Impersonator Joe Wiegand visits with elementary students at Newcomb Central School as President Theodore Roosevelt. Wiegand will be in Newcomb again Sept. 9 as part of the town-wide Teddy Roosevelt Weekend festivities. He entertains audiences nationwide with his program.
The town's favorite president will be celebrated as the town's annual Teddy Roosevelt Weekend returns Sept. 9 through 11.
This will mark the event's 10th year, and it's been a good tool for introducing people to the town, said Paul Hai of the Adirondack Ecological Center, who is a member of the event committee.
For the past two years, and again this year, the weekend will host Teddy Roosevelt.
“We've dug him up, pumped him full of Red Bull, and he's here,” said Hai.
In an effort to get Roosevelt in a different setting, Hai asked him to talk at the Interpretive Center about life as a sportsman.
As vice-president, Roosevelt was hiking Mount Marcy when he received news that President William McKinley was ailing after being shot the week prior. He then embarked on his famous night-time ride to the nearest train station, in North Creek.
The local connection to the illustrious president is memorialized with a busy weekend of activities around Newcomb. Breakfast, dinners and lunches to benefit the local school, a golf tournament and tours of local landmarks, like the ghost town of Adirondac and Great Camp Santanoni will keep the town buzzing all weekend long. A detailed schedule of events can be found under the Events heading on www.newcombny.com.