LAKE PLACID - A craft beer-tasting event is on tap to help support the Literacy Volunteers of Essex/Franklin Counties, an all-volunteer organization in the North Country devoted solely to helping adults learn to read and to achieve their personal goals.
The beer will flow begining at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at Heaven Hill Farm in Lake Placid. Beer produced by small regional breweries - Great Adirondack Steak and Seafood in Lake Placid, Blue Line in Saranac Lake, Plattsburgh Brewing Co, and Davidson Brothers from Glens Falls will all be present. Mark Jessie from Raquette River Brewing in Tupper Lake (opening in the fall) will pour beer donated from the Adirondack Brewing Company in Lake George and the Craft Beer Exchange in Lake Placid. He also intends to feature favorites from Unibroue (Quebec) and Butternuts (Utica).
Beer donations are still coming in, so other interesting offerings will be added right up until the end of the week, according to Suzanne Orlando, secretary of the Board of Directors of Literacy Essex/Franklin and the librarian at the Adirondack Correctional Facility, one of the sites of the Literacy Volunteer's Prison Literacy Program.
One of the event's highlights will be "masterpieces," which refer to pieces of writing that adult basic literacy students. Orlando said the both students inside the Adirondack Correctional Facility and the communities throughout Essex and Franklin counties, have been working on this winter and have recently submitted to be read aloud at a live performance next month.
"Our students have been mentored in creating original pieces that will be performed by Broadway Actors on June 6 at the Strand Theatre in Plattsburgh, through the All WRITE! Program, a collaboration between Literacy Volunteers, the Adirondack Center for Writing and Symphony Space, the New York City producers of NPR's 'Selected Shorts,'" Orlando wrote in an email to the News. "We will choose just a few of these to read to entice people to come to the performance in June."
"We hope people will attend this event to learn more about and support the important work of Literacy Volunteers and also to bask in the beauty of Heaven Hill Farm," Orlando added. "The beer, the brewers, the music and many great raffle prizes promise to make this an enjoyable afternoon."
There will also be live music performed by Colleen Blanchard and several raffles.
According to its website, Literacy Volunteers of Essex/Franklin Counties has one purpose: to provide free confidential instruction by trained volunteers to adults with limited language skills and to help these students attain self-esteem and achieve aims in the areas of education, family, employment and the community. These students with "limited language skills" include those reading under a seventh-grade reading level, those studying for the G.E.D. (high school equivalency diploma), and ESL (English as a Second Language) students, who are newcomers to America hoping to improve their English language skills. This service is available to any adult over the age of 16 who requests it.
The organization has offices in Port Henry, Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Malone.
Tickets for the cradft beer-tasting event are $30 per person and $15 for designated drivers, and will be available at the event. Attendees must be 21 years of age to enter. Proceeds will support Literacy Volunteers of Essex/Franklin Counties' Adult Literacy Program.
For tickets and more information, call the Literacy Volunteers at 546-3008.