HAGUE - For over a century, people of all walks of life have enjoyed the traditional summer recreational pleasures offered by the Silver Bay Association, whether it's water sports, relaxing on the porch of the organization's grand historic lodge, or just enjoying the scenery of its setting on the northern shores of Lake George.
Saturday Aug. 8, dozens of area families from the region experienced these traditional activities at Silver Bay, as the organization held its annual Community Day.
In conjunction with the event, a celebration was held observing the 100th anniversary of Silver Bay's auditorium, a looming timber-frame structure that since 1909 has hosted plays, lectures, worship services and other gatherings at Silver Bay, an YMCA retreat steeped in history.
Under clear skies, families enjoyed a day full of tennis, swimming, hiking, archery, crafts and boating at Silver Bay, usually available only to those who book a vacation or conference at the resort.
Residents of area communities from Warren and Essex counties enjoyed taking one of Silver Bay's canoes or kayaks out for a paddle, playing a game of shuffleboard, climbing up an indoor rock wall, or merely passing time in a rocking chair and socializing with others on the porch of Silver Bay's historic, expansive hotel.
These area residents mingled with other guests, some who've held vacations at Silver Bay annually for generations, others who were attending a family reunion or conference. Saturday's visitors to Silver Bay included families who had recently lost a loved one to cancer, and children who were undergoing cancer treatment. This latter group was sponsored by the C.R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital.
All were invited to a barbecue held on Silver Bay's front lawn, and the fest included a lengthy performance of traditional and modern melodies by the Ticonderoga Community Band, directed by Pat Cornell.