NORTHVILLE, N.Y., June 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- For decades, the Adirondack Mountains, two hours north of Manhattan, has struggled economically, even before the Great Recession hit. Burdened by massive shifts in employment, unemployment and global competition, this economic downsizing has restricted fiscal growth, middle-class jobs, and weakened the economic foundations that upstate New York families depend on. This Saturday that equation could change by revealing the area's natural assets to a global audience.
The historic village of Northville plans to establish itself as a gateway to the region. On June 7-8 the quaint hamlet will celebrate the American Hiking Society's National Trail Day by dedicating an important historic trailhead. The event also marks the 90th anniversary of the Northville/Placid Trail, which extends 133 miles from Benson.
The two-day festival will showcase the importance of emphasizing "eco" in economics for villages like Northville, according to Brian Correl. "Our place in the ecosystem is blessed with beauty that only those who venture onto our trails experience. The trailhead we are dedicating is a great place to begin."
The festival at Northville's Waterfront Park is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The dedication will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
To avoid being just a "me too" festival, participants will be able to personalize their experience with real-time streaming video reaching millions. This activity will inform the public about the expanse and excitement of the Adirondacks. Adirondack Trail Magazine's chief photographer, Brock Garrison will capture festival activities as they occur and stream them worldwide via Google. "We will reach through the woods to the world with an informative invitation to the Adirondacks," Mr. Garrison said.
The New York Department of Environmental Conservation and local merchants enhanced the dedication site with a custom built arched entry. Carved to scale from the four-inch markers used to designate the actual trail, a 36-inch handcrafted wooden medallion centers the arch.
The event will feature 80 vendors including crafters, artists and others demonstrating weaving, fly fishing, blacksmithing, dog sledding, traditional storytelling and more. Eight Adirondack authors will be available to discuss hiking, kayaking and novels. Russell Dunn, his wife Barbara will sign their latest book, Paddling the Quiet Waters of Mid-Eastern New York. Adirondack Trail celebrity Chef Constantinos ("Dino") Vanikiotis, licensed Adirondack Guide/author Dave Bleyl and publisher Charles Saint Genevieve will also sign their "Big Book".
SOURCE Adirondack Trail Magazine