SARANAC LAKE — Main Street will be coming alive this Saturday for the first-ever Saranac Lake Street Fest.
The inaugural event will turn the stretch of Main Street from Berkeley Green to the Saranac Lake Free Library into an open-air carnival, with theater, music, magic and art performers entertaining visitors from 2 to 9 p.m.
According to Shaun Kittle, one of the lead volunteer organizers in the Streetfest Planning Committee, the idea for an event like this came to him and a friend a couple years back, but really picked up steam last fall.
“We’ve been seriously working on it since,” Kittle said.
“The more we talked to people, the more excited people became.”
One of those excited groups was the Saranac Area Chamber of Commerce.
“We couldn’t be happier with what the group has come up with,” said Patrick Murphy, the chamber’s executive director.
“The chamber is just excited to be getting back into helping events like this happen in the community.”
As well as being the Streetfest’s main fiscal sponsor, the chamber provided a staffer to help the group of volunteers with the administrative side of things.
Other sponsors include the town of Harrietstown, the Cloudsplitter Foundation and the Adirondack Health and Veterans Hemp Market.
The other main task for the Planning Committee was securing a lineup of performers for the event.
Luckily, finding willing entertainers went smoothly.
“It was really easy,” Kittle said.
“As soon as I told people about it, no one said no.”
A circus tent in front of the library will host a variety of events like stilt-walking and a costume contest, while performances at a main stage at Berkley Green will include selections from “Mary Poppins Jr.,” performed by actors from Pendragon Theatre; an hour-long show by magician Gary Ferrar; and music from several local bands.
An Artists’ Alley in the driveway beside the library will host various participatory art projects, including paint-a-rock, a community mural and a paper-pulp throw, courtesy of BluSeed Studios.
Kittle cited the “parade” transition from the circus tent to the main stage, where Ferrar will perform his magic show at 5 p.m. as an event to see, if nothing else.
“Not everything is on the schedule, so there will be a few surprises,” he said.
And Kittle is optimistic about the possible turnout for the free, rain-or-shine event, with around 3,500 people saying they are going to or are interested in the Streetfest on its Facebook event page.
“We wanted to create an event that locals and visitors can enjoy,” Kittle said.
“We’ve been putting in a ton of work. For everyone to believe in it as much as they do has been special.”
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Berkeley Green Main Stage
2 to 2:45 p.m.: Crackin' Foxy.
3:15 to 4 p.m.: Grass Company.
4:45 to 5 p.m.: Selection of songs from "Mary Poppins Jr." with Pendragon Theatre.
5 to 6 p.m.: Gary Ferrar: Magician & Mentalist.
6:30 to 7:15 p.m.: Crowfeather, with artist Georgeanne Gaffney.
7:45 to 8 p.m.: Nate Pultorak: Hits on the hammer dulcimer.
8 to 9 p.m.: The Biscuit Rollers, with artist Victoria Celeste.
2 to 4:30 p.m.: Jolly Giants Circus Camp.
Loon Calling Contest
Bubble Gum Contest
Busker Borough (Vest Pocket Park)
2 to 2:55 p.m.: Sham Jam.
3 to 3:25 p.m.: Nate Pultorak: dulcimer.
3:30 to 3:55 p.m.: Fourtissimo Barbershop Quartet.
4 to 4:25 p.m.: Celia Evans.
4:40 p.m.: Kids Circus March to main stage.
6 to 6:25 p.m.: Theresa Hartford.
6:30 to 6:55 p.m.: Connor Celeste.
7 p.m.: Brer Brian.
2 to 9 p.m.: Paint a Rock with Upstone Materials, Community Mural Project, Poetry for Passersby, street happenings, food trucks, vendors, street magic, stilt walking and face painting.
2 to 4 p.m., Paper Pulp Throw with BluSeed Studios.
Throughout the day: The Tarot Lady, Storytelling and Books with Adirondack Center For Writing, Meet Beethoven the Moose with Adirondack Carousel and Yoga Demos with Earthshine Yoga.