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LAKE GEORGE — The traffic continues to flow in Lake George, until the large events take it to the streets.

On Saturday, the village was packed with four busy activities. In the morning, a portion of Route 9 was closed off for the ADK 5K, which reopened around 10:45 a.m.

Over at Charles R. Wood Park, the Hemmings Concours d’Elegance premier auto show drew fans back to see the classics.

The fourth annual King George Fishing Derby had competitors casting out to get the prize-winning trout as over $15,000 was expected to be won.

And finally, Jazz at the Lake. The Shepard Park draw hosted free concerts and scheduled to mourn one of its coordinators and a local trailblazer of the arts, Paul Pines, on Saturday.

At the Hemmings event, vehicles were lined in rows as spectators brought out their cameras to capture polished and perfected vehicles.

To Joe Orlowski, his vehicle has more meaning than a photo can ever hold.

While sitting next to his 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback, the Beacon Falls, Connecticut, resident recalled the exact moment he and his son, who was then in high school, decided to get the car.

“He said, ‘Dad, I would like to do a Mustang. You and I (can) fix up a Mustang together,’” Orlowski said. “So I said, ‘OK Dan, if you get all A’s, we will buy an old Mustang and we will do it’...It’s the only time in his life he has got all A’s.”

They worked on it for 12 years to help it become an eye piece as well as a family gem.

Around three years ago, Dan considered selling the car to assist in getting a house. Joe bought it from him.

“It’s going to be my son’s at some point,” Joe Orlowski said. “He knows the price if he is going to get it or if he waits it out, he’s going to get it.”

Until that point comes, Joe and his wife Diane “Deetz” Orlowski will be taking in the moment at car shows. It was their third Hemmings event.

His wife jokes, asking how can he enjoy an event where cars are parked for five hours?

Joe says it’s that special moment when you see these cars in motion, going up and down the hills in Lake George that makes it all worth the while.

The jazz festival and car show will continue into Sunday.

At Shepard’s Park, Jazz at the Lake will begin at 1 p.m. and end after the 4:30 performance.

The Hemmings Motor car show will continue at Charles R. Wood Park.

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Andrew David Kuczkowski is the education reporter. Andrew can be reached at 518-742-3354. Follow Andrew on Twitter: @ByKuczkowski.



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