A variety of laughs, cheers

Lively Rotary show packs town hall

The Rotary Dancers, dressed as a caterpillar, enter the Harrietstown Town Hall auditorium Friday night, surprising Saranac Lake Winter Carnival King John Wamsganz and Queen Anita Meserole, during the final performance of the annual Rotary Club Variety Show. (Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

SARANAC LAKE — From mountain bike stunts to bird calls to great vocal, music and dance numbers, the annual Winter Carnival Rotary Club Variety Show lived up to its billing Friday night.

The event drew a packed house to the Harrietstown Town Hall auditorium. It started with performances by the Winter Carnival pages and court, the Saranac Lake High School Select Men’s and Women’s Ensembles, and the a capella group The Potsdam Pitches, including former Saranac Lake High School vocal standout Ivy Huber.

Brendan Gotham and Lucky Cerruti, two of the stars of the Pendragon Theatre ice fishing musical comedy “Guys on Ice,” got the crowd laughing with two songs from the show: “Ode to a Snowmobile Suit” and “Fish is the Miracle Food.”

Sam Perkins put on a display of mountain biking mastery, jumping on top of picnic tables and over Rotarian Ben Tabor, then Joey Izzo and Adam Rafowitz of the progressive rock band Arch Echo delivered an original song from their upcoming album to the crowd.

In between the performances, local sportsmen Bob Brown treated the audience to an array of animal calls and sounds, in keeping with carnival’s “Adirondack Wildlife theme.

As is tradition, the show closed with a bizzare but hilarious performance by the Rotary Dancers, who entered the auditorium as a large, long caterpillar. Once they got on stage, they tossed off the caterpillar suit to reveal bright red Angry Birds costumes, which they later shed to reveal American flag dresses and hats. They closed out the show with a somewhat coordinated, leg-kicking performance of “New York, New York.”