LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. — The Lake George/Warren County region is preparing to welcome visitors this Memorial Day weekend – in a cautious, safe and respectful manner.
Memorial Day weekend is the traditional kickoff of the region’s summer tourism season. Because the world has changed, this year it will be accompanied by a vastly increased emphasis on the safety and wellbeing of guests, employees and the community as the region progressively reopens under the New York Forward Reopening Plan.
A popular annual motorcycle rally could look very different this year.
Nearly every year for the past 40 years, Lake George has been hosting one of the most popular seasonal events in motorcycle culture: Americade. Traditionally Americade is held the first week of June, but in lieu of this year’s events, rally organizer Christian Dutcher said the event will be pushed back until July 21-25.
The Lake Champlain – Lake George Regional Planning Board is helping the region’s small businesses by offering working capital micro-loans for enterprises within Clinton, Essex, Hamilton, Warren, and Washington Counties. The loans will be available for businesses that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The funds are not to be used to pay off existing debt, refinancing other loans, acquire a position in business, purchase of equipment, investments, expansion, or personal expenses. Other restrictions also apply and more information can be found here.
Lake George Park Commission has announced a delay the opening of the Mandatory Boat Inspection Program until June 1, a decision that has full support of the Lake George Association Board of Directors and members.
“At this time of year, we understand there is little risk of transporting and/or introducing viable invasive species to Lake George,” said Kristen Wilde, LGA Director of Education. “That fact doesn’t preclude boaters from ensuring they are following the state’s ‘Clean, Drained, Dry’ directives until the inspectors are present.”
“We want everyone to stay safe and stay healthy,” said LGA Executive Director Walt Lender. “We look forward to continuing to work with the Park Commission now and the inspectors later in the season.”
The Lake George Association is the oldest and most experienced lake protection organization in the country, whose members support water quality protection, water quality monitoring, education and lake-friendly living programs that benefit the watershed from Lake George Village to Ticonderoga.
All the money raised by the Lake George Association goes to projects and programs that benefit the Lake and the watershed, protecting Lake George water quality now and in the future.
The Sembrich in Bolton Landing has announced this year’s Summer Festival, titled “20/20 Musical Visionaries.” Created by Artistic Director Richard Wargo, the season features composers, performers, and educators and takes place June 5 – Sept. 2.
“With Beethoven on the 250th anniversary of his birth as a figurehead, our season is dedicated to extraordinary trailblazing talents in the world of music…We strive, as ever, to create a summer series that is both entertaining and enriching and to present to our audience an eclectic mix of programs in a wide array of styles. There is something for everyone, from chamber music classics to vocal recitals, children’s events, arthouse films, and our ever-popular lakeside World Music Wednesdays,” said Wargo in a press release announcing the Festival.
Alcohol is essential in the Covid-19 outbreak and not just for drinking (although liquor stores are designated as “essential businesses.”) But some area distilleries are switching gears and turning their product into hand sanitizer. According to information posted on Facebook, two Lake George distilleries have been communicating their progress with hand sanitizer production.
Early-bird registration for the Lake George Land Conservancy’s (LGLC) Hike-A-Thon opened March 2nd to another eager crowd. Just two hours after opening, the 8th annual event had 150 registrations; after one week that tally has surpassed 400. » Continue Reading.
The Lake George Arts Project has announced a new exhibit featuring recent work by Katherine Chwazik, set to be on display at the Courthouse Gallery from March 7th through April 10th. » Continue Reading.
Lake George Arts Project’s annual winter fundraiser, “Bands ‘n Beans” has been set for March 29, from 2 to 7 pm.
More than twenty five area restaurants are set to present guests with their best chili in a friendly competition to win in a number of categories. Attendees will taste them all and vote on their favorite while ten local bands will play continuous music on two stages. » Continue Reading.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that campers and day-users will now make online reservations for group camp sites at the Rogers Rock Campground and Day Use Area, located in Warren County in the Adirondacks.
The FUND for Lake George, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of Lake George and its watershed, has announced the appointment of two new staff members, Hilary Kellogg Hurley and Brea Arvidson. » Continue Reading.
The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) closed on the purchase of 212 acres in the Town of Bolton on December 20, 2019. The property was part the Twin Pines Resort owned by the McGurl family. The resort is expected to be unaffected by the sale. The LGLC will hold the property until the Town of Bolton is able to purchase it from LGLC encumbered with a conservation easement. This transfer is expected to take place in early 2020.
The property includes about 20 acres of wetlands and 3,000 feet of stream corridor, and is adjacent to the popular Cat and Thomas Mountains Preserve owned by the New York State Department of Conservation (NYSDEC). » Continue Reading.
Lake George Arts Project is pleased to announce the appointment of Tanya Tobias-Tomis as Executive Director, following the retirement of John Strong.
Tanya Tobias-Tomis has close to two decades of non-profit experience, including 12 years at Saratoga Arts, most recently in her role as Associate Director. She was also responsible for many of their projects, including their [email protected] + Home program, and First Night Saratoga. » Continue Reading.
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