July 4th Activities, Long Lake & Raquette Lake

On July 4th the Town of Long Lake will be hosting traditional games and activities starting at 10 a.m. at the Long Lake Ballfield located at 1167 Main Street.  First up will be two activities for children ages 5 and under followed up with the Games for All Ages.  Games include 3-Legged Races, Sack Races, Hula Hoop Competition and the Egg Toss.  The Long Lake prize booth offers trinkets for all ages winning the top three of their heats.    All participants in the Egg Toss receive a free ice cream cone.

The Long Lake Town Beach at 1258 Main Street will be the site of the evening festivities.   Penelope the Clown will be in the beach gazebo painting faces and creating animal balloons.  The Long Lake Fire Department will be selling raffle tickets for their ATV and serving up sausage and peppers and hot dogs.  Folks are invited to come down to the beach with lawn chairs, blankets and enjoy the late afternoon.

Grit N Grace

At 6:30 p.m. Grit N Grace from Syracuse, NY hits the stage.  Featuring Jackie Pop on vocals, Dave Brown, formerly of the Fulton Chain Gang, on guitar and vocals, Bob Lett, bass and vocals and Frank Hanyak on drums and vocals.  Grit N Grace is a modern country dance band playing music of: Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, AC/DC, Little Big Town, Cheap Trick, Sara Evans, The Cars, Allman Brothers, Gretchen Wilson, The Who, Carrie Underwood, Dixie Chicks, Dierks Bentley, Johnny Cash, Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Trick Pony, The Band Perry, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Luke Bryan, Big & Rich, Lady Antebellum, Allison Alison Krauss, Martina McBride, Florida-Georgia Line, The Henningsens, Alan Jackson, Taylor Swift, No Doubt, Chris Young, Jason Aldean, Patsy Cline, Vince Gill, The Doors, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Stevie Nicks, Pistol Annies, ZZ Top, and more. 

Fireworks are slated for dusk, approximately 9:30pm in Long Lake, overlooking Jennings Park Pond, across from the Long Lake Town Beach.  Fireworks from the barge can be seen in Raquette Lake on July 4th.  

Fireworks support is made possible by a generous contribution by Mrs. Mary Lou Whitney and John Hendrickson and Whitney Industries.  Additional thanks to the Long Lake and Raquette Lake Business community for their support of the 4th of July fireworks:  Hoss’s Country Corner, Britton Enterprises, Stewart’s Shops, Mt. Sabattis Lodge, Order of Eastern Star Abenaque Chapter 745, Dr. Russell Rider, Dr. Gregory Gachowski, Long Lake Camp for the Arts and Long Lake Adventure Camp, and Raquette Lake Navigation.


2010 Celebrate the Season Video Long Lake, NY

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Merry Christmas Everyone. That’s right… our office never stops! A video postcard. Share with friends and family! See you in 2011 (if not sooner!)

Christmas Season Hits Long Lake

On Thursday, December 16th the Long Lake Town Hall Senior Nutrition Site was visited by Santa Claus. Folks of all ages joined together in a traditional holiday feast served up by the Warren / Hamilton County Office of the Aging. The Town of Long Lake and area businesses joined forces to provide fun surprise gifts from area businesses.

Area businesses donated a portion or the full amount to the program including Stewart’s Shops, providing over $125 in gift cards, Kickerville Mobil, Shear Images, Hoss’s Country Corner, The Cellar Restaurant and Pub, the Adirondack Hotel, Natural Beauty, Cyber Creek Internet Deli and Café, the Long Lake Diner, and Bozak’s Garage.

The prizes were handed out by Santa Claus, Bob Tice, and Supervisor Clark Seaman. Winners included: June Musmerci, Delores Traver, Bernie Pfleger, John Rayome, Regina Dunn, Trudy Hooker, Edith Smith, Lorraine Spengler, Richard Williams, Edith Hall and George Green.

The Town of Long Lake Sponsored a Christmas Decorating Contest. Voting was open to the public and we had fifteen paper ballots and seven on-line ballots.


Best Decorated Home:

1st: Johnny and Lisa Walker

2nd: Valerie and Norm Galvagni

3rd: Sam and Jim Bateman

Best Decorated Business:
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1st: Hoss’s

2nd: The Cellar

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3rd: Shear Images

Congratulations and have a safe, healthy holiday season.

Got plans for New Years? Come to Long Lake and ride the free bus around town to get to all the New Year’s Celebrations. In fact, book all your winter weekend getaways in Long Lake. Great fun for the kids and always fun for the grownups!

Kentile’s Home on Rice Road

Howe’s Home on Deerland Road

Celebrate the Season in Long Lake

Annie The Musical Promo Banner

The Town of Long Lake is pleased to announce a holiday collaboration with the Long Lake Library and the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts for “Celebrate the Season” December 3 – 5th.

On Friday, December 3rd don’t miss out on Annie, The Musical. The show will be at the Long Lake Town Hall at 7pm. Tickets are available on line at or by calling 352-7715. The classic musical, featuring a cast from all over the Adirondacks, comes to life as part of the Arts Center’s Regional Holiday Production. Don’t miss out as little orphan Annie overcomes great odds to find a better life. A perfect holiday production!

On Saturday, December 4th the Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Long Lake Library and Friends will be sponsoring a Christmas Craft Fair at the Long Lake Central School starting at 10am. Vendors, crafters, food by the Cybercreek Café, and fun events for the kids will be at the school gym.

At 1pm look for the Long Lake Little Bus departing from the school parking lot for a unique tour of shops and crafters working in their Long Lake homes. Look for tour stops to include the Adirondack Cottage Store, a Christmas Display at Samantha Bateman’s, Wool Spinning at Adirondack Fibers, candlemaking at Jocinda Evans and a unique array of original art and creations at Louisa Woodworth’s studio. There will be holiday piano music at the Adirondack Hotel, special deals at Hoss’s Country Corner and much much more.

Maps of the tour will be available at area businesses and the tour operates from 1pm to 4pm. The Little Bus will be shuttling people around town, but everyone is welcome to drive themselves. If you are interested in being a vendor at the craft fair contact Jackie Mallery at 624-2056 or if you would like to be a stop on the town tour contact Long Lake Parks and Recreation at 624-3077.

Saturday evening the Cellar Restaurant and Pub welcomes the “Not Too Far From Home” comedy act at 9pm featuring comic Aaron David Ward. Tickets are $10 or $12 at the door. There is limited seating so get your tickets today by calling 624-5539.

Sunday, December 5th at 12:30pm the Crèche celebration will commence at the Long Lake Town Hall. Refreshments, coffee and cookies will be served followed by a vocal concert at 3:30pm by Mark Perry of Bolton Landing at the United Methodist Church.

Also December 4th officially kicks off the Decorating Contest slated to be judged for cash prizes on December 17th and 18th. Dust off your tinsel, get out the lights and check the electrical. Long Lake is lighting up for the holiday season! Categories include Best Decorated Home and Best Decorated Business. Check us out on the web at

Harvest Fest and Halloween in Long Lake, NY

Chip Farr Drops a Pumpkin

Long Lake hosted Harvest Fest on October 9th featuring the long anticipated pumpkin drop. Judges, Natalie Luxford, Trudi Winter and Valerie Galvangi compared seventeen entries.

Judges for the Pumpkin Drop

Stephen Lamos of Long Lake took home the coveted cash prize for Best Splatter.

Highway Superintendent, Chip Farr, and Canton college student, Erik Arsenault, were launched over 42 feet in the air to drop the pumpkins behind the Long Lake Town Hall on Route 30.

Ghoulish House on Route 28N in Long Lake NY

Halloween has arrived early in Long Lake. Sam and Jim Bateman have decorated their front lawn and porch with spooky ghoulish creatures, lights, pumpkin heads, spiders, and all things Halloween. Their home, located on route 28N in Long Lake, creates an impact at night surprising passers by with the orange glow from the decorations. Sam has witnessed cars driving by at full speed stop in their tracks and back up to check out her display.

When asked why she does it? Whether its Halloween, the Fourth of July or Christmas, Sam likes to have fun with whatever holiday she can. Check out her displays nightly at darkness until about 8:30pm. Their home is on Newcomb Road in Long Lake, about a mile from the intersection of Route 30 and 28N.

Beach Day has Arrived

4th of July Weekend... Top Secret location.. shhh don't tell anyone

Strange intimacy of summer has arrived. Peeling off of tee-shirts, the reveal of a winter’s worth of Long Lake living, but when the temp rises, inevitably one has to strip off the old winter garb and give in to the call of the swimsuit, no matter how weird it is. Spend the day on the beach with the same friends more recognizable covered in Snowmobile gear than with sunblock. The top secret location of a beach known only to those folks with some kind of connection to the town. Perhaps a distant descendant of guide Mitchell Sabattis or a 7th generationer with relatives who summered long ago on the Northend of Long Lake, or relative newcomers (only 2nd generation) who have lived in town for 40 years… regardless, the 4th of July in Long Lake when the weather cooperates is a celebration of warmth and boats and dots of glisten. Wow look up there.. its a bird, its a plane… it’s a Helms. Now get thee to a hiking trail you post-traumatized winter body! At least I don’t have to pay taxes for my outdoor tanning day.

Long Lake 4th of July Bed Races Return

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Bed Races in Long Lake from the 80's

The Long Lake Bed Races have been absent since 1992, at least the only evidence is a rather large trophy issued to winners “The Lakeside.” that will be given out to the first place winner.  Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd & Best in Show.  Costumes, themes will be judged by Long Lake Secret Judges to be hand selected very very carefully.  These judges will be so secret, they may not even know whom the other judges are, they may not even know they are judges until the final judging.

Other 4th of July activities include 11am games on the Ball Field, Fire Dept BBQ on the beach, Penelope the Clown, North Country Kettle Corn and keep your fingers crossed for Strawberry Shortcake sale (I know I am keeping my fingers crossed)

 On July 4, 2010, the 4th of July bed races return to Long Lake at 6pm. Expect traffic delays.

Look for music by the 4i Band on the Town Beach starting at 5pm.

New Years Day 2010

Light Snow Welcomes 2010

Stranded Dock in the Middle of Long Lake

Dock Stranded on Long Lake Looking NorthAdirondack Hotel January 1, 2010

Ride the Bus

The Long Lake New Years Ring In The New Decade Safety First Bus will be picking up passengers all over Long Lake. 

Anytime of the Year... Long Lake Rocks

Please call 624-3077 x 13 to reserve your ride.  Leave a return phone number and the number of peeps in the posse and exactly where you are. Remember if you have a large party of peeps encourage everyone to be ready in a timely fashion… we have one bus and a lot of square footage to cover so efficiency and fun are the hallmarks of our bus service.    Celebrate New Years Safely… no questions asked!  Go out to dinner, visit a friend, hey ask the bus to stop at the Long Lake Lights Show at Bill Ellick’s house… why not?

It is a blue moon tonight too.. so don’t forget to LOOK UP!

Winners of the Contest

Bill Ellick's Winning Light Display

Thursday, Dec 17th was brisk, but from the comfort of a car with heated seats the judges began their two and 1/2 hour journey combing the streets of Long Lake for the winners of 2009 Holiday Decorating Contest.

We suggest you take a cruise around, and make a list of the 46 homes decorated and submit it to the Tourism office and we will give you a candy cane.

Sorry the pic above is not an actual house in Long Lake, pictures will be uploaded, but the camera froze so pictures will be forthcoming.  We appreciate your patience.

Prizes are $75, $50, $25 for each category


1st place Bill Ellick “Long Lake Lights”  MUST see this display with music – tune into 87.9 and enjoy the show.  Up on Cemetery Rd… dont miss out on this extravaganza.  Bill invested time, & voltage to make his home a destination on the hunt for the Christmas spirit.  Make it a point and GO GO GO… don’t miss out on this special experience.   Opens at 6pm and runs to 9:30pm weekdays and til at least 10pm on weekends… check it out!

2nd place Chris & Stacy  Howe –  The precision and perfection of the linear light display is striking.  Pay attention to the detail, wrapped three sides of the house, up the chimney and complimented with Santa’s train.

3rd place Dave & Vicky Snide Fun Festive, Bright, and a friendly Snowman on the front of the house to entertain the viewers on the other side of the lake.    Their display incorporates other buildings on the property.


1st place Hoss’s Country Corner Can’t miss this… it’s fun and big.  Bears, snowflakes, colorful lights.. here’s hoping to keep the lights on all winter season

2nd place Long Lake Diner/Owls Head Pub  Blinking lights, careful wrapping of windows, coordinated light display make this a destination for anyone looking for the fun spirit and lightness and community spirit of the holidays.

3rd place MDRM Industries / Mike & Jacquie Rivette   Traditional, & classy, the building is decorated on both sides and peek through the windows to see the golden glow of the Christmas trees.

Honorable Mentions –  Drive around, we will be happy to add to the list… e-mail to add more suggestions…

Dixie LeBlanc – Deerland Rd

Pat Benton – Downtown LL Route 30

Joanne Gendron-Tupper Rd

Helen & Bob Kentile Rice Rd

Bobbie & Brian Nadeau Newcomb Rd

The Ifferts South Hill Rd

Paul Gendron Tupper Rd

Trudy Hooker Kickerville Rd

Chris Blumberg Deerland Rd

Don & Ruth Howe Road off Deerland (don’t remember name)

Kelly & Paul Brown Kickerville Rd

Bob  & Linda Gibson Road off Deerland (dont remember name)

Susan & Jim Dineen Kickerville Rd

Next year get ready for the Town vs. Town competition… you have been warned!  Let’s dress up this town and show outerspace that people really do live here!

Long Lake