Newcomb, North Creek to celebrate Teddy Roosevelt

— The hamlets of Newcomb and North Creek will be celebrating former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt’s connection to the region this month with two weekends packed with activities.

Through the Saratoga & North Creek Railway, North Creek is building upon the town of Newcomb’s annual TR Weekend, a long-running festival marking Roosevelt’s famed night ride to the presidency in September 1901. After learning that President William McKinley was dying of a gunshot wound, then-Vice President Roosevelt made a nighttime mad dash on a buckboard from the Tahawus Club to the train station in North Creek, where he embarked on a trip to Buffalo where the president had been shot. Roosevelt was vacationing with his family in the town of Newcomb at the time and had been hiking up Mount Marcy.

The theme of this year’s TR Weekend in Newcomb is “Trains and TR.” It will be held Sept. 6-8.

Sept. 6

•Silent Auction-NCS Auditorium 5-8 p.m. – many interesting items this year. Proceeds of auction go toward a Teddy Roosevelt Scholarship for a Newcomb graduating senior. • Dinner at Newcomb Central School 5-6:30 p.m. (pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw, dessert). Entertainment during and after dinner featuring some of America’s favorite train songs with Gary Gazaille--NCS Auditorium. • The History of Trains in the Adirondacks 7-8 p.m. - Join Christine Campeau from Blue Mountain Museum, and Ray Flanagan, Director, North Creek Depot Museum as they bring us for a “ride” through the history of ADK trains. • Back to School Dance sponsored by the Senior Class at NCS, 8-11 p.m., Newcomb Fire Hall, Grades 9-12 featuring a DJ and Snacks.

Sept. 7

•Newcomb Mountain Quilters Annual Craft Fair: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Newcomb Central School (NCS). Fair runs Saturday only so come early and stay the day. • NCS will serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and pie slices • Silent Auction – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. School Auditorium—Winning bids to be announced at 5 p.m. • Golf Tournament: 9 a.m. at the High Peaks Golf Course. Phone NCS: 582-3341 for more information • Float Plane Rides 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with Tom Helms. Float Plane to be docked at the Lake Harris Public Beach. $35 each. (Rain Date: Sept. 8 10 a.m.-3 p.m.)

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