Sesquicentennial Celebration an event to remember

INDIAN LAKE Despite less than desirable weather, the Indian Lake Sesquicentennial celebration proved a phenomenal success. With events extending from late July and closing with a grand finale of fun and activities this past weekend, the Sesquicentennial anniversary of the Town of Indian Lake, which includes the towns of Indian Lake, Sabael and Blue Mountain Lake, was enjoyed by residents and visitors of every age. All events were exceptionally well attended. Events on Sunday, the last day of the celebration, began with a delicious Lumber jack breakfast at the United Methodist Church in Blue Mountain Lake. That afternoon, children of all ages were treated to a puppet show presented by the Catskill Puppet Theater at the Adirondack Lake Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake. The show told the tale of Hiawatha and the peacemaker, and revealed how your own worst enemy can be hidden inside of you, ultimately revealing that you can conquer your inner enemy by finding goodness within yourself and a spreading peace. The kids were enchanted by it, said Alayne Tetor, program assistant intern at ALCA. It was a very meaningful and spiritual theme, but was presented in a fun and understandable way for kids. They came out and showed the kids the puppets and how they work. It was a good introduction for kids to theater, design, and puppets as art. Its really great for kids to realize that art isnt just paint on canvas. Later that evening, a square dance was held, led by the Upstate New Yorkers. Weather prevented the advertised dancing in the streets, but spirits were anything but dampened as a roomful of enthusiastic couples do-si-doed around the performance room at the Art Center. A Barbeque and Picnic was also held at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, and attendees were given free access to the museums permanent exhibits. The response was great. I think people had a marvelous time, said Susan Dineen, marketing director of the Adirondack Museum. Spirits were high, and it was a nice opportunity to explore the museum in an uncrowded, take your time way. Even though the weather was bad, the barbeque was a big hit, and the picnic was still held outside! We were just so pleased to be able to offer this to the community of Indian Lake. The only event that the weather succeeded in stamping out was the fireworks display that was to be held over Blue Mountain Lake; the fireworks are postponed until further notice. In effect, the sesquicentennial brought together a town with a rich history and tight-knit community in celebration of its unique heritage. I thought the whole thing was very nice; everything went very well, reported Flossie Brown of the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce. It was so well done, and they did such a nice job, even despite the weather.

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