Posts on Feb 2010

Long Lake celebrating break with Wacky Winter Wonderland Week

Skating Races Too

Racers Line Up at Starting Line

Sleds Lined Up for Racing

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 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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New Summer Camp to Open In Long Lake

Frozen Ropes

Coming to Long Lake Summer 2010. Long Lake Camp Adventures. Register in early February and you may qualify for early bird pricing.

Frozen Ropes, the ultimate in baseball training will be available for baseball lovers looking to advance their player skill.

Long Lake Camp Adventures teaches leadership skills. Campers experience quality hands on instruction from our hand picked coaching staff in a variety of sports including Soccer, Football, Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Street and Field Hockey,Frisbee, Dodge Ball, Volleyball, Rugby, Lacrosse, Tether Ball and Badminton.

Located in the central adirondacks Long Lake Camp Adventures offers hiking, camping, ropes course, horseback riding, white water rafting. Motor sports, ATV’s horseback riding, climbing walls, zip lines. There is something for every sporting enthusiast.

Jet ski, waterski, tubing, fishing, water water water. Swimming, knee boarding, wake boarding

Martial arts, pilates, yoga, weights, cross-country running

Check out their website, sign up today.

Car Trouble

If your car breaks down in Long Lake, don’t fret. There are solutions.

Let’s just say you smell burning rubber, the temperature gauge goes wonky and surges to the hot zone and all the lights on your dashboard light up… you’d pull over, right? In Long Lake pull over… let’s say hypothetically… you breakdown on the main highway near Lake Eaton. You’re not quite at the county border and the cell phone is spotty at best, so you do what any thinking person three miles outside of town would do.. you hitchhike. Chances are someone you know will pick you up and if you are a visitor and you stayed a local motel or hotel, the person that picks you up will have graduated with the owner’s sister’s best friend or lives down the road from their mother’s uncles best friends caretaker. Keep your ears open, because up here, it’s all about connections.

So you stick your thumb out, but the traffic is sparse. The day time is certainly easier to procure a ride, but it could take some time. If your mother told you not to get in the car with strangers, walk like you know where you are going. Maybe you have a pair of binoculars or a camera so it looks like you are on a nature hike and no one will bother you… that could work (but chances are, someone you know will see you and stop) If you aren’t comfortable with a ride from a stranger don’t freak, you probably won’t have to wait too long for a trooper to drive by. Night or day… the temperature can be frigid, so be prepared. Have a pair of boots, mittens, hat, snacks, matches, hand and foot warmers, a blanket, a flashlight and some reflective tape for your coat if you happen to break down at night. Reflectors work, snowplows appreciate that, as do motorists. I’m just sayin’….

The strangers pick you up and it turns out they know of you through their real estate agent and you happened to go to the same pig roast, so you aren’t really strangers and they make sure you get to a phone. Call triple A. It works up here, yes it does.

In Long Lake we’ve had tows. Tows from here to there, there to here, over to Tupper, down to Schenectady. Recently friends visiting from New York City locked their keys in their car in front of my house and a call was made to triple A. The person who answered the call was the mom of the guy that owns the garage in Raquette Lake. She happened to field the emergency call because her son was out fishing, so she came over to get the keys out of the Odyssey. It took some doing because the correct gadget to get the door unlocked was in her sons truck (which of course was out at the pond waiting him for him to return from his fishing expedition) After thirty minutes of trying, she finally gave in and borrowed the phone, to call her daughter in law to find out if her son was off the lake. The daughter-in-law promised to get the message to her husband because he was due to be home any moment. The woman went back to the car, determined to get it unlocked and finally the phone rang back with word her son was off the lake, but had to drive 22 miles with the correct gadget to unlock the car.

So we waited. We discovered the woman who came to help our friends used to work as summer help for my sister and so I called my sister to come over and say hi. We all had a nice Adirondack visit while we waited for rescue. (Note to self: Friends on vacation in Long Lake often have what we call vacation brain… it is not a character flaw, it is merely a result of being hypnotized by the beauty of the Adirondacks and the relaxation that comes along with it… be patient even if you have to work three jobs and get the kids to the babysitter, take a deep breath and be glad your friends are visiting and investing money in the community… )

Living up in the mountains is about sacrifice. Scenery, wildlife, serenity, less folks in line, no traffic lights, but with that comes necessities… like trucks with plows and cars that work. People need their cars to get groceries, to drive to basketball games, to drive to work long distances as the jobs up here are scarce. Some folks commute as far as Albany and as nearby as a few hundred feet, but the mandate is to always take the car in case someone calls you because their car is broken down. Trust me, this happens up here. Salt, cold, belts, pulleys, batteries, alternators, someone gets stuck in a snow bank.

Friends are more than willing to loan you a car. Some folks keep extra cars just in case one breaks down. It may be as old as a 1998 with 150,000 miles on it and some rust holes ala the Flinstones, with a lovely view of the road surface, but chances are, it will get you a round trip to Tupper. It’s a community thing, people want to help. The word goes out on the street your car is broken, the offers come pouring in. We are a culture of people that like to help in an emergent situation. It makes us feel good to help out our fellow neighbor or stranger. Is what we do, it’s how we connect, it’s how we weave stories over the dinner table or down at the local pub. “I have an old truck I can lend you, come on, you’ll love it, just watch out when you go into fifth, because if you need to shift down, come to a complete stop, put it into reverse to line up the gears and then put it back into first, it’s quirky, but she runs like a charm.”

If the car breaks down and is out of service for a few days. Don’t worry, we have options for repair in Long Lake. Bozak’s, and LaPlants offer local service, we have a fellow specializing in transmission repair (call us, we’ll tell you who)… so don’t fret, we can help!

There are alternatives. Snowshoeing, staying at home and calling in sick, Cross country skiing, snowmobiling
(check out Don’s Small Engine Repair in Long Lake) a line of snowmobiles ready to be tweaked, tuned and maintained. There are your feet, just have foot spikes at the ready because you never know when you’ll find a patch of ice.

No public transportation up here so investment in a car is heady indeed… ironic considering some of the country’s most infamous Railroad developers vacationed here and most of the park at one time was accessible by train, but you’d still need a car to get from the train station to the center of town. We love our cars… keep them running… and make sure you have extra windshield wiper fluid!

Superbowl Weekend

Make the plans… get your sleds ready. Now here’s a conumdrum.. I hear.. oh there are 300 sleds over in Raquette over the weekend and the reports of the snowmobile trails are mysterious, but there are great trails between Raquette and Long Lake and they are groomed and open, come on out, send in a report. Raquette trails are groomed and great and so are Long Lake trails, so please check us out! Yes, we can always use more snow and it is falling right now. We need one of those two day blizzards so we can boil up Dinty Moore Stew and gear up for some winter recreation. FYI Lake Eaton Trails are finally open for business.. sure the ride is still a bit bumpy from the rocks and such, but the trees are cleared and it is passable.

If snowmobiling isn’t your thing.. check out the Stewarts Cooking Challenge at the Arts Center In Blue Mt. on Saturday, February 6th It starts at 6pm. Spectators welcome. It involves finding food at Stewarts and making an edible dinner (sounds like everynight at my house)

Saranac Lake kicks off the winter carnival on Friday with the coronation of King and Queen. The lighting of the castle and fireworks are on Saturday, Feb 6th.

Sunday is SUPERBOWL. Buy a square, eat some food, find a cozy spot in one of the many pubs around Long Lake and watch the game… or the commercials.

If you are a man, go to the Stewart’s Cooking Challenge and learn how to make a nice meal for your wife, she could use a break in the kitchen ya know! : ) See you on the flip side, when there is some breaking news!

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