Dad's Day 2014 in Schroon & Beyond

It’s T-minus 72 Hours until Dad’s Big Day on Sunday and we’ve got some last minute ideas to celebrate that special guy in your life. We've come up with some ideas and unique activities in and around our area to make the day even more memorable!

If dad is a boater, water skier or water enthusiast, then a visit to the new and expanded Schroon Lake Marina Showroom is a must. There are literally hundreds of items in stock in the Marina’s new space. How about a new pontoon boat?  Already got one? – then how about a paddle board! If dad is really adventurous, and would like to learn how to water ski or wake board, the marina's Craig Kennedy has his own school.


Does dad like Broadway? Then you are in luck. Why not pick up tickets to the Seagle Colony’s upcoming production of West Side Story. Due to popular demand, Seagle has added  another performance on Friday, August 15, 2014 at 8 PM.  Call and get your tickets now before all the performances sell out! -- click here for details.


If Dad enjoys a cold beer, and he hasn’t yet visited the Paradox Brewery’s tasting room, then get going, so he can sample the entire beer line up, gratis. Buy him a growler for $5 and pay to have it filled with his favorite Paradox brew. And while you are there, check out their swag and gift baskets, perfect for folks heading to see their dad or grand dad who need a unique locally sourced gift.

If like me, he’d like to sit down and have a meal – with a frosty cold Paradox brew, Sticks and Stones have a special Father’s Day Menu, which uses the Paradox offerings as a key ingredient.  

Here is a sampling: Cream of Mushroom Soup, Paradox Pilsner Porridge, Beer and Brown Sugar Sirloin Tips,  Hand carved, beer marinated sirloin tips, dusted with brown sugar, served with a Paradox Beer Cheese Sauce. Wood Fired Pretzels : 4 Piping Hot Pretzel Rods, served with a Paradox Beer Cheese Sauce . Paradox Rib eye Steak:  Thick Rib eye Steak grilled to perfection topped off with our Paradox Cheese Sauce served with fresh veggies and fingerling salt potatoes. Click here to see the full menu.

There’s still space open at the Mr. P’s BBQ U – Smokin' 101, and I don't mean anything illegal - is a class to learn the secrets of how Chris Palmatier gets that smoking good flavor into his meats. Don’t forget their special sandwich of the month: The Granny's Ginger Porker.

If dad likes ice fining -- but his camp is not open during the winter -- why not surprise him with a weekend stay at The Schroon Lake Place. Located right on the Lake in downtown Schroon -- this is a paradise all year 'round -- AND the only accommodations with direct lake access in the winter. Click here for more information!

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If dad loves Italian food, then there's only one place to go: Drake's Restaurant. For the most authentic taste of Italy around! Read our review, here.

Dad loves music? Does Dad love discovering new music? Then head on over the Schroon Lake Art's Council's summer concert series schedule and surprise him with tickets. A litlle uncertain as to what he might like? Look no further than what will be the concert of the Summer: American roots trio Red Molly.

Give dad the gift of peace of mind. Does he obsess  -- about who is looking out for  his little piece of ADK paradise  -- when he’s away? We have a very practical – and unique gift – that may forever change his life, and at the same time protect his castle. Check out ADK Home Watch. When a crisis occurs, these experienced home watch professionals with the knowledge and resources to keep your home and belongings safe, can save the day. 


The Towne store has a new shipment of Schroon, Paradox and Adirondack themed clothing and caps. It has one of the best selections of books featuring local authors, from Carol Gregson’s award winning Wet Socks to  (the book I am currently reading), Ann Breen Metcalf’s Trout Lake. Pop upstairs and check out a unique hand-crafted gift from the Upstairs Art Gallery.

Giddyup! Bring out your dad's inner cowboy and treat him to a unique experience with a horse ride from Circle B Ranch in Chestertown. They’ve got group and individual trail rides through their property and the ADK Park.  Western saddles, gorgeous views. Buy dad a gift certificate for an hour, or two, or  three!

Judging by several dads we know of around here -- many are just big kids, so we have uncovered a must go-to destination. The new owners of the Adirondack General Store, Maureen and Robert Diaz, stocked up their store with thousands of new items -- includng many designed exclusively for pranks...the photo below shows one of their top sellers: Fart Bomb -  purchased in bulk by grown men!  (We’ll have more on Maureen and Robert and their big new adventure in a story next week).


And if the man in your life is tired of slow internet speeds and crappy TV service, then check out Schroon Lake’s Exede’s Internet service. Exede allows faster downloads for larger files and HD movie streaming without lags or browser reloads. Its technology features and high speed optimized bandwidth making it possible for folks in rural locations to enjoy the same or better internet quality of their urban counterparts.


Witherbee's Carriage House will open at 4 pm on Father's Day. Among their dinner specials is Prime Rib and a 16oz Rib Eye Cowboy Steak with a Kona Coffee and Chili Spice Rub. Dylan Joseph also plays at 6 pm.

Railroads on Parade is offering a special for dad’s and grand dads  -- Free admission Sunday, from 12pm -  5 pm when accompanied by a paying adult or two children over age five. Dad will receive a Railroads On Parade pin to wear home as a memento. 

A lot of dads love Fort Ticonderoga so experience life, circa 1776,. Spend Father's Day at Fort Ti, explore the  exhibitions, visit the trades shops, rent a canoe to tour the historic Lake Champlain waterway, and grab some grub at America's Fort Cafe!

Samantha Tyrrell, of Paradox Crafts, is offering a Father’s day special  on any in stock white novelty T-shirt any size for just $ 5.00. Any Paradox Lake Colored T-shirt in stock  -- any size  -- $8.00 each. Call 518-532-0551 for details.