Adirondack Carousel to Host a Screening of Roadside Adventures

The Adirondack Carousel will host a screening of the Mountain Lake PBS Roadside Adventures episode highlighting the New York State Carousels on Thursday, August 21st at 5 pm in Saranac Lake, NY. This free event invites the public in to experience the carousel, learn more about it through the episode, and meet and greet with Derek Muirden, Senior Producer of Roadside Adventures.  Roadside Adventures has received numerous accolades, including the New York State Broadcasters Association Award for Best Travel Series, for its unique and whimsical look at regional attractions.

This free screening of Roadside Adventures at the Adirondack Carousel is scheduled to take place in conjunction with Saranac Lake’s Third Thursday Art Walks. These self-guided art and music tours through downtown Saranac Lake take place on the third Thursday of every month, all summer.

“Mountain Lake PBS is always looking for ways to highlight the strengths of our local community, and the Carousel is a great example of that,” said Alice Recore, President & CEO of Mountain Lake PBS.


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Photo: Derek Muirden, Senior Producer of Roadside Adventures

Carousel to feature Watercolors by Valerie Patterson

The thought provoking watercolors of Valerie Patterson will be on display at the Adirondack Carousel on Thursday, September 20th from 5 to 7:30 as part of the Art Walk event in Saranac Lake.

Patterson’s striking watercolors reflect a sense of social consciousness in a broad range of themes. She describes her motivation as a means to “create images that provoke action, thought and a feeling of commonality, often transcending the decorative, entertaining, or ‘easy’ in the hopes that my art can be a force for discovery, unity, humanity and support in difficult times”.

A prolific artist, Patterson has exhibited her work throughout the country. Among her numerous awards are the 2009 Peace Prize for the Arts at the 1st Annual Arts for Peace Exhibition in Dayton, Ohio and a 1st Place Profile Award in the “HerStory Competition” at Manhattan Arts International in New York.

The art exhibit is part of the Adirondack Carousel’s vision to fuse art, education and entertainment in ways that foster imagination and inspire people of all ages.

The Carousel will be open during the fall from noon to 5 Wednesday through Sunday but is extending its hours to 7:30 on Sept. 20th for Art Walk. For more information, visit the carousel’s website at or friend the carousel on Facebook.


The Adirondack Carousel will sponsor a free art class in EYE CANS art on Saturday, August 11 at noon under the direction of Joanne Court.

The workshop is part of the Adirondack Carousel’s mission to foster imagination and encourage people of all ages to appreciate the Adirondacks, be environmentally responsible, enjoy the great outdoors, be healthy and have fun.

Participants will learn how to create art and successfully market creations made from discarded aluminum cans. The idea was inspired by Joanne Court’s travels to areas where tourism and poverty intersected, often resulting in an abundance of litter. By creating and founding the concept of EYE CANS Joanne shows how an individual CAN make a difference in the local economy and environment by creating or purchasing these unique works of art.

As a Registered Nurse for the past 25 years, Joanne volunteers to help people better understand how their actions can empower art, economic development, recycling, hope and joy by organizing art classes in local schools, art centers and by exhibiting and selling her works in local galleries.

Supplies will be provided by ByeBye Blackfly, an all natural Deet free insect repellent, which is sold both locally and nationally. Donations are welcome.

For more information about the Adirondack Carousel’s hours and other special events, visit or call 518-891-9521. To learn more about EYE CANS, friend them on Facebook.

Carousel Opens May 26

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.

“It’s been a long time in the making and we’re beyond excited to celebrate the Adirondack Carousel’s debut in the Tri Lakes region”, notes chair of the Board Marge Glowa.
“It’s truly remarkable what a small group of dedicated volunteers has been able to accomplish for their community.”

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, friend the Adirondack Carousel on Facebook, or call 518-891-9521.

Rotary Steps Up!

Marge Glowa, Capital Campaign Director/Volunteer, of the Adirondack Carousel, accepts a check for $2000 from the Rotary Club of Saranac Lake. The generous donation was presented by Rotary President Jared Stark at the unveiling of the Carousel’s Deer in August. Also pictured is William Underwood, the carver.

Adirondack Carousel Animals Named

As of November 4, 23 of the Adirondack Carousel animals have been officially named. The elementary students of the Saranac Lake Central School district (Petrova, Bloomingdale, St. Bernard’s and home-schools) undertook the grand task with pride. Fifth grade students had the honor of brainstorming and choosing four names for each animal. Students in grades Kindergarten through 5 then took their assignment very seriously and voted on their favorites.

Each and every vote was tallied and the list compiled. Today the Adirondack Carousel and the Saranac Lake elementary students formally introduce some of the newest members of the community by name: Flipper (Bass), Paws (Bear), Chuck (Beaver), Bug-Eye (Blackfly), Bubbles (Great Blue Heron), Moonlight (Bobcat), John (Deer), Thunder (Draft Horse), Soarin (Eagle), Flames (Fox), Lilly (Frog), Harry (Hare), Lucy (Loon), Beethoven (Moose), Oliver (Otter), Spike (Porcupine), Ranger (Racoon), Red Storm (Red Squirrel), Wiggly (Salamander), Spencer (Skunk), Twitter (Thrush), Buck (Toad), and Shelly (Turtle).

It should be noted there were some very close races (Twitter won by 2 votes over Chirp and Feathers) and a few landslides (Chuck overpowered Justin Beaver, and Red Storm won hands down over L’il Red and Squirrely Sam), but all of the animals are quite happy with their new names and are patiently waiting for the day they can welcome the students to the Carousel.

Construction continues daily at the William Morris Park in Saranac Lake. Thanks to the generosity of an increasing number of volunteers who stop by the site to offer an hour, a few minutes or an afternoon of their time to be a part of the magic, the Carousel continues to be “built by community hands.”

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Spike the Porcupine, the Adirondack Carousel’s latest family member, meets the community at an unveiling event at Saranac Village at Will Rogers on Sept. 29. “Spike” was the favorite by far over other choices, Needles, Porky and Marvin.

Ground has been broken!

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday, June 20, 2011. The event took place at the William Morris Park at the corner of Bloomingdale Avenue and Depot Street.

Many children participated in the Ground Breaking, with hard hats, shovels and toy hammers, along with members of the Adult Center, volunteers, contractors and people who have given in-kind services.

Please enjoy the visual gallery of the ground breaking.