Meet Elena Rossi-Snook

Name: Elena Rossi-Snook

Where do you live?

Schroon Lake  -- 1 mile outside of town.

Full time? Part time? Seasonal?


When did you move here or discover this part of paradise?

Born into it -- both sides of family have been here for generations (my parents met here)

Where did you grow up?

Nassau, N.Y. (outside of Albany) 

How do you -- or did you -- make a living?

I'm a film archivist for the New York Public Library and I teach film history at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

How do you spend your free time?

Yoga, sail, run, tennis, shop.  I'm producing a documentary film.  I do a lot of volunteer work for the Association of Moving Image Archivists.  I've teamed up with 46er and writer Daniel Eagan- we're thinking of doing something to preserve the historic films made in the Adirondack Park.

Coffee, Tea, or…? 


What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday? 

There are a couple of variations on this.  Last weekend my family and I went out on the lake to celebrate my parents' 40th anniversary.  There were three generations, a bottle of bubbly, chocolate croissants, a super 8mm movie camera and lots of sun.  I don't think you can get much better than that (although there was that day when I went out for the perfect sail...).    

What’s your favorite local restaurant?

 Each restaurant has its own special place in my SL life.  I waited tables at Drakes through high school and college and I can remember my first pork chop at Pitkins as a toddler.  

Favorite season(s) and why?

Summer, Fall, Winter...who can choose?  Summer is tennis and sailing and the movies- my childhood summers in SL were magical and I hope these things never change.  Fall is hiking and leaf gazing.  Winter is skiing and snow-sports.  Maybe summer is my favorite because you're more likely to see people out and about.  The community here is a strong attraction.

What’s on your nightstand?

 Stack of novels, ear plugs...Nothing exciting. 

What are you listening to? 

This American Life and RadioLab podcasts

What are your current addictions?


Who/what makes you laugh?

It's painful to watch but I keep coming back to Curb Your Enthusiasm.  My sister can put me into fits of hysterics.

Talent you would most like to have?

Flawless decorum

What’s the best kept secret about Schroon Lake and/or surrounding areas?

I have just discovered the best manicure I've every gotten in my entire life: Alicia at Hello Beautiful is an artist.  Her shellac mani is unbeatable.

What do you hope they say about you at your funeral? 

That I made a difference.