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Glens Falls, is a City Rich in History!

Glens Falls NY was the site of many French-Indian and Revolutionary War Battles because of its halfway point between between Fort Edward in Fort Edward NY and Fort William Henry in Lake George NY. Orignally called "Chepontuc", a Mohawk word meaning 'hard place to get around', Glens Falls NY had a waterfall that blocked the Hudson River. In 1763 Abraham Wing formed a settlement called "Wing's Falls" but later lost the name of the town to Colonel Johannes Glen to settle a debt. Glen changed the name to Glen's Falls, but it was later changed to later changed to Glens Falls.

In 1780, Glens Falls was destroyed in the "Great Burning" of 1780 when a Britsh punitive expedition passed through the area. Glens Falls NY was rebuilt and came back stronger than ever!

Glens Falls was incorporated as a city in 1908 separating it it from the Town of Queensbury. Glens Falls celebrated it centennial in 2008 with many special events in Downtown Glens Falls. Glens Falls prides itself on being named "Hometown USA" according to Look Magazine as a result of it's small town feel with big city amenities.

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Regional Events

  • Habitat for Humanity - Jeans & Jewels Gala
    Join us on Saturday, April 26th as Habitat for Humanity takes over Cirelli's in South Glens Falls from 7 to 10pm, with our First Annual Jeans & Jewels Gala! Dress up or down we don't care, just come out to support us as we start our 24th Build in your community.
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  • Black Fly Affair: A Hikers' Ball
    And we're off? to the races ADK style. Our Black Fly Affair: A Hikers' Ball will be held Saturday evening, May 31st, from 6:30 - 11pm at the Hiland Park Country Club in Queensbury, NY. This year, we invite you to Trek to the Track for an evening of great fun, fanfare and fundraising. The stakes are high, and we've only just rounded the Clubhouse Turn. Included in the festivities are dining, dancing, live and silent auctions, 'Dicey Wooden Horse Racing', a 'fabulous' hat contest, 'horse auction', signature brewpub fresh ales sampling from sponsor Davidson Brothers of Glens Falls and hand crafted spirits tasting from sponsor Lake George Distilling Co. ADK's assortment of silent auction items - gear, trips, services, one-of-a-kind offerings and priceless ADK memorabilia - will overtake previous years? and winners of ADK's annual raffle will be drawn, so everybody has a stake in it. Andy Pratt - DJ, Auctioneer, ADK Member, ididarider! and 46er will keep us on 'track' throughout the evening. The proceeds from ADK's largest annual fundraising event will support ADK C.A.R.E.S "across the board" - wilderness protection initiatives that advocate for greater public access to spectacular recreational resources while protecting them for those that follow.
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  • A Hunger For Art: Charity Art Show & Family Fun Day
    Join us on Sunday, June 1st at Rainer's Gourmet for a day of art, family fun, delicious food, and live music! The Washington County Community Action Angels will host a charity art show and family fun day called "A Hunger For Art" to fund the Washington County Economic Opportunity Council's services.
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  • Americade Motorcycle Rally In Lake George
    Americade has become the world's largest multi-brand motorcycle touring rally. Local estimates indicate it attracts 50,000-100,000 annually.
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  • The Double H Ranch Digging Into Dessert
    Are you a home baker looking for your big break into the culinary competition world? Here's your chance! This year’s Double H Ranch Annual Gala will feature a one-of-a-kind Amateur Baking Competition. We are looking for the area’s best amateur bakers to compete for a grand prize of $1,000 American Express Gift Card. Three finalists will be selected to serve their very own creation to Gala guests who will determine the winner.
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