anthony Cuva found.

Many thanks to Anthony and Larry for sharing this piece of Huletts history!

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Wader Minute

June 26th, 2015 · No Comments

A mother duck and ducklings huddled together on the shoreline this morning.

I was out mowing this morning and came upon this scene along the shoreline.

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FHHL Party & Lecture on Thursday, July 2

June 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

Adirondack artist and scholar Anne Diggory.

Support the Friends of Historic Huletts Landing and hear noted Adirondack artist and scholar Anne Diggory on Painting Lake George with Artistic License, Then and Now.

The evening will benefit the many community programs of the Friends of Historic Huletts Landing and includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 6:00 pm on the porch of the 1880 camp, The Seven Pines, on Bluff Head with a fabled view of The Narrows and Black Mountain. Illustrated lecture follows at 7:00 pm.

In an exploration of the creative process, Diggory will present her ongoing research into the relationship of motif to finished work in 19th century paintings of Lake George by John Frederick Kensett and in her own work. Her research into the painting location of John Frederick Kensett’s iconic “Lake George, 1869,” was recently published in the Metropolitan Museum Journal, in an article that corrects their catalogue by placing the viewpoint on Homer Point, contrary to myth, legend and firmly held opinions by lake lovers and art history scholars. Diggory’s paddling adventures and boating trips around the lake have enabled her to locate over 20 painting locations that inspired Kensett as well as many that inspired other 19th century artists such as Asher B. Durand and David Johnson.

Anne Diggory combines art from the past with present day photography.

Saratoga-based artist Anne Diggory focuses much of her work on the waters of the Adirondacks. She creates both plein air paintings and “hybrid media” artworks that use a multi-layered process combining sections of photography, digital manipulation and painting. The hybrid works were the focus of recent solo exhibitions at The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY, and the Blue Mountain Gallery in New York City. The March/April (2015) issue of Adirondack Life included an essay about her hybrid work.

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Soda Fountain Opens Friday

June 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

Parents grab your children. The soda fountain will be opening Friday, June 26th. Open nightly from 6 -11 pm until Labor Day, the ice cream, candy, and good company will have your child dreaming about summer all year long!

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Canal Picture Contest

June 21st, 2015 · No Comments

The Champlain Canal as seen from Whitehall.

Submissions of pictures for the 10th annual Erie Canal Photo Contest will be accepted until August 28th. Winning entries will be featured in the 2016 Erie Canal calendar.

Amateur and professional photographers are invited to submit photos in four different categories: On the Water, Along the Trail, Canal Communities, and Classic Canal.

Images must be from the National Heritage Corridor, which is comprised of the Cayuga-Seneca, Champlain (which runs through Whitehall), Erie and Oswego Canals.

Official rules can be found at:

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State Invalidates Some Whitehall Tests

June 17th, 2015 · No Comments

The New York State Department of Education has invalidated all of the assessments from both the 7th and 8th grade English Language Arts (ELA) Examination at the Whitehall Central School.

Read the Superintendent’s letter posted on the Whitehall School District’s website.

What a mess.

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LGA Enters Team in Iron Chef Contest At Lake George’s Sushi Yoshi Restaurant

June 16th, 2015 · No Comments

Sushi Yoshi Chinese Gourmet Hibachi Steakhouse in Lake George Village.

Sushi Yoshi Chinese Gourmet Hibachi Steakhouse in Lake George will be transformed into “Kitchen Stadium” at the end of the month as teams from across the region battle it out to see who will be “IRON CHEF LAKE GEORGE.”

And even though Alton Brown probably won’t be there as commentator, the Lake George Association is fielding a team to compete in the Fourth Annual Iron Chef benefit event. The Lake George Association will also be the event’s beneficiary.

The charity event on Tuesday, June 23, starts at 8 pm at the restaurant, which is located south of Lake George Village at 1818 Route 9, Lake George. The restaurant will be open during the contest for Chinese dishes, sushi and cocktails, but because competitors will be using the Hibachi tables, patrons won’t be able to order from there.

During the evening, staff from Sushi Yoshi will be selling raffle tickets for the chance to win prizes donated by local and regional businesses. Proceeds from the raffle will go to the Lake George Association to benefit their Lake Protection programs and projects. The LGA team includes two members of the Lake George Association Board of Directors:

Carla Burhoe and Jim Casaccio – and LGA Executive Director Walt Lender.

Carla Burhoe and her husband, Tom, own Canoe Island Lodge in Diamond Point. Jim Casaccio is a salesman with Premier Properties who lives in Bolton Landing with his wife, Tenée.

“We’re going to have a great time at the hibachi table together,” said Lender. “Both board members bring culinary experience that will keep us in the running throughout the competition.”

Casaccio has a lifelong personal interest in cooking and very strong culinary skills, and is known in the community for preparing great gourmet meals. Burhoe has been in the hospitality business for her whole life and is noted for the amazing barbecues she hosts on Canoe Island for her guests.

Lender enjoys cooking (because he enjoys eating, he says) and his recipe book includes everything from macaroni and cheese to chateaubriand. He especially enjoys cooking for family and friends when they arrive for visits to his house on the Lake. Much of the evening will unfold as it does on the popular TV show. But unlike on the show, the famed Secret Ingredient has already been unveiled – and at the Sushi Yoshi event it is actually two ingredients:

1800 Coconut Tequila: The liquor is double-distilled 1800® Silver Tequila infused with natural, ripe coconut flavor, and

Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum: The liquor is made with all-natural spices and flavors, with a taste that is characterized by top notes of vanilla and cinnamon.

Like on the TV show, the ingredients must be incorporated into the dish – or be used as a complimentary cocktail.

The contest rules also state that the food being prepared for judging must be prepared on the hibachi grill – there will be no stove top or oven available. The LGA encourages their friends to come to the event that night and root for the LGA team!

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1915 – 2015 Hulett Hotel Fire Anniversary: New Picture in Casino

June 16th, 2015 · No Comments

2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Hulett Hotel fire, which I chronicled in my book, the Hulett Hotel Fire on Lake George.

To commemorate the anniversary, today I hung a picture of what “Skip’s Shack” or the “Caddy Shack” would have looked like from 1915-1935, at the end of the bar in the Casino. This picture was in my first book, and I thought it captures the spirit of that age. After fighting with glue and tape and the dimensions of the existing frame, it is finally up.

So it’s worth a stop at the Casino this summer to see how folks played golf about a century ago. Notice that the grass is a little higher than today. (Click image to see full-scale.)

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Liam Ballantyne Heads Into Eagle Scout Board of Review

June 15th, 2015 · No Comments

Liam Ballantyne (left), son of Peter and Angela Ballantyne, as he goes into his Eagle Scout Board of Review.

Congratulations to Liam Ballantyne as he goes for his Eagle Scout Award. Since he is with the Sea Scout division of the Boy Scouts of America, he has on a sailing uniform.

Liam is headed to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in August.

In 1910, Lord Baden-Powell, founder of Boy Scouts, created Sea Scouts to serve as an extension of Scout training. Young men would develop personal character—pluck, patriotism, and intelligent discipline—through a sense of duty. By teaching boat management and seamanship, young men would also gain individual knowledge to help them become self-supporting. Sea Scouts performing coast guard duties, lifesaving and salvage at wrecks would also perform invaluable community service.

Baden-Powell’s belief that Sea Scouts would combine the best attributes of seamanship with training in character was shared by the Boy Scouts of America. Two years after the Boy Scouts of America was born, Sea Scouts was organized in the United States with the aid of the Secretary of the Navy in 1912.

The Sea Promise
As a Sea Scout I promise to do my best:

• To guard against water accidents
• To know the location and proper use of the lifesaving devices on every boat I board
• To be prepared to render aid to those in need
• To seek to preserve the motto of the sea: Women and Children First

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May Dresden Town Board Meeting Minutes

June 13th, 2015 · No Comments

The minutes from the May 2015 Dresden Town Board meeting have been posted.

May Minutes

The June minutes will not be approved until July and so on.

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