SARANAC LAKE - Award-winning author and newspaper editor Andy Flynn will premiere the "Sounds of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival" presentation at 7:30 this evening at Saranac Village at Will Rogers.
The show was created to accompany Flynn's newest book, "Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Memories," which was released in August. During the presentation, he will play audio of interviews and events he recorded while conducting research for the book. It will include many of his photos from the Winter Carnival as well.
"This is a celebration of the history and culture of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival with photographs and audio collected from the 2012 and 2013 Winter Carnivals," Flynn said. "The sound I collected has not been heard since those events. People will be transported back in time - like a time machine - and will once again experience the magic of Winter Carnival."
The slide show will show off the many features of the Winter Carnival, including the Ice Palace, Gala Parade, royalty, theme, Winter Carnival Committee, history and schedule of events.
The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is the East Coast's longest-running winter carnival, which dates to 1897. National Geographic Traveler magazine called it the No. 2 winter carnival in the world. Complete with an Ice Palace, built with blocks of ice harvested from Lake Flower, this 10-day festival draws thousands of residents to Saranac Lake every winter.
"This volunteer-based event is important to the community because it helps get residents through the long Adirondack winters," Flynn said. "There's nothing like it anywhere."
Flynn is an author and publisher living in Saranac Lake, having published eight books including the "Adirondack Attic" book series. He currently operates Hungry Bear Publishing with his wife, Dawn. During the day, he is the assistant managing editor at Denton Publications in Elizabethtown and editor of the North Creek News Enterprise. He is also a news correspondent for North Country Public Radio in Canton and produces two programs for NCPR, "The Adirondack Attic" and "New York's Bluegrass Trail."
Flynn has been a member of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee for the past four years, helping with the website, public relations and announcing the parade at the reviewing stand. He will be selling and signing books after the programs. All proceeds from tonight's event will be donated to the Winter Carnival Committee to help pay for the new website.
This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Debbie Kanze at 518-891-7117.