The 15-mile flat-water canoe race, dubbed the Adirondack Challenge, may be the cause for all the commotion happening around Indian Lake and beyond, but it is the full two weeks of daily events that are bringing people from far and wide to these quiet Central Adirondack hamlets.
Indian Lake’s Adirondack Challenge consists only partly of Governor Cuomo’s Invitational Whitewater Race for state and local elected officials. The other component is the Flat Water Race, organized by MAC’s Canoe, for professional and amateur four-person teams competing for a cash purse. Preregistration closed Mondy for the July 21st race starting from the NYSDEC Indian Lake Island Campground boat launch.
Abanakee Studios Owner Kathleen Larkin says, “The attention this event has brought to this community and the Adirondack Park in general has been wonderful. This is the second year for our Artist and Author Event and it just happens to coincide with the Adirondack Challenge. We hope people will take the time to drop by to see the artists at work.”
According to Larkin Abanakee Studios will be hosting working artists the weekend of the Adirondack Challenge. From 11 am-3 pm July 20-21, artists, authors and live music will be part of the celebration.
“We are having authors on Saturday to do book signings and artists and live music both days. On Sunday paddle-maker Caleb David, totem-carver Andrea Newton as well as other artists will be here. They won’t just be sitting and selling artwork, but creating it. I feel the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce has done a great job. I hope people won’t just come for the canoe race, but enjoy the author event and festivals. It is a wonderful opportunity to draw attention to this area.”
Abanakee Studios is located on Rt. 28 and LaVergne Rd in Indian Lake, just a short distance from the Adirondack Challenge Festival site on Rt. 28 at Byron Park. To date the festival site has scheduled assorted family-friendly activities from bounce houses to a dunking booth as well as fly fishing and rafting demos. The whole town has embraced the concept with craft fairs, museum tours, live music and even an ice cream eating contest. Enjoy!
Photo of Abanakee Studios used with the permission of Diane Chase, Adirondack Family Time