Winter in the ‘Dacks,…and elsewhere

Winter is an interesting time in the Adirondacks, and the rest of upstate NY for that matter.  The stretch from right after the Holidays, to the first sprigs of green can be quite a long haul, but it really depends on your point of view.  For me, this has traditionally been my most productive time for writing.  I hardly think I’m alone in that, as writers in these parts can easily hunker down next to the fire, and give their imaginations free reign while the snow falls and the wind howls outside the front door.

Last year about this time I pointed out some family activities and both indoor and outdoor options you’ll find archived back there.  They still stand up this year, but there are a couple of things I’d like to add,…

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is the stuff of legend!  Here’s this years’s schedule:

Saturday, February 6

  • 10:00 am: Ice Palace Fun Run (4 miles) (The Ice Palace)
  • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm: 17th Annual Business & Professional Women Chocolate Festival(Harrietstown Town Hall, $)
  • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Lutheran Church Women’s Craft Sale (Harrietstown Town Hall, $)
  • 11:00 am – 2:00 pm: Petrova Winter Carnival (fun for kids) (Petrova Elementary School Cafeteria, $)
  • 11:00 am: The Adirondack ARC Curling Exhibition (Near the State Boat Launch site on Lake Flower)
  • 11:00 am: Paul Smith’s College Woodsmen’s Exhibition (Riverside Park)
  • 12:20 pm: NBT Bank Ladies’ Fry Pan Toss (Riverside Park, $)
  • 2:30 pm: Gold Rush – follow the clues (Riverside Park, $) Sponsored by the Women’s Civic Chamber
  • 4:30 – 7:30 pm: 12th SL Figure Skating Spaghetti Dinner (Additional Information TBA, $)
  • 7:00 pm: Lighting of the Ice Palace, Guideboat Realty Fireworks (The Ice Palace)
  • 10:00 pm: Concert at the Waterhole, TBA

Sunday, February 7

  • 10:00 am: White Stag Downhill Ski Races (Mt. Pisgah Ski Center, $)
  • 11:30 am – 2:30 pm: Arctic Bar-B-Que (Mt. Pisgah Ski Center, $) Presented by the Friends of Mt. Pisgah
  • 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Ultimate Frisbee Tournament (Petrova Athletic Fields) Call 637-2067 for more information
  • 2:00 pm & 5:00 pm: 9-Pin No-Tap Bowling Tournament (Romano’s Saranac Lanes, Additional Information TBA, $)
  • 2:00 – 6:00 pm: Northern Lights School Super Bowl Pizza Sale (Pickup at Presbyterian Church; $15/pizza; call Amy @ 891-4751 to order or for information)
  • 7:30 pm: Concert: Sandra Bargman, “The High Way of Life” (Saranac Village at Will Rogers, $5.00 donation)

Monday, February 8

  • 7:00 pm: Classic Film – “High Noon” and a short, “My Little Duckaroo” (Saranac Laboratory, Church St., $6 adults/$5 senior citizens/under 12 free) Sponsored by the Saranac Lake Classic Film Festival
  • 7:00 pm: Interfaith Service in Celebration (St. Luke’s Church)
  • 7:00 pm: Bingo (Saranac Lake Adult Center)
  • 7:45 – 9:45 pm: Firemen’s Broomball (Saranac Lake Civic Center)

Tuesday, February 9

  • 3:30 pm: Scavenger Hunt for Middle School Students (Saranac Lake Youth Center)
  • 5:30 pm: Grand Marshal Reception (Lake Clear Lodge and Retreat, $)
  • 6:30 pm: Royalty Dinner (Lake Clear Lodge and Retreat, $)

Wednesday, February 10

  • 6:00 pm: Snowshoe Races (all ages) (Dewey Mountain, TBA, $)

Thursday, February 11

  • 7:30 pm: 23rd Annual Figure Skating Show (TBA, $)

Friday, February 12

  • 10:00 am: Adirondack Bank Innertube Races (Mt. Pisgah, TBA, $)
  • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Winter Carnival Books Sale (Saranac Lake Free Library)
  • 12:30 pm: NBT Bank Children’s Skating Races (Saranac Lake Civic Center, TBA, $)
  • 7:30 – 9:30 pm: Firemen’s Broomball (Saranac Lake Civic Center)
  • 7:30 pm: Rotary Club Variety Show (Harrietstown Town Hall, TBA, $)

Saturday, February 13

  • 8:30 – 9:30 am: Breakfast at McDonalds with Grimace and Carnival Characters (McDonalds, $)
  • 8:30 – 11:00 am: Mason’s Pancake Breakfast (Saranac Lake Adult Center, 136 Broadway, $) Sponsored by Whiteface Mt. Lodge 789 Masonic Temple
  • 10:00 – 11:00 am: Meet the Carnival Characters (The Ice Palace)
  • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Annual Winter Carnival Book Sale (Saranac Lake Free Library)
  • 10:30 am – 3:30 pm: Lion’s Club Chili Sale (Harrietstown Town Hall)
  • 11:00 am: Paul Smith’s College Woodsmen’s Exhibition (Riverside Park)
  • 12:00 – 4:00 pm: Paul Smith’s College Alumni Reunion (Hotel Saranac, no charge, cash bar)
  • 12:00 pm: Parade Line-up (Lake Colby Drive)
  • 1:00 pm: Gala Parade (On Broadway & Main Street from Ampersand Ave. to Lapan Hwy.)
  • After the Parade: Band Concert (Harrietstown Town Hall)
  • 7:30 pm: Pendragon Theatre, “Moby Dick: Rehearsal” (Call 891-9052 for reservations, $)
  • 9:00 pm: Dance with Double Axel (Hotel Saranac, $9 at the door) ages 21 & over

Sunday, February 14

  • 10:00 am: Adult X-C Skiing (Dewey Mountain., TBA, $)
  • 11:00 am: Snowflake Volleyball Tournament (Saranac Lake Civic Center Rotary Field, TBA, $)
  • 11:00 am: Showshoe Softball (Elks Field, John Munn Road, TBA)
  • 12:00 pm: Kids X-C Ski Races (Dewey Mountain, TBA, $)
  • 12:30 – 3:00 pm: Snowy Owl Face Painting for children (Harrietstown Town Hall)
  • 2:00 pm: Kiddie Parade (From the Saranac Lake Free Library to the Town Hall) Sponsored by the Adirondack ARC and Keeseville Pepsi-Cola
  • 3:00 pm: Fifteenth Annual Winter Carnival Baroque Concert (Methodist Church, Donation) Sponsored by the S.L.Y.A.A
  • 5:00 – 7:00 pm: Pendragon Theatre 30th Year Open House. Celebrate Carnival and the community with music & light refreshments
  • 5:30 pm: Lasagna Dinner (Methodist Church, TBA, $) Sponsored by the Methodist Youth Group
  • 7:30 pm: Carnival Slide Show (The Ice Palace)
  • 8:00 pm: Gala Fireworks Display (The Ice Palace)

Of course there are ongoing events as well, here are just a few your family might enjoy trying this season!

Ongoing Winter Activities

Downhill Skiing at Whiteface Mountain
in Wilmington 518-946-2223;
for ski conditions call 518-946-7171

High Falls Gorge Adventure Center in Wilmington
including SnowShoeing 518-946-2278

Toboggan Chute on Mirror Lake,
Lake Placid 518-523-2591

Dog Sled Rides on Mirror Lake, Lake Placid

Bobsled and Luge Rides at Mt. Van Hoevenberg,
Lake Placid 518-523-4436

X-country skiiing on the Jackrabbit Trail
from Keene to Paul Smiths 518-523-1365

Cascade Cross Country Ski Center 518-523-9605

Outdoor Ice Skating and Sledding
Ballard Park, Westport 518-962-8383

Get out there and give it a go!  Then curl up in front of the fire and dream of ,…you can take it from there.


About adkchrisshaw

Adirondack singer, songwriter, and storyteller
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1 Response to Winter in the ‘Dacks,…and elsewhere

  1. Aaron, Denise and Catherine says:

    Hope to see you at the Winter Carnival – it has become an annual tradition for us since discovering it in the late 90’s!

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