Winter Carnival

Annual building of the Ice Palace

The weather cooperated, the ice froze and many hands came together to build Saranac Lake’s famous Ice Palace in the week before Winter Carnival. Dean Baker, who’s in charge of the project, said there are between 100 and 110 steady volunteers who help build the palace. Two crews from ...

Meet the king

Clyde Baker was born in Saranac Lake and is a fourth-generation Saranac Laker. He and his wife of 26 years, Sue, have one son, Sam. He is the co-owner of a downtown business, Rice Furniture. Baker went to St. Bernard’s School and graduated from Saranac Lake High School, after which he ...

Meet the queen

Nancy LaBombard was born in Niagara Falls, the first child in her family, but raised in the North Country. She and her husband Richard have two children, Sarah and Michael. LaBombard attended Beekmantown Central School and graduated in 1975. Her first visit to Saranac Lake was as a high ...

Ladies dancing and lords a-leaping

SARANAC LAKE — For the 14 high school seniors who comprise the Winter Carnival Court, carnival began four months ago. First, they were voted into the court by their classmates at the high school: seven guys and seven girls to represent Saranac Lake youth during the festivities. Next, ...

Cupids hope to break Guinness record during Carnival

SARANAC LAKE — The world’s largest gathering of people dressed as Cupid may take place on the final Saturday of Winter Carnival. Guinness Book of World Records personnel will be on hand to verify the fact, if indeed Saranac Lake beats the world record. It may depend on you. How many ...

Winter Carnival Headquarters at ROOST office

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Headquarters opens for the season on Feb. 2 at the ROOST office at 193 River St. The headquarters offers a gift shop, maps and information about the various events of the 10-day festival, and serves as a central planning resource for ...

Pendragon announces Patrons’ Pick, summer season

SARANAC LAKE — “The Love List,” a comedy by Norm Foster, is the winner of Pendragon Theatre’s Patrons’ Pick and will be the theatre’s opening show of the 2018 summer season this coming June. Last November, the theatre presented two evenings of scene readings from plays and ...

Ice Palace building to begin today

SARANAC LAKE — Construction of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Palace is scheduled to begin today. Construction involves harvesting ice from Lake Flower, transporting it to the shore and assembling it according to a blueprint. The building will likely continue until the start of the ...

Builders hope for colder weather to begin building Ice Palace

SARANAC LAKE — Temperatures in the mid 30s over the weekend didn’t please everyone, as those with an eye to ice-making for the annual Ice Palace were hoping for chill. Dean Baker, who has been involved in the palace construction for 36 years, said on Friday he was hoping to cut ice ...

As weather warms, palace builders keep an eye on ice

SARANAC LAKE — Temperatures in the mid 30s over the weekend didn’t please everyone, as those with an eye to ice-making for the annual Ice Palace were hoping for chill. Dean Baker, who has been involved in the palace construction for 36 years, said on Friday he was hoping to cut ice ...

Bevilacqua family named Winter Carnival Grand Marshal

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee chose the Bevilacqua Family as its 2018 Grand Marshal for the Gala Parade on Feb. 10. The Bevilacquas have been an active part of the community for many generations. The Bevilacquas have made Saranac Lake their home since Carl ...

Winter Carnival poster features snowshoes, Ice Palace

SARANAC LAKE — Snowshoes and the Ice Palace — those are two things revealed on the poster for this year’s Saranac Lake Winter Carnival that were not on the cropped button image released Monday. Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau, who grew up in Saranac Lake and is the great-grandson ...

Winter Carnival Grand Marshal Reception and Royalty Dinner

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee invites the public to the Grand Marshal Reception and Royalty Dinner on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at the Hotel Saranac, 100 Main St. The Grand Marshal Reception will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. and is a free event to welcome the 2018 Winter ...

Winter Carnival poster reveals snowshoes, Ice Palace

SARANAC LAKE — Snowshoes and the Ice Palace — those are two things revealed on the poster for this year’s Saranac Lake Winter Carnival that were not on the cropped button image released Monday. Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau, who grew up in Saranac Lake and is the great-grandson ...

2018 ‘Adirondack Festival’ Winter Carnival button unveiled

SARANAC LAKE — “Doonesbury” cartoonist Garry Trudeau has released his button design for the 2018 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. Using the Winter Carnival’s designated theme “Adirondack Festival,” Trudeau’s illustration shows “Doonesbury” character Zonker hiking with a ...

“Adirondack Festival” Winter Carnival button unveiled

SARANAC LAKE — “Doonesbury” cartoonist Garry Trudeau has released his button design for the 2018 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. Using the Winter Carnival's designated theme “Adirondack Festival,” Trudeau's illustration shows “Doonesbury” character Zonker hiking with a backpack ...