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Raquette Lake Winter Carnival 2020

The Raquette Lake Winter Carnival will kick off on Saturday, February 15th with youth activities starting at 11am . Games will include a sack race, sledding, tire obstacle, balloon chase, and tug-of-war.  At noon there will be a Ladies Frying Pan Toss with cash prizes of $75, $50, $25. The Team Ice Golf Competition will be at 2pm  held throughout the day for teams with cash prizes of $75, $50, $25.
 
Registration for events will take place near the bonfire location. See Kat Forsell.  at the Raquette Lake Library.  Round out the day by warming up at the bonfire with fireworks at 7pm.  and the annual tug-o-war.
 
At noon representatives from The Chazen Companies will be at the Raquette Lake library handing out community surveys, gathering input and answering questions about the comprehensive planning process happening in Raquette Lake and Long Lake.
 
The Raquette Lake Fish and Game Club and Ladies Auxiliary will be serving Hot Dogs and chili on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at  Raquette Lake Supply.
 
At 2p.m. Magicians Chris and Pete of Chris and Pete Amusements will perform in the Raquette Lake Library.  The show is free.
 
Fireworks are slated for 7pm. Showcase will be weather dependent.  Check www.facebook.com/raquettelake for schedule updates.
 
On Sunday, February 16th, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the Raquette Lake Ladies Auxiliary sponsor a $10 all you can eat Pancake Breakfast at the Raquette Lake Fire Hall.  
 
At Noon on Sunday the Cross-Cut / Chainsaw competition will be held on the Raquette Lake Village Green. This 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 15th.  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. on Saturday and from Noon until 2 p.m. on Sunday.   Raquette Lake Events Coordinator Kat Forsell will be coordinating the events of the weekend.
 
For more information www.myraquettelake.com
 

Winter Wonderland Week 2020

Bubble Trouble happening on Tuesday, February 18th at 12pm at the Long Lake Town Hall.  Free!  Fun for all ages!  

The annual Winter Wonderland Week returns with tons of great activities almost every day throughout the holiday break. 

Saturday, February 15th

Kick out the jams with an 80’s Skate & Pizza party on Saturday, February 15th at 6pm at the Geiger Arena.  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. 

Tuesday, February 18th

The fun continues on Tuesday February 18th at 12pm with Jeff Boyer’s Bubble Bonanza. Mixing comedy, music, and interactive bubble-magic, Jeff engages and delights audiences of all ages. It’s a sensory-friendly bubble extravaganza for the whole family!  This event is free for all. 

Wednesday, February 19

Keep the winter week rolling with a Nordic Ski Excursion on Wednesday February 19th at 10am, meeting at the Geiger Arena.  The group will then carpool to Cedarlands for a semi “guided” Nordic ski around the area.  All abilities are welcome and some informal instruction will be offered from the more experienced skiers.  Free ski rentals available at Hoss’s Country Corner or the Adk Trading Post. For more information call 518-624-3077. 

Thursday, February 20th

Continuing with the sliding theme is the Oak Mountain Tubing Trip on Thursday February 20th at 9am.  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 9am and return approximately 3:30pm. 

Be sure not to miss the Kids Movie Night at 5pm that same day.  Pizza and popcorn provided and bus transportation available by sign up.  Movie starts around 5pm and this month’s movie is Toy Story 4. 

Friday, February 21

And finally, close out the Winter Wonderland Week with the ever popular Hors D’Oeuvres Tour on Friday February 21st at 5pm.  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.  Must reserve in advance.  Tickets will be available online until Monday, February 17th.  Price includes appetizers only.  Drinks and extras are additional charge.  Tickets available online at www.mylonglake.com/tour.  

 

Long Lake Public Library Announces New Librarian 2020

Long Lake Librarian

The Long Lake Public Library Board is delighted to welcome a new Library Director, Crystal Niedzwiadek, to the community.

 

 

Crystal has been working in public libraries since 2004, including Baltimore County Public Library, Aurora Public Library & Boulder Public Library in Colorado. She is also an alum of Drexel University’s Library & Information Science program. Although Crystal started her career as a generalist serving all ages, she now specializes in serving youth through innovative library services to include early childhood literacy programming and by engaging teens with technology in media labs and maker spaces. She enjoys most collaborating with community members and local schools to develop interesting library programs and a relevant library collection. She hopes to maintain the library as a warm and welcoming space for people to gather and enjoy, and has plans to curate the collection, improve the website and start new programming.

Curl up with a book this winter from the Long Lake Public Library!

Winter Hours (Labor Day – May 31)
Sunday  Closed
Monday  Closed
Tuesday  1 PM – 7 PM
Wednesday  9 AM – 1 PM
Thursday  3 PM – 7 PM
Friday  9 AM – 5 PM
Saturday  9 AM – 3 PM

Hors D’Oeuvres Tour 2020 Announced in Long Lake

Tickets Click here

On Friday, February 21st, 2020 the Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department and area restaurants open up the doors for the return of the Hors D’Oeuvres Tour from 6pm until 10pm. Venues for 2020 include the Adirondack Hotel, Long Lake Diner & Owl’s Head Pub and the Long View Lodge.
 
Tickets are $35 for individuals or a $65 for a couple. Guests will dine on three appetizers from each restaurant and vote for the best. The Long Lake Little Bus will provide free door to door transportation. Guests will be responsible for tips and drinks are sold separately.
 
Purchase tickets on-line at www.mylonglake.com/tour. Guests traveling from out of town are welcome to participate in our Little Bus park and ride service from their lodging location or from the municipal lot located at 1167 Main Street in Long Lake, NY.  Due to popular demand, Long Lake Parks and Recreation has partnered with The Town of Newcomb to have the use of their bus for additional passengers, so there will be two busses running.
 
The order of stops will be selected at random the day of the event. Guests use a voting card to review their items and assign a score. Guests participating in the event travel as a group with event liaisons helping guide the guests on the tour.  
 
Every guest becomes the judge and vote on a points system considering presentation, quality, taste, texture and originality. Each restaurant will be awarded their best appetizer and reviews at the end of the tour which may be used to help design their upcoming menus or their social media channels. Each participating restaurant will be recognized for the best hors d’oeuvres served at their individual establishment. 
 
Advance Tickets are $35 for individual ticket or $65 a couple.  On-line sales and over the counter sales will close on Monday, February 17th at noon to ensure that participating restaurants have an accurate headcount for the event.  On-line sales are at www.mylonglake.com/tour. 
 
All the restaurants will be open for regular dining service in addition to the Hors D’Oeuvres Tour.  The Town of Long Lake and these same venues will also be participating in the spring Eat ADK event taking place April 30th to May 7, 2020.
 
Participating establishments include, The Adirondack Hotel, the Long Lake Diner/Owls Head Pub and the Long View Lodge.  For more information on the event or lodging or please call 518-624-3077.  Guests must have reservations by Monday, February 17th by noon or will be added to a waiting list, so sign up early.
 

In the News January 2020

Long Lake/Raquette Lake In the News.
 
Long Lake and Raquette Lake receive mentions in local and national media.  Here’s a wrap up of links of where you can find the most updated info from this past week of January 2020.


Black Bear, a movie directed by Lawrence Michael Levine, was shot in Long Lake, NY in the summer of 2019 and it made its Sundance Premiere on January 24, 2020.  Here are some links about the production and interviews with actress Aubrey Plaza, known for her role April Ludgate, the deadpan and apathetic intern from “Parks and Recreation” that served as the actress’ breakout role.
 
https://variety.com/2020/film/news/aubrey-plaza-black-bear-grumpy-cat-judy-spirit-awards-1203478472/
 
https://www.indiewire.com/2020/01/black-bear-review-christopher-abbott-aubrey-plaza-lawrence-michael-levine-1202205503/
 
https://ew.com/movie-reviews/2020/01/24/aubrey-plaza-black-bear-sundance/
 
In other news, Long Lake was mentioned in the Adirondack Explorer as it promotes a recent video produced by Crafting A Brand in September and October 2019 promoting Long Lake and Raquette Lake.


 
https://www.adirondackexplorer.org/stories/long-lake-lures-tourists-with-drones-eye-view
 
Raquette Lake was mighty cold, but doesn’t boast a record. Mentioned in the Post Star.
 
https://poststar.com/news/local/mighty-cold-but-no-record/article_48c8d97a-4a7f-5961-b7e4-e1de91569419.html
 
Sandra Scott writes of a family trip to Nicaragua and mentions fishing and Raquette Lake.  
 
https://oswegocountytoday.com/sandra-scott-travels-for-a-great-vacation-rent-a-house/entertainment/sandra-scott-travels/
 
 
The Long Lake Winter Carnival and wrap up is featured in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.


 
https://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/news/local-news/2020/01/lots-of-smiles-at-long-lake-winter-carnival/
 
 
 
 
 

Long Lake Winter Carnival 2020 Wrap Up

Photo of Royal Couple, Kitsy & Eddie Rockstroh, by James L. Swedberg

With temperatures hovering around a brisk 11 degrees all day long, the Long Lake 18th Annual Winter Carnival saw an expansive turn out with new visitors, second homeowners and local residents flocking to the the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center for the event.  As the day progressed the snow started to fall, adding to the collective outdoor wintry experience for the visitors. The Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department coordinated all the races and activities and hosted the event at the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Area.
 
Events kicked off with the coronation of the Moonlighters Snowmobile Club King and Queen, Eddie and Kitsy Rockstroh from Clifton Park and Long Lake, NY.  Other events played out throughout the day including an ice sculpture park by the Ice Farm out of Auburn, NY installing a variety of pieces including the Long Lake Selfie Board featuring Fur Trappers and a carving of Owls Head Mountain and the iconic Fire Tower.
 
The Long Lake Fire Department served a complimentary lunch throughout the day from inside the Geiger Arena warming hut.
 
The day ended with a bonfire and fireworks, followed up with Live Music at area venues.
 
2020 Long Lake Winter Carnival Winners
 
Moonlighters Snowmobile Club King and Queen
Eddie and Kitsy Rockstroh of Clifton Park and Long Lake, NY
 
Goalie’s Day Off  1st Jeff Ruby
 
Ladies Frying Pan Toss – Prizes Sponsored by Town of Long Lake
1st Lillian Dechene – 53’ 3”
2nd  Hillarie Logan-Dechene – 53’
3rd  Anna Dechene – 49’
 
Men’s Feats of Strength – Prizes Sponsored by Town of Long Lake
1st Dan Gereau 34’ 3” feet
2nd Matt LaPlant – 31’ 9” feet
3rd Jeff Ruby – 26’ 9” feet
 
Wackiest Hat Contest – Cash Prize Sponsored by Town of Long Lake
1st Maria Clark
2nd Lorrie Gambino
3rd Axel Lewis
 
Cardboard Sled Races – Sponsored by Town of Long Lake
12 & Under
1st Quinn Giordano
2nd Kaleb Keller
3rd Charlotte Harris
 
13-17
1st Sara Kallfelz – Winter Cat
2nd Carissa & Carrera Lance – Ralphies Revenge
3rd Harrison Hall – Jaws
 
Adult
1st Sam Keller
2nd Lillian Dechene, Madi Holmes, Christian Fisher
3rd Kelsie Adams
 
Best in Show – Prizes Sponsored by the Long Lake Fire Department
1st Carissa and Carrera Lance – Ralphie’s Revenge
2nd Harrison Hall  – Jaws
3rd Griffin and Declan Farr – Cool Runnings
 
Best Cardboard Sled Crash – Sponsored by the Long Lake Diner
Team Loonie Bin – Mary Dery, Maddie Dery, Jenny Jurczak, Walter Juzukonis, Donna Umpenour, Scott Umpenour
 
Bonfires Sponsored by Donnelly’s Logging & Donnelly’s Sunset Point
 
Business and Event Sponsors
Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake
ADK Trading Post
Another Paradise Cove
Charles Grover Woodworks, Inc.
Chipman Woodworks
Corporate Service Solutions *
Deerland Property Management *
Donnelly’s Sunset Point *
Gillis Real Estate
Hoss’s Country Corner
Howe May We Help You, LLC *
Keller Landscapes
Long Lake Fire Department
Long Lake Diner
Long Lake Foundation*
Long Lake Rentals
Motel Long Lake
Roalsvig Law
Shamrock Motel and Cottages
The Dechene Family
The W!LD Center
The Town of Long Lake
 
*Denotes Platinum Sponsorship
 
Chazen Companies was on site meeting with the public about the Long Lake/Raquette Lake Comprehensive Plan throughout the afternoon. Survey’s were available and people offered their feedback on what they loved about the community and what they’d like the future to look like.
 

Long Lake Winter Carnival 2020

On Saturday, January 18th at noon, the Long Lake Winter Carnival will be held at Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center in Long Lake, NY located at 6 Pavilion Way off of Deerland Road, NYS Route 30.  Events begin with a bonfire, snowmobile parade, and coronation of the King and Queen.  Free activities are slated throughout the day.  The Cardboard Sled Races start at 1p.m. with prizes awarded for speed and overall award for Best Decoration.  Sleds can be made with cardboard, paint, wax and tape.  Racing categories are for individuals and for teams. The ice skating rink and sledding hill will be open throughout the day.

 


 
Other events throughout the day include a Wackiest Hat Contest, Town-Wide Photo, Kids Balloon Chase, Goalie’s Day Off, Men’s Feats of Strength, the Ladies Frying Pan Toss, and fireworks at 6:30p.m.. All events are free.
 
The Ice Farm, featuring the talents of award-winning ice sculptor Stan Kolonko, will be on site carving ice scupltures all day long. Businesses or organizations interested in sponsoring an ice carving or race prizes are asked to contact the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Office at 518-624-3077. Cash prizes provided by the Long Lake Fire Department, Long Lake Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club and the Town of Long Lake.
 


In addition to the traditional events slated for the day, The Town of Long Lake will be hosting The Chazen Company at Mt. Sabattis. Chazen is in the process of creating a Comprehensive Plan; a community driven plan to articulate residents’ vision for the future and serve and as the Town’s official policy document. Planners from The Chazen Companies will be in attendance and seeking input at the Long Lake Winter Carnival on January 18th (from noon to 2 PM). They will be taking comments from residents, distributing surveys, and providing information about the planning process. 
 

Schedule of Events – All times subject to change without notice. The Long Lake Fire Department will provide complimentary hot food, hot chocolate, popcorn and snacks.  This event happens snow, rain or shine.  All times subject to change without notice.
 
12p.m. Winter Carnival Kick off, Ice Sculpture Installation Begins, Registration opens and free lunch served by the Long Lake Fire Department
12:15p.m. Snowmobile Parade – conditions permitting
12:30p.m. Coronation of Moonlighter’s King and Queen
12:45p.m. Wackiest Hat Competition
1:00p.m.  Cardboard Sled Races
1:45p.m.  Town Wide Photo
2:00p.m. Balloon Chase for Kids 9 and under
2:30p.m. One Shot Hockey aka Goalie’s Day Off
3:00p.m. Ladies Frying Pan Toss
3:45p.m.  Men Feats of Strength
6:30p.m.  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 12p.m. There will be free shuttle service running starting at 6p.m. until 2am to and from the event location and pickups throughout town.  Call 518-524-3106 for a ride.  Open to the public.   Snowmobiles welcome! 
 
For more information about Long Lake, www.mylonglake.com or call 518-624-3077.   ##

New Years Eve Long Lake

19 Reasons to Celebrate New Years Eve in Long Lake

1.     Price, its way cheaper to go out in Long Lake than most places (outside ADKs that is)

2.      The bars are basically house parties with DJs and bartenders 


 
3.      You might get to meet local legends like Cliffy… or even Sasquatch!


4.      You definitely don’t have to dress up (but you can if you want to!) Anything goes!

 

 

5.     You can start  New Years Eve  afternoon out with lunch, panini and conversation at the ADK Trading Post


 
6.     You can stop by Hoss’s and pick up that sweatshirt and cheese you wanted but didn’t get for Christmas.


 
7.     On New Years Eve the Long Lake Diner has all you an “all you can eat buffet” with discounted pricing for seniors!  Includes Choice Prime rib and Jim’s seafood bisque… a “secret” recipe his wife, Paula, doesn’t even have the privilege to know.


 

8.     There are TWO DJ’s in town… on the same night!

 

9.     Glen LaBlanc, the ADK DJ will be spinning the tunes at the Roaring 20’s celebration at the Long View Lodge.  Everyone welcome to come dance!  No Cover!


 
10.     Max Nason, DJ of MX Productions will be spinning the tunes at the Adirondack Hotel until 1 a.m.  No Cover!

 

11.     The Long View Lodge is hosting a Roaring 20’s themed party, with a buffet dinner from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Book dinner and a room and you get a New Years Eve DEAL! Limited rooms available!  Book soon!


12.     The Long Lake Little Bus is free door to door transportation from your home or lodging out to our local pubs/restaurants.  Leave the car at home! 518-524-3106

13.     The Geiger Ice Skating Arena is open until 10pm with free ice skating, sledding, bonfire and s’mores!  Drop the kids off and go have dinner or better yet, skate and sled with them!  For conditions 518-624-3031

 

 

14.     You can be the first person to see Buttermilk Falls in 2020.
(We recommend waiting until daylight)

15.   Enjoy a delicious meal in the historic Victorian Dining Room at the Adirondack Hotel! with your closest family and friends. 

 

 

16.     The Long Lake Diner hosts a special New Year’s Day breakfast at 8 a.m. with Bloody Mary’s & Frittatas and/or Irish Coffee w/ Belgian Waffles as Blackboard Specials along with regular breakfast menu.


17.      You can go to all open pubs/bars and restaurants all in one night… on the bus! For Free!  We do ask that you tip the driver!  And please, behave! The driver bites!

 



 
18.     You can wake up in 2020 and still have money in your wallet.


 
19.      You’ll have made classic memories that will last you a lifetime.

Happy 2020 Everyone!
 
 
 

Lunch with Santa photo post

2019 Lunch with Santa

Lunch with Santa was held on December 14, 2019 at the Long Lake Town Hall.  Santa took a break from overseeing his workshop at the North Pole to make a special stop in Long Lake to check on the children.  Santa announced all the kids have been good this year and no one was on the naughty list!

 

Holiday Lights Contest

 
The Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the Annual Holiday Decorating Contest for both Long Lake and Raquette Lake. 
 
In Long Lake judging will be on Tuesday December 17th, 2019 after sunset, and the contest is open to both businesses and residents.  There will be cash prizes for residential homes only. To sign up call 518-624-3077 by Monday December 16th.  Winners will be announced at the Senior’s Holiday Luncheon on Thursday December 19th.
 
The Raquette Lake Holiday Lights Contest judging will take place on Thursday December 19th after dark, and cash prizes will be awarded for best display. Participants are asked to have their displays fully lit up during the judging. 
 
Residents of both communities will be eligible for prizes of $100, $75 and $50. Businesses receive plaques for their prize-winning displays.
 
The contest is free to enter.  Call up to sign up to guarantee your display is included.  518-624-3077.

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