SCHROONLAKE-The Schroon Lake Association will celebrate its 100th anniversary this summer.
The association will mark its centennial with a gala event Sunday, July 17. Planning is now under way.
The Schroon Lake Association was formed in 1911 by 36 people concerned about the life and purity of the lake.
The event will take place in the boathouse/bandstand area of the town park. After the formal opening at 1 p.m. by Helen Wildman, the SLA president, and the welcoming of dignitaries, a series of activities will take place.
There will be balloons for the children and free boat tours from 1:30 to 5 p.m., leaving from the town dock every half hour. This service will be provided by the Word of Life Fellowship. From 2 to 4 p.m., there will be displays of a time line of the association's accomplishments over the past 100 years, a video about the SLA, information about milfoil and the group's efforts to curtail it, an exhibit about the SLA's beetle program to eradicate purple loose strife, the lake management plan and other ecological information. At 3:30 p.m., a scavenger hunt will be held. Groups of four will compete to see which team can bring back the most items on the list in 30 minutes. Prizes will be awarded to the first and second place teams. At 4 p.m., the SLA Aquanauts will perform and at 4:30 p.m. the contents of a time capsule will be presented and stashed away for the future. Music will be provided throughout the afternoon and food will be served. Closing remarks will be at 4:45 p.m.
There is no fee for the event. Commemorative t-shirts will be on sale.
The Schroon Lake Association is a not-for-profit volunteer organization dedicated to preserving, promoting and protecting the welfare of Schroon Lake, the Schroon River, and the watershed area. Since its founding in 1911, the association's motto has been "The purity of the lake; the welfare of the town."