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Winter Carnival

Carnival gets gift for Mobile Museum

SARANAC LAKE — A former Wall Street executive and his wife have donated $20,000 to the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee to launch what the committee is calling a Mobile Museum. “The museum will feature exhibits, artifacts and mementos regaling gala parades, elaborate floats, ...

Winter Carnival Shoe Box Floats judged

SARANAC LAKE — Two members of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee spent some time at the Village Mercantile Friday to judge the Shoe Box Floats submitted by people of all ages throughout the week. After careful scrutiny and scoring, Beryl Szwed and Martha Watts chose the ...

Scholarship club names Heartfelt Hunt winners

SARANAC LAKE — The Women’s College Scholarship Club of Saranac Lake recently announced the winners of the Heartfelt Hunt. These five area residents were drawn from 20 entries. Each won a $50 gift certificate to a local business. ¯ Liz DeFonce, Belvedere Restaurant ¯ Joy Cranker, ...

Lake George Winterfest ‘better than expected’

LAKE GEORGE — Cold weather, fresh snow and hundreds of people looking to get out of their house after months of isolation has made the Lake George Area Winterfest a hit, one of the event’s organizers said Friday. Gina Mintzer, executive director of the Lake George Regional Chamber of ...

Hugging ice

This month, one block at a time, an ice palace emerged again on the shore of Lake Flower. If you had the chance to stop by, you may have felt its warm embrace. The massive ice blocks of the palace remind me of the stone walls of Machu Picchu. Relying on a system of communal labor ...

Looking back on an odd Carnival

SARANAC LAKE — The strange 2021 Winter Carnival is over now, and Saranac Lake village workers demolished the Ice Palace on Tuesday. Though the COVID-19 pandemic hampered many Carnival traditions and events this year, Saranac Lakers found a way to celebrate virtually, in real life and in ...

Ice Palace demolished after unusual Winter Carnival

SARANAC LAKE — The strange 2021 Winter Carnival is over now, and Saranac Lake village workers demolished the Ice Palace on Tuesday. Though the COVID-19 pandemic hampered many Carnival traditions and events this year, Saranac Lakers found a way to celebrate virtually, in real life and in ...

Lake George will try brief fireworks in light of Saranac Lake cancellation

LAKE GEORGE — Days after a fireworks display in Saranac Lake was canceled over COVID-related safety concerns, organizers of the Lake George Area Winterfest on Thursday announced a weekly display of their own. Over the next three Saturdays, the monthlong event — which aims to attract ...

‘Best of’ Rotary Show is Friday

SARANAC LAKE — This year, the Rotary Show will be many shows in one. The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival tradition moved online this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and local Rotary Club President Franny Preston said members wanted to share the best moments from past shows at ...

‘We gave it a shot’

SARANAC LAKE — Public health and police officials in this village agree with Monday’s decision by the Winter Carnival Committee and village manager to cancel the closing fireworks show, scheduled for next Saturday. They said the rules of their plan at the first show last Saturday were not ...

Winter Carnival closing fireworks canceled

SARANAC LAKE — The Winter Carnival fireworks show scheduled for Saturday has been canceled by the village and the Winter Carnival Committee because too many attendees at last Saturday’s event did not follow social distancing mandates and rules to stay in their cars, village Manager John ...

Carnival by car

SARANAC LAKE — Hundreds of cars parked bumper-to bumper along River Street and across Lake Flower on Kiwassa Road honked their horns Saturday night, summoning the start of the 2021 Winter Carnival opening fireworks show and lighting of the Ice Palace. Though the state has a 50-person ...

Fireworks, float tonight will test people’s COVID conduct

SARANAC LAKE — The Winter Carnival opening fireworks show is at 7 p.m. tonight, and though the state has a 50-person limit on events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local health officials have approved of a “park-and-view” plan for people to watch the show from their cars, socially ...

‘Stay home … We’d love to see you next year’

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee is asking out-of-town visitors to stay home this year. Committee Chair Jeff Branch, speaking from atop the Ice Palace on Thursday, said visitors should not travel to Saranac Lake for the 2021 Winter Carnival. “Stay home,” ...

‘Carni Card’ has DIY Carnival ideas

SARANAC LAKE — A group of local women are trying to keep the spirit of Winter Carnival alive with a new game that families can play on their own. The “Carni Card” was created by locals Heidi Kretser, her daughter Leena, her sister Jen Kretser, Amy Cheney Seymour and Gail Brill. It ...

Rotary Show will go on, virtually

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, ...