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CHARLES R. WOOD FESTIVAL COMMONS ACHIEVING SUCCESS

February 16, 2017
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After a good 2016 season, even more plans are set for 2017
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Right on the heels of landing one of the nation’s premier car shows Lake George’s Festival Commons has announced its most successful season in its short history.

                The open space area in the new Charles R. Wood Park was designed to attract events of all types by the owners, Warren County and the Village of Lake George. Following an opening season that featured only three events, the 2016 season followed with seven. Thus far sixteen events are booked according to Mayor Robert Blais who handled the bookings and the oversight of each event.

                “Not only are we extending our shoulder seasons but our events offer at wide-range of festivals designed to attract thousands to the Lake George region and fill hundreds of rooms,” the Mayor said.

                The 2017 season kicks off on May 5-7 with the Northeastern Barbershop Quartet Competition bringing groups from all over the USA, Canada and Britain. This event packed Bolton Landing for several years during the 80’s and 90’s.

                That event is followed by the new Law Enforcement Weekend on May 19-21 featuring competitions, seminars and social events throughout Warren County and Hudson Falls. This event has gained national recognition including ride-ins from the Blue Knights and Blue Friday motorcycle clubs.

                Following in the first week of June the Eastern States Towing and Recovery Association returns to Lake George bringing hundreds of large trucks and vendors to the festival grounds.

                Americade and the 398 Group are bringing in a national touring band on June 10th to entertain their guests. The highly successful Adirondack Wine & Food Festival follows for June 24-25.

                July and August shows include the new Lake George International Film Festival slated for July 10-11 with films scheduled on a big outdoor screen along with seminars and vendors at the Commons. The National EVP Volleyball Tournament will take place at the Commons and at Million Dollar Beach as well as a third appearance of the popular Shriner’s Circus on July 21.

                Jonathan Newell’s British Invasion III returns on August 12-13 as well as Alex Lombard’s Classical Music Festival’s Premier Concert at the Commons. Musicians from all over the country spend a week in Lake George at local venues and this year at the Marriott Courtyard’s new rooftop garden. The following week the Festival Space will host the 260th Siege and Surrender Anniversary Encampment Festivities.

                The park’s fall season kicks off with Adirondack Independence Music Festival followed by the Adirondack Nationals Car Show. Next is the nationally recognized Hemmings Motor News Concours D’Elegance car show featuring classic cars, fire trucks and police vehicles.

                The Festival’s original American Music Festival runs Sept. 23-24 and the Lake George Arts Project is planning a Barbeque, Bands and Brews event rounding out the season’s events.

                “The availability of Occupancy Tax funds and the sheer beauty of the space has helped to attract many of these events in Lake George,” Mayor Blais said. Funds from the rental of the space are used to maintain the entire park that includes the stormwater management wetlands, a children’s playground and a skate park.

                Mayor Blais expects that the Festival Commons will become another great attraction for the Lake George region but continue to offer a variety of events that will bring visitors to the lake during all seasons.

                Questions: Mayor Robert Blais 668-5771 x8


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