Winter Carnival

Carnival theme: ‘Myths and Legends’

SARANAC LAKE — Members of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee and the public who attended the committee meeting on Tuesday chose “Myths and Legends” as the theme for the 2020 Carnival. The theme was chosen from among ideas gathered from the community and committee members. ...

Four possible themes for Winter Carnival 2020

SARANAC LAKE — Themes for next year’s Winter Carnival are down to four: “Myths and Legends,” “Fairy Tales,” “Saranac Lake Rocks” and “Winter Magic.” The Winter Carnival Committee will choose the final theme when it meets at 6 p.m. April 23 in the Saranac Lake High ...

Ice castles turn farmland into winter wonderland

NORTH WOODSTOCK, N.H. — On a clear, frigid night in a courtyard made of walls of ice, Bruce McCafferty and his young son stand mesmerized, bathed in the pulsating rainbow light emanating from a series of stout ice formations. McCafferty and his son Dougie have come out to Ice Castles in ...

Prehistoric success

The 110th Saranac Lake Winter Carnival has come and gone, and by all accounts, the traditional event was another wonderful success. Perhaps the biggest, as well as the only flop that may have been associated with this year’s Carnival couldn’t be controlled. It was the warm, rainy, sleety ...

Bluebird day for Prehistoric Gala Parade

SARANAC LAKE — Dinosaur suits and Cro-Magnon apparel, floats pulling mammoths and active volcanoes — thousands of people came out Saturday for the annual Gala Parade at the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. Petrova Elementary School won the Louis Forbare Memorial Trophy for best in show ...

Ice Palace exterior open

SARANAC LAKE — Warm weather from the February thaw canceled a tube racing event Friday morning and deteriorated the Winter Carnival Ice Palace on the shore of Lake Flower. The enormous ice structure with a staircase, several dinosaur sculptures and an ice maze was constructed over the ...

Winter Carnival Rotary Show is back Friday

SARANAC LAKE — The Rotary Club of Saranac Lake will celebrate the 90th Winter Carnival Show at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 in the Harrietstown Town Hall. For 90 years, Rotary members have delighted audiences closing the show with their annual “number” featuring “talent,” creativity, a ...

Winter Carnival Gala Parade on tap Saturday

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Gala Parade will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. The parade will take place at Broadway and Main Street from Ampersand Avenue to Lapan Highway and the public is invited to assemble along the route. The procession is a crowd favorite and ...

Big Boss Sausage returns to Carnival

SARANAC LAKE — On Friday and Saturday, Big Boss Sausage will be back at Bitters & Bones for two special Saranac Lake Winter Carnival shows. Friday’s kick off time will be 4 p.m. and on Saturday the band will take the stage at 11 p.m. For more than two decades, the Big Boss ...

Warm-up closes Ice Palace

SARANAC LAKE — The Ice Palace closed Monday, with hopes of reopening Friday, due to rain, wind and warm temperatures that have made the site unsafe. Down by Pontiac Bay, Ice Palace Worker volunteers have struggled to keep onlookers out of the site, even with caution tape and orange ...

Holmes, Shumway repeat as Fun Run champs

SARANAC LAKE — Eric Holmes and Jessica Shumway repeated as champions Saturday at the annual Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Fun Run. Holmes was the overall winner of the race, completing the 4-mile course in 28 minutes, 11 seconds. He won the race last year in 27:05. Jared Whalen, who ...

Warm-up closes Ice Palace

SARANAC LAKE — The Ice Palace closed Monday, with hopes of reopening Friday, due to rain, wind and warm temperatures that have made the site unsafe. Down by Pontiac Bay, Ice Palace Worker volunteers have struggled to keep onlookers out of the site, even with caution tape and orange ...

White Stag Ski Races

Saranac Lake Ski Club’s White Stag Sunday at Mount Pisgah, Saranac Lake Female 6-7 1st Run 2nd Run Comb. Norfolk, Cecilia 41.89 41.04 1:22.93 Clark, Madelyn 44.97 45.46 1:30.43 Kramer, Lily 47.24 47.22 1:34.46 Gravatt, Sunshine 47.97 47.59 1:35.56 Wilson, ...

Arctic Golf Build-an-Obstacle Contest winners

SARANAC LAKE — The Arctic Golf Build-an-Obstacle Contest was held on Feb. 2 and challenged contestants to build miniature golf obstacles out of snow for the Arctic Golf event held the following day. The three most creative obstacles, out of six in total, were chosen by members of the ...

A prehistoric Carnival weekend

SARANAC LAKE — Beginning with a 4-mile fun run and ending with skating on Lake Colby, Winter Carnival’s first weekend saw crowds turn out from far and wide, packing the village streets between events. Sarah and Mike Lynch, returning to the carnival from Halifax, Massachusetts, saw ...

All hail King Bunk and Queen RoseAnn

SARANAC LAKE — This year’s “Prehistoric Park”-themed Winter Carnival kicked off with the Coronation on Friday night, culminating in the crowning of this year’s king and queen: Phil “Bunk” Griffin and RoseAnn Hickey. The event was hosted as usual by the Women’s Civic ...

Meet the Queen

RoseAnn Hickey was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, grew up in Delaware and moved to Saranac Lake in 1976 to teach at St. Bernard’s School. She has also worked at Petrova Elementary School in Saranac Lake, was the principal of St. Agnes School in Lake Placid and taught for 20 years at ...

Meet the King

Philip “Bunk” Griffin is described as an odd duck, and a unique one. In addition to being a lifelong resident, he is also fourth generation. In the course of his 50-year career as a cook he worked at two classic town dining establishments. While on duty at the Dew Drop Inn he saw ...