For those captivated by the beauty and poetry found in the Adirondacks, A place to Dream event will be held to bask in creativity of those inspired by the landscapes and history of the area.
The three day event will be held Sept. 7 through 9 at the North Woods Inn on Main Street, the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 17 Algonquin Drive, and film screenings at the Palace Theater on Main Street.
This will be the first event of it’s kind in Lake Placid and all seminars are free and open to the public.
“We have Ironman, lacrosse, rugby, hockey, and ice skating but we hope to have more to define this area,” Gary Smith said.
The event has been two years in the making for Smith, Bob Bullock of New York Archiving partnership and Marianne Patinelli-Dubay, an environmental philosopher with the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, who have been the driving force for the event.
“It started over a conversation about the philosophers camp and we wanted to hold something to commemorate the artistic value of it,” Smith said.
As the group began planning the event it later escalated to an acknowledgement of writers, artists, philosophers and photographers of the past 100 years and an examination of how modern technology is shaping it today.
“We could probably hold a whole forum on any one of these topics, but as it’s the first one we want people to come in and then tell us the lessons they found most valuable and what they would like to learn more about,” Smith said.
Experts and practitioners from the Adirondack Museum, the Adirondack Center for Writing, the Adirondack Film Forum, and the Adirondack Photography Institute will consider the North Country’s inspirational role in the written and visual arts through different forums.
The events will begin at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts with an opening reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by a lecture by the Patinello-Dubay, the event’s keynote speaker, at 7:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Sept. 8, the forum will continue at the High Peaks Resort, 2384 Saranac Ave. Exhibits will be open from 8:30 a.m. till 4:30 p.m. Exhibitors will share their mission and current programs. Exhibitors include representatives from Camp Sagamore, Fort Ticonderogo, Lake Placid Symphonetta, and the View Arts Center in Old Forge.
Saturday seminars will include: A Place to Paint with Caroline Welsh; A Place to Photograph, with photographers Mark Bowei and John Radigan and emerging artist Shelby McGill; A Place to Write, with Dr Rich Frost reading in the persona of Orson Phelps. At the Palace theater on Main Street, A Place to Film will be presented, with a showing of the 1920 film “The Flapper” accompanied by orangist Jeff Barker and discussed afterwards by Kathleen Carroll, Artistic Director at Northwoods Inn; Music and Story Telling presented by Tom Akstens.
“We hope people would just come in and listen, it’s for everyone,” Smith said.
For more information on the seminars or to see the times of the seminars go to adirondacksaplacetodream.com.