POTTERSVILLE - Since before Dwight Eisenhower was elected president, the Black Bear Restaurant has been a welcoming landmark along the major North-South thoroughfare in the Adirondacks - for decades State Route 9, then the I-87 Northway since it was completed in 1968.
This next week, the restaurant and tavern - one of the few North Country enterprises owned by the same family for more than a half-century - is observing a dual anniversary.
The Black Bear Restaurant & Bar in Pottersville is celebrating its 60th year in business since it was founded in 1950 by Bill and Delva Stetson, and honoring its 40 years under the ownership of Butch Stetson, their son, who is now 71.
The Black Bear is located just west of Exit 26 of I-87 Northway on State Route 9.
Whether it's travelers, tourists, truckers or area residents, everyone knows it offers good times and good food, seven days a week, all year long. They've all stopped in under the familiar Black Bear sign - which depicts a group of bears belly-up to the bar - for a hearty meal and socializing in the restaurant, and for beverages, entertainment and stimulating conversation in the bar.
To memorialize the Black Bear's longevity, the enterprise is hosting a week-long celebration, culminating in Pig Roast & Anniversary Party Saturday, Aug. 14. The festivities start at 11:30 a.m. with games, music and giveaways. The party ends well past midnight.
Music will be provided beginning at noon by Totally Tuned deejay. The pig roast begins mid-afternoon, and the Tom Healy Band is to start playing live music beginning at 4 p.m.
Free taxi rides home to local bar customers are offered from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. as a joint venture of the Black Bear and Brant Lake Taxi. All are welcome at no entry charge. Tickets for the pig roast are available for $10 from the Black Bear, which can be reached at 494-9972.