INDIAN LAKE - In celebration of the 30 years since the return of the moose to the Adirondack Park, Indian Lake will come alive during one "moose-themed" weekend Sept. 18 and 19.
The Great Adirondack Moose Festival, (GAMF) the first Moose Festival held in New York State, is made possible through a collaborative effort by the Town of Indian Lake and the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce. It will bring a multitude of events to the hamlets of Indian Lake, Sabael and Blue Mountain Lake including guided tours, vendors, youth activities and much more.
"The festival is designed to offer a purely Adirondack experience for everyone. This community-wide event features a host of Adirondack style and moose-oriented family fun activities," said chairwoman Brenda Valentine.
Joining Valentine in the planning process as chairs are Christine Pouch and Aaron Gadway.
"This event has great potential," said Valentine. "We hope to see it grow as we continue to build upon the success that we anticipate for its debut season in the coming weeks."
The festival will feature activities including moose-related crafts, games, tours and Bruce the Moose will make his inaugural appearance with Smokey the Bear for children's' entertainment and souvenir photos.
For the history buff, the Indian Lake Museum Open House will offer an opportunity to learn about the beginnings of the town and the folks who settled the area. Also, the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, in Blue Mountain Lake, will present the fall theater production of Kimberly Akimbo.
Space should be reserved early at the "Moose is Loose in the Adirondacks" presentation, which will explore all about the history, current status and future of the moose in the Adirondack region of New York State.
"The GAMF weekend promises a glimpse of beautiful fall foliage along our country roads and lake shores," said Valentine.
Members of the Great Adirondack Moose Festival Steering Committee are asking the public to participate in research involving the presence of the moose in the local region. Photos and information regarding moose sightings over the last several years will be collected during the festival.
Send moose photos and sighting information to Christine Pouch at PO Box 363 Indian Lake, NY 12842 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Festival sponsors include: Adirondack "by" Owner, graFIX, Hutchins Construction, NCPR, Indian Lake Marina, NYSERDA, 3 Blind Moose Wine, Pepsi Bottling Company, Indian Lake Restaurant, Adirondack Camp Antiques & Collectibles, Anonymous, Community Bank, Indian Lake Theater, J&R Eldridge, Karl's B&B, Lone Birch Motel, Marty's Chili Nights, Pete Hutchins Floor Covering, Prospect Point Cottages, Steet Toyota, Whispering Pines, Stewart's Shops, Gadway Realty, The Cabins at Chimney Mountain, Pines Country Store, and Frontier Communications.
All festival activities are free and most do not require advance registration. For more information and a list of activities with exact times, please visit www.indian-lake.com or call 648-5636.