SARANAC LAKE - The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee has chosen Ursula Trudeau as its grand marshal for the Gala Parade on Feb. 8.
Montreal born and educated, Ursula Wyatt Trudeau studied art at the Montreal Ecole des Beaux Arts and by painting with the late Hans Hoffman, Stanley Cosgrove and Alfred Pellan. She resides and paints in the Adirondacks and the Caribbean.
Trudeau has done a wide variety of freelance commercial art work including visualization, fashion illustration, hand-painted billboards, costume and set designing for theater and television, window displays, child portraiture, teaching children's art classes and textile designing. She is a member of the Adirondack Artists' Guild and on the board of the Trudeau Institute. Ursula was a recruitment officer for the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid and has attended the Olympics in Montreal, Sarajevo and Lillehammer. Ursula enjoys travel and has been to Asia, North Africa and throughout Europe.
She has a deep admiration for the efforts of the Ice Palace Workers 101 and their "can do" attitude. Her favorite Winter Carnival memory is being a member of the Saranac Lake Clown Band in the parade with Natalie Leduc and others. She said she is honored to be a part of this year's Winter Carnival.
The public is invited to meet Ursula Trudeau at the Grand Marshal Reception at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Red Fox Restaurant at 5034 Route 3 in Saranac Lake. This is a free event with snacks and a cash bar. The reception is followed by the Winter Carnival Royalty Dinner at 6:30 p.m., which is by reservation only and requires a meal choice; the cost is $30. Contact Milt Adams at 518-891-4367 for more information.
The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee, formally known as the Society for Promotion of Winter Carnival, Saranac Lake, Inc., is a group of volunteers dedicated to organizing an annual mid-winter festival. This 10-day, communitywide event traces its roots to a one-day Winter Carnival held in 1897 by the Pontiac Club. For more information, visit www.saranaclakewintercarnival.com. The 2014 Winter Carnival will take place Jan. 31 to Feb. 9.