Posts on Jan 2014

Great Camp Sagamore to Host Guided Snowshoe Tours President’s Day Weekend

Rare Opportunity to See Great Camp Sagamore in Winter

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Great Camp Sagamore is excited to host two guided snowshoe hikes of their grounds February 15 and 16 as part of Raquette Lake’s Annual Winter Carnival. This is a rare opportunity to see the National Historic Landmark in the winter, a season when the former Vanderbilt family owners traditionally visited. The free, guided hikes depart from the camp’s barn parking lot at 10 am both mornings and conclude two hours later with hot cider in the Reading Room of the Conference Building.

Guides will lead groups on these hikes through the campgrounds to see building exteriors, followed by treks to different portions of the newly-designated Great Camps Historic District. Spencer Morrissey of Cranberry Lake will lead the Saturday, Feb 15th hike, around the grounds and on the trail that circles Sagamore Lake. Morrissey is a long-time Adirondack resident, outdoor enthusiast and co-author of Adirondack Trail Runner: A Sample of More Than One Hundred Trail Running Destinations.The Sunday, Feb 16th hike will be led by Walt Linck, an APA Natural Resources Planner, outdoor educator and former Sagamore staff member. Linck’s hike will include a trip out to see some of the historic ruins connected to the great camp, such as the sugar shack, farm meadow and powerhouse.

Great Camp Sagamore is a National Historic Landmark located just south of Raquette Lake in the central Adirondacks. It is an iconic example of Great Camp architecture and was recently featured on a PBS special, Sagamore Lodge: America’s Great Camp. The camp was built by William West Durant in 1897 and sold to Alfred G. Vanderbilt I in 1901. The property originally encompassed over 1500 acres – today it is 19 acres and 27 historic buildings under the stewardship of the non-profit Sagamore Institute. The camp is open for tours, overnight stays and residientialresidential programs from late-May through mid-October. The two guided hikes February 15 and 16 are the only time the grounds will be open to visitors this winter.

There is no charge for the hikes and no reservations are necessary. Guests should plan to bring their own snowshoes and are advised to allow extra travel time for Sagamore’s four-mile driveway. To reach the barn parking lot from which the hikes depart, take the right fork about 3.5 miles down Sagamore Road and turn left after the bridge. Restrooms will be available in the Conference Building at the end of the hike.

For more information about the hike call Great Camp Sagamore’s winter office at 585-285-3724. For directions to camp and general information about tours, events and programs, visit online at www.greatcampsagamore.org.

Long Lake Winter Blast is COOL!

The Winter Olympics kicks off in Sochi, Russia on February 7th and it boasts a roster of Adirondack athletes that is something the entire region can be proud of. Look for biathletes Lowell Bailey, Tim Burke and Annelies Cook; luger Chris Mazdzer; New Jersey-raised bobsled pilot Jamie Greubel; nordic combined skier Billy Demong; ski jumper Peter Frenette and doubles luger Jayson Terdiman, originally from Berwick, Pa., now makes his home in Lake Placid year-round. There’s also alpine skier Andrew Weibrecht, a Lake Placid native who won a bronze medal at the 2010 Olympics also joining the 2014 team.

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Celebrating the Olympic Fever is always something folks in the Adirondacks enjoy and Long Lake is no exception. As winter comes into full swing and the Polar Vortex easing mid-week folks looking for outdoor recreation can finally get outside and enjoy what winter has to offer.

Long Lake and Raquette Lake have full schedules in February. On February 1st, Joan Collins, an Adirondack birding expert and guide is hosting a snowshoe hike along the Roosevelt Truck Trail at 8am. The Town of Long Lake provides transportation and guests provide their own snowshoes and lunch. Joan is an excellent guide and has an excellent ear and eye for spotting birds. The trek itself is 2.5 miles long on fairly even ground. Folks can sign up by calling 518.624.3077. There is a guiding fee of $20 per person. Family rates are available.

All About Ice

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On February 1st look for not one, but two ice harvests. Every year Raquette Lake Supply harvests ice to used throughout the summer months as mother nature’s natural air conditioner. The harvest of ice manned mostly by volunteers, using original ice harvesting equipment, lasts all day and helps keep supplies cool well into the summer. Not many of these operations are still functioning, but on-lookers can catch a glimpse a window into history. In Long Lake, there will be a private ice job in operation on the north end of Long Lake just past Round Island.

Coming up the weekend February 7th and 8th we see the return of Ice Fest, which was postponed in January. Stan Kolonko from the Ice Farm will be installing nine sculptures. First will be on Friday, February 7th at the Raquette Lake Library. After he has lunch at the Tap Room, he’ll move the operation over to Long Lake. The Long Lake Historic Society will have an installation of the historic Sagamore Hotel at the Long Lake Town Offices. The historic hotel, now long gone, remains very much a part of the culture and history of Long Lake’s narrative and Stan will be re-creating a slice of the past by recreating a replica of the hotel.

Stan will be moving from location to location, explaining how he works, how he makes the ice, how heavy the blocks are (it’s back-breaking work) and he’s always game to interact and answer questions about his work. Stan was a 1st place award winner in 2013 at the World Championships in Alaska.

Look for additional sculpture installations at Shear Images, Shamrock Motel and Cottages, Hoss’s Country Corner, Ali Baba’s Liquors, Long Lake Diner/Owls Head Pub and the Adk Trading Post. Businesses will be hosting a variety of events, from wine tastings, hot chocolate and coffee, chili tastings and more.

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The Annual Moonlighter’s Poker Run runs from February 7th -8th. This fun event is a great way connecting the business communities of Long Lake, Raquette Lake and Newcomb along the connecting corridor trails or by the highways. The Poker Run is two days, and players are welcome to start on either day, it’s two days long so players have plenty of time to collect stamps from all three communities. For $10 players start at either the Raquette Lake Tap Room or the Newcomb House. Collect stamps at participating businesses and check in the Long Lake Diner starting at 4pm on Saturday. Dealing start at 4pm and all cards must be in by 5pm. Players are dealt the number of cards corresponding to the number of stops and the best hand wins. Plenty of great door prizes, and cash prizes too. Don’t’ have the snowmobile? People in cars can play too. As a bonus, the Long Lake Diner will also have an ice sculpture on hand to admire!

February 8th the Long Lake Fish and Game Club host their 2nd Annual Fishing Derby Registration Click Here at Lake Eaton fishing for Landlocked Salmon and Brook Trout. Registration will be at the Long Lake Town Hall at 6am and lines are in at 7am at Lake Eaton. Cash prizes for weight, ties are broken by length. Registration takes place at the Long Lake Town Hall on Saturday starting at 6am. Location: 1204 Main Street, Long Lake, NY. The derby is at Lake Eaton Campground, located at 1671 Tupper Road, Long Lake, NY

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For those looking for something more serene there is x-c skiing and snowshoeing. Take a trips to the Wild Center in Tupper Lake (it’s open on the weekends) where Planet Adirondack is a do not miss exhibit. Cabin Fever Sunday’s at the Adironack Museum and check out the New York Audubon walk at the Newcomb Visitors Center. Pre-registration is required. 
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Don’t forget! Long Lake always has ice skating. Free ice skates, popcorn and sledding at Mt. Sabattis/Geiger Arena. Call 518.624.3031 for conditions. Just last week we had 52 folks rent out an entire lodging, take over Mt. Sabattis for the day (it’s open Noon until 10pm) for FREE and they had a great time. Think about having your mid-winter family adventure in the heart of the Adirondacks. In the middle of everything!

Make your Long Lake your winter destination and launch your adventure!

WPBS Viewers Welcome Here!

Did you catch the Raquette River Winter Experience on WPBS? We want to welcome you to the Town of Long Lake’s website. This past weekend was the Long Lake Winter Carnival as featured on the program, we had terrific winter events including broomball, Ladies Frying Pan Toss, and the first leg of the Adirondack Cardboard Box Racing Circuit.

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If you are looking for a fun-filled weekend excursion to Long Lake we recommend the weekend of February 7th and 8th, 2014. Plenty of time to plan and get organized and make a winter weekend out of it. It is a Winter Fest Weekend featuring a Poker Run, a game played by car or snowmobile, Ice Fest and the Lake Eaton Ice Fishing Derby. Three events in one-weekend!

For the Poker Run players start off in cars or by snowmobile in Raquette Lake or Newcomb utilizing a network of community connector trails. Players gather stamps at participating local businesses and join in the dealing at the Long Lake Diner on Saturday, February 8th for the prizes. Highest hand wins. Plenty of doorprizes and souvenirs for participants.

If you are looking for a snowmobile map or to sign up for or newsletter or any other info, go to our contact us page and let us know. Contact Us Page

The Lake Eaton Ice Fishing Derby will be on Lake Eaton on Saturday, February 8th, sponsored by the Long Lake Fish and Game Club. The Long Lake Fish and Game Club sponsors the Lake Eaton Ice Fishing Derby for Landlocked Salmon and Trout. $25 per person. Cash Prizes. Registration 6am, Long Lake Town Hall. Weigh in station open at Lake Eaton Campground in the am.

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Rules for Ice Fishing Derby

The biggest highlight of the weekend will be visiting ice carver, Stan Kolonko from The Ice Farm in Auburn, NY. Check out this video featuring past events in Long Lake NY.

Ice Fest Video Long Lake Ice Fest Weekend

February 7-8, 2014 will definitely be a busy weekend. As always our ice skating rink is open, with free ice skates available to visiting families, as well as one of the best sledding hills in the Adirondacks located at Mt. Sabattis.

For more events and activities check out our on-line calendar!

Remember Long Lake is central to all things Adirondack, family friendly, small-town charm and affordable! We’ve got what you need for an authentic Adirondack Experience! Abundant lake ice, fishing, snowmobiling, sledding and x-c skiing! Join us in 2014! On Line Calendar of Events

Video Long Lake Winter Carnival. Highlights 2009-2013

Hot off the presses. Check out this highlight video of past winter carnival’s! This should get you ready for today’s festivities. We’ll see you at Mt. Sabattis at noon.

GPS or Garmin – enter 1100 Deerland Road – gets you close enough.

Parking available at bottom of hill, Owls Head Lane, South Hill Road.

Little Bus will be running starting at 4pm until end of festivities. For 2014, a special thank you to the Town of Newcomb for providing us with wheels. For a ride call 518-323-5000

Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit

The communities of Long Lake, Indian Lake, Old Forge, Inlet and Speculator have joined forces to bring the Adirondack Cardboard Sled Races to fruition. The racers must compete in a minimum of three races to qualify for points. The overall points will be counted and the winner will be announced at Oak Mountain and March 1st and awarded a trophy for their efforts.

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Here’s a link to a radio interview with last years champion!

NCPR Radio Interview with Bob Lewin, Winner 2013 Adk Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit

Dates & Location for Races:

January 16th 1pm Long Lake, Mt. Sabattis Recreation Area
February 16th Noon – Indian Lake, Indian Lake Ski Hill
February 16th – 3pm -Old Forge, McCauley Mountain
February 22nd – 1pm – Inlet, Fern Park
March 1st – 1pm, Speculator, Oak Mountain

Winter Carnival January 18th

The Moonlighter’s Winter Carnival is on January 18th at Mt. Sabattis.

It kicks off at Noon with a Snowmobile Parade, followed by the coronation of two very special royal guests, bonfire, Cardboard Sled Racing Competition including the first stop on the Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit (think NASCAR) In addition to that all ages will enjoy other activities including the Fireman’s Relay on skates, Ballon Chase, Corn Hole, One Shot Basketball, and a highly anticipated Broomball Tournament. Teams of six are welcome to sign up.

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The event rounds out with a Fireworks Display. Usually the fireworks go off around 6:30pm, but all depends on the number of broomball teams.

The Long Lake Little Bus will be rolling from 4pm until Last Call. Phone is 518.323-5000. It will pick up all ages to transport guests to area lodgings, Mt. Sabattis and to any local address within Long Lake.

On Sunday the Long Lake Lions Club will be hosting the Northern New York Vintage Snowmobile Races starting at Noon on Jennings Park Pond.

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Winter Carnival Schedule: January 18th 2014

All times subject to change without notice.

How to maximize winter fun in Long Lake. Be prepared, dress in layers. Bring sleds, skates, extra clothes and socks if you have little ones.

12pm – Snowmobile Parade
12:15pm – Coronation
12:30pm – Bonfire Lighting – Christmas Trees Welcome
1:00pm – Cardboard Sled Races –
1:30pm – Town Wide Photo
2:00pm – One Shot Basketball
2:15pm – Balloon Chase
2:30pm – Adult Golf Drive / Skating Fireman’s Relay (all ages)
3:00pm – Ladies Frying Pan Toss
4:00pm – Goalie’s Day Off – Puck Shot
4:30pm – Broomball Tournament
6:15PM – FIREWORKS – Time is approximate – Fireworks end the event, after the Broomball Tournament is over.

Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit
There are five Cardboard Sled Races in the Adirondacks. Participants willing to race in all five have a chance to win a really huge trophy and bragging rights for the year. House rules apply at each individual race.

January 18, – Long Lake
Feb 15 – Old Forge
Feb 16 – Indian Lake
Feb 22 – Inlet
March 1 – Oak Mountain Speculator

All dates and times are tentative – please call 518.624.3077 for more information.

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