Schroon Lake’s Opening Weekend: It’s Here!!!

Music, Food, treating your body well, and honoring our Veterans are the headline acts at this year’s Schroon Opening Weekend over the Memorial Day holiday. Now in it’s third year, the event is the official start to the summer season. 

This weekend traditionally is when the dust gets swept out of summer camps as they are opened, boats and jet-skis hit the water and lines start forming at the Stewart’s Ice-cream counter. And there are multiple activities around town to keep you busy.

Organizer Shelby Davis said this year’s program features multiple events spread out over several venues.

“We have moved away from the model of having many activities in the Town Park. This way the weather won’t impact the schedule of events,” Shelby told Schroon Laker.”

The weekend kicks off on Thursday at 4pm when Paradox Brewery opens the doors to their tasting room at 4 pm  - 7pm  (Their weekend hours are Friday 11-7, Saturday 11-6, Sunday 12-4, and Monday 11-6!)

On Thursday night -- just across the street from the Brewery --  the Mountainside Christian Academy presents  “Meet Me in St. Louis” (and also on Friday, May 23) at 7:00 pm in the school gym.  Admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for children ages 3-12, and free for children 2 and under.  There’s a concession stand selling root beer floats and baked goods.

Over at Witherbee’s Carriage House in the loft bar, Mark Piper leads some of the area’s finest musical talent at Open Mic night. It’s always a great time for the performers and the audience. Sign up starts at 6.30pm. New musicians are always welcome and the final songs of the night become one giant band jam.

Over at Sticks & Stones  -- Schroon’s newest restaurant, which is celebrating its first birthday -- is now open at 11:30 am every day. S&S features both indoor and out-door dining where your pooch is always welcome!

Stressed out after a long week at work?  Head on over to Schroon Lake Massage and Wellness Center for their Memorial day special: a 25% discount off a 60 minute massage.  Call 351-0048 to make your appointment.

True North Yoga is offering a mini-workshop on One-Blanket Restorative Poses to help relieve stress, stimulate organs, improve concentration and help you become calm and grounded.  7:00 pm, $10.00, and there’s no advanced registration necessary. 

 On Friday Willie Playmore will get you rocking at Witherbee’s Carriage House. 7pm. And this weekend Mr. P’s Mountain Smokehouse kicks off their early summer hours and is now open every weekend!  (Including Memorial Day 11.30 am – 3 pm)

Chris and Shelby are introducing Family specials – for 4 or 8 people: The special features pulled pork or chicken, pork spare ribs, Cole slaw or potato salad, corn bread. Dine in, or take-away. Call Mr. P for details 532-4300.  Also open Memorial Day 11:30 am to 3:00 pm.

On Saturday it’s the Annual Lion’s Club Garage Sale and Gift Raffle at the Boat House. The garage sale continues into Sunday, with their popular Lions annual auction. True North Yoga hosts Free Community Yoga at 11:00 am. There’s no registration required and yoga mats are available for use at the studio.

The Schroon Lake Association will have a booth at the edge of the Town Hall parking lot Saturday and Sunday from 1 pm to 4 pm where you can learn about their efforts to combat invasive species and volunteer opportunities. If you are not a member --   make this the day you sign up!.

On Saturday night the Strand Theater presents guitarist extraordinaire Bill Zito in Concert at 7:30pm. Bill Zito is world renown for his ability to play a variety of musical styles including Dowland, Britten, Guiliani, Villa-Lobos, Rodrigo, and Albeniz.

Sunday kicks off with the annual Boy Scout Pan Cake Breakfast  at the Fish and Game Club. It’s a great cause and the pancakes are always yummy.

Also on Sunday The Schroon Lake EMS will be celebrating National EMS Week, with the Free blood pressure checks, and a boo boo bear so kids can practice their first aid skills on the hill near the band stand.

The Schroon Lake Volunteer Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting a bake sale from 11 am to 3 pm next to the EMS squad.  Learn more about how you can support these terrific organizations.

This weekend also marks Patti and Bob Mehm’s 10th Anniversary of owning The Towne Store. And they are celebrating by throwing a party for customers on Sunday from 4 pm – 6 pm. Swing by for cake, snacks, door prizes, sales and more.  It is also the Seasonal Opening of the Art Gallery, which you can read more about here.

On Monday honor our veterans by attending a local memorial service.

We hear from Peter Johnson, Commander, American Legion Post 982,that Schroon's annual Veteran’s Ceremony is at 10:00 am at the Veteran’s Memorial in the Town Park. A service in North Hudson starts at 11:00 am at the Town Hall.