Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Second Weekend of Saranac Lake’s Daffest

IMG_6423Spring is finally here and Saranac Lake has thousands of daffodils starting to bloom as proof. The first weekend of the springtime Daffest tradition flew by with its “Try Mine” Pastry contest and Daffest Derby race, and now the final weekend approaches and all sorts of spring activities are on the docket.

My family always enjoys this ritual of spring. Mud season is a tough time. We don’t want to damage the fragile hiking trails, but we still want to explore outside. An easy fix is walking through Saranac Lake Village to see all the daffodils just starting to bloom.

With restaurant specials and live music, the Daffest committee has provided entertainment for everyone. Pendragon Theatre is starting the celebration a bit early. On Thursday, April 30th,  Pendragon is hosting a musical extravaganza featuring the sounds of The Wildeflowers, Russ Bailey Trio and The Weedes.

Getting fit for hiking season can start with the Daffest 5K on Saturday, May 2. The race starts at the Adirondack Carousel and continues through historic Saranac Lake and back to the carousel. Of course there are brunch options, Kentucky Derby hat and karaoke contests.

To round out the Daffest activities are two opportunities to hear the Adirondack Singers, May 2nd at Tupper Lake’s Holy Name Church, and May 3rd at Saranac Lake’s St. Bernard’s Church.

Historic Saranac Lake continues to host walking tours leaving from Riverside Park along the shores of Lake Flower to the Bartok Cabin. The Wigmore Garden tour has limited availability for participants to view over 5,000 daffodils, thousands of other flowers and prize hard and soft wood trees. (The Bartok tour is currently April 30 while the Wigmore tour has been rescheduled until May 7.)

Daffest is a relaxing, fun-filled festival with the main focus being the daffodils. Searching for those bright, cheerful yellow blooms at all the pocket parks around Saranac Lake will take some time. (Here is a map.) After exploring, discover some local food or take a ride on the carousel. Enjoy spring!

photo of daffodils at Daffest used with the permission of Diane Chase,

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

One Response

  1. Paul says:

    Is that picture form this year? I am surprised to see the tree buds and the flowers given this crazy winter.

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