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Winter Carnival

Let the Winter Carnival games begin

SARANAC LAKE — Winter Carnival is here, so get ready for a week full of fun runs, fry pan tosses, snowshoe races and plenty of other events. Winter Carnival Committee representative Colleen O’Neill said this year’s celebration won’t have anything brand new in terms of events, but ...

Coolest place in town

SARANAC LAKE — The Ice Palace is finished and open to the public. After 10 days, several thousand ice blocks and a lot of hard work by the volunteers in Ice Palace Workers 101, the Myths and Legends palace is fully constructed and full of sculptures, both mythological and legendary. At ...

The best time of year for Saranac Lakers

Tomorrow begins the best time of the year for Saranac Lakers. Winter Carnival has long provided a fun break from a long, cabin-fever-inducing winter. If you haven’t been here for Carnival in a while, come this year. Bring a friend. Bring two. Coronation launches the Carnival at 7:30 p.m. ...

Oh yeah, it’s Carnival Time

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 ...

Garry Trudeau on buttons and more

SARANAC LAKE — A mythical mashup, a “lady pirate” stepmother and finally getting to sleep in. Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau answered questions by email over the weekend about designing the poster and button for this year’s Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, about his stepmother ...

Ice Palace going strong

SARANAC LAKE — The towers are up, the facade is solid, and the ice UFO has landed. Despite some nasty weather and a shorter workday Saturday, the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Palace is looking good. Ice Palace Workers 101 Director Dean Baker said all that’s left to do is a round ...

Rohe embraces fantasy for Winter Carnival art

SARANAC LAKE — A winged unicorn flies by the Harrietstown Town Hall, a dragon stomps down Main Street, and Nostradamus looks out the window to see an immaculate palace made of ice. Local artist Scott Rohe is back again this year with a fresh batch of paintings commemorating the 2020 ...

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 ...

Highlights from Winter Carnival (The Enterprise, Feb. 12, 1967)

Excerpts from the lead story — Page 1: A crowded weekend of intense activity, mostly in intense cold (see weather report below) ended yesterday afternoon with the Enterprise Golden Ski contests on Mt. Pisgah. “With the departure of the royalty, King Charlie Gogolak and Queen Judy Carne on ...

Hours not to reason why

Monday marked the second official work session of The Brothers of the Bush Executive Design and Fabrication Committee. TBotBEDaFC consists of Brothers Russ Defonce and Bruce Young. I’m of course there, but only in an advisory capacity — those guys do all the actual work. We were ...

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. ...