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Winter Carnival

Same saw, many Ice Palaces

SARANAC LAKE — The same 80-year-old saw and same two operators have been used to cut the blocks for the Winter Carnival Ice Palace since 1955. “The saw was originally built in 1939 by Harry Duso, my grandfather,” Kim Duso said. “We’d harvest it out of the lake, then pack it in the ...

Carnival Committee: Plan for weekend parking crunch at Ice Palace

SARANAC LAKE — The Lake Flower boat launch parking lot next to the Ice Palace will be reserved for handicap parking only on Saturdays and Sundays during Winter Carnival: Feb. 2, 3, 9 and 10, the Winter Carnival Committee announced Friday. To compensate, on these weekends more parking ...

Winter Carnival Headquarters to open Feb. 1

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Headquarters opens for the season on Feb. 1 at the ROOST office at 193 River St. The headquarters offers a gift shop, maps and information about the various events of the 10-day festival, and serves as a central planning resource for ...

Freezing temps halt Palace work Monday, delay Tupper schools Tuesday

SARANAC LAKE — There was no work done on the Ice Palace by volunteers Monday due to the dangerously frigid temperatures, which the National Weather Service said the wind chill hovered around minus 40. The Tupper Lake Central School was also on a two-hour delay Tuesday morning due to ...

Ice Palace underway

SARANAC LAKE — Construction on the Ice Palace formally began Thursday with the Ice Palace Worker volunteers cutting grid lines in the ice and sawing 200 to 300 blocks. “We’re cutting ice for the first day,” said Dean Baker, who runs the operation. “Yesterday they put down ...

Ice Palace building to start Thursday

SARANAC LAKE — Construction of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Palace is scheduled to begin on Thursday, the Carnival Committee announced in a press release Tuesday night. Construction involves harvesting ice from Lake Flower, transporting it to the shore and assembling it according ...

Winter Carnival adds new ‘Skate Lake Colby’ event

SARANAC LAKE — This year’s Saranac Lake Winter Carnival will introduce a new event called Skate Lake Colby. The event will be held on Sunday, Feb. 3 at the Lake Colby beach. It will offer ice skating paths and a fat-tire bike trail. Adirondack Health is the official sponsor for the ...

Prehistoric mask-making workshop

SARANAC LAKE — At this time of year, the creative team at BluSeed Studios is also busily preparing for Saranac Lake's annual Winter Carnival whose theme this year is-prehistoric. BluSeed Studios will be hosting two, independent, Pre-Historic Mask-Making workshops — Saturday, Jan. 19 ...

Grand Marshal Reception and Royalty Dinner Feb. 5

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

Ice Age creatures face off on Carnival poster

SARANAC LAKE — You think winter traveling is rough now? At least you don’t have to face a pair of snarling saber-toothed cats, like Zonker does on the poster for this year’s Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. He may be OK, though, if the mammoth he’s riding has anything to say about ...

Carnival chairman defends DEC on preparing Ice Palace site

SARANAC LAKE — The Winter Carnival Committee chairman disputes the chief Ice Palace builder’s comment that the palace site was left in “horrible” shape after a Lake Flower dredging operation. “The DEC did everything they could to make us happy,” committee Chairman Jeff Branch ...

Melinda Little named grand marshal of Carnival parade

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee announced Friday it has chosen Melinda Little as grand marshal for the Gala Parade on Feb. 9. Little first moved to Saranac Lake full-time 23 years ago and is currently a trustee on the Saranac Lake village board. An ...

Dredging left ruts on Ice Palace site

SARANAC LAKE — Dean Baker, who oversees construction of the Winter Carnival Ice Palace, said the building site is in rough shape after a summer-long dredging operation in Lake Flower. “(It’s) horrible,” Baker said of the site next to the Lake Flower boat launch. “We’re asking ...

New Winter Carnival button polls well on the street

SARANAC LAKE — The button design for this year’s Saranac Lake Winter Carnival has been released, and people the Enterprise asked on the street said they liked it. Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau has designed the carnival buttons every year since 1981. Using the Winter Carnival’s ...