Saranac Lake Under the Sea Winter Carnival Schedule of Events

By Diane Chase, Adirondack Family

It is once again time for the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. With a theme of 'Under the Sea," there are many opportunities for costumes and ways to reuse those mermaid costumes my daughter has been collecting. Come and enjoy the annual ice castle and all the Saranac Lake as to offer! 

THURSDAY, January 31
5:30 p.m. – 14th Annual Past Royalty Mixer and Dinner
(Red Fox Restaurant, $), call 891-1286 for reservations

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.: opening reception “Arts & Flowers: the Village Improvement Society” (Adirondack Artists Guild)*
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.: opening reception “Abstraction” (Bluseed Studios)*
7:30 p.m. – Coronation Of Carnival Royalty
(Harrietstown Town Hall)
Sponsored By Women’s Civic Chamber
Post Coronation: Reception following the ceremony, B. P. O. Elks Lodge #1508, cash bar
8 p.m. – 2 a.m.: Free Juke Box all night long (Captain Cook’s)*
9:30 p.m.: Music – Barika (The Waterhole, $)* presented by The Pat McAvoy Experiment

10 a.m.: Ice Palace Fun Run (4 miles) (Ice Palace)
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: 20th Annual New York State Women, Inc. Chocolate Festival (Harrietstown Town Hall, $)
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Lutheran Church Women’s Craft Sale (Harrietstown Town Hall, $)
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Petrova Winter Carnival (fun for kids) (Petrova Elementary School Cafeteria, $)
11 a.m.: The Curling Exhibition (Lake Flower near the Ice Palace)
11 a.m.: Paul Smith’s College Woodsmen’s Exhibition (Riverside Park)
12:30 p.m.: NBT Bank Ladies’ Fry Pan Toss (Riverside Park, $) Competition Fry Pan supplied by Amanda’s Village Motel, prizes supplied by Lodge Manufacturing
2:30 p.m.: “Hunt for the Trident” treasure hunt – follow the clues (Riverside Park, $) Sponsored by the Women’s Civic Chamber
4:30-7:00 p.m.: Parent Faculty Organization Chicken & Biscuits Dinner* (Methodist Church, $) more details to follow
7:00 p.m. – Lighting Of Ice Palace, Guide Boat Realty Opening Fireworks Display
(State Boat Launch)
8:00 p.m.: Music – Joe Crookston (Bluseed Studios BluStage, $)*
9 p.m. – 2 a.m.: D J, Atlantic City trip giveaway (Captain Cook’s)*
9:30 p.m.: Music – Hot Day at the Zoo & The Blind Owl Band (The Waterhole, $)* presented by Fiddler’s Picnic & Upstate Live
10 p.m. – 2 a.m.: Karaoke (Romano’s Saranac Lanes)*

11:00 a.m. – White Stag Downhill Ski Races*
(Mt. Pisgah Ski Center, $)
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Georgiana Rickard on Piano (Left Bank Cafe)*
11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Arctic Bar-B-Que (Mount Pisgah Ski Center, $) Presented by the Friends of Mount Pisgah*
1 p.m. – Mayor’s Snowball Toss Tournament Challenge (Riverside Park) Register at the event
1 p.m., 3:30 p.m.: 9-Pin No-Tap Bowling Tournament (Romano’s Saranac Lanes, call 891-8301, $)
1-3 p.m.: H & R Block Ultimate Frisbee Games (Petrova Athletic Fields, call 637-2067 for more information)
2:30 p.m.: The Spike of Ice Icicle Contest (Ice Palace), judging at 3:30, Support provided by Woltner Summit Contracting, LLC

7 p.m.: Interfaith Service in Celebration (St. Luke’s Church)
7 p.m.: Bingo (Saranac Lake Adult Center)*
7:30 p.m.: Classic Film – “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” w/cartoon Sponsored by the Saranac Lake Classic Film Festival (Downhill Grill)
9:30 p.m.: Music – Rusty Doves (The Waterhole downstairs)*
3:30 p.m.:Scavenger Hunt for Middle School Students (Saranac Lake Youth Center)
5:30 p.m. – Grand Marshal Reception (B.P.O. Elks Lodge #1508, cash bar)
6:30 p.m. – Royalty Dinner (B.P.O. Elks #1508, $30), reservations by Feb. 1, call
891-4367, catered by Little Italy, Pages meals provided by Adirondack Motel
9:30 p.m.: Music – Sven Curth & Dick Fitzs (The Waterhole downstairs)*

6 p.m.: Curtis Lumber Snowshoe Races (all ages) (Dewey Mountain, call 891-2697, $)
8:15 p.m. – Firemen’s Broomball (Saranac Lake Civic Center)*
9:30 p.m.: Music – Twiddle (The Waterhole, $)*

12 p.m.: “Tales of the Sea”, Stories of visiting Norwegian sailors (Saranac Laboratory Museum, Historic Saranac Lake)*
2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: 24th Annual Winter Book Sale (Saranac Lake Free Library, Cantwell Community Room, 109 Main St., $) Books, Videocassettes, DVDs, Audio Books, Puzzles
6 p.m.: Torchlight Skiing (Mount Pisgah Ski Center) Fireworks to follow
7 p.m.: “So Dreams the Sea: Odes from the Deep”, a Literary Celebration (Luna Java Coffee House)*
9:00 p.m.: Music – Donna the Buffalo & Driftwood (The Waterhole, $)*

10 a.m.: Adirondack Bank Innertube Races (Mount Pisgah, $)
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: 24th Annual Winter Book Sale (Saranac Lake Free Library, Cantwell Community Room, 109 Main St., $) Books, Videocassettes, DVDs, Audio Books, Puzzles
12:30 p.m.: First Niagara Children’s Skating Races (Saranac Lake Civic Center, $)
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Big Boss Sausage Acoustic (Captain Cook’s, $)*
6 p.m.: Downtown Saranac Lake Outdoor Movie Night (Berkley Green)*
7 p.m.: Dust Bunnies (Left Bank Cafe, $)*
7:30 p.m. – Rotary Club Variety Show (Harrietstown Town Hall;
$13 advance, $20 at the door)*
9 p.m. – 1 a.m.: Reflections Classic Rock (Captain Cook’s, $)*
9:30 p.m.: Music – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band (The Waterhole, $)*
10 p.m. – Close: DJ & Dance Party (Romano’s Saranac Lanes)*
TBA – Firemen’s Broomball (Saranac Lake Civic Center)*

8:30-11 a.m.: Mason’s Pancake Breakfast (Saranac Lake Adult Center, 136 Broadway, $) Sponsored by Whiteface Mountain Lodge 789 Masonic Temple*
8:30-9:30 a.m.: Breakfast at McDonalds with Carnival Characters (McDonalds, $)
10-11 a.m.: Meet the Carnival Characters (Ice Palace)
10 a.m.: Snow Rugby Game sponsored by Can-Am Rugby (Petrova School Athletic Field) call 524-5841 for details
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: 24th Annual Winter Book Sale (Saranac Lake Free Library, Cantwell Community Room, 109 Main St., $) Books, Videocassettes, DVDs, Audio Books, Puzzles
10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Lion’s Club Chili Sale (Harrietstown Town Hall, $)*
11 a.m.: Paul Smith’s College Woodsmen’s Exhibition (Riverside Park)
12-4 p.m.: Paul Smith’s College Alumni Reunion (under the heated tent in the Sears parking lot, no charge, cash bar)*
12:00 p.m. – Parade Line Up (Lake Colby Drive)
1:00 p.m. – Gala Parade
(Broadway & Main Street from Ampersand Ave to Lapan Hwy.)
Following Parade Band Concert, Harrietstown Town Hall

After the Parade – Music by The Blind Owl Band (The Waterhole, $)*
After the Parade – 7 p.m.: Music by Bad Dogs (Captain Cook’s, $)*
4 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Backspin (Romano’s Saranac Lanes)*
7:30 p.m.: Pendragon Theatre, “Terra Nova” (call 891-9052 for reservations, $)*
8:30 p.m.: Music by Big Boss Sausage (Captain Cook’s,$)*
10:00 p.m.: Music – Lucid & Flabberghaster (The Waterhole, $)*
10 p.m. – 2 a.m.: Damaged Goods (Romano’s Saranac Lanes)*

10 a.m.: Casella Waste Adult X-C Skiing (Dewey Mountain., call 891-2697, $)
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Georgiana Rickard on Piano (Left Bank Cafe)*
11 a.m.: Bionique Snowflake Volleyball Tournament (Saranac Lake Civic Center Rotary Field, $)
11 a.m.: Showshoe Softball (Elks Field, John Munn Road, $)
11 a.m.: Casey McHugh Pond Hockey Tournament (Bloomingdale Fields, $) contact 518/637-4669 for info
12 p.m.: Saranac Lake Teachers Association Kids X-C Ski Races (Dewey Mountain, call 891-2697, $)
12:30-3 p.m.: Snowy Owl Face Painting for children (Harrietstown Town Hall)
2:00 p.m. – Kiddie Parade sponsored by Lake Champlain Pools, Spas and Stoves
(From the Saranac Lake Free Library to the Town Hall)
2 p.m.: Music by Tim Herron & Eric McElveen (The Waterhole)*
3 p.m.: 18th Annual Winter Carnival Baroque Concert (Methodist Church, Donation) Sponsored by the Saranac Lake Young Arts Association (SLYAA)
7:30 p.m. – Cape Air/American Management Association Carnival Slide Show (Ice Palace, State Boat Launch)
8:00 p.m. – Guide Boat Realty “Storming the Palace” Fireworks Display
(Ice Palace, State Boat Launch)

2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.: Post-Carnival Cape Air Slide Show (Saranac Village at Will Rogers)
Time and date to be announced: Recognition Dinner (TBA)
*This entry is listed for informational purposes only and is NOT an official Winter Carnival event. 

© Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time™, which is available online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the third guidebook in the four-book series of Adirondack Family Activities™.


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