Last weekend was a surprisingly (some would say mercifully) quiet respite in a busy Adirondack summer. With few events on the local calendar, it was a chance to do whatever, or nothing whatsoever, as we pleased. It was unusual - pleasantly so - to have a small-town church's centennial picnic as the centerpiece photo of Monday's paper.
This weekend it all ramps up again, but now that we've had our rest, we're ready to tear into what's left of summer before school begins in - brace yourself - two-and-a-half weeks.
Live it up. This last hunk of summer may pass quickly, and you may need a hunk of it to savor in your memory all winter long.
In your recreational pursuits, consider one of the local events: ranging from footraces to food festivals, concerts to flea markets, a mountain men gathering in Blue Mountain Lake to a party in Don and Yvonne Busch's fanciful gardens in Rainbow Lake. They're all in our calendar, but here's an added plug for a couple of them.
Saranac Lake has the most stuff going on this weekend. Thursday began the four-day, third annual Plein Air Festival, in which artists, both visiting and local, set up their easels and paint Adirondack scenes "in plein air," meaning outdoors. There will be a show and sale of the weekend's fresh art Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. in the Harrietstown Town Hall. For more information, check out our calendar, stop by the event headquarters at Borealis Color (52-B Main St.), or log onto www.saranaclakeartworks.com/pleinair.htm.
For more art, we recommend you check out shows at some of the local galleries: for example, Tim Fortune's extraordinary watercolors at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (17 Algonquin Drive, Lake Placid), great camp photography at 7444 Gallery (28 Depot St., Saranac Lake), "Parallels and Tangents" modern art at BluSeed Studios (24 Cedar St., Saranac Lake) and Susan Camp's fascinating jewelry at the Adirondack Artists' Guild (52 Main St., Saranac Lake).
There is also the second annual Mayor's Cup, which takes place Saturday. Like last year, there will be boat races on Lake Flower and the Saranac River, but this year the event has added a tasty touch - the Downtown Chow Down, in which restaurants and caterers serve samples of their fare on the street in $1, $2 and $3 increments from noon to 6 p.m. This is a fantastic way to integrate business with pleasure, a win-win situation for food lovers and sellers. We look forward to to it hungrily.
The Mayor's Cup is also now a full-day affair, closing with a dance party at the Town Hall with Double Axel, a favorite local rock band since the 1970s. Details of this and more are on the Enterprise calendar page.
So far, hints of fall's imminent arrival are few and far between, but it's coming. That's a wonderful thing, but if you're anything like us, you want a little more time to hang out in shorts before we start wearing jackets and asking kids what they learned in school today.