Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Indian Lake Offering Historic Walking Tour, Events

The newly created Indian Lake self-guided walking tour of historic buildings on Main Street will be rolled out during an inaugural public ceremony to be held 11 A.M., this Saturday, May 26, at the Indian Lake Theater. The ceremony will mark the formal opening of the Historic Walking Tour.

Following the ceremony there will be an inaugural tour with Town and County Historian, Bill Zullo. The walking tour features 13 historic structures along Main Street and provides a glimpse into the lives of the Town’s pioneers. The Main Street Revitalization Sub-Committee, part of the Community Planning Committee worked with the Adirondack Architectural Heritage, Indian Lake Theater, Adirondack Museum and the Indian Lake Museum to develop the tour.

In addition to commemorating the Tour, the Indian Lake Revitalization Committee will also unveil several artistically decorated Adirondack chairs.  The chairs are part of the “Have A Seat-Indian Lake” project and will be strategically placed along the byways of the hamlets of Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake and Sabael.

An Adirondack Country Tasting is also included in the day’s activities and will be held at Marty’s Chili Nights Restaurant from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm.  The Tasting will include samplings of foods that were popular in the area during the time the Town was being formed.  The foods will be prepared by Indian Lake restaurants and local residents from historic family recipes.

The Main Street Revitalization Sub-Committee’s vision is to revitalize and enhance the Town of Indian Lake Main Streets and to create a positive environment for businesses and the community. Tour brochures will be available at the Chamber of Commerce, Town Hall and several Main Street businesses. For more information about the historic tour, call 518-648-5636.

Information regarding the efforts of the Indian Lake Main Street Revitalization Sub-Committee and Indian Lake Community Planning Committee are available online.

Photo: Architect and contractor Franklin Shippey, who had designed many of the buildings at Grossinger’s in the Catskills, was responsible for the distinctive look of the 1938 Indian Lake Theater. Over the years the building has housed restaurants, a drug store, an electrical appliance store, a pizzeria, a deli and the Community Action Agency. In2008, the theater became a non-profit multipurpose community center, and now hosts plays, school functions, live music and films of all kinds. (Photo Provided).

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