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Lake George Village will spring to life this holiday season

LAKE GEORGE Visitors and residents alike will find Lake George Village spring to life on Saturday, Nov. 24 to kick off the 10th Anniversary of their popular Lite Up the Village holiday festival. The Villages award-winning holiday lights on Canada Street, Beach Road and Shepard Park will be illuminated at dusk preceding a ground and aerial display of fireworks at 6 p.m. Mayor Robert Blais will pull the switch on over 3,000 lights, trees and decorations spanning the entire length of the community. The afternoon kicks off at 3:30 p.m. with a free show and refreshments provided by the Lake George Fire Department Auxiliary in Shepard Park. The show features Mark Wade, past International Ventriloquist of the Year. Mark has most recently appeared on 60 Minutes with Candice Bergen as well as Good Morning America, Real People and Liars and Legends He is also the author of the best-selling book Kidshow Ventriloquism. He has also been the opening act for Garth Brooks, Marie Osmond, Mel Tillis and the Oak Ridge Boys. Included in the show will be the comedy storytelling and magic of Toukie the Clown, an 18-year professional also known for her unique balloon sculptures. Popular area vocalist Cindy Wade-Wood will lead the audience in holiday carols as well as encourage audience participation in the Twelve Days of Christmas. Lake George Communities That Care committee will present their annual window painting awards followed by the arrival of Santa Claus on a Lake George fire truck. Santa will then sit in residence at the Terrace Room of the Georgian Resort to greet the children and pass out favors. The days activities will conclude with the third annual Holiday Concert played by the Lake George Community Band under the direction of Greg Mason. There will be Hors doeuvres and refreshments served by the Georgian Resort. There is a $10 donation for the event benefiting the Lake George Recreation Center. Children under 14 are free. Once again several village shops, including those on Montcalm Street, will open for specials and serve a variety of candy, hot drinks and favors. Each year the attendance for this popular event grows, Blais said. Its a great way to let people know we have some wonderful stores and restaurants, beautiful holiday decorations and we are not just a summer resort.

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