Schroon’s July 4th Week 2019 : What You Need To Know


Updated July, 2 with new Witherbee’s Open Mic information*

Schroon’s July 4th Week: What you need To Know.

Sun, sand, music, beer, great grub: Welcome to Schroon and our July 4th week of fun and celebration. (Click bolded text below for the story link)

Saturday it was Big Time Kitty, rocking out the crowd at the Paradox Brewery Beer tent, where the new Weather series dropped.

Other folks got to experience first hand what life is like on the World of Life Island and it was also the Schroon-North Hudson’s Historical Society opening day.

Sunday: Get out and enjoy the day: Take a stroll down Main Street and check out all that’s new. From the Town Pavilion, the gardens in our Town Park and Town Beach. Grab a hotdog and catch the great view and check out the new menu at Vine and Barely, atop the Town Store.

For those already missing their bagels, click here to learn how you can get your fix.

Mark Piper leads the Thursday Night Mic at Witherbee’s! Mark is also playing the Dock Street Stage on July 4th from 2pm - 3pm.

Mark Piper leads the Thursday Night Mic at Witherbee’s! Mark is also playing the Dock Street Stage on July 4th from 2pm - 3pm.

Check out New York's newest campground: Frontier Town Campground and Equestrian and Day Use Area. The park features 91 equestrian, RV, trailer and tent camping areas along the Schroon River!

Monday, July 1, it’s the acoustic music jam at the boat house, on Dock Street, proudly sponsored by the Schroon Lake Arts Council.

At the Strand Theatre there’s a live pianist accompanying a selection of Buster Keaton films, starting at 8pm.

On July 2 at the Schroon Lake Library there’s “A Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program” for kids. CLICK HERE FR DETAILS. Also, their Mah Jong Group meets every Tuesday from 1-4 p.m. during the summer months. The club is for anyone who loves the game, wants to meet new people and have some fun.

And from July 2nd to August 30, every Tuesday there are guided paddling Tours.

On Wednesday, July 3, it’s the opening night of the Seagle Music Colony Production of Evita. Click here for tickets. THEY ARE SELLING FAST.

The Friends of Schroon Lake Library start their summer hours on Wednesday and Saturday, beginning at 10 am - 2pm. (The basement of the Hudson Headwaters Health Building.

And Wednesday night, July3, it’s Square Damning Time!


Here is the link for the official the 65th Annual Schroon Lake July 4th Celebration. A new event this year is the mile dash, starting at 5.30. Details here.

Thursday — there’s an early Open Mic night at Witherbee’s Carriage House, hosted by Mark Piper. (5pm - 9 pm)

Friday is the last day to sign up for the Town’s Swimming Lessons.


RIP: Samuel R. Venner. January 4, 1942 to June 15, 2019

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We are saddened to report the passing of Schroon Laker Samuel R. Venner.

The 77 year-old veteran passed away Saturday June 15, 2019 at home — with his family by his side — after a second valiant battle with cancer, according to his official obit.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, June 21, at the Edward L. Kelly Funeral Home, 1019 US Route 9, Schroon Lake. Interment will follow with Military Honors at the Severance Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from noon until the service at 2 p.m.

“Sam was born Jan. 4, 1942 in Ticonderoga, the son of the late Samuel and Elizabeth Venner.

He was predeceased by the love of his life and his wife of 49 years 7 months and 1 day, Barbara Bump Venner who passed May 27, 2013.

Sam served in the U.S. Army Reserve in the 625th Engineers in Elizabethtown, New York from 1961 until his honorable discharge in 1967.

In 1967 Sam was employed by the Town of Schroon Highway Department, in 1985 he was elected superintendent of the department and held that position with honor and dignity until his retirement in 1996. He was a former member of the Essex County and the New State Superintendent of Highways Associations.

After his retirement he continued to operate heavy equipment for Bud Rodick, Kevin Moses, Larry Shiell and up until a year ago for Mike Marsdan.

Sam was a former 25 year member of the Schroon Lake Volunteer Fire Department, a former member of BPO Elks lodge #1494 of Ticonderoga and The Town of Schroon Lions Club. He was a member of the American Legion Post #982, and over the past few years found a loving family with the Schroon Lake Community Church.


Sam was an avid golfer: he was a member of the Schroon Lake Golf Course where he played in the men’s league, the couple’s league and many local tournaments over the years. For years he and his brother Fred AKA (The Brothers) could be seen nearly every morning at around 6:30 a.m. playing their 9 hole round.

Sam is survived by his daughters, Vicki (Roger) Belleville of Ballston Spa and Valerie (Craig) DeZalia of Schroon Lake; his brother, Fred (Patricia) Venner of Schroon Lake; his grandchildren, Naomi, Katherine, Derek, Dawson, Brett, Cara and Christy; and his great-grandchildren, Gabryell, Brooke, Landon and Jayce; his dear friend, Patricia Fero and family; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family suggests memorials take the form of donations to High Peaks Hospice, PO Box 192, Port Henry, NY 12974 or the Schroon Lake Community Church, Schroon Lake, NY 12870. For online condolences please click here.

Edward Noxon 1923 - 2014

Edward Noxon 1923 - 2014

Photo: Ed in the July 4th Parade, 2013.

Edward Noxon, one of the most loved, admired, respected and finest citizens the Town Of Schroon has ever produced, will be laid to rest this Saturday.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 am  Saturday, January. 11, 2014, at Edward L. Kelly Funeral Home, 1019 U.S. Route 9, in Schroon Lake. Interment will follow at The Schroon Lake Community Cemetery.

Calling hours are from 5 pm  until 8 pm. Friday, Jan. 10, at the funeral home.

You can read Ed's official obituary after the jump.

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Schroon Lake Citizens of the Year: 2013

Schroon Lake Citizens of the Year:  2013

Jane Claus and her husband Bob will most likely never forget the day they got the call letting them know they were the 2013 Schroon Lake Citizens of the Year.

“I was blown away,” Bob told Schroon Laker.

“Bob was speechless,” recalled Jane. “He said: ‘Can you say that again? I am going to put you on speaker phone’.”

The caller was Tony Kostecki, the new head of the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the award. The couple was presented with the honor at a dinner at Witherbee’s Restaurant on Tuesday night (June 18).

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