Rotary Show will go on, virtually

Members of the Saranac Lake Rotary Club put on a “Ghostbusters”-themed skit at the Winter Carnival Rotary Show in February 2020. (Enterprise photo — Griffin Kelly)

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Rotary Club will hold its annual Rotary Show during Winter Carnival next week, although it will be online. The show will be a retrospective of the past 30 years of Rotary Shows.

The theme is “Celebrating Community,” and it will take place Friday, Feb. 12. There is no cost, and everyone is welcome to attend using a Zoom link at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88374114640. The link can also be found at the Rotary website, saranaclakerotary.org, or the Winter Carnival website at www.saranaclakewintercarnival.com/schedule.

The virtual doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 7 p.m. People who arrive early can visit with Rotary Club members.

The online event will feature some of the best clips from the last 30 years of Rotary Shows, including the Winter Carnival Court, local musicians, the Rotary Dancers and more.

“This year, the Rotary Club has gone deep into the archives for a retrospective that we’re excited to share with you,” said Bill Plumb, the man responsible for the Rotary Dancers. “We think you’ll see some friends and neighbors from over the years, which was a treat for us in planning the show.”

While admission is free, Rotary Club President Franny Preston said she asks attendees to still make a donation, saying it helps the organization continue helping others. Over the past 20 years, Rotary has provided grants to more than 20 organizations to support their responses to community needs. Past recipients include the Saranac Lake Youth Center, Wednesday night Community Suppers, New Visions, Grace Pantry, fire and rescue departments, scholarships and books for kids.

The Rotary Show is an annual community tradition for the village that is held on the second Friday of Winter Carnival week. The show has been produced nearly every year since the Saranac Lake Rotary Club was founded in 1926. In a typical year, the Harrietstown Town Hall sells out. With more than 600 seats, it is filled to capacity as community members and visitors pour in to see the performance.


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