SARANAC LAKE - The blocks are being arranged and the schedule is being finalized.
Everything is pretty much set to go for the 2011 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, which will run from Friday, Feb. 4, through Sunday, Feb. 13.
"We start getting excited for this right after last year's event when we start thinking of the theme for the next carnival," Adrienne Relyea of the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce said. "We are pretty much just getting the ducks in a row right now. Everyone knows their jobs and things are running smooth."
The Carnival, which celebrates its 114th anniversary this year, will feature plenty of events that families and tourists have come to love, along with a couple of "new traditions."
"We are going to have an icicle-growing contest as part of the Carnival this year," Relyea said. "It will be held at Riverside Park, so people should start growing their icicles now and make sure they figure out a way to get them to the park for judging."
Another event will remember a local student who passed away in 2010, with the Casey McHugh Pond Hockey Tournament set to take place starting at 11 a.m. on Feb. 13 at the Bloomingdale rink behind the firehouse.
"We had a pond hockey tournament in the past, and this is a touching and nice way to bring the event back and it is a meaningful event for a lot of people here," Relyea said.
The festivities actually get started a day earlier than the Coronation ceremony, traditionally the official beginning of Winter Carnival, with the 12th annual Past Royalty mixer and dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3 (place TBA).
The King and Queen will be crowned during Coronation at the Harrietstown Hall starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, followed by a reception at the B.P.O. Elks Lodge No. 1508.
Events start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5, with the Ice Palace Fun Run, along with the 18th annual Business and Professional Women's Chocolate Festival at the Harrietstown Town Hall from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.; the Lutheran Church Women's Craft Sale from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.; the Petrova Winter Carnival at Petrova Elementary School from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.; The Adirondack Arc Curling exhibition at the state boat launch on Lake Flower at 11 a.m.; the Paul Smith's College woodsmen's exhibition at Riverside Park at 11 a.m.; the NBT Bank Ladies fry pan toss at Riverside Park at 12:30 p.m.; the Third Women's Civic Chamber Treasure Hunt (Knights of the Round Table Search for the Carnival Grail) starting at Riverside Park at 2:30 p.m.; the icicle growing contest at Riverside Park at 4 p.m.; the 13th Saranac Lake Figure Skating spaghetti dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Methodist Church (call 891-3434 for takeouts); and the lighting of the Ice Palace, followed by the Guide Boat Realty fireworks display, at 7 p.m.
Events on Sunday, Feb. 6 will be the White Stag Downhill Ski Races at the Mount Pisgah Ski Center at 11 a.m.; the Arctic Bar-B-Que from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Mount Pisgah; an ultimate frisbee tournament from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Petrova Athletic Fields; and a 9-pin no-tap bowling tournament at Romano's Saranac Lanes from 2 to 5 p.m.
Several events will happen at 7 p.m. on Monday. Feb. 7, including a classic film viewing sponsored by the Saranac Lake Classic Film Festival; an interfaith celebration service at St. Luke's Episcopal Church; bingo at the Saranac Lake Adult Center; and firemen's broomball at the Saranac Lake Civic Center. Broomball will have two sessions, with the first at 7 p.m. and the second following.
Tuesday, Feb. 8, will feature a scavenger hunt for middle school students at the Saranac Lake Youth Center at 3:30 p.m.; a grand marshal reception at 5:30 p.m. at the B.P.O. Elks Lodge No. 1508, followed by the royalty dinner at 6:30 p.m.; and torchlight skiing at Mount Pisgah at 6 p.m.
There will be the Mac's Canoe Livery Snowshoe Races at Dewey Mountain starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 9, with the 24th Annual Figure Slating Show taking place at the Saranac Lake Civic Center at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10.
Mount Pisgah will be the site of the Adirondack Bank intertube races on Friday, Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. Other events include the 22nd annual winter book sale at the Saranac Lake Free Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the "giving Paws" benefit for the Tri-Lakes Humane Society at the Artist's Guild from 5 to 7 p.m.; a concert by Sara Milonovich with Daisycutter at BluSeed Studios at 7:30 p.m.; the NBT Bank children's skating races at the Civic Center at 12:30 p.m.; the Rotary Club variety show at the Harrietstown Town Hall at 7:30 p.m.; and firemen's broomball at the Civic Center (time TBA).
On Saturday, Feb. 12, the Gala Parade line-up starts at noon on Lake Colby Drive, with the parade stepping off at 1 p.m. on Broadway and Main Street, from Ampersand Ave. to the LaPan Highway, which will be followed by a band concert at the Harrietstown Town Hall.
Other events of Feb. 12 include breakfast at McDonald's with Grimace and Carnival characters from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.; the Mason's pancake breakfast at the Saranac Lake Adult Center from 8:30 to 11 a.m.; a meet the Carnival characters event from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Ice Palace; the winter book sale at the Saranac Lake Free Library from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.; the Lions Club chili sale at the Harrietstown Town Hall from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.; the Paul Smith's College woodsmen's exhibition at Riverside Park at 11 a.m.; the Paul Smith's College alumni reunion from noon until 4 p.m.; and a dance with the Six Foot Midget Band at Hotel Saranac from 9 p.m. until midnight.
Along with the McHugh Memorial Pond Hockey tournament, other events of Sunday, Feb. 12, include adult cross-country ski races at Dewey Mountain at 10 a.m.; the snowflake volleyball tournament at the civic center's Rotary Field at 11 a.m.; snowshoe softball at the Elks Field on John Munn Road at 11 a.m.; kids cross-country ski races at Dewey Mountain at noon; Snowy Owl face painting for children at the Harrietstown Town Hall from 12:30 to 3 p.m.; the kiddie parade from the Saranac Lake Free Library to the Town Hall at 2 p.m.; the 16th annual Winter Carnival Baroque Concert at the Methodist Church at 3 p.m.; a lasagna dinner at the Methodist church at 5:30 p.m.; a carnival slide show at the Ice Palace at 7:30 p.m.; and the final gala fireworks display at the Ice Palace at 8 p.m.
For more information on the 2011 Winter Carnival, button information and the latest schedules, visit the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee Web site at www.saranaclakewintercarnival.com.