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Welcome to the Olympic Village of Lake Placid

2012 summer events

May 30, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Set in the grandeur of the Adirondacks, one of the last great wilderness areas of the East Coast, the Lake Placid region of Essex County offers visiting nature lovers an experience filled with arts, history, education and sports.

Although the village recently celebrated its centennial and visitors began traveling here around the 1880s, it was the Olympic Winter Games in 1932 that catapulted this small picturesque village onto the international stage. Years later in 1980, Lake Placid once again hosted the Games. This time, all eyes were on Lake Placid when speed skater Eric Heiden won five gold medals, and the U.S Men's Hockey Team beat the Soviet squad in what was called the "Miracle On Ice."

Since the Olympic Games, Lake Placid has remained a vital part of winter sports history. Countless world cups in luge, bobsled and skiing have taken place at the former Olympic venues. "Stars on Ice," the Ironman Lake Placid triathlon and other events make Lake Placid the place to be throughout the year.

The Olympic venues are open year-round. Yes, even in the summer you can watch world-class athletes as they train at the Olympic Jumping Complex and Kodak Freestyle Park. Or enjoy one of many ice shows in the Olympic Center on Main Street. While you are here, visit the 1932 and 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum.

Visitors will be delighted with shop-lined Main Street. Peruse through the shops filled with antiques, homemade chocolates, locally made clothing and other Adirondack gifts.

Take a round-trip train ride on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad from the historic Lake Placid train station to the historic Union Depot in Saranac Lake. Special events are planned throughout the summer on the railway excursion line.

Fact Box

Here are the special event highlights in Lake Placid for the 2012 summer season. For more information, visit online at www.lakeplacid.com.

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Sunday, June 10

Lake Placid Marathon - The Lake Placid Marathon and Half Marathon will be held beginning at 8 a.m. on Main Street, adjacent to the Olympic Speedskating Oval. For more information, visit www.lakeplacidmarathon.com.

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Wednesday, June 13

I Love Local Eats Cooking Series - The I Love Local Eats Cooking Series will be held at 6 p.m. at Lisa G's with Chef Santos Chaparro and dessert by Cake Placid. This event is an opportunity to see local chefs in action, taste their creations and taste desserts made by Cake Placid. Admission is $15 and benefits the Shipman Youth Center.

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Thursday, June 14, 15, 16

Film festival - The Lake Placid Film Forum will be held in Lake Placid. For more information, visit lpfilmforum.com.

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Thursday, June 21, 22

Clean Energy Conference - The inaugural North Country Clean Energy Conference will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the conference center on Main Street in Lake Placid with another day of workshops from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. All meals are included in the admission fee, which is $65.

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Tuesday, June 26 to July 1

Lake Placid Horse Show - The 2012 Lake Placid Horse Show will be held on the North Elba Showgrounds in Lake Placid. For more information, visit www.lakeplacidhorseshow.com.

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Friday, June 29 to July 1

I Love Barbecue Festival - The I Love Barbecue Festival will be held from noon to 9 p.m. on the Olympic Oval on Main Street in Lake Placid. Admission is $6 per person/per day and children under 10 are free. Admission includes entry into the event, performance by music bands, performance by Krusher Stunt Team, top chef competition (45-minute presentation and taste presenter food) and an opportunity to meet competitive barbecue teams. All funds raised at the I love Barbecue Festival are donated to the Shipman Youth Center of Lake Placid.

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Tuesday, July 3

World Funk Night - Songs at Mirror Lake will present World Funk Night with Toubab Krewe from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Mid's Park bandshell on Main Street in Lake Placid. This event is free and open to the public.

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Wednesday, July 3-8

I Love NY Horse Show - The I Love New York Horse Show will be held on the North Elba Showgrounds in Lake Placid.

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Wednesday, July 4

Lake Placid Fireworks - The annual Fourth of July fireworks display will be held at dusk over Mirror Lake.

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Tuesday, July 10

Country Rock Night - Songs at Mirror Lake will present Country Rock Night with The Abrams Brothers from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Mid's Park bandshell on Main Street in Lake Placid. This event is free and open to the public.

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Wednesday, July 11

I Love Local Eats Cooking Series - The I Love Local Eats Cooking Series will be held at 6 p.m. at Chair 6 with Chef Charlie Levitz and dessert by Cake Placid. This event is an opportunity to see local chefs in action, taste their creations and taste desserts made by Cake Placid. Admission is $15 and benefits the Shipman Youth Center.

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Tuesday, July 17

Bluegrass Night - Songs at Mirror Lake will present Bluegrass Night with Greensky Bluegrass from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Mid's Park bandshell on Main Street in Lake Placid. This event is free and open to the public.

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Sunday, July 22

Ironman 2012 - The Lake Placid Ironman race will be held in Lake Placid. For more information, visit ironman.com.

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Tuesday, July 24

Roots Folk Night - Songs at Mirror Lake will present Roots Folk Night with Carolina Chocolate Drops from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Mid's Park bandshell on Main Street in Lake Placid. This event is free and open to the public.

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Monday, July 30

Lacrosse Summit Scholastic Tournament - The Lake Placid Lacrosse Summit Scholastic Tournament will be held on the North Elba athletic fields in Lake Placid.

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Tuesday, July 31

Alternative Indie Night - Songs at Mirror Lake will present Alternative Indie Night with Civil Twilight from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Mid's Park bandshell on Main Street in Lake Placid. This event is free and open to the public.

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Tuesday, August 7

Local Rock Night - Songs at Mirror Lake will present Local Rock Night with Placid from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Mid's Park bandshell on Main Street in Lake Placid. This event is free and open to the public.

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Tuesday, August 14

Blues and Soul Night - Songs at Mirror Lake will present Blues and Soul Night with Ruthie Foster from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Mid's Park bandshell on Main Street in Lake Placid. This event is free and open to the public.

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Wednesday, September 19

I Love Local Eats Cooking Series - The I Love Local Eats Cooking Series will be held at 6 p.m. at Pan Dolce with Chef Chris McDermott and dessert by Cake Placid. This event is an opportunity to see local chefs in action, taste their creations and taste desserts made by Cake Placid. Admission is $15 and benefits the Shipman Youth Center.

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Wednesday, October 17

I Love Local Eats Cooking Series - The I Love Local Eats Cooking Series will be held at 6 p.m. at Desperados with Chef Andrew Quinn and dessert by Emma's Lake Placid Creamery. This event is an opportunity to see local chefs in action, taste their creations and taste desserts made by Cake Placid. Admission is $15 and benefits the Shipman Youth Center.

Don't forget to visit the John Brown Farm State Historic Site on the John Brown Farm Road. Operated by New York state, this farm was home to one of the most notorious abolitionists of the 19th century.

The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) can help you plan your stay here. For further information on lodging, events or activities, call ROOST at (518) 523-2445 or stop in the Visitor Center at the Mirror Lake beach house. Or go online to www.lakeplacid.com.

 
 
 

 

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