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Coleman lantern enthusiasts to convene in Lake George

Stephen Miller of Queensbury, a member of the International Coleman Collectors’ Club, shows off a gasoline-fired clothes iron, an artifact in his collection of pressurized-gas appliances. His extensive collection of Coleman lanterns — and gas lamps of other brands — line the walls of his Queensbury den. The Coleman Collectors’ Club  is holding its convention in Lake George this weekend, and is planning an expo on Saturday, plus a mass lantern light-up Friday, June 29 on the beach of the Georgian Resort.

Stephen Miller of Queensbury, a member of the International Coleman Collectors’ Club, shows off a gasoline-fired clothes iron, an artifact in his collection of pressurized-gas appliances. His extensive collection of Coleman lanterns — and gas lamps of other brands — line the walls of his Queensbury den. The Coleman Collectors’ Club is holding its convention in Lake George this weekend, and is planning an expo on Saturday, plus a mass lantern light-up Friday, June 29 on the beach of the Georgian Resort.

— Miller said part of the reason his club’s 2012 convention is breaking attendance records is that Lake George offers plenty of activities for families, whether it’s exploration of the outdoors, golfing, boating, camping, lake swimming, or visiting the Great Escape Theme Park or any of the area’s many attractions.

“The Lake George area has a lot to offer, and hopefully many of the club members attending will be back,” he said, noting that his wife Robin is the convention’s activities director. He added that Robin and he have appreciated the extensive help that the Warren County Tourism office has provided in accommodating the convention.

Miller added that the most important aspect of the convention is not the lanterns and stoves, but the friendships people make at the event through their common interest.

“There’s a lot of excitement and talk about the convention,” he said. “The guys can’t wait to get together in Lake George, fire up their appliances, and see each other again.”

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