If you haven't been to downtown Saranac Lake, make sure you come and bring your family and friends who are visiting this summer. You'll find shopping, dining, art galleries, a history museum, new sidewalks, the new Adirondack Carousel and the Adirondack Scenic Railroad.
There are also more than 50 events being held with the Adirondack Arts and Heritage Festival.
Kudos to village Mayor Clyde Rabideau and Community Development Director Jeremy Evans for creating excitement among business owners with projects that will attract visitors and add to the quality of life for Saranac Lake. They have coordinated with the Adirondack Scenic Railroad to adjust the train schedule so riders can spend a longer period of time in Saranac Lake, giving people more time to see some sights, enjoy dining and browse the shops. The train schedule, starting July 1, will be as follows:
-leaving Lake Placid at 11 a.m. and arriving in Saranac Lake at 11:45
-leaving Saranac Lake at 1 p.m. and arriving in Lake Placid at 1:45
-leaving Lake Placid at 2 p.m. and arriving in Saranac Lake at 2:45
-leaving Saranac Lake at 3:30 p.m. and arriving in Lake Placid at 4:15.
A map is being given to visitors when they buy train tickets. It shows them the locations of the Carousel, River Walk, Saranac Laboratory, library, Riverside Park and downtown shopping.
Arrangements for new signage and a bus are also in the works to make it easier for visitors to get around.
Saranac Lake village crews have worked hard sprucing up downtown. You might have noticed the new roof on the bandshell at Berkeley Square and beautiful green sod laid on the lawn's bare spots - all in time for today, when there will be sidewalk sales starting at 4 p.m. and a free screening of "The Wizard of Oz" at 9 p.m. in Berkeley Square.
Saranac Lake has always been a place of high energy and spirit that makes it such a great community to live, play and stay. We commend the village of Saranac Lake and businesses for making the downtown environment more welcoming to all who visit and live here.