Friday, May 8, 2015

Adirondack Attic Musical History Tour to visit Schenectady

Folk singer/songwriter Dan Berggren and I are ready to take our Adirondack Attic Musical History Tour to the GE Theatre, Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady, on Friday, May 22. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

This performance is a benefit for the New York Folklore Society. To say that we're excited about this program is an understatement. A Minerva native, Dan has been collecting stories, writing songs and performing for more than 40 years. A Tupper Lake native, I've been collecting and writing stories about Adirondack history for more than 20 years, much of it with local media outlets such as North Country Public Radio, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and the Lake Placid News.

Together, we'll share the best of both worlds, literature and music, from New York state's 6-million-acre Adirondack Park. I'll read stories about artifacts from the Adirondack Museum, as published in six volumes of "Adirondack Attic" books, and Dan will perform songs related to those objects.

For example, I'll read a story about a mail sled used in Hamilton County, and Dan sings the song, "When Harry Carried the Mail."

The Adirondack Attic History Project was founded in 2003 to collect artifact-based human-interest stories from the Adirondack Museum. My weekly column ran in newspapers throughout the Adirondack Region from 2003 to 2009. In 2010, I launched the Adirondack Attic radio program on North Country Public Radio. Listen to the stories on my Adirondack Attic page.

I'm looking forward to seeing you at the GE Theatre on May 22. Tickets are $20. ORDER tickets today.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Adirondack Attic Musical History Tour 2015

There are three opportunities this spring to enjoy the Adirondack Attic Musical History Tour performance.

The Adirondack Attic Musical History Tour vibrantly brings history to life. Author, editor, publisher and host of NCPR's "Adirondack Attic" program, Andy Flynn joins Adirondack folk singer Dan Berggren for a special presentation that mixes folk songs with stories and images from the archives of the Adirondack Museum. This highly entertaining show is sure to please all crowds.

Saturday, March 28 @ 5 p.m., TAUNY headquarters, Canton, N.Y.

Sunday, April 5 @ 3 p.m., Tannery Pond Community Center, North Creek, N.Y.

Friday, May 22 @ 7:30 p.m., New York Folklore Society benefit, GE Theatre at Proctors, Schenectady, N.Y.

Learn more about Dan Berggren.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Adirondack Attic January 2015

Laura Rice, chief curator at the Adirondack Museum, speaks with Andy Flynn about "Hough’s American Woods," a 19th-century book of thinly sliced wood samples published in Lowville, N.Y.

“We are looking at a publication by Romeyn Beck Hough called ‘Hough’s American Woods,’” Rice said. “Hough was an expert in forestry from Lowville. This particular volume is from 1898, but it is part of a whole series of books that were published between 1888 and 1928. This is a 25-year passion for Romeyn Hough."

Hear the rest of the story at North Country Public Radio.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Your Story profiles

I first noticed that readers took pride in the newspaper profiles I had written about them when I walked into the lobby of the Trudeau Institute in 1994. I was a correspondent for the Plattsburgh Press-Republican at the time. They framed my full-page profile of the Institute and founder Francis B. Trudeau Jr. and hung it on the wall.

During my stints as a writer and editor for several newspapers in northern New York over the past 20 years, I've enjoyed writing profiles of dozens of people and businesses in the region. And readers continue to frame my stories.

Several years ago, I was faced with getting Christmas gifts for my two brothers-in-law. I wasn't sure what to get them, so I made my own. I interviewed their children about the relationships they had with their fathers. I laid the profiles out newspaper style, with photos, and framed the stories as Christmas gifts. It was personal, memorable and heartfelt -- a one-of-a-kind gift that can't be returned or replaced.

I also framed a profile I had written about Scotts Florist and Greenhouse in Saranac Lake and gave it to the owners as a gift. They have it hanging above the cash register for people to read while they wait in line.

WRITER FOR HIRE: Now -- from my writer's studio in Saranac Lake -- you have the opportunity to hire me as your personal writer. I'll write your profile, lay it out newspaper style and frame it. Or hire me to write a profile as a gift for someone else.

I'd love to paint your picture with words in portraits I call "Your Story" profiles. For links to some of my profiles and to learn more, visit the Your Story page.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Last chance to get full Andy Flynn book collection from author

It’s time to say good-bye to my first babies, the remaining copies of Adirondack Attic 1, which are out of print.

Cleaning my “warehouse” the other day, I found there are only five copies of “New York State’s Mountain Heritage: Adirondack Attic, Vol. 1” left at Hungry Bear Publishing. With Christmas approaching, it’s time to sell them, but only as part of the full Adirondack Attic collection, volumes 1-6.

The Adirondack Attic book series includes more than 300 stories about artifacts at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, New York. I worked with curators at the museum to tell the human stories behind the objects in their collection.

The retail price is $106.95 for a full set (plus 8% NYS tax).

I’ll also throw in free shipping, a free Adirondack Attic bookmark with each volume, and a free copy of my 2013 book, “New York’s Adirondack Park: A User’s Guide,” a total value of $26.45.

With a full set of Adirondack Attic books, you can also get my latest book, “Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Memories,” for only $19.95, a savings of $5.00. This way, you can have my entire collection of books – 8 in all – for $126.90 (plus 8% NYS tax).

All books will be signed, and you may have them inscribed with a personal message if you’d like.

For this special offer, please contact Andy Flynn at or at 518-891-5559. You cannot purchase this full collection online, only by contacting the author at Hungry Bear Publishing.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Olympic-sized passion for history

I always have a blast visiting Alison Haas, manager of the Lake Placid Olympic Museum. We share a passion for all things history.

Earlier in the year, Alison and I collaborated on a lecture program, "Lake Placid: New York's Olympic Village," which I presented at Union College during the Sochi Olympics in February. We also received much-appreciated help from Jennifer Tufano, director at the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society, who provided photos for the program.

Learn more about my History Lectures. I'd be glad to visit your group and give a talk on one of these topics.

Recently, I had the pleasure of seeing the new temporary exhibit at the Lake Placid Olympic Museum called the "Olympic Prison" that explains the history of the 1980 athletes' village and the facility's use since the end of the games. More than 1,000 athletes lived at the Olympic Village while competing in the 1980 Winter Olympics. Find out who's living there today in my latest "Adirondack Attic" radio show on North Country Public Radio.

LISTEN to the program here (link to the NCPR website).

Learn more about Alison's passion for history in this profile I wrote earlier in the year for the Lake Placid News.