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Water craft invited to Schroon Lake boat blessings

‘Opening Weekend’ May 26-28

Boats of all types are invited to take part in the blessing of the boats on Schroon Lake. Pre-registration is not necessary for the May 26 event. Boaters simply need to show up.

Boats of all types are invited to take part in the blessing of the boats on Schroon Lake. Pre-registration is not necessary for the May 26 event. Boaters simply need to show up.

— Boats of all types are invited to take part in the blessing of the boats on Schroon Lake.

Pre-registration is not necessary for the May 26 event. Boaters simply need to show up.

“It’s perfectly fine to just show up on the day,” organizer Shelby Davis said. “But we’d still like to have folks get into the spirit of the event and decorate their boats. If you decorate your boat, you could win Best Pirate Ship, Funniest Boat or Best Adirondack Style Boat”

There are two blessing of the boat events. Non-motorized craft will be blessed at 9:30 a.m. at the Schroon town dock and at the Adirondack boat launch. A motorized boat parade and blessing will be held at 2 p.m. at the Schroon Lake beach.

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

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.

The Summer Expo on Main Street will feature vendors. Main Street businesses are also being encouraged to offer specials for the duration of the weekend.

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