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November 2022
Dear Friends,

Last year, I began this letter by telling you how we were slowly recovering from the effects of the pandemic.  This year, we find that we are still in recovery mode as Covid is still in our midst and affecting how we choose to spend our time.  But, in spite of this, we feel the Institute has a great story to tell and this is in large part, due to your loyal support!                                                                     


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 2022 Great Adirondack Young People’s Poetry Contest (grades 1-12) enjoyed continued strength and saw participation from dozens of schools throughout the Adirondack Park.   These popular programs have already been launched for 2023 and we anticipate another successful response from our very creative Adirondack Park students.


We are excited to announce a new partnership for 2023.  We are joining with Mountain Lakes PBS as Lead Sponsor of the 4th Annual “Beyond the Peaks Student Film Festival”.  The film festival celebrates innovation and creativity while aligning high school students’ interests with tech, design and new media. These in-demand career fields are a compelling route to post-secondary pathways creating opportunities to allow students to remain in the region and support sustainable economic development. 


After an absence of two years, The John C. Bogle Adirondack Roundtables returned with two dynamic and topical speakers:  Craig Weatherup, Former CEO of Pepsi’s North American and Worldwide Beverage Business and Founding Chairman and CEO of the Pepsi Bottling Group; and Nicole Hylton-Patterson, Director Adirondack Diversity Initiative.  We were so proud to have both Craig and Nicole address the Roundtable as we once again brought this popular program back to our audience.  We are working on next year’s speakers and look forward to sharing that information with you very soon.

As you all know, Broadway re-opened and our very popular Theatre Benefit resumed 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 was held on July 19th at the Boathouse at the Whiteface Club and was a terrific gathering of fun LPI friends.  Our Chamber Music Seminar resumed after a two-year hiatus and was attended by a full complement of 22 participants and 9 coaches for a week in August.  Details regarding the Roundtables, Theatre Benefit, Summer Party and Chamber Music Seminar for 2023 are all in the works and will be announced after the first of the year. 

The mission of the Lake Placid Institute, since 1994, has been to expand 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 28 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 continued 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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