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Around & About Lake George: June 15, 2012

By Lisa H. Hall

Friday, June 15, 2012

Max Creek, one of the original jam bands, will perform in Lake George Village’s Shepard Park on Friday, June 15 at 7 pm. The band was formed in 1971, playing country and blue grass before embracing improvisation and electrified instruments. Phish bassist Mike Gordon refers to Max Creek as one of his favorite bands, and Phish has covered  Max Creek’s “Back Porch Boogie.” Band members can recall their concerts and set lists from the 1980s and 90s but, the band said in a statement, “As with most jam bands and their fans, the majority of the 70s memories are gone.”

A French and Indian War re-enactment will take place in Bolton Landing’s Rogers Park on June 16 and 17. Titled “Bolton Landing: Crossroads of the French & Indian War,” the two day event will feature ship-to-shore battles between British, French, and Native forces at 2 pm on both Saturday and Sunday, as well as sutlers trading in 18th-century wares all weekend.  Entertainment includes a Saturday evening contra dance.

Russell P. Bellico, the author of “Empires in the Mountains: French and Indian War Campaigns and Forts in the Lake Champlain, Lake George, and Hudson River Corridor, “will speak about 18th century conflicts in the Lake George region  at Trees bookshop  in Bolton Landing on Saturday, June 16 at 6 pm, following the conclusion of the day’s colonial re-enactments in Rogers Park.

The Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council will hold its 41st Annual Arts Festival June 16 and 17from 10 am to 5 pm in Downtown Glens Falls City Park. The festival consists of a juried art and craft show, food concessions, live musical performances, artist demonstrations, and children’s activities.  Admission is free. Art and craft work include: pottery, watercolor, oil and acrylic painting, metalwork, floral design, decorative painting, glasswork, fabric art, ceramics, leather, photography, jewelry, sculpture, woodcarving and wood furniture, graphics and illustration, mixed media, metal work, and specialty gourmet food items. City Park is located between Bay and Ridge Streets.

Fort Ticonderoga’s annual tribute to North America’s Scottish heritage will be held this year on Saturday, June 16. Scots Day, which starts at 9:30 am, includes a memorial ceremony honoring the 42nd Highland Regiment, which will take place at the Scottish Cairn on the Carillon Battlefield located at Fort Ticonderoga at 11:30 am. The Pipes and Drums of the  Plattsburgh Police will perform on the Fort’s historic Parade Ground at 12:30 pm and 2 pm. Throughout the day, Scottish Clan tents and vendors will be available to relate the stories of centuries of Scottish soldiers in the British Army  and help North Americans learn more about their Scottish ancestry.

The Sembrich will open for  its 2012 summer season on June 16 with a 2 p.m. concert by local music students. The free 2 pm concert will be followed by a reception. On Wednesday, June 20, Michael Harney of Harney and Sons, a Millerton, NY-producer and blender of teas, will present “My Travels with Tea.” The talk and tea tasting starts at 1:30 pm. Admission is $15.

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Around & About Lake George: June 8, 2012

By Lisa H. Hall

Friday, June 8, 2012

We received this advisory from the New York State Thruway Authority and the Department of Transportation on Thursday:  “Motorists are advised to share the road and to exercise extra caution Thursday, June 7, 2012 through Sunday, June 10, 2012, as thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts head toward Lake George in Warren County for the 30th Annual Americade event. Americade annually attracts 50,000 to 100,000 people with a majority of the attendees utilizing the I-87 corridor.The motorcyclist visitors also will be touring local roads in the Adirondacks. The Thruway Authority will post safety messages on electronic message boards.”

If New York State has to warn drivers about the numbers of motorcycles on the Thruway and Northway, imagine the congestion in and around Lake George Village this weekend. But we love Americade. Really.

The Lake George Elvis Festival kicked off last Thursday in Shepard Park. We met John Strong and Laura Von Rosk of the Lake George Arts Project at the Shoreline Restaurant for snacks and to discuss plans for this year’s Art at the Lake, to be held at Wiawaka later this summer. Stay tuned. We then strolled over to Shepard Park (passing Judge John Hall on his bicycle) to get some photos of the Elvises and meet this year’s Miss New York State. Friday night we saw the new executive director of the Glens Falls Symphony, Lisa Miller, with her husband John and Sarah McCutcheon, a Bolton summer resident from Illinois, at Villa Napoli. The rain appears to have washed out the Vintage Raceboat Regatta on Saturday, but LGA’s Lake Friendly Living Open House and Native Plant Sale drew a good crowd nonetheless. Steve Tomb and Mike Smith, the owners of Adirondack Pedal Cab, were found in their new headquarters, adjacent to the Lake George Bowling alley. On Sunday we headed up to Fort Ticonderoga to hear Eliot Cohen’s talk on the Great Warpath – the corridor between Albany and Montreal where the distinctively American way of war emerged. Today, he’s a prominent figure in international security issues circles in Washington, but he attributes his career in public policy and academia to a youthful fascination with Fort Ticonderoga. His was everything a learned talk should be: stimulating, yet entertaining.

The editor got some extra time on the lake last week by volunteering to help stock fish. You may wish to stay on the lake this weekend if you want to avoid the crowds. If not, Bolton Landing is hosting its second annual Bolton Bikes and Bands at Rogers Park Friday and Saturday from 10am to 8 pm. It’s a craft fair, and the Stony Creek Band and the Steven L. Smith Band will perform. Enjoy!

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Leo and Linda Goulet on their hybrid motorcyle / car

Leo and Linda Goulet on their hybrid motorcyle / car

Americade is an International Event

By Paul Post

Leo and Linda Goulet turned quite a few heads on their way to Americade.

The couple came all the way from Long Sault, Ontario on a kind of hybrid vehicle — half motorcycle, half car — that gives them the best of both worlds.

Goulet owns Leo Motors, a body shop, where he spent 160 hours working on the unique vehicle with friends Dennis Pilon and Bobby LaPierre.

“I told Leo he’s going to cause an accident because everybody wants to look at it,” Pilon said.

Linda Goulet, who rides on the back, said that passing truckers would slow down along side their vehicle to get a better look at it while traveling down the Northway.

The couple quickly drew a small crowd of admirers wherever they parked the three-wheeled vehicle, such as Beach Road, in Lake George.

The front part is a 1981 Honda Goldwing. The back is the rear end of a Toyota MR2.

So the Goulets can enjoy the freedom of open air riding, like any other biker, while relaxing in the comfort of a much larger vehicle. The rear end even has a trunk for storing their gear.

Pilon helped with the body work while LaPierre did the intricate wiring job. The drive system is from the Goldwing. But the fuel-injected engine and a front dashboard are from the Toyota.

“It handles really good on the highway,” Leo Goulet said.

The cycle-car is painted a beautiful black cherry and has four cylinders. However, they’re already building a more powerful six-cylinder version of the vehicle using a Fiero car, made by General Motors.

On the way to Lake George they stopped in Warrensburg.

“Someone came up to us and said, I’ll give you $9,000 on the spot,” Pilon said.

However, Leo has no plans of parting with his beloved new toy.

The Goulets were making their eighth visit to Americade, which got off to a slow start because of the weather but finished with a flourish as sunny skies returned to the Lake George region during the latter part of the week.

“It brings in so many people,” said Linda Williams, an employee at the Lake George Shop, a souvenir store on Canada Street. “We get the same people year after year.”

Some motorcyclists aren’t able to pack larger souvenirs, so the store ships things to wherever people want them.

“That brings them back because they know you do it,” Williams said. “The more accommodating you are, the better off you’ll be.”

Some people traveled halfway around the world to reach Americade this year, such as Jan Sorensen of Denmark, and Rob Roberts, one of the event’s many volunteers who came all the way from Hawaii.

Steve Kellogg from Green Island, near Troy, belongs to the Red Knights, a group of motorcycling firefighters. Nearly 400 of them got together for a dinner at the Lake George firehouse.

“I like coming here for the camaraderie, meeting people from everywhere and the chance to see beautiful machinery,” he said. “It makes a wonderful weekend.”

Featured activities included stunt shows by two-time world champion trials rider Tommi Ahvala of Finland and women’s national champion Caroline Allen. Nationally-known comedian Alonzo, winner of NBC’s Last Coming Standing, entertained crowds and bikers took part in a night-time light parade, a kaleidoscope of color as they rode around an illuminated hot air balloon.

Of course, most people simply like taking scenic day trips throughout the Adirondack region.

There were more than 240 vendors, a record, at the TourExpo trade show, which Co-Director Christian Dutcher attributes to Americade’s reputation as the world’s largest, well-run gathering of touring motorcyclists.

“I think that’s because we target a specific demographic,” he said. “Americade at its heart is a convention. The die-hards, who plan to come here months ahead of time, will show up regardless of weather conditions.”

That’s what brings the manufacturers and dozens of other firms who sell motorcycle accessories, knowing they’ll have a large audience to deal with.

“Even during the recession we’ve done well,” Dutcher said. “Everything that’s done is very carefully considered. We set a very high standard for ourselves.”

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Beer Aged in Bourbon Barrels to be Feted at Adirondack Brew Pub

By Mirror Staff

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

“Adirondack,” the only beer wholly brewed and bottled in the Adirondacks, made here in Lake George with the lake’s own famously pure, clear water, is available in several varieties.

Among the more unusual are the limited-edition, bourbon-barrel-aged brews, and those will be sampled at a Festival of Barrels, to be held at the Adirondack Pub and Brewery on January 28.

The event, to be held from 2 to 6 pm, will feature samples of different barrel-aged beers, food, entertainment and a bonfire of barrels, all for $25 per person.

“The barrels, from Woodford Reserve, Jack Daniels and a cider mill in the Hudson valley, give the beers a unique flavor,” said Adirondack Pub and Brewery owner John Carr.

Beers to be sampled include 2010 and 2011 vintages of Fat Scotsman, chocolate smoked porter, and Double Dry Hopped IPA aged in white American oak.

The Adirondack Pub and Brewery is located at 33 Canada Street.

“Support your local brewery, which provides real jobs right down the road,” exhorts Carr.

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Nancy Walker

Nancy Walker

Bolton Landing Hosting Folk Festival in Rogers Park

By Mirror Staff

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Bolton Landing will host its eighth annual Fabulous Folk Fest this year on Sunday, September 4 in Rogers Park.

The music starts at 11 am and will continue through 6 pm, with a lineup that features Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys and children’s favorite, the Zucchini Brothers and includes two returning acts, Nancy Walker and Dan Berggren.

Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys are expected to draw new crowds from the capital district, where Gaudet is known as “One of the most respected literate musical talents on the capital region scene,” according to Greg Haynes, the longtime Times Union music critic and the founder of the Nippertown entertainment blog. The band, which Gaudet assembled in 2008 and includes the well-known fiddler Tim Wechgelaer, is steeped in the tradition of “Americana Roots Music,” a blend of traditional mountain music fused with Gaudet’s contemporary songwriting.

The Zuccchini Brothers pitch pop to children, and are known as “the Beatles of Kids’ Music.” The group has performed in schools, theaters and festivals throughout the country.

Dan Berggren

Saratoga County-based Nancy Walker is a performing songwriter with a strong, distinctive alto voice that peals “like a bell,” according to one critic. As a former member of the Chicago-based trio Sons of the Never Wrong, she has shared stages with the likes of John Gorka and Livingston Taylor, and appeared on the big folk festival main stages: Kerrville in San Antonio, and the North American Folk Alliance in Toronto. The Group’s CD (“Consequence of Speech”), garnered both sales prominence and critical acclaim worldwide (at one time topping at #6 on BBC’s British Folk Charts in 1997). This led to a relationship with Waterbug Records for Nancy, and in turn to associations with other cutting-edge Folk performers, such as Sloan Wainwright and Michael Jerling.

Dan Berggren grew up in Minerva and returned to the area after retiring from SUNY Fredonia. Raised on the stories and songs he heard working in the mountains and on the land farmed by his mother’s family for generations, he has developed a style that captures the spirit of the mountains. Dan was recognized in 2001 by St. Lawrence University as a Distinguished Alumnus, by the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks with its Heritage Award the Adirondack Mountain Club, which recently presented him with its Education Award

Admission to the event is free. A fireworks show will bring this year’s folk festival to a close. Families are encouraged to bring picnics or dine at one of Bolton Landing’s many restaurants, said organizer Helena Holod.

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Around & About Lake George: Friday, August 26, 2011

By Amanda King

Friday, August 26, 2011

It’s coming up to the last bit of summer…and this weekend may not have too much to enjoy, unless you really like torrential downpour – the hurricane could be hitting us this weekend. (PS – the earthquake that happened this week? Crazy! Did anyone feel it?)

That might be a bad thing not only in general (and for your electricity) but for Saratoga Springs – it’s Traver’s weekend! But if you aren’t swimming around downtown Saratoga, there are a lot of things going on, from restaurant discounts to performances and parties.

It’s amazing how quickly time goes by, huh? Soon it will be fall and the leaves will be turning and the kids will be trick-or-treating and then it’ll be snowing…

Enough looking that far ahead though. What’s going on this week, you may ask.  Before that – a quick recap, as technical difficulties and my own stupidity made for a lack of an article last week. How many people checked out the Hip Hop For Rip Rap performance late Saturday evening? The money went to a good cause – Dome Island Preserve Committee.

On to more timely matters – today is a day for the boats – head over to the Village Docks on Beach Road and you’ll see why.  The Antique and Classic Boat Show Rendezvous is happening today and Saturday. If you aren’t a fan of landlubbers and don’t know what your summer would be without your sea legs, check it out!

As per usual in the summer, though, is the free Friday night concert in Shepard Park. The headliners, so to speak, will be Jamie Kent and the Options – 7PM and free. Bring a chair or a blanket, though, and bug spray could never prove you wrong.

I don’t know what they’re going to do with this with the threat of the hurricane, but if the event is still happening it could be really cool. There is going to be an open swim this weekend for Lake George! From Town Beach in Hauge – wetsuit and non wetsuit events with participatory fees. For details, take a look at the Lake George Open Water Swim website.

If you feel like a laugh, head down to Glens Falls and the Wood Theater and enjoy an old school vaudeville show – Saturday at 8PM, Sunday matinee at 2PM.

Take a rest Sunday and enjoy Musical Magical Mondays at Shepard Park, 7 PM – with magicians, music, jugglers and bounce houses.

Tuesday brings the dueling concert in the park up at Roger’s Memorial Park in Bolton Landing and the Tuesday tribute here at Shepard Park – both right around 7 PM.

Next week brings the end of August and the beginning of the quietude and chill of Fall. (Which is one of my favorite seasons, if you couldn’t tell).  And next weekend is Labor Day weekend, which marks the unofficial end of summer – and here – I won’t be talking about the ‘fireworks as per usual on Thursday nights’!

Anyway, I wish everyone the best fall season, and find every way to enjoy the scenery and the quiet and cider to mull over.

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Around & About Lake George: Friday, August 12, 2011

By Amanda King

Friday, August 12, 2011

If you want to get your own summer of love, this is the weekend for it – for a few different reasons. The Lake George Dinner Theater, Terry Rabine, the director and actors are presenting a play called ‘Skin Deep’ about the nature of love and it’s superficiality (or blind eye).  The season will run Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday through October 29, with occasional Saturday performances sprinkled in.

But if you’re looking for a different kind of summer of love (think Woodstock…) this year is the first annual Lake George music festival, happening Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. And I lied. Don’t think Woodstock – this music festival isn’t about Hendrix, it’s about Mozart. It’s a classical music festival – chamber music. Still could be very romantic, just not in the rock’n’roll kind of way.

If you do want some heavier music, of course, there is the Friday night concert with the Stone Revival band tonight at Shepard Park. Take a gander and bring a chair – and some bug spray.

This could really turn out to be a musical weekend for you, though.  Lake Luzerne is having a 5K run (or walk) on Saturday to benefit Luzerne Music Center’s scholarship fund.  Or, if you’re feeling adventurous there is also a 5K Rhythmic Run, 5K Wacky Walk and Beaver Dam Short Course, accompanied by Luzerne Music Center’s very own musical groups, stationed at melodic intervals along the route. The 5K events will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the Beaver Dam Short Course at 8:15 a.m., with late registration and check-in beginning at 6:30 a.m. To get more information on registration, go here.

The Last of the Mohicans continues this weekend at the Wild West Ranch, as does ‘Love Letters’ – both of which I talked a bit more about last week.  And if you feel like heading down to Saratoga it’s going to be a Tchaikovsky spectacular with fireworks. 8 PM on Saturday at SPAC. Fireworks are always a great way to enjoy your weekend.

If you are looking for art of a slightly more permanent nature, though, Bolton Landing is having an arts and crafts fair this weekend, 10 to 4 both Saturday and Sunday.

Though for those who prefer to ride the pavement rather than walk it, there is going to be an Adirondack bike tour starting from the North Creek Ski Bowl at 8:30 AM. 75 miles. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. 5K’s, biking trips, all of that – I just don’t do. And for those who do, my wheezy, out-of-breath self stands in awe.

To find a touch of class and international flair, on Tuesday…take a train? Yup! The Saratoga and North Creek Railway to be exact. Enjoy 5 Spanish inspired small plates, paired with Spanish regional wines. Reservations are requested for the event from 6 to 8, and the train leaves from North Creek.

Wednesday brings the Sweetback Sisters to Shepard Park as a part of the Summer Concert series. Come check out this honky-tonk band from Brooklyn. Bring a blanket and some friends and enjoy!

And as the week ends, so it begins. Fireworks on Thursday evening at Shepard Park. Enjoy the weekend!

 

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Around & About Lake George: Friday, August 5, 2011

By Amanda King

Friday, August 5, 2011

For the culture vultures, this week is for you. There are a lot of artsy things going on in the area this coming week, and to start it off there is the Friday night show in Shepard Park this week with Capital Zen – 7 PM and free, as per usual. Bring a chair, bring a blanket, sit back and enjoy. If you’re in a more historical mood, of course, as I’ve mentioned, the Last of the Mohicans is playing at 8PM at the Wild West Ranch through the 20th of this month.

Or down in Saratoga the Philadelphia Orchestra is still around, and tonight it’s a circus. Well – not really. The performance is called Cirque de la Symphonie and is at SPAC at 8 PM tonight. If you want to go – unless you already have tickets, your best bet is probably lawn seats.

Tomorrow night down at the Sembrich if you’re in for some spooky stories the Lake George Theater Lab is having a nice fireside chat with some ghostly tales. Tickets are $12 for the 8 PM show, reservations are recommended. But tomorrow is made of a bit more serious stuff, as it’s everyone’s chance to keep the Queen clean and clean up Lake George – snorkelers and divers are welcome.  It’s from 9 AM to 6 PM, and special trash bags will be available at all town halls in the Lake George watershed.

Saturday brings entertainment of a more local flavor to Lake George. It’s the Adirondack Homegrown Music Festival over at Shepard Park, from 6:00 to 9:30 PM. And it’s free! Free is always good.  If you missed the cooler-than-a-circus performance at SPAC tonight, you’ll get another chance tomorrow evening, 8 PM. See the contortionists and jugglers and all that – though Friday and Saturday are different programs. Friday night there is free ice cream from Stewarts! I’d totally go to that one.

Burn off all that ice cream you devoured Friday evening on Sunday – from Bolton Landing – the Sweet Pea Farm and Art Gallery on Federal Hill Road – at 8:30 AM. What’s there? The Christine Nicole Perry Memorial Bike ride, a leisurely 25 – 30 mile ride round-trip. But you know how I feel about bike rides – ‘leisurely’ translates to ‘excruciating’ after more than a half-hour.

If you want to learn a little bit about the lake that you helped clean up on Saturday, there will be a floating classroom on Wednesday mid-morning by the Adirondack Museum – for details. Reservations are required, though, so plan ahead.

To continue the Summer Concert Series here in Lake George, Chatham County Line – an acoustic American bluegrass group – will be performing in Shepard Park at 7:30 PM on Wednesday.

If water isn’t your thing, the LGLC will be doing another guided hike on Thursday in Putnam at the last great shoreline preserve. Registration is required, and get more details if you’re interested in going at 9 AM on Thursday.

As per usual, wrap up your Thursday nights watching the fireworks at Shepard Park after the Lake George Community Band performs at 8 PM.  Or if you’d rather not have ringing ears, the Philadelphia Orchestra will be performing at SPAC at 8 as well – and they’re going to be playing some great Russian composers.

To round out the week, head back to the Sagamore and enjoy ‘Love Letters’ at 8 PM, maybe with a person you love? Anyway, that is some of what is going on this week in the Lake George area and I hope you get the chance to get out and enjoy it.

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Around & About Lake George: Friday July 29, 2011

By Amanda King

Friday, July 29, 2011

Warrensburg will be hopping tonight (after you get your fill of the massive book sale in Bolton Landing, of course). The Smoke Eaters Jamboree (and fireworks!) kicks off right after work ends – 5 PM. Start the weekend right with music from the Audiostars and carnival rides to make you feel like a kid again. Plus – there are fireworks! Who doesn’t like fireworks? Seriously. Who doesn’t like fireworks.

If you’d rather have the luxury of at least some air-conditioning this Friday night, The Servant of Two Masters is playing at 7 PM at the Lake George Forum. Staying local there is also The Last of The Mohicans playing at the Wild West Ranch at 8.  If you really want to, American Heritage Bicycle Tours are going around the area doing a tour about…well, the Last of the Mohicans – the history behind the story, at least. It’s a ‘casual’ 35 miles. Casual. Right. Like I bike 35 miles a day before breakfast…though my dad does. Huh. Still, anyone who bikes 35 miles is not ‘casual.’ At least not in my mind.

But if you’d rather head down to Saratoga Springs there are some great musical events going on tonight as well. As with last week, the Philadelphia Orchestra is at SPAC – 8PM, make reservations – the theme this week is ‘The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.’ (Next week Yo Yo Ma is in town). And John Sebastian, a rock revolutionary, is playing at the Universal Preservation Hall at 8 PM.

Tomorrow the massive book sale continues, as does the jamboree and the showing of the Servant of Two Masters. If you feel like taking a walk around, though, do it in Bolton Landing! There’s going to be a sidewalk art show going on from noon to five.

Over at the Sagamore, there is going to be a showing of ‘The Cottage”, a new play by Daisy Foote – but its going to be a workshop! The play is in progress and the reading will be with the Lake George Theater Lab at 8 PM.

As per usual, the Adirondack Shakespeare Company is playing, this time at the Boathouse Theater in Schroon Lake – 7:30 PM for abridged works of the Bard.

Sunday, relax and focus on the higher arts – get some books in Bolton and then walk around the sidewalk and marvel at the creations of local artists.

But it’s a hop, skip and a jump to Tuesday.  Chain Lightening is going to be playing at Rogers Memorial Park in Bolton Landing, and across the way it’s going to be Joe Ramsey’s Elvis at 7:30 in Shepard Park.

On Wednesday, as a part of the Summer Concert Series, the 42nd Infantry Division Band is playing at Shepard Park, 7:30 PM. Head over to hear everything from rock and pop to Latin music, and much more.

Like I said, Yo Yo Ma is in town, too – it’s just a musical week, I guess – on Wednesday as well at SPAC, 8 PM.

Again, as per usual, end your Thursday evening with a bang over in Shepard Park with the Lake George Community Band (and of course enjoy the fireworks), or you can go for a little more subtlety and enjoy the music of Beethoven with the Philadelphia Orchestra at SPAC.

Of note, for those of you who are fans of Simon and Garfunkel. Aztec Two Step will be performing at Caffe Lena at 9 PM with a Simon and Garfunkel songbook, though the performance starts at 6:30 for their 40th anniversary. Make sure to have your cash handy, though, it’s $32 at the door.

Overall, it looks like a very entertaining week ahead – enjoy summer while it’s still around, folks!

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Around & About Lake George: Friday, July 22, 2011

By Amanda King

Friday, July 22, 2011

Ladies and gentlemen, find your hats! The racetrack in Saratoga opens today. Maybe you have a new hat that you’ve been hankering to wear? Head down to Saratoga and you’ll fit right in, I’m sure.

But if you feel like staying more local, there is, of course, a good deal going on in the Lake George area. As I mentioned last week the Hot Rod happening is going on today and tomorrow. Whether you own some cool cars and want to show them off, or you just want to walk around and slowly turn green with envy, head over to Beach Road and I’m sure you’ll be satisfied.

The Stone Revival Band is performing tonight as well at Shepard Park if you’re fonder of guitar strings and vocals than the hum and purr of engines. And over at the Lake George Forum (unfortunately at the same time as the Stone Revival Band) The Servant of Two Masters is playing tonight and tomorrow. There’s a lot going on tonight and tomorrow. Tonight and tomorrow – I say that a lot, don’t I?

On Saturday, the LGLC is having their annual (public) meeting from 4 to 5 PM with wine, cheese and light refreshments while taking a look at future projects and discussing the current events and ventures – and all this is happening at the LGLC headquarters at 4095 Lake Shore Drive in Bolton Landing.

Why not take the time to learn about what’s going on and what is planned for the land around you? I’m sure you’d learn something – even if that something is that you aren’t a big outdoors person. (But why would you live in upstate New York if you weren’t an outdoors person?)

For the more nerdishly inclined, the Adirondack Shakespeare Company will be performing in Shepard Park on Sunday from 2 to 4 PM. Even though it’s only two hours, it’s still William Shakespeare, so bring and seat and maybe some food. I’ve wondered this before and I will continue to wonder this, but how does a company manage to condense all of Shakespeare’s works into two hours? I’m still curious.  And if you’re feeling really nerdy on Sunday you can stick around through the evening and enjoy A Midsummer Night’s Dream – though make sure to bring some money, as it’s $10 for that performance.

The Steven L Smith Band

If you feel like kicking off your week with a little spice, Matt Finley and Rio Jazz are playing the 23rd annual Brazilian Jazz Concert. And it’s free! It’s over in Rogers Memorial Park in Bolton Landing.

But to stay uber-local and find some great music isn’t difficult – not during the summer, at least. The summer concert series is the Robert Michaels Trio Wednesday at 7:30 PM.  Surprisingly, perhaps to continue the trend of the Brazilian Jazz concert Monday, the Robert Michaels Trio are a Latin Jazz band.

For a little more sophistication in your summer, the Adirondack Theater Festival is still going on, and there’s an orchestra coming to the area. In Glens Falls with the ATF, Hello Out There is playing through July 30th. As for the orchestra coming to town, the Philadelphia Orchestra has their opening night at SPAC at 8 PM on the 20th. Obviously, reservations should be made.

There is quite a spread on Thursday when it comes to music – The Steven L. Smith Band is playing at the Forum at 6:30 before/as a part of the Feed the Hungry concert, Bolton Landing is having a music festival at Bolton Central School at 7:30 PM, the Philadelphia Orchestra is playing at 8 PM at SPAC, and as per usual the Lake George Community Band is playing at Shepard Park at 8 PM with the fireworks afterwards. So whatever taste in music you may have, you definitely have your pick Thursday evening.

To slow things down and relax after a possibly crazy Friday, why not find a lot of good books to occupy your weekend? There’s a gigantic book sale going on over the weekend in Bolton Landing. Check it out!

The Last of the Mohicans is opening at the Wild West Ranch Friday evening as well – why not end the week with a little story you might have heard about the Lake George area?

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