OLD FORGE—Old Forge will host the inaugural Red, White and Blue “Spring Into Summer” family festival Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-25. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are filled with activities and entertainment for the entire family. Monday will be the traditional observance of fallen veterans.
A local committee has partnered with the Town and the Central Adirondack Association to build a blockbuster weekend festival. Traditionally, Memorial Day weekend is the official launch of the summer season, with many seasonal residents in the area to open their camps. Thousands more visit Old Forge for this opening weekend, and all will find enjoyment in the festival’s wide variety of things to do and see. Maps and schedules will be available throughout the town.
The town-wide festival will begin Friday throughout the village with gallery openings and exhibits at VIEW, as well as the annual community-wide garage sales, which continue all weekend. The local arts community will open the season with the first Family Art Walk. Many businesses which host the First Friday Art Walk each month, along with new participants, will provide free chalk for children to create their own art on Main Street sidewalks. It’s free and open to everyone. Shops and restaurants will offer discount specials, and local venues will be filling the night with musical entertainment.
According to Webb Tourism Director Mike Farmer, “Families are key, and this festival was created to celebrate and appreciate the generations of families who have adopted Old Forge, as well as to welcome families who are new visitors. Everything will be geared toward families, and the weekend is chocked full of family fun activities such as the family carnival at North Street, the fishing derby, train and cruise boat rides, and the sidewalk chalk art creations.”
Saturday, a free bus provided by Enchanted Forest Water Safari will shuttle folks around town all day. Saturday’s activities include family workshops at VIEW and a free Kiwanis Car Wash at Calypso’s Cove, which will celebrate the opening weekend of its Family Fun Center. An information booth at Point Park will be open from 11am to 3pm to provide festival tickets, maps and schedules. The booth will be easy to find, as CAP-21 will be there to host CAP-PY Duck and the Soak-A-Duck Challenge. Otto the Orange, of Syracuse University, will be on-hand for photo ops at Souvenir Village at 12-1pm, and then will lead folks to the festival at Hiltebrandt Recreation Center. There they will find Otto the Orange, games, a bouncy house, and the Utica ZooMobile. Saturday evening, VIEW will host a Wine and Cheese Reception and open the galleries for free, and at 7pm, renowned ventriloquist Sylvia Fletcher will present “Ventastic—The Show”.
Sunday the fun continues with fishing derbies and clinics at Old Forge Lakefront Park, more boat and train rides, a free lakefront concert, and fireworks over Old Forge Pond.
“With the great weather recently, the community is filling more each weekend with folks opening their camps and enjoying the area,” said Farmer. “There has been no mud season this spring, and with the long, frigid winter, everyone is busting for summer,” he continued, “that’s the ‘Spring into Summer’ theme, and this weekend festival launches the new season. Monday is reserved for the solemn observance of Memorial Day, also a time-honored family tradition.”
For more information visit www.MemorialDayOldForge.com