Skaters practice for the "Stars on Ice" show taking place Dec. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
The New Year is approaching rapidly, and there are a number of events throughout the North Country to get people into the spirit of 2012.
The Art Devlin Cup, symbolic of ski jumping excellence over three competitions, will be up for grab in Lake Placid, with action contining Friday, Dec. 30, at 12:30 p.m., when NYSEF hosts its annual ski jumping event on the 90-meter hill. Many of these jumpers are moving through the ranks with hopes of one day making the U.S. team in the future.
Daily admission to the ski jumping events is $15 for adults, $9 for juniors/seniors while children 6 and under enter free.
The world’s premier figure skating tour, “Stars on Ice,” is preparing a superstar ensemble of Olympic, World and National Champions from all over the globe for its 2011-12 season on Friday, Dec. 30 for a 7:30 p.m. performance, which will be made into a one-hour syndicated special “Stars on Ice presented by Smucker’s,” which will be shown on network affiliates across the country in the months of January and February.
This year’s tour features Olympic Silver Medalist Sasha Cohen; World and Canadian National Champion Kurt Browning; two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Ekaterina Gordeeva; 1998 Olympic Gold Medalist Ilia Kulik; Todd Eldredge; Joannie Rochette; Kyoko Ina and John Zimmerman; Ryan Bradley; along with Sinead and John Kerr.
Tickets start at $25 and are available via tickets.com and the Olympic Center Box Office.
Saturday, Dec. 31
All are invited to attend the 4th annual “Skate into the New Year” skating party on the Olympic Speed Skating Oval, a benefit for the Lake Placid Food Pantry, on Dec. 31 from 10:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m.
“The goal of the event is always to support the youth in the community,” said Christie Sausa. “Admission this year is $5 per person, plus a non-perishable food item for donation to the Lake Placid Food Pantry, if possible.” Students with valid school ID are granted free admission.
“Skate into 2012” sponsors include the Lake Placid Kiwanis Club, Connecting Youth and Communities Coalition, Lysek's Hillcrest Inn, Ashley's Cafe, Price Chopper, Hannaford Supermarket, the Olympic Regional Development Authority, WSLP, the Lake Placid CVB/Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism, Compass Printing, Mountain Lake Communications and the Lake Placid Skate Shop.
For more information contact Christie Sausa at 637-8078 or by email at email@example.com.
Saranac Lake First Night will be held Dec. 31, starting with an opening ceremony and unveiling of the banner at 5:45 p.m. at the Harrietstown Hall and end with fireworks over Lake Flower just after midnight.
Sites for First Night include the Adirondack Artists Guild, BluSeed Studios, the Elks Club, First Presbyterian Church, the First United Methodist Church, Harrietstown Hall, Pendragon Theatre, Petrova Elementary School, Saranac Lake Free Library, St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and Saranac Village at Will Rogers.
Performers include The Mamma Mia! sing-a-long, Adam Falkner poetry reading, Bee’s Kneez, Paul and Annie, a teen dance, Julie Robards & A Fine Mix, Woody Pines, The Crabgrass Puppet Theatre, comedian Jay Montepare, the River rat Rhythm Project, Mango Jam, Sara Milonovich, Frankenpine, the Real McCoy Show, Stephen Gratto, Pecos Bill, Steve Langdon, Joey Izzo, Drew Benware, David Fadden, Eddie and Kim Lawrence and the High Peaks Opera.
Admission to all venues is gained by showing a First Night button, which can be purchased for $12 for adults. Children 12 and under are admitted free but need to display the button designed especially for them which will be available at all venues.
Buttons can be purchased at Coakley High Peaks Ace Hardware, Ampersound Music, Price Chopper Supermarket (Lake Placid), Books & Baskets, Blue Line Sports, Adirondack Daily Enterprise or the Lake Placid Visitor Bureau.
For more information, visit the website www.firstnightsaranaclake.org.