The Adirondack Carousel will hold a Grand Opening on Saturday, May 26 from 1 to 8 pm at its location in the William Morris Park, Saranac Lake, NY with FREE rides all day sponsored by the Stewarts Shops. As part of the festivities, there will also be children’s activities, food and refreshments, and a special drawing at 4 pm for four round trip Cape Air tickets.
Visitors will also be able to ride the Carousel on Sunday from 11 to 8 and on Memorial Day, May 28 from 11 to 6 with free rides for Veterans that Monday.
The celebration for the long awaited Tri-Lakes attraction fusing entertainment with art and education kicks off at 1 pm on Saturday with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony. Participating in the dedication will be Senator Betty Little, Congressman Owens, Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau, a member of the Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce Board, the carousel’s recently appointed Executive Director Paula Hameline, and 15 children from three nearby elementary schools selected by their principals for the honor.
The children will also be one of the first groups to ride the carousel along with the carvers and artists who generously donated all the beautifully crafted Adirondack wildlife figures, rounding boards painted with historical scenes, and medallions featuring wildlife flowers.
Riders can choose from 18 moving wildlife figures that include a Large Mouthed Bass, Bobcat, Black Fly and Loon; the two current “standers” (“Paws” the Bear and “Bubbles” the Great Blue Heron), and the all-accessible Chris-Craft style chariot.
The Carousel will be open on Saturdays from 11 to 8 and Sundays from 11 to 6 until late June when it expands operations for the summer to six days a week (Wednesday through Monday) from 11 to 8. The carousel will be closed on Tuesdays. Fall and winter hours will be announced later this year.
The 3600 sq. ft. building can be rented for birthday parties and other special events. As part of its mission to help promote the Adirondacks, the carousel’s non-profit organization also plans to offer educational workshops, art events, and other Adirondack-themed activities for people of all ages.
For more information and current events, visit www.adirondackcarousel.org, friend the Adirondack Carousel on Facebook, or call 518-891-9521.