Hedge Clippings: the latest from Blue Mountain Lake
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In this issue: Beach Seats, Meet Timi and lulia, Job Openings, Reading Corner, Sway Lake, Featured Photo, Reservations, Suggestion Box
Six new classic red polywood Adirondack chairs have been purchased for The Hedges beach!
Staff Profiles will be featured in each Hedge Clippings
Timea Takacs (aka Timi) is a civil engineer in Romania working on her PhD degree. As a foreign student with the Work and Travel Program, she started working at The Hedges in 2014. She has held several positions including housekeeping, waitstaff, hostess, front desk, head of dining room, and financial office. Timi shared: “I am very lucky because I took the decision to apply to this program; it was actually life changing for me. I fell in love with this place since my first summer and I am so happy that I had the chance to meet so many beautiful people and to make lots of new friends.” In Romania she works in her field as a site engineer and a bridge design engineer. Her free time is spent with friends and family, traveling and exploring new places. Timi especially likes to be out in nature.
Iulia Filip is a Romainian civil engineer who is currently working on her master’s degree. She started coming at The Hedges through the Work and Travel program in 2015 and expressed that it was the best decision she could have made. “It was a life changing experience that has had a great impact on my personality. I keep coming back to The Hedges because I fell in love with the place and the people--staff members and guests, too!” lulia is usually working in the dining room and occasionally in housekeeping. In her free time she likes to read, ride bikes, and spend time with family. In the Adirondacks she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and swimming which are things she doesn’t get to do at home.
The Hedges is currently searching for an Assistant General Manager and a Sous Chef. Terrific staff members have come through personal connections and word of mouth over the years. If you know possible candidates, please refer them to the job postings on our web site.
Books for the Adirondacks Enthusiast!
Many Hedges guests particularly enjoy curling up with a good book in their room, on a porch, or in the sun. Here are a few ideas to get started.
They may be found at The Adirondack Experience gift shop in Blue Mountain Lake, Hoss’s General Store in Long Lake, and online.
“Boats and Boating in the Adirondacks” by Hallie Bond. Bond is a summertime campfire presenter at The Hedges, as well as a past curator at The Adirondack Museum.
“Santanoni: From Japanese Temple to Life at an Adirondack Great Camp” by Howard Kirschenbaum. Howie has taken leadership roles in preserving Great Camps Sagamore in Raquette Lake, Santanoni in Newcomb, White Pine in Paul Smith’s, and our own Hedges.
The "Woodswoman" series by Ann LaBastille tells the story of the author's Thoreau-like life on Twitchell Lake. You can visit her restored cabin at The Adirondack Experience.
“Bob Marshall in the Adirondacks” by Phil Brown is a biography of the man who created the original list of 46 High Peaks.
Theodore Dreiser’s classic novel, “An American Tragedy,” is based on the infamous 1906 murder case that occurred on nearby Big Moose Lake. It was later made into the classic movie, “A Place in the Sun.”
A new edition of Harvey Kaiser’s seminal book “Great Camps of the Adirondacks,” with new text, will be available this summer.
Adam Hochschild’s memoir, “Half the Way Home,” gives a glimpse into a family closely connected with the Central Adirondack region and whose patriarch founded the Adirondack Museum/Experience.
Hedge Clippings features a monthly historical image. This is an Adirondacks survey map by Verplanck Colvin from 1880!
Movie Set on Blue Mountain Lake
Those readers who would like nothing better than to fast forward though spring and be transported to high summer on Blue Mountain Lake might consider downloading a recent movie, "The Song of Sway Lake."
The official "Sway Lake" website summarizes the plot as follows: "After the death of his father, young jazz collector Ollie Sway (Rory Culkin) recruits his only friend, a Russian drifter (Robert Sheehan), to help him steal the first recorded version of a World War 2 hit called “Sway Lake” from his own family’s lake estate. The plan is derailed when his accomplice falls in love with Ollie’s aristocratic grandmother, the glamorous Charlie Sway (Mary Beth Peil), who sees in the young Russian the glory of her youth." The movie is rated R and does have adult themes and scenes that are not suitable for some audiences.
The film was directed by Ari Gold and features several familiar views of Blue Mountain Lake, including Crane Point, Rock Island, the boat livery, and the Pioneer Bridge. Boat lovers will also enjoy watching an iconic Adirondack guideboat and a gorgeous mahogany runabout ply the lake.
The Hedges opens for the season on Friday, May 24 with all 30 family-friendly and adult lodging options, cooked-to-order breakfasts and four-course dinners, and numerous recreation and relaxation opportunities. Through June 16, spring rates are charged. There is availability for lodging this spring, summer and fall; and for breakfast and dinner, by calling 518-352-7325 or email@example.com
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