Lake Placid Institute’s summer events

LAKE PLACID – The Lake Placid Institute for the Arts & Humanities has announced its lineup of events and programs for the summer season.

The 24 Hours Photo Contest Exhibition is now underway at the Lake Placid Public Library through June 29. The contest is open to all high school students in the Adirondack region.

Anja Chavez, director of Colgate University Museums, judged this year’s submissions.

Its Summer! The Party, a cocktail party with silent auction, will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. June 29 at the Whiteface Club & Resort Clubhouse.

The popular Adirondack Roundtable presentations will be held in July and August at the Lake Placid Conference & Visitors Center on Main Street in Lake Placid. These 40-minute talks begin at 8:30 a.m. with a breakfast buffet:

They kick off Saturday, July 15, with Nicole Hemmer, who will present “From Taft to Trump: How Conservatives Won — and Lost – the GOP.” Hemmer is an author, assistant professor of presidential studies at University of Virginia’s Miller Center, and contributing editor at U.S. News & World Report.

On Saturday, Aug. 5, Mark Divine will present “A Fit and Mentally Tough Life.” Divine is an author, a retired SEAL commander, owner and founder of SEALFIT training center in San Diego, and founder of Unbeatable Mind, an online training program using warrior development to achieve mental toughness.

On Saturday, Aug. 12, William Finnegan will present “A Double Life.”

Finnegan received a Pulitzer Prize in 2016 for his book “Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life.” He is also a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine. He has written about the prosecution of terrorism, Venezuelan politics and economics, and racial issues in America and South Africa.

Reservations for the Roundtable programs are encouraged. Admission is $30 with a reservation or $35 at the door.

From Aug. 14 to 18, the Institute will hold its annual Chamber Music Seminar, in which avocational adult musicians play and study with a world-class faculty. This summer, the Chamber Music faculty will give two concerts: Wednesday, Aug. 16 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Hotel North Woods Cabin Grill in Lake Placid; and Saturday, Aug. 19, from 8 to 9 p.m. at the Keene Valley Congregational Church in Keene Valley. Admission to the Keene Valley performance is $10 per person; voluntary contributions to benefit the Lake Placid Institute are requested at the Lake Placid concert.

All programs are open to the public.

Tickets can now be purchased online at Reservations and questions can also be directed to Executive Director Ashleah Mayberry at 518-523-1512 or