Paul Bray: Recognize Adirondack Park for its national heritage
Published 9:27 pm, Sunday, January 11, 2015 Albany Times Union
http://www.mpcourier.com/article/20141013/NEWS05/141019499 Victor Barbosa
The lure of the Adirondacks lies not only in its many wilderness treasures that offer all-season vacation destinations. Equally enticing are the villages and hamlets that dot the 102 towns of this vast region - the amenities available, the annual events that celebrate their unique history and character, and the friendly folks who welcome visitors to their mountain paradise. Few people know the region as intimately as Marty Podskoch. Since 2001, he has been frequenting these towns and visiting with locals to gather material for his books on the fire towers, the CCCs, and the fascinating lore of the region. He has created this invaluable guide so you, too, can pass through the doorways of the North Country.
Adirondack 102 Club: Your Passport and Guide to the North Country by Martin Podskoch
If you are looking for the ultimate Adirondack travel guide, this is the book for you. Adirondack 102 Club is adirectory and diary of towns and villages off the beaten path. Author Martin Podskoch has traveled throughout the Adirondacks gathering stories for his five books on fire towers. Now, he shares his journey in an easy-to-follow guide ready for your next Adirondack visit. You can find this book on Amazon.
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Gift Guide: Local Authors
by Ali Hibbs on December 11, 2014
For many New Yorkers, Christmas is not only the most wonderful time of the year, it’s also the most beautiful, poignant and evocative. And Upstate New York has it all: the fir trees, the mountains, the snow and, more exclusively, the history. So what better gift to give your favorite New York enthusiast than a book by a local author on one of the many interesting historical tales from the region?
Perhaps among the most well known of our local authors would be our own Times-Union reporter Paul Grondahl. Grondahl has authored four nonfiction books centered on people or places right here in Albany. Most recently, he collaborated with Ed Lewi, a local PR and marketing professional to write A Wild Ride—Bears, Babes and Marketing to the Max, which relates stories that range from “saving Caroline Kennedy from the whitewaters of the Adirondacks and losing Santa’s reindeer on the Palisades Parkway to working with Paul Newman on the Double H Ranch and with Marylou Whitney on bringing Saratoga Race Course back to its luster.” (Sales of this book go to benefit Double H Ranch, which is a camp for critically ill children in Lake Luzerne.)
Saugerties native Vernon Benjamin published a book this summer that he says he’s been working on for the better part of 20 years. The History of the Hudson River Valley: From Wilderness to the Civil War is the first half of a planned pair of books. According to a June article in the Saugerties Times, the book is a “poetic” and “evocative” history of this region from “the Paleolithic period through the incursions of Henry Hudson and the Dutch settlement of the New World, the Revolutionary and Indian Wars to the growth of commerce through the Civil War . . . packed with fascinating anecdotes about the familiar and unfamiliar denizens of the Hudson River highway.”
Also published this summer is a history of the village of Altamont. Simply titled Altamont, this short book by Keith C. Lee tells the history of the “little village under the Helderbergs,”—originally called Knowersville—from how it “gained prominence as a stopping-off place for early travelers struggling along trails from the Hudson River to the Schoharie Valley,” to the significance of rail travel and the popular Altamont Fair to the development of the Altamont we know today.
Julia Kirk Blackwelder may an emerita professor at Texas A&M, but she’s a Schenectady native and currently lives in Ballston. She published Electric City: General Electric in Schenectady this October. She draws on “company records as well as other archival and secondary sources and personal interviews to produce an engaging and multi-layered history of General Electric’s workplace culture and its effects on community life. Her research demonstrates how business and community histories intersect, and her nuanced look at race, gender, and class sets a standard for corporate history.”
Marty Podskoch lives in Connecticut; but he knows more about the Adirondacks than most people who live there. His latest of seven books, Adirondack 102 Club, is a “comprehensive guide to travelers in a quest to visit all 102 towns and villages. Club members also learn about the history and fascinating places in the Adirondacks. By getting their book signed or stamped by a resident or business, they also get to know the friendly locals and be able to ask questions like where is a good place to eat or an interesting local attraction? In this way they will get to know the real Adirondacks. There are no rules or requirements to be a member. No documents to turn in. One may keep a journal in addition to this book on the quest. There is no membership fee, just a desire to experience the whole Adirondack region.”
I promise an enriching journey and encourage you to do so with friends and loved ones with this unique passport in hand. A great adventure awaits! This book is an invitation I encourage you to accept.”
—New York State Senator Betty Little