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Around & About Lake George: May 25, 2012

Last weekend’s weather was so good, we’re afraid Memorial Day weekend will be jinxed, but we’ve been told to fear not. Predictions are favorable.

After last week’s issue was safely in the hands of our delivery crew, we dropped by the Adirondack Pub to help celebrate the opening of  the expanded brewery (where we saw John Root, Michael Consuelo, Fred Vogel, Dennis Quirk, Drew the Ski Shop Guru, Nancy and Paul Nichols and their daughter Heather and her husband Ben, and, of course, Brew Pub owners John and Cindy Carr.) Then over to East Cove for dinner and to pick up the latest news from our best anonymous source, Pete. Thursday, a late dinner with a friend at Fredericks. Friday, we went to the Dome to  check in with Jeff Fraser, who was in the process of opening his annual Adirondack Living Show. And we checked out the new portable boat washing station which was undergoing trials at the Beach Road parking lot, then on to dinner at the house of some friends back from Florida for the season. Most of Bolton was at Pub on Nine at a party for Rich Kober, who retired from the NYS Police earlier this spring. Congratulations, Rich! Saturday, Buzz Lamb was in Lake George early to watch the rowing teams get their boats in the water and cover the offshore speedboat demonstrations. Two friends joined us as we tried Bolton Landing’s newest restaurant, Caffe Vero. Highly recommended. We heard that Bob Blais was at Cate’s to welcome Cate and Buddy back to the lake and got a message that Bob Regan and Amy Bartlett were heading up to  Bolton Landing as well. Sorry we missed them. On Sunday, the Stony Creek Band was playing at the Barnsider for the Lake George Arts Project benefit, where Ed and Melissa Pagnotta put on a generous spread of their world-renowned barbecue. Good to see them as well as Ed and Melanie Ostberg, Eric Weber, Bruno LaVerdiere and others. Stopped at Cate’s on the way home, where we saw Sean and Melissa Quirk.

We’ll start our weekend on Friday at the Benefit Gala for the Lake George Music Festival at the Fort William Henry’s White Lion room from 4 to 6 pm. The event will feature a casual happy hour with wine and cocktails, a silent auction with items donated by local businesses, and a preview by musicians who will be performing at this year’s festival. The Festival, which will return to Lake George Village for its second season in August, is in the process of raising $1,000 through Kickstarter by May 25 and $5,000 by August 1. Tickets will cost $25, though additional donations will be welcomed. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 518-791-5089.

Throughout the weekend, communities along the lake will honor their veterans. On Saturday, May 26, Lake George and  Hague will hold commemorative ceremonies and parades. Ticonderoga will celebrate the holiday on May 27 and Bolton Landing will hold a parade and service on Monday, May 28.

Buzz will be taking photos of the parades in Lake George and Bolton Landing, and we’ll try to get to Hague, where Tom James will be a featured speaker and, we hear, the parade will include the new boat washing machine and Kayla Navitsky in a kayak, pulled by her father, Waterkeeper Chris Navitsky. We also hope to get to  Canada Street to catch sight of  Steve Tomb’s new pedal cabs.

The Bolton Historical Museum re-opens for the season on May 26 with an appearance by local historian Bill Gates, who  will sign copies of his tenth book, ‘The 1830 Gates Homestead,’ from 11am to 1 pm.  The book, about the Gates family’s home in the Huddle section of Bolton, is now available in local shops and bookstores.

Chrissy's Chairs will kick off this year on May 26 at Sweet Pea Farm in Bolton Landing

Chrissy’s Chairs the Bolton Landing project that invites local artists to transform Adirondack chairs which are displayed throughout the community and then sold at auction to benefit charities, will kick off this year on May 26 with reception at Sweet Pea Farm.The farm, which is located at 121 Federal Hill Road, Bolton Landing, will host the reception from 5 to 7 pm. Refreshments will be served.

Toulouse-Lautrec & Company: Prints from the Belle Époque, an exhibition featuring ten lithographs by Toulouse-Lautrec and approximately twenty prints by contemporaries such as Pierre Bonnard, Jules Chéret, Maurice Denis, Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen and Édouard Vuillard, will be on view in The Hyde Collection’s Hoopes Gallery through May 27.

A fundraiser will be held for Bolton portrait artist Ron Peer on Sunday, May 27 at the Bolton Conservation Park. Peer is currently undergoing post-operative chemotherapy and radiation for tongue cancer at the St. Clare’s Hospital Cancer Center in Denville, New Jersey.  The event, from 3 to 7pm, will feature food, entertainment, children’s games and a bouncy house and a silent auction.

Also in Bolton, an arts and crafts fair will be held May 26 and 27.

“Unwanted:  Invasive Species of the Adirondacks,” will be presented  at the Chapman Historical Museum in Glens Falls on May 30 at 7 pm.

Hilary Smith, the director of the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, will present  “Unwanted” in conjunction with “Stoddard’s Natural Views,” the museum’s current exhibition of 19th century photographs by Seneca Ray Stoddard.

“This significant but overlooked group of Stoddard photographs gives visitors the opportunity to discover and reflect on the changing environment – a topic of urgent concern in the region –  and to gain greater understanding not only of Stoddard’s photographic vision but of the natural world of the Adirondacks as well,” says Chapman director Tim Weidner.

We wish everyone a fun-filled Memorial Day Weekend!