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One doesn’t have to look far to find community spirit

July 19, 2019
Editorial , Lake Placid News

Smaller communities in the Olympic Region have a long history of community spirit - places such as Wilmington, Jay, Upper Jay, Keene, Keene Valley and AuSable Forks - where year-round residents always band together to improve their hamlets and help their neighbors. It's this small-town life - something as simple as saying "hello" to a stranger on the sidewalk - that attracts people to visit the Adirondacks and relocate here.

Yet some non-residents - near and far - have criticized the village of Lake Placid as being a place that has no small-town community spirit. They call it "Lake Plastic" and say this is only a place for rich people to play. To that, we say nonsense.

Anyone who has lived or worked in Lake Placid or spent any amount of time getting to know our year-round residents will have a different take on the situation. Deep down, this is a place of mom-and-pop shops and hard-working souls. Yes, the state of New York spends millions of dollars to upgrade and maintain the Olympic venues, but residents don't take this for granted. They don't sit back and wait for handouts. They make things happen. They beautify the village. They raise money for a variety of local causes. They take care of the young, the sick and the aging. They open their doors to visitors daily and host international events. They take care of their neighbors. Many who work here can't afford to live here, but that doesn't make them any less of a local.

Article Photos

A crowd of year-round and seasonal residents and visitors gathers around the Paul White Memorial Shell at Mid’s Park Tuesday evening, July 16, to watch bluegrass musician Sierra Hull — the current International Bluegrass Music Association’s Mandolin Player of the Year — perform with a band that included a guitar player, saxophone player and upright bass player. This was part of the Music at Mirror Lake Music Series.
(News photo — Andy Flynn)

Lake Placid is a thriving community. It is one that cares. And it is truly unique.

Proof of this can be found at events such as the Songs at Mirror Lake Music Series, held Tuesday nights in the summer at Mid's Park. Here, you'll find a park packed full of what makes Lake Placid so wonderful. The crowd is a mix of year-round and seasonal residents and visitors. People in canoes and kayaks paddle to the shoreline to hear the music while loons, Canada geese and ducks swim by.

Songs at Mirror Lake and the Wednesday night Lake Placid Sinfonietta park concerts are weekly celebrations of this community. Music is only the catalyst to bring us all together to appreciate this village, this lake, this park and each other. The real event is the coming together for a night of fun, and you can feel the community spirit in the air.



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