Free events nightly in Lake George

LAKE GEORGE - Filling up the summer calendar with free family fun events, Lake George Village now has municipally-sponsored attractions every night, Mayor Robert Blais said this week.

The Village of Lake George has expanded its offerings of free entertainment for the 2009 season in Shepard Park's amphitheater. The popular bandstand by the lake will be lit up five days a week, and many weekends offering a wide variety of live music, comedy, magic and variety acts.

"We realize that our residents and tourists alike are on a fixed budget and we want them to be able to come to our community and enjoy themselves without having to spend a lot of money, just time," Blais said.

The weekly shows are highlighted each Thursday evening with a band concert and a fireworks show our the lake at 9:30 p.m..

The Village has brought back the popular Magical, Musical Mondays featuring multi-talented Larry Rundle, Magician Jimmy Brown and live music by Lake George's own Richie Ortiz. A variety of Bounce Houses also are available on Mondays in the park as well.

A new feature on Tuesdays highlights "Across the Pond," a Beatles tribute band and Elvis tribute artist Joe Ramsey, winner of the Lake George Elvis 2008 competition. Entitled "Tribute Tuesdays" the artists will perform on alternate Tuesday evenings.

The Lake George Arts Project once again fills Wednesday evenings with a variety of top bands from the northeast including Hair of the Dog, Eilen Jewel, Yarn, Paul Cebar and the Alan Payette Band.

Thursday evenings highlights the return of the Glens Falls Symphony and the Lake George Community Band, including the Community Band Festival on July 17, 18, and 19.

Lake George Got Talent fills the Friday's slot. Billed as Lake George's answer to "American Idol", the popular TV show, contestants will compete for a variety of prizes. The competition promises to bring back the Village's popular talent show of the 1950s.

Special events including the Jonathan Newell Band on August 6 and the fabulous Sunglow Polka Band on August 27 are also included in this summer's offerings. Lake George's Family Festival will fill the park August 19 through 23.

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