Members of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee have chosen “Adirondack Wildlife” as the theme for the 2017 Carnival.
The theme was chosen from the top five ideas generated at the Committee’s March meeting which had been gathered from the public: Wizards and Dragons, Beach Party, Adirondack Fiesta, Adirondack Wildlife and Under the Big Top. » Continue Reading.
In keeping with the tradition of the community event, the public is welcome to vote on next year’s Saranac Lake Winter Carnival theme.
Winter Carnival Committee members recently chose five potential themes at their annual organizational meeting. Members pooled together a list of more than 60 theme ideas, some that were resubmitted from past years and others proposed from the community this year.
The five potential themes are: Under the Big Top, Wizards and Dragons, Adirondack Wildlife, Beach Party, and Adirondack Fiesta. » Continue Reading.
According to Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee Public Relations Chair Colleen O’Neill, the event is a special time for everyone. It may have started as a means to relieve the winter blues, but has evolved into a venue for a variety of events. From Flowerball to Arctic Golf, the Winter Carnival has so many offerings that participants have to pick and choose between their favorite activities. » Continue Reading.
Construction on the palace will continue until the start of the carnival on February 5.
The Ice Palace is built by volunteers, organized by a group informally known as the Ice Palace Workers 101 (IPW 101). The public is welcome to volunteer and roles are assigned based on comfort level, skill and ability.
The construction of the Ice Palace is a community effort by those dedicated to keeping this tradition alive. Volunteers are subject to cold temperatures and inclement weather, all while handling ice and snow. » Continue Reading.
This year “Doonesbury” cartoonist Garry Trudeau has designed two buttons for the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. There is usually one button each year, so the double edition is a rarity.
Using this year’s Winter Carnival theme “Superheroes and Villains,” Trudeau’s illustrations show “Doonesbury” characters Zonker as a superhero on one button and Duke as a villain on the other button. Trudeau, who was raised in Saranac Lake, has created the Winter Carnival button design since 1981 to benefit the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, first held in 1897. » Continue Reading.
Members of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee have chosen “Superheroes and Villains” as the theme for the 2016 Carnival.
The theme was chosen from the top three ideas generated at the Committee’s March meeting which had been gathered from the public: Prehistoric Park, Superheroes and Villains, and Wizards and Dragons. » Continue Reading.
The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is rolling into its second full week of events. At Pendragon Theatre’s performance of “Saranac Lake Sings the 60s” on Saturday, some 35 musicians took to the stage for a sold-out performance that showcased the development of Rock N’ Roll, highlighted the huge acts of the 60s while demonstrating the impact music had on that generation and generations to come.
Thanks to demand for an encore performance, Pendragon has opted for a second show on February 11th. Tickets can be purchased at the theatre’s website or by calling (518) 891-1854. » Continue Reading.
Construction of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Palace will begin on January 22.Construction involves harvesting ice from Lake Flower, transporting it to the shore and assembling it according to a blueprint.Construction on the palace will continue until the start of the carnival on February 6.
The Ice Palace is built by volunteers, organized by a group informally known as the Ice Palace Workers 101 (IPW 101).The public is welcome to volunteer and roles are assigned based on comfort level, skill and ability.The construction of the Ice Palace is a community effort by those dedicated to keeping this tradition alive.» Continue Reading.
“Doonesbury” cartoonist Garry Trudeau has released his button design for the 2015 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. Using the Winter Carnival’s theme “Groovy ‘60s,” Trudeau’s illustration shows “Doonesbury” character Zonker Harris wearing a peace sign necklace while crowd surfing at a music concert.
Trudeau, who was raised in Saranac Lake, has been creating the Winter Carnival button design since 1981.
The artwork of Garry Trudeau, award-winning author of the “Doonesbury” cartoon, is now on display at the Adirondack Medical Center, a member of Adirondack Health, for enjoyment by the community. This rare collection contains original artwork that Garry Trudeau created in designing some of the earlier Saranac Lake Winter Carnival buttons.
Trudeau, who was raised in Saranac Lake, has been creating the button design since 1981, as well as a poster design since 2012, to benefit the Winter Carnival. Winter Carnival buttons are one of the longest-running traditions at the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival and have a devoted following of collectors and those who enjoy capturing a piece of the event’s history. » Continue Reading.
Members of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee have chosen “Groovy 60’s” as the theme for the 2015 Carnival. The theme was chosen from among five ideas gathered from the public: Adirondack Fiesta, Beach Party, Groovy 60’s, Haunted Adirondacks and Prehistoric Park.
Though my family and I have not attended the entire top ten winter carnival venues touted in National Geographic Traveler, I can say we have attended all the winter carnivals in the Adirondack Park listed below. Each festival holds its own special charm and each celebration is an opportunity to enjoy those unique corners of the Adirondack Park.
Saranac Lake may place second on the National Geographic Traveler’s list, but it tops the list for East Coast winter carnival fun. First held in 1897, the Saranac Lake’s winter carnival has a convoluted history. With over a century of experience to draw from, it has grown into a ten-day festival of sports, races, parades, live performances and fireworks. » Continue Reading.
Construction of the Winter Carnival Ice Palace, harvesting ice from Lake Flower, transporting it to the shore and assembling it according to the blueprint, began Friday. The palace was designed with a Celtic theme to coincide with the 2014 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival theme ‘Celtic Carnival’. Construction on the palace will continue until the start of the carnival on January 31. » Continue Reading.
The 2014 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival button is available at merchants throughout the Village of Saranac Lake, and also in Bloomingdale. The 2014 Winter Carnival will take place Jan. 31 – Feb. 9.
The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is a 10-day, community-wide event that traces its roots to a one-day Winter Carnival held in 1897 by the Pontiac Club. The Carnival honors this heritage 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. » Continue Reading.
Pendragon Theatre’s production of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, To Kill A Mockingbird is on the road throughout the Adirondack Park and beyond. The two-act play was adapted by Christopher Sergel and first performed in 1987 in England. Since that time the play has been performed in schools and theatres around the world to great acclaim.
Set in 1930 Alabama at the height of the Great Depression, To Kill a Mockingbird focuses on the intense class and racial tensions of the time as seen through the eyes of young Scout Finch. Narrated by the adult Scout, the coming of age story tackles such complex issues as interracial relationships, segregation and sterotypes. As Scout’s father Atticus, a lawyer, defends a black man accused of raping a poor white girl, the characters in the town expose their own bigotry. Throughout the story are themes of courage, innocence and the moral failures of society. Pendragon Founder and Managing Director Bob Pettee, who also plays Atticus Finch, says, “The version we at Pendragon Theatre chose to do is the only authorized version of the book. Harper Lee talked to Christoper Segel directly. The version that we’ve chosen does not have the older character of Scout, like in the movie. We felt the (Segel) version told the story more directly.” Pettee says, “ To Kill A Mockingbird is a universal story, so simple, so direct. The Boo Radley character becomes so fictionalized, larger than life and then finally known to just be human.”
Pettee comments on the larger issues that are addressed in the play with “man’s ability to be inhuman.” Pendragon Theare recently had received a letter from a teacher thanking the cast for the school performance. The teacher had overheard two students from his English class comparing the injustices of To Kill A Mockingbird with the injustices of the class reading assignment The Lottery. The teacher felt that the unprompted discussion of two pieces of literature from his students was powerful.
“I think this play has opened up conversations where children have an access to this material based on the age of the actors in this piece. The three kids we have are just dynamite, are solid performers ranging from 6th to 8th grade. They are very accomplished and adapt to the other spaces and it is a real treat to have them involved.”
“It is challenging to take a play on the road but we have a lot of experience,” says Pettee. “From an actor’s point of view it is good to see how we will connect this piece with a new audience. The Pendragon (home) theatre is a more intimate theatre where a larger performance space presents differently and we (the actors) still have to connect and be genuine and real for the audience.”
Pendragon actor Donna Moschek brings the part of Miss Maudie to life and says, “This version of the play uses Maudie as the narrator, not an older Scout, which is interesting. I think it’s a good choice because Maudie represents the female role model that Scout most admires in the novel and certainly takes a moral stand. I loved Maudie in the novel and I love her in the play because she is an inescapably part of this small town, but she believes it is possible for change to happen.”
Moschek says, “I think this play and the novel are still relevant and will always be relevant as long as racism, oppression and prejudice still exist. It’s the idea that prejudice can be so quietly present and so accepted that no one even notices what it can do. No one questions. I think the play and the book teach us that looking closely at our beliefs and our actions could be what saves us from making a decision based on prejudice, or a stereotype we have in our minds. If we can be aware of it, we can move to change it in ourselves and in others.”
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