Sunday, February 24, 2013

“Odds and Ends” Lake Placid Winter Lecture Series

STBD_DVD_Cover_DM_Proof_300dpiThe Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society has announced the second in its 2013 “Odds and Ends” Winter Lecture Series on Wednesday, February 27 at Howard Johnson’s Restaurant in Lake Placid. The lecture will begin at 7:00 pm with attendees encouraged to come for dinner at 6:00pm. The second program in the four-part series is titled “Small Town, Big Dreams – The Story Behind Lake Placid’s PBS Documentary”.

From a surprise discovery in a museum vault to a locker-room interview about the Miracle on Ice, learn the story behind the film that brought Lake Placid’s tale to a nationwide PBS audience. Join filmmaker Scott Carroll and former Lake Placid News reporter Marc Nathanson for an inside look at how they turned the history of Lake Placid into the award-winning documentary film “Small Town, Big Dreams: Lake Placid’s Olympic Story.” Listen to never-before-heard audio clips from the cutting room floor featuring the voices of some of Lake Placid’s most important historical figures.

Why was 1980 Olympic organizer Ron MacKenzie so confident the village would be awarded the Games before the IOC made its decision? What did 1932 Olympic organizer Godfrey Dewey think could threaten the 1980 Games as they approached? Hear the answers in their own words and get a behind-the-scenes look at the ups and downs of the filmmaking process and how local archival material is woven together to create a nationally televised film. Scott Carroll is an independent film producer and writer whose previous studio and network television credits include the internationally produced documentary film “The Last Link.” Marc Nathanson is a former Lake Placid News staffer currently working as a TV news producer in New York City.

The Winter Lecture Series has been titled “Odds and Ends” in memory of Laura Viscome, a longtime supporter of the Historical Society. Laura’s weekly “Odds and Ends” column ran in the Lake Placid News for many years and was a great source of information for residents and visitors. The lecture series will continue on Wednesday, March 20, in a rare change of venue, at the LPCA art gallery with Caroline Welsh presenting “A Wild yet Pleasing Landscape: The Artists’ Adirondacks 1850-1875”.

Lectures will be offered monthly through April 2013. All programs offered in the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society’s “Odds and Ends” Winter Lecture Series are free and open to the public. For more information contact Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society at (518) 523-1608 or

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