Arts are a vital component of the Schroon Lake Region’s summer calendar. As a matter of fact, the oldest summer music school in the United States has its home in Schroon Lake. The beauty of the landscape and the clean mountain air could have a little bit to do with inspiring artists, whether they reside here or visit. Some of America’s most acclaimed painters have spent time capturing the Adirondack landscape and fallen in love with the region in the process. One of the most well-known, impressionist Winslow Homer, spent a great deal of time painting Adirondack landscapes and personalities in the mid-1800s. The Winslow Homer painting below depicts two Adirondack guides, which was completed around 1875.
People flock to the Adirondacks, especially in the summer, to enjoy hiking, the outdoors, boating, and the cultural offerings that have attracted so many before. For those wanting to be entertained we have several ongoing programs in the summer months.
SEAGLE MUSIC COLONY
2015 is an important year for Seagle. It’s their 100th anniversary this year and they’re celebrating with a blockbuster performance schedule! Locations include Seagle’s home stage in Schroon Lake, as well as performances throughout the Park during the summer season. Seagle’s forte is opera and they do it incredibly well. A couple of the opera performances this season include Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and the children’s opera, The Ugly Duckling. Other performances include Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods and Schönberg & Boublil’s Les Misérables. There are several more you won’t want to miss, so check out the full schedule for dates and times.
Below: ADIRONDACK SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL'S historic Scaroon Manor outdoor amphitheatre
SHAKESPEARE IN THE ADIRONDACKS
The Adirondack Shakespeare Theatre also has a full schedule, with many performances on their outdoor home stage at Scaroon Manor State Campground on Route 9 just south of town. From The Merry Wives of Windsor to the locally-inspired Songs of the Iroquois: Turtle Island, you’ll want to check out their performance schedule in our events lineup so you don’t miss something truly awesome.
ADIRONDACK ARTISTS & CRAFTERS
Every Thursday on the grounds of the Schroon Lake Town Hall, right in downtown Schroon Lake, you can find some of the Adirondack's finest artists and crafts people gathered in one spot selling their wares at the Adirondack Artists and Crafters show. From now until September 3 this gathering of talented folks will give you the opportunity to shop for that perfect souvenir art piece to take home for yourself or as gifts. What the heck, get a little early Christmas shopping in! Don’t miss this weekly event.
JAMMIN’ ON THE LAKE
For some really great, laid-back music jam, stroll on down to the Schroon Lake Boathouse Theater right in downtown Schroon Lake and take in the weekly Monday Night Acoustic Music Jam. Every week some of our most talented musicians gather for this fun and always changing jam session. Have an early dinner on Main Street and plan to join in. From now until Sept. 7, on every Monday evening the air is filled with great music.
A LITTLE FOLK MUSIC
One of the most anticipated events in Schroon is the Annual Adirondack Folk Music Festival, now in its 26th year. The Adirondacks are full of folksong writers and musicians, including Roy Hurd, Frank Orsini, The Jamcrackers, and many more. Many of these talented folks will fill the stage for this highly acclaimed music event. Don’t miss it on Sunday August 9th.
There’s a lot more happening in the arts world in Schroon, so make sure you check out our events calendar for all the events. Stay a few days and enjoy the lake activities while you visit our attractions and restaurants. Hope to see you at one of these great cultural events this summer!
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