As other countries and Christian communities prepare for Lent with enough debauchery to shame a politician, the Adirondacks puts on all its finery to revel in activities only to be found in a winter wonderland. Though not located in New Orleans, Venice or another warmer location, the Adirondacks version of Carnival utilities one popular winter asset, snow. Like the world traditions of Mardi Gras and Carnival, an Adirondack Winter Carnival is not for the weak of heart.
2) Long Lake's Ice Fest (February 6-7) brings back The Ice Farm's Stanley Kolonko as he travels on his way to the 23rd Crystal Garden International Ice CarvingExhibition in Ottawa, part of the second weekend of Winterlude. Watch the sculptures emerge at the Raquette Lake Library, Shamrock Motel and Cottages, The Long Lake Town Offices and more surprises along the way.
3) Northville's Sacandaga Winter Carnival will be held February 7, 10 am - 4 pm.Enjoy a dog sled ride, ice skating on the lake, a vintage snowmobile show (over 50 classic sleds), Ol' Time Gospel group, food, turkey bowling, hot air balloon, model rocket demo and more!
8) Hague Winter Weekend (February 13-15) is a smaller venue than it's neighbor to the south, with a Snow Queen pageant for young girls at the Hague Community Center, cross-country skiing at Roger's Rock Campground, a pancake breakfast, chili competition as well as games with the Silver Bay Association. On Sunday, February 15, anyone wishing to take a plunge, allproceeds on the Polar Bear Plunge benefit the Vermont Children's Hospital.
© Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time™guidebooks have easy Adirondack family hikes, Adirondack swimming holes, Lake Placid Olympic activities, Adirondack trivia, Adirondack horseback rides, Adirondack snowshoe family trails and more. Look for the Adirondack family guidebook online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the next Adirondack Family Activities™ guide.