Weekender A&E

Joe Wiegand, impersonating President Theodore Roosevelt, pumps his fist after delivering an informative and encouraging speech to audiences at St. Bernard's Church Sunday night during First Night Saranac Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Griffin Kelly)

First Night knocks ’em cold

SARANAC LAKE — New Year’s Eve was a cold night. Let’s rephrase that: New Year’s Eve was a really freaking cold night. With wind chill factors reaching 21 degrees below zero, according to Accuweather, First Night guests were in for a freezing holiday But despite the frigid ...

Brent Bommentre swings Kim Navarro completely horizontal. The two time U.S. Figure Skating Championships bronze medal winners skated to Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love.”
(Enterprise photo — Griffin Kelly)

‘There’s nothing like seeing them in person’

LAKE PLACID — Some of the world’s most famous skaters returned to Lake Placid for the 25th anniversary of Stars on Ice, a figure skating extravaganza that always kicks off its tour in Lake Placid. Hosted by Olympic gold medal winner Kristi Yamaguchi and Olympic silver medalist Paul ...

Joe Wiegand, impersonating President Theodore Roosevelt, pumps his fist after delivering an informative and encouraging speech to audiences at St. Bernard's Church Sunday night during First Night Saranac Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Griffin Kelly)

First Night knocks ’em cold

SARANAC LAKE — New Year's Eve was a cold night. Let's rephrase that: New Year's Eve was a really freaking cold night. With wind chill factors reaching 21 degrees below zero, according to Accuweather, First Night guests were in for a freezing holiday But despite the frigid weather, many ...

From left, Mike Brewster, Issac French and Giovanina Bucci make up the R&B trio Nina’s Brew. They will open for Annie in the Water at the Waterhole Upstairs Music Lounge in Saranac Lake at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec 31.
(Photo provided by Hannah Cormier)

R&B band Nina’s Brew makes Waterhole debut on New Year’s Eve

SARANAC LAKE — The Waterhole Upstairs Music Lounge will host its “NYE Bash” this Sunday night, headlined by Annie in the Water with special guest Nina’s Brew. It will mark Nina’s Brew’s Waterhole debut. The R&B trio is based in Burlington, Vermont, and formed only this past ...

Soulsha will perform two shows at the Harrietstown Hall at 10 and 11 p.m.
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First Night rings in the new year in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — This Sunday marks the 12th annual First Night New Year’s Eve celebration in Saranac Lake. Eighteen different acts — bands, comedians and children’s entertainers — will each perform multiple 45-minute sets at multiple venues around Saranac Lake from 6 p.m. to ...

Kristi Yamaguchi
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Olympic Center hosts Stars on Ice Legends Saturday

LAKE PLACID — Stars on Ice Legends Kristi Yamaguchi and Paul Wylie return to the ice in Lake Placid, with Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Yuka Sato, Jeremy Abbott, Ryan Bradley, Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre for a one-night-only show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30 at the Olympic ...

Delta Blue hosts Slam Allen Band Friday, Saturday

LAKE PLACID — Delta Blue will host the Slam Allen Band, from 9 p.m. to midnight Friday, Dec. 29 and Dec. 30. Slam Allen is one of the most dynamic and original blues and soul artists on  the scene. Growing up, Slam played drums for the family soul band, “The AllenBrothers” ...

Delta Blue hosts George Kilby Jr. and the Road Dogs

LAKE PLACID — ON New Year’s Eve Sunday, Delta Blue will host George Kilby Jr. and the Road Dogs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. George Kilby Jr., was born and raised in Anniston Alabama, George’s earliest musical memory is listening to his uncle play Hank Williams songs. As a teenager, ...

Barbara Taylor plunges as a Long Lake Lion as Judge Jim Bateman looks on.
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Feeling Long Lakey Polar Plunge Saturday

LONG LAKE — The town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department, the Long Lake Rescue Squad and the Long Lake Fire Department join forces for the fourth annual Feeling Long Lakey Polar Plunge on Saturday, Dec. 30 at the Long Lake Town Beach. This event is a benefit for High Peaks ...

‘Curiously Adirondack’ videographers at Jan. 4 Library Lunch Program

SARANAC LAKE — Josh Clement and Ed Kanze, who joined forces to create the first Curiously Adirondack videos for Mountain Lake PBS in 2014, will be the guest speakers at the next presentation of the Library Lunch program on Thursday, Jan. 4 at the Saranac Lake Free Library. They have ...

Beans, Greens and Pasta  
(Photo provided — Yvona Fast)

New Year luck

The passing of one year and the birth of a new one is cause for revelry and reflection. The traditions that accompany this rite of passage depend on our culture, ethnicity, religion and economic stature. How we choose to celebrate and commemorate is very individual. Whether you participate ...

Hitting the ice at the Olympic Speedskating Oval in Lake Placid
(Photo provided — Diane Chase)

Skating into the New Year and other places to skate

My family always enjoys ice skating in the winter, whether it is an outside pond or inside rink. I like that I can just keep my ice skates in my van and always be ready for that impromptu skate. If you aren’t going to be around for New Year’s Eve, skip straight to the bottom of this column ...

Overlooking Saranac Lake from the summit of Mount Baker. 
(Enterprise photo — Diane Chase)

Earn a patch for the Winter 6er or Winter Triad

Looking for a gift to give for the person who has everything? How about a Saranac Lake Winter 6er or Tupper Lake Winter Triad patch? Not that I have everything, not even close, but I seem to have a lot of stuff. If you fall into that category, perhaps gifting yourself the goal of completing the ...

(Photo provided — Yvona Fast)

There’s still time to make gifts from your kitchen

Are you tired of the shopping frenzy? How about making gifts instead of buying them! There is still time to make gifts. Most people have way too much stuff. Homemade treats and handcrafted gifts are appreciated far more than store-bought trinkets made across the ocean which just sit and ...

Kristi Yamaguchi
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Stars on Ice Legends Dec. 30

LAKE PLACID — Stars on Ice Legends Kristi Yamaguchi and Paul Wylie return to the ice in Lake Placid, with Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Yuka Sato, Jeremy Abbott, Ryan Bradley, Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre for a one-night-only show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30 at the Olympic ...

Baroque Holiday Concert Thursday at Will Rogers

SARANAC LAKE — There will be a festive Baroque Holiday concertat 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Saranac Village at Will Rogers. Performers include Frank Jacobsen on harpsichord, Annette Hofman on recorder, Sue Grimm on flute, Laurel Kuxhaus on oboe, Bill Stokes and Janeen Streeter on violins, ...

Performers for Lightwire Theater are seen lighted up for “A Very Electric Christmas,” which will be at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts Wednesday.
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‘A Very Electric Christmas’ Wednesday at LPCA

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Center for the Arts will light up the holidays with a special presentation of Lightwire Theater’s “A Very Electric Christmas.” The performance, which’s live on stage, but in complete darkness, will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. ...

Emily Mitchell of Tupper Lake released her debut album, “Retrospect,” last Saturday. She will hold a release party and concert at Raquette River Brewing tomorrow.
(Photo provided — Evan Maroun)

Emily Mitchell debuts album, hosts release party Saturday

TUPPER LAKE — The first song listed on the back of Emily Mitchell’s album is “At your door.” The second is “No Name,” but you wouldn’t be able to tell because she crossed it out with gold sharpie. The first 150 copies of the CD all have the second song covered by marker. “My ...