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Create your own Memories! Long Lake Winter Carnival 2018


It all depends on the weather.  Some years the snow is flying, or frying pans or Christmas trees.  Guests trudge around Mt. Sabattis swinging golf clubs and hitting tennis balls as far as they can go.  Kids of all ages sled on toboggans and race cardboard boxes down Mt Sabattis.  Some years the frying pan goes so far and fast on the icy surface of the parking lot and spectators gasp fearing for the cars in the parking lot below.  One year the throw was so impactful the frying pan broke and organizers scrambled and improvised with a folding chair.

Winter Carnival always happens the Saturday of Martin Luther King weekend, no matter the weather.  This year its Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Mt. Sabattis Geiger Arena, 6 Pavilion Way, Long Lake NY.

What to expect for the weather?  Historically the Winter Carnival Conditions have varied from blizzard white outs, to frigid temps or the terrorizing January thaw.

2018 looks to be shaping up for a full-fledged Winter Carnival experience with the arctic cold snap breaking shortly after the Winter Bombastic Event.  Long Lake will be looking for some snow early in the week January 8th and 9th with snow Monday, Tuesday and some ice and snow rounding it up Thursday and the early forecast for Saturday the 13th looks for 20 degrees and morning snow showers.  That’s balmy by Long Lake standards.

Someone once said it’s not cold temperatures, but bad clothes. So layer up! 

One year the Cardboard Sled races were held at minus fifteen degrees. Yes, a minus in front of the 15 and we thought the polar plunge was cold at 8 degrees ABOVE zero.  Our local doctor happened to be on scene to push his son down the hill in a cardboard box and remarked we shouldn’t really be outside because it was too cold, we should at least be wearing gloves!  Funny he said that as we were frantically running brackets for the Cardboard Sled Races and the pen ink was freezing and it was practically impossible to keep up with the teams.  Turned out we had over 40 cardboard sleds participating that year and luckily we didn’t get frostbite as we took turns filling out the paperwork. 

The Geiger Arena has a warming hut. It’s amazing how many people can actually fit in the building to thaw out.  It’s almost like a clown car one person goes in and then another person goes in and then another person and another person, and one wonders, how are all those people fitting in there, with all their bulky jackets and snow pants?  It doesn’t seem possible, but it happens.  Some call it “the magic of Long Lake.”

As Winter Carnival is a community event you can always find members of the Long Lake Fire Department in the kitchen serving up hot food.  There’s hot chocolate and popcorn too.  The Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club host the coronation and sponsor some of the games and prizes.  Other businesses and organizations contribute keeping the spirit of the community bright and vibrant.

Lots of people want to know what we have going on for the youngest set.  Our favorites are definitely the Cardboard sled races, skating and sledding all day long. 

If you seek a softer, gentler commitment try your hand at fashion and join in the Wacky Hat Contest.  For gusto and fun give a shot at the Ladies Frying Pan Toss, the Men’s’ Caber Toss, Human Foosball, and Broomball.  Just want to visit and enjoy the great outdoors? Find your spot at the bonfire.  If snowmobiling is your thing, trailer your sled up, make sure you register your snowmobile with the Moonlighters Snowmobile Club (for a break on registration) and hit the trails throughout the day. Mt. Sabattis located right off of the popular Powerline trail known as C7B.  Our Long Lake and Raquette Lake Groomers will be out packing the trails while our Hamilton County Highway Crew and Long Lake Highway crew help flatten out the banks on roadsides for sled traffic.  All local roads in Long Lake and Raquette Lake are official snowmobile trails so use those to connect to C7B, C7, C8, C8B and our shorter interior loops including the Lake Eaton trail are popular too.

The whole day gets underway around “noonish”  We call that “Long Lakey Vacation Winter Time”  The event starts off with a Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club Coronation.  A snowmobile parade escorts the King and Queen down the hill with a ceremony anointing our new royalty.  Events continue on with the Wacky Hat Contest, Cardboard Sled Racing, Town Wide Photo, and a multitude of events throughout the day.  Plenty of cash prizes are provided by the Town of Long Lake, The Long Lake Fire Department, The Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club, Long Lake Real Estate, the Long Lake Diner and more. 

For 2018 the Ice Farm will be on site doing ice carving demonstrations throughout the day and the day concludes with a fireworks display at 6:30pm.  The Long Lake Little Bus (our answer to Uber) is free and available starting at 5pm.  Call 518.323-5001. 

Join us and bring your whole family.  Come for the day or stay for the weekend.  You’ll be glad you did!  Here’s a link to our available lodging in our area.  Pick your spot, rest your head and our town will do the rest! 

Schedule of Events – All times subject to change without notice. Free ice skating and sledding all day long.  The Long Lake Fire Department will provide hot food, hot chocolate, popcorn and snacks.  This event happens snow, rain or shine.  All times subject to change without notice.

 

12pm Winter Carnival Kick off, Ice Sculptures Installation Begins, Registration opens and lunch served

12:15pm Snowmobile Parade – conditions permitting

12:30pm Coronation of Moonlighter’s King and Queen

12:45pm Wackiest Hat Competition

1:00pm  Cardboard Sled Races

1:45pm  Town Wide Photo & Kids Events throughout the afteroon

2:00pm  Human Foosball  – 7 people per team

3:00pm  Ladies Frying Pan Toss

3:45pm  Men’s Feats of Strength

4:30pm  Broomball – 5 people per team

6:30pm  Fireworks

The Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center, Geiger Arena is located at 6 Pavilion Way across from the Long Lake Post Office on Deerland Road, NYS Route 30 in Long Lake, NY.  This event is free.  Parking available in the lower parking lot, along South Hill Road, Owls Head Lane and at the Post Office after 12pm.  There will be free shuttle service running starting at 6pm until 2am to and from the event location and pickups throughout town.  Call 518-323-5001 for a ride.  Open to the public.   Snowmobiles welcome! 

Record Setting Temps Don’t Ice out the Long Lake Plunge

The Town of Long Lake hosted the 5th Polar Plunge on December 30th, 2017 at a Northeast record breaking cold at  7 degrees Fahrenheit. Seemed warm to us. 

Teams raised over $1900 for High Peaks Hospice. Donations can still be made in honor of the Feeling Long Lakey Polar Plunge by sending donations to

High Peaks Hospice
PO Box 840
Saranac Lake NY 12983-0840

Winners

Best Costume – “Team” Schindler for Skins Flippers

Best Plunge Technique – “The Howes”

Best in Show – “The Rubber Ducks” also winning for most funds raised by a team $636

Best Individual Costume – Paul Roalsvig

Thank you to the Long Lake Fire Department, Long Lake Rescue Squad, Long Lake Parks and Recreation Team including Cindy Black, Steph Hample, Erik Arsenault, Alexandra Roalsvig.  Also thanks to volunteers Barbara Gachowski, Barbara Taylor, and photographer Jim Lanthier.   A huge thank you to our emcee Peter Michael Marino

Congrats to our amazing, courageous plungers for taking a dip in dangerously cold temperatures! 

Paul Roalsvig, Shane LaRose, Denis Martin, Russell Clinard, Paul Martin, Stephanie Howe, Christopher Howe, Thomas Scott, Spencer Schindler and Kelly Gottstine. 

Check out the national news media links talking about the crazy cold weather and Long Lake’s own plunge.. and lets go SNOWMOBILING!  

Special thanks to the Town Board of Long Lake.

Clark Seaman, Supervisor of Long Lake

Town Council 
Dean Pohl
of Raquette Lake
Tom Donnelly 
Craig Seaman
and
Richard Dechene
of Long Lake. 

It’s so cold sharks are dying

https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/12/30/us/ap-us-deep-freeze-new-years-eve.html?_r=0

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/extreme-cold-test-years-revelers-events-iced-52056433

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/extreme-cold-to-test-new-years-revelers-some-events-iced/ar-BBHv83U?li=BBnbcA1

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20171230/news/312309986/

https://wtop.com/holidays/2017/12/extreme-cold-to-test-new-years-revelers-some-events-iced/amp/

http://www.ozarksfirst.com/news/extreme-cold-to-test-new-years-revelers-some-events-iced/892155443

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/us/article/Extreme-cold-to-test-New-Year-s-revelers-some-12463182.php

Special Thanks to our generous supporters who donated to High Peaks Hospice Feeling Long Lakey Polar Plunge

Hoss’s Country Corner, Long Lake
Roalsvig Law Office, Long Lake
Long Lake Rentals, Long Lake
Adirondack Hotel, Long Lake
Tupper Lake Supply, Tupper Lake
Touch Above The Best LLC, Tupper Lake
Adirondack Renovations & Contractors, Tupper Lake
Raquette River Brewing, Tupper Lake
Larkin Deli & Bakery, Tupper Lake
Ray’s Liquor, Tupper Lake
Boulevard Wine & Spirits, Tupper Lake

Dennis Martin
Shane LaRose
Paul Martin
Russell Clinard
Mike  Russell
Gary Alexander
Tim Larkin
Patrick
Dustin & Kate Traynor
Barbara & Chuck Taylor
Sally Neenan
Paul & Alexandra Roalsvig
Mike & Nancy Hosley
Vickie Plumley
Thomas  Scott
Spencer Schindler
Kelly Gottstine
Jack  Carney
Lorrie & John Hosley & Jules Pierce
Clay  Arsenault

And all the donators that contributed on the spot at the Long Lake Town Beach

 

 

 

 

Plunging? You’ll be Feeling Long Lakey!

Long Lake is currently in a bitter arctic blast, but for the overall forecast Saturday seems to be the most tolerable day for anyone to be outside. And if you thought you wanted to plunge, but it’s just a little too cold, that’s ok, raise money and donations are encouraged!

The Feeling Long Lakey Polar Plunge is slated for Saturday, December 30th at 1pm at the Long Lake Town Beach.  The Long Lake Fire Department will be cutting a large hole in the ice starting at noon.  The plunge begins promptly at 1p.m.  All plungers are required to register at the Adirondack Hotel and have a blood pressure check.  During the plunge fire department members will be in the water to assist the plungers and ensure their safety.  

There will be three judges assessing plungers as individuals and teams.  Trophies are awarded for Most Funds Raised, Best Theme and Best Plunge Technique.  

The Long Lake Polar Plunge is unique as the plungers and or teams go in, one at a time and are encouraged to have costumes and themes.  Emcee Peter Michael Marino will be hosting. He banters with the crowd and plungers to build up the fun so get ready for laughs. The plunge is more than a plunge, its an immersive experience. (Literally and figurately) 

Peter Michael Marino will follow up his Polar Plunge emcee gig with a performance Saturday night, December 30th at the Adirondack Hotel in his one-man comic show Show Up, Long Lake Encore at 6 p.m. (More details here)

The big story in 2017 is the cold snap. The blast of arctic air enveloping the eastern seaboard has people concerned about frost bite.  Steve Caporizzo of WTEN weather out of Albany, NY spoke of the dangerous level of cold and that it should be taken seriously. Organizers of the event will evaluate the temperature and weather conditions on Saturday to assess risk to the participants. 

At this writing, on Friday afternoon at 2:55pm, the event is on. The Long Lake Rescue Squad will be taking blood pressures and be on scene at the Long Lake Town Beach in the event of an emergency.

Weather for Long Lake tomorrow at 1pm is slated to be 9 degrees. The high for the afternoon is 10 degrees. 

Historical Temperatures for previous Polar Plunges in Long Lake NY

Saturday, December 29, 2012  15 degrees with wind speed 4mph (NE)
Saturday, December 28, 2013  27 degrees
Sat Dec 27th, 2014 38 degrees
Sat Jan 2nd, 2016 25 degrees

This Plunge is to benefit High Peaks Hospice.  Funds raised will be used to support training and certification for three nurses.  Sponsor a plunger or a team.

Plungers are asked to be prepared. Plungers MUST wear shoes, which can be water shoes, tevas, sneakers, but this is a requirement.  Bring towels, blankets, change of clothes.  It is advised to have a plunging “pit crew” to hold eye glasses, towels.  Bring plastic bags for wet items.  There will be busses on site to be used for the holding pen for plungers in UNTIL they are called.  Plungers MUST stay in the bus before being called to plunge due to extreme cold temperatures as plungers go in one at a time.

There are changing areas at the Long Lake restrooms, on site.  It is advised to bring garbage bags to hold wet items.

The awards will be handed out immediately following the plunge at the Adirondack Hotel.

Long Lake Town Beach
1258 Main Street
Long Lake, NY 12847

Bonfire, warming busses and heated restrooms on site.

Show Up Show Encore Long Lake December 30th

Long Lake, NY – Following the recent critically acclaimed, sold out runs in NYC and the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe, Peter Michael Marino’s semi-improvised, one-man comedy “Show Up” returns to Long Lake at the Adirondack Hotel for a special encore performance on Saturday, December 30 at 6:00 p.m. In “Show Up,” award winning NYC-based solo show performer, producer and director Peter Michael Marino uses his decades of comedy, improv and solo performance experience to create an improvised comedy based on the good, bad and ugly experiences of the Adirondack audience – who also lend a hand in the set and sound design. And there’s a party!

 In October, Peter wowed Long Lake audiences on two nights, and both performances were completely different.  Peter’s ability to engage the audience to reveal their own stories propels Show Up on a journey of the unexpected.  Peter never knows what is in store, but when he peppers the audience with questions and suggestions to help craft the story, there is guaranteed laughter, hilarity and some honest truths revealed.

An array of Adirondack Hotel appetizers will be served starting at 6:00 p.m. with the performance beginning shortly after 6:15p.m. Cash bar available throughout the 75-minute show, concluding with a complimentary champagne toast. Show up and spend the night! Receive a discount for Adirondack Hotel lodging by presenting your ticket reservation.
 
Tickets are $25 per person and include show, appetizers and champagne toast. Reservations are required by phoning or emailing the Adirondack Hotel at 518-624-4700 or adkhotel@frontiernet.net. Credit card information will be provided and guests will be charged upon arrival. Cancellation policy is 24 hours before the event. 

★★★★★ “A performer of great intelligence, wit and energy.” – Bunbury Magazine
★★★★★ “Hilarious!” – Front Row Center
★★★★ “Hilarious!” – Broadway Baby
★★★★ “Well worth showing up to!” – Fringe Guru
★★★★ “Hilarious! – The Wee Review

Last minute… shopping ideas!

Last Minute Shoppers!  We have some great gift ideas for you! Shop Local – even if it’s from the comfort of your home!  

Sales galore.  We have some great retail stores.  Check out Hoss’s Country Corner for great daily sales all the way up to Christmas Eve.  From amazing warm clothing and outdoor gear, to the commerative tee shirts & traditional sweatshirts. Hoss’s has you covered from knives, books, ice fishing gear toys, and a huge selection of gifts, glassware, jewelry and everything in between.  From gifts, gear and more, you will be ready to hit the great outdoors after a stop at Hoss’s.  They also booast snowshoe & x-c ski rentals for the outdoor enthusiast spending some additional holiday time looking for some outdoor adventure! Check out the 12 Days of Christmas! Hoss’s Facebook

Hop out the back door of Hoss’s and you will find a great place to eat and drink!  Do you know someone who likes a good craft beer?  Check out the ADK Growl & Grub behind Hoss’s Country Corner for a great selection of beers. Pick your favorite and get a Growler to Go. But while you’re picking your favorite brew – like this weeks “Extra Stout” from Raquette River Brewing or other regional favorites from places like the Plattsburgh Brewing company, you are likely to build up an appetite. Don’t fret.  Order up a an Adk Cuban or a Kickin’ Chicken Deli sandwich or build your own!    The Growl and Grub is a great place to pick up a last-minute gift certificate to give one of the most unique holiday gift item of the season.   Call 518-624-2816 or check them out online at http://www.growlandgrub.com

Now head North towards Tupper Lake and you’ll find 3 stops in one – or 4 in 1 if you need to do your laundry! Located on NYS Route 30 between Lake Eaton and Long Lake there is a great little place, tucked in on the side of the road. Ample parking and plenty of things to discover at this little Adirondack destination just shy of Lake Eaton. 

Visit Ali Baba’s Liquors.  A great selection of wine, spirits and gift items too. Don’t know about your friends, but wine has been a big hit lately as a great gift to bring along to the holiday party.  Look for large and small sizes and just about any spirit you need to add to your Glogg recipe.  Gift boxes and more available.  Check out the specials and it’s right in Long Lake, no need to travel far! https://www.facebook.com/AliBabasLiquorAndWine/

The ADK Trading Post.  People stop in for the soups and panini’s, but there are plenty of gifts, socks, snacks and unique items for all.   Looking for the Adirondack Book, card, a gift with a sense of humor, sticker or a gift basket to ship to friends and family?  Come on in, say hi to Vickie, pull up a chair.  Everyone is at home at the Post.  Can’t get here?  Not to worry, check out the shop on line. Check out www.adktradingpost.com  or call  518.624.2357.  Can’t decide.. make it a gift certificate! They also boast x-c ski rentals & snowshoes too.

Dina Kennedy has a great studio located at 1601 Tupper Road too, but it’s by appointment only! Check Dina out on line and consider a truly special and personal gift for someone you love.   Dina is a healer, a teacher and a spiritual growth coach – yes in Long Lake in the heart of the Adirondacks!  She has gift certificates available, for those arm chair gift hunters loving to stop in for the summer hours, why not get the gift of Dina?  She also has a selection of special crystals, stones rocks and minerals – but remember…only by appointment!   And one of her most special items are Dina’s oracle cards.  Definitely worth a purchase even if its all new to you, you may know someone in your family that is just so challenging to buy for, check out Dina’s website and order up a gift certificate.  She offers products, services and so much more!

OFFICE HOURS (as of 10/25/2017)

By Appointment only.
Open Friday – Wednesday (yes, including Saturday and Sunday). Closed and unplugged on Thursdays for Sabbath.
No evening appointments as my energy is low then, but I am happy to schedule you early in the morning before you go to work. I’m always available weekends, too.
Phone: 518-624-2828. Please leave a message and I’ll get back to you.

http://www.dinakennedy.com

Other great gift ideas – Raquette Lake Navigation!  Dining Gift Certificates!  Who doesn’t enjoy the classic tour of Raquette Lake during the summer season with Captain Dean telling the history of the birth of Great Camps Architecture and the lore that has made Raquette lake a legendary stop for Adirondack history.  Get a gift certificate for someone who’s never experienced this serene expedition in the Adirondacks boasting with world-class dining and service.  https://www.raquettelakenavigation.com  

And if you want more Raquette Lake – try an amazing Bloody Mary Mix with a recipe by Raquette Lake’s own Rachel Pohl.  Have you had the Elixir?  This spicy Adirondack Bloody Mary Mix is amazing with its blend of ingredients.  Great recipe ideas, party ideas and a great gift for under the tree! http://rlelixir.com

Custom handmade knives by Long Lake’s own Chase Axin.  He makes one-of-a-kind knives.  Unique gifts.  He has a summer studio in Long Lake, NY and one in Chenango, NY.  Chase has been handcrafting his knives, while they are practical and unique, they are also considered incredible works of art.  Check out his website.

 

We have plenty of other great stops to shop at too.

Helms Village Store is an amazing furniture store located on Route 30 in Long Lake NY.  Great home furnishings, rustic Adirondack style and more, solid constrution, couches, beds, lighting…  1389 Tupper Road 518.624.5566.  Call Julie and get yourself set up!  

Charles Grover Woodworks Adirondack Rustic Furniture and he delivers too!  Hand crafted at the shop in Long Lake NY. 

 

 

50 Acres of Beach and Wood

History Buffs interested in stories about Raquette Lake should check out Tom Thacher’s labor of love, 50 Acres of Beach and Wood.  This book is available electronically and is free!  Tom has done years of research on his family’s property.  And this property is much like it was back in the day, only accessible by boat and no electricity.  It may not be for everyone, but there are still plenty of properties in both Raquette Lake and Long Lake that boast this unique attribute.

Mt. Sabattis Geiger Arena Opens Friday, December 15th

 

The Long Lake Geiger Arena Adirondack Skating Rink will open December 15th with attendant Sam Keller who will be maintaining the ice, and manning the rink. Call ahead for conditions. 518-624-3031

The Geiger Arena is an outdoor ice skating rink at Mt. Sabattis Recreation Area located at 6 Pavilion Way off of NYS Route 30 in Long Lake, across from the Long Lake Post Office. The rink offers free figure and hockey skates for visitors.  Sleds are also available to enjoy the Mt. Sabattis sledding hill.  Enjoy snacks, hot chocolate and play a game of foosball while you warm up in the skating hut. 

Look for fun events up at the Geiger this winter including a special December 23rd Christmas Caroling Bonfire starting at 6pm.  There will be bonfires throughout the season on Friday and Saturday nights.  Other events at the Geiger Arena include the Annual Winter Carnival on Saturday, January 13th, and Winter Wonderland Week from February 17th through February 24th with more events to be announced.   

Long Lake Geiger Arena Hours Starting December 15th

Regular Weekly Hours:
Monday, 2:30 p.m. -6 p.m.
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
Thursday 2:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday 2:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

 

HOLIDAY HOURS

Sat, Dec, 23 12p.m.- 5p.m., 6-10p.m. Christmas Caroling Bonfire starting at 6 p.m.
Sun, Dec 24nd 12p.m. – 4 p.m.
Mon, Dec 25th CLOSED
Tues, Dec 26th through Sunday, December 31st 12pm-5 p.m., 6 p.m. -10 p.m.

Mon, Jan 1 – CLOSED

REGULAR HOURS BEGIN, Tuesday, January 2nd

What Obsession, dear? Deer?

 

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Dan was born and raised in Camden, NY. His commitment to hard work and love of the outdoors was instilled in him at a young age. He attended Paul Smith’s College and graduated with honors in 1981. In the years to follow, Dan “stayed the course” by working as a woodlands caretaker, hunting & fishing guide, forester, logging supervisor, timber cruiser, and an acquisition agent. It was Dan’s love for the woods and his desire to provide land to “everyday folks” that prompted him to form Christmas & Associates, Inc. in 1989.

Dan’s interests include hunting, fishing, trapping, canoeing, Alpine and Nordic skiing & snowboarding but he will say that his greatest accomplishment in life was raising six beautiful children. Dan’s devotion to family, love for the land, generous spirit and strong work ethic have shaped his life and formed the foundation and success of Christmas & Associates, Inc.

Lands and Camps Website

 

Hunters Report More Deer in 2017

This is post is by Dan Christmas.  Originally posted on Facebook the last day of traditional deer hunting season in the ADKS in 2017.  Thanks to Dan for letting us share it. 

For the first time in many years I’m facing the last day of hunting season without a buck.

My wife says, “honey this has become an obsession with you” and as she continued in not so friendly terms “ I’ll be glad when it’s over” Actually she didn’t say “ honey” in addressing me…I made that up.

Obsession you say, “I doubt it!”

Yes I did take way too much time off work this November, and maybe I forgot a couple of birthdays, and ok I’m still driving a few thousand miles on the under sized spare tire on my truck but obsession you say?


Every piece of hunting gear, clothing, radios, binoculars, food and water is piled high in the back seat of my truck which proves I’m careful in my daily preparations, certainly not the habits consistent with someone obsessed.

Ok maybe my ankles and torn up knees are stiff and throbbing and my boots leak a little but I take my Advil and sleep with the heating pad on my back each night. Clearly I’m considerate of my body!

“Haven’t I been promising you a foot rub every night just before I doze off till 5 am?”

Obviously well rested, would an obsessed man be so worried about his rest? Of course not!

This morning as I put my boots on, starring at a plank floor that’s not been swept in a while, (approximately one month) I think about the first time hunter with his eight pointers, the little teenage girl with her first buck (also a big eight pointer) and even the Syracuse city slicker with his ten point buck and my mood sours a little.

I used to love sharing pictures on Facebook now I skip over anything with an antler!

I love to listen to Christmas music in my truck, until I song comes on about Rudolph the red nose reindeer, that pisses me off too!

Obsession? Nonsense.

When you grow up in the North Country and it’s November you don’t get asked about your kids, how’s the wife? or the weather. NO, you go to Byrne dairy, the mechanics shop, the hardware store and even the elementary school and there’s one looming question.

“Did you get your buck yet”? Usually followed by, “did you hear about the one so and so got?”

It is more than a man can take!

Then if the last day comes and goes you start to stew and fret over next year and what if you go two years without a buck????

Well, that’s when you start hearing guys talk about their age, all the Buck’s they used to kill, how they just enjoy “being out there in the woods” and worst of all you may hear a man who has accepted his fate talking of a fall wine tour with his wife!!!!

Well that my friend is when you know you’re washed up, a failure, a forgotten man.  A has been!

There’s one more day to get my buck, tomorrow is it, bottom of the ninth, fourth quarter, last gasp, Hail Mary, wing and a prayer, last bite at the Apple.

At 5 am I’ll begin my morning ritual.  Turn off the heating pad, forget to brush my teeth, no time to shave, down four Advil, choke down two cups of very dark coffee (spilling at least 30% in my lap) turn my socks so the heel hole faces up, boots on, medicated patch on back and knees. Heading to the woods, the cold, dark woods.  I’ll sit in a chair left by another old hunter around 1966 and wait for a deer, teeth chattering, shoulders and legs quivering uncontrollably until just after daylight at which time you begin your stalk. Up ridges, down valleys, across swamps and icy logs spanning fast moving streams.  That’s when you remember it’s just nice to be in the woods!


Right?….right?


OBSESSION. WHAT THE HELL DOES SHE MEAN BY THAT!

Holiday Decorating Contest

The Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the 2017 Holiday Decorating Contest for both communities of Long Lake and Raquette Lake.

In Long Lake judging will take place on Wednesday, December 20th between dusk and 9 p.m. Participants must have their displays lit up during the judging period.  Sign up’s  are not required, but strongly recommended.  Winners will be announced at the Seniors Luncheon on Thursday, December 21st at the Long Lake Town Hall. 

Raquette Lake judging will take place Thursday, December 21st starting at 7pm.  Participants are asked to have their displays fully lit up during the judging.  Sign ups are with Kat Forsell and at the Tap Room. 

The judging criteria includes unique design and creative use of lights and decorations.  Extra consideration will be given for a storyline or theme and display placement of decorations and animated objects. 

Residents will be eligible for prizes of $100, $75 and $50.  Businesses will win plaques for 1st, 2nd & 3rd. 

The contest is free to enter.  Call to sign up to guarantee your display is included!  518-624-3077. 

 

 

Dear Long Lake, A Love Letter…

Dear Long Lake,

Hey, there! “Long” time no see (see what I did there?) I really enjoyed visiting you in October. You may not know this, but it was actually the first time I’d visited you in the autumn – which is weird because I’ve been enjoying your glistening waters, pristine trails, sandy shores, and colorful people for over 30 years.

As you may recall, we met for the first time in 1985 on July 4th weekend. I was a camp counselor at Camp Echo Lake at the time where for some bizarre reason, they gave me a summer job directing forty 10-year olds in an outdoor production of “The Mikado.” And they gave me that holiday weekend off. Maybe they thought I needed a break from Gilbert and Sullivan, or perhaps they realized that it wasn’t a good idea to have this native New Yorker around campers and gunpowder. They would be correct. I was impressed with your colorful fireworks and huge showing of community spirit – which I giddily enjoyed from the town beach after boating down from my friends’ camp on the north end of the lake.

 

Now, even though I had come to North Country to visit family in Lake George, Fort Edward and Glens Falls nearly every year since the 70s, I hadn’t ventured further north to you. And boy was I immediately taken by you when I pulled into town that weekend; soon terrified to discover that people in Long Lake drove boats to their rustic cabins “down the lake” with no electricity! How could this city guy ever survive?

I did. I learned so much that blissful weekend. I learned about gaslights and flashlights and refrigerators that ran on gas. I learned that people communicated on party lines, and that you don’t throw your tangerine peels on the forest floor because they aren’t “indigenous to the area.” I learned that black flies eat human flesh. I even learned how to dock a boat…but even I wouldn’t give myself a set of boat keys any time soon. I also learned that you don’t need television. Board games and books are your friends. I learned about making pancakes with fresh berries, picked from the shore and how just sitting on a dock at midnight would reveal a vast, non-light-polluted array of constellations and the occasional Northern Lights. And yes, I did see a UFO. Who hasn’t?

 

I made it a point to visit you every summer since that July 4th, and I even came to say “hi” for a few Snowmobile Race weekends. I loved you in the winter and loved you in the summer. I became hooked on you, Long Lake. But I need to get better at seeing you more often if we are really going to make this relationship work.

I’ve now visited you well over 50 times. How could I not? A few years ago, I was asked to host the Bed Races. My first thought was, “Why and how would anyone race a bed and why would anyone want to watch that?” I threw off the covers and jumped on the opportunity – and I’m glad I did. I was blown away by the enthusiasm and creativity and sense of community. Even though I was nervous about taming my inherent city-slicker-comedy-style, I instantly realized that you have a great sense of humor!

 

Then I was asked to host the Polar Plunge. Sounded ridiculous. I said yes and hosted it three times. Honestly? I was apprehensive at first. I’m a city guy. The only time I want to plunge into ice-cold water is if it’s proceeded by 30 minutes in an overpriced spa steam room. But, I loved it. I loved the kids running around collecting money for Wounded Warrior Project while their parents donned ridiculous costumes. I loved observing the participants’ original styles of entering the icy waters. I even got a kick out the fire department ambushing me and pulling me into the sub-zero lake. (Fun Fact: A bowl of rice really does dry out a wet iPhone.) So, yeah, I’m going to host it again this December 30th and this time I will make sure there’s nothing in my pockets. Also, spas in NYC are expensive.

Look at what you’ve done to me! I can’t quit you, Long Lake. You are one crazy town. And I mean that in the best way. I’ve now hosted the Bed Races five times! I’ve done my crazy solo shows at The Adirondack Hotel and I’m bringing it back again on December 30th. I mean, you are a crazy town. A town that encourages hundreds of people to toss raw eggs at each other – for prizes! You’re a town that embraces kazoos, holiday lights contests, free party buses, sea planes, quilt camps, museums, movies and more interesting personalities than you’ll ever find on an Adirondack dating app. Does such a thing exist?

Speaking of dating…I have a confession. I’ve been sneaking up there the past few summer weekends to camp with my fellow city pals on the incredibly serene sites at Forked Lake. I know that those lake waters feed yours. It’s all good. Don’t be jealous. We make sure to do all of our campsite shopping at your quirky local vendors. If you ran out of ice late last June, we would be the culprits. If you ran out of local firewood, that’s us. If you heard laughter and singing echoing over the lake late into the night, that could have been us. But, it also could have been you. After all, you’re a town that is populated with jokesters. Singers. Musicians. Artists. You have your own style. Your own sense of humor. You even have your own slogan “The summer is short, but the lake is long”…(I don’t know where that one came from).

Yeah. The summer is way too short when you’re in Long Lake. But, the lake can also feel really long when there’s a torrential downpour and you’re driving back to your camp to read a book or play a board game. Or when the dock at the camp you’re staying at begins to float away on your choppy waters…yes, I’ve rescued a few docks in my time.

I don’t want to complain. This is a love letter. I guess with the New Year coming, I thought it appropriate to let you know what an impact you’ve had on me. Thank you for being you, Long Lake. I’m not ready to move in just yet. But, I will be back. I am now a man for all seasons.

Yours Truly,

Peter Michael Marino

 

Shop Local! Black Friday Deals Happening!

From November 24-26th many of the Town of Long Lake businesses will be open (as always!) and offering up unique deals.  On your travels through the ADKS take a stop in at our retail stores and our dining locales!  

Look for special discounts, dining deals, deals on drinks, special gift items only found in the Long Lake!  For every dollar spent locally you help inspire innovation, creativity, and business retention in our Long Lake Adk economy and here’s something cool.. it builds community!  

Join us for a bite, a treat, a drink, a sock, a book, and so much more! There are some great surprises out there!  

ADK Trading Post
“SALE ALL WEEKEND LONG”
November 24-26
1601 Tupper Road
Route 30
518-624-2357

www.adktradingpost.com

Our hours for the weekend are
Friday, Saturday 9am – 6pm
Sunday, 10am – 3pm, Sunday.

We will be having our sale all weekend long.
On Friday, Ali Baba’s will be joining us with wine tastings.

Gift Cards available!

 

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HOSS’S COUNTRY CORNER
“DRAW YOUR OWN DISCOUNT”
November 24-26
All Weekend
1142 Main St.  Long Lake, NY 12847
www.hossscountrycorner.com
518-624-2481

Black Friday Sale 9-6pm 
SAVINGS FROM 20-50% OFF ON YOUR PURCHASE.
Saturday 9-6 pm draw your own discount
Sunday 9-5pm draw your own discount

Long Lake, NY  
1-800-952-4677

 

Ali Babas Liquors
Wine tasting on Black Friday (11/24)
November 24-26
1601 Tupper Road

Open Tuesday-Saturday from
10a-6 pm and
Sundays from 12p-6p.
Closed Mondays.

We know that you have other options to meet your holiday needs, but as with all small business owners your business is VERY MUCH appreciated.  

Thank you and have a wonderful Holiday!  

 

Stop in to see how big this cutie is now! 

Long Lake Diner/Owls Head Pub
“Drink Deals & Dining Reward!”
November 24-26
1161 Main Street
Long Lake, NY 12847
518-624-3941

The Diner will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the Pub opens at 2 pm on Friday and 12 noon on Saturday and Sunday.  We are offering 10% off total food purchases.  One lucky patron will be randomly selected and given a $25 gift certificate on Sunday, if they dine in or take out 2 or more times during the weekend Friday through Sunday.  There will also be a $1 off draft beer and we will also be featuring a couple of hot and cold cocktails including $5 Bloody Mary’s and patrons can also enjoy $.50 cent wings during football viewing on Sunday.

 

 

 

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