Lake Placid Institute celebrates 25th anniversary

Announces schedule of summer events

LAKE PLACID – The Lake Placid Institute for the Arts & Humanities is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and has announced its lineup of events and programs for the summer season.

The 24 Hours Photography Contest exhibition is on display at the Lake Placid Public Library throughout the month of June, and can be seen at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake from July through September.

The contest is open to all high school students living or studying in the Adirondack region. This year’s contest was judged by Ian Berry, Dayton Director of the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum & Art Gallery and Professor of Liberal Arts at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs.

“It’s Summer: The 25th Anniversary Party!” will take place on Monday, July 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the home of Cathy and Scott McGraw, 43 Camp Way, Lake Placid.

This annual fundraiser includes an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, music, and a fabulous silent auction. Admission is $100 per person.

The John C. Bogle Adirondack Roundtable of the Lake Placid Institute will be held in July at the Lake Placid Conference & Visitors Center on Main Street in Lake Placid. The programs begin at 8:30 a.m. with a breakfast buffet, followed by a 40-minute presentation and question-and-answer session.

-On Saturday, July 6, William L. Owens will present “The Importance of Canada to the United States.” Former U.S. Representative to Congress for the 21st District, Owens represented constituents on issues directly impacting the North Country, including healthcare, agriculture, and US-Canada trade.

-On Saturday, July 13, Curt Stager will present “Still Waters: A Deep Dive into the Story of Walden Pond.” Stager is a Professor of Natural Sciences at Paul Smith’s College, where he holds the Draper-Lussi Endowed Chair in Lake ecology and paleontology. He is the author of “Still Waters: The Secret World of Lakes.”

-On Saturday, July 20, Kathleen Colson will present “Disrupting the Status Quo of Humanitarian Aid in Africa: A Blueprint for Lasting Change.” Colson is a social entrepreneur, refugee worker, and safari guide. She is the founder of the BOMA Project in East Africa, an award-winning organization that has developed an innovative approach to extreme poverty in the dry lands of Africa.

Reservations for the Roundtable programs are encouraged. Admission is $30 with a reservation or $35 at the door.

From Aug. 12-16, the Institute will hold its annual Chamber Music Seminar, in which adult avocational musicians study and play with a world-class faculty. Under the artistic direction of violinist Linda Rosenthal, the faculty will give two public concerts: Wednesday, Aug. 14 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Hotel North Woods Cabin Grill; and Saturday, Aug. 17 from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Keene Valley Congregational Church in Keene Valley.

Admission to the Keene Valley performance is $10 per person. This event is co-sponsored by the East Branch Council for the Arts and includes a wine reception after the concert. Voluntary contributions to benefit the Lake Placid Institute are accepted at the Lake Placid concert.

All events are open to the public. Tickets can be purchased online at lakeplacidinstitute.org.

Requests for reservations or additional information can also be directed to Ashleah Mayberry, executive director, at 518-523-1312 or info@lakeplacidinstitute.org.

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