LAKE PLACID — The Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa will host the 25th-Annual Joy to the Children benefit to support the Lake Placid Center for the Arts on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Started by LPCA board trustee and Mirror Lake Inn co-owner Lisa Weibrecht, the first Joy to the Children event raised $15,000, beginning a tradition of supporting children's programming in a historically sports-oriented region. Lisa and Ed Weibrecht continue to host and donate the entire gala each year. The inn has underwritten more than $1 million in expenses over the last 25 years.
All patron tickets, auction proceeds and raffle sales fund the more than 200 area children's programs. The funds collected will go toward ballet and tumbling instruction, after-school arts workshops, summer Camp LPCA programs, art exhibitions, LPCA Children's Musical Theatre and performing-arts school field trips, among many other activities for area children.
The event, which typically draws around 500 guests, consists of a silent auction, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, a gingerbread house auction and spectacular holiday decorations. Homemade gift baskets will be auctioned, and a 50/50 raffle will take place throughout the evening. Items auctioned include trips, artwork, jewelry, artisan furniture, clothing and children's toys. New in 2011, commemorative Joy 25 ornaments will be available.
Tickets are $100 per person until Dec. 5. After Dec. 5, the tickets can be purchased for $130.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the LPCArts at 523-2512 or by visiting www. LakePlacid Arts.org/Joy.
SARANAC LAKE — Just in time for the holiday season, Knit 2 Together will open Friday at 88 Church St. in Saranac Lake.
"The store will be dedicated to providing affordable yarn, knitting accessories and lessons," said Debra Schmidt, the store's owner. "In addition, the store will provide a gathering place where individuals can relax, meet new people and be creative."