Posts on Jul 2011

Durant Days is Coming!

Celebrate the 13th Annual Durant Days August 5th thru 7th in Raquette Lake, NY. Durant Days is a celebration of the birth of the Adirondacks Great Camps Architecture, which was born in Raquette Lake under the guidance of William West Durant.
In 2011, Durant Days, will bring concerts, games, parades, and fireworks to the village of Raquette Lake for an Adirondack weekend you won’t want to miss!

Kicking off the weekend will by W.W. Durant luncheon cruise and guided tour of Camp Pine Knot. Board from 9am until 9:40am, enjoy a guided tour of Camp Pine Knock from 10am – 11:30am, then finish it off with a gourmet luncheon on the W. W. Durant as you tour Raquette Lake. Tickets are $56 per person including tour and lunch. Ten dollars of every admission goes to Camp Pine Knot. Call 315.354.5532 for reservations.

On Saturday, start your day off with the Wide Variety concert at 2pm at the RL School. Wide Variety is a group of six a capella singers from New Jersey who have specially designed their repertoire and crafted their arrangements to give audiences the widest variety of songs and the richest harmonies. The concert is free and all are welcome. Doors open at 1:30pm.

Also beginning at 2pm is the annual Poker Run. Head to the Village Green to register at $10 a person and check in to various local businesses to collect your cards. Players turn in their best hand at the registration table at 5pm. All participants receive complimentary tickets to the WW Durant Moonlight Cruise at 10pm.

The Boat Parade passes by the Village Dock between 7pm and 7:30pm. Cash Prizes for the Best Dressed up, creative, boats.

End the busy Saturday will be a spectacular fireworks show over the lake at dusk.

Sunday Morning is a free tour at Great Camp Sagamore at 10am and later that day, the historic Church of the Good Shepherd will hold a public worship service on St. Hubert’s Isle. Transportation to the island will be provided for those without boats by Burke’s Marina from the RL Village Dock starting at 2pm. Vespers will be held at 3pm.

Long Lake Kids on Paddling Adventure

Long Lake NY is the launching pad for the second leg of the Norther Forest Explorer’s program in New York State. Today children from Long Lake (four of them) and area towns gathered at the Mt. Sabattis Geiger Arena to gear up and prep for a five day expedition paddling the waters of Long Lake to Tupper Lake, NY.

Long Lake is part of the 740 mile long Northern Forest Canoe Trail.

Brian MacDonald of Mac’s Canoe and the 90 Miler is leading the trip with two experienced paddlers ready to teach, paddle, engage in educational and fun activities as well as ensuring the safety of the participants. On Monday, July 18th, the group set off from an undisclosed location in Long Lake and headed to Moose Island, close to the inlet from the Raquette River to Long Lake. The rest of the trip is planned with three overnights and fun camping adventure north. They will enjoy camping in tents, spending nights under the stars and enjoying nature in all its incredible Adirondack Splendor.

NFCT’s Northern Forest Explorers Program engages rural youth in five day paddling trips that support healthy lifestyles and connect them with pride to the natural world, to their communities, and to the North Country region as a whole.

For more information about paddling in our area check out our Biz Directory for Canoe Rentals and Outfitters and explore our website for more information or click here: NORTHERN FOREST CANOE TRAIL

Long Lake Weekend Round Up


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

8pm, Long Lake Town Hall

“Tragedy tomorrow, comedy tonight!” Broadway’s greatest farce is fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written! Enjoy this non-stop laugh-fest in which a crafty slave struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted, courtesan for his young master. $22/$15 Arts Center Members. An Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts production. To purchase tickets, visit or call 877-752-7715.

Weekend on the Waterfront

July 15-17

The Town of Long Lake in partnership with the Long Lake Association and the Long Lake Artisan’s Cooperative announces a weekend of free family-friendly events celebrating Long Lake and the waters of the Raquette River! Join us for unconventional boat races, sink your rowboat race, musical entertainment, cardboard box boat races, Arts on the Water and the Long Lake Wooden Boat Show. A weekend you won’t want to miss!


Cool Crazy Regatta

9:30am-3pm, Long Lake Town Beach

Try your hand at wild and fun aquatic navigational competition! Free registration at 9:30am. Canoe, kayak and sailboat events for all ages from 10am! Stop by the Lions Club tent for a delicious BBQ lunch.

Float Night and Cardboard Box Boat Face-Off!

5-8pm, Long Lake Town Beach

Wear you life jacket and bust out your floaties for one night only! Lifeguards will be on duty and WON’T yell at you for wearing flotation devices!

Float around the beach, then get building your ultimate cardboard box boat for the face-off! Cardboard and duct tape will be available from 5-7pm for boat-building (but feel free to build ahead of time–there’s lots of cardboard at the dump!) while ADK DJ Glen LeBlanc spins tunes and runs awesome games.

Face-off takes place at 7pm where we’ll see who can sink the other boats and be the last boat floating!

Big prizes for top three boats (free airplane rides, kayak rentals, and ice cream!).

Art & Photo Show Meet the Artists Reception

7-9pm, Long Lake Town Hall

Kick-off the Annual Art and Photo Show with this special reception to meet the local artists featured in the show.


Art on the Water

10am-5pm, Long Lake Town Beach Waterfront

Members of the newly-formed Long Lake Artisans’ Cooperative set-up at the beach to display their art, sell their wares, and conduct live demonstrations. See local jewelry designers, knife-makers, painters, photographers, paddle-builders, woodworkers, and more! Stop by, take a look, do some shopping, then take a swim or sit back and enjoy the beautiful view of Long Lake. Free.

Art and Photo Show

1-8pm, Long Lake Town Hall

Once you’ve seen Art on the Water, head to the Town Hall for even more of your daily dose of beautiful masterpieces by local artists! Free admission. Sponsored by the Friends of the Long Lake Library.

Long Lake Wooden Boat Show
12pm-4pm, Long Lake Town Beach Waterfront

Wooden motor boats, Adirondack Guide Boats, rowing skulls, war canoes, and wooden canoes will line the beach and waterfront all afternoon Sunday for the annual wooden boat show! Come down (admission is free) and check them out! Wooden Boat Parade will take place at 4pm. Vote for your favorite for Spectators Choice!

Art and Photo Show

1-8pm, Long Lake Town Hall

Free admission

Enjoy your Weekend on the Waterfront!

Antiques Show and Sale

The 2011 Long Lake Antiques Show and Sale gets underway Friday, July 8 – Saturday, July 9th 10am-5pm. Long Lake Central School is the site of this traditional Long Lake Event over 25 years in the making.

Items for sale include rustic hunting and fishing items. Adirondacackiana, folk art, Native American art, pottery, depression glass, jewelry, vintage clothing, antique postcards, china, silver, small furniture, paintings, books, sporting art and a 19th century Long Lake Guideboat.

Vendors include: Adirondack Icons, Archaic Modern, Board N Batten, Casey’s Antiques, Clens Collectables, 10 Books, John Ryan Antiques, Pastime Antiques and Collectibles.

Admission is $1.00.

Bed Race and 4th Wrap Up

The Long Lake 4th of July Celebration Weekend was fun-filled with something for everyone as the streets of Long Lake and Raquette Lake overflowed with visitors for the Long Lake 1981 class reunion, a boat parade, live music in Raquette Lake featuring “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” a strawberry shortcake sale to benefit the Raquette Lake Fire Department and a strawberry shortcake sale in Long Lake to benefit the local boy scout troop. So much to see and do, it was hard not to get swept up in the energy of the weekend events.

The traditional “Games of All Ages” were held on the Long Lake Ball Field on July 4th with over 192 participants enjoying a treasure hunt, sack races, hula hoop races and the venerable Egg Toss. Winners of the Egg Toss were Christine LaRoque and her son William Belcher

The Long Lake Bed Races kicked off at 5pm on the Long Lake Town Bridge with four beds. Teams included, The Cellar Restaurant and Pub as Smurfs

Wallace Contracting with a patriotic theme,Sam Keller’s Baby Crib on wheels, and the Adirondack Hotel adorned with a stuffed bear.

The New York State Department of Transportation gave permission for the bed races to return to their original location after letters of support were given by Senator Elizabeth Little, Town Supervisor Clark Seaman, the Hamilton County Sheriff, Karl Abrams, and the Long Lake Rescue Squad. Traffic was managed by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s patrol and the New York State troopers.

The Wallace Contracting Team was the overall winners of the race. Team members included pushers, Jordan Wallace, Ben Black, Ryan Kitchen, Andy Snide and rider, Danielle Rainbow . The Wallace Contracting winnings were donated to the Long Lake Boy Scouts of America Troop 75. Winning Best in Show for overall best themed and decorated bed was the Adirondack Hotel with pushers, Stacy Pagoda, Jason Waite, Rob Kissman, Jazen Ruess, and Dave Halter.

Ernie Williams and his band performed on the Town Beach under the tent while Penelope the Clown entertained the kids and the lifeguards were on duty until 8:30pm.

Fireworks were donated by The Corner Motel, Wallace Contracting, Chris & Sue Lombardi, American Legion Post 650, Camp Zamp, Clark Seaman, Long Lake Real Estate, Raquette Lake Tap Room, Raquette Lake Navigation, Daryl Pollard, Green Harbor Motel & Cottages, Long Lake Gals Kazoo Band, Hoss’s Country Corner, Eastern Star Abenaque Chapter #745,Whitney Industries, Tony Harper’s Pizza, Kickerville Station, Robert and Helen Kentile, Stewarts Shops, Jane and Tom Bissell, and Long Lake Camp for the Arts.

4th of July Events 2011


Boat Parade Float Contest

4:30pm: Boats meet at the State Boat Launch on Dock Rd.
5pm: Parade to the Long Lake Town Beach

Dress-up your boat! We’ll take ANY boat–pontoon, motor boat, canoe, kayak, sail boat, inflatable raft, as long as it floats! You can get fancy (ala the Raquette Lake Loon Pontoon) or simple (stick a few American flags in your boat and hit the water!)–just join the parade whatever you got! Meet at the state boat launch on Dock Rd. at 4:30pm. We’ll then parade past the beach, through the bridge, loop around near the spillway and come back to the beach for the awards ceremony! Prizes for 1st-3rd overall, wackiest and most Long Lakey.


The Yod Squad Performs on the W.W. Durant in Raquette Lake


Get your friends and family together and drive on over the RL for a moonlight cruise on the W.W. Durant and a concert by local band, The Yod Squad! Tickets are $7, which includes your chance to win a dinner cruise! Visit for more info!


Games on the Ball Field


Treasure Hunt for the 4 & under set at 10am, then comes the sack races, three-legged race, wheel barrel race, The Great Long Lake Egg Toss and all your other classic favorites! Open to all, even adults! Winners take a trip to our epic prizebooth with hundreds of great and weird things to choose from.

The Great Long Lake Bed Races

5pm, Main St (Town Bridge to Town Beach)

The Bed Races are back for a second time in the 21st century! Find an old bed, slap some wheels on it, decorate it, decorate yourselves and race to glory and fame! $10 per bed entry fee. Must wear sneakers. Show up by 4:30pm to register. BIG PRIZES! $80 for 1st, $60 for 2nd, $40 for 3rd and $80 for Best in Show (most creative, prettiest, etc).

Ernie Williams and the Annual Long Lake 4th of July Celebration!

6:30pm-10pm, Long Lake Town Beach

Blue legend Ernie Williams and his band perform a free concert, the fire dept serves up their famous sausage and peppers, the Boy Scouts sell some delicious strawberry shortcake, Penelope the Clown paints faces in the gazebo and fireworks go off at dusk!
Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Long Lake