SARANAC LAKE - An original 1898 Winter Carnival program was discovered in the stored memorabilia of an elderly woman who passed away in 2006. The Adirondack Daily Enterprise has printed copies for everyone's enjoyment and to allow people to affordably own a piece of Saranac Lake's history.
The 111 year-old, 12-page document features "The Ice Fortress" on the front cover, with 12 articles and 60 pictures. The "Ice Fortress" was designed by renowned architect William L. Coulture. Articles mention Dr. E. L. Trudeau, storming of the Ice Fortress, art, hockey, decorations, the "fancy dress" skating carnival, and a poem.
Another text affirms what Saranac Lake people knew then and know now: "The greatest all-around-the year resort in the United States, if not in the world." Likewise, "The degree of its success, however, depends upon the support given it by the townspeople..."
The Adirondack Daily Enterprise has generously donated thousands of copies to offset this year's significant budget shortfall. Reprints of this Souvenir Edition of the 1898 Winter Carnival Program are available at the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and at many businesses in Saranac Lake. The cost is $2 a copy.
The Enterprise has offered to donate all proceeds to the Winter Carnival Committee. The Winter Carnival Committee urges everyone who has an interest in the history of Saranac Lake and its Winter Carnival to take this once-in-a lifetime opportunity to obtain a copy of this historic piece. If every program is sold, it will significantly improve the financial viability of this year's Winter Carnival Celebration.
For more information, please contact the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at 91-1990 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org