January 4, 2013

Winter Carnival memorabilia available


---- — SARANAC LAKE – The 2013 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival will take place Feb. 1 to 10 and memorabilia is already available.

Collectible posters designed by Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau for the 2013 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival are now available.

Using the theme “Under the Sea,” Trudeau’s illustration shows Doonesbury character Zonker Harris dressed in blue trunks swimming underwater with a school of fish. Trudeau, who was raised in Saranac Lake, has been creating the Winter Carnival button design since 1981 and offered his first poster design in 2012.

“We have 100 posters signed and numbered by Garry, as well as unsigned ones,” said Carnival Committee Chairman Jeff Dickson. “Anyone who purchased a signed poster last year can claim the same poster number this year if they wish.”

Anyone else looking to purchase a signed poster should contact Dickson at 891-4344 to be added to the list to obtain an unclaimed poster. Signed posters are $50, and unsigned ones are $15. Shipping is $5 per poster.

Raffle tickets will be available from Winter Carnival Committee members for poster No. 1. In all, 100 raffle tickets will be sold for $5 each. All proceeds benefit the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.

Unsigned posters are available by contacting Dickson or at Ampersound.

Winter Carnival buttons are on sale at 37 locations throughout Saranac Lake. They are $3 each. Anyone interested in ordering buttons by mail should contact Barbara Martin, 230 Broadway, Saranac Lake NY 12983, phone 891-2382. The cost for postage is: one to five buttons, $3; six to nine buttons, $6; and 10 buttons or more, $8. Checks should be made out to the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee.

The 2013 Winter Carnival calendars are for sale and are will $13 each or two for $25. For calendars, contact Rob Johnson at 327-3071.

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee will meet at 6 p.m. every Wednesday in January in the large group instruction room of the Saranac Lake High School.

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee Inc. is a not-for-profit group of volunteers dedicated to organizing an annual mid-winter festival during the first two weeks of February.

This 10-day, communitywide event traces its roots to a one-day carnival held in 1897 by the Pontiac Club.

The carnival honors its heritage every year by building an Ice Palace from blocks of ice harvested from Lake Flower’s Pontiac Bay, where the events have been traditionally held for generations.

For more information, visit the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival website at www.saranaclakewinter