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Top 10 Best, Not to be Missed Things to Do in Lake Placid in August

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Top 10 Things to Do in Lake Placid, August 2011

August promises to be an exciting month, with plenty of activities for the end of summer, including lots of events in art, theatre, music and film, as well as our share of ice shows, skating and hockey competitions. Here’s our picks for the Top 10 Best Not to be Missed Things to do in Lake Placid this August!

1. Les Liaisons Dangereuses & Sweeney Todd, Pendragon Theatre

The Pendragon Theatre has been putting on some great shows this summer, providing professional quality theatre in an intimate Adirondack atmosphere. And these two are definitely not to be missed. On Monday, August 8 and Tuesday August 9, 2011, Pendragon’s Sweeney Todd is back! After rave reviews, the dark musical is returning for a limited two-performance run at the LPCA. The performances are at 8 pm, and admission is $25 for adults, and $22 for children. Read our review of Pendragon’s Sweeney Todd here. Also currently running at the Pendragon is the company’s production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses (to some of us better known by its translated name–Dangerous Liaisons). Another hit for the Pendragon this summer (read our review of Pendragon’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses), Liaisons closes mid-August, so be sure to catch it soon. Other shows, including Stuart Little and The Mousetrap will be opening soon, and we expect they’ll be equally compelling. For more info on dates, showtimes & tickets for any of these performances, visit and click the links above to read reviews. For the special two night engagement at LPCA of Sweeney Todd, visit

Zach Deputy2. Zach Deputy, Island-Infused Drum n’ Bass Gospel Ninja Soul, Mids Park

The Songs at Mirror Lake Music Series returns on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 with “Island-Infused Drum n’ Bass Gospel Ninja Soul” by Zach Deputy. Deputy recently played at the Mountain Jam festival, the popular three-day fest held at Hunter Mountain in June (incidentally this is also one of the Top 8 music festivals in the country), so expect this will definitely be a not to be missed show. Best part about it–admission is free. The show starts at 7 pm at Mids Park on Main Street. The rain site will be across the street at St. Eustace Church.

3. Hockey Auditions for the US National Junior Team, Olympic Center

If you’re looking to escape the heat this summer, this may be the perfect opportunity. From August 5-14, the US players will be auditioning for a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team and will be participating in practices, intra-squad scrimmages and exhibition games against top junior players from Finland and Sweden. On August 10 & 13, the USA team will be facing off against Sweden at the Olympic Center. Admission to any of the days is $8 for adults and $5 for kids/seniors. The game on August 10 runs from 4pm until 6:30pm & on August 13 from 1pm-3:30pm. For more info, visit

4. NYSEF Summer Benefit

Each year the New York Ski Educational Foundation (NYSEF) holds its benefit to helps raise funds for the organization. This year’s fundraiser takes place on Saturday, August 13 at the Turf & Field Club at the Lake Placid Horse Show Grounds. Along with the lucky $1000 drawing, the event will also include a pig roast, cocktails, great music and more. Plus, it’s for a good cause. Tickets are $90, which gets you one entry into the drawing, and attire is cocktail casual. More information on the NYSEF Summer Benefit can be had by visiting

Red Shoes5. Award-winning Film Series, LPCA

Three films remain to be screened over the course of the August portion of the LPCA’s Award-winning Film Series, including one which makes it to our list of the best films ever made, The Red Shoes. On Thursday, August 11 at 7:30pm will be Herb and Dorothya documentary about two art collectors, who redefined the notion of what it means to be patrons of the arts. Herb and Dorothy just happen to be the most important art collectors you’ve never heard of. Next up on Thursday, August 18 is The Red Shoes, a British film from the 40s, which tells the story of a ballerina who wants to dance, and is torn between her love of dance and her love for a ballet composer. The film is set against the backdrop of the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale of the same name. Handsome Harry is the third film that will be screened, on August 25 and revolves around Harry Sweeney, who’s yanked from his comfortable life to the bedside of an old navy buddy who’s about to die; he makes a promise–to solve a long buried crime that’s hung over them for years. All films start at 7:30 pm at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. Admission is $6.

6. Ice Shows, Olympic Center

If you’ve never been to an Ice Show, you’ll have ample chances throughout the month of August to catch one. Every Friday and Saturday night, the Olympic Center in the Jack Shea Arena will host either the Freaky Friday Ice Show or the Saturday Night Ice Show. And depending on what kind of mood your in will dictate which you’ll want to attend. Freaky Friday Ice Shows tend to have a casual, entertainment-based atmosphere (hence the name)–here skaters show off their creativity and style in competitions judged by local celebrities. If you’re looking for something a little more conventional, then you may want to check out one of the Saturday Night Ice Shows, a longstanding tradition in Lake Placid that dates all the way back to 1932 and the days of Gus Lussi. Skaters perform solo programs, and the program often includes sequences performed by top, well-known skaters. On August 13, US Bronze Medalist Alex Aiken will be skating, and on August 27, during a special Skating Camp, US National Champion Ryan Bradley will be skating. For more info, visit

7. French and Indian War Encampment, Crown Point

This is something you’ll want to check out, particularly if you’ve never been to an encampment before. From August 13-14, Crown Point will be holding their annual French and Indian War Encampment, with battle re-enactments, and hundreds of re-enactors expected to participate. Get the full details on the French and Indian War Encampment here.

8. Adirondack Plein Air Festival, Saranac Lake

From August 18-21, the Adirondack Plein Air Festival will be taking place in and around Saranac Lake, as part of the Great Adirondack Days celebration. The event headquarters will be Borealis Color at 52-B Main St. A show & sale of works created during the weekend will be held on Sunday afternoon from 12pm-4pm at the Town Hall. Participants this year include Maria DeAngelo and Matt Burnett, among others. The show will be juried by the festival’s 2009 Grand Prize Winner, Stewart Winner. For more information, visit; you can also check out a slideshow of the work from the 2010 festival on the website.

Janis Ian9. Janis Ian, LPCA

Those familiar with songwriting greats no doubt will recognize the name of 70s icon Janis Ian, who among her many accomplishments, has received 9 Grammy nominations over the years. Two of Ian’s songs are also in the Grammy Hall of Fame (“At 17″ and “Society’s Child”), and Ella Fitzgerald named her “the best young singer in America.” The venerable singer/songwriter will be performing a concert at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts on August 26. The show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $18 in advance; $20 the day of.

10. Art in the Barn, Corscaden Barn, Keene Valley

If great art is your thing, then you definitely won’t want to miss this exhibit going on at the Corscaden Barn in nearby Keene Valley. The gallery, which is actually a converted barn, holds a lot of history for the area, and was once the studio of Vry Roussin, one of the area’s most well-known painters. Now run and owned by Vry’s sister, Martha Corscaden, the Corscaden Barn brings works of international appeal to the area. This year also happens to their 40th Anniversary; as such, Art in the Barn is a bit of an extra special exhibit, including works from many of their past exhibitors, many of whom are local and international artists. Artists whose works are included in this year’s exhibit are Stephanie DeManuelle, Cynthia Gallagher, Michael Gaudreau, Julia Gronski, F. Garrett Jewett, Barbara Kaufman, Sally Lindsay, Hedvig Lockwood, Cinda Longstreth, Bear Miller, Marjorie Morrow, Harry Matthews, Jean Promutico, Vry Roussin, Robert Scofield, Nick Santoro and Robert Stark. For more info, visit

This Just In

If you’re looking for something to do with the kids this summer, the Lake Placid Center for the Arts is offering what looks to be like a great series of theatre workshops. The workshops start on August 16, run for one day each and are run by the Missoula Children’s Theatre. Topics include Creative Dramatics, Chameleon Improv and Let’s Make Up. There will also be auditions on August 15 for children looking to perform in The Little Mermaid at the LPCA on August 20, also under the direction of the Missoula Children’s Theatre. For more info on the workshop, auditions or show, visit

There will be public skating in the USA rink from 7:30pm until 9pm on Tuesday, August 9 through Friday, August 12. Skate rentals are available for $3 a pair, and admission is $6 for adults and $4 for kids and seniors.

On Saturday, August 13 is the last of the Lake Placid Sinfonetta’s Symphony Series. This summer’s series ends with the music of Bach, Bartok, and Ravel, while saying goodbye to David VanHoesen, the Sinfionetta’s virtuoso Bassoonist for over sixty seasons. Admission is $22; the show starts at 7:30 pm.

–This article was co-written by Christie Sausa and Monica Sirignano.

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 new City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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