Winter Carnival

Fireworks soar skyward during Saturday’s lighting of the 2017 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Palace. The carnival royalty can be seen standing in a group next to the palace.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Winter Carnival opens to ‘perfect conditions’

SARANAC LAKE — Comfortable temperatures, fresh snow and big crowds greeted the opening weekend of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. Traffic on River Street moved at a slow crawl most of the day Saturday as throngs of people moved between Riverside Park and the Ice Palace. Many were ...

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival King John Wamsganz and Queen Anita Meserole share a smile on their thrones in front of a large bear cutout at Friday night’s Coronation. Beside them are Saranac Lake High School seniors Joseph Viscardo and Alivia Sapone, the Winter Carnival Court's attendants to the queen and king.
(Enterprise photos — Antonio Olivero)

King John, Queen Anita

SARANAC LAKE — Within the opening minute of hosting the Winter Carnival Coronation, Chamberlain Josh Dann introduced the packed house at the Harrietstown Town Hall to a common fun-loving theme to keep the night light. “I’m sure most of you have heard of ...

Royal choices show value of volunteerism

We are excited to congratulate Anita Meserole and John Wamsganz as queen and king of the 2017 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. Their records of volunteer service work, which you can read elsewhere in today’s paper, are amazing. Since Ms. Meserole moved to this area in the early 1980s, she ...

Brian McDonnell, left, and John Pietras, have built an ice lean-to near the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Palace. 
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

Ice lean-to built next to Palace

SARANAC LAKE — There’s a new lean-to on the shore of Lake Flower, but you better enjoy it now because it’ll be gone by the summer camping season. John Pietras and Brian McDonnell were busy Friday putting the finishing touches on an ice lean-to they built at the Lake Flower boat ...

Saranac Lake High School seniors Hannah LaTour and Jay Chapin walk down the center aisle at the Harrietstown Town Hall as part of the introduction of the 2017 Winter Carnival Court at the annual Women’s Civic Chamber Coronation Friday night.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

Coronation slideshow

More photos are available to see and buy on CU: - Story on Coronation ceremony: - Meet the king: ...

A moose carved in ice stands guard outside the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Palace Friday afternoon.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

Ice Palace slideshow

Ice lean-to built next to Palace:

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival King John Wamsganz is escorted to the stage by Attendant to the King Alivia Sapone of Saranac Lake High School at Friday night’s Coronation.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

Meet the king

SARANAC LAKE — John Wamsganz, who was born and raised in this village, is the 2017 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival king. Wamsganz is a graduate of Saranac Lake Central School and North Country Community College who has volunteered in myriad ways for the greater part of half a ...

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Queen Anita Meserole is escorted to the stage by Attendant to the Queen Joseph Viscardo of Saranac Lake High School at Friday night’s Coronation.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

Meet the queen

SARANAC LAKE — This year’s Winter Carnival queen was born and raised in — where else? — Queens. Anita Meserole moved to Saranac Lake in the early 1980s to be near her children. Her first job here was in the Hotel Saranac Bake Shop, where she worked closely with Paul Smith’s ...

The Winter Carnival Gala Parade is expected to be wilder than ever this year under the theme “Adirondack Wildlife.”
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Carnival takes a walk on the wild side

SARANAC LAKE — Whether you’re into wildlife or the wild life, this year’s edition of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival should deliver plenty of fun. “Adirondack Wildlife” is this year’s theme, which on paper sounds like a more mild-mannered theme than last year’s ...

The best time of year for Saranac Lakers

Tonight begins what is truly the best time of the year for Saranac Lakers. Winter Carnival has long provided a fun break from a long, cabin-fever-inducing winter. Saranac Lake is often the coldest spot in the lower 48 states, and it plays that up in tourism promotion, dubbing itself ...

The king and queen of this year’s Saranac Lake Lake Winter Carnival will be announced tonight at the Coronation ceremony that kicks off the 10-day festival. Many previous members of the royal family attended the Past Royalty Dinner Thursday evening at the Red Fox Restaurant. Seated from left are Thomasina Gallagher (Q 2006), Ed McCarthy (K 1983), Shirley Hosler (Q 1994), Natalie Laduc (Q 1951), Dale McGinnis (Q 1991) and Walter “Bud” Duffy (K 2002). Standing in the middle row from left are Marilyn Bigelow (Q 2007), Linda Jackson (Q 2015), Cherie Racette (Q 2013), Beryl Szwed (Q 2000), Annie Fina (Q 1988), Ruth Sofield (Q 2005), Dorothy Metz (Q 2014), Jessica Deeb (Archbishop 2002), Cherie Fisher (Q 2011), Kathy Ford (Q 2016), Barb Martin (Q 2002), Pat Brown (Q 1999), Donna Dora (Q 2004) and Holly Hahne (Court 1972). Standing in the back from left are Steve Racette (K 2015), Roger Steinbreuck (K 2009), Rip Allen (K 2005), Michael Kilroy (K 1996), Tim Fortune (K 2012), Ron Keough (K 1986), Charlie Martin (K1994), Jim Bishop (K 1993), Kelly Morgan Duprey (Q 2012), Bob Brown (K 1999). Missing from the picture but present at the dinner was Ray Dora (K 2004).
(Photo provided — Mark Kurtz)

Saranac Lake’s royal family

Local resident kings and queens of past Carnivals (1947 to 1952 and 1971 to 2016) --- 1947 Robert Sullivan Jean Keating 1948-49 Ned Pendergast Donalda Maple 1950 Donald Manley Kathleen Oberst 1951 Thomas Fina Natalie Bombard 1952 John Lapan Shirley Homburger 1971 ...

Primate Fiasco is, from left, drummer Will Sigel, accordion player and vocalist Drake Descant, banjo player and vocalist Dave Russo and sousaphone player Kevin LaRose.
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Wild sounds of Winter Carnival

SARANAC LAKE — Primate Fiasco wants to cure Saranac Lake’s cabin fever while also treating their own. Winter Carnival at the Waterhole is an opportune time and place to do it. Dave Russo, banjo player and singer, said the band has been on a break from the road for about a month ...

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Lucid reunites for Winter Carnival show

SARANAC LAKE — Popular North Country jam band Lucid will rise from their slumber to play Saturday night at the Waterhole. Lucid decided to take a hiatus from touring in early 2016, after 13 years on the road. The band’s wrapped up with a sold-out performance in April at the renovated ...

The Blind Owl Band performs at the Waterhole during last year’s Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

LIVE MUSIC SCHEDULE: Saranac Lake Winter Carnival

Thursday, Feb. 2 - Winter Carnival Open Mic, hosted by Crowfeather 7:30 p.m., BluSeed Studios, 24 Cedar St., $3 --- Friday, Feb. 3 Primate Fiasco and Annie in the Water 9 p.m., Waterhole, 48 Main St., $10 --- Saturday, Feb. 4 Lucid and ...


Gala Parade, Coronation will be live-streamed online

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Gala Parade and the royalty’s Coronation will be streamed online this year. Starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, the parade will follow Broadway and Main Street from Ampersand Avenue to LaPan Highway, and the public is invited to assemble ...

Sam Churco, right, and Dan Trim guide an ice block into place Friday on one of the corners of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Palace, which will have a log-cabin-style look this year to go with the Carnival’s “Adirondack Wildlife” theme. 
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

Ice Palace construction in full swing

SARANAC LAKE — The first blocks of ice were cut from Pontiac Bay around 9 a.m. Friday. Seven hours later, more than 630 blocks had been cut, and the walls of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Palace were already four to five blocks high. With only a week to build before the start ...


Barbara Rice named grand marshal of 2017 Gala Parade

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee has picked Barbara Rice as the grand marshal for this year’s Gala Parade. Rice is a native of the Adirondacks and a partner in Rice Furniture, a third-generation local business. She graduated from Saranac Lake High School and ...