Lake Placid Blog

We have always been a four-season outside family. We ski, snowshoe and ice-skate in the winter.  Swim, sail, camp and hike in the summer and continue all those activities throughout the spring and fall.Traditionally I am not one to venture across lakes and ponds in the winter without an entourage. I am a follower in that aspect, not a leader. In the center of Lake Placid there are visual indicators to easily see when the ice is thick enough to walk across the lake, skate upon or even take a dog sled ride on Mirror Lake.One such indicator can be seen while shopping any of the Main Street... continue reading
"Saranac Lake's Carnival"January, 1911-Saranac Lake's mid-winter carnival is in every way one of the most successful in the history of the village. The Adirondack resort has been beautifully decorated for the carnival, the colors red, white and blue being displayed in many pretty designs. The main streets are trimmed with evergreen trees ten feet apart and frozen in banks of snow. With the streets profusely and beautifully decorated and extra electric lights the village presents a very gay and brilliant appearance at night.The great ice palace, which is the center of attraction, was completed... continue reading
As our neighboring town of Saranac Lake prepares for it's 115th annual (really!) Winter Carnival next week, one of the greatly anticipated preparations to watch is the construction of the ice palace. The warmer than normal temperatures this winter had led some to fear there wouldn't be ice thick enough for building. Not so. Last Friday, while passing by the site on Lake Flower, lo and behold, there were the first few courses of ice in place! We stopped and I snapped some pictures of the crew in action.  It's always a fascinating process to observe and amazing how quickly the palace goes UP... continue reading
For a rural area, the North Country has quite a few aspiring actors and supports any number of community theatre companies as well as two professional ones. Last night performers from many of the region's theatre companies--including Adirondack Regional Theatre, Essex Theatre Company, and Chazy Music Theatre--joined up with audience members throughout the area for an amazing evening of "Showtime: The Music of Broadway" at the West Side Ballroom in Plattsburgh where Broadway performer Karen Mason wowed us with her own special brand of song artistry. I was recently at a state-wide... continue reading
Cross-country skiing a portion of the Bloomingdale Bog trail is all I've ever managed to do. To do the whole 20 miles from end to end takes a bit more planning than what we want. Most of the time we want a quick, easy trail that gets us outside and can be skied by family and friends of all skill levels. Any segment of the Bloomingdale Bog trail fits the bill.Starting at the CR 55 parking area one mile west of Bloomingdale, we pass around the yellow entrance gates and head north toward Onchiota and the Buck Pond Campground. Even that destination is a bit too far on this chilly day. We follow... continue reading
Outdoor activities planned in January can scare the pants off me if the temperature is well below zero when I wake up on said day of activities. However, this year I'm making a concerted effort to just get out there no matter what the temperature is (unless of course it's way below the foolishness level).Saturday I planned to go cross country skiing at the state-operated Mt. Van Hoevenberg Cross Country Center, which is literally almost in my back yard. I have a season pass this year and there are just no more excuses left in my "roll-o-dex" file of creative reasons not to go outside. By the... continue reading
Since this is my first Arts Blog I thought I'd start close to home. So, on this frigid January Sunday in the Adirondacks, I headed for The Recovery Lounge (aka Upper Jay Arts Center) on Route 9N in Upper's a mere 4 miles down the road but once inside the doors I am transported over 200 miles and a couple of decades away to lazy Greenwich Village Sundays in New York City. Weekdays, the Recovery Lounge houses Upper Jay Upholstery where you might walk in and find Scott or Byron Renderer hovering over the bottom of a broken chair leg or fussing with a seat cushion. But on... continue reading
"Ask Me, I Live Here" December, 1936--As these lines are written another winter season is just around the corner. As they are read it may be roaring right up through Main street. Lake Placid residents during the next three months will be asked many questions about winter sports and the facilities here for their enjoyment. It might not be amiss for them to check their general knowledge with a few facts on just what this pioneer American winter resort has to offer its guests. Suppose we start with skiing . . . that favorite winter diversion which, since the... continue reading
If you are skiing a half-day at Whiteface, off to a quick snowshoe/backcountry ski or enjoying another of Lake Placids winter activities, take a quick stop by the Lake Placid North Elba Show Grounds this weekend for the annual Lake Placid Snow Pull. It's free to watch. For anyone unfamiliar with a dog pull, the objective is to see how much weight each animal can pull while tethered to a sled or cart along a 16' corridor in one minute.We recently attended our first dog pull. The children cheered for their favorites and commented how eager the dogs were to get clipped to the carts. We noticed... continue reading
    "By Foot" January 17, 1974--Six-thousand years ago,when the Egyptian civilization was still "young", people in Central Asia were developing a tool which, some say, ranks in importance with the wheel. This tool was the snowshoe-ski, without which the aboriginal people would not have been able to expand over, and occupy, the northern hemisphere. Once this important contribution to technology had been made, certain human groups began their northern migrations which eventually enabled them to move from a central point somewhere in Asia into what are now known as Scandinavia, Siberia, and... continue reading


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