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Raquette Lake Winter Carnival 2022

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

 


On Saturday, February 19th, the outdoor events kick off with youth activities starting at 11 a.m. A variety of games will include a sack race, tire obstacle, balloon chase, and more to be announced. At noon there will be a Ladies Frying Pan Toss with cash prizes of $75, $50, $25. The Team Ice Golf Competition will be held throughout the day for teams with cash prizes of $75, $50, $25.
 
Everyone is invited to enjoy the bonfire.
 

Fireworks are slated for dusk between 6:30 and 7pm. Showcase will be weather dependent.  Check www.facebook.com/raquettelake for schedule updates.
 
On Sunday, February 20thth at Noon the Crosscut / Chainsaw competition will be held on the Raquette Lake Village Green led by George McCain. This historic long-standing tradition is a not to be missed event featuring timed men’s, women’s and mixed divisions.  Competitors must bring their own chainsaw!
 
Cookie donations are requested for Saturday, February 19th.  Please drop off at the Raquette Lake Library.  As in years past the Raquette Lake Library will be open for hot chocolate, cookies and warmth from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.  The Town of Long Lake will provide two additional porta-potties in the Village.  Raquette Lake Events Coordinator Kat Forsell will be coordinating the events of the weekend.
 
For more information www.myraquettelake.com

Winter Wonderland Week 2022

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 

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

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

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

Sunday: Noon – Cross-cut and Chainsaw Competition. 

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

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

ON LINE TICKETS  

Winter Bingo Continues! 

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

Complete one row and submit to win a sticker! 

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

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

Olympic Torch Run Long Lake

Photo by Jim Swedberg

Olympic Flame Arrives at Long Lake Central School

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

Olympic Torch Relay Long Lake NY

Photo by Jim Swedberg

Winter Olympic Torch Ceremony 1980 long lake

Photo by Jim Swedberg

Photo by Glen LaBlanc

Photo by Jim Swedberg

Special Thanks to Guy LeBlanc, Jim Swedberg and Glen LaBlanc

 

Sources: 

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

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

Post by: Alexandra Roalsvig, Feb 4, 2022

X-C Ski Cedarlands in Long Lake, NY Winter Fun

Excursion to Cedarlands

Weekend X-C ski excursions.
 
While we have plenty of trails to explore in our area, we wanted to let you know about the Cedarlands Easement located off of Kickerville Road in Long Lake, NY.  This tract of land is open from the end of summer through June and you should get in there when you can.  The trick of it that everyone asks, is “how do you get there from here?” 
 
Access to the Cedarlands Easement is located off of Kickerville Road in Long Lake, NY. Once Kickerville Road ends the road continues and there’s a sign that reads “Private Road” so many visitors think they are in the wrong spot. The DEC has put up a marker just before the entry way of the road to reassure visitors it is ok to travel down this private road to access the Cedarlands Parking Lot which is 0.3 miles from the actual trailhead gate. So yes, you park and then you walk down to the access point, but it’s so beautiful that, it will just be part of your overall journey.
 
In the wintertime, Cedarlands is a great place to x-c ski. It has started to see more usage in recent years so if you head out, you’ll likely find a track already set and ready to go. You just get on your gear and go.  Fun destinations include the two lean to’s along McRorie Lake. Go on in and have a mid-winter picnic (depending on the temps!)
 
Just stay on the designated Easement section, the adjacent parcel is not open to the public and it is marked as such.
 
Check out the video if you are unsure how to get to Cedarlands, it provides a road side view version to get you to your destination. Please note – we sped up the video (in the interest of time, so no we weren’t driving down those roads super fast!)
 
Video production crew Erik Arsenault & Alex Roalsvig, shot on January 27, 2022.

Mike Norris Derby in Raquette Lake

The 22nd Annual Mike Norris Ice Fishing Derby will take place in Raquette Lake on Saturday, January 29, 2022. Registration is available on line – click here for link.  

The Mike Norris Ice Fishing Derby happens every year in Raquette Lake on the last Saturday of January. Fish for Lake Trout, Brook Trout, Perch and Salmon. Registration begins at 6am at the Raquette Lake Fire Hall. Cash Prizes, Plaques for Winners.  Sponsored by the Raquette Lake Fish and Game Club. 

There will be cash prizes and plaques for winners, and hot chocolate and snacks provided throughout the day. First line in at 7am, last line out at 3pm, final weigh-ins concluded by 3:30pm.

The Mike Norris Fishing Derby originated 22 years ago in memory of Mike Norris who was an avid outdoorsman with a deep commitment to providing safety and learning courses through the Raquette Lake Fish and Game Club. A hiking trail situated on State Route 28 between Raquette Lake and Inlet is also dedicated to Norris.  

2022 Long Lake Winter Carnival Winners Announced!

With temperatures hovering around a brisk -4 degrees it was a record setting low for the Long Lake Winter Carnival. The temps hovered -4 degrees all day long with a real feel of -17 for the start of the day. The Long Lake 20th Annual Winter Carnival saw an expansive turn out with new visitors, second homeowners and local residents flocking to the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center for the outdoor event. 
 
Events kicked off with the coronation of the Moonlighters Snowmobile Club Royal Family with King and Queen, Jazmin and Dylan Roche and their 14 month old son, Wesley, hailing from Long Lake, NY and Syracuse. Stan Kolonko of Ice Farm outside of Syracuse, NY installed 14 ice carvings including 11 merchant carvings at Mt. Sabattis and the Long Lake Bears at the Long Lake Town Beach and a carving installed adjacent to the Raquette Lake Tap Room for Raquette Lake.
 
The day ended with a bonfire and fireworks and the Long Lake Little Bus was on site all day to provide additional space for warm up and free transportation after dark.
 
Volunteer judges on scene included Amber Wamback, Lillian Dechene, and Brian Penrose. Special thanks to Rick Paula and Andrea Inserra for being on judge standbye!
 
2022 Long Lake Winter Carnival Winners
 
Moonlighters Snowmobile Club King and Queen & Crown Prince
Dylan, Jazmin and Wesley Roche
 
Ladies Frying Pan Toss
1st Prudence Dechene 52’
2nd Kate Simmons 49’ 1”
3rd – Tied – Hillarie Logan-Dechene and Lillian Dechene– 48’ 3”
 
Men’s Feats of Strength
1st Ron Johnson 30’ 9”
2nd  Russ Balsam-Cook 30’ 2”
3rd Hudson Gereau 28’ 5”
 
Winter Fashion Contest
1st 80’s Ladies – Carla George and Friends
2nd One Eyed Purple People Eaters, Kami Farr and Kristen Delehanty
3rd The Long Lake Bears – Bonnie and Lindsay Rubenstein
 
Cardboard Sled Races
12 & Under
1st Quinn Giordano & Charlie Seaman
2nd Evie Lawyer
3rd Morgan Delehanty
 
13-17 ** Corrected on 1/19/2022
1st Griffin and Declan Farr 
2nd Long Lake Central School – Kool Bus
3rd Henry Richards
 
Adult
1st Kami Farr and Kristen Delehanty
2nd Hudson Gereau
 
 
The Golden Brick for Best Cardboard Sled Crash – Patt and Donna Miner
 
Best in Show –
1st Pat and Donna Miner
2nd Long Lake Central School – Kool Bus
3rd Henry Richards
 
Business and Event Sponsors
Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake
ADK Trading Post
Another Paradise Cove
Chipman Woodworks
Donnelly’s Sunset Point
Hoss’s Country Corner
Howe May We Help You, LLC
Life Power Chiropractic
Long Lake Rescue Squad
Long View Lodge
Roalsvig Law
Shamrock Motel and Cottages
Tokarz Excavating
The Town of Long Lake
Wide River Antiques
1222 LLC

2021 Holiday Lights Contest Winners

The 2021 Holiday Lights Contest Winners announced.

In Long Lake 

 

1st Place:  Marty Furlong

2nd Place: Steph Hample

3rd Place: Laura Young

Businesses & Organizations

1st Place:  Adirondack Hotel

2nd Place: Hoss’s Country Corner

3rd Place: St. Henry’s Church

Raquette Lake Events Coordinator Kat Forsell announces winners of the Raquette Lake Holiday Lights Contest. Judges were Mindy and Beeba Norris

1st Place  Liz Forsell 

2nd Place  Amanda Prezbindowski 

3rd Place  Gary Miller & Jen Temple

 

 

 

Steph Hample 2nd Place

Laura Young 3rd  Place

Laura Young 3rd Place

Marty Furlong 1st Place

20th Long Lake Winter Carnival

On Saturday, January 15th at noon, the 20th Long Lake Winter Carnival will be held at Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center in Long Lake, NY.
 
Events begin with a coronation of the King and Queen of the Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club followed by a slate of fun family friendly events. 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 Fashion Competition with prizes for the Best Winter Carnival Outer Gear. Don your best and most creative winter outfits, team themes are encouraged! Other events includes a 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 will be carving ice sculptures all day long. There are 11 businesses and organizations who will be featured in the Sabattis Ice Sculpture Garden. There will also be a sculpture installation at the Long Lake Town Beach and a sculpture installed adjacent to the Raquette Lake Tap Room.
 
New for 2022, there will be 20th Anniversary Winter Carnival T-shirts available for $20 each. All proceeds from the sales will benefit the 2022 Long Lake Healthy Living initiative emphasizing support for our outdoor parks and recreation trails.
 
Schedule of Events – All times subject to change without notice. The Long Lake Fire Department will provide complimentary hot food from their outdoor serving area. This event happens snow, rain, or sunshine. All times subject to change without notice. We ask all guests to wear masks inside the Geiger Building, when less than six feet apart from others and on the Long Lake Little Bus.
 
Schedule of Events
12p.m. Winter Carnival Kick off, Ice Sculpture Installation Begins, Registration opens, and outdoor lunch served by the Long Lake Fire Department and T-Shirt Sales open!
12:15p.m. Coronation of Moonlighter’s King and Queen
12:30p.m. Winter Fashion Competition – ANYTHING GOES
1:00 p.m. Cardboard Sled Races 
1:45p.m. Town Wide Photo
2:00p.m. Balloon Chase for Kids 9 and under
2:30 p.m. Men Feats of Strength Caber Toss
3:00p.m. Ladies Frying Pan Toss
4:00p.m. Free skating and sledding and bonfire
5:00p.m. LITTLE BUS  Free Transportation, please call 518-524-3106 ** MASKS REQUIRED
6:30p.m. Fireworks
 
Event Friendly Reminder – Due to ongoing Covid-19 pandemic masks are required when anywhere inside the Geiger Arena Building, on the Little Bus and when less than 6 feet from others.
 
 
 
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. 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 5 p.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.  ##
 

Update for Weather on January 15, 2022

Be Advised due to both the extreme cold weather and community spread of Covid-19 we are offering you this helpful reminder

WIND CHILL ADVISORY
For temperatures under 12 degrees do not spend more than 15 consecutive minutes outside. Go inside (if in Geiger or Little Bus or Town Hall, please wear mask) and warm up for a minimum of 15 minutes before returning to the outside.
 
This type of weather brings an increased risk of hypothermia and frostbite
 
If you must go out, try to cover every part of your body: ears, nose, toes and fingers, etc. Mittens are better than gloves. Keep your skin dry and stay out of the wind when possible.
 
·       Drink plenty of fluids since hydration increases the blood’s volume, which helps prevent frostbite. 

 
·       Windburn is a condition in which the skin becomes red and painful after exposure to wind or cold air. Windburn symptoms are the same as sunburn symptoms and include red, burning, and sore skin that may peel off as it begins to heal. We recommend Vaseline or skin balm to protect your face from the extreme cold
 
·    
 
Covid-19 Precautions:  We advise you and politely ask you and all members of your party to please wear masks ** no matter your vaccination status. Socially distance / Six feet apart inside or outside. KN95s and N95s are recommended.  
 
Warm Up Areas Include
 
Geiger Arena Inside: Food will be served, but we ask to please eat food OUTSIDE ONLY. We apologize for the inconvenience, but masks must be on at all times inside of the Geiger Arena due to the small space.
 
Restroom Access:  Due to Covid-19 the door to the restroom of the Geiger is only accessible from the outside. Masks are required in all indoor spaces
 
Little Bus: You must wear masks to warm up inside the “Little Bus” No food or drink permitted inside the Little Bus.
 
Town Hall: The Town Hall will be open from Noon until 6:30pm. The Town Hall is located at 1204 Main Street Long Lake. We will offer complimentary Hot Chocolate and Coffee, tables and much more room to spread out.
 
Due to the expected cold temperatures we may be scaling down events as needed. Order of events are subject to change without notice.  
 
Ice skates are available on a first come first served basis.  Hockey will be permitted only on one end of the rink. Helmets must be worn.

 

12:00 pm     Partly Cloudy-7 °F-23 °F
1:00 pm       Partly Cloudy-5 ° Feels like -20 °F
2:00 pm       Partly Cloudy-4 °Feels like -17 °F
3:00 pm       Partly Cloudy-3 °Feels like -17 °F
4:00 pm       Partly Cloudy-4 °Feels like -16 °F
5:00 pm       Mostly Clear-6 °Feels like -17 °F
6:00 pm       Clear-8 °Feels like -19 °F
7:00 pm       Clear-9 °Feels like -20 °F

 

 


 
 


 

2022 Winter Wonderland Bingo

Long Lake announces Winter Wonderland Bingo highlighting activities and featuring outdoor recreation as a contest running until March 20th, the official end of Winter. 
 
The winter themed bingo activity cards will be posted on Long Lake and Raquette Lake social media channels, on the official Town of Long Lake website at mylonglake.com and printed cards will be available at the Long Lake Town Office, Raquette Lake Tap Room, and our area libraries, post offices and area businesses starting immediately.  It is free to participate.
 
Participants are invited to do as many activities as they can with prizes available depending on how many tasks are completed. Participants completing one row of Bingo receive a classic Long Lake sticker, and participants completing the entire card will be entered into a grand finale prize drawing which includes merchandise from local vendors in Long Lake and Raquette Lake.
 
How to play?  Cross off activities as completed and take photos of the card showing completed tasks.  Submit digital photos via email or to the uploader for prizes. Participants in the game should submit photo proof of purchase for any meals/shopping and photos of activities to longlakeevents@gmail.com or can directly use an uploader link at https://upload.crowdriff.com/lakesbingo. Participants on Instagram are invited to post their fun activities and use hashtag #mylonglakebingo  #barkeaterbingo #YesLongLake and follow the page at www.instagram.com/mylonglake
 
Featured tasks include indoor and outdoor activities from visiting our local libraries, exploring outdoor trails, engaging in winter recreation, shopping and dining at our local businesses, ice fishing, skating and more. 
 
For more info about lodging, dining, public health information visit mylonglake.com
 
 

11 Reasons to Ring in 2022 in Long Lake NY

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

2.      Lobster Rolls!  They return on Friday, December 31st at the ADK Trading Post for their final Friday of the year! Open til 5pm! 

 

3.     On New Years Eve the Long Lake Diner has a special New Years Eve menu starting at 4:30pm including Choice Prime rib and Jim’s shrimp bisque… a “secret” recipe!


 

 

4.     The Long View Lodge is hosting a Winter Wonderland Dinner & Party serving dinner from 5pm – 8pm and DJ Glen LaBlanc from 8pm until 1am. 


5.     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

6.     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

 

 

7.     You can be the first person to see Buttermilk Falls in 2022.
(We recommend waiting until daylight)

 

 

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

 

 

9.      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!

 



 

 
10.     You can wake up in 2022 and still have money in your wallet.


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

Happy 2022 Everyone!
 
 
 

 

Long Lake