Posts on Aug 2018

Brown Booby Rare Bird Sighting Long Lake NY Hamilton County 2018

Brown Booby Photos by Tom Whitney

From Joan Collins, Adirondack Avian Expeditions.

“On Saturday, August 25, 2018, Long Lake Camp Owner, Tom Whitney photographed a juvenile Brown Booby on the mast of his sailboat on Long Lake.

This is a mega-rare bird for Long Lake and there is huge interest from birders around the state.  He found it south of the Big Brook inlet.  On Monday, August 27th, Joan Collins saw the Brown Booby between Big Brook and Round Island also on Long Lake and it flew up, circled around, and flew to the east side of the lake and along the tree-line and disappeared from view.

Following up the Saturday, August 25th sighting, Birders Joan Collins and Larry Master, ventured out by boat on Tuesday morning, August 28th from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. to explore the northern end of Long Lake. This area of the lake has limited road access so a boat was necessary to reach the northern most location on the lake.   Unfortunately there was no repeat Brown Booby sighting at that time.

This Juvenile Brown Booby will spend time perched on channel markers or other perches it finds suitable (like a sailboat mast) and it will also simply float on the water. 

The juvenile Brown Booby is dark with a distinctive dark border on its breast and yellowish feet.  It also looks a bit like a Northern Gannett if that is a familiar bird to some.

From Joan: “I wanted to get the word out to people around the lake since 14 miles is a large area to look for one bird!  It may still be around, or it may have moved on.  This Brown Booby is way outside of its normal territory (Florida and the Caribbean).  If you spot it, please try to get a photo (or video) – and please email and let her know right away!  Thank you!”

Fun sighting:  Five days before Tom’s sighting in Long Lake, a juvenile Brown Booby was being observed in western Massachusetts, and birders think the bird on Long Lake may be the same individual.



Brown Booby Facts:
Juvenile is brown overall; belly ranges from mottled brown and white to mostly dark. Sharp line still visible between darker chest and lighter belly. Underwing coverts are pale. Bare parts generally dull gray.

A widespread seabird of tropical waters, the Brown Booby ranges as far north as the Gulf of California, and rarely to both coasts of the United States. Like other boobies, it feeds with spectacular plunges into the sea.



“National Treasure” Bob Milne – Performs in Long Lake

It’s a Bob Milne Two-Fer summer with our National Treasure Bob Milne finishing his Long Lake Concert Series on Friday, August 31st at the Long Lake Town Hall.  
Bob’s annual concert will be at the Long Lake Town Hall, 1204 Main Street, Long Lake, NY on Friday, August 31stat 7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $12 a piece.  Bob comes back year after year and always wows the audience with his uncanny musical talent, his story-telling and his passion for entertaining.

Milne has had a long career as a successful concert pianist and has even been officially recognized as a “National Treasure” by the Library of Congress. He has traveled the world entertaining audiences and is an active “Musical Ambassador” for the United States Department of State. He enthusiastically shares his knowledge of piano playing and music with his listeners, as well as the incredible histories of others like him.
As a recording artist, Bob Milne has produced numerous collections of solo piano rags, blues, boogies and folk/traditional tunes.  Milne is the author of “The Journeyman Piano Player,” a collection of humorous anecdotes taken from his early years as a working musician.  The book has become highly regarded by working professionals and amateurs alike, and has been suggested as required reading for anyone entertaining the notion of pursuing a career in music.
Bob Milne is a well established Long Lake favorite, so be sure not to miss this one-of-a-kind performance! Admission is $12.  For ticket information, call (518) 624-3077.

The Cadley’s Concert at St. Williams on Long Point

The Cadley’s will perform a concert Thursday, August 23rd at St. Williams on Long Point at 7p.m.

John & Cathy have each been playing music in the Syracuse area for many years and have recently combined their talents into a “new acoustic” duo featuring smooth duet harmonies supported by guitars, mandolin, and banjo.  Their music includes everything from bluegrass standards such as “Blue and Lonesome,” classic folk songs like “The Water Is Wide,” to the new acoustic sounds of Alison Krauss, Nancy Griffith, Leonard Cohen, Emmylou Harris…all the way to fresh, original versions of Beatles tunes like “I Will” and “Yesterday.” Together they present a highly enjoyable listening experience for audiences of all ages.

The Cadleys In Concert

There is boat transportation to St.Williams. The public barge will be at the village dock at 6 p.m. returning at 8:20 p.m. First come first served. Programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
**This project is made possible, in part, with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.

Bad Chaperones Concert Sat. August 18th, 2018

Bad Chaperones in concert

Music by the Lake welcomes back The Bad Chaperones on Saturday, August 18th, 7-10pm at the Long Lake Town Beach with Rain Location at the Mt. Sabattis Pavilion. Their unique combination of talent and showmanship keeps audiences engaged and rocking out to some of yesterday and todays favorites. Be sure to mark it down on your calendar!  Fat River Foods will be on site selling a variety of dinner items.  And the Catholic Daughters will be selling Ice Cream Sundaes!  So bring your dancing feet and your appetite!


The reviews for the Bad Chaperones are in.  5 Stars!  

“These guys are amazing!!! ! They kept us and the crowd there from the first song to the last. Lots of energy and fun on stage. Definitely one of the most professional and “current” bands around! Great job fellas:)”

“Great party band! Kept the crowds dancing all night. Awesome range of music and wonderful sounds. Will definitely be recommending this band to others and will see them again!”

All of these concerts are free to attend and have alternate rain locations. Please check on the calendar for each rain location or

34th Annual Author’s Night 2018

Adirondack authors will gather under the big red tent at Hoss’s Country Corner on Tuesday,  August 14th for the 34th annual Author’s Night in Long Lake, beginning at 7 p.m.

Author’s Night is always held on the second Tuesday in August and features over 50 authors, singers and storytellers.  Many renowned authors and return to Hoss’s each year to entertain the crowd and sign their books and CDs. All writers and musicians at the event are either Adirondack locals or write about the region. This event is a long-standing Adirondack tradition and never fails to draw a large crowd. It’s a great time to get those unique gift items and meet the author’s in person.  A do not miss summer event! 
Stop by and browse, buy, or chat with your favorite regional authors and musicians!

2018 Town Wide Garage Sale & Movie Night Weekend

The 2018 Long Lake Town Wide Garage Sale will be on Saturday, August 11th from 9am to 4pm.  This is an epic event with over 21 sales and sites to visit and explore in and around Long Lake.  

From Kitchen Aid Mixer, Vintage Fridge, Boat Trailers, Quilts and Bags, furniture, Dog House, Shag Lamps and lampshades, moving sales, estate sales, vintage items.. there will be something for everyone!  

There will also be a pie sale at the Town Hall and the Friends of the Library will be hosting a Quilt Raffle, a Yard Sale and Book Sale all at Long Lake Central School.  

Here’s the map – 

Outdoor Movie Night is coming to the Long Lake Ball Field on Friday, August 10th at 8pm.  And it’s FREE! This movie is PG-13 and sorry.. there will be no bus transportation.  We ask that any kids under 13 are accompanied by a parent or guardian (for the outdoor movies we have different rules about guardians- we know we know.. there are different rules in the winter – sorry for the confusion)  

Life of the Party featuring Melissa McCarthy will be free and at the Long Lake Ball Field at 8:00pm.  Bring your lawn chairs, drinks, blankets and your sense of humor!  

When her husband suddenly dumps her, longtime and dedicated housewife Deanna turns regret into reset by going back to college. Unfortunately, Deanna winds up at the same school as her less-than-thrilled daughter. Plunging headlong into the campus experience, the outspoken new student soon begins a journey of self-discovery while fully embracing all of the fun, freedom and frat boys that she can handle.

In the event or threat of rain (we’ll all be checking our Weather Underground Radar)  we will be moving the movie to the Mt. Sabattis Pavilion.  



Raquette Lake Busiest Day 2018

Raquette Lake Busiest Day Events
Here’s a look at all the events of the 2018 Raquette Lake busiest Day on August 11th!  

10am: Annual Raquette Lake Library Book Sale
10am: Annual Arts & Craft Fair at the Raquette Lake School
11:30am: Scavenger Hunt. Cash Prizes. Meet on the Village Green.
6pm:  Raquette Lake Fire Dept. and Ambulance Squad Fundraising Auction on the Village Green. 
Annual auction
Lots of great items
Hot dogs

Hit the town and enjoy the fun events Raquette Lake has to offer!
28th Annual Arts and Craft Fair in Raquette Lake
The Raquette Lake Parents Teachers and Friends will sponsor the 28th annual Arts and Crafts Fair at the Raquette Lake School on Rt. 28 on Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  This is a juried show with all items being displayed for sale the work of the exhibitor on site, the majority of whom reside in the Adirondack Park. 
Adirondack artists exhibiting include Fawn Ridge Pottery of Chestertown and South Bay Jewelry of Raquette Lake.  ‘Stitch Ups’ by Yasuko Monroe was a new exhibitor in 2017 and was very well received with her beautiful purses, backpacks, and other accessories of beautiful fabrics.

 Lis Barsuglia-Madsen is back with her hand woven clothing, rugs and accessories. Other exhibitors include Bob Montesano photography and David “R.C.” Oster’s pen and ink drawings of historic buildings and Adirondack scenes. Toni Rudd will be selling her delicious homemade jams and jellies and Carol Milliman-Estes will be selling the famous Milliman homemade fudge.  Kent Menges will be displaying his wrought iron work ‘Adironstix’.  Nancy Pulling Best with her children’s books and Ken Stanton with rustic Adirondack furniture also return this year.
Other items for sale this year include stained glass, alcohol inks on tiles, vases and yupo.
There will be a Chinese raffle with items donated by the exhibitors and the drawings will take place at 3:30 that afternoon.  You need not be present to win.
All proceeds of the raffle will be donated to North Country Life Flight, a free, not-for-profit critical care air rescue service serving the Adirondacks.
The show is held inside the school and will go on rain or shine!!
Support your local and regional artists and find a truly distinctive gift for yourself, friend or family member!

Durant Days 2018

Get ready for the annual Durant Days and Boat Parade weekend, sponsored by the Town of Long Lake and the CAA. This is a weekend of activities in celebration of William West Durant, the inventor of the Great Camps Style Architecture, which was started right here in Raquette Lake.

2018 Event Highlights:
Friday, August 3
Camp Pine Knot Tour, Concert with Bob Milne, tour St. Williams, Luncheon cruise package

Join Raquette Lake Navigation for a Boat Cruise to celebrate the beginning of Raquette Lake Durant Days Weekend. In 2018 Bob Milne will have a special performance at Camp Pine Knot. For tickets call 315-354-5532. $68 pp. SOLD OUT.

Saturday, August 4
Silent Auction and Wide Variety Concert (12:30pm-4:00pm)

Silent Auction will be held at St. William’s on Long Point. Bidding from 12:30 pm until 3:30 pm. The closing of bidding will happen after the concert by Wide Variety, in the church to be held from 2:00-3:00 pm. Free boat transportation from the town dock from 12:30-1:30. Return boat transportation available after the concert and after the closing of the silent auction bidding.

There will be an Open House also happening at the Camp to meet the new caretakers and see the improvements that have happened this year.

Boat Parade and Fireworks (7:00pm-10:00pm)

The Boat Parade in Raquette Lake at 7:00 pm. Registration forms available at Burke’s or Birds Marina. This year the theme is… there is no theme! Anything goes! We are looking for Party Barges, Runabouts, No-Octane.. if it floats and it’s a boat, decorate it. Get out on the water and show the classic spirit and tradition of Raquette Lake living. Cash Prizes.

Sunday, August 5
Guided tour Great Camp Sagamore

10:00-11:30 am 1/2 price admission Guided tour Great Camp Sagamore, the Alfred Vanderbilt estate. (Half of these retail rates: Adults $18; Seniors/Military $16; Students $10; under age 12 free of charge). Reservations not required. Great Camp Sagamore is located 4 miles from the intersection on Rt 28 by the Raquette Lake School. When you’ve crossed your second one-lane bridge you’ll see the Sagamore complex on the left with parking signage on the right.

Annual Island Service, Church of the Good Shepherd (2:00pm-4:00pm)

Annual Vespers Service with The Reverend Nancy Rosenblum. Service will be followed by complimentary refreshments. Free transport from Village Dock at 2:00 pm. Transportation provided by Burke’s Marina. Burke’s Marina will also offer return transportation after the service. An offering will be collected for building repairs.

Call 518-624-3077 for more information or check
You can find more event info on the Raquette Lake Facebook:

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