LAKE GEORGE Lake George’s municipal festival venue has been mired in a long history of stalled construction and public disputes of how it should be developed.
But May 13, local officials were all in accord as they gave a hearty welcome to executives of the renowned Big Apple Circus as they scouted out the Charles R. Wood Park for their 25 shows to be presented over two weeks this July.
The area officials said they were happy that such a prominent national attraction took up their invitation to locate at the festival grounds this year, despite the fact that the venue isn’t yet fully developed.
The award-winning intimate circus, based in Ne York City, has been situated for similar stints in such high-profile places as Boston, the Washington D.C. area, as well as Lincoln Center in Manhattan.
The circus has earned rave reviews for its creativity and artistic spectacle. It features trained animals of unusual species, a troupe of acrobats from the Orient, jugglers from Russia, renowned trapeze artists, operatic singing, a live band and seasoned clowns. It’s all presented in one ring under an air-conditioned big top that accommodates 1,500 where no seat is farther than 50 feet away from the performances.
In welcoming the circus executives, Lake George Mayor Robert Blais said he was thrilled they responded so enthusiastically when he sent out an email just months ago inviting attractions to set up in the Charles R. Wood Park during the venue’s initial year.
“It was mind boggling to send out the invitations and get a reply from Big Apple Circus,” Blais said. “I was expecting something far smaller in stature to respond.”
Blais said the presence of Big Apple this summer would help attract other prominent shows and events to Lake George, enhancing its reputation as a family destination.