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The PBS documentary special Adirondacks explores the massive, six million acre Adirondacks National Park throughout the year, with one portion devoted to each season. The program demonstrates how and why the upstate New York park beckons millions of tourists each year with its appeal in radically different climates. Taking as its thesis the notion that the people of the region continue to impart it with a unique and special character, the miniseries hones in on some of the more colorful and region-specific residents of this geographic area, including an Olympic skier diligently training around Lake Placid, a craftsperson attempting to restore one of the Great Camps, and deejay Brian Mann of North Country Public Radio. The program also underscores the way in which many Adirondacks residents continually explore the connection between man and the landscape through their unique lifestyles, be they sports figures, hoteliers, painters, or any number of other varied workers.

DVD, 120 minutes - $24.95



The Arto Monaco Story

A CASTLE IN EVERY HEART: THE ARTO MONACO STORY chronicles the engaging life and work of Arto Monaco (1913-2003), the pioneering designer and gifted storyteller responsible for Santa's Workshop, The Land of Makebelieve and Old MacDonald's Farm petting zoo. Beginning in the late 1940s, Monaco introduced Americans to a new form of outdoor entertainment — the theme park — and in the ensuing decades, visitors responded by flocking to his parks by the thousands. The program charts Monaco's education at the prestigious Pratt Institute in New York City, his stints as a storyboard artist for Hollywood film studios and as an army recruit during World War II and finally, to his life's work, building theme parks. A Mountain Lake PBS Production.

Now you can learn even more about Arto Monaco's life with the two-DVD Collector's Edition set. You will never find a more comprehensive collection of materials about a man who really understood a child's imagination and brought it to life with his infamous Land of Makebelive along the Ausable River.

DVD, 60 minutes - $24.95




Part One: Durant and Raquette Lake

director/writer Mike Mannetta

Come visit the Great Camps of the Adirondacks. Discover these historic and architectural treasures in a region of upstate New York famous for its natural beauty and extensive wilderness. Part One explores the early history of this rustic architecture and how it evolved from the simple lean-to or log cabin called a camp into grand estates often known as Great Camps. In the late 1800's, the scenic Raquette Lake area became the center for much of this camp building. Here, the Great Camps of William West Durant - Pine Knot, Uncas & Sagamore - were show places that inspired imitation and attracted the wealthy who desired rustic yet elegant wilderness retreats. Durant built his camps in harmony with nature and they have stood the test of time as monuments to his vision. His exploits in the Adirondacks tell a fascinating story and follow the early development of the region.

DVD, 60 minutes - $24.95




Part Two: Saranac, St. Regis and Santanoni

director/writer Mike Mannetta

The story of the Great Camps continues in the Saranac/St.Regis Lakes region of the Adirondacks. Here these woodland estates evolved in appearance and stature from 1897 to 1907 through the talents of architect William Coulter. On the shores of the Saranac Lakes, he designed grand rustic lodges at camps Moss Ledge, Eagle Island, Prospect Point and at other distinguished camps. On Upper St. Regis Lake, the richest woman in the world, Marjorie Merriweather Post, built her own Great Camp in the 1920's, the lavish Topridge, while at nearby White Pine Camp with its picturesque Japanese teahouse, President Coolidge spent his summer fishing. A log villa set in the heart of the Adirondacks, Santanoni, possibly the grandest camp of its time, tells a different story. Donated to New York State, the camp deteriorated over many years but is now enjoying a renaissance with the help of state and local government and the preservation community.

DVD, 60 minutes - $24.95




An American Original

Seneca Ray Stoddard was a writer in the days of Emerson and Mark Twain.  He was also an illustrator, publisher, mapmaker, promoter and above all, photographer. Stoddard captured stunning images of a rugged and changing wilderness in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York. In the late 1800s he did more to promote, indeed create, the tourist trade in one of the last wilderness areas in the east, than anyone of his day. Stoddard took over 10,000 photos in his lifetime, many of which were found at The Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake and The Chapman Museum in Glens Falls. Produced by award-winning photojournalist Paul Frederick for WMHT.

Featuring music by Christopher Shaw and John Kirk.
60 min. plus bonus footage and features

from WMHT - DVD $19.95



Produced by award-winning photojournalist Paul Frederick for WMHT, Adirondack Wild is a visual journey full of music, poetry and the haunting sounds of nature that takes viewers from mist filled sunrises to radiant sunsets. Over a year in the making, Adirondack Wild explores the remarkable visual splendor of each of the four seasons and celebrates the “forever wild” Adirondack Park.

The soundtrack features the Scott B. Adams Acoustic Ensemble.
60 min. DVD

from WPBS - DVD $21.95




from WPBS

An historical and nostalgic portrayal of the men who were Lumberjacks in the Adirondacks and Tug Hill regions during the 1930's and 1940's. Reverend Frank Reed, an itinerant preacher, or "sky pilot," narrates the archival footage he shot while visiting the lumber camps.

60 min. DVD - $21.95