Oh, What A Night!

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Seagle Colony’s 104th season kicked off Saturday night showcasing the extraordinary class of 32 emerging artists at their “Old Friends and New Concert.”

The show spanned the gamut of opera standards and Broadway hits, with the finale featuring a guest appearance by Darren Wood, SMC’s Artistic Director and former General Director of Fort Worth Opera, as he led the company with a performance of “Old Friends” from Merrily We Roll Along, by Sondheim.

And a big shout to the four pianists: John Cockerill, Eric Frei, Jonathan Heaney and Ciyuan Zhu.

Darren was like a proud parent when he talked about this year’s artists, the upcoming shows and the success of the first “audition classes.”

These are mock auditions where the artists perform different arias, in costume, before a panel of industry experts, and receive immediate feedback on their performances: from vocal techniques, stage presence and attire.

“The first few auditions have been exhilarating. Today we watched Ashlee Lamar and her performance from Madam Butterfly was simply amazing”.

A champagne reception followed with the young artists mingling with guests, sharing their various journeys to Charley Hill Road, first impressions of Schroon and their excitement about the shows they are in.

Rehearsals have begun for Evita which is almost sold out and (click here for tickets) and this week “sing-throughs” for the remaining season begin.

Schroon’s Vine and Barley’s New Treats


The evolution of Vine and Barley’s menu continues with delicious new Crepe offerings for this summer: The Lumberjack (Roast-beef and horseradish cheese) and The Raspberry Delight (Brie and Raspberry) are available right now.

Also new this year V&B will exclusively feature Boarshead products. That means no preservatives or gluten!

And to finish there’s a new line of Decadent Brownies. This weekend’s  special is chocolate carmel with local maple wine.

Founder Patti Mehm tells us she plans to rollout many more specials over the summer.

So check out their preview weekend, starting today (Friday) from 2 pm to 9 PM, Saturday noon to 9 pm and Sunday noon to 6 pm.

Regular hours start on Thursday, June 27 open everyday at 2pm until Labor Day.

Where? Atop the Towne Store on Main Street.

Schroon's 2019 Citizen of the Year: Meet John Welch

By Susan Palisano

Executive Director

Schroon Lake Area Chamber of Commerce

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“The Schroon Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2019 Citizen of the Year award, John Welch.  John was nominated by the community for this honor in recognition of his significant contributions in his role as lead groomer for the Schroon Lake – North Hudson Snowmobile Club.

John was born and raised in Schroon Lake. He is married to his wife Leanna, and has one son, two step-children and 2 step-grandchildren.  John and Leanna have owned and operated J&L Automotive here in Schroon Lake for over 20 years. John loves camping, riding his UTV, spending time with family, and of course, snowmobiling.

In selecting Welch, the Chamber’s Board of Directors noted a particular theme in all the nominations received: his tireless, selfless dedication to keeping the snowmobile trails in top condition and willingness to always assist those in need.  John’s efforts directing the groomers and spending long hours into the early morning (after a hard day’s work) grooming the trails ensure that both local and visiting snowmobilers have a fun, safe and enjoyable experience. His devotion to maintaining the trails and consistently going above and beyond were also recognized this year by the NY State Snowmobile Association – John was named “Groomer of the Year” at the NYSSA 2019 Conference in Niagara Falls.

The Chamber of Commerce will recognize John with a reception in his honor on Tuesday, June 25 at 6pm at Witherbee’s Restaurant. Tickets are $18 per person and are available for purchase at the Chamber office. Reservations must be made in advance by no later than Sunday, June 23. Please contact the Chamber at 518-532-7675 or email us at director@schroonlakechamber.org for more information”.

Contact: Susan Palisano, Executive Director at 518) 532-7675.

The Unsung Heroes of Schroon: The Flower Power Edition

Photo Credit: Roger Friedman

Photo Credit: Roger Friedman

So many people work diligently and quietly behind the scenes, to make the town of Schroon the best kept secret of the Adirondacks. (That said, we’d like to spread the word — far and wide- about just how unique Greater Schroon is!). Just sayin’..

And one of those heroes is the multitalented Nancy Harste, whose green thumb, and a keen eye for color and design, helped whip into shape Schroon’s Bicentennial Garden.

Thank you Nancy. Got a story about an unsung hero? Tell us in comments. Or email us here.