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Winter Carnival Headquarters to open Feb. 1

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Headquarters opens for the season on Feb. 1 at the ROOST office at 193 River St.

The headquarters offers a gift shop, maps and information about the various events of the 10-day festival, and serves as a central planning resource for visitors and residents.

The headquarters will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 1-3 and Feb. 8-10, and open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 4-7.

Headquarters will offer a variety of logo items for sale including shirts, hats, balsam pillows, magnets, beverage glasses and more. Videos will be featured on screen for people to learn about carnival and local lore. Winter Carnival buttons and posters designed by famous “Doonesbury” cartoonist, Garry Trudeau, from this year and previous years will be available as well. For those who enjoy carnival history, there will be a display of the complete button collection including pre-Trudeau buttons. All proceeds from sales benefit the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.

“We’re grateful to ROOST for letting the Winter Carnival Committee use their building for our Headquarters. It’s in a great location nearby the Ice Palace,” said Headquarters Manager Jan Hesbon, who assists visitors in planning their Winter Carnival itinerary.

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