Lake Placid activities continue through July
The successful Lake Placid and I Love NY Horse Shows, along with the I Love BBQ and Music Festival and the Lake Placid International Sprint Canoe and Kayak Races, all came to an end over the July 4 holiday weekend.
The Olympic venues are full of events and shows each week. Wednesdays and Saturdays, the Olympic Jumping Complex, presents the Summer Jumping Series, where freestyle skiers perfect their tricks into a cushioned, 750,000 gallon pool. Hannah Kearney, 2010 Olympic moguls champion from Massachusetts, is spending most of her summer in Lake Placid's pool preparing to defend her Olympic gold medal this February.
On the adjacent 90 meter ski jumping hill, the best athletes in the east train until October. The group includes 2010 Vancouver Olympian Peter Frenette of nearby Saranac Lake.
On a warm afternoon, there's no better place to cool off and be entertained at the same time. Freaky Friday, in the 1932 Jack Shea Arena, offers both. Young figure skaters, who train here all summer, can let their hair down each Friday at 4:30 with routines that they choreograph. Each number is geared toward pleasing the crowd more than a panel of judges.
The same venue presents the Saturday Night Ice Show, a tradition that dates back into the 1960s. Enjoy national team members and past and future Olympians who spend time training on Olympic Center ice. Showtime is 7:30.
For those seeking musical forms of entertainment, Mid's Park, on Main Street in the village, offers an intimate lakeside setting for the Songs at Mirror Lake series each Tuesday evening, and performances by the Lake Placid Sinfonietta on Wednesday nights.
The Tuesday Songs series has an eclectic mix of genres: Rusted Root on July 9 filled the park and brought spectators to the lake shore via canoe and kayak; July 16 is Americana Night with Amy Helm; on July 23 American Rock Night brings Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real Hootchie Kootchie Man to the Mid's Park Bandshell; and July 30 is local jam night with Lucid.
The pops-oriented Sinfonietta performs Emerald Dreams, with a Celtic slant, on July 10; Movie Magic, on July 17, will help you re-live your favorite films; close your eyes on July 24 and travel from the Underworld to the Outerworld; finish the month by Tripping the Light Fantastic as the Sinfonietta recreates the best of Broadway.
We like to think that in Lake Placid there is something for everyone.
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Until then, help yourself to our community and enjoy the beautiful stretch of weather that’s in the forecast.
Top photo: A freestyle skier prepares to launch off the training ramps in Lake Placid (ORDA Photo)
Middle photo: Paddlers came to the Mirror Lake shoreline last Tuesday to get upclose to Rusted Root
Bottom photo: Rusted Root performs in Mid's Park