Lots to do as wealth of Lake Placid activities continue into July
With the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia only eight months away, the Olympic theme came to life as USA Hockey recently named its 25 member national team that will practice, train and play exhibition games prior to Sochi. From this group of 25, the final Olympic roster of 21 will be nominated to the USOC as the women's Olympic hockey team.
When the country's best women's hockey players depart, top figure skating talent will occupy the Olympic Center as the Lake Placid Summer Figure Skating Championships take the ice June 27-30.
As we catch our breath from all of this, it's time to relax and watch approximately 1,000 four-legged athletes as the annual Lake Placid and I Love NY Horse Shows return for their annual two-week stint in the Olympic village. Mark the dates of June 25-July 7.
Spectators will see the best on the international show jumping circuit competing for prize money. This much-anticipated equestrian meet has been a fixture in Lake Placid since 1974.
In the midst of this, you can also partake in the 8th annual I Love BBQ and Music Festival (photo below) held on the 1980 Olympic Speed Skating Oval, July 4-6. Eating, BBQ competition between iconic teams such as the Bastey Boys (featured on TNT's BBQ Pitmasters), the junior world championships, BMX bike exhibitions, kids play areas, mechanical bull riding for the public and some of the top local and regional bands make this a memorable non-alcoholic event as it benefits Lake Placid's Shipman Youth Center.
The yearly Lake Placid Summer Ski Jump, date to be determined in early July, occurs on the artificial 90 meter jumping surface at the complex on Route 73 just outside Lake Placid. Patrons are amazed that these athletes soar as far in summer as they do in winter.
This is only part of our summer story. In future weeks, there will be more to come as we will take the schedule further into the summer season. You will find Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa located conveniently in the midst of it all, overlooking Mirror Lake in Lake Placid.
Additionally there are several free programs in place each week during July and August in our village park on Main Street. The Songs at Mirror Lake series on Tuesday nights presents different genres of music, while each Wednesday evening, the Lake Placid Sinfonietta (last image) offers up the best of pops.
Just bring your blanket or chair, some food and drink, and enjoy the entertainment in a lakeside setting adjacent to Mirror Lake. Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa is just a five minute walk to this picturesque venue.
Finally, during the months of July and August, the U.S. Luge Team, based in Lake Placid, conducts recruitment clinics for kids ages 12 and older. The venue is on Rycle Circle, on Rt. 73, near the equestrian grounds and town airport.
Clinics are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30 PM.
Please return to see what's on the event menu in future weeks.