Celebrate Paddling, a month-long paddling festival, will return to the Tri-Lakes region next month.
This year, Adirondack Lakes and Trails Outfitters, St. Regis Canoe Outfitters, Raquette River Outfitters, Mac’s Canoe Livery, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce have come together to organize events for the month of June to celebrate canoeing.
Organizers have focused their efforts on making events accessible and fun for locals by offering a variety of paddle lessons and outings. Events are designed for a range of ages and interests.
St. Regis Canoe Outfitters will be offering a Canoe Games Family Clinic for families with children on June 20 at 10 a.m. On the program, the traditional quiz night allowing people to test their knowledge on paddling questions on June 5 at 7 p.m. Dave Cilley, co-owner of St. Regis Outfitters, will give a talk June 3 at noon at the Saranac Lake Free Library about his journey in researching and creating the Adirondack Paddler Series of guides and maps. Jason Smith of Adirondack Lakes and Trails has created a series of events focused on raising awareness of invasive species.
The Saranac River and the Raquette River will have volunteer community service cleanup events. The Saranac River cleanup is scheduled for June 12 from noon to 5 p.m., with a meeting at the Dorsey Street parking lot.
The Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation will be offering an interpretive loon paddle on Saranac Lake’s Middle Pond on June 16 at 1 p.m.
The loon center also coordinates with St. Regis Canoe Outfitters and Adirondack Lakes and Trails to offer a morning program for third graders in the Saranac Lake Central School District and the Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center offers paddles evening tours on Barnum Pond in June. 5 to 7 p.m.
The Adirondack Paddling Symposium will take place June 17-20. The event, which will be organized by the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, focuses on teaching with trails for kayaking, canoeing, pack boat and stand-up paddleboards. The event will cater to beginner and intermediate paddlers looking to develop stronger skills.
The Celebrate Paddling Invitational will take place at Riverfront Park in Saranac Lake on June 26. This family paddling event will include races for all ages and abilities, boat demonstrations and a chance to buy or sell used boats or paddling equipment.
Saranac Lake Free Library and Saranac Lake Laboratory Museum will feature an exhibit of photographs and books. Mountain Hooves and Paws will be offering a series of four classes focused on paddling with your dog every Friday in June at 4 p.m.
The Adirondack Artist Guild will feature paddle-related artwork in its showcase. ADK ArtRise will be offering a date night on Friday night June 10, focused on “watercolors” and studio opening hours on June 11 with an option “Dip and Go” marbling demonstration project.
On June 16, the Third Thursday Art Walk will feature special paddle-focused activities, such as a performance by the Canoodlers. Local restaurants will create special menu items, such as SLove’s creation of the “Padager Thyme Shrub” made with strawberry, thyme, balsamic and club soda. Some local retailers, such as the BookNook, will have displays in their storefronts focused on paddling themes.
Saranac Lake and Bloomingdale’s Elementary Schools and St. Bernard’s School will focus on art projects for select age groups, drawing inspiration from the rich art history of canoeing and guide boats in the Adirondacks .
For more information visit www.celebratepaddlingadk.com.