SCHROON LAKE - Schroon Lake Central School is in the midst of a expansion and renovation project that will prepare the facility for the future.
This weekend, though, the school community will take time to reflect on the past.
The 75th anniversary of Schroon Lake Central School will be celebrated.
Friday, July 30, there will be individual class gatherings to renew old acquaintances and reminisce. Notices pertaining where classes will meet will be posted in the tent at the school, the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce on Main Street, the Senior Citizen Center across from the Grand Union and town hall. Each class has a representative for organizational and informational purposes.
Saturday, July 31, is packed with activities.
The Lynn Darling Golf Tournament tees off at 8 a.m. (pre-registration is required).
The Schroon Lake Fish & Game Club will sponsor its annual children's fishing contest 9 a.m. to noon.
Student-made class quilts from 1990 - 2010 will be on display in the tent on the front lawn of the school from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Schroon Lake / North Hudson Historical Society will be open 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will conduct a tour of local architecture from 11-1.
Tours of the school and its new construction project will be held noon to 2 p.m. with students as guides.
The 75th anniversary ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. on the school's front lawn.
Bagpiper Michael Murdock will call the gathering to order. There will be a welcome by Essex County Clerk and alumnus Joseph Provoncha. Honored guests and letters of congratulations will be introduced by former Superintendent Dan MacGregor. Schroon Laker and former teacher Lil Richardson will be the honorary speaker. Other features will include musical selections by the school choir and an unveiling of the cornerstone with new items to be sealed for the next 25 years.
At 5 p.m. the Schroon Lake Fish & Game Club will host a chicken barbecue. The admission is $10 a person, but pre-registration is necessary.
The anniversary booklet published for the 50th anniversary of the school will be reprinted with additional pages featuring all the classes and various memorable events from last 25 years. The 75th edition will be on sale for $5.
Special red and/or white 75th anniversary T-shirts are now available and on display at the Towne Store on Main Street Schroon Lake. Order forms are available on the school's website or by calling the Towne Store at 532-9954.
For more information and updates go to Schroon Lake Central's website at http://schroonschool.org/75thAnniversary.htm or check it out on Facebook - Schroon Lake Central School 75th Anniversary. People can also call or visit the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce at 532-7675 for information.
Historical program set
The Schroon-North Hudson Historical Society will offer a historic tour of Main/Leland streets in Schroon Lake on Saturday, July 31, at 11 a.m. as part of the 75th anniversary of Schroon Lake Central School celebration.
The tour will start at the Boathouse (Dock Street). Admission is free and open to the public. Interested people can call 532-0533. The tour will be limited to 30 people.
The historical society will also hold its annual Golf Ball Drop at the Fish & Game Club Saturday at 6 p.m. Tickets will be sold right up until the golf balls are dropped.
People do not have to be present to win. Entries are $5 and winning prize is $200. For a ticket call 532-0533 or come to the Fish & Game Club on Saturday afternoon.
The museum will be open Saturday from 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Charlotte Rowe, a graduate of Schroon Lake Central School, will be available at the museum from noon to 1 p.m. to talk about SLCS being built in 1935.
Also, a display of photos and students from the old schoolhouses and the centralization of SLCS and its memorabilia is featured this year at the museum as a display.
For more information call Loris Clark 532-0533.