LAKE GEORGE As soon as next year, visitors to Lake George may, in daytime, experience an innovative interactive walking tour that presents local history, and by night see the downtown streetscape illuminated with a colorful, shimmering array of animated lighting displays.
Village officials decided this week to move ahead with plans to pursue a proposal by Dunham Studios of Pottersville to create a trail of historical figures through the village that portray the rich history of Lake George, and perhaps the theatrical lighting, if the project budget permits.
Initial plans call for a dozen or more “marquettes” of influential historical figures. Using their smartphones, tablets or cell phones, visitors could be instantly drawn into dramatic historical videos or narratives on their electronic devices, Clarke Dunham of Dunham Studios said Aug. 5.
“These marquettes, spread through the village, would tell stories about the history, and their costumes might change with the season,” Dunham said. “The idea is to make Lake George more than the destination than it is now — to give the village a more cultural slant — bring history forward and bring it to life.”
High-powered theatrical lights projecting vibrant colors onto facades of Canada Street buildings, could be animated or morphing with a compelling visual effect, Dunham added. Such lighting could also illuminate the trees in Shepard Park, he added.
These streetscape and lightscape concepts were enthusiastically endorsed by village leaders as they unanimously approved Aug. 5 applying for a state $442,000 grant, $221,000 of which would be paid by local taxpayers, to fund the first phase of the project. The remaining $221,000 would be split evenly between the town and village budgets, Mayor Bob Blais said, except for any money received for the project from Warren County. The town and village of Lake George have a request for $50,000 in county Occupancy Tax funds now pending for the streetscape project.