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The Whiteface Region conjures up images of big mountains, flowing rivers, and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Yes, there is mountain biking, skiing, hiking, fishing, cycling, and everything in between in every season, but did you know there’s also a blossoming arts and culture scene that is heading into the summer season in full bloom?

From flowers to folk music, painting to pottery, the Whiteface Region is bursting with arts, and the best part is that you can experience it all right here, right now!

A real JEM

The Jay Entertainment & Music Society (JEMS) has been bringing music, workshops, and entertainment to the community of Jay since 1987. Whether at the Jay Village Green or in the Amos & Julia Ward Theatre, there is something happening throughout the summer that will bring a sweet song to your ear. This season, every Thursday, there is Acoustic Jam Night. All musicians are welcome, and all music enthusiasts are welcome, too! JEMS is still rounding out their full summer schedule, so be sure to check their website calendar and Facebook page for newly added events.

Art studios

Stop by one or all of the local studios to chat with artists, purchase artwork, and soak in some of their inspiration. The Jay Craft Center and Sue Young of Young’s Art Gallery have local artwork on display and offer you an opportunity to see the artists in their element.

While you’re in the Adirondacks, don’t forget to check out the many art galleries that dot the landscape!

Flowers galore

If you have a green thumb, you’re going to want to visit Little Farmhouse Flowers. Join a 2022 Workshop Series class on the farm to learn about flower displays and arrangement design. As a bonus, you’ll get to take home your flower arrangement creation! Little Farmhouse Flowers is offering a variety of classes this summer highlighting different flowers, from roses to peonies to dahlias. Visit their website to sign up!

A designed floral arrangement by Little Farmhouse Flowers. Image courtesy Due West Photography.

Recover. Relax. Repeat.

In Upper Jay, the Recovery Lounge is a place to enjoy music, theater, and visual art. The building itself is art (and listed on the National Register of Historic Places as of 2013). Over the past decade, the Lounge has welcomed a diverse array of artists, musicians, and playwrights to the stage. A full calendar of upcoming events is listed on their website for this summer. One of the highlights is a Bob Ross Painting Party on July 9!

Fuel your inspiration

With rolling hills and gentle farmlands, the Whiteface Region is home to a rich agritourism scene. Farmers and growers open stores to the public, offering their fresh, local products to fuel your next adventure or inspire your next project. In Wilmington, there is a Farmers Market every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can also visit farm stores around the area (or book a stay at one of them as well!).

Get ready to rock

We weren’t lying when we said every taste of music is covered here in the Whiteface Region. On July 30, rock music rolls into the Wilmington Ball Park with the Wilmington Mountain Music Fest. Kickstart your vacation with a rock concert that pays tribute to the energetic music of Motley Crue. Food and local beer will be available from vendors.

Home sweet home

You don’t have to pack everything from the Whiteface Region in in one day! Stay for awhile and experience everything, from home cooked meals to beautiful waterfalls to an art scene that will keep you coming back for more.

Janelle Jones

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