Posts on Feb 2022

Raquette Lake Winter Carnival 2022

The Raquette Lake Winter Carnival will kick off on Friday, February 18th, 2022  with a concert by The Jamcrackers featuring Dan Berggren, Dan Duggan and Peggy Lynn at 6:30pm at the Raquette Lake Chapel.  There will be limited seating and masks will be required. This concert is presented by St. William’s on Long Point. This program is made possible, in part, with funds from NY Statewide Community Regrant, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Hochul and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.


On Saturday, February 19th, the outdoor events kick off with youth activities starting at 11 a.m. A variety of games will include a sack race, tire obstacle, balloon chase, and more to be announced. 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.
Everyone is invited to enjoy the bonfire.

Fireworks are slated for dusk between 6:30 and 7pm. Showcase will be weather dependent.  Check for schedule updates.
On Sunday, February 20thth at Noon the Crosscut / Chainsaw competition will be held on the Raquette Lake Village Green led by George McCain. This historic 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 19th.  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 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.  The Town of Long Lake will provide two additional porta-potties in the Village.  Raquette Lake Events Coordinator Kat Forsell will be coordinating the events of the weekend.
For more information

Winter Wonderland Week 2022


80’s Skate & Pizza Party
Friday, February 18
Geiger Arena
Town of 6, Pavillion Rd, Long Lake, NY 12847, USA
630pm Kick of Winter Wonderland Week with an 80’s inspired skate/pizza party at the Geiger Arena starting at 630pm. Don your best retro duds and get your boogie/skate on. Prizes awarded for best costumes and games. For more information call 518-624-3077. The rink will remain open til 10pm, as regularly scheduled.

Raquette Lake Winter Carnival
Friday, February 18 – Sunday February 20th
Raquette Lake Village Green
Friday – 6:30pm, RL Chapel, Jamcrackers in Concert

Saturday: 11am – Kids Games, Noon Ladies Frying Pan Toss, 2pm, Ice Golf. Bonfire all day. Fireworks at Dusk. 

Sunday: Noon – Cross-cut and Chainsaw Competition. 

Special Thanks to the RL Library for opening the doors from 11am – 3pm on Saturday and Long Lake Parks and Recreation for the additional porta-potties in the village. 

Library will be accepting cookie donations! 
Skating & Sledding Races
Tuesday, February 22
Geiger Arena
Town of 6, Pavillion Rd, Long Lake, NY 12847, USA
1pm Bringing back a Long Lake tradition for 2022, the return of the kids skating races. Prizes will be awarded in each age group.
XC Ski Tour
Wednesday, February 23
 Free ski rentals available at Hoss’s Country Corner. For more information call 518-624-3077.
Trivia Night
Wednesday, February 23
Long View Lodge Restaurant
681 Deerland Rd, Long Lake, NY 12847, USA
Come test your knowledge against the Trivia Tsar for your chance to win prizes, bragging rights, and points towards the Trivia Master Cup.
Oak Mountain Tubing Trip
Thursday, February 24
Oak Mountain
Oak Mountain, Speculator, NY 12164, USA
Enjoy an afternoon of tubing and lunch sponsored by the Town of Long Lake. Transportation will be provided, but sign up is required to ride bus, sign up by calling 518-624-3077 no later than February 18th. Bus will depart from Geiger Arena at 10:15am and return approximately 2:30pm.
Hors D’Oeuvres Tour
Friday, February 25
Long Lake
5 p.m. The Hors D’Oeuvres Tour Returns! Tour area restaurants and vote for your favorite appetizer at each location. Each restaurant serves three Chef’s Choice appetizers and participants vote for the best at each restaurant. A great date night and fun for groups too. Hop aboard the little bus and be escorted throughout the town in style. If you are coming out of town, park and ride from the Long Lake Town Hall! Must reserve in advance. Tickets will be available online starting in January. Price includes appetizers only. Tips & Drinks not included. 


Winter Bingo Continues! 

Pick up your own Winter Bingo Card and submit photos for a chance to win the Grand Prize! 

Complete one row and submit to win a sticker! 

The winter themed bingo activity cards will be posted on Long Lake and Raquette Lake social media channels, on the official Town of Long Lake website at and printed cards will be available at the Long Lake Town Office, Raquette Lake Tap Room, and our area libraries, post offices and area businesses starting immediately.  It is free to participate.
Participants are invited to do as many activities as they can with prizes available depending on how many tasks are completed. Participants completing one row of Bingo receive a classic Long Lake sticker, and participants completing the entire card will be entered into a grand finale prize drawing which includes merchandise from local vendors in Long Lake and Raquette Lake.
How to play?  Cross off activities as completed and take photos of the card showing completed tasks.  Submit digital photos via email or to the uploader for prizes. Participants in the game should submit photo proof of purchase for any meals/shopping and photos of activities to or can directly use an uploader link at Participants on Instagram are invited to post their fun activities and use hashtag #mylonglakebingo  #barkeaterbingo #YesLongLake and follow the page at
Featured tasks include indoor and outdoor activities from visiting our local libraries, exploring outdoor trails, engaging in winter recreation, shopping and dining at our local businesses, ice fishing, skating and more. 

Olympic Torch Relay in Long Lake NY – 1980’s Flashback

Olympic Torch Run Long Lake

Photo by Jim Swedberg

Olympic Flame Arrives at Long Lake Central School

On Friday, February 8, 1980 the Town of Long Lake hosted the Olympic Torch relay.
On Monday, March 5, 1979 the Long Lake Town Board passed a resolution having the Town become part of the Olympic Torch Trail Route. The torch bearers were a relay team of top runners who started in Jamestown, Virginia, traveling and running to Albany where they will become two teams, one going up Route 9 to Lake Placid and the other team heading north from Schenectady through Speculator and up Route 30 through Long Lake to Lake Placid.
On Friday, February 8th, 1980 the teams of runners met up with the Olympic Torch which flame had been kindled on January 30th, 1980 at the sacred grove at Olympia where all the Olympic Games of antiquity were held.  The flames was flown to the US and arriving at Langley AFB in Virginia and traveled 1000 miles through six of the original colonies and reach Long Lake, on February 8th.
Some of the Long Lake Torch bearers in Long Lake included Town Supervisor John Hosley, Tony Marcone, John Rayome, and Chuck Kitchen  If you were a Long Lake Torch Bearer for this special event, let us know by emailing  Send photos.
Special thanks to Glen LaBlanc and Jim Swedberg for digging in the archives for these historic images and for Tony Marcone for emailing me to look for photos from the route stretching from North Point Road to the Long View Lodge. Didn’t find any photos yet! Still looking! 

Olympic Torch Relay Long Lake NY

Photo by Jim Swedberg

Winter Olympic Torch Ceremony 1980 long lake

Photo by Jim Swedberg

Photo by Glen LaBlanc

Photo by Jim Swedberg

Special Thanks to Guy LeBlanc, Jim Swedberg and Glen LaBlanc



“Olympic Torch Due Today” The North Creek News Enterprise, February, 7, 1980

Emerson, Joanne, “Cover Wide Range of Problems.” Tupper Lake Free Press, March 14, 1979

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