winter carnival

Art Installation and Snow Sculptures in Long Lake

Artistic Rendering of Snow Sculptures

Last year artists Matt Burnett and Scott Fuller were tapped by the Town of Long Lake to create illuminated snow sculptures, but a warm March and diminished snowpack depleted snow supplies too quickly. On January 13, 2011, artists, Burnett and Fuller will finally unveil their vision as they begin construction of their exhibit “E-Lumination” in three locations around Long Lake, New York.

Artists Matt Burnett and Scott Fuller will be constructing a series of illuminated snow sculptures. The project, loosely titled “E-lumination,” will entail molded sculptural forms in snow with light projected on them. The work will be directed by the artists and will entail cooperation with local town resources including the Long Lake Highway Department and Parks and Recreation.

Burnett, who is a native of Long Lake and known for his paintings and exploration of Adirondack Wilderness, has been working with Fuller on several large scale outdoor installations in recent years. The pair first collaborated in 2006 at Mt. Desert Island with kinetic sculpture for an outdoor invitational (Non-Sentient Free Range Organisms) , and then again in 2008 at Saranac Lake’s winter carnival (Community Spiral) with a large scale illuminated ice structure.

The two artists, who met at Maine College of Art’s MFA program, have both long been interested in working with natural processes and environments. Fuller, who has been involved with a wide range of projects (from wood fired kilns in Hawaii to sculptures cut out of sheet metal from designs created on the computer), has really taken to the snow since moving to the north east (he lives in Poland, Maine). The several “fire and ice” public works that Fuller accomplished in the city of Portland (see photograph) are what lead to their associated with the Palace building crew in Saranac Lake. “We have plenty of winter, plenty of snow and plenty of ice; rather then complaining about it and waiting it out for half the year, I love the idea of celebrating what is unusual and beautiful about winter.” says Burnett. “I have been working with ice for some time, there is so much complexity and power in the way ice and snow form and dominate this time of year.”

Both artists have shown their work regionally and internationally. Fuller was most recently a finalist for a sculpture contest at the Bejing Olympics, where his design for a monumental sculpture toured China. “I really enjoy working with Scott, “ says Burnett, “We always challenge each other to work outside of our comfort zone, he’s really fun and reliable to work with, and our collaboration has resulted in some of the best work we have accomplished.”

The project will take place in several locations and will feature some imagery relating to local history. Artist Matt Burnett talked about the close influence of his hometown on his professional career as an artist. “It’s in all of my paintings” he explains, “I owe my success to the inspiration of the Adirondack wilderness and also the support of my family and hometown community.” This project is a way of my giving back to the community that has given me so much. Burnett explained that some of the imagery shown in “E-lumination” will relate to local history. There will be a prize for people able to name all of the locations and faces projected over the week long project, so Long Lake is encouraged to keep their eyes peeled…especially long timers! The projections will likely be in place in time for the Long Lake Winter Carnival.

Installation is tentatively slated for Thursday, January 13th and 14th at various location in and around town. In case of inclement weather, or a January thaw, look for the alternative date, January 20th for installation. Curious on-lookers and members of the public are encouraged to attend while Matt and Scott build forms and install the projection equipment with assistance from the Long Lake Highway Department.

Community Spiral in Saranac Lake, NY

Once installed it will be best seen at night and members of the community are encouraged to view it every night as the images will change. The Town of Long Lake will be sponsoring a contest to identify people, events or locations shown in the slides. The exhibit will run for a full week with official “opening” on Friday, January 14th to kick off Winter Carnival.

This project is made possible in part from support from the following organizations: The Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks, New York State Foundation for the Arts, The Adirondack Museum, The Town of Long Lake, Gillis Reality and with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts Decentralization Regrant Program. In Hamilton County the Decentralization Program is administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake.

Long Lake Receives Snowmobile Grant

The Town of Long Lake Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department is pleased to announce the New York Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has approved a grant to offset the cost of trail development, maintenance and grooming 70 miles of snowmobile trails in Long Lake and Raquette Lake. This year’s grant award is $43,980.

This year, $4.3 million is to be made available to municipalities for the maintenance, development and support of approximately 10,500 miles of trail throughout the state. The funding is based upon the fees collected from snowmobile registrations. If there are insufficient registrations to support the total award of funds, an adjustment to the final 30% payment will be made.

Please join the local Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club and register your sled. Winter has arrived and the trails will be open before you know it. Gear up and get ready. Rev those engines. Safety first!

Also The Town of Long Lake has a new website – to find information on Snowmobile Trail conditions find us under What 2 Do or Calendar of Events to link to information about Snowmobile Events.

Long Lake Winter Carnival is Saturday, January 15th
Raquette Lake Winter Carnival is Saturday, February 19th – Sunday, February 20th.
Winter Wacky Wonderland Week, February 20th – 26th in Long Lake featuring Winter Shorts Theatre Festival, Hip Hop Dance Class, X-C Ski Clinic, Winter Snow Sculpture Building, Long Lake Winter Olympics and lots and lots of Winter Fun!

Come on! Bring the family! We’ll keep you entertained. Small town fun and charm. Escape the rat race and experience Long Lake.

Moonlighter’s Winter Carnival Smashing Success

King Cliff and Queen Shawnee

King and Queen Officiate the Opening Ceremony

On January 16, 2010, over 400 spectators were dazzled by the Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Clubs 9th Annual  Winter Carnival held at Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center in Long Lake.  Families hailed from as far as Cranford, New Jersey,  Paramus, New Jersey, Hyde Park, NY, Saratoga, Syracuse, Clifton Park, Plattsburgh and Buffalo. 

 The day started at 1:00pm with the coronation of the King and Queen of Winter Carnival Cliff and Shawnee Ross of Long Lake NY.  Cliff and Shawnee have been Moonlighters for over twenty three years.  Cliff is an active volunteer fire fighter for Long Lake and is very pro-active with the Moonlighter’s Snowmobile club and is passionate about keeping the sledding trails in good condition.  As an employee for the New York State DOT, Cliff plows our roads clear of snow and ice.   Shawnee Ross works for the Warren County School district, she is a member of the Long Lake Ladies Auxiliary working tirelessly to support the firefighters and fundraising for the Fire Department Building Fund.  Shawnee is often found teaching “Stampin’ Up” workshops  in Long Lake and sells her cards and stationary at local craft shows.   Cliff and Shawnee have five grown children. 

 The days competitive events included the Cardboard Box Derby, twenty one teams entered the competition. 

Winners of Mini Kids Race

Karlee Rock & Matthew King

 Volunteer judges for the Cardboard Box Races were Sandy Burch, Colleen Smith and Christine Blumberg. 

Ried's Rocket

The other events during the day included One Shot Basketball, Fire Equipment Relay Race, the Men’s Golf Drive, Dodgeball, Kid’s Balloon Chase, Goalie’s Day Off Puck Shot and the Broom Ball tournament where teams of five competed for five minutes each in a very physically grueling match up with over eight teams participating.

Ben Black tries his hand at One Shot Basketball

Kelly Brown Tosses the Frying Pan

 The Ladies Frying Pan Toss is always a very competitive event and the build up this year was no exception with over 45 Competitors vying for the coveted first prize of $75.00.  Volunteer Mike Rivette of MDRM Industries instructed novices on the in’s and out’s of the throwing procedure and ensured no one stepped over the foul line.  The winners:

 1st Place Nicole Andrews from Long Lake, NY, 2nd Place Hillarie Dechene from Long Lake, NY, 3rd Place Kitsy Rockstroh from Clifton Park, NY

Winners of the Frying Pan Toss

 Long Lake Diner/Owls Head Pub Owners and active Moonlighters, Paula and Jim Piraino were instrumental in staging the day of competitive events and encouraging participation from organizations and businesses in town to contribute and volunteer their time. 

 Sponsors of the Competitive Events for Cash Prizes were:

 The Moonlighters Snowmobile Club, The Town of Long Lake, The Long Lake Diner, the Long Lake Real Estate

 The local businesses that helped offset the cost of the  organizing , planning and execution of the event included:

 The Long Lake Diner, The Town of Long Lake, Long Lake Central School, Long Lake Fire Department, Moonlighters Snowmobile Club, Wallace Contracting, Hoss’s Country Corner, The Cellar, Stewarts, and Quackenbush’s Long View Wilderness Lodge

 The finale of the day was a spectacular fireworks show at 6:30 that blazed and jazzed the  crowd. 

 The Fire Department served hot chili, homemade soup and hot dogs throughout the day and raised money for the Building Fund with a 50/50 raffle won by Donna Clark.

 The Town of Long Lake’s Little Bus operated from 3pm to 9pm to get people back and forth to the event and to enjoy the fireworks show.  Approximately 75 riders took advantage of the service throughout the day. 

 Winners Children 12 and under Racing

 1st place Karlee Rockstroh and Matthew King  of Clifton Park

2nd Place Lillian Dechene and Eve Tobey of Long Lake, NY

3rd Place Luke Rider and Calvin Seaman of Long Lake, NY

 Ages 13 – 17

 1st Place Emily Noonan, Melissa Labonte, Brad Stofa and Joe LaBonte from Hyde Park, NY

2nd Place Jazmin Piraino and Monica Rivette from Long Lake NY

3rd Place Shaneka Burch of Long Lake


 1st Place – Cate Hunt & Vickie Sandiford known as “Sista’s Corn”

2nd Place – Jim Waite of  Long Lake, NY

3rd Place – The “Bobby Ginge Crew” of Tupper Lake and Long Lake, NY

 For Best Decorated

 1st Place designed by Bill Blumhagen and crew “G – Force” Rocket

2nd Place designed by Eve Tobey & Lillian Dechene

3rd Place Ried’s Rocket designed by Jim Waite

 Please check # regularly for events and information throughout the year.

Free Rides on Sat of Winter Carnival

Little Bus WILL be running in a loop around town to Winter Carnival on Sat. Jan 16th. 3:15pm – 9:15pm. Leave your car at home and come out for the fun! Go out to dinner afterwards! If you see the bus and want a ride… FLAG IT DOWN! FREE RIDES!  Call 624-3031 to request a pick up from your home, friends home… whereever you are in Long Lake and the Bus will come for you and your friends!  Leave your car at HOME!  Hit the Carnival and then hit the restaurants!  Can’t wait to see you in Long Lake this weekend

Ladies Frying Pan Toss Rules

Ladies Only Event slated for 3:30pm Sat. Jan 16.  All times are approximate, please be patient.

This Looks Nothing Like the Frying Pan We Use

Pan will be provided, no practicing prior to event, except in your own backyard!  Everyone throws the same pan. 

No food allowed on the pan.

No special resin allowed on hands before tossing. 

Throw underhand.

Decapitation of any spectator is grounds for disqualification.   

Winner is selected based on distance after the pan comes to a complete stop.  Where the pan hits the ground has no bearing on the final decision of the judges.   Distance after complete stop is the measurement used.   

Competitors must register by signing in on clipboard marked
Ladies Frying Pan Toss.  

You may only throw once and no one can throw for you.

You must be 18 or older to compete in this event. 

Steroid use will not be tolerated.

Judges decisions will be final.

Costumes are encouraged, but have nothing to do with the actual rules of the event.

All rules can be changed day of event as can the schedule of all events.

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