Posts on Jan 2010

Chocolatefest Open Mike Snowy Cover

We made our way through a monsoon Monday this past week. It didn’t look too pretty, but as luck would have it, life in the Adirondacks can be colored with all kinds of sorts a weather… so the next day… snow… and the day after that… more snow and the day after that… snow and some frosty frosty air. The team of groomers hit the trails again, gearing up for winter traffic, from here, there everywhere in the center of the park. The wind is cold, so layer up and bundle down.

Saturday is busy in Raquette with the Mike Norris Fishing Derby. Check # for registration materials.

Saturday afternoon if you have kids, trek over to the Arts Center in Blue Mt. to build & launch a rocket. Starts at 1pm.

Saturday, January 30th is the Friends of the Long Lake Library Chocoloatefest, featuring music by the Long Lake Central School Razz and the Garrison, LeBlanc Trio (who in other circles used to be known as Reflections, sounds to me like I need to get to the bottom of this mystery) Doors open at 6:30pm and admission is $5.00 a person or $15.00 for a family… so be in the mood for a chocolate eating fiesta.

Open Mike is happening at Quackenbush’s Long View Lodge and I have it on pretty good authority there will be a pretty packed house of talented musicians making special appearances. Sounds like the set up will be in the main room so anticipation for a big, fun crowd is building.

News has been brewing all around the town this week. Talk of the Governor’s proposed budget cuts include shutting down the Newcomb Visitor Interpretive Center. The Owls will be homeless… this is terrible indeed. Where will Hedwig go? Oh wrong Owl… but the VIC up in Pauls Smith is also slated to close. Stay tuned for more developments from the front of local government on this very important topic. If you have something to say about this… get your voice heard!

Media Day at Big Tupper is now on Feb 6th, which is a celebration of the re-opening of Big Tupper.

Okay… tag you are it… book your weekend, check out the Hot Deals on the website and have fun!

Hors D’Oeuvres Tour February 18th

The Town of Long Lake invites anyone young and old to participate in the Winter Wacky Week February Break Hors D’Ouevre Tour on February 18th. The Little Bus is available to take you to all participating establishments so you can taste, try and vote on the best hors d’oeuvre in Long Lake.

Judges are being lined up, menus are being gathered. Please sign up at 624-3077 to register for the bus. If you would prefer to travel on your own schedule will be posted on #. It will list the times and participating restaurants.

Hors D’Ouevres Tours Kicks Off at 5pm on Thurs Feb 18th

Check # for a complete list of kid friendly events for Winter February Break Week starting with Winter Carnival in Raquette Lake and moving to LL for a week of crazy winter time themed activities.

Moonlighter’s Winter Carnival Smashing Success

King Cliff and Queen Shawnee

King and Queen Officiate the Opening Ceremony

On January 16, 2010, over 400 spectators were dazzled by the Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Clubs 9th Annual  Winter Carnival held at Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center in Long Lake.  Families hailed from as far as Cranford, New Jersey,  Paramus, New Jersey, Hyde Park, NY, Saratoga, Syracuse, Clifton Park, Plattsburgh and Buffalo. 

 The day started at 1:00pm with the coronation of the King and Queen of Winter Carnival Cliff and Shawnee Ross of Long Lake NY.  Cliff and Shawnee have been Moonlighters for over twenty three years.  Cliff is an active volunteer fire fighter for Long Lake and is very pro-active with the Moonlighter’s Snowmobile club and is passionate about keeping the sledding trails in good condition.  As an employee for the New York State DOT, Cliff plows our roads clear of snow and ice.   Shawnee Ross works for the Warren County School district, she is a member of the Long Lake Ladies Auxiliary working tirelessly to support the firefighters and fundraising for the Fire Department Building Fund.  Shawnee is often found teaching “Stampin’ Up” workshops  in Long Lake and sells her cards and stationary at local craft shows.   Cliff and Shawnee have five grown children. 

 The days competitive events included the Cardboard Box Derby, twenty one teams entered the competition. 

Winners of Mini Kids Race

Karlee Rock & Matthew King

 Volunteer judges for the Cardboard Box Races were Sandy Burch, Colleen Smith and Christine Blumberg. 

Ried's Rocket

The other events during the day included One Shot Basketball, Fire Equipment Relay Race, the Men’s Golf Drive, Dodgeball, Kid’s Balloon Chase, Goalie’s Day Off Puck Shot and the Broom Ball tournament where teams of five competed for five minutes each in a very physically grueling match up with over eight teams participating.

Ben Black tries his hand at One Shot Basketball

Kelly Brown Tosses the Frying Pan

 The Ladies Frying Pan Toss is always a very competitive event and the build up this year was no exception with over 45 Competitors vying for the coveted first prize of $75.00.  Volunteer Mike Rivette of MDRM Industries instructed novices on the in’s and out’s of the throwing procedure and ensured no one stepped over the foul line.  The winners:

 1st Place Nicole Andrews from Long Lake, NY, 2nd Place Hillarie Dechene from Long Lake, NY, 3rd Place Kitsy Rockstroh from Clifton Park, NY

Winners of the Frying Pan Toss

 Long Lake Diner/Owls Head Pub Owners and active Moonlighters, Paula and Jim Piraino were instrumental in staging the day of competitive events and encouraging participation from organizations and businesses in town to contribute and volunteer their time. 

 Sponsors of the Competitive Events for Cash Prizes were:

 The Moonlighters Snowmobile Club, The Town of Long Lake, The Long Lake Diner, the Long Lake Real Estate

 The local businesses that helped offset the cost of the  organizing , planning and execution of the event included:

 The Long Lake Diner, The Town of Long Lake, Long Lake Central School, Long Lake Fire Department, Moonlighters Snowmobile Club, Wallace Contracting, Hoss’s Country Corner, The Cellar, Stewarts, and Quackenbush’s Long View Wilderness Lodge

 The finale of the day was a spectacular fireworks show at 6:30 that blazed and jazzed the  crowd. 

 The Fire Department served hot chili, homemade soup and hot dogs throughout the day and raised money for the Building Fund with a 50/50 raffle won by Donna Clark.

 The Town of Long Lake’s Little Bus operated from 3pm to 9pm to get people back and forth to the event and to enjoy the fireworks show.  Approximately 75 riders took advantage of the service throughout the day. 

 Winners Children 12 and under Racing

 1st place Karlee Rockstroh and Matthew King  of Clifton Park

2nd Place Lillian Dechene and Eve Tobey of Long Lake, NY

3rd Place Luke Rider and Calvin Seaman of Long Lake, NY

 Ages 13 – 17

 1st Place Emily Noonan, Melissa Labonte, Brad Stofa and Joe LaBonte from Hyde Park, NY

2nd Place Jazmin Piraino and Monica Rivette from Long Lake NY

3rd Place Shaneka Burch of Long Lake


 1st Place – Cate Hunt & Vickie Sandiford known as “Sista’s Corn”

2nd Place – Jim Waite of  Long Lake, NY

3rd Place – The “Bobby Ginge Crew” of Tupper Lake and Long Lake, NY

 For Best Decorated

 1st Place designed by Bill Blumhagen and crew “G – Force” Rocket

2nd Place designed by Eve Tobey & Lillian Dechene

3rd Place Ried’s Rocket designed by Jim Waite

 Please check # regularly for events and information throughout the year.

Free Rides on Sat of Winter Carnival

Little Bus WILL be running in a loop around town to Winter Carnival on Sat. Jan 16th. 3:15pm – 9:15pm. Leave your car at home and come out for the fun! Go out to dinner afterwards! If you see the bus and want a ride… FLAG IT DOWN! FREE RIDES!  Call 624-3031 to request a pick up from your home, friends home… whereever you are in Long Lake and the Bus will come for you and your friends!  Leave your car at HOME!  Hit the Carnival and then hit the restaurants!  Can’t wait to see you in Long Lake this weekend

Ladies Frying Pan Toss Rules

Ladies Only Event slated for 3:30pm Sat. Jan 16.  All times are approximate, please be patient.

This Looks Nothing Like the Frying Pan We Use

Pan will be provided, no practicing prior to event, except in your own backyard!  Everyone throws the same pan. 

No food allowed on the pan.

No special resin allowed on hands before tossing. 

Throw underhand.

Decapitation of any spectator is grounds for disqualification.   

Winner is selected based on distance after the pan comes to a complete stop.  Where the pan hits the ground has no bearing on the final decision of the judges.   Distance after complete stop is the measurement used.   

Competitors must register by signing in on clipboard marked
Ladies Frying Pan Toss.  

You may only throw once and no one can throw for you.

You must be 18 or older to compete in this event. 

Steroid use will not be tolerated.

Judges decisions will be final.

Costumes are encouraged, but have nothing to do with the actual rules of the event.

All rules can be changed day of event as can the schedule of all events.

Winter Carnival on Saturday, Jan 16th

Winter Carnival in Long Lake kicks off on Saturday, Jan 16th at Mt. Sabattis.  Sponsored by the Moonlighter’s and the Town of Long Lake.  Rules for Cardboard Box Derby are at the bottom of the schedule.

All Scheduled Events are subject to change!

Bring your Christmas Tree for the Ceremonial Bonfire.

1:00pm- King and Queen Coronation

1:30pm- Cardboard Box Sled Races & Cardboard Box Sled Design Contest – CASH PRIZES

Bonfire Lighting

2:00pm- One-Time Half-Court Basketball Shot Contest

2:30pm- Fire Department Equipment Relay Race

3:00pm- Adult Golf                                                Kid’s Dodgeball-AGES 10 & UP

3:30pm- Women’s Fry Pan Toss                        Kid’s Balloon Chase

4:00pm- Goalie’s Day Off Puck Shot

5:00pm- Broom Ball Tournament-Teams of 5 Ages 12 & up

6:30pm- Fireworks

 Food will be served during the afternoon by the Long Lake Volunteer Fire Department

Rules for Cardboard Box Derby are as follows:

Sled Design Rules
Sled materials: cardboard, tape, paint and wax. – No hardware is permitted (wood, plastic, metal).

Evidence of any “illegal materials” will lead to immediate ridicule.

You may decorate your sled with paint, pictures, flags, etc. Feel free to wear costumes.

Costumes are allowed and are greatly encouraged.

Judging Criteria
The sleds will be judged in two categories: artistic and construction.
The combined scores will be added for an overall score. Please note: costumes may be considered towards the score.
Can’t wait to see you in Long Lake!

Long Lake January 9, 2010

Temp is hovering around 9 degrees.  Beautiful day for recreation, just layer up and enjoy your favorite fun activities. 

Seaplane Turns into Skiplane

Trail to the Northend

Sleds Dart Across Jennings Park Pond

Frosty Sewards

Ice Fishing Derby January 9th

Ice Fishing Derby

Register early on Saturday, January 9th at the Long Lake Town Hall for the Ice Fishing Derby on Lake Eaton.    Call 624-3077 x 13 for more info.  Entry fee is $20 for fish & game members $30 for non-members.  Kids under 16 are free to register.  The derby will be held at Lake Eaton off route 30 in Long Lake.  Drive down to the State Campground.  Hot Dogs, Hot coffee will be available throughout the day.  Cash Prizes.  Get your fishing license at the LL Town Office Building or at Hoss’s.  Live Bait available at Hoss’s.   See you on Saturday.

New Years Day 2010

Light Snow Welcomes 2010

Stranded Dock in the Middle of Long Lake

Dock Stranded on Long Lake Looking NorthAdirondack Hotel January 1, 2010

Ride the Bus

The Long Lake New Years Ring In The New Decade Safety First Bus will be picking up passengers all over Long Lake. 

Anytime of the Year... Long Lake Rocks

Please call 624-3077 x 13 to reserve your ride.  Leave a return phone number and the number of peeps in the posse and exactly where you are. Remember if you have a large party of peeps encourage everyone to be ready in a timely fashion… we have one bus and a lot of square footage to cover so efficiency and fun are the hallmarks of our bus service.    Celebrate New Years Safely… no questions asked!  Go out to dinner, visit a friend, hey ask the bus to stop at the Long Lake Lights Show at Bill Ellick’s house… why not?

It is a blue moon tonight too.. so don’t forget to LOOK UP!

Long Lake