LAKE PLACID - If you're interested in ski jumping, craft beer, rocking blues music and barbecue - and if you're looking for something to do this weekend - this village's Olympic venues may have your ticket.
Saturday and Sunday at the Olympic Jumping Complex on the southeast side of Lake Placid, the Flaming Leaves festival features ski jumping by top national competitors - some of them locally born and raised - as well as music by four bands, barbecue provided by Centerplate, and activities for kids and adults like horseshoes, tie-dye T-shirt making (bring your own shirt, or buy one there), henna tattoos and a craft market.
On Saturday, downtown at the Olympic Center's 1932 Rink, is the inaugural Lake Placid Brew Fest, from 3 to 7 p.m. Open to people 21 years and older, the Brew Fest will feature tastings of more than 70 beers made by more than 20 microbrew companies from around the country. It's co-hosted by two Lake Placid microbreweries: the Great Adirondack Brewing Company and Lake Placid Pub & Brewery.
A ski jumper soars at last year’s Flaming Leaves Festival.
(Enterprise file photo — Mike Lynch)
At the ski jumps, jumping begins at noon Saturday, with a second round scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday that will count as the second of three 90-meter competitions in this year's Art Devlin Cup series. Lake Placid teenager Miles Lussi enters as the leader in the chase for the cup after winning the July 4 jump. Sunday's jumping begins at 11 a.m.
Some of the sport's youngest athletes are also set to compete Saturday and Sunday, when they soar off the 20-meter jump. The Grasshoppers' competitions will begin a half-hour after the completion of the 90-meter events.
While spectators take in the jumping, they can listen to live blues music both days, drink beer and eat barbecue provided by Centerplate.
On Saturday, Lostdog will play hour-long sets at noon and 2 p.m. Joe Lowry & The Second City Blues Band, from Albany, will play at 1 and 3 p.m.
On Sunday, it's Los Blancos, from Syracuse, at noon and 2 p.m., and Larry Stone & The Stoneground Express at 1 and 3. Stone is a retired ski jump coach who lives in Wilmington.
While at the jumping complex, spectators can check out the autumn colors from atop the 120-meter ski jump. A chairlift will take visitors to the base of the jump, while a 26-story elevator ride will take them to the top, where guests can overlook the Adirondack High Peaks.
Lake Placid Brew Fest
When: 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6
Where: 1932 Rink, Olympic Center, Lake Placid
How much: $35 advance, $40 at door, $10 designated driver
The Brew Fest Saturday will also have live music by Mike Pedersen and food provided by Centerplate. Each brewery will have staff on hand to offer samples and talk brewing. A ticket covers admission, beer samples and a souvenir glass. For more information, visit www.whiteface.com/brewfest or call 518-523-3330.
(Editor's note: This article has been corrected to indicate that the Brew Fest is on Saturday, not Sunday.)