Durant Days

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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

 

Durant Days 2018

Get ready for the annual Durant Days and Boat Parade weekend, sponsored by the Town of Long Lake and the CAA. This is a weekend of activities in celebration of William West Durant, the inventor of the Great Camps Style Architecture, which was started right here in Raquette Lake.

2018 Event Highlights:
Friday, August 3
Camp Pine Knot Tour, Concert with Bob Milne, tour St. Williams, Luncheon cruise package

Join Raquette Lake Navigation for a Boat Cruise to celebrate the beginning of Raquette Lake Durant Days Weekend. In 2018 Bob Milne will have a special performance at Camp Pine Knot. For tickets call 315-354-5532. $68 pp. SOLD OUT.

Saturday, August 4
Silent Auction and Wide Variety Concert (12:30pm-4:00pm)

Silent Auction will be held at St. William’s on Long Point. Bidding from 12:30 pm until 3:30 pm. The closing of bidding will happen after the concert by Wide Variety, in the church to be held from 2:00-3:00 pm. Free boat transportation from the town dock from 12:30-1:30. Return boat transportation available after the concert and after the closing of the silent auction bidding.

There will be an Open House also happening at the Camp to meet the new caretakers and see the improvements that have happened this year.

Boat Parade and Fireworks (7:00pm-10:00pm)

The Boat Parade in Raquette Lake at 7:00 pm. Registration forms available at Burke’s or Birds Marina. This year the theme is… there is no theme! Anything goes! We are looking for Party Barges, Runabouts, No-Octane.. if it floats and it’s a boat, decorate it. Get out on the water and show the classic spirit and tradition of Raquette Lake living. Cash Prizes.

Sunday, August 5
Guided tour Great Camp Sagamore

10:00-11:30 am 1/2 price admission Guided tour Great Camp Sagamore, the Alfred Vanderbilt estate. (Half of these retail rates: Adults $18; Seniors/Military $16; Students $10; under age 12 free of charge). Reservations not required. Great Camp Sagamore is located 4 miles from the intersection on Rt 28 by the Raquette Lake School. When you’ve crossed your second one-lane bridge you’ll see the Sagamore complex on the left with parking signage on the right.


Annual Island Service, Church of the Good Shepherd (2:00pm-4:00pm)

Annual Vespers Service with The Reverend Nancy Rosenblum. Service will be followed by complimentary refreshments. Free transport from Village Dock at 2:00 pm. Transportation provided by Burke’s Marina. Burke’s Marina will also offer return transportation after the service. An offering will be collected for building repairs.

Call 518-624-3077 for more information or check outwww.mylonglake.com.
You can find more event info on the Raquette Lake Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/raquettelake/

Boat Parade Weekend and Durant Days in Raquette Lake

Explore Raquette Lake for a three day event celebrating the Birth of Great Camps! Architecture tours of Great Camps, cruises and community events are scheduled to take place Friday through Sunday, August 1st-3rd.

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Durant Days kicks off on Friday by celebrating the birth of the Great Camps Architecture with a tribute to William West Durant. A special cruise on the WW Durant Cruise Boat provides guests with a luncheon and exclusive tours of Great Camps along Raquette Lake. The Durant will stop along the way for a visit to historic Camp Pine Knot. In addition Bob Milne, American’s own treasured Ragtime Boogie Woogie Pianist will be playing a short concert at Camp Pine Knot. For information and reservations, call (315) 354-5532.

On Saturday enjoy a 2pm concert at the Raquette Lake School featuring Joe Davoli & Harvey Nusbaum. These two present various traditional fiddle styles. Their fiddle repertoire comes from new and old, near and far. Old, as in the essential music for dances and entertainment before recorded music. New, as in tunes that meld world beat rhythms into melodies influenced by the old fiddle music. Near, as in the music originating right in our own backyard, sometimes called bluegrass, jazz or old time. And far, as in the Celtic styles which originate in Ireland and Scotland. Doors open at 1:30pm.

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At 5pm near the Caboose just off the village Green, the Blues Master, Midnight Mike rolls in perform a set to warm the crowd up for the Annual Boat Parade at 7pm.Anyone can enter and prizes will be awarded to first place winners in each boat category along with a Best in Show! Call Pat 315-354-4070 for more info or to register a boat at Burke’s or Bird’s Marina. Saturday’s festivities will wrap up with a spectacular fireworks show at dusk right off the barge.

On Sunday, take a ½ price guided tour of Great Camp Sagamore, featuring 27 National Historic Landmark Buildings at 10am. There is a water taxi service to and from St. Hubert’s Isle from the village dock for The Annual Ecumenical Vespers service will be held at the Church of the Good Sheppard. For more information call 518-624-3077.

Durant Days August 3 – 5th Raquette Lake

Celebrate the Birth of Adirondack Great Camp Architecture. Tours of Great Camps, dining cruises and community events scheduled to take place Friday through Sunday, August 3rd-5th in Raquette Lake, NY.

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W.W. Durant crafted a narrative of the Adirondacks that remains relevant to this day. Celebrate the birth of Great Camps Architecture in Raquette Lake to reflect on a day gone by when waterways were the highways.

Durant Days is a celebration of the rich history of architecture and it’s place in the historical landscape of the Adirondacks. Don’t miss out on tours of Camp Pine Knot, and St. Williams Church and Great Camp Sagamore. W. W. Durant had a hand in its development from the start, but especially after 1879, when tourism to the area exploded.
Fans of AMC series, Hell on Wheels, can take their own step back in time to discover the world of W.W. Durant, the son of Thomas “Doc” Durant, (as portrayed by Colm Meaney on AMC’s Hell on Wheels ) W.W. Durant is the architect and visionary who imagined a place where wealthy urbanites could escape the noise, smog and crowding created by the Industrial Age.

Friday, August 3

All aboard the W.W. Durant, Raquette Lake’s exclusive dining vessel with world-class cuisine and over 20 years of service. With limited luncheon cruise spots available, reservations are requested for this popular Durant Days Friday tour. Guests of the luncheon cruise are invited to stroll through the rooms and grounds of Pine Knot and a visit to St. Williams on Long Point. Call 315-354-5532 for reservations and pricing.

Durant Days Events:
Friday, August 3:
Luncheon Cruise. Water taxi to Pine Knot, St. Williams and lunch aboard the W.W. Durant boat. For reservations call 315-354-5532. Limited seating available.

Saturday, August 4th:

2pm: at Raquette Lake Free Union School. Free concert featuring Wide Variety. “New Jersey’s Premiere A Cappella Group.” Wide Variety is a group of a cappella singers who take the best of R&B, rock and roll and popular standards, add their own blend of vocal harmonies and deliver an entertainment experience.
2pm: Poker Run. Village Green. For family fun and a great way to explore the local area, sign up for the Poker Run from 2-5pm. Collect your card, visit area businesses to get stamped and the winner with the “best hand” takes the purse.
5pm: Adam Reynolds, Acoustic Artist, performs on the Raquette Lake Village Green. Adam has been playing in Raquette Lake, Long Lake, Old Forge, Utica and Syracuse for the last few years. In 2012 he braved the Pittsburgh, PA, American Idol auditions and competed with over 30,000 contestants. Don’t miss Adam’s finale performance in the Adirondacks for Durant Days. Two days after his showcase Adam heads off to Marine Corps boot camp.
7pm: Boat Parade. Raquette Lake Village Dock. Runabouts, pontoons, 2012 features a Patriotic Theme. Register by calling Pat 315-354-4070. Cash Prizes!
Dusk: An incredible fireworks display rounds out Saturday Evening sponsored by The Town of Long Lake.

Sunday, August 5th

10am: Great Camp Sagamore. Half price guided tour of Great Camp Sagamore, featuring 27 National Historic Landmark Buildings.
2pm: Water Taxi to St. Hubert’s Isle
3pm: Vespers Service St. Huberts. Visit the historic island chapel for the Annual Ecumenical Vespers Service at the Church of the Good Shepherd. The island church was the summer chapel for many families significant in the history of the United States during the second half of the 19th century.

Durant Days is Coming!

Celebrate the 13th Annual Durant Days August 5th thru 7th in Raquette Lake, NY. Durant Days is a celebration of the birth of the Adirondacks Great Camps Architecture, which was born in Raquette Lake under the guidance of William West Durant.
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In 2011, Durant Days, will bring concerts, games, parades, and fireworks to the village of Raquette Lake for an Adirondack weekend you won’t want to miss!

Kicking off the weekend will by W.W. Durant luncheon cruise and guided tour of Camp Pine Knot. Board from 9am until 9:40am, enjoy a guided tour of Camp Pine Knock from 10am – 11:30am, then finish it off with a gourmet luncheon on the W. W. Durant as you tour Raquette Lake. Tickets are $56 per person including tour and lunch. Ten dollars of every admission goes to Camp Pine Knot. Call 315.354.5532 for reservations.

On Saturday, start your day off with the Wide Variety concert at 2pm at the RL School. Wide Variety is a group of six a capella singers from New Jersey who have specially designed their repertoire and crafted their arrangements to give audiences the widest variety of songs and the richest harmonies. The concert is free and all are welcome. Doors open at 1:30pm.

Also beginning at 2pm is the annual Poker Run. Head to the Village Green to register at $10 a person and check in to various local businesses to collect your cards. Players turn in their best hand at the registration table at 5pm. All participants receive complimentary tickets to the WW Durant Moonlight Cruise at 10pm.

The Boat Parade passes by the Village Dock between 7pm and 7:30pm. Cash Prizes for the Best Dressed up, creative, boats.

End the busy Saturday will be a spectacular fireworks show over the lake at dusk.

Sunday Morning is a free tour at Great Camp Sagamore at 10am and later that day, the historic Church of the Good Shepherd will hold a public worship service on St. Hubert’s Isle. Transportation to the island will be provided for those without boats by Burke’s Marina from the RL Village Dock starting at 2pm. Vespers will be held at 3pm.

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