Synopsis by Nathan Southern
The two-part 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 thus 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.