“Doonesbury” cartoonist Garry Trudeau has released his button design for the 2020 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.
Using the Winter Carnival’s designated theme “Myths and Legends,” Trudeau’s illustration shows “Doonesbury” character Zonker as a knight riding a winged Unicorn and gazing at a sword. Trudeau, who was raised in Saranac Lake, has created the Winter Carnival button design since 1981 to benefit the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival..
The button costs $5 and is available at the following merchants in Saranac Lake: Adirondack Bank (Main Street and Church Street), Adirondack Carousel, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Adirondack Medical Center Gift Shop, Adirondack Wine & Liquor, ADK CAVU Café, Amanda’s Village Motel, Ampersound, Bear Essentials Apparel, Belvedere Restaurant, Blue Line Sports, Blue Moon Cafe, Coakley Home and Hardware, Community Bank (Lake Flower Avenue and Broadway), Eco Living, Fusion Market, Gauthier’s Saranac Lake Inn, Goody Goody’s, Higher Peaks Glassworks, Hyde’s Nice N Easy (Lake Flower Avenue and Broadway), Hotel Saranac, Janie’s For Hair, Kinney Drugs, Lakeview Deli, McKenzie’s Grille, NBT Bank, Origin Coffee, Rice Furniture, Rusty Nail, Saranac Lake Adult Center, Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Saranac Lake Wine & Liquor, Saranac Village at Will Rogers, The Village Mercantile, TOPS Markets, Waterhole.
Buttons will also be sold during Winter Carnival at its gift shop and headquarters located at the ROOST office (193 River St.). They are also available through mail order by sending a check payable to Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee, Attention: Barb Martin, P.O. Box 566, Saranac Lake, New York 12983. Please note that this mailing address is different than in the past for those who automatically mail requests each year. Past Winter Carnival buttons are also available for $5. For more information contact Barb Martin at (518) 891-2382. There is an additional cost for shipping based on quantity of buttons ordered: 1-4 – $4, 5-8 – $6, 9 or more – $7 (prices subject to change).
Winter Carnival buttons are one of the longest-running traditions at the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. The buttons are collected by residents and visitors every year and have a devoted following of those who enjoy capturing a piece of Winter Carnival history.
The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee, formally known as the Society for Promotion of Winter Carnival, Saranac Lake, Inc., is a not-for-profit 501(c)(4) organization of volunteers dedicated to planning and presenting an annual mid-winter festival. This 10-day, communitywide event traces its roots to a one-day Winter Carnival held in 1897 by the Pontiac Club. The Carnival honors its heritage every year by building an Ice Palace from blocks of ice harvested from Lake Flower’s Pontiac Bay, where carnival events have been traditionally held for generations.
For more information, visit the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival website. The 2020 Winter Carnival will take place January 31 – February 9.
Illustration of Saranac Lake Winter Carnival 2020 Button provided.