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‘Opening Weekend’ set in Schroon Lake

May 26 - 28

Schroon Lake will kick off the summer season in style. The community will host “Opening Weekend 2012—The Official Start of Summer” May 26-28. Included will be Memorial Day ceremonies in Schroon Lake and North Hudson.

Schroon Lake will kick off the summer season in style. The community will host “Opening Weekend 2012—The Official Start of Summer” May 26-28. Included will be Memorial Day ceremonies in Schroon Lake and North Hudson.

— Schroon Lake will kick off the summer season in style.

The community will host “Opening Weekend 2012—The Official Start of Summer” May 26-28.

“The idea behind the ‘Opening Weekend’ is to celebrate the official start of summer by involving the entire Schroon Lake area community and bringing them together at the lake,” said Shelby Davis, event organizer. “This is a special weekend for Schroon Lake. It’s when many second home owners and snow birds return to open up their camps.”

The Memorial Day weekend events will feature a boat parade and blessing of the fleet, a Summer Expo on Main Street, a “Tribute To The Troops” concert, a Lions Club auction and more.

Although not technically the weekend, events will get under way Thursday, May 24, with an open mic night at Witherbee’s Carriage House.

Saturday’s activities will include a community garage sale, a non-motorized boat chain across the lake at 9 a.m., the blessing of boats at 9:30 a.m., a used book sale by the Friends of the Schroon Lake Library 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the health center basement, a “Down to Earth Garden Club” for children at the Schroon Lake Library at 10:30 a.m., the Summer Expo 2 to 8 p.m., a motorized boat parade and blessing of the fleet at 2 p.m., a yoga class at 5 p.m., a zumba class and demonstration at 6 p.m. and the “Tribute to the Troops” concert at the town bandstand.

The concert will begin at 11:30 a.m. with songs for children by Curtis Becraft followed by folk songs and sing alongs by Becraft at 1 p.m., a performance by Mark Piper at 3 p.m., the Gregson Brothers at 4:30 p.m. and The Stephen L. Smith Band at 7:30 p.m.

“This is the weekend when many put their boats in water,” Davis said. “And that inspired the idea to have the blessing of the boats.”

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