Saranac Lake If creatures from outer space are monitoring our radio waves – or are living among us – they know this quaint Adirondack village will be the site of an intergalactic mid-winter carnival Feb. 2-12.
Space aliens – both real and imagined – will converge on Saranac Lake for its annual Winter Carnival for a week, as this year’s theme is “Space Alien Invasion.”
And if an alien approaches you and asks, “Take me to your leader,” send him to Jeff Dickson, chairman of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee. He’s busy with the rest of his crew making final arrangements for this year’s event. They are meeting for the final time before Carnival at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1 at the Saranac Lake High School.
“I’m hoping it will be a 10-minute meeting where everyone says, ‘I’ve got it all under control. Everything is fine,’” Dickson said at the Jan. 25 committee meeting in the school’s Large Group Instruction Room.
Winter Carnival buttons are for sale around the village for $3 each, with the design again being penned by Saranac Lake native Garry Trudeau, of the famed “Doonesbury” cartoon. While button sales have been down this year, committee members are confident that sales will pick up once the aliens and alien-watchers arrive.
This year, Winter Carnival Headquarters will once again be located at 141 River St., the building that was renovated for the Adirondack Business Center next to Lakeview Deli. HQ had been there two years ago but temporarily moved in 2011 to the Down Hill Grill building on Main Street before the restaurant opened. Not as many people found the HQ there, and committee members hope the highly visible location across the street from the Ice Palace will boost sales of their 2012 calendars, posters, old buttons and alien-themed masks, goggles and headwear. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.