Posts on Jun 2011

Martin Sexton to Play July 23rd

Critically acclaimed Martin Sexton will be playing Mt. Sabattis Pavilion in Long Lake, NY on Saturday, July 23, 2011, doors open at 5pm. Tickets are on sale now at Click here.

Some folks say… wow that’s a big show for Long Lake and it is! We are so excited to bring Martin Sexton to Long Lake and we hope you join us.

For more information about the Mt. Sabattis Pavilion – scroll down to the bottom.

Check out this video interview:
Martin Sexton with Brian Williams

Martin Sexton – what a year! From performances at Bonnaroo to opening for Dave Matthews Band, Martin Sexton seems to have found the elusive Fountain of Youth. 2010 might be Martin’s most exciting yet with a new album, a renewed fan-base, sold out shows, and a business model that other musicians are copying.

Critically acclaimed Sexton is a musician’s musician and prolific recording artist. His songs are intricate and spirited covering the American musical landscape distilling soul, gospel, R&B, country and blues. His performances are dynamic and bursting with depth and have earned him a devoted following among fans, peers and critics alike. People claim that Sexton’s songs inspire them to make a change, go cross-country, and follow their hearts; to see a crowd at a Martin Sexton concert is to witness a cross-section of America.

Sexton “jumps beyond standard fare on the strength of his voice, a blue-eyed soul man’s supple instrument . . . his unpretentious heartiness helps him focus on every soul singer’s goal: to amplify the sound of an ordinary heart.” –Jon Pareles, The New York Times

“Martin Sexton is the best live performer I’ve ever seen… I may just quit my job and go follow Martin and make a fuss everywhere I go, just to make sure that people don’t go their lives without hearing this man sing to them.” -John Mayer

“Martin Sexton’s extraordinary voice howls, growls and purrs in the best tradition of blue-eyed soul. It is raw and expressive and can move in an instant from a glorious falsetto to an edgy rock plea or a simple folk lament.” —Chicago Sun-Times

“I’ve been a fan of his for quite a bit more than a decade and It’s a real pleasure to finally share the stage with him. I hope that if you never heard him before tonight is a turning point for you. He’s one of my favorite singers and songwriters” -Dave Matthews

Martin Sexton was born in Syracuse, NY and first made his mark in the early 90’s by singing on the streets of Harvard Square and gradually working his way into the Boston club scene. His first album, In The Journey, was a collection of self-produced demo recordings that were recorded on an old 8-track in a friend’s attic. Sexton managed to sell 20,000 copies out of his guitar case and recalls, “All those one-dollar bills I saved to make that record was the best eight-hundred bucks I ever spent.” His captivating performances led to a bounty of Boston Music Awards including “Best New Artist” as well as a National Academy of Songwriters “Artist of the Year” award.

In 1996 Sexton released Black Sheep, his first full-fledged studio recording which remains an active favorite among fans. Two years later, Sexton made his Atlantic Records debut with The American produced by Danny Kortchmar. Sexton’s next release, Wonderbar in 2000, was self-produced and explored the spirited sound and unpretentious attitude of classic ’70s FM radio for a new generation.

While Sexton enjoyed uncommon artistic freedom and the backing of a major label, he was left wondering if the large corporate machinery was necessary. Sexton asked Atlantic to be released from his contract and formed independent label Kitchen Table Records (KTR). His first release on KTR was 2002’s Live Wide Open, a two-disc live disc set. Camp Holiday, a seasonal album of Christmas standards came next in 2005, then studio album Seeds in 2007. In 2008, Sexton released Solo, an original live collection that caught the attention of the Independent Music Awards and won for best Live Performance Album.

In April of 2010, Sexton headed back into the studio and seven days later emerged with Sugarcoating, an album that doesn’t necessarily protest, but questions. “The last couple of years have been an awakening for me about how the world seems to work and not work,” reflects Sexton. “You can’t rely on mainstream media for the truth, I’ve discovered that you’ve gotta dig if you want a real answer about what’s going on.” He explains, “My music has always been more about inspiration and entertainment, but this time I felt the need to toss some awareness into the mix.”

To Sexton, Sugarcoating is “a photo album filled with snapshots of my family and friends” with each song stylistically different from the next. “I’ve always preferred records that range, sort of like The White Album from “Black Bird” to “Helter Skelter,” he explains. “At one time industry types tried to convince me to stick one genre, but it was like wearing a suit that didn’t fit.”

Sexton recorded Sugarcoating with no rehearsals and no pre-production, using all vintage gear in the old Rounder studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “The fellas and I gathered around the big kitchen table at the studio,” recalls Sexton, “I’d play them the song, and then we’d go in and start tracking. We nailed every one of them in four or five takes at most, and a couple are take ones. I like making records the old school way— they just showed up and worked it out.”

Sugarcoating is an unquestionable pinnacle for this modern-day troubadour, but it by no means signifies a slowing point to Sexton’s career. From headlining premiere venues like the Fillmore in San Francisco to the Nokia Theatre in Times Square, and overseeing his fiercely independent label, Sexton derives great satisfaction from ‘livin’ the life’ he’s sketched for himself. He is a compound of rarefied talent mixed with sheer determination or as Billboard describes him, Sexton is “the real thing, people, a star with potential to permanently affect the musical landscape and keep us entertained for years to come.”

How to get here –

Long Lake is in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains at the crossroads of NYS Route 30 and Route 28N. For directions click here


Mt. Sabattis Pavilion is accessible at Mt. Sabattis Recreation Area in Long Lake along Route 30 Deerland Road, across from the Long Lake Post Office at the intersection of Deerland Rd, South Hill Rd and Owl’s Head Lane. Parking is free, shuttle service will be provided from Long Lake Central School, St. Henry’s Parking Lot, the LL Town Hall to the Mt. Sabattis Pavilion. General admission for this concert. Lawn chairs and picnics welcome. No glass bottles please. All ages welcome. Flashlights and comfortable shoes recommended, this is the Adirondacks and the Pavilion, while covered is an open air space so please dress according to the weather, bring an umbrella if raining. Did we tell you to bring a flashlight???

Lodging information available at or by calling our office 518.624.3077

Please join us at Mt. Sabattis Pavilion on July 23, 2011.

Adirondack Quilt Camp Starts

Long Lake NY, Adirondack Quilt Camp started on Sunday, June 26th with registration and open vending for over 80 quilters and 11 teachers at the Long Lake Central School.

This year classes run from Monday, June 27th – June 29th and there are still some open classes. Stop by registration between 8:30am and 9am daily to check out our available classes. Daily rates are $85 for an entire day of instruction. For more info on classes check out Adirondack Quilt Camp

Vending is open to the public daily from 9am – 4pm at Long Lake Central School so if you live in the area the convenience of shopping is available right in the heart of the Adirondacks.

Presentations will be given at the Long Lake Town Hall, Monday night, Calico Gal’s presents at 7pm, Tuesday night, Patti’s Quilting and Fabrics presents and on Wednesday from 5pm – 6:30pm there will be show and tell and class projects will be on display.

There will also be projects for next year on display in the classrooms.

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Long Lake Weekly Round Up

Every Thursday throughout the summer on both and at the Long Lake Facebook Fan Page the Long Lake Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department will post the “Weekly Round Up”

Full weekend ahead! Here’s what’s happening in Long Lake to keep you and your dad busy this Father’s Day Weekend!

Friday, June 17th,

Beach is FINALLY open! Get out your UVA and UVB sunscreen, your towels, your sand toys, your beach chairs and head on over. The Long Lake Lifeguards will be on duty daily from 10am – 6pm.

Helm’s Aero Service Community Appreciation Day

Tom Helms and co. would like to say thank you to the community with two days of free seaplane rides for Long Lake residents! Don’t miss this chance to see your beautiful community by air!

Saturday, June 18th

Fish & Game Club Bass Derby

6am-3pm, Town Beach

Happy Bass Season! Kick-off the opening day with a little competition. Get yourself out of bed early, cuz you have to register between 6 and 6:30 sharp. Late registrations not allowed, my friends. Fish til 3pm, then head back to the beach for the official weigh-in. Cash prizes. $25 entry fee. Call 624-2145 for more info.

Helm’s Aero Service Community Appreciation Day 2

Didn’t get a chance to take your free ride yesterday? Stop in today!

Call 518.624.3931

Sunday, June 19th Father’s Day

Paddle-Making Class


Ever wanted to learn how to make your very own paddle? How about your dad? Well, this is your lucky day! Create your own cherry canoe or kayak paddle under the guidance of expert paddle-maker, Caleb Davis, of Tremolo Paddles. Class takes place Chez Caleb at 33 Owl’s Head Lane. $100, all materials included. Quite a unique Father’s Day gift, if I do say so myself. Call Caleb to sign-up, 624-2572.

20th Annual Spring Blossom Fiddle Jam

12-4pm, Town Hall

The epic floods may have postponed the event back in May, but nothing will stop us now (except maybe tornados…)! Bring your fiddle and jam with the best or simple stop in to watch, dance or sing! Food served up by the Long Lake Lion’s Club all day. $7 adults, $4 11-16 year olds, free for kids 10 and under.

Weekend forecast: possibly some rain on Saturday, but dry skies (and some sun) on Sunday with 74 degree highs all around!

Weekend Bug Cast: They come, they go, but the evil little black flies seem to be dissipating. Always depends on the weather. But don’t be afraid… want to come up, but haven’t booked a room yet? Check out our Hot Deals Page!

Donnelly’s Sunset Point

Donnelly’s Sunset Point is located on the eastern shore of Long Lake. The three cabins are situated on 2.5 acres with beautiful views, picnic areas and a beautiful sand beach. Each cabin has it’s own sun deck and screened porch, full kitchen, bathroom and living area with cable television an WI-FI. Boat docking is available (limited). No wave runners please. Within walking distance you can enjoy the towns shopping and dining establishments. You can rent a boat or kayak from the local marina or outfitter. Play tennis or basketball at the towns facility or go for a hike on nearby trails ranging from a woodland walk to climbing an Adirondack peak, watch the kids fish off the dock or sign up for a local Bass Tournament, the fish are biting! We are a ten minute drive from the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake and a short drive from The Wild Center in Tupper Lake. Come visit us for the spectacular Fall foliage after the summer crowds are gone. Take a boat ride on the 14 mile Long Lake for a different view of the brilliant colors. After the leaves fall and the air grows crisp, time to get out the map and compass and explore the back country around Long Lake. Our area is well known among serious Deer Hunters and trackers for it’s remoteness, it’s challenging terrain and the chance to encounter a trophy Adirondack Buck. Come enjoy all Long Lake has to offer from the comfortable setting at Donnelly’s Sunset Point.

Explore John Dillon Park

Camping in the Adirondacks can take many different forms, but at John Dillon Park it offers a mobility accessible camping experience in lean-to’s and tent sites on the exclusive Grampus Lake and best of all it’s free!

John Dillon Park was built and opened in 2006 in a collaborative effort between International Paper, Paul Smith’s and the brainchild of Christine Snide, former Town Supervisor for the Town of Long Lake.

John Dillon Park is located at 2150 Tupper Road/Route 30, Long Lake NY and is open daily between 9am- 6pm with eight lean-to’s and one tent site. It is two miles down a dirt road deep into the wilderness and found along International Paper’s Grampus Lake. Paul Smith’s College oversees the facility by providing three terrific staffer’s ready to make your wilderness experience as comfortable and rewarding as possible. You need firewood, they’ll fill your wood box. You need your garbage taken care of, it is removed daily, want a boat ride? Stop by the visitor’s center, just ask, the friendly staff will do everything to make your stay comfortable.

All of the lean-tos are fully accessible either by ramp or by transfer from a wheelchair and are equipped with a fold-down bed, fireplace and picnic tables.

The network of trails gives the guest an opportunity to take a nature hike or find a quiet place in the woods for a truly wilderness experience. Easy for the kids and great for the Grandparents. Everyone with every level of ability can experience over five miles of trail.

There is a dock available for fishing, an electric pontoon boat to escort you around the shoreline and peace and quiet so you can catch up on the book you’ve been wanting to read for months.

Draw in the true solitude and essence of the Adirondacks while enjoying a wild camping experience, but with some amenities not available at an average campground. There are bear proof containers for food, composting toilets, a welcome center with a cozy lounge area for inclement days, potable well water, and daily replenishment of wood for the fireplace.

Even though there are terrific “camping” amenities, remember, you are camping and it’s still considered roughing it and it is essential to research what you need to take when you plan a lengthy stay. Suggested items include sleeping bags, air mattress, flashlights, lantern, water container, waterproof matches, newspaper, sunscreen, insect repellant, toilet paper, propane stove or grill, paper plates, bowls, cups, plastic silverware… and the list goes on. For a complete list check out their website at

Have an electric wheelchair? The solar power at the campground is converted into juice which can be utilized to charge your chair, at no cost to you.

For a true wilderness experience, try it out for a night or a week or even a fun place to have a family picnic. For reservations call 518-524-6226 or stop in from 9am – 6pm daily. The road driving in is a bit rugged, so take your time venturing in. Limited AT&T cell phone service is available. Remember to use caution and be prepared when camping. For more information and FAQ’s check out their website at

Everyone is welcome to visit and take advantage of this truly Adirondack experience in Long Lake, NY. Long Lake is in the center of the Adirondacks, less than a tank away from most activities and attractions. Make Long Lake your launching pad for a truly incredible, memorable summer vacation. You’ll come back year after year.

Long Lake Fiddle Jam June 19th

Celebrate Father’s Day in Long Lake NY!. On June 19, 2011 at the Long Lake Town Hall, 1204 Main Street, Long Lake NY, Frank Orsini and The Whippersnappers will host the 20th Annual Spring Blossom Fiddle Jamboree.

Twenty years in the making, twenty years of history and tradition, the Long Lake Fiddle Jamboree returns after having been postponed due to flooding back in April.

The Whippernappers, Peter Davis, George Wilson and Frank Orsini have played the Albany Region folk-music scene for decades. Davis plays guitar, piano, and clarinet; Wilson is a traditional fiddler and banjoist who regularly performs at regional folk festivals; and fiddler-mandolinist-guitarist Frank Orsini has played with bluegrass greats Bill Keith and Frank Wakefield.

Long Lake’s Fiddle Jam is a celebration for all ages and all levels of experience helping preserve, and promote old time fiddling. No auditions are required, no competition, just good times, toe-tapping, spirit lifting music. Fiddlers arrive at the Long Lake Town Hall on Route 30 by noon on June 19th to reserve a slot to play two songs with our backup band or with your own back up musicians. It’s an informal gathering of friends, old and new in a non-competitive atmosphere. Get there early to sign up.

Long Lake is located in the center of the Adirondacks on NYS Routes 30 and 28N offering year-round recreational activities and a variety of events. Long Lake is a widening of the Raquette River and part of the 740 mile long Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Make Long Lake a springtime destination and visit the Fiddle Jam.

For more information about our area check us out on the web at or call 518-624-3077.

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