Oh yeah, it’s Carnival Time

And everybody’s having fun

Reggae band the Big Takeover performs at the Harrietstown Town Hall during the 2019 First Night Saranac Lake New Year’s Eve celebration. (Enterprise photo — Griffin Kelly)

SARANAC LAKE – Winter Carnival is here, and that means there is no excuse to sit inside all week.

I know, it’s pretty cold out there, and maybe the sidewalks are a little slippery and Netflix just green lit 100 more shows that will probably get canceled before they even start streaming, but it’s your duty to be a part of this celebration. If the TB patients who started this thing were able to get out of bed, then so can you.

There’s plenty to enjoy — Arctic Golf, biggest icicle contests, skating races, woodsmen exhibitions, curling competitions and fireworks. But that’s all covered in our calendar and a special section this week.

Right now, I want to clue you in on a few of the additional happenings that I’ll certainly be checking out.

Bramble and Squalls will open for Big Boss Sausage at Bitters & Bones during Winter Carnival week. (Photo provided)


Everybody knows the Waterhole. Everybody loves the Waterhole. They consistently feature rockin’, high-energy bands throughout the year, but for Winter Carnival, they have live music every night of the week.

Get ready for nine days of more than 15 musical acts, including but not limited to Waterhole favorites such as reggae skankers the Big Takeover, circus punkers Bella’s Bartok, soul funkers West End Blend and the North Country’s very own jam sensation Lucid.

Doesn’t matter what your schedule is, you should be able to catch at least one of the shows at the Waterhole.

Big Boss Sausage will perform at Bitters & Bones during Winter Carnival week. (Photo provided)

The full schedule can be found on the Waterhole’s website. All-week passes cost $64.

Bitters & Bones

They’re funny, they rock and they’re a Winter Carnival tradition. The legendary Big Boss Sausage will return to Bitters and Bones Friday Feb. 7 at 4 p.m. and Saturday Feb 8 at 7 p.m. Both shows are free.

The comical and eclectic Big Boss Sausage has performed at 65 Broadway for more than two decades. From the Back Door, to Schue’s, to Captain Cook’s and now Bitters & Bones, the band has represented the establishment, regardless of the name or proprietor.

And BBS is known for more than its music when it comes to Carnival. Every year the band builds a float, and it’s often adorned with colorful flags, giant puppets and couches.

Also on Saturday, after BBS performs, stick around for the after party with DJ Funky Cold Medina. A Brooklyn native and a North Country local Alex Medina along with his business the Adirondack Entertainment group has MCed plenty of parties, wedding receptions and celebrations.

He’s the type of DJ that can get any room up and dancing.

On Sunday, Feb. 9, Mike Lashbomb of the jam-rock group Annie in the Water will perform a free acoustic set from 2 to 5 p.m.


Take a trip down music memory lane with “Life, Love & Legends: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Memoir” at Pendragon Theatre.

The musical revue created by local musician Joe Dockery features more than 20 local artists showcasing their talents.

“This show is framed by the timeline of one man’s life, and I am confident most everyone will relate,” Dockery said. “It will undoubtedly echo the soundtrack of many audience members as it links the familiar work of musical legends to the atmosphere and the social and personal influences that helped shape one man. You didn’t have to be born the year I was to relate to the story.”

The show is on Feb. 3,4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. each night. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

Dockery previously produced a similar show, “Saranac Lake Sings the Sixties,” for the 2015 Winter Carnival.

Pendragon will also present “Popcorn Falls,” a fast-paced comedy by James Hindman about a small bankrupt town that has to jump through hoops to obtain a large grant. It stars Bob Andrews and Ryan Hutchins, who play more than 20 different zany and charming townsfolk.

The play runs Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 9 at 2 p.m., and tickets are $20.


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