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A Long Lake Guideboat Comes Home

Colleen Smith, a Long Lake resident recently re-launched a guideboat on Long Lake, NY in July of 2019 after acquiring the boat originally built by her grandfather George W. Smith in Long Lake, NY in the early 1900’s.
 
Gordon Fisher of Long Lake, spotted a listing for the boat in a magazine and recognized it as being a Long Lake Guideboat, but was unsure of the builder. Fisher contacted Long Lake boat builder Bunny Austin about possibly brokering the vessel on behalf of the owner who was living on Lake Champlain where the boat had been in their family since the 1950’s. Bunny turned the brokering of the boat over to his nephew, boat builder, Keith Austin.  While Keith took on the boat with plans to sell it, his wife, Debbie Austin was re-caning the original seats when she spotted the cursive signature Geo W. Smith inscribed on the frames of all three of the seats.

The boat was likely built around 1907 around the time that George W. Smith was operating a boat building shop on North Point Road in Long Lake, NY. A mutual friend knew of Colleen’s connection as the granddaughter of Long Lake guideboat builder George W. Smith and mentioned the boat had recently been listed for sale.  Colleen jumped at the opportunity to purchase the boat and return it to the waters of Long Lake. 
 
Colleen was able to purchase the boat in 2018 and launch it at Endion on July 19th, 2019. Three generations of Smith’s were on hand to witness the soaking and launching of the watercraft.  Long Lake native Gail Emerson was also on deck offering assistance. Gail’s grandfather Wallace Emerson was a contemporary of George W. Smith and the two granddaughters stood proudly side by side on the shores of Long Lake for the historic re-launch.
 
From “The Raquette, River of the Forest,” by Charles W. Bryan, Jr. 1964. “Long Lake should be famous in Adirondack history of its association with that remarkable light craft known as the “Adirondack guide boat.”  It is not to be doubted that Long Lake played a major role in the development of the craft”
 
 
 

written & photo by Alexandra Roalsvig, Director of Parks, Recreation & Tourism for the Town of Long Lake (unless otherwise noted) 

Memphis Collegian, Casey Lemieux and-Colleen Smith return George W. Smith’s original Adirondack Guideboat to the shores of Long Lake | Photo by Molly Irvine

Colleen Smith and Gail Emerson, granddaughters of boat builders Smith and Wallace Emerson 

Reunion and Town Celebration On Deck for September

Plans are underway for a four-day All Class Inclusive Long Lake Central School Reunion and Town Celebration event to be held Thursday, September 12 through Sunday, September 15th, 2019 at a variety of venues in and around the Long Lake area. Barbara Cragg Kiefer, Class President of Long Lake Central School Class of 1969 chairs the 2019 Reunion Committee.
 
This event initiated by the Class of 1969 to celebrate their 50th reunion also includes alumni from all the graduating classes from Long Lake Central School and residents of the Long Lake Community. Barbara Kiefer manages two Facebook groups with over with 319 members people interested in the event.  Kiefer and the reunion committee have been planning this event for over three years. While the group has been coordinating efforts on social media, Kiefer wants to ensure all alumni and residents, teachers and staff are included and invited. It is open to anyone who has a connection to the school and community. There are many activities available and everyone is welcome to pick and choose their favorites.
 
Planned events include:  Santanoni Wagon Trip, Trivia Night at the Adirondack Hotel, Golf, Alumni Assembly, Dance with the Adirondack DJ at the Long Lake Town Hall, Picnic at Mt. Sabattis, Open Mike, Karaoke at The Cellar, Formal Buffet dinner hosted at the Long View Lodge, Story Slam, Class Meetings and local church services.
 
Costs for the activities range per venue.  To sign up or for more detailed information about the reunion schedule please contact Barbara Kiefer via email at kieferba1@aol.comor check out the official Town of Long Lake website at www.mylonglakecom/schoolsfor the most updated schedule of events.  To register for the official class dinner on Saturday night tickets are available online at https://thelongviewlodge.com/llcsreunion
 
 
 
 
 

Beadle Brothers Slated to Rock Long Lake!

The 11th Annual Fire Department Chicken Barbeque at the Mt. Sabattis Pavilion benefiting the Long Lake Volunteer Fire Department returns on Saturday, August 24th.  Food service and to go meals starts at 4 p.m. until they run out. All proceeds benefit the Long Lake Fire Department. The Mt. Sabattis Pavilion is located at 6 Pavilion Way at the intersection of Deerland Road and South Hill Road in Long Lake, NY.   Entertainment for the BBQ will feature the country sounds of The Beadle Brothers, no additional charge.
 
The Beadle Brothers hail from central New York, they are a Syracuse favorite and Indie World Country Charts Stars. The Beadle Brothers will be performing from 6p.m. to 10 p.m. on the Mt. Sabattis Pavilion stage. For over four years The BeadleBrothers have been the house band for Turning Stone’s “Tin Rooster” playing shows at least three times a month. The Beadle Brothers perform a variety of original songs and popular country covers showcasing an upbeat, interactive, and energetic fusion of country and rock. These five musicians have opened for major national touring acts including: Trent Willmont, Brian White, Marc Willis, Brantley Gilbert, Lone Star, and Jarrod Niemonn.  The Beadle Brothers were nominated for the 2015 New Music Awards Country Group/Duo of the Year along with Florida Georgia Line, Thompson Square and The Band Perry.
 
The reviews are in for the Beadle Brothers:
 
“Heard you guy’s play last night for the first time. I gotta say you’re the best I’ve heard in a long time!”
 
“Great time last night!! Beadle Brothers rocked the house. Let’s do it again soon guys.”
 
Guests are invited to sit at picnic tables under the cover of the pavilion, and may also bring picnic blankets and chairs to set up.  There is free parking available.   This event happens rain or shine and there is no admission charge for the concert.
 
The Beadle Brothers concert is sponsored by the Town of Long Lake Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.  There is no cover for the event, but the Fire Department will accept donations in addition to selling their delicious BBQ. Come for the food, stay for the night!   
 
For more information visit www.mylonglake.com

Long Lake Town Wide Garage Sale Map! 2019!

Smokey Bear Celebrates 75th Birthday in Long Lake!

The Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department partners with the NYS DEC Forest Rangers in the region to coordinate efforts to celebrate Smokey Bears 75th Birthday in and around Long Lake on Friday, August 9th!  Considering his age, Smokey stays in good shape by working out, shoveling and educating the public about Forest Fire Prevention.  Smokey Bear says he is able to maintain his youthful appearance from the positive energy he garners from working with children and good folks all over the country.

Look for Smokey Bear to stop by area businesses on Friday, August 9th, 2019 after 2 p.m.  In Long Lake Smokey Bear will be handing out trinkets and birthday knick-knacks to children and help spread the word about Forest Fire prevention.  Stops slated include The Park Long Lake, The Long Lake Town Beach, the ADK Trading Post, Lake Eaton Campground and then finishing up in Blue Mountain at Durant Lake Campground.  

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced that DEC is participating in events across the state this month to celebrate Smokey Bear’s 75th anniversary. DEC is teaming up with the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters, and the Ad Council to celebrate 75 years since the 1944 launch of the Smokey Bear Wildfire Prevention campaign, the longest-running public service advertising campaign in U.S. history.

Smokey Bear has successfully educated generations of Americans about how we can all help prevent wildfires,” Commissioner Seggos said. “We invite all New Yorkers to join us and celebrate this national icon at events across New York State this summer. Smokey’s words are still an urgent and relevant reminder for all of us to follow – Only YOU can prevent wildfires.'”

Smokey Bear was “born” on August 9, 1944, when the Forest Service and the Ad Council agreed on using a fictional bear to serve as the symbol for their joint effort to promote forest fire prevention during World War II. Roughly nine out of 10 forest fires are caused by humans. Wildfires can be deadly and destructive, and the national annual cost of their consequences can range anywhere from $71.1 to $347.8 billion, according to recent study by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Last year’s Camp Fire in northern California destroyed the city of Paradise and killed more than 80 people, making it the nation’s deadliest wildfire in more than a century.

New York State has 18.5 million acres of public and private forest lands susceptible to seasonal wildfires, and DEC’s Forest Rangers are the state’s lead division tasked with forest fire mitigation and the control and prevention of wildfires. In 2018, DEC Forest Rangers extinguished 105 wildfires that burned a total of 845 acres. For more information about the Forest Rangers, go to DEC’s website.

 

Fun Facts You Didn’t know About Smokey Bear.

The “the” was added to his name to match a song’s rhythm.

Though his name is technically Smokey Bear, many grew up calling him Smokey the Bear. There was good reason, namely the popular song “Smokey The Bear.” The tune was written in 1952 by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins. The musicians added a “the” to his name to fit with the song’s rhythm. This minor change has caused confusion ever since.

On a July morning in 1922, a case of magnesium powder exploded in a warehouse in New York’s Greenwich Village. The resulting fire was devasting, legendary. The conflagration claimed the life of a heroic firefighter named “Smokey” Joe Martin.

Two decades later, on August 9, 1944, the first Smokey Bear poster appeared. The bear was named in honor of “Smokey” Joe, and his first piece of public service artwork depicted the animal in his iconic hat, dousing a fire with a bucket of water.

This week marks the 75th birthday of Smokey Bear. Over the years, Smokey has grown into an American icon. He’s an educational star of commercials, cartoons, toys, posters and more. Let’s dig into the life of this honorable bear. And remember… “Only you can prevent forest fires.”

Schedule Subject to change without notice due to weather and or need for search and rescue operations.  There is no “set” schedule.  Just keep your eyes peeled for the NYS DEC Ranger Truck! 

15 Events, 2 Towns, 5 Days in 1 Week

There is a lot of action in Long Lake, NY and Raquette Lake, NY this week and here is your primer for the week so you don’t miss out on anything.
 
Monday, August 5th
6pm, Monday Night Soccer on the Ball Field. Ages 7th grade students and up.  Free! With Coach Jim Piraino.  Part of Long Lake’s Parks & Recreation Youth Programming.
 
Wednesday, August 7th
10am Zoomobile Raquette Lake at the Library and
Noon at Mt. Sabattis Pavilion at 6 Pavilion Way in Long Lake NY.

 
1pm at the Mt. Sabattis Pavilion, Kids Art Class, $5 per child
 
7pm 10th Mountain Division Brass Ensemble.  Mt. Sabattis Pavilion. Free.

The 10th Mountain Division Band Brass Ensemble is a 9 member band which performs a variety of music. As the Army has transformed to meet the complexities of modern warfare, so too Army Music has evolved and adopted to meet their musical mission.

Picnic table seating available. Guests welcome to bring lawn chairs. Please bring flashlights as it gets dark earlier and there is no ambient lighting in the parking area. 
 
Thursday, August 8th
10a.m.-2p.m. The Long Lake Farmers Market is every Thursday located at the Mt. Sabattis Lower Parking Lot on South Hill Road across from the Post Office. Look for fresh veggies, pies, ice cream, Otter Creek Wines, rustic furniture, jewelry and more!
 
 
7:00 pm The Tailor Made Band. Raquette Lake Village Green. Free!


Opening for industry legends such as Charlie Daniels, Lady Antebellum, Kellie Pickler and Josh Thompson to name a few, this high energy band is also the official band of radio station show, “The Wake Up Q” with Chris Allinger.
 
This concert is sponsored by Saint Williams Long Point. Donation Admission Appreciated.
 
7:30pm. Denise and Moe Helms in Concert.  United Methodist Church, Long Lake, NY. Free.

Denise and Moe are both accomplished musicians with experience ranging from quartets up to full band ensemble’s and musical productions. While each can play multiple instruments they specialize in French Horn (Denise), and Piano (Moe). Hailing from Long Lake originally, they both reside in Vestal, NY now. Following the performance, a reception will be held to meet the artists. Donations are appreciated at each event to help defray the cost of this series.
 
Friday, August 9
6pm Bad Chaperones on the Long Lake Town Beach, Music by the Lake. Free.


It’s always a fun night on the beach with classic songs, danceable riffs, and something for everyone with the Bad Chaperones! Join us for a fun night at the beach. Free concert, extended beach hours for the kids and food too! When asked who their inspiration and greatest influences are…. “cow bell, post-it notes, clip boards”  This concert is free and part of the Town of Long Lake, Parks, Recreation & Tourism Music by the Lake Series.


 
Saturday, August 10th
 
9am-1pm  Book Sale Long Lake Central School Gym

9am Town Wide Garage Sale, Long Lake, NY. Pick up maps at the Long Lake Town Offices (back door) 1130 Deerland Road or at area businesses.  Please, no early birds!

Saturday, August 10th Continued… 
Raquette Lake’s Busiest Day!
10am Juried Craft Fair– Raquette Lake School

The Raquette Lake Parents Teachers and Friends will sponsor the 29th annual Arts and Crafts Fair at the Raquette Lake School on Rt. 28 on Saturday, August 10th, 2019 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. Lis Barsuglia-Madsen is back with her hand woven clothing, rugs and accessories.  Other exhibitors include 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 photographer Joe Wild of “Wild Ways Photography” will be exhibiting this year.


10am Raquette Lake Library Book Sale


11:30am Scavenger Hunt, Meet at Raquette Lake Supply. Cash Prizes!


5pm The AUCTION!  By the Raquette Lake Fire Department.  Please note earlier time, 5pm!
 


 

Durant Days | Raquette Lake |Great Camps | Adirondack Architecture!

Durant Days August 2 – 4, 2019, Raquette Lake, NY
 
Durant Days celebrates the birth of Great Camps Architecture. Enjoy a special weekend of events in Raquette Lake. Harken back to the days when waterways were the highways and travel was by boat! And you can’t get there by car. Access to these Great Camps, Historic Landmarks and churches only available on is limited to a few times a season so don’t miss out on your exclusive chance to explore them all in one jam-packed weekend!
 
William West Durant left his mark permanently on the Adirondacks as a master designer and builder crafting impressive architectural masterpieces.  Durant envisioned grandiose getaway homes and self-contained villages in the middle of the Adirondack wilderness.  Through his revolutionary vision he was able to combine the architectural features of a traditional log cabin merged seamlessly with the long low lines of the graceful Swiss chalet to create a luxurious summer residence. From his first grand camp, Camp Pine Knot, sprang a distinctive school forever known as Great Camps Architecture and Raquette Lake is the place where it was born.
 
These grand camps of the wealthy in the Adirondacks attracted railroad titans, industrialists, admiring journalists and international guests to enjoy the wilds of the forest with the softer comforts of elegance and grace and touted as “the show places of the woods.”   
 
Join us in Raquette Lake, NY the first weekend in August to transport yourself back to the Gilded Age and imagine yourself enjoying the opulence of the Adirondacks as a railroad titan.  History buffs will be transported back in time. 
 
Schedule of Events for Durant Days
 
Friday, August 2nd, 2019
Luncheon Boat Cruise $69 pp inclusive of cruise, meal, tax, gratuity, guided tours. www.raquettelakenavigation.com
 
Saturday August 3, 2019
2:00-3:00 p.m. Wide Variety A Capella Group in concert on the Raquette Lake Village Green.  This New Jersey a capella group has been performing for years.  Their popular set includes renditions of popular favorites from the 40s through the 00s, including music from the Beach Boys, Four Seasons, John Legend and many more. Free Concert on the Raquette Lake Village Green  sponsored by Saint Williams Long Point, Central Adirondacks Association and the Town of Long Lake.   Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and the entire family for this fun acapella concert. This concert is FREE.

Electric Bike Demo by Artisan and Inventor – Jamie Sutliff.  Check out unique trike bikes that can carry up to 65 pounds of gear and loot in the basket.  This bike demo is brought to you by Raquette Lake Navigation.  Look for him in the Afternoon on the Village Green. Courtesy of Raquette Lake Navigation.
 
6pm Boat Parade** NEW TIME for 2019. In the village. Boats all shapes and sizes compete.  Runabouts, no-octane, party barges, if it floats, it’s a boat!

Decorate boats and compete for prizes for Best Most Creative Boat in each boat class.  The more the merrier!  Everyone invited to play.

On vacation?  Be adventurous, rent a boat at Burke’s or Birds Marina’s and show us what you’ve got.  Celebrate life on the waterways during the indefatigable Raquette Lake Boat Parade. Registration Forms available  at Burke’s or Bird Marina or 
 
August 3, 2019 cont.
7:00pm. James Warren, Magician, NEW INDOOR LOCATION! Live at the Raquette Lake Chapel Next to the RL Navigation and Little Red Caboose Gift Shop. Free. Donation Admission Appreciated.


From the Magic Castle in Hollywood! With over two decades of amazing people across America with his magic, including 13 years of performances at The Magic Castle. This is the most mind-blowing magic show you’ll ever see.  With magic sourced from the written legacy of the great masters of the art, James Warren’s show will have you astounded and amazed.  This unique event will for the first time be at Saint Williams Long Point and is not to be missed!  A very special event for the 2019 Durant Days Weekend. 


9:30pm Fireworks Extravaganza.   **After James Warren show concludes.  A special weekend celebration continues with a Fireworks show celebrating all that is Raquette Lake.  With so much history and legacy on the shores of Raquette Lake, launching fireworks is the culmination and celebration of the storied legacy of American history launched right from the shores of this small, tight-knit, historic community. Fireworks can be seen by boat from the village.   
 
 
Sunday, August 4, 2019  
10:00 am & 1:30 pm Guided tour of Great Camp Sagamore. Half-Price Admission.
Built in 1897 this former summer retreat of the Vanderbilt’s is on 1,526 acres of remote wilderness in the Adirondack Park. Great Camp Sagamore was a wilderness escape for the Vanderbilt family for half a century.  It is now a National Historic Landmark.

Reservations not required for the tour.   www.greatcampsagamore.org


3:00 pm Annual ecumenical vespers service at Church of the Good Shepherd, on Raquette Lake.  Saint Huberts, built by William West Durant in 1880 was built to serve the owners, guests and employees that Durant was creating in the area.  The island was originally named Bluff Island, but was later renamed in honor of Saint Hubert, the patron saint of hunters.
 
All events on St. Hubert’s Isle are free and open to the public.  There will be a free water taxi 2pm – 2:45pm to/from St. Hubert’s Isle from the village dock, courtesy Burke’s Marina.
 

 

Road Rally on Wednesday Night. Fun Group Activity!

What:  Long Lake Road Rally

When:  Wednesday, July 24, 7pm

Where:  Mt. Sabattis, Geiger Arena Parking Lot 

Why: Because it’s fun! Because you’ve already done… the hikes,  the boats, the planes, the fishing, the swimming, the ice cream, the museum & the Wild Center (we hope) .. and now you have to do this! 

How much:  $5 a car… BARGAIN prices

What do I get out of it?  A sense of pride, community, sharing a common Long Lakey experience, some laughs, and maybe even SOME MONEY

The Long Lake Amazing Race/Road Rally is a timed driving event that is based on accuracy not speed.  Each team requires a legal driver and navigator to call out instructions and directions.  Teams can be as small as two or as many as can legally fit in the vehicle.  Teams follow unique clues and specific speeds to reach targeted locations around Long Lake.  Each location has a clue and specific task for the team to complete. Judges are hidden along the course to ensure each team member participates in the task or risks disqualification.
 
In 2018 tasks included: writing postcards to the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Office, building a human pyramid, singing I’m a Little Tea Pot, pretending they were Ghostbusters and launching a search for a lost bear.  Every year there are different activities and tasks.  Teams do the activities in real time as the race is about accuracy, not speed.  The team that comes closest to the official “time” without going over wins.  Teams get bonus points for costumes and team themes.

In 2019 the Road Rally will be on Wednesday, July 24th at 7pm and line up and registration happening at the Mt. Sabattis Geiger Arena, 6 Pavilion Way.  $5 Per Car per team.

 
The 2018 winners:
 
3rd Place:  “4ADVENTURES” with Rob Griffith, Jamie Lynn Griffith, Mathurin Griffith and Madelia Griffith. 
 
2ndPlace: “Fat River Foods” with Dustin Traynor, Kate Traynor, Chris Hample, Pailin Hample and Briggs Hample.
 
1stPlace: “Team Homeless”  Joy Thibodeau, Bob Thibodeau, Tyler Harrison, Brayden Harrison and Dan Thibodeau. 
 
The Long Lake Road Rally is held annually in July. 
 

You can’t win, if you don’t play!

Helms Seaplane

Helms Seaplanes, Long Lake and the New York Times

It’s not everyday the New York Times writes about the Adirondacks so it is  pretty exciting when they do.  Then to find out it features mentions of our own Helms Aero Service, Long Lake, Raquette Lake and Payne’s Seaplane Service.

There are only two seaplane businesses operating in the Adirondacks and both are located in Hamilton County, the third largest county east of the Mississippi with the lowest population… (wrap your head around that)

What makes us unique (besides our quaint, friendly town with a vibrant business community open year-round) is our access to incredible forest, getaways and camping seclusion.  It’s up the invidividual to figure out their best adventure, but for a truly unique camping experience feeling worthy of stepping back in time and shedding some of the current frivolity of modern day everyday living, perhaps a seaplane camping trip is just what you need to reconnect yourself to a slower pace of life and simple pleasures.  A place to shed formality and get back to the simplicity of clear night-time skies and quiet tranquility of just being. 

For more info read the New York Times Travel article on our seaplane businesses in Hamilton County, Long Lake and Inlet. 

Helms Aero Service 518-624-3931

New York Times July 22, 2019

 

 

Archer Chris Photo Seaplane

Big Beach Day Long Lake NY Adirondacks

Paddling Olympic Competition

The Town of Long Lake gears up for a Big Day on the Beach Front with three events rolled into one on Friday, July 26th, 2019.
 
The Long Lake Paddling Olympics will held July 26th at the Long Lake Town Beach, 1258 Main Street, sponsored by the Long Lake Association with free registration starting at 10:30 a.m. with races commencing at 11:00 a.m.  Look for a variety of races including Stand Up Paddling, Hand Paddling, Kayak Races, Canoe Races, Back Paddling, and many more. No experience is necessary.  Races are for kids up to age 18 only. For more information contact Kathy Duffendack at 518-624-2780. Special thanks to Camp Hilary and Another Paradise Cove for providing boats and safety equipment for the event.
 

Beat Authority Live on the LL Beach

North Country Public Radio, in conjunction with the Town of Long Lake, will be hosting their Friday show, the Beat Authority from the Long Lake Town Beach on July 26th from 3:00  p.m.  to 5 p.m.  The Beat Authority with David Sommerstein is a live radio broadcast Friday show. Sommerstein will play the fresh and eclectic dance music from all over the world that fans of the show tune in for each week.Attendees will have a chance to hear their voice on the radio and win some NCPR swag and other promotional prizes provided by the Long Lake business community.

 



 


 
The day rounds out at 6pm with musician Alex Smith performing a concert on the beach stage for the fourth concert in the 2019 Music by the Lake Series.  Alex is a local Long Laker with deep roots in the folk and bluegrass community. Alex and his fiddle player will be playing a mix of their original tunes, as well as covers.  The free concert runs until 8 p.m. 
 
All activities are on the Long Lake Town Beach at 1258 Main Street Long Lake and are free.  Parking is available along NYS Route 30, Main Street and north of the bridge. There are  overflow lots at the Long Lake Municipal Lot at 1167 Main Street and Long Lake Central School with easy walking access to the Nature Trail, a pathway around Jennings Park Pond stretching from the Long Lake Ball Field to the Long Lake Town Beach along a picturesque path connecting with the outlet at the Adirondack Hotel.
 
Lifeguards will be on duty until 8pm.  Bring your lawn chairs, coolers, beach blankets and bathing suits and settle in for the entire day! 
 
For more information call 518-624-3077 or check out www.mylonglake.com
 
 

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