Does this tanned beauty look familiar? No, not the driver. The face on the right!
On-camera meteorologist for The Weather Channel Kelly Cass and her family were in the Capital Region vacationing at Schroon Lake last week. Kelly and I used to work together at local CBS affiliate WRGB (Channel 6) eons ago. Ever summer, we attempt to reunite at her rustic family camp active with generations of really extraordinary swimmers.
Kelly’s refuge in the Adirondacks, like most lake home owners, is burdened with rising water levels this year due to heavy rains. However, the temperature in shallower spots is mostly in the high 70s and perfect for swimming.
Schroon Lake changes as quickly as those who live around her beautiful shoreline. I took note of dozens more homes on the east shore during a guided boat excursion with Kelly’s husband Kevin. He waxed nostalgically about his early days on this lake, learning how to waterski and fish.
“And over there,” points Kevin, “is an old summer camp where the movie Marjorie Morningstar was filmed with Natalie Wood and Gene Kelly.”
All that’s left of the famous 1958 hollywood hit is a NY State campground. Beware you’ll pay a small fee to park your craft to tour the grounds.
While my friend got ready to “do-si-do” the annual Schroon Lake Square Dance, a tradition held every Wednesday evening in the summer since the 1930s, I unfortunately had to head back down the Northway.
If I ever win the lottery, this is the kind of lake community I’d make memories at more than once a year.