Bolton's full of action on the Fourth
Each year for decades, Bolton Landing has been considered the place to be on the Fourth of July, and this year the tradition continues.
Not only do you have the annual Bolton Landing Arts & Crafts Festival running daily through the long weekend, but there are also the special July Fourth activities which begin Sunday at 7 p.m. with a deejay providing musical entertainment, plus face-painting, and a stilt walker/juggler.
These two celebrations, both free, provide an unbeatable combination.
The arts festival includes a wide variety of crafts, gifts and home furnishings, most all created with an artist's touch. These crafts vendors will be set up in Rogers Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
The Fourth of July fireworks show starts Sunday night at about 9 p.m., with the prime viewing from Rogers Park or on the lake. Boaters are urged, for safety's sake, not to get too close to the fireworks barge.
Folks are invited to purchase a $1 raffle ticket for a chance on winning a basket filled with merchandise and gift certificates from local businesses.
This is a great opportunity to shop, dine, stroll and view the fireworks. Sponsoring the Fourth of July events are volunteers of the Bolton Landing Business Association.
Incidentally, donations are always welcome, and they'll help offset the cost of the fireworks and activities.
Artist's reception planned
Sweet Pea Farm Perennials & Art Gallery will be hosting an exhibition reception Friday, July 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. for acclaimed landscape painter Eric Tobin. All are invited to attend, meet Tobin and review his artwork. Refreshments will be available, and admission is free. The gallery is located at 121 Federal Hill Road.
Library hosting community yard sale
Bolton Free Library is sponsoring a new event for local residents called "Fleas & Finds" which is a yard sale to be held this weekend on their lawn.
During the holiday weekend, the library will make its front lawn available to library patrons for a donation of $40 to sell their household wares, collectibles, tools, books, clothing and other treasures.
Considering the heavy pedestrian traffic expected this weekend, the event will likely result in a prosperous sale for all. For details, call Carole Newell at 240-6240.
Basketball for teens
Bolton Central School athletic coach Ed White is again offering his traditional Summer Basketball Camp this year. The program is open, free of charge, to Bolton residents, ages 14 through 18. It starts Tuesday, July 13, and new registrants are now being sought.
The sessions, designed to build basketball skills, will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday through Aug. 19 at the BCS gym.
Prospective participants may drop in during the first two sessions, with no obligation, to see if they want to sign up for the entire series. If you have any questions contact White at 669-5321.
Library needs help with book sale
The Bolton Free Library has scheduled its annual Gigantic Book Sale and the library staff is in desperate need of volunteers. The sale is to be held July 22-25 with plenty of shifts available for volunteers to be on duty. Library officials ask volunteers work at least a two-hour shift. Folks available during the weekend of the sale are asked to call Megan at 644-2233 or Cindy Farbaniec at 240-6009.
Bolton Chamber of Commerce on the move
In the past year the chamber has seen many exciting changes, including providing ever more benefits to its members and visitors. Some advantages to being a member include a free listing in the high-quality color brochure - of which 30,000 are distributed - a free listing and link on the new chamber Web site, free placement in the annual Walking Map, access to on-line leads, and the opportunity to display brochures and literature at the chamber office, which is at a prime location at the entrance to Rogers Park.
All businesses and individuals are welcome to join. Call Elaine at the chamber at 644-3831 for a membership packet to review the other available benefits.
Open house planned by Bolton Library
On Tuesday, July 6, from 6 to 8 p.m, local residents and visitors will surely be touring the Bolton Free Library during an open house. Library representatives and volunteers will be conducting tours, showing the remarkable collections and volumes on hand. Light refreshments will be served. The library is located at 4922 Lake Shore Drive.
Those who haven't stopped by the library this year to see the recently donated key famed sculptor David Smith presented decades ago to town officials, now would be a great opportunity.
Bolton Seniors schedule of activities
• Wednesday, July 7 - Business meeting of Bolton Seniors includes nomination committee selection and sign-up for upcoming activities, which include: jaunt on LGA's Floating Classroom, miniature golf, Lake George Youth Theatre shows, the annual Senior Picnic, a trip to Saratoga's Racino, Lake George Dinner Theatre show, Saratoga Flat Track trip, and an excursion to Old Forge. If minimums for sign-ups are not met for the trips, space will be available to non-members. Meetings are held at the Senior Center on Cross Street. All Bolton residents 50 and older are invited to attend.
• Wednesday, July 14, 12:30 p.m. - Lunch at Son of a Sailor, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Program aboard the LGA's "Floating Classroom," hands-on excursion teaching about the Lake George watershed, wildlife and water quality. Cost: $11.
• Thursday, July 15, 9:30 a.m. - Lake George Youth Theatre's production of "Les Miserables," at Queensbury High School. Lunch follows at Chinatown Restaurant. Cost: $13
• Wednesday, July 21, 10 a.m. Visit to Adirondack Miniature Golf, Lake Luzerne. Lunch to follow at Molly's Mason Jar. Cost: $9
• Thursday, July 22, 9:30 a.m. - Lake George Youth Theatre's production of "Bye, Bye Birdie," at Queensbury High School. Lunch follows at Carl R's Restaurant. Cost: $13
• Wednesday, July 28, 11 a.m. - Senior Picnic, Veteran's Park in Bolton Landing, no charge.
• Thursday, July 29, 9:30 a.m. - Lake George Youth Theatre's production of "Music Man," at Queensbury High School. Lunch follows at Nemo's Restaurant. Cost: $13