Thursday, February 13, 2020

6th Annual Adirondack WhiteOut Weekend

The 6th Annual Adirondack WhiteOut Weekend kicks off this weekend. Visitors and locals alike can walk through the luminary lanterns lining the Wanakena Bridge.  The weekend full of fun may begin at the bridge but continues through the three communities of Star Lake, Wanakena, and Cranberry Lake.

Located in St. Lawrence County and the northwest tip of the Adirondack Park, these three Clifton-Fine communities have a full schedule of events February 14-16 showcasing all that winter has to offer. Look for crafts and vendors located at the Clifton-Fine School or browse through the Book and Bake Sale at the Star Lake Community Center. Free skating is available each day at the CF Arena.

Saturday is the busiest day, with a pancake breakfast, crafts, tastings, maple sugar on snow, bonfires, and a snow labyrinth. Come early to enjoy the horse-drawn carriage rides or one of the guided snowshoe hikes being offered. A snowshoe/ski/snowmobile scavenger hunt is open to all. Later, Contra dancing, live music, or a kids’ pajama party may be just the way unwind after a day of outside snow sports.

If you’d like to be part of history then join the February 15 Snowmobile Drive-In. For a $5 fee, bring a snowmobile or find one to use and drive it to the Star Lake’s American Legion to see the movie “Smokey and the Bandit” under the stars. The movie is free, the $5 fee is to participate in breaking the record. A hundred snowmobiles are anticipated in hopes of breaking the existing record. You don’t have to have a sled to watch the movie. You can snowshoe or ski along the trail for a unique movie-going experience.

Snowshoe, ski, and snowmobile trails are open, but please mind the trail conditions and dress for the weather. An added bonus is that the Clifton Community Library has snowshoes on loan with a library card.

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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.

2 Responses

  1. Mark Friden says:

    Thanks for the publicity, but the correct spelling is “Wanakena”!

  2. Diane Chase says:

    Thank you for catching my typo. I do know the spelling, but apparently my computer doesn’t want to listen. I apologize for letting that get by me. I look forward to this weekend!

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