Learn more about Autumn and Eric

Autumn Blanchard

Autumn and Eric our new Innkeepers!

Autumn and Eric applied for the jobs of Caretaker and Innkeeper to be more of an integral part of the Raquette Lake community.  Autumn enjoys working jobs that are multi-faceted, and include many different types of tasks both inside and outside.  She has  spent most of her life involved in customer service and education. She has experience helping people in a wide range of situations from navigating computer technology  to instructing people in the safest ways to camp while protecting and honoring the environment. With a degree in Biology with a focus on Animal Behavior and Psychobiology, she thinks St. Williams is a great place to spend time watching the wildlife, birds, spiders, and weasels are particular favorites. When not outside, she is a huge fan of 1930s and 40s movies, film noir, and Hitchcock. She also loves comedy and once performed in a downtown Seattle comedy club.

Autumn is proud to be a 5th generation Adirondack native and grew up in Raquette Lake. She was raised on Tioga Point and went to Raquette Lake School by boat and over the ice in her father Ernie Blanchard’s famous air sled “flying machine.”

About Eric Christensen

As a native Adirondacker, Eric wanted to keep working outdoors during the summer. He has met some great folks in Raquette Lake and thinks that St. Williams is an amazing setting. Sharing the history of St. Williams and  Raquette Lake is a wonderful opportunity and will be a great experience.  With 20 years experience working at DEC campgrounds in a wide variety of roles, Eric comes to St. Williams well qualified.

Eric is looking forward to the summer concert series. The history of American popular music fascinates him and he enjoys music of all styles, both as a listener and amateur drummer.  Live sound mixing and concert percussion are fun and expressive outlets, so supporting the concerts will be a snap.  Eric’s musical interests extends to his choice of books too; he loves reading biographies of musicians and historical figures in his spare time.

During the winter season Eric serves as an occupational  therapy assistant (OTA).  Empowering and enabling people gives him true happiness. While he works all ages, he is currently redirecting his practice toward school age pediatric practice.

Eric enjoys food and cooking, a tri-tip roast, is a particular specialty.    In addition to enjoying cooking, he volunteers with literacy programs, 12st Century Program, American Red Cross, Special Olympics, and Habitat for Humanity