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November, 2021



Dear Friends and Supporters:


What a difference a year makes!  Slowly but surely, the Lake Placid Institute is recovering
from the effects of the pandemic, in great part, due to your support.                                                                                                                                                            
As you might recall from my letter this past spring, the Institute’s two programs for students throughout the Adirondack Park, 24 Hours: A Photographic Interpretation of Life in the Adirondacks, (grades 9-12)  and Words from the Woods, the 2021 Great Adirondack Young People’s Poetry Contest (grades 1-12) saw record participation from previous year’s contests.  These popular programs have already been launched for 2022 and we anticipate another successful response from our very creative Adirondack Park students.  We are also proud to partner with ADK Action and the Tupper Lake Central School District to support the Beyond the Peaks Student Film Festival, which celebrates student creativity and talent through film and is open to students throughout New York State.


We are most excited to announce the return of The John C. Bogle Adirondack Roundtables this coming summer, with two dynamic and topical speakers:


Saturday, July 9th:  Craig Weatherup, Former CEO of Pepsi’s North  American and Worldwide Beverage Business and Founding Chairman and CEO of the Pepsi Bottling Group.

Saturday, July 16th: Nicole Hylton-Patterson, Director Adirondack Diversity Initiative. Ms. Hylton-Patterson is an experienced diversity and inclusion professional who has worked in higher education, NGOs and government agencies.


As you all know, Broadway has re-opened and our very popular Theatre Benefit will resume with a bang on Sunday, May 1st with the matinee performance of Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite, starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick. 

Our Summer Party resumed this summer after a two year hiatus and was a resounding success. Plans are being made for the return of our Chamber Music Seminar this summer as well.   Details regarding the Roundtables, Theatre Benefit, Summer Party and Chamber Music Seminar be forthcoming as they develop.


The mission of the Lake Placid Institute, since 1994, has been to expand and promote the arts and cultural opportunities in the Adirondacks and to expand and promote cultural tourism in the region.  The Institute has grown over the past 27 years to include high-quality, innovative programs that bring the talents of world-class artists, leaders and thinkers to the community.  LPI programs enrich the lives of both visitors and residents of the region and we feel our mission is now more important than ever. Our programs succeed and continue through the generous support of friends such as you!


We are most grateful for your support during these challenging times and hope you will be able to support us once again.  Please help us continue the Lake Placid Institute’s valuable programming with your tax deductible gift to our Annual Appeal.

With appreciation and thanks,



Catherine D. McGraw

Chair, Lake Placid Institute


Donations to the Lake Placid Institute can be made here on the website by clicking the donate button at the top

Or by mail:  P.O. Box 988, Lake Placid, NY.  12946

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