Communities around the region are poised to celebrate Independence Day with a host of festivals and fireworks displays.
In Johnsburg, the town will celebrate Independence Day today (Saturday) at Ski Bowl Park with an all-day festival. Supervisors Secretary Cherie Ferguson, who has been instrumental in planning the event, said this years festival promises to be the best ever.
Things get under way beginning with a puppet show at 11 a.m. and a live music concert featuring six local bands beginning at 1 p.m.
Throughout the day, revelers will be able to enjoy a variety of games such as a dime toss and a poker table as well as food booths serving up a host of summer delicacies, all by local service organizations.
Things culminate after dusk with a giant fireworks spectacular.
The Town of Indian Lake will be celebrating Independence Day the weekend after the 4th of July. The festivities will kick off Friday, July 6, evening at 6:30 pm with a parade down Main Street. This will be the third year for the Independence Celebration Parade, and it seems to get larger every year. The theme for this years parade will be America In Song. All individuals and organization are encouraged to join in on the parade. The classic cars are always a hit. Everyone participating in the parade will receive recognition and a memento. The float contest will be judged on the theme and the floats should reflect this theme. Please register for the parade, forms will be available from the town hall and the chamber of commerce after June 1. These forms should be turned into the Events/Activates Dept., (PO Box 730, Indian Lake, NY 12842), at the town hall by July 2. Float prizes will be $75 for first, $50 for second and $25 for third. The float competition is sponsored by Indian Lake Central School Industrial Arts Club.
Stephen Gratto will be joining us again this year. He will be riding his unicycle in the parade, and will do a performance at Byron Park after the parade. The performance will include stilt walking, balloon making and a juggling act. If you missed this show last year then you missed such things as Stephen balancing a chair on his chin, balancing someone on his shoulders as he rides a unicycle, and eight strong men holding him up as he walks a rope. It is a great show for both kids and adults.
The Byron Park festivities will also include musical entertainment by Adirondack Acoustic. The Country Christmas Tour will be selling 50/50 raffles, girl scouts will be selling cotton candy and popcorn, and the chamber of commerce will have glow necklaces available. The evening will finish with a fireworks display at approximately 9:30 pm.
Saturday, July 7, will see the Annual Kids Fishing Derby at Byron Park starting at 8 a.m. This event is sponsored by the Indian Lake/Blue Mountain Lake Fish and Game Association. Also at the Byron Park Building there will be a FREE Child ID Program from 9:00 am-1:00pm, sponsored by Warrensburg Masonic Lodge. Check out the United Methodist Churchs Bazaar and Bake Sale. There will be many homemade baked goods and handmade items for sale. It all starts at 9:30 a.m. and goes to 1:30 p.m. at the church on Main Street. In Blue Mountain Lake the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts will be holding their annual auction starting at 10:00 am and finishing up at 2 p.m. This is a great opportunity to find a treasure and is fun to participate in or just sit back and watch. Also the Indian Lake Volunteer Fire Dept. will be holding their Annual Chicken Barbeque at the fire hall. Stop in after 4 p.m. to enjoy this delicious meal but make sure you get there early because they will more then likely sell out.
In Long Lake, a full day of festivities are scheduled for July 4 . Celebrate our countrys birthday with style. The schedule is as follows:
-9:30 a.m. Games for all ages begins the 4th of July with races (dashes and relays) and contests (treasure hunt and egg toss) at the Long Lake Ball field.
-5 p.m. Firemen sell Sausage, Pepper & Onion, hot dogs and hamburgers.
-6 p.m. Strawberry shortcake with homemade biscuits for sale.
-7 p.m. North Country Preservation Jazz Band until end of the fireworks. Penelope the Clown will entertain at the beach.
-9:30 p.m. Approximately Fireworks
In Minerva, Independence Day comes early as the Town of Minerva celebrates Minerva Day today (Saturday.)
The following schedule has been developed:
-Brunch at Minerva Town Hall: 8 a.m. 11 a.m. Served by the parents of the Minerva Central School Class of 2009. This fine breakfast will get you ready for the busy day to come.
-Ecumenical Service: 8:30 a.m 9 a.m., Minerva Town Hall. Town residents of various faiths will present this community service.
-Town-wide Garage Sales: around 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This fine Minerva Day tradition will involve participating residents and businesses throughout the town. Sales locations will be marked on maps that will be available at various locations around town leading up to and on Minerva Day. Excellent shopping!
-Morse Blacksmith Shop Open House: 9 a.m. to ?. Fred Morse again will kindly open up the old blacksmith shop and sawmill in the building next to the old Morse house at 151 Morse Memorial Highway. Demonstrations involving the old blacksmith shop and sawmill will take place during the day.
-Courtney Park Tent Events: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A variety of tables and tents will be set up at the beautiful Courtney Park at the four corners in Olmstedville. Organizations participating include the Minerva Service Organization, Minerva Historical Society, as well as others. Come check out the tents!
-Kids Fishing Derby at Minerva Lake: 10:30 a.m. to noon. To be held at Minerva Lake, at the point of land near the beach concession stand. Join the fun try your luck for fish and top notch prizes. The upper age limit for this event is 16. Bring fishing pole, bait, tackle, and lots of interest!. Last years catches included bass, perch, sunnies, frogs, etc. The fishings always great.
-Softball Game at Brannon Field in Irishtown: 1:30p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Come to the beautiful Brannon Field and catch a great annual event on Minerva Day: Team Minerva Rescue Squad team vs. team Johnsburg Rescue Squad. The action will be hot, the weather maybe hotter, so cool off with available frosty beverages while watching a great game. Donations are always welcome and will go to the Minerva Rescue Squad.
-Minerva Historical Society Museum Opening and Minerva Citizen of the Year Presentation: 2 p.m. The theme of this years opening is The 200th Anniversary of the Minerva Baptist Church. As a bonus, the presentation of the Minerva Citizen of the Year will also take place at this event. The museum opening is always an exciting occasion, so please come!
-Open House at the Irishtown School and St. Marys Church: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The historic Irishtown School House and St. Marys Church will be wide open for visitors. These are beautiful buildings, so come and visit.
-Minerva Hometown Parade: 5 to 6 p.m. This terrific and amazing parade is once again being organized by the Minerva PTSO. Parade participants can begin lining up at Sportys Iron Duke Saloon in downtown Minerva at 4 p.m. The parade route will take the floats, vehicles, and marchers from Sportys past the Town Hall, down the Morse Memorial Highway, and then continues on to the Minerva Recreation Area at Donnelly Beach. All entries will be judged and certificates will be awarded to the winners.
-This years parade will be led by the 2007 Minerva Citizen of the Year: David Beale (aka Sporty).
-Community Potluck Supper at Donnelly Beach: Starts at 6 p.m. This potluck extravaganza begins where the parade ends please bring a dish (with plenty on it) to share!! Sit down, relax, and enjoy the potluck, the gem of the Town (Minerva Lake) and the folks around you.
-Celtic Music at the Beach: 6:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy excellent music while delighting in the great potluck supper.
-Fireworks at the Beach: Around dusk (9:15 p.m). Courtesy of the Town of Minerva, this fireworks display gets bigger and better every year, no question.