winter carnival

WPBS Viewers Welcome Here!

Did you catch the Raquette River Winter Experience on WPBS? We want to welcome you to the Town of Long Lake’s website. This past weekend was the Long Lake Winter Carnival as featured on the program, we had terrific winter events including broomball, Ladies Frying Pan Toss, and the first leg of the Adirondack Cardboard Box Racing Circuit.

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If you are looking for a fun-filled weekend excursion to Long Lake we recommend the weekend of February 7th and 8th, 2014. Plenty of time to plan and get organized and make a winter weekend out of it. It is a Winter Fest Weekend featuring a Poker Run, a game played by car or snowmobile, Ice Fest and the Lake Eaton Ice Fishing Derby. Three events in one-weekend!

For the Poker Run players start off in cars or by snowmobile in Raquette Lake or Newcomb utilizing a network of community connector trails. Players gather stamps at participating local businesses and join in the dealing at the Long Lake Diner on Saturday, February 8th for the prizes. Highest hand wins. Plenty of doorprizes and souvenirs for participants.

If you are looking for a snowmobile map or to sign up for or newsletter or any other info, go to our contact us page and let us know. Contact Us Page

The Lake Eaton Ice Fishing Derby will be on Lake Eaton on Saturday, February 8th, sponsored by the Long Lake Fish and Game Club. The Long Lake Fish and Game Club sponsors the Lake Eaton Ice Fishing Derby for Landlocked Salmon and Trout. $25 per person. Cash Prizes. Registration 6am, Long Lake Town Hall. Weigh in station open at Lake Eaton Campground in the am.

Ice Fishing Derby Registration

Rules for Ice Fishing Derby

The biggest highlight of the weekend will be visiting ice carver, Stan Kolonko from The Ice Farm in Auburn, NY. Check out this video featuring past events in Long Lake NY.

Ice Fest Video Long Lake Ice Fest Weekend

February 7-8, 2014 will definitely be a busy weekend. As always our ice skating rink is open, with free ice skates available to visiting families, as well as one of the best sledding hills in the Adirondacks located at Mt. Sabattis.

For more events and activities check out our on-line calendar!

Remember Long Lake is central to all things Adirondack, family friendly, small-town charm and affordable! We’ve got what you need for an authentic Adirondack Experience! Abundant lake ice, fishing, snowmobiling, sledding and x-c skiing! Join us in 2014! On Line Calendar of Events

Video Long Lake Winter Carnival. Highlights 2009-2013

Hot off the presses. Check out this highlight video of past winter carnival’s! This should get you ready for today’s festivities. We’ll see you at Mt. Sabattis at noon.

GPS or Garmin – enter 1100 Deerland Road – gets you close enough.

Parking available at bottom of hill, Owls Head Lane, South Hill Road.

Little Bus will be running starting at 4pm until end of festivities. For 2014, a special thank you to the Town of Newcomb for providing us with wheels. For a ride call 518-323-5000

Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit

The communities of Long Lake, Indian Lake, Old Forge, Inlet and Speculator have joined forces to bring the Adirondack Cardboard Sled Races to fruition. The racers must compete in a minimum of three races to qualify for points. The overall points will be counted and the winner will be announced at Oak Mountain and March 1st and awarded a trophy for their efforts.

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Here’s a link to a radio interview with last years champion!

NCPR Radio Interview with Bob Lewin, Winner 2013 Adk Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit

Dates & Location for Races:

January 16th 1pm Long Lake, Mt. Sabattis Recreation Area
February 16th Noon – Indian Lake, Indian Lake Ski Hill
February 16th – 3pm -Old Forge, McCauley Mountain
February 22nd – 1pm – Inlet, Fern Park
March 1st – 1pm, Speculator, Oak Mountain

Winter Carnival January 18th

The Moonlighter’s Winter Carnival is on January 18th at Mt. Sabattis.

It kicks off at Noon with a Snowmobile Parade, followed by the coronation of two very special royal guests, bonfire, Cardboard Sled Racing Competition including the first stop on the Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit (think NASCAR) In addition to that all ages will enjoy other activities including the Fireman’s Relay on skates, Ballon Chase, Corn Hole, One Shot Basketball, and a highly anticipated Broomball Tournament. Teams of six are welcome to sign up.

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The event rounds out with a Fireworks Display. Usually the fireworks go off around 6:30pm, but all depends on the number of broomball teams.

The Long Lake Little Bus will be rolling from 4pm until Last Call. Phone is 518.323-5000. It will pick up all ages to transport guests to area lodgings, Mt. Sabattis and to any local address within Long Lake.

On Sunday the Long Lake Lions Club will be hosting the Northern New York Vintage Snowmobile Races starting at Noon on Jennings Park Pond.

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Winter Carnival Schedule: January 18th 2014

All times subject to change without notice.

How to maximize winter fun in Long Lake. Be prepared, dress in layers. Bring sleds, skates, extra clothes and socks if you have little ones.

12pm – Snowmobile Parade
12:15pm – Coronation
12:30pm – Bonfire Lighting – Christmas Trees Welcome
1:00pm – Cardboard Sled Races –
1:30pm – Town Wide Photo
2:00pm – One Shot Basketball
2:15pm – Balloon Chase
2:30pm – Adult Golf Drive / Skating Fireman’s Relay (all ages)
3:00pm – Ladies Frying Pan Toss
4:00pm – Goalie’s Day Off – Puck Shot
4:30pm – Broomball Tournament
6:15PM – FIREWORKS – Time is approximate – Fireworks end the event, after the Broomball Tournament is over.

Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit
There are five Cardboard Sled Races in the Adirondacks. Participants willing to race in all five have a chance to win a really huge trophy and bragging rights for the year. House rules apply at each individual race.

January 18, – Long Lake
Feb 15 – Old Forge
Feb 16 – Indian Lake
Feb 22 – Inlet
March 1 – Oak Mountain Speculator

All dates and times are tentative – please call 518.624.3077 for more information.

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

Video Highlights Cardboard Sled Race

Some video highlights of the 2013 Winter Carnival Cardboard Sled Race.

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Long Lake Winter Carnival Wrap Up

The Long Lake Winter Carnival was held on January 19, 2013. Jim and Paula Piraino were crowned King and Queen by Harry Buxton, Moonlighter’s Secretary and Treasurer. Jim and Paula own the Long Lake Diner/Owls Head Pub and have been instrumental from the inception of Long Lake Winter Carnival in making it the success it is today. Jim and Paula volunteer for many of the days events coordinating efforts for all the teams and working closely with the Town of Long Lake to make the day go smoothly.

Events kicked off with Cardboard Sled races. Winners of the 12 and Under Category were Lillian Dechene and Karlee Rockstroch with Return of the Dragon. Winner of the Adult Category was Daddy’s Folly with driver Bob Lewin, holding his title for a third year in a row.

Best in Show was awarded to Lightning McQueen, 2nd to Keller’s Kruzer and the crowd favortie, a replica of the Helms Seaplane made by James Waite which came in 3rd.

Half Court Basketball shot went to Curtis Seaman.

Pictured Jamin Piraino with the basketball, Curtis Seaman in the bg.

Winners of the Ladies Frying Pan Toss. First, Kristie Lance with 59 feet 4 inches, Second to Hillarie Logan-Dechene with 59 feet three inches and third to Jess Plumley with 59 feet two inches.

Seven teams played the Broomball tournament with the first place winners the Sock Monkeys with Kodee, Brittney, Chey, Ruth and Dave Olbert beating the Long Lake Fire Department.

Fireworks rounded out the day.

The bonfire was started and maintained by Long Lake residents and volunteers, Tom and Michelle Donnelly.

Food was served all day by the Long Lake Fire Department. Raffles were sold for an ipad mini and $200 gas card. Raffle is slated to be drawn at the Fire Department Annual BBQ.

Winter Carnival on January 19th!

CLICK HERE FOR WINTER CARNIVAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 2013

The Long Lake Winter Carnival gets in gear and off the ground on Saturday, January 19th. The event leads off with a Snowmobile Parade and crowning of the King and Queen of the Moonlighter’s at noon.

The Cardboard Sled Race starts at 1pm and this year there is an added category for racers interested in participating in the Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit. Old Forge, Inlet and Indian Lake have all agreed to host a special class just for this regional event. Racers for this event can race in the regular event AND the special class. Racers completing at least three of the four races on the circuits earn points for box decoration and race time and will be awarded the championship in Inlet on February 23rd.

Other events for the Winter Carnival include Adult Golf Drive, 1-shot Basketball, Kids Games, Ladies Frying Pan Toss (a perenial crowd favorite that has people on the edge of their seat) and the Broom Ball Tournament. The day rounds out with a bonfire and fireworks.

The Long Lake Little Bus is available to shuttle folks to and from the Mt. Sabattis Recreation area to ease up the congestion at the Parking Area. For a free ride starting at noon until last call – call 518-323-5000. This bus will shuttle folks around the area as long as it’s in Long Lake.

Rules for the Cardboard Sled Race are listed here.

Long Lake Gears up for Cold Weather Fun

The Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department announces a vibrant winter season filled with events aimed to please the entire family.

Say goodbye to all the Mayan Prophecies with the season kick off on December 29th, 2012. Yes, if the world doesn’t actually end, we’ll still be here and we’re having a Polar Bear Plunge to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Join the wild, adventurous, and hearty Long Lake Fire Department, Long Lake Rescue Squad and volunteer teams for a brand new event to finish off 2012! Plungers are invited to take pledges and raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. Everyone over age 18 can participate, but you have to fill out forms and sign up by contacting 518-624-3077 for more information. It will be a crazy event, so get in on the first year so 20 years when you’re in your rocking chair you can tell all the grandkids… “I was at the very first one!” All plungers will have their blood pressure tested before the event to ensure the safety of all, but the plungers are going in at their own risk! See if they have enough guts to withstand the frosty cold icy waters of Long Lake! Don’t want to plunge, we need cheerleaders so come on down! You won’t believe what you see!


Ring in the New Year in Long Lake. The Long Lake Little Bus provides free transportation to all ages starting at 5pm. Kids ages 10 and up can go the the Geiger Arena for a Pizza, and Skating party. Adults can enjoy a leisurely meal out at the Cellar Restaurant and Pub 518.624.5539, the Adirondack Hotel 518.624.4700 or the Long Lake Diner/Owl’s Head Pub call ahead 518.624.3941. Locals say, be spontaneous and have your very own family reunion and ring in 2013 with a winter backdrop! Celebrating in Long Lake is memorable, and filled with great ways to dance your socks off!

Other events slated for 2013, Ice Fest returns on January 11th and 12th! On-lookers will enjoy hot toddy’s, ice installations and silly games at each location! Sponsored by the Town of Long Lake and local businesses.

Did someone say BACON? Ladies get ready for the Annual Ladies Frying Pan Toss at the Long Lake Winter Carnival on Saturday, January 19th. You have no excuse not to put that sled, snowmobile or all the winter gear on the trailer and come on up for one of the most fun events of the season. Get to know Long Lake and feel like a local! We promise, we’re nice! Broomball, Snowmobile Parade, Cardboard Sledding Box Race, Free ice skating all day, Fireworks! Long Lake is an escape from the noise and drudgery of the real world and we know because we live here! Once you experience the Winter Carnival you’ll be making it the family tradition for years to come, you’ll probably be looking at real estate before you’re done.

The Long Lake Little Bus rolls ALL DAY, starting at noon. That means FREE TRANSPORTATION. Leave the car at home, we’ll drive for you! Book your room today! Lodgings from The Shamrock Motel 518.624.3861, The Adirondack Hotel, 518.624.4700 Akuna Matada, 518.624.6430, Brook Camp 518.624.4234, Lake Side Cottage 518.624.9806 and the Corner Motel 518.624.3571 are adding extra blankets getting ready to welcome you for your long weekend stay! X-C skiers, snowmobiliers, birders, extreme recreational hiking enthusiasts, take a break and come to Mt. Sabattis!

You forgot something? Don’t worry, we have stores, really we do! Take the Little Bus out on the town and visit our array of stores to buy some new socks, Moonshine, a souvenir or a make a pit stop at one of our eateries to warm up with a cup of soup or hot chocolate if ya need it! (shhh… its a secret!) But we promise, you won’t forget the fun you had in a remarkable Winter Wonder Land. You don’t have to leave Mt. Sabattis (if you don’t want to miss anything) because the Long Lake Fire Department serves up hot, delicious yummy treats all day. Fireworks at 6:30pm and then it’s time to hit the town for a meal and a safe ride home! Bring the whole family!

Kick off of the Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit. If ya race your Cardboard Box this winter season in Long Lake, Indian Lake, Inlet and Old Forge – you get something special (ok we’re still working on what that is, but participant is eligible for a super cool trophy – so call us and we’ll tell you all about it!)

So many events to post, you’ll have to check back in and find out more!

Stay tuned for more announcements!

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.

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