Dear Friends and Supporters:
Spring is here and each day brings us closer to summer in our beloved Adirondacks. Last year at this time, our programs and fundraisers were cancelled and we were appealing to you for help in seeing us through a most difficult time, with no idea of when we would come to the end of the pandemic that was crippling our world. Now, we are finding ourselves slowly returning to normalcy, or some semblance of it.
During these very trying past months, there have been rays of sunshine; families spending more time with each other and re-discovering those connections; people spending time outdoors in nature and also experiencing new aspects of the world through the arts. We encountered this first hand and want to share an incredible story with you – one that your generosity has made possible.
You have all read about the challenges students have experienced with virtual learning. Despite the difficulties and anxieties that young people have faced during the pandemic, our 2021 Great Adirondack Young People’s Poetry Contest, Words from the Woods,(students grades 1-12) and our photography contest, 24 Hours: A Photographic Interpretation of Life in the Adirondacks 2021, (students grades 9 -12) not only survived but thrived! Our poetry contest had 338 submissions from 16 schools in the Adirondack Park, including 9 schools entering the contest for the first time. This represents a 56% increase in submissions from pre-Covid levels in 2020. Our photography contest saw 111 photos from 60 students versus 54 photos from 29 student last year, including 3 schools who had not previously entered the contest - double the number of photographs and students participating than in 2020. These numbers are a testament to the importance of the arts during a uniquely stressful time and we are proud of the role the Institute has had in promoting the arts to all ages. More importantly, none of this would have been possible without your generosity and we are most grateful!
Although our world is improving, it has not improved quickly enough for us to be able to schedule speakers for the John C. Bogle Adirondack Roundtables nor to hold our Chamber Music Seminar. We are already working on bringing those back next summer. If Broadway re-opens as hoped this fall, we will hold our annual Theatre Benefit in the spring.
With every grey cloud there is always a silver lining! We are very excited to announce, It’s Summer: The Party – Just a Little Bit Later! We are planning our annual cocktail party and small silent auction for Tuesday, August 10th at the Whiteface Club and Resort’s Moose Lodge, from 6-8pm. There will be more information coming in the next few weeks but in the meantime, mark your calendars and SAVE THE DATE!
The purpose of this letter was to update you on our programs, but more importantly to say Thank You! We could not have done this without you! All of us at the Lake Placid Institute look forward to seeing you this summer.
Catherine D. McGraw,
Chair, Lake Placid Institute
Donations to the Lake Placid Institute can be made online at: www.lakeplacidinstitute.org
Or by mail: P.O. Box 988, Lake Placid, NY. 12946