A fiesta of fun, a frenzy of food, mucho music, Bands 'n Beans rocks for great cause, the Lake George Arts Project. There was no way I could sample all of the 40+ chili entries (I do live with other people), but I did try some that were fabulous. Unfortunately their names escape me now, but I voted for my favorite by remembering where it was located.
Roaring Brook Ranch in Lake George was crowded. Packed, actually. You have to be in the mood for something like this. With a predicted attendance of about 1000, it was probably more like a little under 800 people at any given moment. Maneuvering among the tables is an exercise in maze meandering that changes its configurations every few minutes. Every possible table and chair was crammed into the usually spacious dining room and people still had to take turns sitting down. Two rooms with a variety music and an opportunity to run into friends you never see, it is a social event not to be missed, though socializing can be a little difficult, depending on the volume and one's proximity to the music.
I had networking intentions that didn't pan out as I had hoped, but Pam and I managed to get a few cards out there promoting the blog and Facebook page. We really want some reader suggestions for bars to visit. One couple at our table, Ralph and Allyssa (sorry if I misspelled) seemed interested and I'm looking forward to their recommendations for our trip to Inlet and Old Forge. Not sure when yet, but Pat, a former co-worker, seems to know the North Country events calendar by heart and I'm hoping he sends his suggestions along too.
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We're also holding a contest for the best recipe for a new drink, "Cabin Fever". See Pam's Feeling Inspired? entry a few blogs below this one.
OUR MISSION - WE'RE PUBLISHED! Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 marked the Premier of our new book, Happy Hour in the High Peaks: An Adirondack Bar Guide. The hardcover, 160 page book can be found at bars and bookstores throughout the Adirondack Park or order online at www.happyhourinthehighpeaks.com. You'll find a list of our book signings on the Events page and where to buy the book on our Retailers page. The book contains reviews of 46 of our favorite bars in the Adirondack Park, and 46 drink recipes with an Adirondack twist. As a companion to the book, we have also published a 46er Passport so that you can follow the Happy Hour Trail to become a Happy Hour 46er and make new friends along the way. Summit Tour t-shirts will be for sale at our book signings or available online. Whether you are a native, resident, or visitor, you'll find 46 more reasons to visit the ADIRONDACK PARK!