More colorful characters and campfire yarns!
Adirondack Kaleidoscope and ry Characters
By William J. O'Hern
About the book: Culture, Lifestyles and Seasons in the mountains deals with such absorbing topics as mountain childhoods, literary greats, ice fishing and ice harvesting, Colvin's land survey, Adirondack fires, guide boats, old time medicine, bootlegging and country schools. It presents a panoramic overview of much that made this charismatic region home to hard-working folks and a vacation magnet for tourists since the mid-1800s.
Adirondack Kaleidoscope is a truly incredible anthology of Ad is a truly incredible anthology of Adirondackana and every bit as
intriguing as the optical toy that has been popular for almost 200 years. Like the ever-changing
patterns one can see through the cylinder, the stories in this collection preserves voices from
history that would otherwise surely be lost to time and vary widely and keep the reader eager
to see what the next story will be about. History, folklore, childhood memories, stories about
famous people who spent time in the Adirondacks, how the park became forever wild, and
fascinating human-interest stories about everyday life from the pioneer days up through the
1970s are all here.
And, it's all because of two north-country men with a passion for the past.
s, William "Jay" O'Hern has been mesmerized by Adirondack history, and has
felt a sort of obligation to safeguard all of it that he can. To that end, he managed to amass all
113 copies of a small but popular publication compiled by another regional history devotee, G.
Glyndon Cole, who compiled and published the quarterly North Country Life (later called York
State Tradition) from 1944-1974. Cole operated on a shoestring and set up his pages on a manual
typewriter, faithfully printing the stories of his friends and reader-contributors.
Now O'Hern - with Glyndon Cole's blessing - has brought back to life those venerable
magazines before they yellow and fade forever.
Older readers will delight in the memories the stories will undoubtedly evoke, and younger
history buffs will find them useful and congenial learning tools.
Adirondack Kaleidoscope is not necessarily a front-to-back book. In fact, you can open it at
random and soon find an easy and enjoyable read that could be anything from informative to
hilarious to tragic.
Perhaps more than anything, Adirondack Kaleidoscope is a priceless scrapbook that takes
today's readers and drops them somewhere in the Adirondack Mountains for a look around - sometimes
more than a century ago - and rewards them with north country magic. It could well
take its place among classics about this beloved region.
Buy both together now for $39.86, 15% off the cover price
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