February 7, 2013

Winter Carnival buttons for sale on eBay


---- — SARANAC LAKE — A full set of Saranac Lake Winter Carnival buttons — all but one designed by cartoonist Garry Trudeau — is for sale on eBay this week.

All proceeds will go to the nonprofit Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee, the group of volunteers who work to bring the celebration to life each year.

The set includes all of the buttons from 1981 through this year, plus a bonus button from 1980 that Trudeau did not design. The award-winning creator of “Doonesbury,” Trudeau was raised in Saranac Lake.

“Other than a set being conserved for our own archives, this is the only full set in our possession,” Winter Carnival Chairman Jeff Dickson said in a press release. 

“Should we manage to assemble another set, we can guarantee that it will not be offered for sale for at least a year. 

“This is truly a unique opportunity that any Garry Trudeau fan would welcome.”

The starting bid for the set of buttons is $750. The sale includes a signed certificate from Garry Trudeau on Doonesbury letterhead, dated Jan. 20, 2013, that states: “With appreciation for your support of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.” 

Most of the set is in excellent condition, the release said, although there are a few stains on the 1983 button, which is the rarest of them all.

“As always, we are extremely grateful to Garry for his eye-catching designs and his ongoing support of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival,” Dickson said.

Here are Winter Carnival events coming up:


Noon: “Tales of the Sea,” Saranac Laboratory Museum, Historic Saranac Lake.

2:30 to 6:30 p.m.: 24th-annual Winter Book Sale, Saranac Lake Free Library.

6 p.m.: Torchlight Skiing followed by fireworks, Mount Pisgah Ski Center.

7 p.m.: “So Dreams the Sea: Odes from the Deep”, a literary celebration, Luna Java Coffee House).


10 a.m.: Adirondack Bank Innertube Races, Mount Pisgah.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: 24th-annual Winter Book Sale, Saranac Lake Free Library.

12:30 p.m.: First Niagara Children’s Skating Races, Saranac Lake Civic Center.

6 p.m.: Downtown Saranac Lake Outdoor Movie Night, Berkley Green.

7:30 p.m.: Rotary Club Variety Show, Harrietstown Town Hall, $13 advance, $20 at the door.


8:30 to 11 a.m.: Mason’s Pancake Breakfast, Saranac Lake Adult Center, sponsored by Whiteface Mountain Lodge 789 Masonic Temple.

10 to 11 a.m.: Meet the carnival characters, Ice Palace.

10 a.m.: Snow Rugby Game sponsored by Can-Am Rugby, Petrova School Athletic Field.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: 24th-annual Winter Book Sale, Saranac Lake Free Library.

10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Lion’s Club Chili Sale, Harrietstown Town Hall.

11 a.m.: Paul Smith’s College Woodsmen’s Exhibition, Riverside Park.

Noon to 4 p.m.: Paul Smith’s College Alumni Reunion, Sears parking lot.

Noon: Parade lineup, Lake Colby Drive.

1 p.m.: Gala Parade, Broadway and Main Street from Ampersand Avenue to Lapan Highway, followed by Parade Band Concert, Harrietstown Town Hall.

7:30 p.m.: Pendragon Theatre, “Terra Nova,” call 891-9052.


10 a.m.: Casella Waste Adult X-C Skiing, Dewey Mountain, call 891-2697.

11 a.m.: Bionique Snowflake Volleyball Tournament, Saranac Lake Civic Center Rotary Field.

11 a.m.: Showshoe Softball, Elks Field, John Munn Road.

11 a.m.: Casey McHugh Pond Hockey Tournament, Bloomingdale Fields, call 637-4669.

Noon: Saranac Lake Teachers Association Kids X-C Ski Races, Dewey Mountain, call 891-2697.

12:30 to 3 p.m.: Snowy Owl Face Painting for children, Harrietstown Town Hall.

2 p.m.: Kiddie Parade sponsored by Lake Champlain Pools, Spas and Stoves, from the Saranac Lake Free Library to the Town Hall.

3 p.m.: 18th-annual Winter Carnival Baroque Concert, Methodist Church, sponsored by the Saranac Lake Young Arts Association.

7:30 p.m.: Cape Air/American Management Association Carnival Slide Show, Ice Palace.

8 p.m. – Guide Boat Realty Storming the Palace Fireworks Display, Ice Palace.


2 and 7:30 p.m.: Post-Carnival Cape Air Slide Show, Saranac Village at Will Rogers.

BID ON THE BUTTONS View the eBay listing for the rare complete set of Saranac Lake Winter Carnival buttons at; search for "Saranac Lake Winter Carnival full Garry Trudeau button set." The seven-day auction ends around 6:10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11. SHARE PICTURES The Press-Republican encourages people to share their Saranac Lake Winter Carnival photos on our website. Go to and click on Upload Photos near the top of the page.