Photo courtesy of Historic Saranac Lake.
The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee has chosen Ursula Trudeau as its 2014 Grand Marshal for the Gala Parade on Feb. 8.
Montreal born and educated, Ursula Wyatt Trudeau studied art at the Montreal Ecole des Beaux Arts and painting with the late Hans Hoffman, Stanley Cosgrove, and Alfred Pellan. She resides and paints in the Adirondacks and the Caribbean. She has done a wide variety of freelance commercial art work including visualization, fashion illustration, hand painted billboards, costume and set designing for theatre and television, window displays, child portraiture, teaching children’s art classes and textile designing. She is a member of the Adirondack Artists Guild, and on the Board of the Trudeau Institute. Ursula was a Recruitment Officer for the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, and has attended the Winter Olympics in Montreal, Sarajevo, and Lillehammer. Ursula enjoys travel, and has been to Asia and North Africa, and throughout Europe.
Trudeau has a deep admiration for the efforts of the Ice Palace Workers and their, “can do,” attitude. Her favorite Winter Carnival memory is being a member of the Saranac Lake Clown Band in the parade with Natalie Leduc and others. Ursula is honored to be a part of this year’s Winter Carnival.
The public is invited to meet Ursula Trudeau at the Grand Marshal Reception on Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m. held at the Red Fox Restaurant located at 5034 Route 3 in Saranac Lake. The Grand Marshal Reception is a free event. Snacks will be served and a cash bar will be available. The reception is followed by the Winter Carnival Royalty Dinner at 6:30 p.m. which is by reservation only and requires a meal choice, the cost is $30. Please contact Milt Adams at 891-4367 for more information.
Carnival posters available
Collectible posters designed by “Doonesbury” cartoonist Garry Trudeau for the 2014 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival are now available for sale. Using the theme “Celtic Carnival,” Trudeau’s illustration shows “Doonesbury” character Duke playing the bagpipes with a winter scene in the background.
Trudeau signed 100 posters as fundraisers for the benefit of Winter Carnival. Unsigned posters are also available. Trudeau, who was raised in Saranac Lake, has been creating the Winter Carnival button design since 1981 and offered his first poster design in 2012.
Signed posters cost $60 and unsigned posters cost $15, including tax. There is an additional cost for shipping if local pick-up is not possible. Most signed posters have already been claimed by advance order, so anyone interested in a signed poster should contact Jeff Dickson immediately as quantities are limited. To purchase a poster contact Mr. Dickson at 891-4344.
Unsigned posters will also be sold during Winter Carnival on Jan. 31 through Feb. 9 at its headquarters located at 141 River Street, at Ampersound located at 52 Main Street and at K&E Enterprises on Broadway. A raffle will also be held for poster #1. Sales are limited to 100 raffle tickets at a cost of $5 each. Tickets are available from Jeff Dickson until the opening of carnival on Jan. 31 and then will be available at headquarters until Feb. 9.
Arctic golf, Spike of Ice set
The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee has introduced a new event called Arctic Golf. The event will be held on Sunday, Feb. 2, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Village Park next to the State Boat Launch on River Street, which is nearby the Ice Palace.
Arctic Golf is a non-competitive miniature golf event designed for all ages. The course will feature creative obstacles made of snow and ice designed to pose a challenge for golfers. The event will offer those that enjoy miniature golf with a rare opportunity to play the sport in winter. There is no fee or registration required for the event.
Blue Line Brewery is the official sponsor for the Arctic Golf event. Saranac Inn Golf and Country Club in Saranac Lake and Craig Wood Golf Club in Lake Placid are supporting the event by providing golf clubs and golf balls.
“My goal was to create a fun event that people have never experienced before, and one that they will remember,” said Colleen O’Neill, Winter Carnival committee member. “This is certainly not a typical golf event by any means, it definitely fits into the quirky category and will be a lot of fun,”
Arctic Golf adds to the many non-traditional events that carnival participants look forward to each year. The Winter Carnival holds traditional winter sporting events as well, but may be most fondly remembered for the non-traditional events which are deemed quirky.
Another quirky event is the Spike of Ice Icicle Contest in which contestants transport naturally formed icicles to compete for the longest intact icicle. The event will be held on Feb. 2 behind the Ice Palace. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. and judging takes place at 3 p.m. and includes a child and adult division.
The contest is sponsored by Woltner Summit Contracting and a home energy audit will be awarded to the longest residential icicle. Additional medals will also be awarded for first and second longest icicles in other categories.
These fun events are just a few of many taking place throughout the 10-day winter carnival which has a history of providing winter entertainment since 1897. For more information about the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, visit their website at saranaclakewintercarnival.com.
Apply to be in parade
Application submission deadlines are nearing for those desiring to participate in the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Gala Parade on Feb. 8 and those participating in sporting events during Winter Carnival which require pre-registration.
Parade and sporting event applications are available online at saranaclakewintercarnival.com/contact/registration-forms. Parade applications can also be picked up at the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, 193 River Street in Saranac Lake. Completed applications should be mailed to P.O. Box 829, Saranac Lake, NY 12983. Parade applications should be submitted no later than Feb. 5.
Parade entries are divided into several classes covering businesses, civic or volunteer groups, youth groups, school groups, independent groups, and animal units. Trophies will be awarded to the top two entries in each group that most conform to the theme, Celtic Carnival, as well as the Louis Fobare Trophy for Best of Show.
The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Headquarters opens for the season on Jan. 29 and will remain open until the last day of Carnival on Feb. 9.
Located at 141 River Street, the headquarters offers maps and information about the various events of the 10-day festival. The headquarters serves as a central planning resource for visitors and residents and will be open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The only exceptions are on Feb. 1 when it is open late until 8 p.m. and on February 8 when it closes early at 12:30 p.m. for the parade.
“If the Winter Carnival banner is outside, we are open,” said Headquarters Manager Kathy Merritt who assists visitors in planning their Winter Carnival itinerary, along with co-manager, Jackie Foster. “We are extremely grateful to John and Buffy Van Anden for once again letting the Winter Carnival Committee use the building next to Lakeview Deli for our Headquarters. We’re in a perfect location, across the street from the Ice Palace.”
Headquarters will offer a variety of items for sale decorated with the new Winter Carnival logo including fleece hats, shirts, enamel pins and much more. Winter Carnival buttons and posters designed by famous “Doonesbury” cartoonist, Garry Trudeau, from this year and previous years will be available as well. For those who enjoy Saranac Lake Winter Carnival history, there are items for sale with the vintage logo, as well as a display of the complete button collection including pre-Trudeau buttons.