Rotary Club show is full of surprises
SARANAC LAKE — The annual Winter Carnival has lots of traditions — the Ice Palace, the Gala Parade, a week’s worth of music at the Waterhole, and the Rotary Club Show.
“It’s an evening of good family fun,” said local Rotary Club President Hannah Hanford. “It’s part of the Winter Carnival tradition.”
The Rotary Club’s variety show at the Harrietstown Town Hall is often one of the more popular events throughout the week. In a phone interview Monday, Hanford said she always recommends getting tickets as early as possible.
“We generally sell out on tickets. It’s like going, going gone,” she said. “I always feel badly when someone comes to the door and it’s sold out.”
Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 at the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Ampersound, the Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce, Coakley’s Home and Hardware and NBT Bank, or online at eventbrite.com for $20.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7.
This year’s show features the Joe Dockery Trio, the Saranac Lake High School vocal ensembles, performances from young and older members of the Dance Sanctuary, a short production from Pendragon Theatre, singer Tally Duell and her guitar player and grandfather Fred Thwaits and folk group the Dust Bunnies.
“The culmination is the legendary Rotary dancers,” Hanford said.
The dancers tend to play it close to the chest, Hanford said. The performance usually involves some sort of drag element and a bunch of goofy costumes and makeup. We’ve seen them as cave people. We’ve seen them in patriotic red, white and blue outfits. What will we see this year?
“It’s a surprise, and I’m not at liberty discuss the performance,” she said. “They had a closed rehearsal the other day, and I wasn’t even allowed to go. They keep it top secret, and have been practicing since before Columbus Day.”
With only 35 members in the Rotary Club, Hanford called the variety show an “all hands on deck” event.
“We work hard to make it fresh every year,” she said. “We have the classic acts but also some new and different ones.”
Hanford said a sold-out show normally brings in between $7,500 and $8,500, and all the money goes back into the Saranac Lake community.
“Our club has made a priority for programs that benefit youth and food insecurity,” she said.
The money goes to programs such as the Saranac Lake Central School District Backpack Program, Community Lunch Box, Grace Food Pantry, Samaritan House, the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department and services that provide books to children.
What: Rotary Club variety show
Where: Harrietstown Town Hall, 39 Main St., Saranac Lake
When: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7
How much: Tickets are $15 at the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, NBT Bank, Ampersound, the Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce and Coakley’s Home and Hardware, and $20 at eventbrite.com