Adirondack Youth Orchestra (AYOA)

The Fall  2019 Season for the AYOA will get underway on Sunday September 15th. The rehearsals and concerts will again be held at the Peru High School.  For information on the groups and rehearsal times, please  check out the AYOA website ( for all the details. 

After last season’s successful Father’s Day concert in the park , we hope to provide more performance opportunities for our student musicians this upcoming year.  Help spread the word to local businesses in need of  small or large ensembles for special events!  

We also have some exciting new enrichment opportunities for our string musicians this season.  More information will be provided on opening day.  
Cumberland12 has donated ten sets of movie passes to the AYOA.  We would like to use them to help in recruiting new members to the group.  If you or your child knows someone that is interested in joining us for the spring please feel free to invite them to a rehearsal.  Have them put your child’s name on the bottom of the attached registration form and we will send you a pair of movie passes.

Looking forward to welcoming back our conductors and student musicians! 

Thank you for your continued support in the AYOA,

Linda Hooper-Morgan 
AYOA Board of Directors. 

Notes from Saranac Lake Homeschool Meeting

9/7 North Country Homeschool Soccer League full, but inquire if interested.  8 weeks; ages 5 - 18; 2:00 - 3:00 younger kids; 2:00 - 4:00 older kids; every Saturday in September and October.  Game on October 12, 1:30

9/10 Adirondack Experience Homeschool Day

9/19 Marionettes Program, LPCA, 10:00.  Part of ongoing LPCA series - $3/person, adult or student

9/20 Global Climate Strike: Riverside Park, Saranac Lake.  Part of nationwide walk-out. Noon until 2:00.  High school walking in at 1:00; for students and adults; hopefully 3 groups, including one homeschool group to meet at library.  

10/2  Reception for Peru Library Homeschool Art Show, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

10/16 Wild Center Homeschool Day

10/22 History Day.  A.m. presentations (optional); noon - potluck lunch; p.m. Pine Ridge Cemetery tour and scavenger hunt

Guest Speakers: Diana Fortune and Sarah Maroun, VP academics at NCCC.  Opportunities available to homeschoolers at NCCC. (Informational handouts.)

For facility use or a homeschool day, speak to Chad Ladue or Jared Dumont.

Fort Ticonderoga Homeschool Day

Spend a day at Fort Ticonderoga and take part in a series of programs designed for homeschool families! While interacting with soldiers, students can ask about life at the 18th-century fort. Step aboard the 1920s replica tour boat, Carillon, for a 75-minute narrated boat tour on Lake Champlain to gain an in-depth waterway experience. Raise your hand in allegiance and enlist in the Continental Army during the immersive “To Act as One United Body” program and practice formation tactics, drills, and marches. Explore a new 2019 design in the six-acre Heroic Maze and answer clues connected to Fort Ticonderoga’s history as you find your way through the maze.
Pre-registration is not necessary. To purchase Carillon Boat Tickets and To Act as One United Body tickets, visit the booth located near the Log House Welcome Center upon arrival to Homeschool Day.


Scheduled For:

Friday, September 6, 2019 @ 9:30am5:00pm


General Admission: $6/student, 1 free parent, $12/additional parent.
Carillon Boat & General Admission Combination Ticket: $12/student, $14/parent.
To Act as One United Body Program: Additional $4/student.
Student rates apply to Grades K-12.

Wild Center Homeschool Day

Greetings from The Wild Center! 

I hope you all have had a fantastic summer. I wanted to take a moment to share out an exciting opportunity for Homeschool families at The Wild Center this Fall. We will be offering a Homeschool Day on Wednesday, October 16th from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. 

Wednesday, October 16th 2019
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
We invite homeschool students to join Wild Center Educators for hands-on STEAM experiences; featuring amazing adaptations of Adirondack animals, engineering challenges, and exploration of our planet. Dive into science through games, art, and interactive programs while you explore our campus inside and out.

  • Please register online for the quickest check-in the day of the event, using the button below.
  • Onsite registration will be available the day of the event as well. 

Homeschool Day is sponsored by a generous grant from The Landon Family Foundation.

See you in October!
-Michael Trumbower, School Programs Coordinator

Homeschool Art Show Update

Deadline for submissions is August 31st. 

Art will be on display from Tuesday 9/3/19 through Tuesday 10/1/19. 

Closing reception for artists, families, and friends on Tuesday 10/1/19 from 4-6pm

This show is always such a neat display of projects. You can enter anything you have previously created or you can create something in the next couple of weeks. It can be art created in a family setting around your dining room table. It can be art created with others in a co-op or class. Anything! ANY and ALL art is welcome. All homeschoolers are welcome to participate. Public school siblings too! There is no limit to the number of pieces that you submit. 

Hanging art needs to be matted per Becky. This can simply be poster board or large pieces of paper behind the art. It doesn't have to be professionally matted. It does not need to be framed and b/c of the library's setup, and the weight of some of the frames, it is sometimes easier if the pieces are not framed. There are display cases for non hanging pieces.

Each piece of art needs to be tagged with name or initials/age/town.

No Back to School Picnic

The No Back to School Picnic will be at the Adirondack Carousel on Thursday, September 5th at 10 am. It is a chance to connect and share information on homeschooling and the up coming year. Everyone brings their own lunch. There is a play ground, carousel, and things to do which often includes a game of capture the flag.

Meadomount School of Music Summer Performances

For anyone interested in taking in some classical music from budding musicians this summer, consider a visit to Meadowmount School of Music. Regular summer concerts run Wednesdays, Fridays, & Sundays starting at 7:30pm. They have additional special concert offerings. Tickets cost $10.00 for adults / $5.00 for students and senior citizens. Children under 8 are free.

Lake Champlain Weekly recently wrote up an article on the history of the remote school. It was in the June 26th – July 2nd issue. Here is a link to the article:

It is an easy drive not far off exit 32 from the Northway Rt 87. The town is listed as Westport but it seems more like Lewis.  Dress is informal and is attended by performers’ fellow students as well as the public. There was no formal announcements, just promptly at 7:30 a student and their accompanists came onto the stage and performed for generally ½ hr. each for a total of one hour. A program did describe the performer’s bio and music.

Free Summer Performances at LPCA

A free summer concert series for our youngest audience members

Every Wednesday from July 10 to August 7 at 10:30 AM at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

The Free Young & Fun Performance Series is dedicated to bringing the best entertainment for all ages to Lake Placid. There is no charge for any Young & Fun performance

July 10 Tim Dumas Comedy & Magic

For over 20 years, Tim Dumas has been making children and adults laugh throughout the United States and Canada.

All of Tim's performances are fun filled, high energy magic and comedy! Watch as the children become the performers, laugh and are entertained!

July 17 Dino Hunter Safari

DINO-HUNTER SAFARI is loaded with magic, bubble-play, outlandish sound effects, eccentric props and enough fun to inspire curiosity and delight the most academic fuddy-duddy.

Do you love Dinosaurs? Professor Livingpebble does too! Slither, fly or stomp on down and join this nutty professor on a Dino-Safari. Kids will get in touch with their inner T-Rex and embody reptiles big and small, carnivore or herbivore, while enjoying comic antics that are anything but fossilized!
Ages 4+ Kids encouraged to attend in Safari attire!
July 24 The Puppet People: The Last Dragon

Are all princesses helpless? Are all knights brave and strong? Are all dragons evil?

Find out in this whimsical retelling of the fairy tale by E. Nesbitt. Explore the issues of stereotypes, discrimination, self-esteem, greed, and friendship with this vivid puppet production. This show features classical music, large rod puppets, mouth puppets, a 7 ft dragon and a life-size knight on horseback for a jousting scene your audience will never forget!
July 31 The Amazing Max

An awesome and hilarious live magic show!" - PBS Kids

What’s truly amazing, as magician Max Darwin works miracles during the show, is not only what happens on stage but also what happens in the audience. The enchanted look that spreads across the faces of his young (and not-so-young) fans is hands down astounding.  Max conjures a custom experience that young ones will carry with them long after the show ends. 

Aug 7 Bubble Trouble: Explode with laughter from Jeff Boyer's Bubble Trouble, an interactive bubble stage show for all ages.

Bubble Trouble – A bubble volcano. Bubble roller coaster. A kid in a bubble? Jeff Boyer takes bubbles to the max in this one man bubble extravaganza. It's the craziest, most creative bubble show around. Jeff juggles bubbles, sculpts and builds with bubbles, makes fogfilled bubbles and more. Mixing comedy, music and a unique level of community participation, he engages and delights audiences of all ages. A hit at performing arts centers, festivals...anywhere there's air!

5th Annual Homeschool Art Show

The Peru Library has once again invited the homeschool community to display their art. We have a tentative showing set for the month of August. I will be sending out other emails with specific dates and details but I wanted to get the word out now. 

All homeschoolers are invited to participate. All mediums included. Multiple pieces may be submitted. Stay tuned for more information! 

Reminder: Homeschool Art Show and Science Fair

The annual Homeschool Art Show and Science Fair is coming up next Tuesday, May 28, 2019 from 1-4pm in the basement of the Saranac Lake Free Library.

The Art Show is already up and on display in the room, and at the end of the day on the 28th, we will take it down and you can bring it home.

If you haven't yet, please RSVP for the Science Fair so we can plan for space and other needs you might have (access to electrical outlet, access to the sink, etc.)

Both the Art Show and Science Fair are non-competitive, fun, all-ages events. Even parents are allowed to do projects and display them! If your student doesn't want to do a science fair project and would rather just come and observe, that is totally fine. 

Feel free to bring a healthy snack to share.

We'll start setting up science projects at 12pm, and by 1pm we'll be ready to share with each other and any family, friends, or community members who come by.

Homeschool Camp Cherokee!

Dates: August 18th – 23th, 2019. (Sunday, August 18th (dinner time) through Friday, August 23 (morning)
Location: Camp Cherokee (Lake Saranac: 433 Gilpin Bay)
Cost: For the week will be $493/family (not person) plus a meal for everyone including staff and being a helper at an additional meal.  
          Note: If you are interested in bringing another adult with you for the week (Grandparent), it is an additional $134 and for a child, it is $115.  Foster children are considered family children and included in the price. 
Deposit: I am collecting a $100 deposit which is non-refundable to help the camp know the number of families that will be attending so they can determine the required staff. You may mail me your deposit: Tammy Neureuther 11 Carriagehouse Lane, West Chazy, NY 12992.
 Interested or Questions: Contact Tammy Neureuther (home 518-563-7036 or cel 518-569-3327 or email We'd love to have you join the fun:)
 This is my children’s favorite week of the year!
Extra details:
Sunday night’s pot luck dinner or we order pizza (everyone splits the cost); three years ago, we had enough families and Kari supplied Sunday’s meal. In addition, your family will be a helper at another meal. Depending on the number of families, I may ask everyone to contribute something towards a breakfast (box of cereal or gallon of milk) and help cleaning up for one extra meal. In the past, people have been incredibly helpful so clean-up is pretty easy with all the hands at work. As the number of teenagers increases, I will be asking them to help a little extra this year!

Activities (all included in the cost):
Ø  Pool with lifeguard
Ø  Horseback riding
Ø  Archery or Knife throwing
Ø  Ping Pong
Ø  Field – great for baseball, soccer, capture the flag, etc.
Ø  Small Sand Pit (little boys liked it there!)
Ø  Volleyball/Sand area
Ø  Playground area
Ø  Motorboats with almost everything imaginable behind them (staff drives the boats)
Ø  Pontoon boat – love the rides to star watch at night
Ø  Boat Area - includes kayaks, canoes, paddle boats (this is open all day but we need an adult on land and everyone needs to sign the boats out)
Ø  Chapel time

Other things you may want to know --
·         The kitchen is vegetarian; hence no meat – milk, eggs & dairy are fine.
·         You bring your own bedding, towels, etc. (beds and bunks are provide). I’ll let you know what beds/bunks you will have in your room before you go.
·         Every family supplies a meal - so food is mostly covered. You can put the food you bring in the main kitchen where there is a walk-in fridge and area to store food. (You may also want to bring extra snacks for your family in a plastic container if you store where you sleep or you can store anything you want in the kitchen – please label for food if you do not want anyone else using it)
·         Due to allergies, we have only allowed peanut butter in the kitchen and asked that an adult makes the sandwich, then they watch the child while they eat it. Afterward, please wash everyone’s hands. If you have other allergy concerns, or this policy is not acceptable, please notify me and we will work together to ensure everyone is safe!
·         You may want to bring stuff for s’mores – they are a hit on nights we have a campfire!
·         Bring your favorite board game - kids love to play games together on rainy days or in the evening.
·         If you would like to organize a “class” or “meeting”, just let me know and we will add it to our schedule. In the past we have had photography, cake decorating, men prayer time, and homeschool sharing time to give you an idea.

Feel free to contact me with questions. You can email me at tamneureuther or call me at (h)518-563-7036 or (c) 518-569-3327. My kids are looking forward to an amazing time with their friends, both new and old, and I’m looking forward to the peace and friendship I enjoy each year.

Lyon Mountain Mining and Railroad Museum

WHAT: Lyon Mountain Mining and Railroad Museum 

WHENWednesday, June 19th @ 10:00am (will last approx. an hour)

WHERE: 2898 Standish Road, Lyon Mountain NY

COST: Free

RSVP: Natalie Jarvis on Facebook or

There is plenty of parking. Museum representative did say that the museum is better suited for ages 10+

Homeschoolers' Day at the Almanzo Wilder Farm

We’re inviting homeschool families to come for a tour on May 22nd. We're offering two tour times ~ 10-12 and 12:30-2:30. Openings are limited- please pre-register by May 20, so we can plan for tour guides. School tour rates apply for all who pre-register (students, $3.50; adults, $7). Walk-ins will be accepted at regular tour rates if space is available. A covered pavilion is on site if you’d like to bring a picnic lunch! Pre-register by emailing
More information about the homestead is at

Thank you!
Karen Carre

Almanzo & Laura Ingalls Wilder Association PO Box 283, Malone NY 12953 177 Stacy Road, Burke, NY 12917 518-483-1207

Project Trio at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts

Project Trio is coming back to Lake Placid Center for the Arts 

DATE: 11/14/19
TIME: 10am
LOCATION: Lake Placid Center for the Arts
COST: $3

Link with details and RSVP information

Project Trio is a passionate, high-energy chamber music ensemble comprised of three virtuosic composer/performers from Brooklyn. Blending their classical training with an eclectic taste in musical styles, Project Trio has made an impact on audiences of all ages. Bursting on the scene with their landmark videos, right out of the internet generation, Project Trio is a musical experience defining a new level of entertainment. Not to be missed!


Homeschool students Grade 8 adn above are invited to join this event

The PLATTSBURGH STATE GOSPEL CHOIR, FERMATA NOWHERE from Stafford Middle School, as well as the Inaugural ADIRONDACK HIGH SCHOOL GOSPEL HONORS FESTIVAL CHOIR will all take the stage for GOSPELFEST 2019 on SATURDAY, APRIL 27th from 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m. on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus in Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall, 55 Beekman Street, Plattsburgh, New York. 

The concert features 60 High School students from across the Adirondacks who will come together for two days to learn and perform a concert of gospel music. The AHSGHFC will perform 8 compositions/orchestral arrangements all supported by a professional Adirondack Chamber Orchestra under the artistic leadership of Jennifer Moore of the Willsboro Central School district. The concert will feature A Cappella, Concert Spirituals, Contemporary Gospel, Traditional Gospel, and Inspirational Ballads. Stan Spottswood of Silver Spring, Maryland is the invited clinician for the festival. Stan a professional songwriter, composer, arranger and jazz pianist has directed numerous choral music festivals in the US and abroad. As a composer and director, his works have been performed at the Gospel Music Workshop of America, the Ithaca High School Gospel Festival, Carnegie Hall and with the National Symphony Orchestra of the Czech Republic.
The six Adirondack high schools that are participating are AuSable Valley, Crown Point, Keene Valley, Peru, Saranac, Willsboro as well as Ithaca College High School Gospel Choir Festival Alumni. The program host will be nominated Composer and Pianist, Dr. Adrian Carr of ACMastering.

There is still time for Adirondack high school choral singers, schools and Ithaca College High School Gospel Choir Festival Alumni to register and participate in the 2-day clinic and concert. Please contact Jennifer Moore ( no later than April 15th if interested. This unique festival promises to provide both students and high school chorus teachers with the history, evolution, and impact of gospel music on the human experience. Students will take away from this clinic an enhanced level of sophistication about gospel music styles and will be taught the colors and blends of gospel music and its musical expressions using elements of phrasing, timbre, dynamics, emotions, tempo, and instrumentation.

This event is open to the public and is co-sponsored in part by the Lake Champlain Mass Choir, SUNY Plattsburgh Department of Music, Plattsburgh State Gospel Choir and the SUNY Plattsburgh Student Association. To learn more, contact the Plattsburgh State Gospel Choir Office at 518-564-2704, or visit the website at or find us on Facebook.


...................TICKET PRICING AND AVAILABILITY................
Student Admission.....Early Bird---$5 (March 1st to March 31st)...........Advance---$8 (April 1st to  April 27)..........Door--$10......... (SUNY Plattsburgh Students; CCC Students; K-12 Students)
General Admission.... Early Bird--$12 (March 1st to March 31st)  ........Advance--$15 (April 1st to April 27)......... Door--$20 
........................................................................................................Age 5 & under FREE (must be willing to share a seat with adult).......................................................................................


Ticket Locations
Angell College Center Desk (SUNY Plattsburgh Campus)
Christian Supply Center (164 Prospect Ave. Plattsburgh, New York)
SUNY Plattsburgh State Gospel Choir Office (Hawkins Hall 133)

This project is made possible with the funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts
 with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Adirondack Lakes.

Plattsburgh State Gospel Choir
Office of the Gospel Choir - 133 Hawkins Hall
State University of New York College at Plattsburgh
101 Broad Street, Plattsburgh NY 12901-2681
Office Phone:   518-564-2704                 Office Email:

PBS Field Trip

What:  A 30-minute tour where the kids see the set, touch the cameras, read the teleprompter, and look inside the control room

When: Friday, April 5th 2019 11:00am to 11:30

Where: PBS Studios 1 Sesame St, Plattsburgh NY (plenty of on site parking)

Cost: Free

RSVP: Join the facebook event that Natalie Jarvis created on the North Country Homeschooling FB page (link below) OR if not on FB, contact Natalie at

Please direct any questions to Natalie

Koresh Dance

Koresh Dance will be performing a School Day Matinee on Feb 27 at 10am at the LPCA. They have invited homeschoolers to attend a free dance workshop with them after the show at 11:30am. Here is info about the school day performance:
Please contact Tara Palen ( at LPCA to register for the show and also the workshop if you are interested.

Tara Palen
Director of Education & Outreach
Lake Placid Center for the Arts
17 Algonquin Dr.
Lake Placid, NY 12946
518-523-2512 ext. 1004

Homeschool Ski Program at Titus

It's getting to be that time of year again!  I have received the homeschool skiing forms from Titus Mountain in Malone. This program is for ages 5 and up.  It will last 5 weeks on Friday's 9:30am-4pm starting January 18th and ending February 15th, one make-up will be scheduled for Friday 3/1.  Our passes are not valid during school February vacation, that’s why the make-up is scheduled for Friday 3/1.  Titus will provide 1 hour of lessons each week for each skier (adult or child) of any level with the cost of the lift ticket.

This year pricing is as follows:

Lift, Lesson, & Rentals** $165 (student)/ $315 (adult)
Lift & Lesson  $110 (student)/ $185 (adult)
Lesson & Ski Lesson Rental** $110 (student)/$185 (adult)- This is for season pass holders
Lesson Only $55 (both student & adult)- This is for season pass holders 

**Rentals included boots & skis (or snowboard) but not helmets

Titus asked me to remind parents of proper attire: layers, hat/helmet, mittens/gloves and no jeans. Jeans tend to soak in water making a skier/snowboarder cold and wet 😊

Please email me for forms and with any questions!  Also, please feel free to pass the information to anyone who is interested in joining us!  The more the merrier 😊.  Forms and payment will be due December 15th.

Thanks and hope everyone is having a wonderful Fall!

Dawn-Marie Hall