Posts on Feb 2019

Hors D’Oeuvres Tour Results!

Long View Lodge Serves up
1. House made Tortellini w/ goat cheese and wild mushroom -Favorite
2. Crab cake with house remoulade 
3. Portabello mushroom fry


A buzz was in the air on Friday, February 22nd the night the Long Lake Hors D’Oeuvres Tour returned as a cornerstone event for the Town of Long Lake Tourisms Winter Wonderland Week.   
The tour was open to anyone and guests of the tour were invited to ride the Long Lake’s community “Little Bus” and visit the local restaurants to vote for their favorite appetizer.  Guests hailed from Nashville, TN, Columbia County, NY, Plattsburgh, Tupper Lake, Long Lake and Albany and other locales.  The participating restaurants were The Adirondack Growl and Grub, The Adirondack Hotel, Long Lake Diner/Owl’s Head Pub and the Long View Lodge. 
Due to an unexpected mechanical issue the Long Lake Little Bus was unavailable for the event, and Director of Long Lake Parks and Recreation, Alexandra Roalsvig, reached out to Robin DeLoria, Town Supervisor of Newcomb for an assist. Supervisor DeLoria offered his ten-passenger bus to be used for the event citing he was happy to share services between the two upstate municipalities straddling Essex and Hamilton County.  This is the second time Newcomb has helped the Long Lake Parks and Recreation this season, as Newcomb provided grooming for the Long Lake side of the C7B Snowmobile trail when one of Long Lake’s grooming machines was out of service for a week in January.

Guests got onboard the Newcomb Town Bus, a little smaller with 10 person capacity, so the schedule was re-worked to accomodate the unexpected transportation challenge.  Special thanks to the Town of Newcomb and Town Supervisor Robin DeLoria for saving the day!

Sixty-four guests descended upon the venues one at a time, moving about the community to try three appetizers at each location.  Guests had a voting card to review and select their favorite at each venue. The judging was to consider each individual appetizer with overall impression, presentation, uniqueness, combination of flavors, pleasing to the palate and originality. 

Appetizers from the Growl and Grub

1 French Onion & Roast Beef Crostini  – Favorite
2. Ugly Pretzel w/ Beer Cheese Dip
3. Capicola Cups w/ Cantaloupe

Long Lake Town Councilman Richard Dechene spending time with Bill Houghton

Growl and Grub
1 French Onion & Roast Beef Crostini 
2. Ugly Pretzel w/ Beer Cheese Dip
3. Capicola Cups w/ Cantaloupe

Long View
1. House made Tortellini w/ goat cheese and wild mushroom
2. Crab cake with house remoulade 
3. Portabello mushroom fry

Adk Hotel
1. Coconut scallops w/ Brazilian slaw
2. Spicy lime grilled shrimp w/ cilantro and basil encrusted rice, finished with cream avocado sauce
3. Jerked Chicken Tostado 

Owl’s Head
1. Chickpea Taco w/ Pico de gallo and guacamole 
2. Alaskan crab & shrimp egg rolls w/ mornay sauce
3. Honey and soy beef kebab  

Guests enjoying the Long Lake Diner/Owls Head Pub

1. Chickpea Taco w/ Pico de gallo and guacamole -Favorite
2. Alaskan crab & shrimp egg rolls w/ mornay sauce
3. Honey and soy beef kebab  

Food served by each establishment was varied and generous with portions.  The Adirondack Growl and Grub served Capicola Cups with Cantaloupe, an Ugly Pretzel with Beer Cheese Dip and a French Onion and Roast Beef Crostini. The favorite at the Growl and Grub was the French Onion and Roast Beef Crostini. The Growl and Grub also offered a beer pairing to accompany the plates.
The Long View Lodge offered a plate with a Crab Cake with House Remoulade, a Portabello Mushroom Fry and House Made Tortellini with goat cheese and wild mushroom. The overall winner for the Long View Lodge was the House Made Tortellini with Goat Cheese and Wild Mushroom.
The Adirondack Hotel served up a Jerked Chicken Tostado, Spicy Lime Grilled Shrimp with Cilantro and Basil Encrusted Rice, finished with Cream Avocado Sauce.  Coming in with top honors at the  Hotel was the Spicy Lime Grilled Shrimp. 
The Long Lake Diner/Owls Head Pub served an Alaskan Crab and Shrimp Egg Roll with Mornay Sauce, Honey and Soy Beef Kebob and coming in first was the Chickpea Taco with Pico de gallo and Guacamole.
Guests were impressed with the portions and were definitely full by the end of the night and overall thrilled with the variety and quality of the food.  Despite the initial over-crowding at the start of the event, guests also filled out comment cards to help the Parks and Recreation Department strategize on improvements with the goal of bringing the event back in 2020. 
The next foodie involved event in Long Lake will be in May during the Eat Adirondack Restaurant Week, May 2ndto May 9th.  More information will be available at

Guests at the Adirondack Hotel having a ball

Adirondack Hotel 

Adk Hotel
1. Coconut scallops w/ Brazilian slaw – Favorite
2. Spicy lime grilled shrimp w/ cilantro and basil encrusted rice, finished with cream avocado sauce
3. Jerked Chicken Tostado 

Having fun on the tour

Raquette Lake Winter Carnival

The Raquette Lake Winter Carnival will kick on Saturday, February 16th with youth activities start at 11am . Games will include a sack race, sledding, tire obstacle, balloon chase, and tug-of-war.  At noon there will be a Ladies Frying Pan Toss with cash prizes of $75, $50, $25. The Team Ice Golf Competition will be held throughout the day for teams with cash prizes of $75, $50, $25.
Registration for events will take place at the Raquette Lake Library.  Round out the day by warming up at the bonfire and the annual tug-o-war.
At 2p.m. Magicians Chris and Pete of Chris and Pete Amusements will perform in the Raquette Lake Library. The show is free.
Fireworks are slated for 7pm. Showcase will be weather dependent.  Check schedule updates.
On Sunday, February 17th, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the Raquette Lake Ladies Auxiliary sponsor a $10 all you can eat Pancake Breakfast at the Raquette Lake Fire Hall.  
At Noon on Sunday the Cross-Cut / Chainsaw competition will be held on the Raquette Lake Village Green. In 2019 the Chainsaw Competition will be sponsored by the Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club. This long-standing tradition is a not to be missed event featuring timed men’s, women’s and mixed divisions.  Competitors must bring their own chainsaw!
Cookie donations are requested for Saturday, February 16th.  Please drop off at the Raquette Lake Library.  As in years past the Raquette Lake Library will be open for hot chocolate, cookies and warmth all day on Saturday.  Raquette Lake Events Coordinator Kat Forsell will be coordinating the events of the weekend.
For more information

Pete and Chris Magicians at 2pm on Saturday, February 16th at the Raquette Lake Library and it’s free!

Newsday Article

Winter Wonderland Week

Tubing at Oak Mountain happening Tuesday, February 19th.  It’s FREE!  Includes lunch.  Bus transportation provided! 

Raquette Lake Winter Carnival Cross Cut and Chainsaw competition happening on Sunday, February 17th, 2019! At noon.  

Celebrate President’s Week in Long Lake with tons of winter activities and events held daily.
Kicking off the schedule is a Kids Movie Night featuring Incredibles 2 at the Town Hall on Friday the 15th, with transportation to and from provided by the Town. Call 518-624-3077 to sign up, pick up will begin around 4pm, with drop occurring directly following the movie. 
Over the weekend Raquette Lake is the place to be with their annual Winter Carnival the 16th & 17th. Fun for all ages, and games throughout the day, including Ice Golf, Ladies Frying Pan Toss, Tug O’ War, and many more.  The good times kick off at 11am, with the magic show happening at 2pm in the Raquette Lake Library.  And don’t forget to come back on Sunday for the ever popular Crosscut and Chainsaw competitions starting at 12pm.
Monday the 18th the Town of Long Lake will be offering a Snowmobile Safety course in the Town Hall from 9am-5pm. There are limited spaces available, so sign up early by calling 518-624-3077. Lunch provide by the Town of Long Lake.
Tuesday’s destination is Oak Mountain in Speculator for an afternoon of snow tubing with lunch provided by the Town of Long Lake. Transportation is available on the Little Bus, leaving at 10am, sign up by calling 518-624-3077.
Wednesday’s cure for cabin fever is a Kids’ Art Class hosted by local artist and Incapahco Studios owner Louisa at the Town Hall starting at 11am. Kids will have the opportunity for hands on instruction with a local artist, and supplies, tools and materials will be provided. Sign up is highly encouraged, by calling 518-624-3077.
Don’t forget to stop by Trivia Night in Long Lake at the Long View Lodge on Wednesday the 6th.
For anyone looking for a little winter exercise, join us at the Geiger Arena on Thursday at 11am for a semi-guided Nordic ski around Long Lake. Skis can be procured through Hoss’s Country Corner or the ADK Trading Post, and all ability levels are welcome. Rentals and tour are free, and sponsored by the Town of Long Lake.
Friday the 22nd we have the perfect cap to a holiday week, the return of the Hors D’Oeuvres Tour starting at 5pm.  The Little Bus will be running to ferry everyone between the participating businesses, and tickets must be purchased ahead of time by visiting, or by calling 518-624-3077.

And don’t forget the Geiger Ice Skating Rink and Sledding Hill will be open extended hours all week.  Opening daily at 1pm – 5pm/6pm – 10pm.  Free ice skates, sledding hill, bonfires on Saturday night.  Look for special smores nights.  Great family outings.  Popcorn, hot chocolate, foosball and more!  Free wifi too! 

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