Family-Friendly Saranac Lake Daffest Schedule of Events

By Diane Chase 


51,000 bulbs are starting to wake up in Saranac 
Lake New York (NY)  in time for the first Daffest April 29 - May 1, 2011.


Throughout the weekend there will be garden tours, historic tours and the Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce will have a booth with a map available. 
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Schedule of Events


Friday April 29, 2011
Noon Mayor Rabideau's Proclamation
Pleinnair Artists will be painting throughout the village all weekend.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Wigmore Garden Tour 30 people max -click here to sign up
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Tour Historic Saranac Village Will Rogers offered every 30 minutes
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Student Guided Tours of North Country Community College Campus
3:00 p.m. Guided Historic Tour 1.5 hour $5 donation from Riverside Park
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Park Tours, Neighborhood Tours and Boat Tours (weather permitting)
5:00 p.m.  Wine and Beer tasting Blue Moon Café' and Wing Night Captain Cook's
9:00 p.m.  Waterhole # 3 Bearquarium (Vermont's Finest Funk Band) $6 admission

Saturday April 30
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Tour Historic Saranac Village at Will Rogers offered every 30 minutes
10:00 a.m. Guided Historic Tour 1.5 hours $5 donation From Riverside Park
noon - 4:00 p.m.  Junk To Funk Garbage Art and Recycled Fashion Show Sparks Athletic Complex
Come enjoy designs made from recyclable materials! There will be a fashion show, silent auction, art show, band and more! Hosted by the students of NCCC !
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Lemon Festival Riverside Park:
• Live Performance by Saranac Lake's "Lawn Chair Ladies"
• Paul Smith's College  Daffodil Cake Demo, Pastry baking and interaction
• North Country Community College Wilderness Rec Leadership Program will be offering cooking demo, bowdrilling/primitive fire demo; hypothermia/dressing for backountry display; Leave No Trace/Backcountry Trash display; "Geocache" exercise -- use a compass to follow bearing and locate the prize.
• The Hunt for the Signature Daffest Pastry begins throughout the village at all local cafes'
• Blue Line Sport Shop "Fishing Clinic" Fly and Spin Reel
• Adirondack Lakes and Trail Kayak Clinic and Demos: Info on Spring, Summer and Fall wilderness and paddling packages will be available
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, sponsored by the Paul Smiths Draft
Horse Club
10:45 a.m.  Kick Off Parade featuring "Heather Pearsall and the Penn Dixie Band"
along race route from Overpass on LaPan Highway into Riverside Park!
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  "Heather Pearsall and the Penn Dixie Band" will perform live show in the Bandshell at Riverside Park
11:00 a.m. Daffest Derby
Old Fashioned Soap Box derby 3 age Classes : George LaPan Highway 
2:30 p.m.  Award Ceremony
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Park and Historic Tours Walking
Best Bloomin' Neighborhood Award
Boat Tours
Retail Stores with specials and demos
3:00 p.m.  Waterhole # 3 Matinee Show TBA admission is free
9:00 p.m.  Waterhole # 3 with Gordon Stone
 $6 admission
9:00 p.m.  to Closing Area bars music and fun

Sunday May 1 (May Day) 
Noon Crazy for Canines Doggie Parade!… Man's best friend paraded down Main St. in costume! Sponsored by Adirondack. High Peaks Dog Training Club
11:30 a.m.  to 1:00 p.m. Bake/Food sale to benefit Tri Lakes Humane Society
11:30 a.m.  to 1:00 p.m. Homemade doggie treats and toys will be offered for sale
Award Ceremony in Riverside Park following the parade
Noon Waterhole # 3 Bloody Mary Sunday

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