Lake George Visitors to Lake George Village during a weekend this May are likely to believe they are in a time warp, if the mayor’s plans are realized.
Village Mayor Robert Blais announced Jan. 9 to village trustees that he is planning a village-wide celebration of Christmas over Mothers Day weekend.
The event, titled May You Have a Very Merry Christmas, is to feature Christmas decorations in stores around town, a concert of Christmas music in Shepard Park by the Lake George Community Band, and holiday dinners in hotels and restaurants. These venues are to be adorned with Christmas trees and holiday decorations for the event, envisioned to be held May 11 through 13.
Also, Blais said he’s lined up an Elvis tribute artist who has agreed to perform a concert encompassing Elvis’ Christmas album, the best-selling holiday record of all time.
The mayor said he’s already talked to vendors of Christmas-related crafts and a person who will bring live reindeer to the village.
A featured event during the mid-May weekend would be a parade of boats, sponsored by marinas, taverns and restaurants, decorated in holiday themes, perhaps competing for prizes. Blais said his visit to to another municipality where such an event was successful sparked his interest in holding a similar celebration in Lake George.
Also making its debut this summer in the village is the Lake George Standup Paddle Fest, now under development by Patricia Pensel of Patty’s Water Sports Boutique/Boats By George.
Blais said the event, to be held July 21, is to include competition sanctioned by a national standup paddling association. Blais said competitors would paddle surfboard-like devices through a set course off Shepard Park Beach.
He said Pensel was now applying for a regatta permit from the Lake George Park Commission.
Blais also announced that the Queens Great Boating Weekend has both a title change and major expansion under way for 2012.
To be named Performance Weekend, the event, set for May 18-20, will feature high performance powerboat demonstrations, sailboat races, custom cars, a parade, and fireworks.