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Maco The Shark Winner Best in Show

2021 Winter Carnival Wrap Up

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

2021 Winter Carnival “Lite”

Saturday, January 16, 2021
Winter Carnival “Lite” 

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

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

Snow Plowing and Removal 2020

Long Lake
Mike Roberts
Marty Pierce
Ali Hamdan
Pat O’Brien
Jon Rounds
Sam Keller
Raquette Lake
Mark Forsell
Kevin Norris

Downtown Raquette Lake from 1900's

Pomeroy Grant Awards Funding for Five Historic Signs

Raquette Lake Hotel – circa 1925 – photo courtesy Raquette Lake Historian

Five New York State Historic Markers were awarded to the Town of Long Lake
funded by a grant from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation for the New York State Historic Marker Program.
The five signs were awarded to commemorate four locations in Raquette Lake including the Raquette Lake Rail Bed, Raquette Lake Hotel, Raquette Lake Train Station and the Raquette Lake General Store and Supply.  The sign in Long Lake will commemorate W.W. Durant’s Buttercup Steamboat which was deliberately sunk in 1885 and recovered in 1959.
Grants were submitted by Alexandra Roalsvig from the Long Lake Tourism Department with collaboration, writing and research by Hamilton County Historian, Eliza Jane Darling.  Special thanks to Jim Dillon of Raquette Lake for working with the town to identify appropriate locations for the signs and for granting permission to have the signs installed on Raquette Lake Supply property. 
These historic signs commemorate a by-gone era of train and steamboat travel when both Raquette Lake and Long Lake were destinations for travelers heading to the restorative lakes, woods and mountains for grand summer vacations. In the event it is safe to gather there will be a dedication celebration slated for the summer of 2021.
The William G. Pomeroy Foundation is a grant-making foundation based in Syracuse, N.Y. One of its initiatives is helping communities celebrate their history. The program commemorates historic people, places or things during the years 1740 to 1920. The Town of Long Lake received $5700 for five signs slated to be installed in the spring of 2021.  

Butter Cup launched on Long Lake

From – The Post-Star August 17, 1885

Raquette Lake Supply circa 1925 – photo courtesy Raquette Lake Historian

Historic Postcard of Raquette Lake featuring the train, hotel and RL Supply

Historic Postcard of downtown Raquette Lake featuring Raquette Lake Supply, Raquette Lake Hotel and the Train Station

Newpaper Clipping

Watertown Standard, February 1, 1927 – 

Shopping Local in Long Lake is happening on Black Friday 2020

Black Friday 2020 #shopadk

Shop ADK 2020 Keeps Adirondack Communities vibrant


Look for unique holiday gifts.  Gifts for the home, the book worm, the outdoor recreationist, the hard to buy for.  Don’t forget clothing isn’t taxable in Long Lake & Raquette Lake!   
Visit these Facebook pages and websites for great gift ideas and sales. 
Send a gift card.  Get creative. 
Supporting Long Lake and Raquette Lake Businesses helps keep the doors open and the heat on!  We appreciate any of your support. 
Thanks in advance! 

Adilaska Dog Kennel – Gift Cards

ADK Trading Post

Adirondack Hotel Gift Shop

Ali Babas Liquors

Chax Knives

Chipman Woodworks

End of the Line Caboose Shop

Great Camp Sagamore

Hearts Uplifted

Hoss’s Country Corner

Keller Landscapes and Garden Shop
Raquette Lake Navigation

Have another vendor we should include and list here, please send us a note!  Must be local and have brick and mortar store or vend in Long Lake or Raquette Lake!  Thanks in advance.  Email:

Free Live Stream Concert: Hot Club of Saratoga

The CVW Long Lake Public Library invites all Adirondack Park residents and visitors to join us as we host our first Live Stream Concert on November 21st at 7 pm. From their living room to yours, the Hot Club of Saratoga, the Capital Region’s premier gypsy swing ensemble, plays a repertoire that reflects the spirit and style originated by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli in The Quintet of the Hot Club of France. Most prominently developed in 1930’s and 40’s Paris, this genre has been kept alive through a long line of gypsy jazz artists since that time. Most of the tunes Hot Club of Saratoga plays were written or recorded by Django at some time in his musical life, hot swing music of the 1920’3, 30’s and 40’s.

The concert will be streamed using YouTube Events. Watch the show on your computer, tablet, phone or smart TV anywhere you may be. The library will be providing tips on making the connection to the concert through our Facebook page.

This project is made possible with the funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.

You can join the Live Stream by visiting our website or by RSVP the event on our Facebook page. Call the library at 518-624-3825 with questions or send an email to

Halloween 2020

Hightlights from Long Lake & Raquette Lake for the Virtual Halloween Party!  Share your photos!  


Halloween Photo Uploader Halloween 2020 Costume Uploader!

2020 Photo Contest Winners Announced

First Place, Raquette Lake
Michelle Hicks, Golden Beach

First Place, Long Lake
Anthony Miller, Cedarlands Easement

Shane Holmes, Cedarlands, View from Mud Pond Mountain. Runner Up

The Town of Long Lake Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department announces the winners of the 2020 Long Lake Photo Contest held between August 24th and September 30th.  The contest was open to any style of photograph including landscapes, wildlife, and candids.  Pictures were required to be taken at specific locations in Long Lake and Raquette Lake.  In Long Lake the three locations were the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Area, Cedarlands Easement Area, and Fishing Brook Access.  In Raquette Lake the two locations were Brown’s Tract and Golden Beach.
Over 170 photographs were submitted, and after much deliberation three winners were selected for each town.  The first place photos will be put on display for the year.  The finalists are as follows:
First place in Long Lake went to Anthony Miller for his wildlife photo of spider webs on a log in the Cedarlands Easement Area.  Runners up for Long Lake were Dominick Chiuchiolo for his photo of Fishing Brook Access, and Shane Holmes for his photo from the top of Mud Pond Mountain in the Cedarlands Easement. 
First place in Raquette Lake went to Michelle Hicks for her night shot from Golden Beach, followed by runners up Erin Porter for her photo, also from Golden Beach, and Sandra Bolos for her shot from Brown’s Tract.
All photos were submitted via Crowdriff, and a gallery of all the photos can be viewed at  

Dominick Chiuchiolo, Fishing Brook Access, Runner Up

Sandra Bolos, Brown’s Tract, Runner Up

Erin Porter, Golden Beach, Runner Up

Gallery of all 2020 Submissions



Town of Long Lake Comprehensive Plan Public Presentation

Members of the public and communities of Long Lake and Raquette Lake are invited to attend to the Town of Long Lake Comprehensive Plan Public Presentation on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 6pm which will be held in a virtual meeting on the Zoom platform. Details on the meeting are available at
This Comprehensive Plan is funded in part through an Empire State Development grant awarded to the Town of Long Lake in 2019 through the North Country Regional Economic Development Council. After a year of work, the Town of Long Lake is ready to begin the final steps of adopting the Comprehensive Plan. Please visit the Town of Long Lake website to view the final draft of the Comprehensive Plan  

This virtual meeting will be an opportunity for the members the general public to get an overview of the plan, how it was prepared, what it contains, and how it can be used. The Chazen Companies will be able to answer questions from residents about the plan at this virtual meeting. 
The Long Lake Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee started meeting in the summer of 2019.  This has been community driven effort and the plan will articulate residents’ vision for the future and serve and as the Town’s official policy document. The Advisory Committee worked closely with the Chazen Companies to develop a robust document to guide and inform decision-making, policies and plans for Long Lake and Raquette Lake for future generations.  
As this official process to adopt this plan begins, the Long Lake Town Board will take the lead in the adoption of the plan with more information and meeting dates to be announced. 
For more information about this meeting please visit: or call 518-624-3077 or email

Long Lake/Raquette Lake Fall Foliage Update 10/7/2020

Fall Foliage has seen almost a complete change and past peak, but we still continue to boast foliage on many of the trees. We still have reds, oranges and yellows. While past peak, much color still holds on.  So there’s still plenty to see and do while visiting our region.

Upcoming events on Saturday, October 10th include the Open-Air Fall Market 10am at the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Area in the lower Parking lot.  GPS 43.96711, -74.42151 or use 6 Pavilion Way, Long Lake, NY, 12847

Vendors boasting handcrafted items, many by local artisans including;  
Chipman Woodworks, Adirondack Impressions, Adirondack Blue Company, A Teaspoon of Silver, Sawyer Creek Farm, Nottingham Hollow Trading Co., Lucky Dog Twigworx, Hearts Uplifted.

Amazing handcrafted wooden bowls and hand-turned wood products, signs, jewelry, cutting boards, textiles, original art and paintings, incredible hand crafted gifts, clothing and more. No admission fee charged.  

Please note: All Covid-19 Best Practices in place. Wear masks, hand sanitzer provided. No crowding at booths, please stay 6 feet apart from others. Thank you for your cooperation!  

Local businesses are open and looking forward to seeing everyone.

Hiking is a popular past-time in our area.  Check out our hiking pages for trip planning ideas out the back door. For a quick and easy hike, visit the Long Lake Nature Trail, starting at 1167 Main Street- the municpal parking lot.  The Raquette River Corridor and our nature trail interpretive signage are on display and inform visitors about our region and the natural region.  Connecting to the Adirondack Hotel and the Long Lake Town Beach. 



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