LAKE GEORGE Annual Lake George Village beautification awards will be presented by Lake George Village Friday Aug. 16 during the opening ceremonies of the Lake George Music Festival.
Mayor Robert Blais will present the awards at 5:30 p.m. in Blais Park off Beach Road prior to a brass ensemble’s fanfare, which is to herald the beginning of the third season of the week-long series of performances of classical music.
This year’s beautification awards feature the village’s Business of the Year honors going to the Lake George Baking Co. on Amherst St.
Owned by Carl and Debbie Alberino, the popular year-round business also includes a small, attractive patio for patrons to enjoy coffee and pastries on site.
The bakery was the first enterprise in 2008 to lease one of the stores in the new Cholakis Block, and the enterprise has now expanded to all three stores of the block on Amherst St. The Alberinos specialize in wedding cakes, restaurant service — and they enjoy a brisk business to individual customers.
Tuesday Aug. 13, Carl Alberino said he was surprised and pleased by the award.
“Considering the large number of successful businesses in the village, this is a great honor,” he said. “I nearly fell out of my chair when we were notified of the award — We’re so proud of it.”
Crediting his talented chief baker and the 30 years of experience he and his wife Debbie have invested in their work, Alberino added that his business has been able to open year-round because of their loyal clientele.
“People from this region and from The City really appreciate what we do, and we’re happy we’re so well received,” he continued.
The commercial 2013 Beautification Award is to be presented to Sean Quirk, owner of King Neptune’s Pub on the village’s popular lakefront walkway. Quirk purchased the building recently and completely renovated the interior and exterior of the property in Adirondack architectural accents and colors.
Residential beautification honors was awarded to a home at 131 Montcalm St., owned by Jeff Varmette. This old house, located at the entrance to the Prospect Mountain trail, has been completely refurbished after being vacant for several years. Varmette has also completed extensive plantings around the exterior of the wood-shingled two-story residence, Blais said.
“More than ever, we see landowners upgrading the appearance of their properties, and it’s paying off as recent reports indicate customers and tourists are looking for a higher quality experience,” he said.