published: Sunday, September 01, 2013
LP's First Friday Tour set for debut
By ROD LEWIS
LAKE PLACID -- America's most interesting town just got a little more interesting. On Friday, Lake Placid will have the inaugural "First Friday Tour." The tour will start at 4 p.m. and conclude at 8 p.m.
"The inspiration for the First Friday Tour came from Sebring's Destination Downtown," Lee Ann Hinskey, vice president of advertising for the Lake Placid Caladium Arts and Crafts Cooperative said. "Each month the tour will have a different theme and it will be a time for the community to gather downtown, stroll the streets and participate in the activities. It will also provide an opportunity to shop with local merchants and dine in the cafes that will be open."
Five of Lake Placid's non-profit organizations will be participating -- the Caladium Arts & Crafts Cooperative, Toby's Clown School and Museum, the Lake Placid Art League, the Mural Society, and the Train Depot Museum. Special activities and refreshments will be available at each business on the tour.
The Caladium Arts & Crafts Co-op at 132 E. Interlake Blvd. will be honoring the September Artist of the Month, Bev Fyffe, with a reception. Not only will the artist be available, but purses, aprons and table settings that she made will be displayed.
The artists that will be teaching the fall classes will be demonstrating their skills, as well as signing up students for classes. "Classes have a size limit, so it is important to sign up early to insure you place in the class," Hinskey said.
Many of the member/artists at the Caladium Arts & Crafts Co-op have donated special one-of-a-kind items for a basket that will be given away during the tour.
"Big Al" Pelski, president of Toby's Clown Museum at 109 W. Interlake, said he is "very excited about the First Friday Tour." Pelski will be out of town at a national clown convention, but will "make sure there are clowns 'doing their thing' for the event."
Toby's Clown Museum will be donating a clown T-shirt and some surprise clown memorabilia for their basket. The clowns will offer free face painting, a magic show and balloon animals.
Near the Clown Museum is the Train Depot and Museum. The building has been refreshed and many of the exhibits have been reorganized. When visiting the Museum, one can view a video that features Melvin Dewey, who founded Lake Placid, and the history of Lake Placid.
On display will be a wealth of memorabilia and artifacts. A number of Bibles were recently donated by Florida Hospital in Lake Placid. The building is being painted and repairs are being made due to a recent donation. Donations from the Museum will include a Caboose coffee cup, the Melvin Dewey video and a few surprise items.
The Wood Carvers and other artists will be showcasing their skills at the Lake Placid Art League at 127 Dal Hall Blvd. "Many of the artists wares are not readily accessible to the public, but unique for First Friday, some of their creations will be available for purchase," Hinskey said.
The Lake Placid Mural Society, located inside the Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce at 18 N. Oak Ave., will be showing the Mural Society's video on the history of the local murals.
The highlight of the evening will be the drawing for a huge basket filled will items from each location which will include many original pieces. To enter the drawing, one must pick up an entry form from each of the participating vendors and have it stamped. The completed form must then be put in a box at the final stop on the tour. The drawing will take place Monday, Sept. 9. One need not be present to win, but entrants must be 18 years old. Each location will have official entry rules.
For more information, contact Hinskey at 382-4110.
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