‘Groovy ’60s’ will be 2015 Winter Carnival theme

SARANAC LAKE – Members of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee have chosen “Groovy ’60s” as the theme of the 2015 Carnival.

Committee members, meeting tonight at Saranac Lake High School, picked the theme from the top five ideas generated at the committee’s March meeting, which had been gathered from the public. The others were “Adirondack Fiesta,” “Beach Party,” “Haunted Adirondacks” and “Prehistoric Park.”

When narrowing down the theme ideas, committee members weighed a number of factors, including whether a theme could fit well in the parade and the construction of the Ice Palace and generate suitable music for the myriad of festivities during the 10-day-long event. They also took into consideration several public polls, including an online poll hosted by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and the Winter Carnival Facebook page, as well as those who cast votes with committee members or through the Carnival’s website, www.saranaclakewintercarnival.com.

“Combining community and committee input, we are pleased to announce “Groovy ’60s” as the theme for next year,” Winter Carnival Committee Chairman Eric Foster said in a press release. “The decade of the ’60s was a very significant period of history for our nation with many achievements, including landing on the moon, and was the birth of many popular music genres. It was also a great time of positive change, and we’re looking forward to focusing on those aspects and having a very fun celebration.”

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival will take place on Feb. 6 to 15, 2015.

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee, formally known as the Society for Promotion of Winter Carnival, Saranac Lake Inc., is a group of volunteers dedicated to organizing an annual mid-winter festival. This community-wide event traces its roots to a one-day Winter Carnival held in 1897 by the Pontiac Club. The Carnival honors its heritage every year by building an Ice Palace from blocks of ice harvested from Lake Flower’s Pontiac Bay, where Carnival events have been traditionally held for generations.