The Long Lake Winter Carnival was held on January 19, 2013. Jim and Paula Piraino were crowned King and Queen by Harry Buxton, Moonlighter’s Secretary and Treasurer. Jim and Paula own the Long Lake Diner/Owls Head Pub and have been instrumental from the inception of Long Lake Winter Carnival in making it the success it is today. Jim and Paula volunteer for many of the days events coordinating efforts for all the teams and working closely with the Town of Long Lake to make the day go smoothly.
Events kicked off with Cardboard Sled races. Winners of the 12 and Under Category were Lillian Dechene and Karlee Rockstroch with Return of the Dragon. Winner of the Adult Category was Daddy’s Folly with driver Bob Lewin, holding his title for a third year in a row.
Best in Show was awarded to Lightning McQueen, 2nd to Keller’s Kruzer and the crowd favortie, a replica of the Helms Seaplane made by James Waite which came in 3rd.
Half Court Basketball shot went to Curtis Seaman.
Winners of the Ladies Frying Pan Toss. First, Kristie Lance with 59 feet 4 inches, Second to Hillarie Logan-Dechene with 59 feet three inches and third to Jess Plumley with 59 feet two inches.
Seven teams played the Broomball tournament with the first place winners the Sock Monkeys with Kodee, Brittney, Chey, Ruth and Dave Olbert beating the Long Lake Fire Department.
Fireworks rounded out the day.
The bonfire was started and maintained by Long Lake residents and volunteers, Tom and Michelle Donnelly.
Food was served all day by the Long Lake Fire Department. Raffles were sold for an ipad mini and $200 gas card. Raffle is slated to be drawn at the Fire Department Annual BBQ.
The Long Lake Winter Carnival gets in gear and off the ground on Saturday, January 19th. The event leads off with a Snowmobile Parade and crowning of the King and Queen of the Moonlighter’s at noon.
The Cardboard Sled Race starts at 1pm and this year there is an added category for racers interested in participating in the Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit. Old Forge, Inlet and Indian Lake have all agreed to host a special class just for this regional event. Racers for this event can race in the regular event AND the special class. Racers completing at least three of the four races on the circuits earn points for box decoration and race time and will be awarded the championship in Inlet on February 23rd.
Other events for the Winter Carnival include Adult Golf Drive, 1-shot Basketball, Kids Games, Ladies Frying Pan Toss (a perenial crowd favorite that has people on the edge of their seat) and the Broom Ball Tournament. The day rounds out with a bonfire and fireworks.
The Long Lake Little Bus is available to shuttle folks to and from the Mt. Sabattis Recreation area to ease up the congestion at the Parking Area. For a free ride starting at noon until last call – call 518-323-5000. This bus will shuttle folks around the area as long as it’s in Long Lake.
World renowned ice sculptor Stan Kolonko from the Ice Farm is coming to Raquette Lake and Long Lake for his second Ice Fest event! Festivities kick off in Raquette Lake at Noon on Friday, January 11th. Cozy up for lunch at the Tap Room then make your way over the Raquette Lake Library, 1 Dillon Rd, to witness the first of seven ice sculptures being installed between Long Lake and Raquette Lake.
At 3pm on Friday, Stan will begin his first ice sculpture in Long Lake on behalf of the Long Lake Historical Society. A sculpture of Mitchell Sabattis will be placed in front of the Town Office building along with a call for a Bring/Build Your Own Snowman event. While Stan sculpts we’ll create crowd of snow-people to join Mitchell on the Town Office building front lawn. Bring a snowman or build one here (carrots and “coal” provided!) Parking is available behind the Town Office building, 1130 Deerland Road.
Sculpting ensues Saturday, January 12th at 8am at Hoss’s Country Corner, 1142 Main Street, in Long Lake. Hoss’s will hold a Taxidermy Attire contest to be judged at 9am. The best pelted outfit wins a $20 gift certificate to Hoss’s Country Corner! Hoss’s will also be offering free coffee all day in celebration of Ice Fest activities in Long Lake!
The next carve site Stan will visit is the Shamrock Motel, 1055 Deerland Rd. Carving is slated to begin at 10am, free coffee and donuts will be offered on site! Stan will be installing a large shamrock sculpture at this Long Lake lodging destination.
A chili tasting event will take place at 12:30pm at The Long Lake Diner & Owl’s Head Pub, 1161 Main Street, while Stan goes to work on another ice installation in front of this historic business. Bystanders are invited to try various kinds of chili and breads along with hot beverage specials! The Long Lake Diner & Owl’s Head Pub is also inviting any
community members to bring their own chili to the tasting! Contact Jim or Paula Piraino for more information, 518-624-3941.
At 2:30pm, head to Ali Baba’s Liquor and Wine, 1601 Tupper Road, for an installation of Aladdin’s genie lamp! Ali Baba’s Liquor & Wine will hold a wine tasting for the duration of the sculpting. Enjoy a glass of wine whilst ogling over Stan’s impeccable work.
The final sculpture of the day will be placed at Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center, 12 Pavilion Lane, at 4:30pm. Join us for ice skating and free hot coco to round out this day of ice art! Be there at 5pm donning your tackiest Winter wear for a chance to win a prize! Prizes offered in Tacky Youth and Adult categories.
For more information about this event or any event held in Long Lake or Raquette Lake, contact Danielle at the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department by phone, 518-624-3077 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.