Sagamore's Annual Benefit for Historic Preservation is less than a month away and we are getting ready for a great event. This year Sagamore honors a long time friend and presenter, Adirondack storyteller and artisan Bill Smith of Colton, New York. Bill is familiar to generations of Sagamore's guests through his storytelling. Bill brought the traditions of the north country to life for thousands of people with these tales. Over the years the dozens of Adirondack pack baskets and walking sticks have provided a last memory of Sagamore stays for those who participated in his workshops and classes.
Our Annual Benefit for Historic Preservation helps support Sagamore's programming and restoration activities. This year proceeds will go to restoration activities at camp. These include the Sagamore Chalet project as well as kitchen and Lakeside renovations.
The Benefit brings together great food, this year from L.M. Townsend Catering of Cooperstown, NY, wonderful auction items including vacation stays, antiques, food and other great items as well as some of the most interesting people you will meet in the Adirondacks this summer.
At the event we will enjoy the music of Hot Club of Saratoga, a band that is inspired by the gypsy jazz spirit and style originated by Django Reinhart and Stephane Grapelli.
Bill Smith circa 1978 and presenting at Sagamore's Playhouse in 1991. Both courtesy of Voices published by the New York Folklore Society.
Sagamore Summer Program Series
This season Sagamore is hosting a series of workshops that will bring individuals and families to the Historic Great Camps Special Management Area that surrounds camp. Supported in part by a grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation the summer series will go through our season. Look for more information on our Facebook pages and this newsletter.
First Annual Anne LaBastille Workshop a Success!
Sagamore’s first Anne LaBastille Women’s Writing Weekend came to a close on Sunday. Following in the famous Adirondack woodswoman’s footsteps attendees spent the weekend surrounded by dynamic women, nature, and writing. LaBastille lead many workshops at Sagamore over the years and we were honored to hold a program commemorating all that she stood for. Thank you to the Adirondack Center for Writing for making this program such a success. We look forward to future women’s writing weekends in the summers to come!
Fly Fishing Workshop Offered on Monday!
Such renowned Adirondack sports as Arpad Gerster and Margaret Emerson Vanderbilt have cast flies on Sagamore’s secluded waterways. In keeping that tradition alive, Great Camp Sagamore is offering FREE fly fishing clinics to anyone interested in learning the sport or adding new cutting edge techniques to their fishing repertoire.
Registered NY state guides Mike Crawford and Brian Lansing of Upstate Guide Service will be holding a beginner level overview to Adirondack style fly fishing at Sagamore on Monday, July 9th from 9-11 AM as well as a stillwater fly fishing and advanced nymphing workshop from 1-3pm. Both workshops will consist of lecture, gear discussions, and on the water skills practice in and around the bucolic surroundings of Great Camp Sagamore. No reservation required!
Specializing in stillwater techniques, Mike Crawford spends over 150 days a year on the water guiding throughout the central Adirondacks. Brian Lansing specializes in advanced nymphing and small stream fishing techniques and has distinguished himself as a first class instructor for area trout streams.
As a Sagamore member you receive discounts on programs and store items ability to register for programs in advance and the knowledge that you are becoming part of this great effort to preserve a National Historic Landmark.