The mouth of the Bouquet River at Lake Champlain (Photo courtesy of Doug & Roger Harwood via America's Historic Lakes)

The Battle of the Bouquet River

The Battle of the Bouquet River Willsboro, New York MAY 13, 1814 PA! PA! THE BRITCHES IS COMIN! THE BRITCHES IS COMIN! These are the words yelled by young Elihu Higby to his father Levi as he ran in the door of the Higby’s Willsboro … [Continue Reading]

Trail and branches covered in heavy snow (Credit: CATS)

Heavy Snow on CATS Trails

When is a hike like a trail-clearing project? When heavy snow bends saplings and branches over the trail. So, if you are out snowshoeing on the trails, we invite you to bring loppers and maybe a handsaw to open the trails as you go. We haven’t been … [Continue Reading]

Baptist Church, Essex, NY. Photo by B. Barker. (Shared by Susie Drinkwine)

Vintage Photo: Essex Baptist Church

Every Monday we share a vintage image on the Essex on Lake Champlain Facebook page and invite our viewers to play some Vintage Essex Trivia. Do you recognize this building without the photo's title giving it away? I would not be surprised if you … [Continue Reading]

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Full and By Farm: Baking Sweet Wheat Bread

A very sunny Saturday made for a beautiful break in the wintry weather. From my kitchen window I looked out over the horses and young heifer cows. After days of standing with their backs to the wind and eating around the clock—keeping up their energy … [Continue Reading]

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Beauty Out of Destruction

(Click an image to enlarge.) This, our first real storm of the year, dumped inches of heavy, wet snow all over this area. And it hit hard. Many of us lost trees and endured power outages. But we all pull through in the end. I had several trees … [Continue Reading]

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Essex-Charlotte Ferry Late Fall Schedule 2014

The Essex-Charlotte ferry will begin its late fall schedule soon. See the details below: Essex-Charlotte Ferry Late Fall Schedule: November 3, 2014 through December 28, 2014  The ferry operating at this crossing will arrive hourly throughout the … [Continue Reading]

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Upcoming Essex Events 12/21-12/28

Learn about the events happening in and around Essex, NY! Check out the schedule below created from the Essex Calendar of Events to see what's coming up this week! Click on the link to Essex, NY Calendar to learn more about a particular event. Sunday, … [Continue Reading]

Trail and branches covered in heavy snow (Credit: CATS)

Heavy Snow on CATS Trails

When is a hike like a trail-clearing project? When heavy snow bends saplings and branches over the trail. So, if you are out snowshoeing on the trails, we invite you to bring loppers and maybe a handsaw to open the trails as you go. We haven’t been out on all … [Continue Reading]

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Essex Inn New Year’s Eve Party

Ring in the New Year at the Essex Inn on Wednesday, December 31st. Enjoy a 4 course meal, champagne toast, photo booth, late night snacks, and live music from The Riddler's! $75.00 per person. Dinner seating starts at 6:00 pm. Music begins at 9:00 pm. … [Continue Reading]

Full and By Farm cupola in winter and logo (collage)

Full and By Farm: Baking Sweet Wheat Bread

A very sunny Saturday made for a beautiful break in the wintry weather. From my kitchen window I looked out over the horses and young heifer cows. After days of standing with their backs to the wind and eating around the clock—keeping up their energy against … [Continue Reading]

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Owl Prowl Hike

December 21 @ 4:30 pm At Bobcat Trail

CATS first “Owl Prowl” was so popular that we decided to have more. Join Naturalist Gregg Van Deusen at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 21st as he leads our second moonlit early-evening hike on Bobcat Trail and make owl calls to … [Continue Reading]

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Essex Inn New Year’s Eve Party

December 31 @ 6:00 pm At Essex Inn on the Adirondack Coast

Ring in the New Year at the Essex Inn on Wednesday, December 31st. Enjoy a 4 course meal, champagne toast, photo booth, late night snacks, and live music from The Riddler’s! $75.00 per person. Dinner seating starts at 6:00 pm. Music be… [Continue Reading]

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CATS Moonlight Snowshoe Hike

January 3, 2015 @ 6:15 pm

We invite you to CATS’ First Moonlight Snowshoe on Saturday, January 3rd when we hike up Blueberry Hill to a beautiful night-time view. We will meet at 6:15 p.m., snowshoe until about 8:15 and then have a post-hike gathering at the Halfway… [Continue Reading]

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Fort Ticonderoga Program: Clothing Rogers’ Rangers

January 11, 2015 @ 2:00 pm At Fort Ticonderoga

Fort Ticonderoga’s “Fort Fever Series” returns this winter with monthly programs January through April 2015. Programs take place on Sunday afternoons at 2 pm in the Mars Education Center. The cost for each program is $10 per person and… [Continue Reading]

More Essex, NY News

Pancake the piglet, Mary the dog, and chickens (Credit: Kristin Kimball)

Essex Farm: From Flat to Fat

Catch up with what's happening on Essex Farm with an update from Kristin Kimball: "Pancake the piglet has gone from flat to fat this week. (Thank you, Miranda and Kate, for that evocative phrase.) We’ve been … Continue Reading

Pancake the piglet and Mary the dog (Credit: Kristin Kimball)

Essex Farm: Pancake the Piglet

Here’s some recent news from Kristin Kimball at Essex Farm in Essex, New York: "One of the first-time mama sows farrowed on Monday, and things did not go well. When Matt went to check her he found she had … Continue Reading

Lake Champlain (Photo courtesy of Doug & Roger Harwood via America's Historic Lakes)

All About Lake Champlain

" 'Here a scene of indescribable sublimity burst upon us. Before us lay the waters of Lake Champlain, a sheet of unruffled glass, stretching some ninety miles to the south, widening and straitening as rocks and … Continue Reading

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