Schroon Lake will kick off the summer season in style. The community will host “Opening Weekend 2012—The Official Start of Summer” May 26-28. Included will be Memorial Day ceremonies in Schroon Lake and North Hudson.
Schroon Lake will kick off the summer season in style.
The community will host “Opening Weekend 2012—The Official Start of Summer” May 26-28.
“The idea behind the ‘Opening Weekend’ is to celebrate the official start of summer by involving the entire Schroon Lake area community and bringing them together at the lake,” said Shelby Davis, event organizer. “This is a special weekend for Schroon Lake. It’s when many second home owners and snow birds return to open up their camps.”
The Memorial Day weekend events will feature a boat parade and blessing of the fleet, a Summer Expo on Main Street, a “Tribute To The Troops” concert, a Lions Club auction and more.
Although not technically the weekend, events will get under way Thursday, May 24, with an open mic night at Witherbee’s Carriage House.
Saturday’s activities will include a community garage sale, a non-motorized boat chain across the lake at 9 a.m., the blessing of boats at 9:30 a.m., a used book sale by the Friends of the Schroon Lake Library 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the health center basement, a “Down to Earth Garden Club” for children at the Schroon Lake Library at 10:30 a.m., the Summer Expo 2 to 8 p.m., a motorized boat parade and blessing of the fleet at 2 p.m., a yoga class at 5 p.m., a zumba class and demonstration at 6 p.m. and the “Tribute to the Troops” concert at the town bandstand.
The concert will begin at 11:30 a.m. with songs for children by Curtis Becraft followed by folk songs and sing alongs by Becraft at 1 p.m., a performance by Mark Piper at 3 p.m., the Gregson Brothers at 4:30 p.m. and The Stephen L. Smith Band at 7:30 p.m.
“This is the weekend when many put their boats in water,” Davis said. “And that inspired the idea to have the blessing of the boats.”
Davis said there will be two blessings, for non-motorized and motorized watercraft. Local clergy will be stationed on both land and boats in the lake to bless the fleets.
“The blessing of the canoes and kayaks will take place at 9:30 a.m. and the blessing of the motorized fleet will take place at around 2 p.m.,” she said. “We want boat owners to get into the spirit of the weekend and decorate their boats. The (Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce) chamber will recognize the Funniest Boat, Best Pirate Ship and Most Adirondack Style Boat for decorations. And there is no cost to be included in the boat parades.”
The Summer Expo on Main Street will feature vendors. Main Street businesses are also being encouraged to offer specials for the duration of the weekend.
“The Summer Expo will be an ideal opportunity for area businesses, arts and crafters, non-profits and community organizations to showcase what they do,” Davis said. “Booths have already been secured by service groups like the Schroon Lake EMS and the Warren County Sheriff’s Department. The expo will also feature a free zumba class and demonstration by Cathy Peace and a Sun Salutation yoga class by True North Yoga Studio owner Deb Philp.”
Davis said the townwide garage sale, which will run over the three-day weekend, will also bring a lot of people to Schroon.
“Everyone loves a good garage sale,” Davis said. “We will have maps both online and hard copies for folks to navigate their way around town.”
Registration forms for the Summer Expo, boat parades and the garage sales are available at the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce office and online at www.schroonlakeregion.com.
Sunday’s events include the community garage sale, a pancake breakfast served by Cub Scout Pack 37 at the Schroon Lake Fish & Game Club 7 a.m. to noon, Schroon Lake Central School trout project release at 11 a.m. at the town dock, a presentation by the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehab Center at 11:30 a.m. in the town park and the annual Town of Schroon Lions Club auction at noon at the Boathouse Theatre.
Schroon Lake will observe Memorial Day Monday.
The new flagpole at the town veterans memorial will be dedicated by Mike Marnell, town supervisor, and the annual Memorial Day service will be held at the town’s veterans memorial at 10 a.m.
There will also be a Memorial Day service at the North Hudson town hall at 11a.m. Refreshments will be served.
There will be a patriotic concert and rally 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jack Wyrtzen Center in Pottersville. Music will be provided by the Word of Life Collegians. The guest speaker will be Tom Joyce. It will be followed by a barbecue.
The community garage sale will also continue Memorial Day.
“Most of the weekend’s events will be free to the public,” Davis said. “The chamber is accepting donations to help offset the cost of producing the event. Anyone wishing to make a donation or sponsor an event can contact the chamber at 532-7675 or visit ‘Schroon Lake Opening Weekend’ on www.ChipIn.com.”