Summer in full swing
Things to do in Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, Keene
LAKE PLACID — Summer is in full swing in New York’s Olympic village, and this community is ready to entertain residents and visitors for the Fourth of July weekend … and all summer long.
¯ The municipal beach on Mirror Lake in Lake Placid is now open from 9:45 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. daily.
¯ High Peaks Cyclery held its first mini-triathlon of the season on Monday, June 27. These races will be held at the Mirror Lake boat launch area Monday evenings (5:30 p.m. registration, 6:30 p.m. race start) until Aug. 15; however, July 4 will have a special morning mini-triathlon (7:30 a.m. registration, 8:30 a.m. race start). Races feature a 400-yard swim, 12-mile bike and 3-mile run.
¯ The History Museum at the train station, operated by the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society, unveiled a new exhibit on the Northville-Placid Trail’s centennial on Thursday, June 23. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday until Oct. 9.
¯ The Songs at Mirror Lake Music Series began the season on Tuesday, June 28 with Americana Night. Concerts are held at 7 p.m. every Tuesday through Aug. 9 at Mid’s Park on Main Street. They are free and open to the public.
¯ The Lake Placid Horse Show began on Tuesday, June 28 and runs through Sunday, July 3 at the North Elba Show Grounds on state Route 73. It will be followed by the I Love New York Horse Show from July 5 to 10.
¯ The state Olympic Regional Development Authority will host a Star-Spangled Ski Jumping event Saturday, July 2 at the Olympic Jumping Complex. Activities include a DJ and family-friendly activities from noon to 3 p.m.; a ski jumping competition on the HS 100-meter hill from 1 to 2 p.m.; and athlete training on the HS 20-meter, HS 100-meter and HS-128 meter hills from 2 to 3 p.m. The entry fee is $20 for adults and teens 13 and older, $15 for juniors ages 7 to 12 and seniors 65 and older, and free for children ages 6 and under. The entry fee includes access to the Skyride Experience. Visitors can also experience the Sky Flyer for an additional fee.
¯ The Lake Placid Sinfonietta will begin its season at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 6 at Mid’s Park with a free concert. The Wednesday Park Series runs through Aug. 10. The orchestra will begin its Symphony Series at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 10 at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts; that series runs through Aug. 14.
¯ Other local attractions include the state Olympic Regional Development Authority venues (Olympic Center, Olympic Jumping Complex, Whiteface Mountain Ski Center, Whiteface Mountain Veterans’ Memorial Highway in Wilmington and Olympic Sports Complex at Mount Van Hoevenberg), Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Ausable Chasm, and High Falls Gorge and Santa’s Workshop in Wilmington.
¯ Lake Placid’s Fourth of July parade will begin at 5 p.m. at the post office and run up Main Street to Saranac Avenue. From 4 to 5 p.m., there will be pre-parade entertainment at Mid’s Park with free American flags. Central Garage is again sponsoring the children’s bicycle entry. All kids who want to be in the parade are encouraged to decorate their bicycles, tricycles, wagons, etc. and take part. Central Garage will give each kid a prize.
¯ The Fourth of July evening ends with the 34th annual Set the Night to Music fireworks display over Mirror Lake, starting at 9:30 p.m. Tune into the local radio stations to hear the music while the fireworks go off: Lake FM, 100.7-FM and 102.1-FM; and Adirondack 105, 95.3-FM and 105.5-FM. Or listen live online at www.lakefmradio.com.
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¯ Saranac Lake’s Fourth of July Kiddie Parade starts at 10 a.m. on the Fourth of July at St. Bernard’s School. Line-up is at 9:45 a.m. behind St. Bernard’s School. The parade will travel from Church Street to Main Street and end at Riverside Park. This year’s dress-up theme is red, white and blue, and people are encouraged to decorate their bike, trike, wagon or stroller for the parade. No registration is required, and the parade will be held rain or shine. Face painting and last-minute decorating will start at 9 a.m. behind St. Bernard’s School. At Riverside Park, all children 3 and under will receive goody bags and SnoCones from the Rotary Club of Saranac Lake. For more information about the kiddie parade, contact Marty Lawthers at 518-524-6213.
¯ Saranac Lake’s Fourth of July fireworks display will be launched at the Lake Flower Boat Launch at 9 p.m. July 4.
¯ The Willard Hanmer Guideboat and Canoe Race in Saranac Lake returns on Sunday, July 3. People with guideboats, canoes, kayaks and SUPs are welcome to join. Registration at Riverside Park, 8 to 10 a.m. Races begin at 10:30 a.m. Festivities and picnic with local food and drink begin at 1 p.m. People can sign up to be a part of this historic race at saranaclake.com. For more information, contact Kathy at 505-235-1268.
¯ The Pisgah Pedal Fest returns for its second year on Saturday, July 9. The free mountain bike festival, held at Mount Pisgah, includes guided bike tours in the morning, the Cure race, skills stations, a kids’ biking scavenger hunt, prizes, games, face painting and more. All ages and mountain bike abilities are welcome. Register at www.bikeadirondacks.com/events/pisgah-pedalfest.
¯ Historic walking tours of White Pine Camp, the historic Adirondack Great Camp that was the 1926 Calvin Coolidge Summer White House, returned this summer. Walking tours are at 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays through Sept. 28. Tours start at the White Pine Camp gate at the end of White Pine Road in Paul Smiths. Tickets are $12 per adult and $6 for children under 12, and only cash is accepted. Reservations aren’t required, and tours aren’t weather-dependent. For more information, visit whitepinecamp.com or call 518-327-3030.
¯ Music on the Green, a Wednesday night music series at Berkeley Green, returns July 6. The free concerts run every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m.
¯ Tupper Lake will hold a Fourth of July celebration, starting with live music by Night School at the Sunset Stage at 4:30 p.m. Spring Street is expected to perform from 7 to 9 p.m., and the Riverpigs will face off against the Plattsburgh Thunderbirds at 7 p.m. at Tupper Lake Municipal Park. Fireworks will begin at dark at Tupper Lake Municipal Park and can also be viewed from Flanders Park.
¯ The Tupper Lake Summer Sunset concert series begins with a performance from Night School at the Sunset Stage at 4:30 p.m. on July 4. The series continues every Monday and Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Flanders Park on the Sunset Stage.
¯ P-2s Irish Pub is hosting an event to celebrate 55 years of being in business at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 2. There will be food and drink specials, live music from the Brock Gonyea Band and a “trinity drawing,” with proceeds split between the winner of the drawing, the live music series and the Diabetes Association.
¯ Keene is hosting its weekly Music from the Back Porch music series every Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. beginning July 6, with concerts scheduled through at least Aug. 3. The concerts are held at the Holt House on Marcy Field. The rain venue is the town of Keene pavilion, and any schedule changes are expected to be announced on NextDoor Keene.
— Staff Writer Lauren Yates contibuted reporting.