Fishing at Minerva Lake
A variety of Fourth of July events are planned throughout the region this week, starting with the 25th Annual Minerva Day on Saturday, June 30 and ending with Independence Day celebrations in Johnsburg and Indian Lake on Saturday, July 7.
The 25th Annual Minerva Day celebration will be a time for fun activities, food and friends.
Activities will include fishing, the Pant, Pedal, Paddle race, multiple yard sales, a parade, a potluck dinner and fireworks.
Here is the schedule:
8-11 a.m.: Breakfast at the Minerva Firehouse, sponsored by the parents of the MCS class of 2015
9 a.m.: Garage sales all over town
9:30 a.m.: Pant, Pedal, Paddle race beginning (and concluding) at Olmstedville dam
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Artisans Fair at Courtney Park in Olmstedville
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Art Show at Irishtown Schoolhouse, with kids activities, 1-3 p.m.
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Open House at St. Mary’s Church in Irishtown
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Kids Fishing Derby at Minerva Lake
1 p.m.: MSO Memorial for Bob Morrison at Courtney Park
2 p.m.: Minerva Historical Museum Opening, including the exhibit, “Minerva Day Celebrating 25 Years” and presentation of the “Minerva Citizen of the Year Award”
5 p.m.: Parade begins at Sporty’s Iron Duke Saloon, ends at Donnelly Beach
6 p.m.: Community potluck dinner following parade at the beach
7 p.m.: Dedication of Donnelly Beach Playground
6:30-8 p.m.: Activities at the Beach, including games and face painting for the kids, drawing for Minerva Quest Prizes and live music by “Who’s Your Paddy?”
Dusk: Fireworks (viewing from “The Point” on Minerva Lake now available)
Also, Jake Hitchcock, the area’s “cairn builder,” will be constructing a “historical” cairn at the Minerva Historical Museum on Minerva Day. He will be part of the Minerva Day presentation that starts at the museum at 2 p.m.
Area artists will be demonstrating their crafts on the grounds of the Irishtown School during the Minerva Day Art Show. The Art Show will be held in the old school from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The following craftsmen, their medium and the times they will be present are : Thomas Badgley, painting, 10 a.m. - noon; Sharon Jerome, rug hooking and Sonja Emelianoff, felting, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Mary Irene Lee, mixed media, noon - 2 p.m.; Emma Corey, graphite painting, 2-3 p.m. Children's art activities will be held from 1 to 3 p.m.
On July 4, the Fourth of July Celebration in Long Lake starts at 10 a.m. with the Annual 4th of July Games at the Long Lake Town Ball Field. Long Lake Bed Races start at 5 p.m. at the Town Beach. Pre-registration is required. The Fourth of July celebration continues at 6 p.m. at the Long Lake Town Beach with the Jay Walken Band performing, with the Long Lake Fire Department serving up a feast, and Penelope the Clown painting faces at the Gazebo. Fireworks will be at dusk. Call 624-3077 for more information. These events are sponsored by the Town of Long Lake.
North Creek and the Town of Johnsburg will celebrate Independence Day on July 7 starting at noon at the Ski Bowl Park. There will be bands, food, kids and grown-up games and activities all day, ending at dusk when the firework display begins.
Bands will include Decadence, Fingerdiddle, The Willy Play More Band and Avalanche.
Food will be provided by the Pack 36 Cub- Scouts, who will be serving hamburgers, hotdogs, sausage and peppers and more. Plus, Petes Ahh (the local pizza joint) will be serving a variety of entrees and finger foods. Tom will be serving a pork and or turkey, salt potato, and corn on the cob meal. Black Mountain Motel will provide beer & other refreshments. Mark Kenyon will be serving homemade maple cotton candy.
Entertainment: Local businesses and fire departments will be hosting kids games (ring toss, balloon game, kiddy duck fishing, bounce house, face painting, dunking booth and dime toss) as well as horseshoes, poker and a misting tent for the older kids.
There will also be a women’s all-star game Friday, July 6 at 6 p.m. The boys’ all-star game will be Saturday, July 7 at noon.
Randy LaFountain will host a dice game and a ball toss at the celebration
Braley & Noxon will be raffling a girls and boys Huffy bike. Tickets can be purchased at the North Creek Hardware or at the Independence Day Celebration. The drawing will take place around 6 p.m. at the Celebration.
The Independence Day Celebration is sponsored by the Town of Johnsburg and organized by Braley & Noxon Hardware.
The Town of Indian Lake’s Independence Day Celebration Weekend will take place on Saturday, July 7.
The day starts with the Annual Kid’s Fishing Derby at Byron Park starting at 8 a.m. The Indian Lake/Blue Mountain Lake Fish and Game Association sponsors this event. This is a free event for kids under the age of 16.
Saturday will also bring the United Methodist Church’s Bazaar, Bake Sale and Flea Market from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the church on Main Street and just south at the parsonage the Flea Market will be held. In Blue Mountain Lake, the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts will hold its Annual Auction from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and block party from 2 to 5 p.m. The Indian Lake Volunteer Fire Department will be holding its Annual Chicken Barbecue at the Fire Hall, starting at 4 p.m.
Saturday at 7 p.m., there will be a parade down Main Street, Indian Lake. The theme for this year’s parade will be “Salute to Patriots of America.” People are being asked to deck out their tractor and enter it in the parade. Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places (no lawnmowers allowed). Registration forms for the parade will be available at the Town Hall and the Chamber of Commerce or by calling 648-5828.
Following the parade, the festivities at Byron Park will include a Strawberry Shortcake Social starting at 7 p.m., sponsored by the United Methodist Church from Blue Mountain Lake.
The evening will finish with a fireworks display at approximately 9:30 p.m.
The Newcomb Lions Club will be holding its 47th Annual Chicken Barbecue from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 7 at the town beach.
Each barbecue dinner costs $10 and includes half a chicken, baked beans, salad, roll and a beverage. Hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage and peppers and soft drinks can also be purchased at the picnic. Only 675 chicken dinners will be available.
This family event will feature live music by Eric Peter. There will also be a raffle of $100, $200 and $300. This event is the main fundraiser for the Newcomb Lions Club, and all fund will go to support the club’s many community activities, including scholarships to Camp Colby, eye glass collections, Little League and High Peaks Hospice.