LONG LAKE—The Town of Long invites everyone to participate in the first-ever Wacky Winter Wonderland Week kicking off Monday, Feb. 15.
Take advantage of a winter backdrop as the town partners with local cultural resources, including Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Long Lake Library, Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts and local businesses, to offer a slate of diverse activities including outdoor activities, arts and crafts, a tribute to the Winter Olympics, epicurean delights and a way to burn off steam at the end of the week.
Monday, Feb. 15, a Ski Bus to Big Tupper will depart Town Hall at 10 a.m. Call 624-3077 to register; the bus needs a minimum of 10 to travel. Those over age 12 do not need a chaperone.
Tuesday, Feb. 16, Long Lake sponsors its own Winter Olympics at the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center with sledding, skating, cross-country skiing and snowshoe races. The event begins with a torch lighting ceremony at 1 p.m. and medal ceremonies after the events.
Wednesday, Feb. 17, Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Long Lake Library and the Town of Long Lake sponsor a Polymer Clay Workshop for children ages 10 and up, who will make light switch covers.
Call 624-3825 to register. An adult must accompany those under age 10.
Also Wednesday, the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts sponsors “Think Outside the Snowball” at Mt. Sabattis starting at 1 p.m. Children and adults are invited to build snow monsters, snow dogs or any kind of creation imaginable.
The Epicurean Highlight of the week transpires Thursday evening, under the cover of darkness. Feb. 18 is the first-ever Long Lake Hors D’ Oeuvres Tour.
Participants will travel from restaurant to restaurant starting at 5 p.m., enjoying a special selection of appetizers. Judging cards will be handed out to select a “People’s Choice,” and top secret “celebrity” judges will be sampling and voting on their selections for “Judges Choice.”
The criterion includes: presentation, variety, innovation, taste and the overall experience. Sign up ahead of time so the restaurants can be alerted. Those who forget to sign up should go anyway. Bring friends and be spontaneous.
The stops include: The Cellar 5-6 p.m., Adirondack Hotel 6-7 p.m., The Owl’s Head Pub & Long Lake Diner 7-8 p.m. and Quackenbush’s Long View Lodge from 8-9 p.m. Results will be announced on www.longlakeny.wordpress.com Friday, Feb. 19.
Call 624-3077 to reserve a spot on the Little Bus to enjoy luxury travel to each establishment or to let the town know you’ll be joining in the fun. It is “pay as you go.”
Friday, Feb. 19, rounds out the week with a Day of Dancing in Long Lake. All ages are welcome to participate in a free Hip Hop Dance workshop with Anton Briones from 1-4 p.m. at Town Hall.
Learn a trick or two and showcase it at the Winter Ice Dance kicking off at 7 p.m. with DJ Glen LaBlanc. LaBlanc lights up the event with popular music, games and contests as the finale to a fun week of winter-themed events.
Families with small children are welcome to come to the first hour of the dance to enjoy games and fun, but then the lights dim and the party gets started.
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