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BUSY HANDS: Salute the arts

August 22, 2014
By MATTHEW TURNER ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - There were plenty of busy hands Wednesday, Aug. 20 at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts during Salute the Arts Day!

Salute the Arts Day! is an annual event featuring arts and crafts. It's held at the end of each summer during the LPCA farmers' market, which ran from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children made several colorful creations throughout the day.

Anya Villeneuve, office manager and assistant program director at the LPCA, said the day is meant to promote the arts and to entertain children.

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Cayden Leroy, of Lake Placid, puts stickers on a beehive during Salute the Arts Day! at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. Leroy had some help from his babysitter Amy Aldridge.
(News photo — Matthew Turner)

"It's kind of like our last hurrah before school starts," Villeneuve said. "It's such a good time, and the kids love it. It's a feel-good day. All of our markets are feel-good days, but this one is a little special. This is a standout day that we can catch everyone at the end of the summer before they head home."

Merriloons the clown was there entertaining children by creating balloon animals and painting children's faces.

There were nine extra vendors at the farmers' market on Wednesday, which is larger than normal, Villeneuve said. Many showed off their handmade products, including wood carvings, jewelry, chairs, quilts, drawings, paintings and antler carvings.

One vendor who was particularly good with his hands was Kenneth Gadway of Morrisonville. Gadway, a practicing woodturner for 20 years, transforms blocks of wood into bowls and other ornaments.

There were also a number of local farms at the market that attend the event weekly throughout the summer. Some of the farms included Asgaard Farm of AuSable Forks, Juniper Hills Farm of Wadhams and Fledging Crow Vegetables of Keeseville.

Live music was performed throughout the day by Rock Richardson and Liliane Jutras, a folk singing duo from AuSable Forks.



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