Friday, January 4, 2013

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival in the works

Garry Trudeau poster.
SARANAC LAKE -- What do you get when you team up cartoonist Garry Trudeau and a lot of ice, snow, food, drink and activities?

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, for which the "Doonesbury" creator has created the 2013 official poster.

The 116th annual Saranac Lake Winter Carnival will roll out from February 1 through 10 this year with an "Under The Sea" theme.

Trudeau’s illustration shows “Doonesbury” character Zonker Harris dressed in blue trunks swimming underwater with a school of fish. Trudeau, who was raised in Saranac Lake, has been creating the Winter Carnival button design since 1981 but didn't create his first poster design until last year. 

The carnival began in 1897 as a one-day event to break the monotony of the long Adirondack winter but grew to become a festival including sports, dances, performances, two parades and two sets of fireworks above the world-famous Ice Palace.

You can get a complete look at the festival event schedule online. But, this being a blog catering to food and drink, here's a quick breakout of such activities, including related events leading up to the festival:

Monday, January 14

Carnival Court spaghetti dinner fundraiser
Belvedere Restaurant
891-9873 for reservations

Saturday, February 2

20th annual Business & Professional Women Chocolate Festival
Harrietstown Town Hall

Parent Faculty Organization Chicken & Biscuits Dinner
Methodist Church

Tuesday, February 5

Royalty Dinner
Details to be announced

Saturday, February 9

Masons' Pancake Breakfast
Saranac Lake Adult Center
136 Broadway

Breakfast at McDonalds with Grimace and Carnival Characters

Lion’s Club Chili Sale
Harrietstown Town Hall

(Details on these events will be added to the above-referenced website.)

Go here for the region’s best local food & drinks events calendar.

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