Raquette Lake boasts an incredible weekend from August 3rd – August 5th. Formerly and fondly known as the Raquette Lake Boat Parade & Firework Weekend again this year it dovetails into Durant Days which is a celebration of the Birth of Great Camps Architecture.
William West Durant’s rampant spending on development of estates we now call Great Camps led to his bankruptcy; but his three camps remain, Camp Pine Knot, Sagamore and Uncas, and all three boast National Historic Landmark status, shining a spotlight on the tiny village of Raquette Lake.
The weekend kicks off with an exclusive Boat Tour of Raquette Lake and a special appearance by Ragtime Pianist Bob Milne. He will be tickling the ivories in two appearances on Friday.
Bob is a world-renowned ragtime pianist who will wow the crowd with his timeless appearance. This year for Durant Days he will play a concert during the W.W. Durant Raquette Lake Navigation Boat Tour on Friday, August 2nd. This treat will guarantee a transcendent, almost time traveling experience as you walk the halls and the grounds of an historic property, not always open to the public. If only the walls could talk! The day will culminate in an evening presentation and concert at Great Camp Sagamore including a PBS special premiere viewing of a special about Durant followed by a concert by Bob Milne.
On Saturday in the village of Raquette Lake be on the lookout for W.W. Durant as he pops in to check on the village ensuring the town is running in proper order and that all his architectural plans are carried out.
Music is featured all weekend in Raquette Lake. A capella group Wide Variety Returns on Saturday afternoon with a concert at the Raquette Lake School at 2pm. At 5pm join Jason Hall, a talented local musician, writer, singer-songwriter, and keyboardist ready to entertain guests from 5pm – 8pm along the shores of Raquette Lake while the boat parade kicks off. Saturday night join Johnny and the Triumphs on the W.W. Durant for the Moonlight Cruise.
At 7pm while Jason Hall sings his songs, join the crowd at the Town Dock as they gather for a long-standing tradition ‘The Boat Parade” All watercraft is decorated and ready to go for a fun, whimsical Boat Parade steeped in tradition. Cash prizes and glory will go out to registered runabouts, party barges, canoes, kayaks. If it floats and it can enter and a team puts together a great theme, prizes will be awarded! Registration forms will be available at Burke’s or Birds Marina.
Fireworks light up the sky on Saturday night at dusk.
Sunday offers a ½ price tour of Great Camp Sagamore and a visit for Vespers on St. Hubert’s, Church of the Good Shepard.
Raquette Lake is alive with history and tradition. Don’t miss out!
15th Annual Durant Days Weekend (August 2-4, 2013
Friday, August 2 Guided tour Pine Knot + Luncheon Cruise. $59* pp inclusive. Limited to the first 56 reservations. Call 315-354-5532.
*$12 of every admission goes to Pine Knot and a donation is made to St. Williams.
§ 8:20-8:40 Arrive Raquette Lake and board the Durant for water taxi service to Pine Knot
§ 8:45-9:15 Cruise South Bay and dock at Pine Knot, the first Great Camp built by William West Durant
§ 9:20-10:50 Guided tour Pine Knot http://raquettelakenavigation.com/greatcamps
§ 11-11:40 Bob Milne ragtime music piano concert. Bob Milne is considered to be the best ragtime/boogie-woogie pianist in the world. www.bobmilne.com
§ 11:45-12:00 Walk through woods from Pine Knot on south shore of Long Point to St. Williams on north shore of Long Point
§ 12:00-12:15 Visit the recently refurbished church built by Durant in 1890. www.stwilliamsonlongpoint.org
§ 12:20 Board the WW Durant docked at St. Williams
§ 12:30-1:30 Luncheon cruise with historic commentary around the rest of Raquette Lake
§ 7:30pm WMHT and Elevation Films present “The Durant Camps” Sagamore Visitor’s Center (barn) Park in tour parking lot. Free with donation at the door, followed by a concert with ragtime boogie-woogie piano player Bob Milne. Free
Saturday, August 3
§ Free 2:00-3:00 pm Wide Variety A Capella Performance at Raquette Lake School
§ Live music in town late afternoon- Jason Hall playing from 5:00-8:00 pm under the tent by the RR station foundation
§ Boat Parade around 7 pm- Fireworks at dark (about 9:30)
§ Moonlight Cruise- Johnny & the Triumphs
Sunday, August 4
§ 10 AM tour Sagamore (Half price $8 pp) www.greatcampsagamore.org
§ 3 PM Vesper service at St. Hubert’s, Church of the Good Shepherd, established 1880 (water taxi service free of charge from the village dock)www.sthubertsisle.com