SARANAC?LAKE?- The Adirondack Lawn Chair Ladies was started in 1996 by Sue Patterson. Originally 12 in number, the group danced in unison, changing moves when their leader, Karen Smith, blew a whistle. Popularity of the LCLs grows with each passing year. The size of the group currently ranges between 30-36 ladies. Each year, the group gathers to choose new music, prepare new routines, and develop new costume and chair covers, all based on the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival theme.
In addition to their Winter Carnival performance, for which they have won multiple trophies, the LCLs appear in a St. Patrick's Day parade in Camden. They also perform at the Battle of Plattsburgh parade and have traveled as far away as Troy to participate in the Flag Day parade. They have also performed in Lake Placid, Tupper Lake and other small towns across the Adirondacks.
The LCLs come from varied professional backgrounds including teachers, nurses, business managers, stay-at-home moms and retirees. They range in age from mid-thirties to mid-sixties. They are mothers and grandmothers and ladies who have chosen not to have children. They are energetic, enthusiastic, dedicated, personable, engaging, funny and have formed lasting friendships with the sisterhood of LCL.
Lawn Chair Ladies pictured (in no specific order)?are: Phyllis Drury, Maureen Weigold, Doe Smalley, Nancy LaBombard, Heather Tuttle, Cheri Fisher, Cheryl Maid, Sharon Seymour, Karen Boldis, Mary McLean, Carol Lamb, Cheryl Culotta, Jan Fitzgerald, Beatrice Beguin, Diane Lagree, Kathy Scott, Sheila Anthony, Suzanne Snizek, Sue Patterson II, Sue Patterson, Patti McGrath, Tracy Santagate, Gretchen Reid, Krista Weakley, Diane Furtaw, Sharon Elrod, Linda Grant, Deb Neill, Deb Harrison and Connie Landon.
(Photo courtesy of Mark Kurtz Photography)
Members of the group recently recorded the history of the LCL dating back to 1996 and have identified women who have been in the group at one time or another. There have been 70-plus ladies who have participated in the group since the beginning. They recently celebrated their 15 year anniversary at the Moose Lodge in Saranac Lake. They enjoyed a potluck dinner, anniversary cake, issued certificates of achievement and shared many stories of their LCL experiences. They showed a slide show representing the evolution of the group starting in 1996 through the 2010 winter carnival parade in Saranac Lake and St Patrick's Day parade in Camden. The slide show was set to the music that they've danced to over the years.