Placid locals plan ‘Community Day’ for May

LAKE PLACID — This village, known for its volunteer community and its desire to host events for visitors, wants to throw a celebration in honor of its own hometown faithful who live here year-round.

Tentatively planned for May 20, Lake Placid Community Day will combine a day full of celebrations and activities with the annual awarding of the Lake Placid Distinguished Volunteer of the Year selections.

“Something by us, for us,” said Lake Placid resident Val Rogers, who has spearheaded the organization of the event along with the Lake Placid-North Elba Community Development Commission.

Very early plans for the event include what Rogers described as a “good ol’ country” picnic-style day with food, kids activities — such as face-painting and a bounce house — and possibly an outdoor movie, a pie-eating contest and live music.

Dean Dietrich, the chair of the CDC, said the idea for the event was hatched as a way to both foster and pass down the volunteer spirit of Lake Placid while also providing exposure to local volunteer services and nonprofit organizations.

Rogers added that at CDC brainstorm sessions for the event, Dietrich mentioned the importance of enticing younger generations to be involved in local volunteer efforts as more of the village’s typical volunteers grow older. Dietrich also emphasized reeling in retirees new to the village, a demographic the CDC feels is becoming more prevalent in the community.

Rogers said the CDC is tentatively planning to host the event at the North Elba Show Grounds as the pavilions at that site will be useful if and when weather doesn’t cooperate. The Lake Placid Rotary Club has signed on to help with the event, and Rogers said other local groups such as the Lake Placid Lions Club have expressed interest.

The group also welcomes ideas for Community Day, which Rogers said you can share by attending a Nov. 1 Community Day meeting, open to the public and to be held on the third floor of the Lake Placid Pub & Brewery at 5:15 p.m.

The CDC will also further brainstorm for the event at its next meeting, Thursday night at the village’s beach house.

Rogers said funding for the event is yet to be determined, though the CDC is hoping for donations and will also have access to existing funds through the Distinguished Volunteer of the Year Committee.

The Lake Placid Distinguished Volunteers of the Year, one youth and one adult annually, are typically announced a few weeks before the mid-May ceremony.