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From where the East Branch of the Ausable River meets the West Branch to the towering mountain tops, the township of Jay includes some of the most breathtaking vistas in the Adirondack Mountains. Swimming holes, picnic spots, fishing, hiking, biking, wonderful bed and breakfast inns, motels and house rentals, there are numerous ways to enjoy yourself in our wonderful town.

The village of Au Sable Forks, where the rivers meet, with its concentration of stores and services, represents “downtown” Jay. The hamlet of Jay is known for its craft shops and cultural events. Upper Jay, once home to the magical Land of Makebelieve, now thrives again with small businesses.

Situated in the heart of the High Peaks region of New York state’s vast Adirondack Park, Jay’s quaint small-town charm and unspoiled scenic beauty make it an ideal destination stop on a day trip or an overnight stay.

As Jay’s 2,000-plus year-round residents and several hundred seasonal homeowners can attest, the town of Jay is a great place to live, work, raise a family, and retire.

Jay is in the midst of, or nearby, most of the major points of interest in the northeastern Adirondack Mountain region.

Jay is 8 miles from Whiteface Mountain, the only Olympic downhill ski center in the East and the highest point in New York state you can drive up (from around Memorial Day through Columbus Day). The mountain is the focal point of the Whiteface Mountain Region, which is comprised of the towns of Jay and neighboring Wilmington, home also to Santa’s Workshop and High Falls Gorge. Jay is 17 miles from Lake Placid, world-renowned for its shops, restaurants, attractions and Olympic venues and is within 20-minute drive from most hiking trails in the High Peaks and about that close to Lake Champlain, Ausable Chasm, and the warm-weather ferry to Burlington, Vt.

(Information provided by the town of Jay’s Web site, www.jaynewyork.com)

Jay summer calendar

¯June 5: Covered Bridge Coffee House Series. Concert with Atlantic Crossing. 7 p.m. at the Amos & Julia Ward Theater in Jay. Sponsored by the Jay Entertainment & Music Society. For more information, visit online at www.jemsgroup.com.

¯June 13: African Dance Performance and Class. Amos & Julia Ward Theater in Jay. Sponsored by the Jay Entertainment & Music Society. For more information, visit online at www.jemsgroup.com.

¯June 19: Children’s Dance Recital. 4 p.m. Amos & Julia Ward Theater in Jay. Sponsored by the Jay Entertainment & Music Society. For more information, visit online at www.jemsgroup.com.

¯June 20: Children’s Dance Recital. 5 p.m. Amos & Julia Ward Theater in Jay. Sponsored by the Jay Entertainment & Music Society. For more information, visit online at www.jemsgroup.com.

¯June 21: Children’s Dance Recital. 1 p.m. Amos & Julia Ward Theater in Jay. Sponsored by the Jay Entertainment & Music Society. For more information, visit online at www.jemsgroup.com.

¯June 28: Family Concert with Julie Robinson Robards. Musical performance for kids of all ages. Starts at 2 p.m. a the Wells Memorial Library in Upper Jay. Call (518) 946-2644. Admission is free.

¯July 11: Summer Concert Series on the Green. With the Stoneman Blues Band. 6:30 p.m. On the Village Green in Jay. Sponsored by the Jay Entertainment & Music Society. For more information, visit online at www.jemsgroup.com. Free.

¯July 18: Summer Concert Series on the Green. With the Bill Stokes Ensemble. 6:30 p.m. On the Village Green in Jay. Sponsored by the Jay Entertainment & Music Society. For more information, visit online at www.jemsgroup.com. Free.

¯July 25: Tell Me a Story: Storytelling Festival. 1-5 p.m. Stories for everyone, not just for children. On the Village Green in Jay. Sponsored by the Jay Entertainment and Music Society. Contact Karen Glass at (518) 576-2058. Free.

¯Aug. 1: Summer Concert Series on the Green. With the Larry MacDonald Band. 6:30 p.m. On the Village Green in Jay. Sponsored by the Jay Entertainment & Music Society. For more information, visit online at www.jemsgroup.com. Free.

¯Aug. 8: JEMS Jay Day. A Day full of crafters and family fun. On the Village Green in Jay. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Jay Entertainment & Music Society. For more information, visit online at www.jemsgroup.com. Free.

¯Aug. 8: Summer Concert Series on the Green. With Sven Curth. 6:30 p.m. On the Village Green in Jay. Sponsored by the Jay Entertainment & Music Society. For more information, visit online at www.jemsgroup.com. Free.

¯Aug. 14: Lake Placid Sinfonietta Concert. Starts at 7 p.m. at the Amos & Julia Ward Theater in Jay. Sponsored by the Jay Entertainment & Music Society. For reservations, call (518) 946-8227. Admission: $20.00

¯Aug. 15: Summer Concert Series on the Green. With Celia Evans. 6:30 p.m. On the Village Green in Jay. Sponsored by the Jay Entertainment & Music Society. For more information, visit online at www.jemsgroup.com. Free.

¯Aug. 22: Summer Concert Series on the Green. With Roy Hurd. 6:30 p.m. On the Village Green in Jay. Sponsored by the Jay Entertainment & Music Society. For more information, visit online at www.jemsgroup.com. Free.

¯Aug. 29: Summer Concert Series on the Green. With Drew and Annie Sprague. 6:30 p.m. On the Village Green in Jay. Sponsored by the Jay Entertainment & Music Society. For more information, visit online at www.jemsgroup.com. Free.