At about 6:30pm tonight while I was making dinner, Allan & I noticed we had a visitor in our back yard! This is on Old Schroon Road in Schroon Lake. It stayed for at least 10 minutes and then walked off through the woods towards the snowmobile trail.
Artisans and crafters from all over the northeast will soon be bound for Schroon, for the BIG, 49th Annual Schroon Lake Arts and Crafts Fair.
The event -- known for its high quality vendors -- usually attracts thousands, on the lookout for unique arts and crafts. (We know of several folks who do a bunch of early Christmas shopping). This year organizers are expecting 100 vendors.
So save the date: Saturday, July 21st, at 10am in the Town Park.
The fair, sponsored by the Schroon Lake Association, (SLA) those terrific folks dedicated to preserving our lake and river paradise, will be at their tent selling raffle tickets for a Hornbeck Canoe. Volunteers will be on hand to answer your questions about the lake.
All profits that the SLA derives from the Fair go toward their continuing efforts to protect and maintain the health and welfare of the lake: paying for a certified lake manager, funding scientific studies of the lake water and underwriting the fees involved in milfoil harvesting. There is also a Silent Auction Table, hosted by the Schroon Lake Association. It’s run by Chuck Harste with the help of SLA member volunteers, where you’ll find gifts donated by vendors and area merchants.
And there is gonna be something for everybody, with all crafts represented: jewelry, sculpture, woodwork, photography, painting, you name it, it will be at the fair.
Artists from as far away as Montreal, New York City and beyond will join locals from here and all over the North Country.
And for repeat visitors, if there’s a favorite artist you want to catch up with, chances are they will be in the same spot as in previous years. The Town of Schroon has prohibited dogs from entering onto Town property during public events, so please leave you pooches at home.
Hungry? The Fair has got you covered. The Schroon Lake Lions Club will be serving up hot dogs and burgers, and a number of food vendors are also expected.
MONDAY, JULY 16
- Sing-along with Sue Tillotson. Ice cream social. 7:00 p.m. at the Boathouse Theater. Sponsored by the Schroon-North Hudson Historical Society and Museum. 518-532-7615.
TUESDAY, JULY 17
- “Atwater Donnelly” Boathouse Concert at 7:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $20, students $5. Sponsored by the Schroon Lake Arts Council. Call 518-532-9259 for more information.
- Book Discussion Group “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane” 1:00 pm, Schroon Lake Public Library Community Room.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 18
- French Themed Tea & Luncheon. 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Silver Spruce Inn. $25/pp, tickets on sale at the Schroon Lake Library. Sponsored by the Schroon/North Hudson Historical Society. 518-532-7615.
WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY, JULY 18-21
- “Julius Caesar” Sung in Italian with project English subtitles. Performances at 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, and 2:00 p.m. on Friday at the Seagle Music Colony. Adults tickets are $35 and children $25. Call 518-532-7875 for tickets and information.
THURSDAY, JULY 19
- “The Dazzle Dogs!” Presented by the Libraries ROCK! Summer Reading Program. Two shows, 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., Schroon Lake Public Library.
SATURDAY, JULY 21
- 49th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair. 10:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m. at the Town Park. Over 100 exhibitors! Sponsored by the Schroon Lake Association. 518-532-7459 for more info.
SUNDAY, JULY 22
- Asian Dance and Tai’ Chi featuring Xinhua Lee. Free event, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Town Park. Sponsored by the Schroon Lake Arts Council. 518-532-9259.
- Seagle Music Colony Guild Event. Duo piano concert featuring local pianists Suzanne Fremon and Milton Farbstein. 5:00 p.m. at the Seagle Music Colony. For more information call 518-532-7875 or visit www.seaglecolony.org