Events

If you like winter sports action, good local food, and zip lines, then you need to check out the 38th annual Empire State Winter Games. The huge, multi-sport event runs from February 1-4 and it’s coming out of the gate bigger and better than ever. This year there will be more competitors, a centralized village, a Jumbotron to watch it all on, and it’s all kicked off by a relay torch run that begins in Manhattan and ends in Lake Placid. Combine all of that with good food, craft beer, and events happening across several Adirondack communities, and the Games start to look more like a... continue reading
 
In a few months when the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics open, a surprising number of U.S. athletes will be from the Lake Placid area, from biathletes and skiers to bobsledders and lugers. With an Olympic Training Center and over 100 years of winter sports competition, the tiny village positively oozes Olympic spirit. The first thing most visitors notice (other than the beautiful scenery, fresh mountain air, and quaint downtown) is Lake Placid’s diminutive size. We have 2,600 residents and one main thoroughfare. People often shake their heads and wonder, “How did they pull off an Olympics... continue reading
 
It's possible... that you are not a fan of this particular holiday. Perhaps it's that struggle through the mall crowds. Maybe you once got sick on Grandma's ribbon candy. Or it was those nightmares after watching "Bad Santa" way too late one night. Whatever the reason, Lake Placid understands. That is why there's the Holiday Village Stroll. This weekend event has all the great stuff holiday fans love, then puts a different spin on it to make the Grinches feel a little more tolerant. Authentic atmosphere People who dislike the fakery of snow from a can and recorded "ho-ho-hos" on a loop... continue reading
 
“Great moments are born from great opportunities.” - Herb Brooks, 1980 USA Olympic Hockey Head Coach I grew up miles away from Lake Placid, in the middle of the woods, down a long dirt road, in a log cabin basically in the middle of nowhere. It all began when my dad gave me a pair of figure skates. These weren’t just figure skates; no, these were better! My dad ground the toe pick down all the way and referred to them from there on out as hockey skates. Next, he cut down a tree branch and carved it into what resembled a hockey stick, then he pushed me off, onto the ice of our little pond... continue reading
 
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Can you do a triple axel? That’s my favorite question I get as a figure skater. No, I cannot do a triple axel, but yes, I can tell you about the 2017 Bridgestone Skate America, which will take place in Lake Placid on November 24-26. I know you don’t understand how we can spin that fast and not get dizzy, or how we do two rotations in the air and land on one blade on the ice. To be honest, sometimes I don't even understand it, but that's what makes the sport so exciting. A trip to Lake Placid is worth it on its own, but Skate America will be the icing on the cake.  ... continue reading
 
Brew fest   I remember my first brew fest. I went in blindly thinking I would just have some beers, and some fun with my friends. That's it. And that's great. It is a great day to be had no matter what your purpose is, BUT, if you want to get the most out of brew fests, take some advice from me. A pro. What makes me a pro, you ask? Twenty years of at least three festivals each year, ranging from large national festivals to small farmers' festivals. I've done them all. I've worked at them, I've attended them, and I've even been to them when I was pregnant — sober, of course. I am married... continue reading
 
Fall is a wonderful time for a couple getaway. The blazing foliage of our scenic vistas creates a fine reason to explore together, sharpened appetites in the cool air make for wonderful dining experiences, and snuggling in front of a roaring fire has a deservedly delightful reputation. Here are some tips for making it fantastic. Alone time The essence of romance is time that is both together and alone. There are lots of places to have a forest path or slice of pond all to ourselves. While fall is a fine time for active hiking, with its cool temperatures and vivid scenery, there's just as... continue reading
 
Lake Placid will host its first ever Ironman 70.3 race on Sunday, September 10. We still need lots of volunteers. For many people, volunteering for an Ironman race is a life-changing experience. It certainly has been for me. The very first race in Lake Placid in 1999 was the first time I volunteered as a swim spotter in the group of over 60 kayakers. I spent several years subsequent to that volunteering there and in different areas. In 2010 I began working as an assistant to the Ironman Lake Placid volunteer director, and took over as director of volunteers in 2015. The experience has changed... continue reading
 
In Lake Placid, the fun doesn’t stop when the sun sets. Yes, there’s a thriving music scene here, and if you know where to look you can get in on the action. The best part is, the music isn't confined to weekends. On any given night you can walk into a bar and hear a local band tearing it up, a traveling band fresh off of an overseas tour, or a world class symphony creating a beautiful soundscape. Here are some venues to get you started, but be sure to keep your ears open while you're in Lake Placid — you never know what you'll come across! Zig Zags Pub This bar has a local feel, and it’s... continue reading
 
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Orson Welles is a legendary dramatic artist. His first movie, "Citizen Kane," was a ground-breaking classic of cinema. He was only twenty-five years old. But then, Welles had been celebrated as a "child genius" practically from the cradle. While all doting parents have great dreams for their children, Orson's parents had the means and opportunity to equip him with the skills he would need, from theatrical props, makeup kits, and his own puppet theater to introductions to many of the actors, directors, and other theatrical personalities who ever visited Chicago. It is not widely known that... continue reading
 

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