Posts on Jun 2019

9 Reasons to Celebrate July 4th in Long Lake

Join the Town of Long Lake in celebrating the Fourth of July with our annual celebration festivities. The day is full of family friendly activities starting with the Fourth of July games in the morning, food, snacks, swimming and fun in the afternoon and a free concert with Grit n Grace. End the night with the best fireworks in the Adirondacks with friends and family.

1. Kids Games for All Ages!  

Starting at 10 a.m., join us at the Long Lake Town Ball Field for games for people of all ages. Classic favorites include a scavenger hunt for the youngest tykes under five, but you have to be there ready to go promptly at 10am for this unique treasure hunt for prizes.  There will also be a matching shape relay for the youngest, as well as balloon races, sack races, egg toss and a three-legged race and sack races and maybe some hula hoops.

Children will have a great time competing for prizes and, with over 1,000 prizes to choose from, children will want to join in the activities again and again.  The prize booth is not to be missed!  

The Long Lake CTSO Community Teachers Student Organization will be at the ball field selling water and popsicles!  So bring your money and support the local CTSO Too! 

2. Penelope the Clown!  Now in her millionth year!  Ok, we don’t know how long Penelope has been coming to Long Lake, but that’s ok, we love her.  It’s tradition, and if there’s something we love in Long Lake, it’s tradition.  Penelope will be set up at the Long Lake Town Beach Gazebo, painting faces, blowing up balloons and having fun with the kids.  She arrives around 4pm and will wrap up and go home around 7 or so.  So don’t miss out! 

3. New for 2019!  Patriotic, Hand Crafted Walking Sticks.  Local Craftsman Bob Tice will be on the Long Lake Town Beach selling his handcrafted hiking sticks with a patriotic theme, just for the 4th of July.  For the avid hiker, or the general walker, these sticks will help you maintain a good footing on the trail or the sidewalk!  Find him on the beach!  

4. Kettle Corn!  North Country Kettle Corn returns to the beach with their yummy treats.  Check them out. Cotton Candy, sweet and salty Kettle Corn!  Delicious! 


5. Ice Cream!  If you participate in the Long Lake Annual Egg Toss, every participant receives an ice cream cone from either Custards Last Stand or The Park.  Pick your favorite!  Everyone is a winner! Prize tickets awarded at the ball field at the end of the Kids Games.  Participating Egg Tossers only are eligible for this very special prize! 

6. The Long Lake Fire Department BBQ serves up Sausages and Peppers and Hot Dogs too!  Every year you shouldn’t resist this traditional meal on the beach. Hot, delicious and supporting a great cause!  This is one of two major fundraisers for the all volunteer department and they welcome your support.  Leaving the cooking to them!  

7. Long Lake Lions Club Raffle.  Look for members of the Long Lake Lions Club at the Long Lake Town Beach selling 50/50 raffles.  What you don’t know about the Long Lake Lions Club is that they are growing and expanding their outreach in the community! So keep your eyes peeled this summer.  They host several events a year, including Vintage Snowmobile Races in the winter months.  This summer they have invited a guest speaker to come to town to speak about 


Look for the Lions at the Paddling Olympics, serving up a delicious BBQ lunch, and the August Heart of the Park Craft Fair, again, serving up a delectable lunch. They also serve food at the Long Boat Regatta held the 3rd weekend in September at the Long Lake Town Beach. The Lions Club raises funds to help sponsor local children to attend camps and support local charities as well as fulfilling the mission of the National Chapter.  Check them out and say hello at the beach.  

The Lions Club will also be hosting “Logging in the Adirondacks” by Dick Nason on Tuesday, July 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Long Lake Town Hall. Mr. Nason is a retired forester, for Finch Pruyn, and Co. formerly one of the largest land owners of Adirondack forest property.  So be sure to check them out.

8. Live Music with Grit N Grace.  

Really what is not to love.  Having made their debut at RondeauFest four years ago, and taking over the 4th of July duties on the beach three years ago, this band knows how to rock the house.  From Country, Rock, Pop and with a fierce lead singer, Jackie Pop, this band will have you dancing in the sand and cutting loose on the biggest celebration of the year.  This is a free show.  Pull up a lawn chair and a blanket and get ready to be wowed.  They start playing at 6:30pm until the fireworks go… usually around 9:30/9:45pm. 

9. The Best Fireworks in the Adirondacks.  

It’s true, for such a small town, we power pack this show with entertainment for over 20-30 minutes.  Big booms, little booms, with crackles and pops, your eyes will be dazzled by such a vast display shooting from the Long Lake Causeway near the Town Beach. Spectators can view from the beach or from their boat, and some find their own special spot along the Nature Trail or up on Mt. Sabattis. Pick your spot and enjoy the show!  Special thanks to our local businesses for contributing to the show, including Whitney Industries generous contribution to support the finale and our entire production.  

Donations from our local businesses include:

Helen & Bob Kentile
Eastern Starn Star Abenaque Chapter #745
Short Ridge Landscaping
Hoss’s Country Corner
Stewart’s Shops
Dr. Russell Rider
Whitney Industries

More to be listed as they arrive… 

9A.  Bonus!  Pizza Delivery to your BOAT! 

5 Updates for Long Lake & Raquette Lake you don’t want to miss!

Pick up your own copy of this month’s Adirondack Life, featuring Long Lake’s “Long View Lodge” lodging property and restaurant.  

We had to add one more listing to this post for Tuesday, June 18th.  The Raquette Lake Mudsliders and the Long Lake Hooters, Ladies Softball battle.  We like to say one town, two Hamlets.  Who will achieve the glory?

5 Indoor Activities and 1 Derby This Weekend in the Adirondacks!

So we have flies.  The first step with a problem, is apparently admitting you have one.  We have one.  We also have ways to minimize the frustration.  There are those of you that will hike, no matter what and that is excellent.  Please follow Leave No Trace principals when visiting the Adirondacks.  Suggestions are, cover up with netting, and use plenty of bug spray.

But for those of you that maybe don’t want to battle the black flies on the trails and or for those of you that don’t know what they are, they are miserable tiny creatures that bite and swarm and they come out mid-May through June. These creatures are merely a temporary blight on our outdoor experience and well for the uninformed and uninitiated, they are a nasty inconvenience which once experienced, can really be well… an educational experience and an uncomfortable one.  Locals talk about flies in the spring, like we talk about snow in the winter. Now if you have a nice breeze or the temps are too hot, or a little chilly, then the flies abate.. so there is no real magic to predicting how bad they’ll be.  They’re just usually, bad.  Ok.. end of confession about the flies.  Best to be prepared.  Ok, got it?  Just pray for the water to go down so all the eggs dry up and we can get back to our regularly schedule programming. 

Well there is plenty to do to avoid the flies.  This Father’s Day Weekend in June there are plenty of options including a visit to the Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake.  For the layman… or the local, we all all it the Blue Mountain Museum, or the just the  Museum, or The Adirondack Museum, but for marketing to the globe, it’s an experience, and it’s also a really long description to type into a press release, but I digress… it’s an amazing place to visit. The Museum tells the human story of the Adirondacks.  

Learn about our early exploration, industries, the settling, the logging, mining, boating, tourism and people.  There are many buildings and boats and so much to see and do, it’s really and incredible vast place to visit and it will keep you inside away from weather and the flies.  

There are new exhibits including one on Taxidermy and Adirondack Landscapes which is a a rare chance to see works from Private Collections including Samuel Colman, John Lee Fitch, A.F. Tait, John Frederick Kensett, Thomas Addison Richard, George Bacon Wood, Roswell Morse Shurtleff, George Herbert McCord, William Trost Richards, and Levi Wells Prentice, as well as paintings from our own collection.

We also have W.W. Durant First Cruise of the Season on Raquette Lake kicking off on Saturday, Jun e15th.  There is a Bass/Pike Fishing Derby in Long Lake on Saturday, $25 entry.  Visit Louisa in Long Lake at her studio to do a Make and Take Workshop or shop for art, jewelry, and clothing and unique gifts and be inspired.  Art supplies available too.  Stop in and say hello!  

And there’s the Wild Center in Tupper Lake and on Sunday, Great Camp Sagamore is hosting Community Day.  Reservations are requested to please call in advance to make your reservation so they can ensure everyone gets fed!  Tour of the property available.  More info on the FB link provided on this page!  

Written by Alexandra Roalsvig.  Alex is the Director of Parks, Recreation & Tourism for the Town of Long Lake.  She grew up in Long Lake, left for 20 years and came back. She doesn’t like going outside in June, so she writes blogs instead.  

18 Raquette Lake Facebook Pages you don’t want to miss!

Raquette Lake Mudsliders Softball Team!  Fierce, competitive and enduring.  Come out and support them, even during Black Fly Season! 


Great Camp Sagamore.  One of the original Adirondack Great Camps conceived and built by W.W. Durant and you can visit it and see first hand the beauty and craftsmanship right in Raquette Lake!

Saint Williams Long Point.  Concert season kicks off in July.  Check the page for updates and please note, starting in 2019, there will be a charge to attend these concerts.  The schedule is jampacked with excellent entertainment!  

Forsells Cottage rentals on Raquette Lake.

Bluff Point in Raquette Lake.  Not sure who runs this page, it only has 7 followers, but maybe if we get them more likes, they’ll post some more content! 

Raquette Lake School. Follow this page to stay up on all the events!


Birds Boat Livery

11 Long Lake and Raquette Lake Facebook Pages You Need to Follow Now!

When The Cellar Restaurant says they are offering Steak Specials… run, don’t walk!  Get there.  Known for their great menu selection all season long, their specials are definitely not to be missed.  The Cellar is located where Kickerville Road and NYS Route 30 aka The Tupper Road intersect.  Expanded seating in the dining room, large groups, families, date night, plenty of options available.  Looking for take-out, their menu includes yummy pizzas, moons, shaved steak sandwich, salads and more!  


Move over Betheny Frankel.. we have the real deal in Raquette Lake!  Rachel Pohl has created a sensational Bloody Mary Elixir.  A true Adirondack Entrepreneur, when Rachel isn’t on the W.W. Durant updating and renovating, she’s out on the road delivering a great mixer for cocktails.  Great for gifts, Sunday Brunches and should just be a staple mixer in your hosting bag of tricks.  This is a small business that continues to thrive and grow and find new ways to deliver big taste for New York State.  Check it out and follow her page!  More adventures  to come!  


Looking for that perfect gift for someone who has everything?  Look no further than Chax Knives.  Chase Axin has his seasonal shop in Long Lake, NY on North Point Road.  Stop in on your way to gorgeous Buttermilk Falls. Chase produces handmade knives that last a lifetime. As he says… email works great, cell phone at his place.. not so great!  Just remember, you’re in the Adirondacks, exploring our cool shops and local merchants is half the fun! 

Never fear.. just because this post is from 2017… it’s ok.. Mary Jo is getting ready as we speak for the summer season.. let her know you saw her FB page on this blog post and ask her to update something new! Aiming to open at the end of June which is right around the corner.  She will have shakes, floats, sundaes and in one of the coolest spots in the Adirondacks known for its unique architecture having received the Adirondack Architectural Heritage Preservation Award in 2003.  

Wellness is in Long Lake.  Looking for new ways to untangle and unwind contact our local wellness coach, and teacher.  You have to make an appointment in advance, so check out her page, follow it and schedule an appointment today.  Explore new ways to improve your wellness. Unwinding in the Adirondacks, it is what its all about! 


Sign up and follow the Long Lake Fish & Game Club.  Sponsoring Fishing Derbies, Hosting events at the range, the Black Bear Championship, the August Trap Shoot and so much more!  Follow this page for all the news! 

Wellness continues.  Bet you didn’t know about this FB page.  Babbie the Pharmacist is located in Long Lake, NY.  She runs a website and is most interested in helping you achieve your wellness goals.  Check out her page, and subscribe to her informative videos too. LeBlanc WellBeing is owned and operated by Babette LeBlanc RPh.  Babbie is dedicated to bringing customers honest, trustworthy, and cost effective products. Our goal is to help you make a difference in your life, in any way that we can.  Check it out!  

Have you ever been to downtown Raquette Lake?  If you haven’t, you MUST!  With it’s gorgeous view and access to Raquette Lake, take a step back in time.  This is the birthplace of Great Camps Architecture. This charming town has plenty of room for everyone.  Once you discover Raquette Lake you will keep coming back year after year.  A local favorite is a top at the Raquette Lake Tap Room.  Follow this FB page to get the specials, get updates on the Raquette Lake Ladies Softball Team and find out the local lore.  Great prices that can’t be beat. Open year-round. Come on in and check it out.



Do you play a instrument.  Do you love to rock out?  Do you want to be a star?  Follow the Long Lake Open Mike page and find out more. Open Mike happens in Long Lake at the Adirondack Hotel on the last Saturday of every month, all year long.  Join hosts Terry & Wayne Chaikin, bringing you the hits of the town. Local musicians and visiting musicians sign up and can perform up to 3 songs. Some are solo, large groups too.  Always a fun night out celebrating all kinds of musicians in and around the area.  

Do you love the History of Long Lake?  Then follow this page.  Cool photos of the area and local lore too.  Great photos, and historical tidbits galore!

Have you ever camped at Lake Eaton?  Families come back year after year!  Fun photos, postcards, news about the campground and private camps long Lake Eaton.  There’s more to Long Lake and Raquette Lake than meets the eye!  Great beach, great fishing, and the great outdoors all meet at Lake Eaton!


Ladies Softball is happening in our area.  Both Long Lake and Raquette Lake have softball teams and the games start this week!  Check out and follow the Raquette Lake Mudsliders!  If they can play outside in the black flies, you can come out and cheer them on!  

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