SARANAC LAKE - The Adirondack Carousel will hold a grand opening from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday at its location in the William Morris Park with free rides all day, sponsored by Stewart's Shops.
As part of the festivities, there will also be children's activities, food and refreshments, and a special drawing at 4 p.m. for four round-trip Cape Air tickets.
Visitors will also be able to ride from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Memorial Day, with free rides for veterans Monday.
(Enterprise photo — Peter Crowley)
Ride tokens cost $2 each with discounted prices of $5 for three tokens and $10 for seven.
The celebration for the Tri-Lakes attraction kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday with a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony. Participating in the dedication will be state U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, Sen. Betty Little, state Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau, a member of the Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce Board, the carousel's recently appointed Executive Director Paula Hameline and 15 children from three nearby elementary schools, selected by their principals for the honor.
The children will also be among the first groups to ride the carousel, along with the carvers and artists who donated all the Adirondack animal figures, rounding boards painted with historical scenes, and medallions featuring Adirondack wildflowers.
"It's been a long time in the making, and we're beyond excited to celebrate the Adirondack Carousel's debut in the Tri-Lakes region," Adirondack Carousel board Chairwoman Marge Glowa said in a prepared statement. "It's truly remarkable what a small group of dedicated volunteers has been able to accomplish for their community."
Riders can choose from 16 moving wildlife figures that include a largemouth bass, bobcat, black fly and loon; the two current "standers" (Paws the bear and Bubbles the great blue heron) and the all-accessible Chris-Craft-style chariot.
The Carousel will be open on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. until late June, when it expands operations for the summer to six days a week (Wednesday through Monday) from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The carousel will be closed on Tuesdays. Fall and winter hours will be announced later this year.
Parking at the carousel site is extremely limited. See the map at right to find out where in the neighborhood you can and cannot park for the opening Saturday.