January 20, 2013

DEC to hold three Santanoni Winter open houses

Three Winter Weekend events will once again be held at Camp Santanoni this year, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced today this week.

The events will take place during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, January 19-21; President’s Day holiday weekend, February 16-18; and the weekend of March 16-17.

Cross-country skiers and snowshoers will have access to the historic camp properties located in the Town of Newcomb in Essex County to rest and view interpretative displays.

“Camp Santanoni provides an amazing 9.8-mile round trip cross-country ski excursion in the Adirondacks,” DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said in a press release. “The trail traverses from the Gate House complex to the remote lakeside main lodge complex, providing a moderate ski and a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. Events like these are part of Governor Cuomo and DEC’s efforts to work with local communities to increase tourism and economic activity by showcasing the recreational opportunities and historic treasures the Adirondacks has to offer.”

During the three Winter Weekend events, cross-country skiers and snowshoers will be able to visit both the Gate Lodge and Main Lodge of Camp Santanoni, view displays about the great camp and take interpretive tours with Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) staff. The Artist’s Studio, a stone building near the main lodge on the shores of Newcomb Lake, will be open as a warming hut. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be available and the public is asked to bring their own cups. Also, the Adirondack Interpretive Center will provide snowshoes to lend to visitors at the Gate Lodge.

The three Winter Weekend events are being hosted by DEC, AARCH, the Town of Newcomb and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s (ESF) Adirondack Interpretive Center.

“We are happy to work with our partners, DEC, AARCH and SUNY ESF to build on the history and natural beauty of our town to provide tourism destinations that people want to visit,” Newcomb Town Supervisor George Canon said. “Great Camp Santanoni is at least as beautiful covered in winter snows as it is in midsummer.”

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