SARANAC LAKE - Hungry Bear Publishing is seeking essays and photos from past and current residents for an upcoming book titled, "Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Memories."
Formally announced on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 at the weekly Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee meeting, Publisher Andy Flynn said the book will be filled with people's favorite Winter Carnival memories. In addition, it will help raise funds for the Committee.
"This will be a book by the community, for the community," said Flynn, who will collect the submissions and be the editor of the project. "Since the Winter Carnival is the most community-oriented festival I've ever seen, this book must reflect the heart and soul of Saranac Lake. It needs to be written by the community."
"Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Memories" will be a memory book, not a complete history of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, which traces its roots to a small festival in 1897 during the tuberculosis-curing days. The Pontiac Club organized and hosted the event during the early years. The Ice Palace, a long-held Winter Carnival tradition, was first built for the 1898 Carnival, when hundreds of visitors traveled to Saranac Lake for the festivities by train.
"The Committee was very excited to learn of Andy's plans," said Jeff Dickson, Chairman of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee. "Winter Carnival is all about the creation of memories and everyone who has ever attended has some. Unfortunately, most of them get lost with the passage of time. This book's value to us as a fundraiser is wonderful, and the personal history that it will present is even more exciting."
Residents are asked to pick one memorable moment from a past Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, good or bad, and explain why it was so memorable, including as many details about the people and the scene as possible.
"If you ever wanted to have your essay or photo published in a book, this is your chance," Flynn said. "In return for the community's donation of memories, we will donate 10 percent of the book's proceeds to the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee to help ensure that this annual event stays around for a very long time."
Cover photos for the book were provided by Mark Kurtz Photography, of Saranac Lake, the official photographer for the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. One photo shows the fireworks display over the 2008 Ice Palace, and the other photo shows one of the famous Lawn Chair Ladies, Saranac Laker Sue Grimm, in action during the 2009 Gala Parade.
People may submit essays of no longer than 450 words and a maximum of two photographs. Poems and illustrations will also be accepted. The inside pages will be black and white. Entry forms, permission forms, rules, and directions are available for download at www.HungryBearPublishing.com or by contacting Andy Flynn at 40 McClelland St., Saranac Lake, NY 12983, by phone at 891-5559, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Entry and permission forms must be filled out and sent via postal mail to Hungry Bear Publishing, while essays and photos must be sent via e-mail.
"Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Memories" will be released in the fall of 2010, just in time for the Christmas shopping season. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2010.