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The Lake Placid Celebration of the Arts: A Three Day Festival of Art, Music, Film and Literature

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Lake Placid Celebration of the Arts 2011

Three Days of Art, Film and Live Music over Columbus Day Weekend in Lake Placid

Lake PlacidLake Placid is widely known for the 1932/1980 Olympics and winter fun. What neighboring communities know, and tourists do not, is that Lake Placid is also a hub for local artists. Recognizing this fact is the first annual Lake Placid Celebration of the Arts, featuring Adirondack-based and international artists, musicians, filmmakers, writers; the festival happens this weekend, October 7-9, 2011.

Everything is taking place at the Lake Placid Conference Center, starting at noon all three days and running until 6pm. What can you expect when they open the doors? Glad you asked. There will be an art show, storytellers, musicians, an open mic for singers, poets, and selections from artists for peace and the environment: large canvases shown at the Woodstock 99 art tent in Rome, New York. All of this is free to the public, as if you needed another incentive!

There will also be a performance each night, with each show starting at 7:30pm (doors open at 7pm). Jazz and blues song stylist Ghislaine Dion will kick things off Friday ($20 admission). If you’re thinking, “Dion, like Celine?” The answer is yes; she’s Ghislaine’s sister.

Kim SimmondsBlues and rock band Savoy Brown with lead guitarist Kim Simmonds keeps the good times coming Saturday night ($20 admission). Local favorite Roadside Music opens the show, followed by “harmonica virtuoso” Frank Latorre.

Wrapping the weekend up is the John Lennon Birthday Peace and Cash Concert (peace for artists, cash for East Africa). This performance is free, although donations are accepted for flood relief funds.

Fine Art Magazine is behind the Celebration of the Arts. As they have “been in the art field for decades,” it made sense for them to host such an event. Conference Center Director Denny Allen helped with the organizing.

The magazine’s producer, Victor Forbes commented that, “Lake Placid is a very special place as it has hosted two Olympics, but it can also be a great spot for the celebrations of the arts.”

For more information on the Lake Placid Celebration of the Arts, you can email or call Victor Forbes at 518-593-6470.

Halley Ofner is a Contributor to The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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