Burlington weekly paper 7 Days published their annual Adirondack issue today. It’s a glimpse of across-the-lake culture for Vermonters, and features stories about the Adirondack Woodsmen’s School at Paul Smith’s, North Country wineries, the debate about the rail line from Old Forge to Lake Placid, and a personal essay on tubing down the Hudson.
It’s all pretty summer-y and upbeat. And it’s a far cry from last year’s issue, where a snide commentary on dreary nightlife in Plattsburgh sparked outrage among North Country readers and furthered the perceived disparity between Plattsburgh and Burlington. This year’s issue is a careful counterpoint that works to point out similarities between New York and Vermont, not differences. Take the story on mid 20th century artist artist Rockwell Kent, a “ballsy, left-wing activist as well as a prolific painter, best-selling author, dairy farmer, boreal adventurer, Thoreau-like mystic and notorious philanderer,” with deep connections to Vermont and northern New York both.
I’m curious what you think. Did 7 Days capture the Adirondacks you know? And are the places we live really so different?