On March 7th and 8th, the Cure Porch on Wheels could be found at Lake Colby Beach outside the weigh station for the Colby Classic Fishing Derby. Ice fishing is an important tradition in the Adirondacks. This was the 36th annual fishing derby, and many of the fishermen attending had been to all 36!
Ice shanties might not be used year round, but they are an important part of local culture and community life! These temporary shelters are often built by hand with whatever materials are available. They are designed to be practical, but they have lots of personality. In recent years, tents have become more popular than ice shanties. Where the Colby Classic used to see dozens of shanties on the ice, this year only a couple could be spotted, surrounded by a village of tents.
All across the world, communities form on top of the ice. By the time the ice melts, all traces of these communities have gone. These hard-water communities spring up and disappear in a matter of days. With a series of recorded interviews, Historic Saranac Lake is capturing the history of these transient communities.
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We're posting all the latest news, videos, and stories from Historic Saranac Lake's oral history project and Cure Porch on Wheels here. Stay tuned for Talking Points on Sunday, Live from the Porch on Tuesday and Saturdays, and other weekly offerings!