Friday, December 1, 2017


Sculptor Patrick Dougherty creates large pieces the public may admire, touch and even wander through, and a new cluster of them have grown at the Montreal Botanical Garden. 

I had the pleasure of exploring the sculptures myself, and of speaking with the artist about his choice of material, the help he gets from volunteers, and the temporary nature of grand art made entirely out of sticks. The three new works in Montreal are among the more than two hundred-seventy-five pieces the North Carolina artist has made all over the world, in places including Japan, France and all over the United States. 

Enjoy the video profile here.

This “Spotlight” segment premiered on the program Mountain Lake Journal. “Spotlight” is made possible, in part, by the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, dedicated to improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park. “Spotlight” is also supported by the chamber music organization Hill and Hollow Music.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Find your fall adventure on Mountain Lake Journal

Paul Larson hosts a pre-autumn edition of Mountain Lake Journal this week, as we explore activities to do and places to go for an Adirondack adventure this September.

First, we lose ourselves among the stalks of the Great Adirondack Corn Maze in Gabriels, New York.  During months when the crop revenue is down at Tucker Farms, this fun activity brings in tourist dollars.  Families enjoy exploring the maze together, and they may learn a bit about farming during the same outing.

Next, Jack LaDuke invites us into the iForest at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, an immersive sound experience celebrating the harmony of nature in an Adirondack Forest.

Then, Mohawk Valley author Dennis Webster asks us to fall into a good book, whether it's an Adirondack mystery from the anthology series he's curating, or the tragic true story of a North Country crime.  His book Murder of a Herkimer County Teacher tells of an early 1900s case involving a slain teacher, an event that still haunts an Adirondack village.  

You'll find more stories of authors and artists who shine brightly at
Spotlight is supported by the Glenn and carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, dedicated to improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park.
Finally, people often take their fishing trips during a heat wave in the summer, but many anglers, including our Kevin Cooney, have discovered the cooler temperatures and changing colors make September an ideal time for fishing in the Adirondacks. That's just what he does in this edition of Northbound and Around. For fishing gear, tackle, guides and more, check out the Ausable River Two Fly Shop in Wilmington, New York

Mountain Lake Journal airs this Friday at 8pm, with repeats on Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 10am.