Adirondack Arts & Heritage Festival kicks off Friday

SARANAC LAKE – The 3rd Annual Arts & Heritage Festival has added a kick-off gala at the Adirondack Carousel along with more than 50 events beginning Friday and running through July 8.

The event includes Fourth of July celebrations, downtown art exhibits and openings; outdoor concert and fireworks; underwater photography workshops, decorated boat parade, cure cottage cooking demos, Rocking Festival, historical tours, the Saranac Lake Village Farmers Market and special film and live performances.

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“The 10-day festival is to celebrate the Saranac Lake area as an arts and heritage destination” said Cathy Moore publisher of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and one of the event sponsors. “The Saranac Lake area has a rich history in the arts and that includes the performing arts, culinary, fine, literary, outdoors, historic, health and wellness among others. Today, the arts play a vital role in our local community and economy. We are excited to bring the diverse efforts of these groups together to showcase our region as an arts destination” Moore concluded.

“Through the hard work of over 30 businesses and organizations we have been able to coordinate and develop over 50 events on behalf of the Arts and Heritage Festival” said Sandy Hildreth, member of the Saranac Lake ArtWorks and key event organizer.

A website has been developed Adk as well as flyers and other promotional materials that provide an easy to use guide that separates the festival events both by date as well as by the major arts disciplines.

“In this way,” Hildreth said, “interested individuals and families can search festival events by time or interest.”

“The Saranac Lake area hosts a wealth of arts efforts and many of these find it difficult to market themselves” said Mark Kurtz, photographer and member of the group. “Pooling our resources together has enabled us to create an exciting event as well as a cooperative marketing effort that is allowing us to reach out throughout the region with the goal of bringing in visitors to our community.”

“Working together has brought out an awareness of each other and what together we can do as an arts community” Ernest Hohmeyer, volunteer member, said. “It has been a journey of discovery of our rich history and sense of place that we wish to celebrate with the community that we hope will ultimately draw visitors on a year-round basis.”

Organizers also announced that a host of businesses and organizations have joined the Arts and Heritage Festival as sponsors. Further, Franklin County Tourism has awarded the Festival with a grant of matching marketing funds. “The heart and soul of our effort continues to be the grass roots support of our individual businesses and organizations” Moore said.