SARANAC LAKE - The Saranac Lake Rotary Club will present its annual Winter Carnival Rotary Variety Show at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 at the Harrietstown Town Hall, celebrating this year's theme of "Celtic Carnival."
"We are very excited about this year's show as it not only features our famous Rotary Dancers, but joining them on the roster are three international acts," said Rotary Variety Show Chairperson Joseph Dockery.
Frank Pastizzo, a comedian and accomplished piano player from Saranac Lake, travels the world presenting his corporate Warm Up The Workplace presentation, engaging company employees in cooperative and often-times hilarious training exercises.
Rotary Dancers perform during the 2013 Winter Carnival.
(Photo — Andy Flynn, Saranac Lake Winter Carnival)
Michael "Piper" Cooney, from Ireland and Lake Placid, is a world-class uilleann pipes player and will be joined by Curt Stager and Kary Johnson for the Celtic Medley performance.
"And finally we have Rushad Eggleston, who I convinced to stay overnight following his Thursday Pendragon Theatre gig to do a few cello numbers at the Rotary Show," Dockery said.
Pre-show entertainment will be provided by the Barn Cats: Addison Bickford on fiddle, Brady Callan on guitar and Russ Mulvey on bass. The Saranac Lake High School Vocal Ensembles will perform under the direction of Drew Benware and will be accompanied on the piano by Tom Delahant. Steve Borst will perform "Village by the River," his anthem for Saranac Lake. And finally the Rotary Show Dancers, celebrating the 85th anniversary of dancing for Saranac Lake, will be arriving with a surprise performance.
The Winter Carnival royal party will also participate in the festivities. They are the king and queen (to be announced this Friday at the Coronation Ceremony), grand marshal (Ursula Trudeau), archbishop (Jennifer Moore), chamberlain (Kathy Latour), princess (Briana Munoz of North Country Community College), prince (Jacob Pearson of Paul Smith's College), elementary school pages (Annalisse Dramm, Cole Dawson, Maria Castro, Ben Laba, Averi Woodruff and Morgan Martin), attendants to the king and queen (David Cluckey and Maggie Darrah), and the other high school court couples: Margaret Augustine and Kevin Duguay; Kennedy Snyder and Jacob Heverly; Jillian Martin and Dustin Fischer; Kelsie Glinski and Lance Ackerson; Kiely Branch and C.J. Williams; and Nerma Cecunjanin and Will Lanthier.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. They may be purchased at the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Ampersound, Blue Line Sports, Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Coakley Ace Hardware, Community Bank, Saranac Lake Community Store, Maurice's Salon, NBT Bank and Post Office Pharmacy.
The Winter Carnival Rotary Show is a major fundraiser for the Saranac Lake Rotary Club and raised more than $6,000 last year, which went toward the $10,000 that Rotary gave out to the community last year in grants, including North Country Life Flight, college scholarships, High Peaks Hospice, the Saranac Lake Adult Center, the Saranac Lake Free Library, the Saranac Lake Youth Center, Dewey Mountain Recreation Center, the Community Lunchbox and others. Rotary grant applications are due by April 1 this year, and applications can be found online at www.saranaclakerotary.org.