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Welcome to Saranac Lake

Summer events in Saranac Lake

May 30, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Set in the midst of the largest wilderness area in the eastern United States, where New York's beautiful lake country meets its highest mountains, the Adirondack village of Saranac Lake offers unparalleled outdoor recreation, sporting opportunities, and cultural activities for people of all abilities and interests.

Summer in Saranac Lake means gliding silently along a sun-dappled river in a canoe or hiking your way through a towering pine forest. It means standing atop one of the 46 High Peaks in the Adirondack Park or one of hundreds of smaller mountains, reveling in vistas that have inspired visitors for more than a century. It means breaking the glassy lake surface with a cast for trophy lake trout as the morning mist rises from the water. It's walking, biking, golfing, swimming, camping, or simply relaxing in one of the most serene and unspoiled settings in the country. Any outdoor activity on a Saranac Lake summer day is a uniquely enjoyable and memorable experience.

For centuries, the region's rivers and lakes carried travelers and trade between Lake Champlain and the St. Lawrence and Mohawk rivers. Today these same waters are a recreational paddler's paradise.

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Tim Fortune, right, demonstrates outside his studio during one of Saranac Lake’s Third Thursday Art Walks.
(Photo — Sandra Hildreth)

Within a 20-mile radius of the village, canoe and kayak enthusiasts can enjoy literally dozens of small lakes and pristine ponds, many of them in the St. Regis Canoe Area, the largest wilderness canoe area in the Northeast. The nearby Saranac, St. Regis, Ausable, and Raquette Rivers provide both relaxing passages through majestic forests and invigorating stretches of challenging whitewater. In addition to the 33-mile long Saranac Chain of Lakes (consisting of Upper, Middle, and Lower Saranac Lakes), Lake Flower, Oseetah Lake, Tupper Lake, and Lake Placid offer boaters exhilarating experiences - either in their own boats or on guided tours - amid spectacular scenery. For the more adventurous, there is the newly dedicated Northern Forest Canoe Trail that enables paddlers to go from Old Forge to Fort Kent, Maine by ways of Quebec, Vermont and New Hampshire.

These same waters present a veritable wish list for almost any angler; fly fishermen can ply their craft in search of brown and rainbow trout along specially stocked trophy stretches of the Saranac and Au Sable Rivers. Those seeking lake trout, bass, pike, or salmon will find both challenge and satisfaction on almost any water in the area, some of which are stocked by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

South and east of Saranac Lake, there rises an arc of mountains, ranging from dozens of small but scenic summits to the mountains known as the High Peaks, the greatest concentration of mountains over 4,000 feet in elevation in the Northeast.

Fact Box

Friday, June 1

Cruisin' Around the Mountains - The Seventh Annual Cruisin' Around the Mountains will be at the Best Western on Lake Flower Avenue in Saranac Lake from 3 to 7 p.m.

Art opening - The Adirondack Artists' Guild in Saranac Lake will host an opening for "Favorite Majicks" by Meg Bernstein from 5 to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served and the public is welcome. The exhibit will run through June 26.

NorthWind Fine Arts gallery opening - NorthWind Fine Arts, 36 Broadway, Saranac Lake, will host a gallery opening from 6 to 8 p.m. for Phil Gallos. For more information, visit ww.northwindfinearts.com.

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Saturday, June 2

Cruisin' Around the Mountains - The Seventh Annual Cruisin' Around the Mountains will be at the Best Western on Lake Flower Avenue in Saranac Lake from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with an all corvette show.

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Sunday, June 3

Cruisin' Around the Mountains - The Seventh Annual Cruisin' Around the Mountains' All American Car Show will be at the Saranac Lake Civic Center on Ampersand Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Sunday, June 10

Downtown Criterium - The Fourth Annual Saranac Lake Downtown Criterium will be held in Saranac Lake. The event will start at the Main Street/Broadway intersection near the Hotel Saranac.

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Friday, June 15, 16, 17

Tandem Rally - The Third Annual Saranac Lake Tandem Rally will be held in downtown Saranac Lake. For more information, visit www.gtgtandems.com.

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Sunday, June 17

Father's Day Fishing Derby - The annual Saranac Lake Father's Day Fishing Derby will be held on Lake Colby, sponsored by the Saranac Lake Fish and Game Club.

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Thursday, June 21

Third Thursday Art Walk - The Third Thursday Art Walk will showcase artists, galleries and live performances in downtown Saranac Lake from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

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Friday, June 29 to July 8

Adirondack Arts and Heritage Festival - The Adirondack Arts and Heritage Festival will be held with events throughout the Saranac Lake area. For more information, visit www.adkarts.com.

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Friday, June 29

Art opening - The Adirondack Artists' Guild in Saranac Lake will host an art opening for "Reinventions," an exhibit of photography by Eleanor Sweeney, from 5 to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served and the public is welcome. The exhibit will run through July 31.

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Sunday, July 1

Hanmer Guideboat Race - The 50th annual Willard Hanmer Guideboat Race, commemorating Willard Hanmer the preeminent guideboat builder of his era, will be held in Saranac Lake with events beginning at 9 a.m. For those wishing to race in either the guideboat, recreational canoe or kayak classes, email 50thhanmer@gmail.com.

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Wednesday, July 4

Saranac Lake Fourth of July celebration - The annual Fourth of July celebration in Saranac Lake will begin with a kiddie parade at 10 a.m., a celebration with food and old-time games in Riverside park, a decorated boat parade on Lake Flower and The Mayor's Cup, featuring tubing down the river. There will be a fireworks display which will be held at dusk over the Lake Flower boat launch area on Lake Flower Avenue.

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Friday, July 6

NorthWind Fine Arts gallery opening - NorthWind Fine Arts, 36 Broadway, Saranac Lake, will host a gallery opening from 6 to 8 p.m. for Cris Winters. For more information, visit ww.northwindfinearts.com.

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Saturday, July 7

Runabout Rendezvous - The Fifth Annual Runabout Rendezvous will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Lake Flower in Saranac Lake. Hosted by Spencer Boatworks Inc., the event will feature a wooden boat exhibition.

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Thursday, July 19

Third Thursday Art Walk - The Third Thursday Art Walk will showcase artists, galleries and live performances in downtown Saranac Lake from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

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Friday, July 27 to 29

Can-Am Rugby - The 39th Annual Can-Am Rugby Tournament will be held on the fields at the Petrova Elementary School in Saranac Lake, the field behind the former Spencer Boatworks on Route 3 and the North Elba Athletic Fields in Lake Placid. For a complete schedule, visit canamrugby.com.

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Thursday, August 2

Block Party - The annual Saranac Lake Block Party will be held throughout the afternoon on Main Street in downtown Saranac Lake.

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Friday, August 3

Art opening - The Adirondack Artists' Guild in Saranac Lake will host an opening for "Totems and Vessels," an exhibit of ceramic art by Mary Lou Reid, from 5 to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served and the public is welcome. The exhibit will be on display through Aug. 28.

NorthWind Fine Arts gallery opening - NorthWind Fine Arts, 36 Broadway, Saranac Lake, will host a gallery opening from 6 to 8 p.m. for Heidi Gutersloh. For more information, visit ww.northwindfinearts.com.

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Thursday, August 16 to 19

Adirondack Plein Air Festival - Plein air artists will be set up throughout Saranac Lake as part of the four-day Adirondack Plein Air Festival. Each artist will donate one 5-inch-by-7-inch painting for the "Paint the Town" silent auction, which will be set up at the Adirondack Artists Guild by 4 p.m. Spectators welcome.

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Thursday, August 16

Third Thursday Art Walk - The Third Thursday Art Walk will showcase artists, galleries and live performances in downtown Saranac Lake from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

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Sunday, August 19

Mayor's Cup 2012 - The Third Annual Mayor's Cup River Regatta will be held in Saranac Lake. For more information, visit www.slmayorscup.org or call Sandy Bandru, event coordinator, at 518-637-1069l.

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Friday, August 31

Art opening - The Adirondack Artists' Guild in Saranac Lake will host an opening for "Water + Color," an exhibit of watercolors by Jacqueline Altman, from 5 to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served and the public is welcome. The exhibit runs through Oct. 2.

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Friday, September 7 to 9

90 Miler Adirondack Canoe Classic - The annual 90 Miler Canoe Classic, a three-day, 90-mile canoe race will travel from Old Forge to Saranac Lake.

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Friday, September 7

NorthWind Fine Arts gallery opening - NorthWind Fine Arts, 36 Broadway, Saranac Lake, will host a gallery opening from 6 to 8 p.m. for Larry Poole. For more information, visit ww.northwindfinearts.com.

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Saturday, September 8

Chefs and Farmers: Taste the Adirondacks - The Adirondack Green Circle will host its annual Chefs and Farmers: Taste the Adirondacks event showcasing the talents of regional chefs and the bounty of local farms from 5 to 8 p.m. at the historic Union Depot in Saranac Lake.

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Thursday, September 20

Third Thursday Art Walk - The Third Thursday Art Walk will showcase artists, galleries and live performances in downtown Saranac Lake from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

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Friday, September 28 to 30

Artists at Work Studio Tour - Artists through the Tri-Lakes and beyond will open their home studios and galleries to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. as part of the annual Artists at Work Studio Tour. The Adirondack Artists' Guild, 52 Main St., Saranac Lake, is the event headquarters. Full-color booklets with artist information, maps and directions are available there.

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Friday, October 5

Art opening - The Adirondack Artists' Guild in Saranac Lake will host an opening reception for an exhibition of paintings by Ursula Trudeau from 5 to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served and the public is welcome. The exhibit will run through Oct. 30.

NorthWind Fine Arts gallery opening - NorthWind Fine Arts, 36 Broadway, Saranac Lake, will host a gallery opening from 6 to 8 p.m. for Cat Micheels.

Opportunities for day hikes, extended backcountry backpacking trips, rock climbing, mountain biking, or horseback trail rides are at hand. Equipment for almost any activity can be purchased or rented from local outfitters or sporting goods stores, while guided wilderness excursions can be arranged through a number of licensed and experienced Adirondack guides.

Saranac Lake is home to one of the most prestigious team-sport events in the country - the Can Am Rugby Tournament - which will return on July 27-29. The largest event of its kind in North America, the Can Am Tournament draws more than 100 teams from throughout the United States and Canada, as well as elite teams from Europe, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand, creating an ideal opportunity for families to enjoy the sport of rugby played at its highest caliber. The tournament hosts divisions for men and women, as well as "old boy" competition for those over 35 and 40 years of age.

Campgrounds - for either tent campers or recreational vehicles - are plentiful in the Saranac Lake area. Some, like the Saranac Lake Islands, offer quiet, rustic, and secluded lakeside camping within a short boat ride from the village, while others provide full hookups under the soothing sway of tall pine trees.

Saranac Lake also offers accommodations to suit any taste and budget. These include quaint bed and breakfasts, lakeside cottages and lodges cabins set deep in the woods, restored Adirondack Great Camps, full service hotels, and a variety of motels along the shore of Lake Flower. In addition to lodging, the village offers many fine restaurants.

Travelers can take in a play at Pendragon Theatre, the only year-round professional theatre in the Adirondacks, or take a ride on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, departing from the historic Union Depot. The Robert Louis Stevenson Cottage, the Six Nations Indian Museum and the Charles Dickert Memorial Wildlife Museum all offer opportunities for visitors to experience Saranac Lake's impressive heritage.

Saranac Lake was ranked the Number 1 Best Small Town in New York State and the 11th best in the United States in the book, "The 100 Best Small Towns in America," by Norman Crampton. Men's Journal Magazine has named us one of "America's 25 Coolest Mountain Towns" and one of the "50 Best Places to Live."

In 2006, the National Trust for Historic Preservation designated Saranac Lake as one of its "Dozen Distinctive Destinations."

In 2007, the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce received Four-Star Accreditation from the U.S. Chamber - another feather in the cap of one of the country's 1998 All-America Cities.

The Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is available for visitor information requests Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 
 

 

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