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The sign above the Hotel Saranac has long welcomed visitors, but for years the destination has been in decline. Photo: Susan Waters
The sign above the Hotel Saranac has long welcomed visitors, but for years the destination has been in decline. Photo: Susan Waters

Investor plans to revive historic Hotel Saranac

A developer with ties to Saranac Lake has announced plans to purchase and renovate the historic Hotel Saranac in the heart of the village.

Fred Roedel, who lives in Wilton, New Hampshire, issued a statement yesterday saying that the refurbished hotel "will drive vitality and economic stability to the area."

The project is expected to cost roughly $13 million and will require a significant investment from taxpayers.  Go to full article
Malone developer Chris LaBarge unveils his new hotel plan for Saranac Lake at a press conference on Wednesday. Photo: Brian Mann
Malone developer Chris LaBarge unveils his new hotel plan for Saranac Lake at a press conference on Wednesday. Photo: Brian Mann

Big new luxury hotel planned for Saranac Lake waterfront

A developer from Malone says he plans to build a new luxury resort-hotel in the village of Saranac Lake. The five-story, 90-room hotel would sit on the shore of Lake Flower, at a location now occupied by three waterside motels.  Go to full article
Pendragon's new executive/artistic director Karen Lordi-Kirkham and managing director David Zwierankin. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Pendragon's new executive/artistic director Karen Lordi-Kirkham and managing director David Zwierankin. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Pendragon's new leadership team

Last week, Pendragon Theatre co-founders Susan Neal and Bob Pettee shared thoughts about starting Saranac Lake's professional theater group more than 30 years ago. Earlier this year, they moved to Maine and handed over management of the theatre to a new leadership team. Todd Moe talks with Pendragon's new Artistic Director Karen Lordi-Kirkham and Managing Director David Zwierankin.  Go to full article
The current beach location, on Lake Colby, has long faced criticism from many locals. Photo: Mark Kurtz
The current beach location, on Lake Colby, has long faced criticism from many locals. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Saranac Lake's beach could be in village center again

A plan to move Saranac Lake's swimming beach back to a longtime location near the center of the village got a boost this week.

The village's Board of Trustees agreed Monday to commission a feasibility study on moving the village beach from its current site on Lake Colby to Lake Flower, where the beach had been located until the late 1970s.

But some people in the community have concerns about the idea.  Go to full article
Bob Pettee and Susan Neal, co-founders of Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake.  Photo: Mark Kurtz
Bob Pettee and Susan Neal, co-founders of Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake. Photo: Mark Kurtz

How Pendragon carved its niche in the world of regional theatres

Even though the co-founders of Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake, Susan Neal and Bob Pettee, have moved to Maine, the show goes on with new leadership and a full calendar of productions this summer. Pettee took his final bow on the Pendragon stage last December in a production of A Christmas Carol. Pettee and Neal founded Pendragon Theatre in 1981 and have handed it off to a new management team. We'll hear from executive/artistic director Karen Lordi-Kirkham and managing director David Zwierankin next week.

Earlier this year, Todd Moe sat down with Susan Neal and Bob Pettee at SUNY-Potsdam, as Susan was finishing her final semester of teaching drama. They talked about favorite memories at Pendragon and their plans for the future.  Go to full article
Kristina Diseth lives in Oslo, Norway, and has been a summer volunteer at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac for the last two seasons.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Kristina Diseth lives in Oslo, Norway, and has been a summer volunteer at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac for the last two seasons. Photo: Todd Moe

A Nordic connection at Pendragon Theatre

The 1980 Winter Olympics brought a lot of international visitors to the Adirondacks. Kristina Diseth, of Norway, worked as an office clerk at the Lake Placid Resort Hotel during the games.

Diseth made friends that year, and for the last couple of summers, she's been back in the Adirondacks as a volunteer at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake. She's helped out with summer productions -- working with directors, in the costume shop and even sweeping the stage after performances. Diseth retired recently from a college theater career in Norway, and a chance to re-connect with old friends lured her back to the North Country.

Todd Moe caught up with her during a break in her duties to talk about a love of theater and leaving one mountainous region to visit another. That's today's "Heard Up North."  Go to full article
Ursula Trudeau and Max pose wearing favorite hats surrounded by dozens of others at the Saranac Laboratory in Saranac Lake.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Ursula Trudeau and Max pose wearing favorite hats surrounded by dozens of others at the Saranac Laboratory in Saranac Lake. Photo: Todd Moe

Saranac Lake's queen of hats

Some of Ursula Trudeau's favorite hats are on display at the historic Saranac Laboratory in Saranac Lake. Ursula Trudeau is known in the community for her collection of colorful hats, many of which are works of art in their own right. She's the widow of Dr. Frank Trudeau, whose grandfather founded the laboratory for the study of tuberculosis in 1894.

The exhibit, organized by the Historic Saranac Lake staff, includes hats from China, Morocco, Russia, and designers from Montreal and New York City. You'll find straw hats, top hats, cowboy hats, garden party hats and even a native American headdress. Todd Moe stopped by as the hats, and hat boxes, were being arranged for the summer show.

You're invited to tonight's opening reception for the "A Life in Hats" exhibit from 5:00-7:00 in the John Black Room of the Saranac Laboratory.  Go to full article
Composer Glenn McClure.  Photo: McClure Productions, Inc.
Composer Glenn McClure. Photo: McClure Productions, Inc.

Hearing historic voices of freedom, again, through song

New music will be performed tonight and tomorrow in Saranac Lake and North Elba as part of the John Brown Day events. Voices of Timbuctoo is a new work based on the Adirondack settlement of Black farmers in the mid-1800's designed to secure voting rights. Abolitionist Gerrit Smith gave away 120,000 acres of his land, beginning in 1846, hoping the Adirondack wilderness would offer refuge to black families.

Voices of Timbuctoo, is an oratorio written by western New York composer Glenn McClure. It's part of what he calls a Musical Freedom Trail. Some of his other works written to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation have been performed in Alabama, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and later this month in Rochester.

McClure says his research for the oratorio included reading through diaries, letters and documents featuring the words of Gerrit Smith, John Brown, and the individuals who worked on the land that Smith had provided. McClure told Todd Moe that these texts illustrate hope and promise.  Go to full article
Kim and Reggie Harris.
Kim and Reggie Harris.

Kim and Reggie Harris bring "Dream Alive" to Saranac Lake

Kim and Reggie Harris will bring their music and stories of the Underground Railroad and the modern civil rights movement to Saranac Lake tonight and tomorrow. The duo combine a strong folk and gospel legacy along with a solid background in classic, rock and pop music.

They'll perform songs of peace and freedom tonight, 7:30 pm, at Saranac Village at Will Rogers, and use their music to teach students at Saranac Lake Central School more about Harriet Tubman and Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior. Reggis Harris told Todd Moe that their music is meant to entertain and inspire.  Go to full article

NYS parents rally against new, tougher standardized tests

New York public school students in grades three through eight start taking standardized tests Tuesday. But some parents in Saranac Lake, Plattsburgh and elsewhere are rallying against the tests.  Go to full article

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