Mayor Blais of Lake George announced at the Village’s last regular Board meeting his intention to take on one last major project that he believes will benefit Lake George.
The Mayor announced the formation of a committee to create a “Performing Arts Center” in Lake George to host performances year-round.
Several years ago as the Lake George Opera Festival considered moving from the Queensbury High School to Saratoga Springs Mayor Blais attempted to create interest in purchasing Charlie Woods Saloon on West Brook Road.
The Mayor said, “The interest wasn’t there and we lost a major opportunity to raise our image and offerings to the general public.”
Over the years the Mayor reported he has fielded several requests for a year-round venue that would boost business during the off-season.
We now have a very active LG Arts Project under John Strong. A two-week classical music festival created by Alex Lombard, a barbershop quartet festival, Community Band, Elvis Festival an several other possible concerts including a dance troupe.
The Committee chaired by the Mayor is currently investigating possible sites and will be touring the Lake George Forum and the Fort William Henry’s Carriage House.
Members are John Strong, Alex Lombard, Margy Mannix, Marisa Muratori, Patricia Dow, Ken Mark from Adirondack Scenic and Jonathan Newell who spearheaded the Strand in Hudson Falls, along with Kathy Muncil and Stu Kirby.
The committee’s mission will be to locate a possible location and ultimately seek funding through grants and private sources.
“The people of Hudson Falls supported the great new Strand Theater, Glens Falls has the magnificent Wood Theater”, the Mayor said, “Why can’t we have a performing arts center as well in Lake George.”
Anyone interested in participating is asked to contact the Village Hall offices at 518-668-5771 x8.