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Your guide to this year’s Saranac Lake Winter Carnival

Children in “fancy dress” pose in front of the Ice Palace in Saranac Lake, date unknown. Courtesy of the Saranac Lake Free Library’s Adirondack Room

Children in “fancy dress” pose in front of the Ice Palace in Saranac Lake, date unknown. Courtesy of the Saranac Lake Free Library’s Adirondack Room

— Sunday, Feb. 2 is slated to shift into gear ‘til mid-morning — we can’t imagine why — with the the White Stag Downhill Ski Races at Mt. Pisgah Ski Center at 11am. The center will also host an Arctic Bar-B-Que until 2:30pm, so come on out and get your protein fix.

New this year is an arctic golf event — it’s a great way to put your clubs to use this winter, say the organizers — that will be held at the boat launch from noon to 3pm. Also on deck for today is the Mayor’s Snowball Toss Tournament Challenge (1pm, Riverside Park), ultimate frisbee (Saranac Lake High, 1pm) and the “Spike of Ice” Icicle Contest at the Ice Palace, a peculiar new event which the public is encouraged to risk life and limb to obtain the largest icicle they can and bring it in for judging.

That event begins at 2:30pm and marks the end of the week’s robust event schedule.

Choice events throughout the week include a performance by Jubal Consort and the Barn Cats at the Saranac Lake Laboratory Museum (Monday, Feb. 3), the Grand Marshal Reception and Royalty Dinner (Tuesday, Feb. 4 starting at 5pm at the Red Fox Restaurant), an all-ages snowshoe race (Wednesday, Feb. 5 at Dewey Mountain), torchlight skiing (Thursday, Feb. 6 at Mt. Pisgah Ski Center) and a Talking Heads tribute gig at the Waterhole at 10pm on Thursday.

Friday, Feb. 7 opens on a healthy note with children’s ice skating races (Saranac Lake Civic Center, 9pm) and inner tube races at Mt. Pisgah starting at noon.

Bookworms are encourage to browse the stacks at the Saranac Lake Free Library’s 25th Annual Winter Book Sale from 10 to 4pm before attending the opening reception for “Our Kinda Town”, the month-long exhibition and silent auction to benefit Historic Saranac Lake. That takes place from 5-7pm at the Adirondack Artists Guild.

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