SARANAC LAKE - Many took the chance to walk through the Ice Palace, and many more will continue to do so this weekend.
The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival wraps up with a number of events throughout the weekend, culminating with the final gala fireworks display at the Ice Palace on Sunday, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m.
Events on Friday, Feb. 11, start with the Adirondack Bank innertube races at 10 a.m. Other events include the 22nd annual winter book sale at the Saranac Lake Free Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the "Giving Paws" benefit for the Tri-Lakes Humane Society at the Artist's Guild from 5 to 7 p.m.; a concert by Sara Milonovich with Daisycutter at BluSeed Studios at 7:30 p.m.; the NBT Bank children's skating races at the Civic Center at 12:30 p.m.; the Rotary Club variety show at the Harrietstown Town Hall at 7:30 p.m.; and firemen's broomball at the Civic Center (time TBA).
On Saturday, Feb. 12, the Gala Parade lineup starts at noon on Lake Colby Drive, with the parade stepping off at 1 p.m. on Broadway and Main Street, from Ampersand Ave. to the LaPan Highway, which will be followed by a band concert at the Harrietstown Town Hall.
Other events of Feb. 12 include breakfast at McDonald's with Grimace and Carnival characters from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.; the Mason's pancake breakfast at the Saranac Lake Adult Center from 8:30 to 11 a.m.; a meet the Carnival characters event from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Ice Palace; the winter book sale at the Saranac Lake Free Library from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.; the Lions Club chili sale at the Harrietstown Town Hall from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.; the Paul Smith's College woodsmen's exhibition at Riverside Park at 11 a.m.; the Paul Smith's College alumni reunion from noon until 4 p.m.; and a dance with the Six Foot Midget Band at Hotel Saranac from 9 p.m. until midnight.
Along with the McHugh Memorial Pond Hockey tournament, other events of Sunday, Feb. 12, include adult cross-country ski races at Dewey Mountain at 10 a.m.; the snowflake volleyball tournament at the civic center's Rotary Field at 11 a.m.; snowshoe softball at the Elks Field on John Munn Road at 11 a.m.; kids cross-country ski races at Dewey Mountain at noon; Snowy Owl face painting for children at the Harrietstown Town Hall from 12:30 to 3 p.m.; the kiddie parade from the Saranac Lake Free Library to the Town Hall at 2 p.m.; the 16th annual Winter Carnival Baroque Concert at the Methodist Church at 3 p.m.; a lasagna dinner at the Methodist church at 5:30 p.m.; the Cape Air Carnival Slide Show at the Ice Palace at 7:30 p.m.; and the final gala fireworks display at the Ice Palace at 8 p.m.
For more information on the 2011 Winter Carnival, button information and the latest schedules, visit the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee Web site at www.saranaclakewintercarnival.com.