2016 Winter Carnival Schedule of Events

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Rotary Variety Show dancing
photo by Andy Flynn

2016 SCHEDULE: SUperheroes and villains (subject to change)

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* NOTE: An asterisk indicates events run by a group other than the Winter Carnival Committee and is for informational purposes only

$ NOTE: A dollar sign indicates there is a cost involved with this event.

WINTEr Carnival Committee Meetings (6:00 p.m. saranac lake Chamber of Commerce, 193 river st, saranac lake)


MonDay, january 11, 2016

4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. High School Court Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser (Belvedere Restaurant, $10, takeout avail 891-9873)

THURSDAY, february 4, 2016

5:30 p.m.  17th Annual Past Royalty Mixer and Dinner, open to former royalty (Red Fox, $35 for dinner)

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2016 - first day

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. *Adirondack Artists Guild opening reception "Avalon" paintings by Georgeanne Gaffney (Adirondack Artists Guild, 52 Main St) 

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. *Northwinds Fine Arts Gallery opening reception for Merrill Leavitt, winner of NSFA's 2015 Regional Juried Show (Northwinds Fine Arts Gallery, 11 Woodruff St)

7:30 p.m. *Women's Civic Chamber Coronation of Winter Carnival Royalty (Harrietstown Town Hall)

Post-Coronation *Winter Carnival Royalty Reception (BPO Elks Lodge #1508, cash bar)


***The Ice Palace will be UNDER CONSTRUCTION until Opening Fireworks and NOT open to the public until after the Fireworks***

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Arctic Golf Build-an-Obstacle Contest, Register by February 1 (Prescott Park next to the State Boat Launch)

10:00 a.m. NBT Bank Ice Palace Fun Run (4 miles) (Ice Palace, State Boat Launch)

10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. *Lutheran Church Women's Craft Sale (Harrietstown Town Hall)

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. *23rd Annual Chocolate Festival by the Adirondack Chapter of the New York State Women, Inc. (Harrietstown Town Hall)

11:00 a.m. Casella Waste Systems Curling Exhibition ***WILL BE AS SCHEDULED*** (Lake Flower near the Ice Palace)

11:00 a.m. *Paul Smith's College Woodsmen's Exhibition (Riverside Park)

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. *Petrova Winter Carnival (Petrova Elementary School Cafeteria, $)

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. *Cookie Open House at Northwinds Fine Arts Gallery (11 Woodruff St)

12:00 p.m. "Hit the Button" Curling Competition  ***IS CANCELED***  Instead everyone is invited to LEARN TO CURL on Sunday, February 14 at 3:30 at the Civic Center

12:30 p.m. Little Ladies' Fry Pan Toss, a new event for girls 8-12 and 13-17 (Riverside Park, $) Registration is 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the event

1:00 p.m. Taylor Rental Ladies' Fry Pan Toss will start when the Little Ladies' competition is done but not before 1:00 p.m. (Riverside Park, $) Registration is 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the event (extended an hour)

2:30 p.m. Roots Contracting Company FlowerBall ***HAS MOVED TO SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13***

4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. *Music, The Dylan Perrillo Orchestra plays '30s and '40s Swing, sponsored by the Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce (Harrietstown Town Hall)

4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. *St. Bernard's Spaghetti Dinner (St Bernards School, $)

4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. *High Peaks Hospice Chicken and Biscuit Dinner (Moose Lodge #457, $)

7:00 p.m. Lighting of the Ice Palace and Cape Air Opening Fireworks Display (Ice Palace, State Boat Launch)

7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. *Villain and Hero Dance Party presented by Downtown Advisory Board and Paul Smith's College, prize for best costume (Upstairs at Waterhole, $10)

10:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. *Music, Karaoke with Jay (Romanos)


10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Blue Line Brewery Arctic Golf (Prescott Park next to the State Boat Launch)

1:00 p.m. H & R Block Ultimate Frisbee Games (Saranac Lake High School Football Field, call 354-2456 for details)

 2:30 p.m. Woltner Summit Contracting Spike of Ice Icicle Contest (Ice Palace, State Boat Launch) Judging at 3 p.m.


7:00 p.m. *Interfaith Service Celebration (St. Luke's Church)


3:30 p.m. *Scavenger Hunt for Middle School Students (Saranac Lake Youth Center)

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. *Lawn Chair Ladies Reception, a 'thank you' party and chance to see all the outfits and meet the "ladies" (Left Bank Cafe, 36 Broadway)

5:00 p.m. Grand Marshal Reception (Red Fox Restaurant, cash bar)

6:00 p.m. Royalty Dinner (Pages' dinners sponsored by the Adirondack Motel) (Red Fox Restaurant, $)


6:00 p.m. Curtis Lumber Snowshoe Races ***ARE ON AS SCHEDULED*** (all ages) (Dewey Mountain, $, call 891-2697)

7:00 p.m. *Special Winter Carnival Talk: "Heroines on Horseback" presented by Historic Saranac Lake (Saranac Laboratory Museum, 89 Church St)

8:15 p.m. *Firefighter's Broomball, spectators welcome (Saranac Lake Civic Center)


2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. *27th Annual Winter Book Sale (Saranac Lake Free Library, Cantwell Community Room, $)

6:00 p.m. American Management Association Torchlight Skiing and Fireworks (Mt. Pisgah Ski Center)

6:300 p.m. Community Campfire, new event (immediately after Fireworks, Mt Pisgah Ski Center)

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. *Sadie Hawkins Valentine Middle School Dance, all proceeds benefit the Saranac Lake After Prom Party (Petrova Middle School)


10:00 a.m. Adirondack Bank Innertube Races (Mt. Pisgah Ski Center, $)

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. *27th Annual Winter Book Sale (Saranac Lake Free Library, Cantwell Community Room, $)

12:30 p.m. Saranac Lake Teachers Association Children's Skating Races (Saranac Lake Civic Center)

 6:30 p.m. *Firefighter's Broomball, spectators welcome (Saranac Lake Civic Center)

7:30 p.m. *Rotary Club Variety Show (Harrietstown Town Hall, $)

10 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. *Music, Good Guy Productions (Romanos)


8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. *Mason's Pancake Breakfast (Saranac Lake Adult Center, $) Sponsored by Whiteface Mountain Lodge 789 Masonic Temple.

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast with the Winter Carnival Characters (Saranac Lake Adult Center)

10:00 a.m. Stewart's Shops Meet the Winter Carnival Characters (Ice Palace, State Boat Launch)

10:00a.m. Roots Contracting Company FlowerBall ***MOVED FROM FEBRUARY 6***  from the Flags on the Flower Ice Fishing Gang  (Lake Flower near the Ice Palace)

10:00 a.m. *Can-Am Snow Rugby Game (Saranac Lake High School Track Field. Call 524-5841 for details.)

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. *27th Annual Winter Book Sale (Saranac Lake Free Library, Cantwell Community Room, $)

10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. *St Bernard's School Chili Sale (Harrietstown Town Hall, $)

11:00 a.m. *Paul Smith's College Woodsmen's Exhibition (Riverside Park)

12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. *Paul Smith's College Alumni Reception (Left Bank Cafe, 36 Broadway)

12:00 p.m. Gala Parade Line-up (Register at Nice N Easy Mobil. Line up on Upper Broadway.)

1:00 p.m. Hotel Saranac Gala Parade (Broadway and Main Street from Ampersand Avenue to LaPan Highway)

Post-Parade Winter Carnival Parade Bands Sound-Off (Harrietstown Town Hall)

4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. *Music, Live Music by Legends (Romanos)

7:00 p.m. *Music, "Superheroes and Villains Cabaret" (Pendragon Theater, $)

9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. *Music, Sean Harley & The Trench Town Oddities (Romanos)

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2016 - last day

10:00 a.m. Community Bank Adult Cross-Country Ski Races (Dewey Mountain, $, Call 891-2697 for details)

10:00 a.m. *White Stag Downhill Ski Races **New Time and Day** (Mt. Pisgah Ski Center, $)

11:00 a.m. Casey McHugh Pond Hockey Tournament (Bloomingdale Fields, $, Call 637-4669 for details.)

11:00 a.m. Bionique Testing Labs Snowflake Volleyball Tournament (Saranac Lake Civic Center, Rotary Field, $)

11:00 a.m. Snowshoe Softball (Elks Field, John Munn Road, $)

11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. *Arctic Bar-B-Que (Mt. Pisgah Ski Center, $) Presented by the Friends of Mt. Pisgah

12:00 p.m. First Niagara Bank Youth Cross-Country Ski Races (Dewey Mountain, $. Call 891-2697 for details)

12:00 p.m. - 1:45p.m. Lunch at the Carousel with the Stewart's Shop Carnival Characters (Adirondack Carousel, $)

12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Snowy Owl Face Painting for Children (Harrietstown Town Hall)

2:00 p.m. Casella Waste Systems Kiddie Parade  *** MOVED TO INSIDE THE HARRIETSTOWN TOWN HALL***

2:00 p.m. Tops Markets Cookie Decorating Contest (Harrietstown Hall) right after the parade

3:00 p.m. *21th Annual Saranac Lake Young Arts Association Winter Carnival Baroque Concert (First United Methodist Church, donation requested)

7:30 p.m. Winter Carnival Slide Show (Ice Palace, State Boat Launch)

8:00 p.m. Guide Boat Realty "Storming the Palace" Closing Fireworks Display (Ice Palace, State Boat Launch)

Tuesday, february 16, 2016

6:00 p.m. Post-Winter Carnival Committee Wrap-Up meeting, 2016 Critique (Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce)

Thursday, february 18, 2016

2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Post-Winter Carnival Slide Show (Saranac Village at Will Rogers Details)

monday, february 29, 2016

6:00 p.m. Winter Carnival Volunteer Recognition Dinner (BPOE Elks Lodge #1508 )

TUESDAY, MArch 15, 2016

6:00 p.m. Winter Carnival Committee Meeting -- Theme Nominations (Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce)

TUESDAY april 12, 2016

6:00 p.m. Winter Carnival Committee Annual Meeting -- Elections and Theme Selection (Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce)


February 3-12, 2017


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Cape Air
Guide Boat Realty
Adirondack Bank
Taylor Rental
Lake Flower Resort and Spa
American Management Association
Can-Am Rugby Tournament
Casella Waste Systems Inc.
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