A grand Ice Palace has always served as a centerpiece of Saranac Lake's Annual Winter Carnival, which was celebrated for the 115th year in 2013.
Hungry Bear Publishing will release the first book to explore the history and culture of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Thursday, Aug. 15 during the Third Thursday Art Walk.
Author Andy Flynn will be signing copies of his latest book, “Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Memories,” from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in front of Rice Furniture at 43 Main St., Saranac Lake, as part of the Art Walk festivities. This will be the official release of the book.
“Saranac Lake will finally have a book to celebrate its largest and most important special event, the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival,” Flynn said. “I’m excited to be able to produce this volume for a community that has given so much to me and my family. It would not have been possible without the support of the Winter Carnival Committee, our business sponsors, and the dozens of people we interviewed.”
“Memories” is 440 pages and includes 75 interviews, more than 300 photos, history and essays from Flynn and others. It also includes a full timeline compiled by Saranac Lake historians and images of all the Garry Trudeau buttons from 1981 to 2013. The book is told in the oral history tradition, meaning the interviews were printed as they were spoken.
“I felt it was important to tell the history of the Winter Carnival in the first person,” Flynn said. “These are the voices of the people who have made the Winter Carnival what it is today, from organizers to residents and tourists.”
This book answers the question, “What is the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival?” Flynn uses the 2012 and 2013 Winter Carnivals as examples of how this 10-day festival is operated. Readers will get a behind-the scenes view from Carnival Committee members, and they will meet residents, visitors and royalty who have memories to share.
The 10 chapters are: The Theme; Carnival Committee; Ice Palace; Royalty; Gala Parade; Other Events; Community Life; Some History; Mementos; and The Future. The chapter sponsors are the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Casualty Actuarial Services LLC, Blue Line Brewery, Lakeview Deli, Rice Furniture, Small Fortune Studio and Woody’s Brats & Hots.
The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival dates to 1897, when the Pontiac Club held a one-day festival and now includes a communitywide celebration with an Ice Palace, two parades, three fireworks displays, and a number of sports and cultural events. It is held in early February each year.
Flynn is the author of the six-volume “Adirondack Attic” book series and is currently the Assistant Managing Editor for Denton Publications in Elizabethtown, where he also serves as Editor of the North Creek News Enterprise. He is also a correspondent for North Country Public Radio and a member of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee.
Learn more about ordering a copy of “Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Memories” on the Hungry Bear Publishing website or by calling Andy Flynn at (518) 891-5559. The book retails for $24.95. For more information, visit www.hungrybearpublishing.com.