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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Gaslight Village will be a circus: Committee votes to contract with Big Apple


Photo courtesy of Don Covington/Big Apple Circus

Big Apple Circus white ‘Big Top’ in Cunningham Park, Queens for Memorial Day circus in 2007. This is Circus' summer tent which will be coming to Lake George. It's stands 65 feet to the tip and 140-feet in diameter.

Don Lehman -- dlehman@poststar.com

The Post-Star Thursday, December 15, 2011
LAKE GEORGE -- Drivers on Canada Street will see a new sight next July, looming where Gaslight Village used to be: a circus big top.
Members of Warren County's Gaslight Village committee voted Tuesday to contract with the Big Apple Circus for two weeks of shows next summer, using the former Gaslight Village site for part of it.
The agreement came after members of the committee met Tuesday morning with directors of the New York City-based circus to discuss a possible engagement over the last two weeks of July. They saw a presentation on the event that included a 16-page packet.
Part of the circus would be based at Gaslight Village, but it would also use surrounding properties, including Battlefield Park, until construction of a new park at Gaslight Village is complete.
"We're quite sure we could put the Big Apple Circus on it successfully," said Thomas Larson, the circus's general manager, of the municipally owned "festival space" off West Brook Road.
The circus, which operates as a nonprofit organization, would add a solid attraction for a period of the summer that could use a boost - the weeks after July Fourth but before Saratoga Race Course opens, officials said.
Lake George Mayor Robert Blais said the tent "big top" will be visible from Route 9 and will be a "tremendous attraction."
Michael Consuelo, interim director of the Lake George Chamber of Commerce and the county's convention director, said he believes the event will attract new visitors and "allow us to go into new markets."
Lake George would be one of six two-week shows around the Northeast the circus will do next summer, said Martha Lord, the circus' executive director. It also has longstanding shows at its home base at Lincoln Center in New York City and a long-term venue in Boston.
"Each year, we develop a unique show," she said.
Lord said each two-week showing typically brings in 20,000 to 40,000 visitors, and 50 percent of the attendees are repeat visitors.
Dates will be set as the contract for the event is completed.Read more: http://poststar.com/news/local/gaslight-village-will-be-a-circus-committee-votes-to-contract/article_f521ab54-279d-11e1-82d8-001871e3ce6c.html#ixzz1goCi1cE3

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