Raquette Lake

Raquette Lake Busiest Day 2018

Raquette Lake Busiest Day Events
Here’s a look at all the events of the 2018 Raquette Lake busiest Day on August 11th!  


10am: Annual Raquette Lake Library Book Sale
10am: Annual Arts & Craft Fair at the Raquette Lake School
11:30am: Scavenger Hunt. Cash Prizes. Meet on the Village Green.
6pm:  Raquette Lake Fire Dept. and Ambulance Squad Fundraising Auction on the Village Green. 
Annual auction
Lots of great items
Hot dogs
50/50

Hit the town and enjoy the fun events Raquette Lake has to offer!
 
28th Annual Arts and Craft Fair in Raquette Lake
The Raquette Lake Parents Teachers and Friends will sponsor the 28th annual Arts and Crafts Fair at the Raquette Lake School on Rt. 28 on Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  This is a juried show with all items being displayed for sale the work of the exhibitor on site, the majority of whom reside in the Adirondack Park. 
 
Adirondack artists exhibiting include Fawn Ridge Pottery of Chestertown and South Bay Jewelry of Raquette Lake.  ‘Stitch Ups’ by Yasuko Monroe was a new exhibitor in 2017 and was very well received with her beautiful purses, backpacks, and other accessories of beautiful fabrics.

 Lis Barsuglia-Madsen is back with her hand woven clothing, rugs and accessories. Other exhibitors include Bob Montesano photography and David “R.C.” Oster’s pen and ink drawings of historic buildings and Adirondack scenes. Toni Rudd will be selling her delicious homemade jams and jellies and Carol Milliman-Estes will be selling the famous Milliman homemade fudge.  Kent Menges will be displaying his wrought iron work ‘Adironstix’.  Nancy Pulling Best with her children’s books and Ken Stanton with rustic Adirondack furniture also return this year.
 
Other items for sale this year include stained glass, alcohol inks on tiles, vases and yupo.
 
There will be a Chinese raffle with items donated by the exhibitors and the drawings will take place at 3:30 that afternoon.  You need not be present to win.
 
All proceeds of the raffle will be donated to North Country Life Flight, a free, not-for-profit critical care air rescue service serving the Adirondacks.
 
The show is held inside the school and will go on rain or shine!!
 
Support your local and regional artists and find a truly distinctive gift for yourself, friend or family member!
 

McCarthy Family Trio to Perform in Raquette Lake August 24th

On August 24th at 7pm Join the McCarthy Family for a concert at the Raquette Lake School.

The McCarthy Family is a singing group that specializes in three-part-vocal harmony renditions of folk favorites from both the United States & Ireland. The trio features American treasures such as Stephen Foster’s, Hard Times; and Henry Clay Work’s, My Grandfather’s Clock; as well as more modern favorites by Woodie Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan and others. Traditional songs from Deirdre’s native Ireland are also featured. Deirdre has brought the lively, lilting musical culture of her native land to audiences here in America with traditional songs sung in English such as, I’ll Tell Me Ma, She Moved Through the Fair, and Molly Malone, as well as haunting songs sung in the ancient language of her homeland, Irish Gaelic. With their unique blend of Irish and American cultures, it is the McCarthy Family’s wish to give each audience a concert experience that is highly entertaining and richly educational.

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

18th Annual Durant Days in Raquette Lake Aug 5-7th

Raquette Lake hosts an celebrating the Birth of Great Camps as inspired by William West Durant, Friday through Sunday, August 5th – 7th 2016.

On Friday, August 5th there is a with a special cruise with Raquette Lake Navigation on the W.W. Durant. Stops along the way include Camp Pine Knot, the first Great Camp and home to Collis P. Huntington of Southern Pacific Railroad Fame. Camp Pine Knot is not usually open to the public, so this is unique opportunity to see it up close. There will also be a visit to St. Williams on Long Point. A church, built by W.W. Durant in 1890. St. Williams is on the National Register of Historic Sites. For information and reservations for this luncheon cruise, call (315) 354-5532.

Lunch Cruise on the WW Durant and Explore Great Camps

Lunch Cruise on the WW Durant and Explore Great Camps

On Saturday, August 6th, Wide Variety, Jersey’s Premier A Cappella Group, will be performing a free concert at the Raquette Lake School. Doors open at 1:30pm with performance at 2p.m. This concert is co-sponsored by the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department and the Central Adirondacks Association.

Wide Variety Returns to Raquette Lake

Wide Variety Returns to Raquette Lake

The Raquette Lake Boat Parade takes place on Saturday, August 6th at 7pm with the best view from the Raquette Lake Town Dock. The 2016 theme is “Strictly ADK.” Boats pick up registration forms at Burke’s or Birds Marina or call Pat Deyle 315-354-4070. Cash prizes will be awarded for non-motorized, pontoon, under 14 feet and over 14 feet. At dusk there will be a fireworks showcase from the lake.

Boat Parade features Strictly ADK Theme in 2016

Boat Parade features Strictly ADK Theme in 2016

On Sunday, August 7th there will be half-priced guided tours of Great Camp Sagamore, the Alfred Vanderbilt estate, featuring 27 National Historic Landmark Buildings at 10am. At 2pm 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 at 3pm.

For more information call 518-624-3077 or 315-354-5532.

Fundraiser for Local in Need of Kidney Transplant

On August 15th the employees of the Raquette Lake Supply and Tap Room are hosting a fundraiser for fellow Raquette Laker, Steven Murdock. Steven is in need of a kidney transplant and the fundraiser is to help offset the expense of the transplant. The fund raiser will be held at the Village Green from 1pm-6pm and will include live music, dunking booth, food, 10ft paddleboard raffle, 50/50 raffle, snow cones, and other raffles. Donations are gladly accepted. Contact 315-354-4301 for more information or to donate.

Employees of the RL Supply & Tap Room rally to support Steven Murdock on August 15th.

Employees of the RL Supply & Tap Room rally to support Steven Murdock on August 15th.

St. William’s on Long Point Annual Chicken BBQ

On Sunday, July 26th, The Annual Chicken BBQ will be held at St. William’s on Long Point in Raquette Lake. St. William’s on Long Point will have their annual chicken BBQ, $12.00/person and a silent auction with a large variety of items. The proceeds will be used for the continuing operation and restoration of St. William’s. Boat transportation is available from Raquette Lake town dock at 12:30 pm. The BBQ includes a variety of delicious salads, beans and desserts and the best chicken you have ever tasted prepared by our experienced crew of volunteers. The silent auction is always looking for new or used items in new condition, especially handcrafted or artist’s work. Contact Peggy padeyle@msn.com or 315-354-4070 to donate.

Adirondack Day in Albany

Critical issues are facing residents and property owners and all New Yorkers who own over three million acres of land in the Adirondacks. On Monday, April 29, 2013 local Adirondack leaders head to Albany to swarm the capital with all things Adirondacks to bring attention to the region and shake the political trees in Albany. Visitors to the Well Wall at the Legislative Office Building will have the opportunity to visit with Live Wild Animals, hear the sounds of the forest and sample the foods of the Adirondacks and learn more about new recreational opportunities stretching across the park.

Hot topics include the recent acquisition of the Essex Chain of Lakes Property, slated for opening to the public sometime this summer pending a public hearing process across the state to find out from the people what they want to see happen to the Essex Chain of Lakes. The DEC has made their recommendation to the APA and soon it will be up to the public to put forth their input.

Another huge topic on the docket is the settlement of the Township 40 dispute in Raquette Lake.

What is Township 40?
The State of New York claims it owns over 90 percent of “Township 40.” About 220 parcels of land covering slightly more than 1,000 acres in Raquette Lake, once Township 40 of the Totten and Crossfield Purchase, are contested.

Township 40 was never surveyed into lots, so deeds were often unclear as to exactly what lands were being conveyed.

The Legislature passed the amendment in 2012, but constitutional amendments must pass two consecutive sessions of the Legislature before they can be presented to voters in a statewide referendum. The Township 40 issue must be voted on again before this Albany legislature finishes their session in June. This is the opportunity to make sure this critical amendment continues down its path to completion. When the amendment is passed it will be heading to a statewide constitutional ballot vote in the fall and put to the voters to decide an issue over 100 years in the making.

What does this mean for Raquette Laker’s?

Provisions of that legislation would list the more than 200 parcels of land in Township 40 in Raquette Lake in Hamilton County, allow those with disputed titles to opt in or opt out of the settlement process and require a payment from occupants which would be used toward purchase of replacement land of greater benefit to be added to the Adirondack Park.

The legislative arrangement would provide this and future generations of shoreland owners free and clear title to their properties, a significant and enduring benefit to them, their children, the Village of Raquette Lake, Town of Long Lake and Hamilton County. It would remove for all time the threat, the uncertainty and the costs involved in a challenge from the State.

Join residents, leaders and the politicians at Adirondack Day, Monday, April 29, 2013 from 11am to 5pm.

So where is this Well Wall? Albany, “Well” of Legislative Office Building – Concourse Level, Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York, 12234

Sources

D. Gibson, May 29, 2012, A New Proposal for Township 40. < http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2012/05/dave-gibson-a-new-proposal-for-township-40.html >

twp40@frontiernet.net, March 3, 2013. Township 40 Website for Pertinent Information. < http://twp40.com/5101.html >

C. Meixner, RL Land Bill Could Be Voted on Soon. April 11, 2012. < http://www.hamiltoncountyexpress.com/News/04112012_land >

B. Mann, RL Constitutional Amendment Passes in Albany. June 21, 2012. < http://blogs.northcountrypublicradio.org/inbox/2012/06/21/breaking-raquette-lake-constitutional-amendment-passes-in-albany/ >

Raquette Lake Winter Wonderland

Video featuring Raquette Lake Winter Events including Winter Carnival and Snowmobiling and Wayne.

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Raquette Lake Winter Carnival to be held Saturday, February 16th.

Unlike any Winter Carnival you’ve ever attended, Raquette Lake boasts a sense of community and true Adirondack pride with this Winter themed traditional event.

Youth participate in Winter games such as snowshoe relay, goalies day off puck shot contest, snow dodgeball and a Winter Carnival first; an afternoon envelope making craft class held at the Raquette Lake Union Free School. Adults can have their turn at envelope making with a separate evening class. Stan Kolonko from The Ice Farm will be joining us back in Raquette Lake to construct an ice fire tower to be lit immediately following the Fireworks.

There’s plenty to do for kids and adults alike. Adults let loose and participate in the ice golf tournament, a Winter Carnival favorite! Ladies can take out some aggression with the annual famed Ladies Frying Pan toss. Ladies gather from miles around to send our custom griddle flying! But be sure to sign up fast, because only the first 50 ladies get a chance at the coveted title of Frying Pan Toss champion.

When the street lights come on we are bringing back an old Raquette Lake Winter Carnival tradition, tug of war battle in the street beside the Raquette Lake Library! Worried about the chill? Worry no more, we’ll have the bonfire blazing all day long and the Raquette Lake Library and Raquette Lake Tap Room are always warm and welcoming! For more information please contact Raquette Lake Parks and Recreation at 518-624-3077

Raquette Lake Winter Carnival

Raquette Lake Winter Carnival kicks off on Saturday, February 18th with family fun activities all weekend. Long Lake Events Coordinator, Danielle Gagnier has organized the day and is looking forward to her second Winter Carnival of the season. “Our goal is for everyone to have a great time. We know there hasn’t been as much snow this year, but there’s still time. We encourage everyone to sleep in white socks, so hopefully old man winter will surprise us with a snowstorm, but even without a big storm, the fun will still go on!”

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The events start on Saturday morning at 10am featuring activities for the kids, competitions and games including: sledding races, balloon chase, and other frivolous and wacky winter themed recreation near the library. At noon look for the Ladies Frying Pan Toss and Golf Drive. This year due to good ice conditions folks are encouraged to bring ice skates and have some fun on Raquette Lake.

At 2pm, Magician Bob Shelley will be performing a free magic show in the Raquette Lake Library. The Raquette Lake Library will be the best place to warm up, get hot chocolate and delicious snacks. It’s open all day starting at 9:30am.

A bonfire and fireworks display around 6:30pm will round out Saturday.

Sunday at noon look for the traditional cross-cut and chainsaw competition. Contenders will compete for the fasted time for each event.

The Raquette Lake Winter Carnival is sponsored by The Town of Long Lake. For more details check out www.mylonglake.com or call 518-624-3077.

Adirondack Snowmobile in Long Lake Ice Fest

Yes we have awesome snowmobile trails. Why? Because we have snow, groomed trails and these trails and riders are loving the conditions – to quote “they just aren’t overused.” A fair and balanced amount of traffic keeps the wear and tear on our trails rideable and surprisingly delightful to many who have not gotten in the winter spirit this year. Yes it’s been a mild winter, but Long Lake is winter, and we have snow. Stan from the Ice Farm reports “This is great, you have winter. I didn’t expect to see this” Not a surprise to hear since winter has been so mild outside of our region. “It’s hard to get in the mood for skiing when I’m playing tennis in Cranford, NJ every weekend… outside,” exclaims a note to the Long Lake Tourism email Contact Us page.

So to kick everyone back into winter gear and to celebrate February, Ice and Snowmobiling, The Town of Long Lake hosted it’s very first Ice Fest and turned the Long Lake Logo into a snowmobile to honor our great wintry riding conditions!

On Saturday, February 4th, Stan Kolonko, of the Ice Farm out of Auburn, NY and ice sculpting partner, Hospitality Professor from Syracuse University, Chris Uyehara ate a hearty breakfast to set themselves on a course of installing, designing and carving the five remaining sculptures for Ice Fest.

The Long Lake Diner participated with a patriotic themed eagle in place, a fitting symbol to compliment the Local Veteran’s Dinner sponsored by the Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club of Long Lake.

Hoss’s warmed guests up with complimentary coffee and delicious chocolates as their Long Lake Bear came to life in ice. Cars heading into town to get the mail and run errands were stopping to watch the Ice Farm team at work. John Hosley even had Stan assist in taking down and replacing the American Flags with vibrant new ones to match the beauty of the bear.

The next installation was sponsored by the Friends of the Long Lake Library. The logo featuring Bear Book ends and a slew of books took front and center on the front porch. As the sun beat down, Stan clued us in that the ice acts as a magnifier, refracting the light and through time the ice will become cloudy. While the light was seemingly the enemy, the cold held on and the blue sky and sunshine added to the terrific ambiance of the day.

The next stop, The Shamrock Motel and Cottages. Stan and Chris enjoyed Pebbles, the dog, and all the spectators including guests staying in Blue Mountain Lake. In addition to the traditional Shamrock, Stan trained our Events Coordinator Danielle Gagnier how to carve using a special chainsaw. Danielle confidently took handle of the blade and carved a heart in honor of Valentine’s Day.

The final installation of the day happened at Mt. Sabattis. Five blocks of ice. 1500 pounds of ice to create the iconic symbol of Long Lake in winter, a snowmobilier flying off a drift. As Stan and Chris finished the sun began to set leaving a glow to set off the vibrancy of the ice.

Expensive tools, chainsaws, chisels, handtruck, a bucket of water and images projected onto newspaper and a lot of years of training and practice for our Culinary Institute of America trained sculptor Kolonko made for a great day and a great weekend.

Sculptures on view in Long Lake and Raquette Lake and lit up for evening viewing. They will be on display until the weather changes and melts everything. Let’s hope that’s a long long long long time from now.

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