Raquette Lake

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.

2011 Year in Review Long Lake Style

What do you remember about 2011? Well already a day has gone by and I’m sure I missed something. So maybe you got to spend a lot of time in Long Lake this year, or maybe you kept in touch via updates and twitter and your friends and relatives. Maybe you drove down Route 30/28N and decided to spontaneously stay for the night and found a Barber Shop Quartet singing on the beach or Martin Sexton signing autographs. Long Lake is small, but makes the most of the seasons and even though we’re off the beaten path and not right off the railroad tracks or the Northway, we still have our fingers on the pulse (from a quiet distance)

The video is a timeline with both events in and around Long Lake and Raquette Lake interspersed with some images of notable news figures of the past year. Trivia is so popular an event, one of the upcoming questions may revolve around some of the images in this piece – so watch carefully.

What did we miss? I know you’ll be sure to tell me.

See you in 2012. Enjoy the show. Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club Winter Carnival is coming up on January 14, 2012.. THINK SNOW!

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Winter Carnival

Raquette Lake Winter Carnival

February 19th and 20th look for Winter Carnival Fun in Raquette Lake. The events kick off at 10am with fun games for the kids near the RL Library, followed by the Ladies Frying Pan Toss, Golf Drive, Bonfire, Fireworks, and on Sunday the Cross Cut and Chainsaw Competition. Unplug from the over saturation of the internet and step back in time to old fashioned family fun in Raquette Lake. The Tap Room and the Winter Boat will be open to keep you warm.

Raquette Lake Cardboard Box Derby

Winners Rochester Team Number 3 Holding up their prizes

2nd Place Team - The Eminators - before the race


The Town of Long Lake hosted Cardboard Box Derby Races in Raquette Lake on Saturday, August 7, 2010. Nine Teams participated in building their creations out of cardboard procured from top secret area locations. Event organizer Amanda Helms takes great pride in using recycled material for these ingenious family oriented, fun races.

Work begins on the winning boat

The rules are simple. Sign up as a team and all members sign a waiver. The team creates a box boat using only cardboard and duct tape. The cardboard arrived via a Long Lake Town Parks and Recreation vehicle around 3:15pm and the teams began their job.

Once the boats were created, one member, usually the lightest, takes the captain’s seat. Life jackets are recommended and the Golden Beach Lifeguards were on duty near the boats if one was submerged.

Opponents gathered and the race began. In Raquette Lake the floating lasted over 30 minutes out racing Long Lake’s first foray back on July 16th by twenty five minutes. Thirty minutes is a well designed masterpiece and team Rochester #3 won. They won a free Boat Rental from Burke’s Marina and a T-shirt from Raquette Lake Supply. Coming in second was “The Eminator” Team # 6. They received a gift certificate for $25 from the Tap Room (unfortunately the original gift certificate creation was swallowed up by Raquette Lake and Amanda Helms had to recreate the gift certificate on site with a piece of lined notebook paper she conveniently had available on her clipboard.) The second place team also scored a tour for two of Great Camp Sagamore.

The next Cardboard Boat Races will be on Friday evening, August 14th at the Long Lake Town Beach. The event starts at 4pm. Races are slated for 6:30pm. Live Music by the Horseshoe Lounge Playboys. See you there!

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