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2021 January Wrap Up

Long Lake January 2021 Wrap Up Video

Raquette Lake Tap Room

January 2021 was a busy month for Long Lake and Raquette Lake communities. 

In Raquette Lake we saw the expansion of the Raquette Lake Tap Room to accomodate a busy snowmobile season. This extension was necessary due to the 50% cap on capacity for indoor dining. In order to accomodate guests our local businesses have been coming up with creative ways to make our spaces safe and viable for our visitors and residents.  

The Long Lake Winter Carnival was held as a new version, Winter Carnival “Lite” featuring Cardboard Sled Races, ice sculptures, skating and fireworks. 

Raquette Lake Tap Room interior


We saw vaccine clinics take hold in Hamilton County with the ongoing efforts of the Hamilton County Public Health Department. This team is coordinating a herculean task as the county spans huge distances between communities and boasts one of the most senior populations in New York State. Obstacles can seem at first overwhelming as the “Vaccine Hunger Games” require internet savvy and the ability to navigate a New York State website to book appointments.

Hamilton County Public Health has partnered with local town supervisors and the Office of the Aging to develop a phone list of people seeking a vaccine who meet the current 1a and 1b criteria for vaccines.  Week to week, as vaccine becomes available, eligible residents who are on a list are contacted and appointments are made to get the shots in the arms of Hamilton County residents.  If not for the efforts of the Public Health department residents would have to travel to clinics as far as Potsdam, Plattsburgh, Utica, Syracuse or Albany.  

If you are over the age of 65, or meet the 1a and 1b criteria  and live in Long Lake or Raquette Lake contact 518-624-3077 to get on the vaccine list. Office is open Monday through Friday 8am – 4pm

Living in one of the most rural areas of New York State doesn’t thwart the efforts of a dedicated Public Health staff and the vaccine roll out is on-going. Hamilton County Public Health asks residents to please be patient as clinics will be scheduled around the county as vaccine is made available from New York State. 

Ice skating rink

Ice sculptures were created in and around town, due to a cold snap, they are still standing. They are best seen at the Long Lake Town Beach and the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Area.

The Long Lake Ice Skating Rink and Sledding Hill is open for regular hours with our attendant Matthew Waligora in charge of the rink. There are nightly bonfires, skates and sleds available.  Phone for conditions 518-624-3031.

We have bait!  Hoss’s Country Corner is offering LIVE BAIT this winter.  Call 518-624-2481 or stop on by. Open daily.

Groceries!  Long Lake has groceries, REALLY!  Get your staples and ingredients at the ADK Trading Post offering curbside pick up and also at Hoss’s. Both offer fresh foods, and a variety of treats that will suprise all palates! Don’t underestimate the services available in Long Lake.

Dining – the Adirondack Hotel, the Long Lake Diner Owls Head Pub and the Long View Lodge and the Raquette Lake Tap Room are open for business. Check out their hours and menus here


2021 Business Winter Hours Long Lake and Raquette Lake

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Maco The Shark Winner Best in Show

2021 Winter Carnival Wrap Up

For Immediate Release
January 19, 2021
On Saturday, January 16, 2021, the Long Lake 19th Annual Winter Carnival saw major changes to the line-up and was able to host a modified version renamed Winter Carnival “Lite.”  The only coordinated event was the Cardboard Sled Races which were held with Covid-19 protocols in place. All participants and spectators had to register in advance for a maximum of 50 and there was no on-site registration.  Everyone wore masks and kept a minimum of six feet between racers and families. 
Race was only open to participants 18 and under and the winners for 2021:
Best Crash: Logan Hosley “Living Machine”
3rd: Kamila Stryszowski “The Rocket”
2nd: Morgan Delehanty “Muscle Tape”
1st: Quinn Giordano “The Mighty Eskimo
Best in Show: Matt & SJ Hosley “Maco”
Award-Winning Ice Carver Stan Kolonko from the Ice Farm helped create a drive by Ice Sculpture display sponsored by our local businesses including: Motel Long Lake, Tom Donnelly Logging, Howe May We Help You, LLC, Long Lake Rentals and a combo business sculpture by the ADK Trading Post and Adirondack Hotel. There was also a large Long Lake bear sculpture installed at the Long Lake Town Beach.
The Long Lake Ice Skating rink and sledding hill was open all day with Covid Protocols in place and the day ended with a Fireworks display at Mt. Sabattis with spectators watching from inside their vehicles.
There was no royalty crowned and no infamous Ladies Frying Pan Toss in 2021, but we look forward to next year which will mark the 20th and is scheduled for January 15, 2022. Save the date!

2021 Winter Carnival “Lite”

Saturday, January 16, 2021
Winter Carnival “Lite” 

We are still moving forward with a modified, revised version of Winter Carnival.

10am Cardboard Sled Races  – MAX 50 includes races and spectators. Everyone MUST sign up in advance to attend this event. There is no walk up registration. Everyone must be pre-registered in advance – this 100% includes any spectators that may accompany the racer. This race is for 18 and under ONLY for 2021.** Please note – this event subject to change without notice.  Registration in advance.  518-624-3077. We we have to cut the list off at 50 as NYSDOH  Covid 19 regulations require  that events with have a max 50 people.  
10am – until complete  – The Ice Farm installs Ice Sculptures – Businesses have been invited to participate to help sponsor our ice sculpture park.  Must respond by Monday, January 11th.  Prices for small sculptures are $225 to $250 depending on number of sculptures commissioned. The price decreases with more participation.  Plan is to have an installation at the Beach and some carvings at Mt. Sabattis. We are encouraging drive by viewing.
Fireworks at 6:30pm SHARP. Viewers to watch from their vehicles – at Mt. Sabattis – or Post Office Parking Lot. This is a TEN minute show and always starts on TIME. Again – cars can view from Mt. Sabattis Parking Lots or Post Office Parking Lot 
Changes for 2021. 
We have postponed Coronation, Frying Pan Toss, Caber Toss, Kids Balloon Chase, One Shot Hockey & Bonfire. There will be no bonfires at all on that property that day to mitigate any possibility of congregation.
The Geiger Rink and Sledding Hill will be open with current Covid-19 Protocols in Place.  Link here for protocols:  

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