INDIAN LAKE – Gingerbread House Makers are putting together graham crackers, candy canes and chewing gum drops for the Gingerbread House Contest sponsored by the Town of Indian Lake Welcome Center November 26-28.
The Christmas shopping season kicks off with a variety of activities and events, including a Welcome Center Open House with biscuits, hot cocoa, DIY balsam bags and children’s handicrafts daily from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
“We generally have an event called the Country Christmas Tour that is sponsored by our North Country Crafters organization,” said Christine Pouch, manager of economic development, marketing and events.
“Traditionally, individuals would open their houses and sell their wares, and you would go door to door. Well, because of Covid, they are uncomfortable with it.
“One of the things this weekend has always been to help our small businesses and restaurants do extra business. So I started this event to replace the Country Christmas Tour and hopefully it will come back next year and this will be a complement to the festivities. “
Leave big department stores and malls behind to shop and dine in small and quaint stores to find that one-of-a-kind Indian Lake / Blue Mountain Lake Adirondack gift.
“We have a new Welcome Center here in Indian Lake, so that’s the center of activity,” she said.
“The people who take part in our gingerbread competition will bring their houses or creations to the Welcome Center before Wednesday (November 24th). So they are issued on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. People will see it and be able to vote on it. “
The prizes are awarded in two age groups: Gum Drop Division (1-11 years) and Candy Cane Division (12 years and over).
The categories are Most Traditional, Most Adirondack, and Kids’ Choice.
“We encourage people to do things together as family or with friends,” said Pouch.
“You can’t use gingerbread sets. The structures must be edible. “
Activities include Charity Hat & Mitten Tree to benefit Hamilton County Community Action, Jingle & Mingle Stamp Challenge, prize draws for customer receipts of $ 20.21 or more at local businesses, self-guided historical walking tours, Christmas discounts, tree lights, Christmas carols, and more.
Patrons receive a card for the Jingle & Mingle Stamp Challenge.
“And it has different squares like a bingo leaf,” said Pouch.
“It will have a picture of the inside of the store. I want people to go in and run around to find this item and then the place has a special stamp that they put on the card.
“People can return their cards. Depending on the number of stamps received, you will receive additional tickets for the raffle. The raffle baskets are filled with items that are participating stamp challenges. It is an article from each of the participating companies. “
Receipts worth $ 20.21 or more will be used in a drawing to evaluate the Welcome Center’s new branded logo clothing.
David Hyde, who lives in Thurman, will be giving a free concert sponsored by the City of Indian Lake on Saturday, November 27th at 7pm.
He will play classic tunes from Bob Dylan, The Band, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, John Prine, Eagles, Carly Simon, Willy Nelson, Patsy Cline, etc.
Donations to the Indian Lake Theater are accepted.
For more information, see www.indianlakeadk.com/events, the city’s Facebook page, or call 518-648-5828.
Events and activities are subject to change.
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