Wednesday, October 12, 2022

“Junction Function” community celebration set for Tupper Lake Train Station on Oct. 16


Tupper Lake, NY (October 7, 2022) – Downtown Tupper Lake will be hosting a community celebration, dubbed the “Junction Function,” at the Tupper Lake Train Station on Sunday, October 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. The free community event features local businesses, vendors, attractions, live music and artists.

Junction Function has been organized by the community of Tupper Lake, in partnership with the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST), to showcase Tupper Lake’s downtown area, businesses and local attractions. The event also coincides with the arrival of the first passenger train at the Tupper Lake Train Station in more than 40 years.

Community members and visitors are invited to the free event where they can welcome the train to Tupper Lake, take part in the festivities, learn more about upcoming regional events and area attractions and learn more about development plans for downtown Tupper Lake.

Among the many organizations participating in Junction Function include The Wild Center, Adirondack Sky Center and Observatory, ROOST, and Adirondack Rail Trail Association (ARTA).  2023 Lake Placid FISU World University Games representatives will also take part in the event and Tupper Arts will present a pop-up Art Show featuring works from the recent Tupper Lake Plein Air Festival. The event will feature live music by Josh Weise; and local craft brewery, Raquette River Brewing, will be offering tastings. Adirondack Mac, the Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games mascot and Ollie, The Wild Center otter mascot, will be on-hand to welcome attendees. Games, prizes and giveaways will round out the family-friendly event.

One highlight of the event will be the arrival of the first passenger train since 1981. Adirondack Railroad is making its inaugural journey along a scenic route through the Adirondacks from Utica to Tupper Lake. The 11-hour round-trip includes a one-and-a-half-hour stop in Tupper Lake beginning around 1:30 p.m. As passengers disembark they will be met with the local celebration where they can become acquainted with the community and its attractions, meet business and elected leaders, learn about future developments, and visit downtown businesses.

Tupper Lake website photo.

ROOST has created a map of the downtown Tupper Lake so that train passengers and visitors to the community can explore the area during their visit. The map indicates local businesses and restaurants that are a short walk from the train station. Some of the downtown businesses have adjusted their hours of operation to coincide with the event and visitors and local residents are encouraged to visit the downtown area before and after the festival.

Community members and those who travel to Tupper Lake for the event will also have the opportunity to board and explore the train while it is at the station.

According to Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism’s Tupper Lake Regional Manager, Katie Lalonde, Junction Function is an opportunity for the community of Tupper Lake to celebrate all that the village has to offer, along with sharing information about its ongoing revitalization. “Between the village’s recent submission of a NY Forward Grant for the downtown area, the revival of train service, construction of the highly anticipated Adirondack Rail Trail, coupled with the area’s thriving businesses, attractions and events, Tupper Lake is truly at the junction of a really exciting time.”

In September, the village applied to the NY Forward program to gain support for 18 transformative projects in its downtown area, positioning it as a vibrant connector of community and business at the junction of the Adirondack Rail Trail and the scenic rail line. NY Forward was established to support and encourage revitalization of small and rural communities, especially villages, hamlets and other small, neighborhood-scale municipal centers.

Tickets are still available for the Adirondack Railroad’s High Peaks Limited inaugural journey. Those interested should visit Adirondack Railroad for information and pricing. Regular trips from Utica to Tupper Lake will begin in 2023. Businesses and organizations that wish to take part in the Junction Function event should visit the Tupper Lake website to sign up.

About The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism:

The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism is the destination marketing and management organization for Essex and Hamilton Counties, along with the communities of Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake, all located within the Adirondacks in New York state.

Photo at top: Tupper Lake website photo.

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2 Responses

  1. Big Burly says:

    A great event for this day, for this community. Excursion passenger rail services will bring new economic opportunities to Tupper Lake and the North Country.

  2. scott Thompson says:

    Great Expectations: Will the train make the grade!
    The October 16th ride from Utica to Tupper Lake confirmed that over $50 million in State spending ( $19.1 , the latest Tartaglia contract) gets a train back to Tupper Lake with 200+ happy rail fans and the delight of several children watching along the way. So now what?
    Recognizing several names from my years getting the line ready for the 1980 Winter Olympics, I have to wonder why we went down different roads? I have to believe it is because I was more of a business enthusiast and less of a rail fan in my youth. I left the Adirondack Railroad at the end of the Olympic winter knowing it would never have a successful business model. Here we go again.
    While anyone investing that much time and effort in a project would anticipate its success , there remains many issues not the least of which is a huge carbon footprint in these times.*
    Photo by Clint Thompson at Beaver River

    Another basic flaw is time spent; will there be a steady cliental willing to dedicate the hours to travel ** at fair expense a trip that would take hours less and cost much less.
    If the train operates the season it did this year, they are adding to an already busy part of the season : will businesses and accommodations welcome the claimed influxes?
    Again if the train operates the same season it has will anyone develop the ancillary services, busses and such for that short season. ( Old Forge has not done well with contract bussing)
    The biggest State blunder is to spend huge sums on such a limited attraction. Snowmobiling has proven to be one of the biggest economic drivers the Adirondacks has. Ever heard of someone buying a house or renting for the season to ride trains? Then the shoulder seasons : even if the winters become less viable, trails that transition from snow to trail more quickly will be more beneficial. As it is now, this huge investment will be dorment for 7-8 Mpmths a year.
    The State Agencies should have listened at the public hearings*** instead of imposing their own opinion and plan.

    ** Adirondack anticipates loading and unloading campers, bikes and canoes at several stops: what will this add to a schedule?
    *** Remsen Lake Placid Travel Corridor UMP Public Hearing PACBTV2019 ( listen to the gallery)

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