By Jelane A. Kennedy
The third Saturday in July was the annual Arts and Crafts Fair in Schroon Lake, New York. The fair has become a tradition since 1969. 130 vendors descended on the Hamlet of Schroon Lake, New York filling the beach park with white tents. The morning was cool and sunny, it promised to be a perfect Adirondack day. Everyone was looking forward to some fun.
The setting could not have been more beautiful as the view of the mountains and the lake provided a backdrop that was unparalleled. The crafters each displayed their wares. There was jewelry, paintings, wooden Adirondack furniture, food items, stone cutting, etc. Although the arts and craft fair was not juried, it was probably one of the best shows I’ve attended. So often since moving to New York State I’ve been disappointment in the lack of quality craft fairs. This was not the case this time. The variety of types of crafts and the quality of the items were nicely balanced with an affordable price point. There seemed like there was something for everyone. We picked up a couple of items.
This was the first time I had seen a silent auction also as part of the festival. It appeared that most of the vendors had donated something to the event. Plus there were multiple gift certificates for food, and lodgings.
An added touch was the music provided by local musicians. Under the small gazebo in the middle of the park was stationed the band area where many of those who participated in the weekly Monday night open-mic sessions (sponsored by Schroon Lake Arts Council) shared their talents with a larger audience. What a great way to add to the festive mood and to support local talent.
The event was sponsored by the Schroon Lake Association and provided a venue to educate about how to keep the lake healthy and to raise money to help keep the lake safe from invasive plants. Schroon Lake Association was founded in 1911 to help preserve and protect Schroon Lake and Schroon River. Both the Schroon Lake Association and the East Shore Schroon Lake Association had booths with pictures, and examples of different plant life found in the lake. East Shore Schroon Lake Association (ESSLA) started as an organization for those who lived on the East side of the lake but over time they have opened their membership to anyone concerned about the lake.
It was a wonderful way to spend a Saturday in Schroon Lake, New York and to raise awareness about invasive plants that have become epidemic around the lake areas both in New York State and Vermont. Hopefully people walked away with new awareness. I know we learned more about how to identify invasive plants and enjoyed a great Arts and Crafts Fair.
(c) 2014 Jelane A. Kennedy