Posts on Jun 2012

4th of July Long Lake Music on the Beach

The Jay Walken Band to Play Long Long Lake July 4th

The Town of Long Lake’s 4th of July Celebration culminates in a terrific rock and roll show on the Long Lake Town Beach with the Jay Walken Band. Jay Lamica is the drummer for the Plattsburg based band and he was born and raised in Long Lake.

Questions for the Band:

How long has the band been together?

The present line-up has been together for 6yrs. Jamie VanEtten on lead guitar & lead vocals, Tom Nisen on lead guitar and lead vocals, Jim Chauvin on Bass guitar and lead vocals, Jay Lamica, drums and lead vocals.

What is the weirdest gig you’ve ever played?

The most unusual gig has got to be when we were selected to do a live “on-air” radio performance in St. Albans, VT. When we arrived we were informed that we couldn’t do anything electric, just acoustic guitars, and no drums !!! Hummm, what were we gonna do ? Ok, pull out the acoustics, put the bass players amp 40ft down the hallway, I used a music stand as my drumset, ( with brushes ) and we played a bluegrass tune called ” Sittin’ on top of the world”. It came off like gangbusters !! Whew….pulled it off, no prob.

What is the most requested son?

The most requested song still to this day is “Sweet Home Alabama” by Skynyrd.

What can folks expect for the 4th of July?

On the 4th, our fans can expect to hear a top notch show focused around today’s new country music, and lots of classic and southern rock with some blues and originals as well. The name of our summer 2012 tour is called “Tattoos, Bars and Guitars.

July 4th
Long Lake, NY

10am Kids Games
Long Lake Ball Field
1167 Main Street
Route 30

Egg Toss, Relays, Kid’s Scavenger, Sack Races, Hula Hoop Races

Long Lake Town Beach

5pm Bed Races over the Bridge LL Town Beach

6pm The Jay Walken Band featuring Country and Rock and Roll

Penelope the Clown
North Country Kettle Corn
Strawberry Shortcake by the Boy Scout Troops
BBQ by the Fire Department

Fireworks At Dusk –

Thanks to our 4th of July Fireworks Sponsors

Whitney Industries – Mary Lou Whitney and John Hendrickson
Community Bank NY – Long Lake Branch
Camp Zamp
Shortridge Landscaping
Raquette Lake Navigation
Wallace Contracting
Hoss’s Country Corner
Green Harbor Motel & Cottages
The Hedges
Long Lake Real Estate
Order of the Eastern Star, State of New York, Abenaque Chapter # 745
The American Legion Post 650
Britton Inn and Cabin, George & Shirley Britton
Chax Handmade Knives
Dr. Russell Rider
Ali Baba’s Liquor Store
Paul H. Roalsvig, Attorney

Japanese Power Trio Shonen Knife to play Long Lake 2012

The underground all-female Japanese pop-punk band, Shonen Knife, will be performing in Long Lake on Saturday, July 28th at the Mt. Sabattis Pavilion. The concert starts at 6pm. (Scroll down to the bottom for more details on the venue) The band is heavily influenced by 1960’s girl groups, pop bands and early punk rock acts such as the Ramones. The trio maintains an underground garage rock sound rooted in edgy instrumentation.

Shonen Knife has been performing around the world and this year marks their 30th Anniversary and The Town of Long Lake in the Adirondacks will be welcoming them.

Alexandra Roalsvig, The Director of the Town of Long Lake’s Parks and Recreation Department reached out to Naoko with a series of questions to introduce them to the upstate audience.

In her own words…
Questions for Naoko and Shonen Knife for Long Lake, NY Adirondacks.

Naoko, vocal & guitar answered:
First of all we are thrilled Shonen Knife will be visiting the Adirondacks on July 28th in New York State this year.  Thank you!

Naoko: You are welcome and we are very happy to visit the Adirondacks.

Have you ever heard of the Adirondacks?

Naoko:  I’ve never heard of it before.  I looked up through internet and found that it’s a beautiful place.

Most people in Long Lake have not heard of Shonen Knife.  For someone new to Shonen Knife what albums do you recommend they listen to first?

Naoko: I recommend “Pop Tune” album.  It is the most happy, cheerful album.  It’s made by the present members, Ritsuko, Emi and I, the most powerful lineup.

What can fans expect in Long Lake for their introduction to Shonen Knife?

Naoko: We’d like to play enjoyable show and make people happy through our music.

I love the video for Perfect Freedom – Long Lake looks like the location in your video!  Will you be performing that song on the tour this summer?  I HOPE!

Naoko: Thank you very much!  We took that video at a big park but it isn’t huge like Long Lake.  I’ll make a set list now.  I’d like to answer to your request.

What songs get most requested?

Naoko: Since we have more than one hundred repertories, we get requests for many songs like Banana Chips, Twist Barbie, Bear Up Bison, I wanna eat Chocobars, Riding on the Rocket, Cobra versus Mongoose and … so many.

Did you ever get to meet the Ramones?

Naoko: Yes.  I first met them in 1995.  Since then, I saw them some more times.  I wrote the story about it on this page.
Please scroll this page.

How great was it to celebrate 30 years of Shonen Knife with a tribute to the Ramones?  Did you hear from any of the remaining Ramones about the album?

Naoko: I like Joey’s solo album.  It’s fancy.

How did you start working with Good Charamel Records?

Naoko: 5 years ago, Good Charamel invited me to join the recording of their label band called the Juliet Dagger.  I played the guitar and sang for some songs. Since then we got to know each other.

Shonen Knife has been on the music scene for over 30 years, what keeps you going?

Naoko: I never look back and just look “near future”.  I think it makes me keep going.  Actually I’m lazy and did never reconsideration and having a future plan, though.

Who wrote the songs on Pop Tune?

Naoko:  I wrote all songs on Pop Tune album.

What inspires you to write and how long from pen to paper to music does it take you to write a song?

Naoko: I wrote 9 songs in 9 weeks.  The last song of Pop Tune album “Move on” was written 2 years ago.

What inspires you to write your music?

Naoko:  My daily life and experience, my favorite things like sweets.  Then I expand these things with my imagination.
I wrote my introduction for songs here ↓

How do you keep your energy up while on tour?

Naoko: Playing tennis and keep healthy my physical.

What is your favorite American food to eat?

Naoko: I like American peanuts, mushroom veggie burger, BLT sandwiches and I can’t remember.  Everything is good.

How important is technology (cell phones & internet) to what you do?

Naoko: Internet is very useful for us because I can answer your e-mail interview very easily.
I can send this anytime, even in the midnight. I think too much technology destroy humanity.  We have to use technology but shouldn’t be controlled by it.

What’s the biggest show you have ever played?

Naoko: At some rock festivals.  Fuji Rock Festival in Japan, Reading Festival in UK, Big Day Out in Australia and NZ, Lollapalooza tour, too. Opened up for Nirvana shows were big, too.

How long will you keep playing music?

Naoko: I can’t imagine.  As long as I can.

Have you ever had your songs on TV?  Movies?  Commercials? Anime?  And which ones?   My 12 year old son can’t wait to meet you!

Naoko: Yes.  There are so many times and I can’t remember.  For Anime, our song “Buttercup” was used for “The Powerpuff Girls”.  Our cover of “Top of the World” was used for a movie and CM for Microsoft.“Ah, Singapore” was used for a movie, too.  And we have many more.

How much does American culture affect what you do?

Naoko: Without conscious, I often write songs related American culture.  For example, I’ve wrote songs about Barbie doll, Jelly Beans, Bison, All you can eat restaurant in America.

Why is most of your music in English? Do you do two versions of your music?  One English and one Japanese?  Why English?

Naoko: For me, English is a language of Rock Music because I like American and British rock bands.  For some albums, I wrote Japanese lyrics and English lyrics as bilingual songs.  For me, English is more getting along my melody lines.  Also my English lyrics aren’t so difficult and I’m sure many Japanese understand it.  I put lyrics and Japanese translation on inner leaflet of Japanese CD.

You have a fabulous wardrobe, bright, bold, happy, colors that pop.  Will we get to see some of your fashion on stage this summer in Long Lake on the tour?  Who designs the outfits?

Naoko: Yes, of course.  My younger sister Atsuko, who is our original member of Shonen Knife, designs and make the outfits.  We are inspired by 60’s and 70’s fashion.

When will you record next?

Naoko: We’ve just released “Pop Tune” and go to UK/Europe tour after North American tour.  We can record after next summer, I think.

How many albums have you recorded?

Naoko: 1 cassette album, 16 original full album and 1 cover album, totally, I think.

What’s the weirdest place you’ve ever performed a show?

Naoko: We always play at cool places.

Long Lake has a year round population of 711 people in 449 square miles.  What is the smallest town you have ever played in?

Naoko: Wow 711 people!!!  But 449 miles is so huge.  711 people town is the smallest, I think.  I wish 712 people.

712 is our secret number.  In Japanese, we pronounce Seven is Nana, One is Ichi and 2 is Ni or Futatsu.
Take the first sound of each word.  Na-na, I-chi Fu-tasu = Na – I – Fu = naifu = Knife
I feel destiny between Shonen Knife and Long Lake.

What’s next for Shonen Knife?

Naoko: I can’t wait to go to Long Lake and see people.  Keep on rockin’!

Shonen Knife is an all-girl power pop punk-rock trio hailing from Osaka, Japan. On July 28th, 2012 Shonen Knife will be performing at the Mt. Sabattis Pavilion in Long Lake with White Mystery as the opener. Doors Open at 5pm. Concert Starts at 6pm. Tickets are $15 and kids under 12 are free. Call 518.624.3077 for info. Tickets are cash or check only. Sorry, no credit cards. T-shirts and merch will be available on site!

The Mt. Sabattis Pavilion located off of Deerland Road, Route 30 in Long Lake. The Pavilion is a covered open-air facility. It is recommended to bring coolers, lawn chairs, a flashlight and flat shoes for the uneven ground.

Directions to Mt. Sabattis Pavilion

Entrance located at 1100 Deerland Road and look for the signs.

Mt. Sabattis Pavilion is located at the very top of the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Area in Long Lake NY. The road up is located at the intersection of South Hill Road and Route 28N/30 across from the Long Lake Post Office. If you get lost – stop at an area business, the friendly folks will be happy to tell you where to find the Pavilion.

For GPS – or mapquest directions enter the address of 1100 Deerland Road, Long Lake NY.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.

Woodworth Business Service LLC

New business 2012 specializing in Heavy Equipment Mobile Repair, Fire Apparatus, RV’s, Electrical Troubleshooting, Hydraulic Repairs, Air Conditioning 134a, Tires, Generators, Welding. With over 26 years of experience in the field, Jerry Woodworth, provides excellent service and knowledge in the field. Jerry has located his new operation in the center of the Adirondack Park with central access to any location you may need equipment repaired. Have truck will travel.

Jerry brings service to you.

Heavy Equipment service including Fire Trucks, RV’s,

Fully insured.

Long Lake Archives Receives Major Gift

More than 1000 postcard images of Long Lake views, buildings, boats, hotels etc. on 12 disks arrived at the Long Lake Archives Building this week. Lorrie Hosley of Hoss’s Country Corner collected the postcards and loaned them to Hilary (Guy) LeBlanc for copying onto disks so the images could be part of the Town’s collection. Some are unique and rare picture postcards dating all the way back to 1905.

One example is this picture of the Sagamore Hotel dining room annex. A rare find, it shows an attractive dining area with lots of sunshine coming through a multitude of windows, overlooking Long Lake.

Another, shows campers at the reopening of Camp Onondaga in 1946. They are posed on the beach displaying their woodcraft projects: a bedside table, a bookcase and two
kayak-shaped boats.

The Long Lake West railroad station is pictured which must have been taken before 1908 as the great forest fire of 1908 destroyed the town. Another exciting find was a postcard dated September 18, 1908 written by someone’s Cousin Addie. She complains that it is “awfully hot and dry….it never was so dry and smoky.” Nine days later the railroad station, hotel, school, electric light powerhouse, 2 blacksmith shops, an icehouse, a residence, office and a dozen cottages were all gone. A rescue train from Tupper Lake carried the 75 residents to safety.

The dining room of the old Cobble Stone Inn taken in 1929 is a painful reminder of the day the Blarney Stone (its new name) burned down. That happened just a few years ago. Almost everyone in this town, and summer visitors as well, had dined and had a few drinks at the Cobblestone/Blarney Stone over the years.

Another remnant of the past is shown in the next picture. This dinosaur of downhill skiing, the infamous Rope Tow, carried Long Lake children up the old Sabattis golf course hill and even a few adults made it to the top.

Thanks to Lorrie Hosley for giving us this peek into Long Lake’s past. Hilary (Guy) LeBlanc, retired Conservation Officer, volunteers for the Town of Long Lake Archives. Over the years he has produced more that 100 disks containing almost 25000 images.

Abbie Verner, Archivist
Town of Long Lake
Box 42
Long Lake, NY 12847

Camp Kee-O-Nekh

Camp Kee-O-Nekh is a genuine Adirondack great camp built on the shores of Long Lake by Mrs. Banghart of Georgia in 1908 . This historical property is available for rent in the months of June, July and August, minimum one week stays Sat. to Sat. The house can accommodate up to 12 people.

There is a floating boat house with 315 feet of lake front. The 7.6 acre property is secluded and covered in trees and moss throughout. There are two large stone fireplaces in the living room and dining room areas. The walls of the downstairs area is covered in birch bark and includes deer head carvings made of birch bark. The house is 2808 square feet with five bedrooms, living room, family room and three baths. There is a spacious open porch and screened in porch overlooking Long Lake. There is an original log lean to that overlooks the lake surrounded by a stone fire pit. The house is furnished throughout in antiques.


Camp Kee-O-Nekh also known as the Davis Camp
Phone and contact for rentals: Ed Koch, 407-492-4680
email to contact for rent:

Running from the Flies 5K Results 2012 Long Lake, NY

Racers gather for pre-race meeting

Despite a gloomy forecast 34 runners turned out for the first Running From the Flies 5K race on June 2, 2012. The race was held at John Dillon Park in Long Lake, NY sponsored by the Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department.

Mass start!

Racers arrived in the morning delighted at the low impact of the black flies. Racers and spectators were directed up the route 30 approximately one mile north of the John Dillon entrance to park cars and to hop aboard the Paul Smith’s shuttle van. The van delivered contestants to the registration area at the John Dillon Welcome Center located two miles in from route 30.

The course, along Grampus Lake, featuring gravel packed, mobility accessible trails which merged with a dirt road up to Handsome Pond circling back to by the eastern end of Grampus Lake to the upper parking lot. The first leg of the course was mostly uphill and once tackled the rest of the course was primarily mixed, flat terrain. The course was all dirt and gravel with some rocks. Some of the race followed wooden boardwalks that were slippery due to an overnight rainfall, but runners were cautioned and many used a special “tip toe” technique to navigate the hazard.

Race course along Grampus Lake

The rain held off and 34 racers hit a mass start at approximately 10:15am. Racers ranged in age from age 11 to over 50.

Trophies were awarded to the top male racer, John Burger with a time of 22:25 and top female racer, Samantha Burnett at 27:42

Winners 2012 Running From the Flies 5K - John Burger and Samantha Burnett

The race was hosted by the Town of Long Lake, Paul Smith’s College, John Dillon Park and International Paper. Volunteers manned water stations, the registration table. Members of the 2012 Long Lake lifeguard team manned the time clock and the Long Lake Rescue Squad was on scene to provide medical services if needed.

Racers received a lunch from Paul Smith’s and T-shirts designed by Stacked Graphics in Tupper Lake, NY.

John Dillon Park is located at 2150 Tupper Road/Route 30 in Long Lake NY is owned by International Paper and managed by Paul Smith’s College. It is a mobility accessible campground on the shores of Grampus Lake located in Long Lake, NY. The campground is open to everyone and offers free on-site lean to camping making the natural landscape of the Adirondacks available to everyone, especially people with disabilities.

John Dillon Park boasts nine lean-to’s built for accessibility. There are wide trails, flat throughout the park to accommodate wheelchairs so anyone can enjoy the beauty and natural surroundings along Grampus Lake and a new site on Handsome Pond.

Pinny # Times Names  
347 22’25 Dave Burger   First Male
420 22’57Scott Weilacher  
413 25’55 Joseph Florenza  
29 27’38 Leonard Clement  
34 27’42 Samantha Burnett   First Female
416 28’25 Cecilia Poulin  
35 28’36 John Mulcahey  
443 29’03 Elizabeth Kreppel  
419 29’09 Jillian Kreppel  
38 29’52 Robert Burns  
220 29’54 Laura Levi  
242 29’54 Mike Black  
412 29’56 Sophia Martin  
225 30’09 Carma Flannery  
48 30’35 Thomas Ventre  
102 30’45 Timothy Lamoy  
448 31’34 Dave Staspak  
403 31’34 Nancie Battaglia  
442 32’06 Corenne Black  
401 32’06 Spencer Morrissey  
36 32’35 Linda Pickering  
223 33’00 Leslie  Bouchamp  
46 33’29 Stephen Flannery  
50 34’37 Wayne Gerhartz  
441 34’38 Amy Gerhartz  
18 36’33 Karen Sweet  
222 36’58 Paul Roalsvig  
421 39’45 Genevieve Lipps  
137 39’45 Maria Black  
24 42’20 Stephen Ellis  
49 42’20 Sara Wade  
226 43’15 Genevieve Boyd  
104 46’00 Jean Iselo  

Click here for John Dillon Park

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