2013 Featured Guests Biographies:
In keeping with our great tradition of bringing you the “Industry Experts”, we are once again very proud of the “Featured Guests” who will be on hand to meet/greet/interact with all of our attendees this year.
Donald Williams–Adirondack Guide/Lecturer/Storyteller & Author
Don Williams is an Adirondacker. He was born and raised in the Adirondacks and has never lived or worked more than five miles from the Adirondacks. Growing up at the ingress of the Northville-Placid Trial provided ample opportunity for him to experience the Adirondacks, its people, its history and folklore. Don has authored ten books of Adirondack and local history: THE SAGE OF NICHOLAS STONER, NICHOLAS STONER AND THE SAMMONS BOYS, OLIVER H. WHITMAN-ADIRONDACK GUIDE, INSIDE THE ADIRONDACK BLUELINE, THE ADIRONDACKS 1830-1930, THE ADIRONDACKS 1931-1990, ALONG THE ADIRONDACK TRAIL, ADIRONDACK INNS & HOTELS, and his newest book; ADIRONDACK PEOPLE AND PLACES. In ADIRONDACK PEOPLE AND PLACES, he chronicles the history of the Adirondacks once it was discovered by those that were interested in the out-of-doors and it became a destination for the people.
Williams has also written over 250 articles for magazines including Adirondack Life and the Journal of Outdoor Education. He served as Adirondack regional editor for New York Sportsman Magazine for twenty years. His Inside the Blueline newspaper column has appeared weekly in four newspapers since 1989. He also hosted an Inside the Blueline TV show in Gloversville and Glens Falls for a total of six years. Don has appeared regularly as an Adirondack lecturer and storyteller at schools and organizations throughout the northeast for over thirty five years. A former school principal and Adirondack Guide, he has taught “The Adirondacks” at grade schools, libraries, high schools, colleges and Elder-hostel. Don lives in Gloversville with his wife Beverly in their “replicated Great Adirondack Camp.” Williams will be on hand for both days of the event signing copies his works that he will have available for sale. Come meet this “living Adirondack Legend” and get one of his books personalized to you.
Northern Sasquatch Research Society & Brian Gosselin,
Whitehall NY Police Officer who had 1976 Sasquatch/Bigfoot Encounter
Nothing evokes one’s imagination and fear of the North Country like the legend of Sasquatch (aka Bigfoot). The first known Adirondack sightings (according to legend & lore) were by members of the First Iroquois Nation who inhabited the Northeast. The first documented sighting took place during the exploration of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes of U.S. & Canada by French Explorer Samuel de Champlain in the early 1600’s. Since then, over 200 sightings are on record, including one of the more known Adirondack sightings that took place in 1976. On August 25, 1976 Whitehall NY Police Officer Brian Gosselin had an encounter with a “Sasquatch-like creature” in a grassy field on Abair Road, just outside of Whitehall NY. Since then, the encounter has become quite well know in the Bigfoot community and Gosselin has shared his story with numerous radio stations, publications, newspapers, and magazines around the world. He has also been featured on documentaries including one produced by Jimmy Wilson of White Wolf Productions, one for Outdoor Life Network, and more recently on the television show “Monster Quest”. Shortly after his encounter in 1976, Gosselin struck up a friendship with Bill Brann. The sighting captured Brann’s attention and he has been involved with researching the creature ever since. Through such research, the “Northern Sasquatch Research Society” was formed. Members of this society have traveled the country to investigate evidence related to Sasquatch sightings, while focusing extensively on researching reported sightings in the Adirondacks & Vermont. Presently, there are two new documentaries of the Gosselin’s 1976 encounter in the works, including one being filmed by the Daily News in New York City. Gosselin and other members of the Northern Sasquatch Research Society will be on hand for both days of our event answering questions about the 1976 sightings and others that have taken place in the Adirondacks. Come see their pictures, casts and other items that show evidence of such a beast roaming the Adirondacks. To learn more about the group, go to www.northernbigfoot.net .
Holder of 58 Catch & Release Line Class World Records
Fishing Lake Ontario feeder streams near his home in West Amherst NY, this “catch & release expert” has amassed 58 Line Class World Records with the National Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward WI. What is even more impressive is that he does it with a $39 Cabelas Fly Rod and a $40 Reel. Oh yeah, he also does it all from shore. According to Booker, “I don’t own a boat and don’t want one”. He hooks, measures, photographs and then releases all his fish. Using his own specialized refined egg sack and fly patterns with colors that trigger bites, Booker brings in Trophy Brown Trout, Chinook and Cohoes in the Fall, and Trophy Rainbows/Steelheads in the Spring on the small streams and creeks on the Western New York “Greater Niagara Frontier”. Booker will also tell you that New York State has some of the best world-class fishing in the world and there is no greater experience than to do it using lightweight tackle!
Chuck will be hand at the show for both days and will gladly show you pictures of his record fish and give you pointers as to when, where and how to land a trophy of your own. He is always looking for new fishing partners & may even invite you to tag along on a future trip. To learn more about Chuck, go to his website at www.bigchinook1fishing.com .
Alice Wendell Peck
Alice Peck was born in Gloversville in 1916, and grew up in a neighborhood on the edge of town with open fields & woods. She and the other neighborhood children formed a club called the “Rinkydinks”. They participated in winter sledding, hiking, gathering wild flowers, Baseball, and learned to swim at the Littauer Swimming Pool. At the pool, some of the club members would became junior and senior lifeguards, and participated in swimming and diving demonstrations. To this day, Alice still enjoys exercising in her pool during the summer months. After graduating from High School and then Business School, Alice worked briefly at the Chamber of Commerce. At the time, the Chamber consisted of Mr. Stille (the director) and Alice (the secretary) and was located on the 3rd floor of the building that is now Key Bank on Main Street in Gloversville. Her salary was $16 per week. In 1935, Alice married Albert Peck and spent the next 77 years assisting in the resort business (Peck’s Lake), while raising a family and participating in many different interests & hobbies. They include painting, antique doll restoration, furniture refinishing, and collecting & selling antique postcards. During these years, Alice belonged to the former First Methodist Church, where she participated in Sunday School, the Administrative Board, Board of Trustees and the Women’s Society. In 1995, Alice decided to start a Peck’s Park Historical Society and to restore the Peck’s Lake School House. Luckily, the original desks, teachers desk, wall maps, books and many other articles pertaining to the school had been stored since the closing of the school in 1959. Through fundraising efforts consisting of selling shingles for the roof, hosting dinners and garage sales, her efforts netted $4,000. After two years of work, done mostly by volunteers, the museum was finished. Since the re-opening of the school house in 1997, it has been kept in operation with dues, donations and money generated by their annual Ice Cream Social. To further preserve the rich history & legacy of Peck’s Lake and the Peck Family, in 2012, at the age of 96, Alice published her first book titled “PECK’S LAKE IN THE ADIRONDACKS”. Having been part of the family for 77 years, Alice’s gives a firsthand account of the Peck Family’s longtime stewardship of three Adirondack Lakes that were combined into one in the early 1900’s. The book also includes many vintage color and black-and-white photographs of the lake from the Peck Families archives. Mrs. Peck will be on hand for both days of the event signing copies of her book that she will have available for sale. Come meet the newest Adirondack Author and find out what she has planned for her next book.
In addition to this year’s four “Featured Guests”, there will be many other Authors, Writers and unique Industry Experts on hand throughout the event. Several “past Featured Guests” will be on hand as well. Come meet and learn from the best!
Check our website the day before the event to see the Official Seminar Schedule. Seminar Schedules will also be handed out at the admission area the day(s) of the show.
2012 Featured Guests Biographies:
In keeping with our great
tradition of bringing you the “Industry Experts”, we are once again
very proud of the “Featured Guests” who will
be on hand to meet/greet/interact with all of our attendees
Doug Moody - Creator of the “Bark Eater Bamboo Fly
Fishing Poles”, accomplished fly fishermen and freelance
Doug has been making Bamboo Fly Rods
for over 20 years. His life-long passion for Adirondack
small stream fishing
let him to create unique rods for local waters, and form “Bark
Eater Bamboo” in 2006. He also teaches Fly Rod Building
and repair classes at the Adirondack Folk School in Lake
Luzerne NY, and demonstrates cane rod building at the Adirondack
Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, NY. When not pursuing his passion
for fly fishing, Doug works as a freelance musician, playing
violin and singing with many regional and international acts.
Doug will be on hand throughout the event showing how he
builds his Bamboo Poles through all the various stages of
production. Come watch first-hand all the processes involved
in making these classic pieces of working equipment and maybe
take one home for yourself.
Don Wharton – Adirondack Author
Don is no stranger to our event as he
was a “Featured
Guest” back at our very first Fall Edition Show in
September 2008. A native of Amsterdam, he graduated from
the College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse
and served with the Marine Corps in Vietnam. He then worked
in the forestry field in the Adirondacks and Oregon. Don
has previously written two books: “Adirondack Forest
and Stream: An Outdoorsmen’s Reader” and “Backwoods
Tales: Adirondack Reader II”. He now returns with his
newest book “Adirondack Sportsman’s Reader – Stories
of Adirondack Deer Hunting, Trout Fishing, Wildlife, Woodsmen
and Bush Pilots”. He has also written articles for
many magazines including NYS Conservationalist, Northern
Woodlands, Adirondack Life, American Forests, Outdoor Life
and Vietnam. He will be on hand the entire weekend selling & signing
copies of all three of his books.
“The Bone Man” Sy
Lloyd – Forensic
Bone Studies Display Creator
Known as “The Bone Man”, Sy will be showing off
his unique animal skeletons and forensic bone studies display.
He started his forensic bone studies at age 15, when he found
a dead Great Blue Heron near his home. He assembled the Heron
on a piece of plywood and gave it to his school science teacher
in Otego. The teacher had this Bird in his classroom from
1951 until he retired in the 1980’s, and his Daughter
now has it on display in her home. After High School, Sy
went into the Army and upon discharge, attended college in
Oneonta. While at Oneonta, he worked with college professors
on their forensic bone research and restarted his work articulating
skeletons. After College, Sy embarked on a 28 year career
as a High School Teacher in Greenlawn NY (Long Island), where
he taught Biology, Earth Science and General Science. Animal
carcasses, and Beetles used to clean the carcasses/skeletons
were always in his classroom and his students did many dissections
beyond what the state required. Sy also volunteered at Smithtown-Setauket
Envronmental Center, where he built an extensive collection
of articulated skeletons and skulls. His skeletons can also
be found at the New York State Museum in Albany, two separate
collections at Paul Smiths College, and at the Visitor-Interpretive
Centers to the Adirondack Park in Newcomb and Paul Smiths.
In addition, DEC has 10 collections created by him that their
officers use when traveling to NYS Schools for their “Eagle
Program”. Many New York State & New Jersey Schools
also have extensive collections he created. He recently delivered
articulated displays of a Red-Tailed Hawk and Great Horned
Owl to the Raptor Trust in Basking Ridge NJ. A collection
is also currently in Paraguay where his nephew teaches in
a Christian School. He now travels the Northeast putting
on programs for Scouting Troops, Schools, County Fairs, Sportsmen
Clubs and now “Outdoorsman Shows”. Come meet
Sy and see his unique display up close & personal and
learn how to start articulating displays of your own.
In addition to the three “Featured Guests”, there
will be many other Authors, Writers and unique Industry Experts
on hand throughout the event. Come meet and learn from the
Check our website the day before the event to see the Official
Seminar Schedule. Seminar Schedules will also be handed out
at the admission area the day(s) of the show.
2011 Featured Guests Biographies:
In keeping with our great
tradition of bringing you the “Industry
Experts”, we are once again very proud of the “Featured
Guests” who will be on hand to meet/greet/interact
with all of our attendees.
Tom Yacovella – Wildlife
Artist, Writer, Educator, National Award-Winning Designer
NYS Fishing Record Holder
Tom may be one of the most accomplished
artists to ever grace the Adirondacks. He graduated Magna
Cum Laude (in Advertising
Design) from Syracuse University and studied his 5th year at
the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He has held the
position of Art Director at a NYC Ad Agency, In-House Designer
for Corning Glass, IBM and General Electrics.
As a Wildlife
Artist, Tom has been a devout student of the outdoors for
50 years. This has enabled him to create hundreds of works
accurately depict Animals and Fish in the wild. Some of the
accolades for his works include; First Place in the 2006
International Art Competition sponsored by “Art Magazine”, First
Place in the 2006 Adirondack National Exhibition of American
Watercolors, Winner of the 2003 International Art Competition,
People’s Choice Winner of the 2003&1999 NYS Fair
Wildlife Art Exhibition, Winner of the 2001 National Rural
Life Art Show, to name a few. Tom has been featured on ESPN’s “True
He is the author of guide books “the
Art of Camaflouge” and “Wild Turkey Guide”.
He also authored a book called “The Fall”, which
is a first-person account of a disastrous fall from a tree
stand that was published in Outdoor Life magazine in October
1998. Tom is also a Wild Turkey advocate and co-founder of
the Adirondack WildTurkey Unlimited, as well as a member of
the NYS Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame.
And if all this were not
enough, Tom caught the New York State Record Brook Trout
in 2006. The lunker was 21” long, weighed 5lbs 4 ½ ounces
and had an incredible girth of 15”. Upon having this
record mounted, Tom handled the finishing touches of painting
the record fish himself. He will have the Record Brook Trout,
as well as pieces of all his art work available for viewing/sale
at our event. To learn more about Tom, visit his website at
Dan Ladd – Outdoor
Writer & Adirondack
This is Dan’s second time being a “Featured Guest” at
our events. We featured Dan a few years ago when he released
his first book called “Deer Hunting in the Adirondacks”.
Dan returns this year with his
newest book called “Well
Seasoned in the Adirondacks”. This new book is a compilation
the newspaper articles he has written over the years in his
capacity as an Outdoor Writer for several publications across
New York State.
Dan currently writes for the The
Chronicle Newspaper in Glens Falls, Press Republican in Plattsburgh,
Vermont’s Outdoors Magazine, and the New York Outdoor
News. Dan is also the creator and webmaster of the popular
hunting site called www.adkhunter.com .
Dan uses this site
to promote hunting & fishing in the Adirondacks and encourages
reader participation by featuring hunting and fishing success
stories (and photos) from his readersl. Dan is also very active
with the New York State Outdoor Writers Association.
instrumental in bringing the NYS Outdoor Writers Spring
Safari to Fulton County (Peck’s Lake) back in 2010. He also
had a hand in our (Fulton County’s) successful bid to
bring the group back to Fulton County in the Fall of 2011 for
the NYS Outdoor Writers Annual Conference.
Dan has been a great
friend to our show and the efforts of all Outdoorsman
across the state for many years. He will be on hand with
his books available for signing. To learn more about
Dan, visit www.adkhunter.com .
Mead - Adirondack Deer Hunting Author
Todd Mead is our third
Featured Guest and he recently authored a Deer Hunting Book
titled “A Lifetime of Big Woods
Hunting Memories: Hunting in the Adirondacks with a Father & Son”.
Mead, who grew up in Kingsbury
NY (small rural farming community on the Southern edge of
the Adirondack Park), began writing
when he was in High School & College! Upon graduating
from college (SUNY Oneonta) he took a job with Tribune Media,
where he still works as an International Editor.
A few years
ago, Todd was challenged by a good friend to take his
vast amount of knowledge on hunting, along with the many
he and his Dad (Charlie Mead) had about hunting in the
Adirondacks and put them into a book. The end result was
first book and a website that contains Blogs about his experiences.
Todd will be attending our show
with copies of his book and a unique display of the trophy
Whitetail Deer that he has
shot. You can see them all for yourself, up close and
personal. To learn more about Todd and see his Blogs, go
to www.toddmead.com .
In addition to the three featured guests, there will be many
other Authors, Writers and unique Industry Experts on hand
at the event. Come meet and learn from the best!