We’ve rounded up some newsworthy mentions in the Adirondacks, including an online film series coming up, a new Light Up the Town holiday event, and more.
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Think Local, Shop Local & Support Local This Holiday Season
A campaign called Buy Local or Bye-Bye Local has been initiated to help out North Country businesses who need support now more than ever, and the focus is on holiday shopping.
“Few sectors have escaped the effects of the lockdown,” SUNY Canton SBDC Assistant Director Angela Smith said in a statement. “Independently owned businesses and not-for-profit organizations have been hit particularly hard. Uniting together to shop local first will help save small businesses across our North Country region and could even fuel an economic recovery.”
Browse the Saranac Lake ArtWorks Online Art Market
Here’s another way to buy a hyper-local, unique gift this season: Saranac Lake ArtWorks has moved their Black Friday event (held for the first time last year at Hotel Saranac) online, so there’s a convenient place to connect the community to local art and artists.
It’s live now through December 15; there are paintings, jewelry, and other items; and you can find it at saranac-lake-artworks.square.site/shop/4.
Look Forward to the Lake Placid Film Festival’s Upcoming Online Series
The Lake Placid Film Festival’s first-ever virtual event went so well they’re doing another online series ahead of the annual in-person festival, which right now is scheduled for October 20 – 24, 2021. This online series will start in February 2021, so be on the lookout for further details on that, or visit lakeplacidfilmfestival.org for more info.
Check Out This Hotel That Will Open to the Public in the Spring
The Saranac Waterfront Lodge had a recent soft opening period for a limited number of guests. This hotel has been in the works for several years now and the grand opening is planned for the spring of 2021. It’s located on Lake Flower near the famed Ice Palace, which as of now is still scheduled to take place for the annual Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. You can find out more at saranacwaterfrontlodge.com.
Carve Out Some Time in the Near Future to Take a Drive Through Saranac Lake
Speaking of Saranac Lake, the Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce has announced a Light Up the Town event. Residents will be trimming their homes and businesses with festive lights and decorations. Participants can pay a $20 entry fee to get put on a map the Chamber will put together. If you live in Saranac Lake, be sure to join in on the fun – registration ends December 11.
Otherwise, plan to drive through the area anytime from December 14 to January 3 to enjoy the festiveness and vote for your favorites.
Attend the Festival of Trees at the Hancock House
The Festival of Trees at the Hancock House in Ticonderoga opens on Monday the 23rd and runs through the end of December. Admission is free, COVID guidelines are in place, and the theme this year is a “Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol.”
Get in on This Chance to Win $500 From the TACC
The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual fall/winter fundraiser is Five Hundred Dollar Fridays. Every Friday in December they’ll give away $500. Tickets for a chance to win are $20 each, and they’ll be drawn at random each Friday of the month, including Christmas Day. All proceeds go towards Chamber programs.
They’re capping the tickets at 300, so you’ll want to purchase a ticket sooner rather than later. Stop by the TACC office at 94 Montcalm Street to get your tickets or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Look Ahead to Next Week
Holiday Fun Starts in Old Forge and Inlet
The Adirondack Christmas in Main Street starts next Friday, November 27. Old Forge has already released their schedule and Inlet looks to have several exciting events taking place as well.