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Winter Carnival

Bigfoot sighting in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — Every year the Chicago Tribune publishes “A globetrotter’s guide to the world’s big events.” This year’s calendar, which was published Dec. 17, 2019, highlights events in 2020 such as the Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest in Key West, Florida, the Keukenhof ...

Mark Kurtz will shoot his last Winter Carnival

SARANAC LAKE — Back in 2011, this village’s annual Winter Carnival kicked off with the regular fireworks show over the Ice Palace, but there was also heavy snowfall that night. Photographer Mark Kurtz set up his camera directly across the street from the palace. “It’s dramatic,” he ...

Ice Palace is underway

SARANAC LAKE — A bright sun hung over Pontiac Bay Monday morning as more than 20 volunteers got to work building this year’s Winter Carnival Ice Palace. Bill Madden plunged a giant saw into Lake Flower’s frozen surface while Steve Racatte used a pike to break off chunks of ice for ...

Ice sculptor has big plans for ‘Myths and Legends’ palace

SARANAC LAKE — John “Doc” Ward worked as an art teacher in the Saranac Lake Central School District for 30 years. He retired about five years ago, and since then, he’s worked as an ice sculptor with the Winter Carnival each year. This year’s Winter Carnival theme is “Myths and ...

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival buttons on sale now

SARANAC LAKE — Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau has released his button design for the 2020 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. Using this year’s Carnival theme, “Myths and Legends,” Trudeau’s illustration shows Doonesbury character Zonker as a knight riding a winged unicorn and ...

Catillaz will be grand marshal of Carnival parade

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee chose Tom Catillaz as its grand marshal for the Gala Parade on Feb. 8. He was born in December 1954, the third child of Bunnie and Joe Catillaz. He attended St. Bernard’s School, St. Pius X High School, North Country Community ...

Ice Palace building begins

SARANAC LAKE — A bright sun hung over Pontiac Bay Monday morning as more than 20 volunteers got to work building this year’s Winter Carnival Ice Palace. Bill Madden plunged a giant saw into Lake Flower’s frozen surface while Steve Racatte used a pike to break off chunks of ice for ...

Ice Palace shoveling begins

SARANAC LAKE — As volunteers in the Ice Palace Workers 101 shoveled snow off a frozen Pontiac Bay Friday afternoon, director Dean Baker drove a four-wheeler plow in circles. Every circle got smaller with each loop. Some of the ice was still slushy, and Lake Flower water leaked through. ...

Ice Palace documentary has three screenings before Winter Carnival

SARANAC LAKE — “Ice Palace, A Love Letter” will have three screenings the week before the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival starts. The first will be held at Hex and Hop Brewing on state Route 3 in Bloomingdale Friday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. The other two will be held at the Downhill Grill ...

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival brings back contest for biggest icicle

SARANAC LAKE — After a recent warm spell, temperatures are set to decrease, and icicles are likely to increase — especially on houses with insufficient insulation. This doesn’t have to be all bad, though. A particularly big icicle on your eave could win you a prize. A new sponsor ...

A day in the life of Ice Palace workers

Are you considering becoming a new volunteer at the Ice Palace but wonder what it entails? Here is a snapshot of a “typical” day. Lots of factors can affect this, as the job flow is fluid given the number of volunteers, seasoned workers, weather and equipment failure, to name a few. ...

Carnival seeks Arctic Golf Build-an-Obstacle contestants

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee is seeking contestants for the Arctic Golf Build-an-Obstacle Contest. Building will be done Saturday, Feb. 1 between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Prescott Park, next to the Lake Flower state boat launch on River Street. The contest is ...

Grand marshal reception and royalty dinner Feb. 4

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee invites the public to the Grand Marshal Reception and Royalty Dinner on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at the Hotel Saranac, 100 Main St. The Grand Marshal Reception will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. and is a free event to welcome the 2020 Winter ...

Winter Carnival Committee is accepting parade applications

SARANAC LAKE — Applications for parade performers participating during the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival are now available online at www.saranaclakewintercarnival.com. Applications can also be picked up at the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at 39 Main St. The Saranac Lake Winter ...

Excalibur, flying unicorn grace 2020 Winter Carnival poster

SARANAC LAKE — Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau has released his poster design for the 2020 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, using the Winter Carnival’s designated theme, “Myths and Legends.” Trudeau’s illustration shows “Doonesbury” character Zonker as a knight riding a ...

Winter Carnival committee accepting nominations for king and queen

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee is currently seeking nominations from the public for the 2020 Winter Carnival king and queen. The king and queen selection is based upon volunteerism within the community. Candidates should demonstrate a long-term and broad-based ...

Note to vendors: 2020 Winter Carnival is just around the corner

SARANAC LAKE — Applications for vendors participating during the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival are now available online at www.saranaclakewintercarnival.com. Applications can also be picked up at the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at 39 Main St. The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival will ...

Raucous crowd cheers Ice Palace movie

LAKE PLACID — Hundreds of happy Saranac Lakers packed the Palace Theatre’s big room Sunday night for the world premiere of “Ice Palace: a Love Letter,” a documentary made during the 2016 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. They applauded thunderously, hooted and hollered and gave ...