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Dance for snow at Big Tupper

TUPPER LAKE - Desperate times call for desperate measures.

At the Big Tupper Ski Area, that includes an attempt to please "whoever" needs to be pleased.

The ski area, their parent organization ARISE of Northern New York, and the Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce have joined together to present a "Snow Dance" at the mountain on Saturday, Jan. 8.

"We are pulling out all the stops in the hopes for snow," Jim LaValley, chairman of ARISE, said. "We have brought in all of the people who might be able to influence the snow gods or whoever else can bring us some snow."

Events start at 2 p.m. with music provided by deejays Andrew McClelland and Pat Bedore to help people get into the dancing mood. That will be followed by the arrival of Santa Claus - yes, that guy from a couple of weeks ago - at 2:30 p.m., who will be delivering the promise of snow.

A snow prayer will be offered by the Rev. Rick Wilburn at 3 p.m., followed by storytelling for Big Tupper kids at 3:15 p.m.

At 3:30 p.m., the mountain will call on the services of a Scottish bagpiper, who will play a call to the snow gods, which will be followed at 4 p.m. with the Mohawk Medicine Man performing a traditional Native American snow ceremony.

The event will end with a group snow chant at 5 p.m.

"It's going to be a fun day for kids and adults alike," LaValley said. "There will be stories and song, along with giveaways of passes, day tickets, shirts and more."

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