Living It Up at the Adirondack Living Show
Lake George is sure to be packed next weekend, as over 12,000 visitors sweep through the village streets for the 21st Adirondack Living Show. The show takes place at the Lake George Forum from July 30th–August 1st and showcases the talents of approximately 135 builders, craftspeople and artisans from the Adirondacks and other parts of the country. The diversity of exhibitors here speaks of the show’s vastness, so whatever aspect it is that you’re after of “lodge to loft to lakeside living,” chances are this is where you’ll find it. Items on display will include pieces from rustic furniture makers, dock builders, architects, painters, photographers, blacksmiths, carvers, sculptors, log home builders, timber framers, lighting specialists, service providers, Adirondack guides…(phew, breathe in)…and more.
There are also some new elements at this year’s show, like an 800 square foot “Adirondack Living Rooms” section, equipped with a fully furnished bedroom, living room, dining room and family room (displaying furnishings from the show’s exhibitors). The holding space for these will also be designed as part of the display. The bad news is that you can’t just move in to this ready-built “almost home” (but really, would you want to live in the Lake George Forum?); on the other hand, these items, along with all others, will be available for purchase.
Some of the artisans whose work you’ll find here include local favorites, like Phil and Susan Kellogg, from South Glens Falls, whose rustic furniture making also combines a Western flair. And Bob Brown, from Indiana, whose stunning log furniture has been a show favorite for many years.
Jeff Fraser, Executive Producer of the show since its inception, has helmed the Adirondack Living Show through its various stages, producing his first show in Saratoga in 2003. An experienced event producer, Fraser arrived in the region and immediately saw the need for a show that captured the essence of Adirondack living; the show’s popularity speaks to the truth of his intuition. “It’s purely a lifestyle show,” Fraser told me, adding that his role as producer is equivalent to that of being a Maitre’d of a 5-star restaurant. The show caters to those “who appreciate the quality of life associated with camp, chalet and country home ownership in the Adirondacks, as well as those collecting one of a kind, heirloom quality pieces of art.” Sounds good to me.
Other notable figures at the show will include famed Adirondack landscape photographer, Carl Heilman. Heilman will be doing a book signing and exhibiting his newest landscape photography; if you’ve not yet experienced Heilman’s photographs, they are an Adirondack must-see.
Heilman’s work centers on nature panoramas, murals and photography of the Lake George region, Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks at large. He’s also known for his skills as an outdoorsman, which as you might guess, aids in his capturing of the many nature scenes you’ll see on display here.
This year’s show will also incorporate the multimedia talents of Scott Adams. Adams takes sounds from the Adirondacks and sets them against a backdrop of visually stunning Adirondack photography. His music was recently featured on “Adirondack Wild,” which if you haven’t seen is an excellent PBS documentary. Adams’s credits are extensive, having played at The White House and for Governor George Pataki, as well as with the Syracuse Symphony, The Binghamton Philharmonic and the Buffalo Festival Orchestra.
So whatever your MO, if you just love rustic design, as many of us do, or if you’re looking to redesign your home completely, or if you’re just looking for a semi-different thing to do over the weekend, you’ll be well taken care of at this exhibit. The cost of attending the show is $9 for adults, which covers admission to the show for all 3 days; children 16 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. The Lake George Forum is located at 2200 Canada Street in Lake George. Hours are: Friday, 12pm-8pm; Saturday, 9am-7pm; and Sunday, 10am-4pm.
–Monica Sirignano is Co-Publisher of The Free George.
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