Posts on Jan 2012

Ice Fest is Coming

On February 3rd and 4th in Long Lake, NY join the Town of Long Lake in welcoming The Ice Farm for a winter event celebrating community and the season.

The Ice Farm is owned and operated by world class ice sculptor Stanley Kolonko. Stan uses the best ice south of the Arctic Circle, utilizing reverse osmosis filtration, Clinebell ice machines and a good amount of patience.

Over the years Stan has been competing on an international level and he won 1st place with his partner Chris Uyehara of Skaneateles at the Harbin International Ice Sculpture Competition in Harbin, China in Janaury 2010. Stan has also ranked by the Academy of Ice Carving and Design as a top ice carving company in the US.

Look for mini-events celebrating Stan’s artistry and the welcoming of February throughout the town during the day. Spectators are welcome to watch him work and take photos and submit for a photo competition. Stop by each location while Stan carves – you’ll never know what they’ve got planned, a hot winter drink to warm you to your toes or a kids story hour at the Long Lake Library. Check back often for updates and we’ll post them throughout the week and on the Facebook page as the schedule evolves.

Sculptures are slated for the Raquette Lake School, Shamrock Motel & Cottages, the Long Lake Historical Society, the Friends of the Long Lake Library, Hoss’s Country Corner and the Long Lake Diner/Owl’s Head Pub and the Long Lake Town Beach.

Please note: all times are subject to change without notice, if you plan on traveling call 518.624.3077.
The tentative schedule is:

Friday, February 3rd
12pm: Raquette Lake Free Union School

3pm: Long Lake Historical Society: Town Office

Saturday, February 4th

8am: Long Lake Diner

10am: Hoss’s Country Corner

12:30pm: Friends of the Long Lake Library

2:30pm: The Shamrock Motel

4:30pm: Town of Long Lake: Mt Sabattis

The Ice Fest is sponsored by The Town of Long Lake and local businesses.

Get your photo taken with all seven sculptures and e-mail to us at or send via snail mail to

Ice Fest Contest
PO Box 496
Long Lake, NY 12847

Hey, you may even see your photo on our Long Lake Facebook page and we’ll select a winner from all the entries. Entries must be submitted or postmarked by Monday, February 13th to be eligible for a prize!

Please note: All submitted photos become property of the Town of Long Lake NY and by submission of the photos you give the Town of Long Lake permission to use the photos in promotion including on the web and in print and on Facebook. We cannot return photos submitted by mail.

Long Lake Hosts Basket Workshop and Quilt Camp

The Town of Long Lake is excited to announce Shea Farrell Carr is returning to the Long Lake Town Hall on Monday, February 20th (President’s Day) to teach the Wine Basket Class from 9am – 4pm.

Learn the basics of basket making or refine your weaving skills at this one day class. The basket holds two bottles of wine, or can be used in the bathroom to store rolls of toilet paper or rolled up towels. Students will select colors to create their own unique basket. The base is 5” by 11” and finished dimensions of the basket are 15” wide by 14” tall by 5” across. No prior basket making experience is necessary, and all tools and materials will be provided by the instructor. The class will be held at the Long Lake Town Hall from 9am to 4pm on Monday, February 20, 2012. Cost, including all materials, is $60 per student. Please call (518) 624-3077 to sign up.

Born and raised in Long Lake, Shea Farrell Carr has been making baskets since 1992. She taught high school for several years and took ownership of Adirondack Basket Case from her mother, Patty Farrell, in 2009. She lives in Troy with her husband and two young children.

In other workshop news – the class schedule for Adirondack Quilt Camp has been announced. Adirondack Quilt Camp will be held June 24th thru June 27th at the Long Lake Central School. There are over 20 classes to choose from All the details and registration information can be found at Adirondack Quilt Camp Website

Long Lake, NY Trails Are Open

Just in case you were wondering, a video popped up today of a sled traveling in and on Long Lake. Always check our website for the current conditions and ask a local about the lakes.

Long Lake Winter Carnival is Coming

Old Man Winter is finally here and the Long Lake Moonlighter’s are ready to celebrate. Organizers Jim and Paula Piraino, Harry Buxton, the Long Lake Fire Department and the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department join forces each year to put on a one of a kind, wacky, fun small-town event.

“Everyone’s a star at the winter carnival! says Long Lake Tourism Director Alex Roalsvig. “You’ve got to check out the highlight video’s, we’ve got them on the web at”

This year’s event kicks off with the Snowmobile Parade and the coronation of the King and Queen of Winter Carnival followed by the Cardboard Box Sled Races. “Kid’s of all ages have a blast” says Long Lake Diner Owner and event organizer Jim Piraino. “Everyone really looks forward to the Broomball tournament and my wife is the defending champ of the Ladies Frying Pan Toss, so it’s going to be a competitive year.”

Visitors swarm Long Lake flocking from as far as Michigan, New Jersey, Hawaii and Maine. “It’s tradition, it’s cold and everyone enjoys the celebration of the day. Come on out and enjoy the food, the ambience and the free ice skating” says Alex Roalsvig. “We’re also offering free transportation around town that evening so folks can go out to dinner after the event, relax and get home safely.” The bus runs from 5pm until 1am. Call 518-354-1510 and it will pick you up at your home and return you when you are ready. FREE.

For a full list of events

12pm – Snowmobile Parade
12:15pm – Coronation
12:45pm – Cardboard Sled Race
1:15pm – 1/2 Court Shot Basketball
1:45pm – Fireman’s Relay for all ages
2:00pm – Kid’s Balloon Chase
2:15pm Adult Golf
3:15pm – Ladies Frying Pan Toss
4:00pm – Goalie’s Day Off Puck Shot
4:30pm – Broomball Tournament

Fireworks after Broomball – between 6:30pm – 7pm.

Free transportation starts at 5pm – 1am. Call 518-354-1510

2011 Year in Review Long Lake Style

What do you remember about 2011? Well already a day has gone by and I’m sure I missed something. So maybe you got to spend a lot of time in Long Lake this year, or maybe you kept in touch via updates and twitter and your friends and relatives. Maybe you drove down Route 30/28N and decided to spontaneously stay for the night and found a Barber Shop Quartet singing on the beach or Martin Sexton signing autographs. Long Lake is small, but makes the most of the seasons and even though we’re off the beaten path and not right off the railroad tracks or the Northway, we still have our fingers on the pulse (from a quiet distance)

The video is a timeline with both events in and around Long Lake and Raquette Lake interspersed with some images of notable news figures of the past year. Trivia is so popular an event, one of the upcoming questions may revolve around some of the images in this piece – so watch carefully.

What did we miss? I know you’ll be sure to tell me.

See you in 2012. Enjoy the show. Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club Winter Carnival is coming up on January 14, 2012.. THINK SNOW!

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