Lake George Mayor Robert Blais issued this press release (see below) recently highlighting events for nearly every weekend at the first full year for the Charles R. Wood festival space.
Blais noted that right after the Adirondack Nationals Car Show, the contractor widening the road that runs along the festival space (so they can fit more cars for parking) will have to get in to lay the permeable pavement.
He said permeable pavers have to be installed when weather conditions are right, which is apparently in September.
Blais said he wasn't told about this until after some of the events were already booked, but he was able to shuffle things around to organizers' satisfaction, he said.
"It used to be one way each side of West Brook. They're going to enlarge the road that's on the side where the festival space is, and they're making that into public parking. That's why they took the (maple) trees down. They're going to widen that so they can park more cars diagonally. Then they are going to pave it with permeable pavement. They will have a larger parking lot in front of the festival space. It'll hold about 90 cars," he said.
Here's the text of the press release:
The Charles R. Wood Park Festival Commons will open this year with fourteen new events expected to have a huge impact on business for Lake George area businesses and accommodations.
Mayor Robert Blais of Lake George has announced bookings covering all weekends from June 2 to October 10 with the exception of July 18-19. The Festival Space, located at the south end of the Village, is 2.5 acres of open space, included in the new County/Village-owned park.
Events kick off with Americade’s use on June 5-6 during the annual motorcycles huge events featuring a famous national touring band.
The following week Sean Quirk, owner of King Neptune’s Nightclub, hosts the first annual Lake George Battle of the Bands with two days of live music. That event precedes the Hudson Valley Firemen’s Convention utilizing the space for entertainment of the volunteers. Their band “Skeeter Creek” is one of the Northeast’s most popular groups.
Lake George will host the first annual Wine Festival on June 27-28 organized by the Adirondack Winery of Lake George. Wine, beer, food and other items produced in New York State are expected to be featured under multiple tents.
Improv Records and promoter Jim Anderson bring the Independence Music Festival to the park for 3-4 days over the July 4th holiday. Several national touring bands will be featured along with several food, beverage and craft vendors. The highlight, of course, will be the Village’s huge fireworks display on Saturday, July 4.
The following week is Lake George entry into a national Fishing Derby with over $15,000 in cash prizes offered to entrants. Prices for large and small-mouth bass and lake trout will be available to adult and junior fisherman alike. Launches will take place Saturday and Sunday from Ticonderoga, Bolton and Lake George. The Festival Space will host daily activities for the entrants as well as their families including Rich Ortiz, the Stony Creek Band, Bounces Houses and a chicken barbeque.
A new Lake George Craft Show takes center stage on July 25-26 with over 80 crafters expected to display their wares. The Village will also provide live music and food vendors in hope of moving the Shepard Park craft shows in the future to the new park.
Three straight weekends of live music follow with the Lake George Arts Project 1st annual Blues Music Festival. The third annual S.A.V.E the Lake benefit featuring the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra and a full day of the Northeast’s top tribute bands including the Beatles, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash artists.
On August 29-30, Plan Ahead Events brings crafters from all over the northeast to the Festival Space followed by the North Country Brewfest on Labor Day weekend featuring over 30 craft beers. This event formerly was held to sold-out crowds at the Queensbury Hotel with much of the proceeds donated to charity.
The Adirondack National Car Show will expand their vendors to both the Festival Space and West Brook Road the following week, making the classic automobile show New York State’s largest.
The Oriental Shriner’s Circus comes to the Village for the second year on September 19 offering free tickets to children accompanied by adults. This year’s show will be limited to two shows on the Saturday due to previous bookings. Tickets are distributed to all area schools in advance of the performances.
On September 26-27 the Festival Space’s premier opening show of 2014 returns with a two-day lineup featuring a top national touring band. Last year Joe Johnson played to over 2,200 at the new space and brought great opening publicity to the park in Rolling Stones magazine, MetroLand and area media outlets. The weekend is sponsored by 398Group of Saratoga organizers of Albany’s Lobsterfest.
The jam-packed 2015 season winds up on October 10-11 with two Oktoberfest celebrations in the Village. A traditional gathering on Canada Street sponsored by the Adirondack Brewery featuring German bands and music. The Festival Space hosts Sean Quirk second annual Rocktoberfest that featured Rusted Root last year.
The park itself will be under construction in 2015 around the space but the public restrooms and fencing around the space will be completed. It’s also hopeful large road signage will also be in place to publicize the individual events.
“I am working with a large car show to fill the last open weekend in July,” Mayor Blais said. “Every contact I made was enthusiastic and willing to book an event. The impact on sales and Occupancy Tax as well as good publicity for Lake George and income for Warren County should be substantial.”
The Mayor says he now has a waiting list for 2016 and is in the process of expanding some of this year’s events.