It’s been quite a summer in Long Lake and Raquette Lake. The weather has cooperated by providing us with glorious sunny weather, much to the chagrin of the overworked Water Departments in District 1 and District 2!
We had a roster of events entertaining residents and visitors alike and the Town of Long Lake would like to thank all the individuals and organizations who volunteered their time to add vibrancy to our summer schedule. The outstanding commitment and passion is infectious and greatly appreciated.
Thank you’s – in no particular order and I apologize in advance if you didn’t get a mention and please forgive me if I missed you ! Just drop me a line and I will add your name!
The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts for bringing us My Adirondack Life, Frog and Toad, Godspell, Shakespeare in the Park, Spelling Bee, Kimberlee Akimbo and so much more.
The Raquette Lake Fish and Game Club for sponsorship of the Lamphear Memorial Fishing Derby, the Bass Fishing Derby, the Kid’s Fishing Derby and Derby fun all year long.
Jim and Mary Jo Waite for coordinating the Long Lake Kid’s Day Derby in June.
The Long Lake Fish and Game and Club for coordinating the Opening Day Derby and the End of Summer Bass Derby and sponsorship of the Kid’s Derby and all Pistol Tournament and the Trap Shoot Tournaments and for gaining momentum for membership!
Hamilton County Tourism, Bill Osborne, Dean Nervik and Christy Wilt for publicizing Long Lake Events and coordinating the Birding Festival Tours in Long Lake. Thanks to tour guides Bill Labes and Joan Collins and John and Pat Thaxton, RL Naviagtion and if I missed anyone.. I’m sorry!
Scott Mariam and the Bear Bait Radio Club for Ham Radio Field Days operation and look for their Ham Radio Class and Test in October.
Patty Farrell and Shirley Ware for helping coordinate the First Ever Adirondack Quilt Camp!
The CV Whitney Long Lake Library for their reading program and great workshops and lectures throughout the summer and all year long and of course the Book Sale!
Thanks to the Friends of the Long Lake Library for sponsoring the Great Adirondack Auction and the Art and Photo show. Thanks for your patience for our limited building space this year!
The Raquette Lake Library for sponsoring Puttin’ On the Ritz and great Wednesday programs in the summer and all year long including Gerry Lemmo, Mitch Lee, Jeff Boyer and Bubbles and the RL Book Sale on the Busiest Weekend of the Year.
St Williams on Long Point for their Thursday concert series and special concert for Durant Days!
Raquette Lake Fire Department for the use of their building on busy holiday weekends for the Strawberry Festival and the Fishing Tournament and Hunter’s Dinners in the fall and for being on call when they are needed the most! And thanks for the great and ever popular auction! A crowd pleaser every year and for a great cause.
Raquette Lake Supply for the use of the Village Green! Thanks for your generosity Mr. Dillon!
Burke’s and Bird’s for registration location for the Boat Parade and for sponsorship of the Cardboard Box Races.
RL Navigation for helping coordinate Durant Days weekend and promoting the area and loaning of the barge for all the fireworks shows over Raquette Lake.
All 4th of July Bed Race participants! Great job! Can’t wait to see what you come up with next year.
Chip Farr, Craig Wamback and Bill Pohl for their professional fireworks displays.
Stan Holowinksi and Beth Davis for coordinating all the fun Raquette Lake Town Events and for putting out all the brochures and calendars all over town!
The Raquette Lake Tap Room for sponsorship of events all year long.
The Long Lake Fire Department for their yummy 4th of July BBQ, the 75th Anniversary Weekend, Parade, music, games and fun and the Labor Day BBQ! Keep raising money for that new building!
Friends of Music a the United Methodist Church and Jackie Mallery for coordinating the very popular music programs on Thursday evenings in the summer.
Great Camp Sagamore for their free tours during Durant Days and their generous gifts for all our Float Nights and Cardboard Box Race competitions!
Northern Needles for the Biennial Quilt and Needlework show.
Ric Knox, Dianne Shelly, Dixie LeBlanc, Tom Helms, Pat Benton, Motel Long Lake, Marty Friedman and the Long Lake Boat Tours and Jerry Burnett for the use of the docks for the Boat Show and thanks to all the participants in our first ever Antique and Classic Wooden Boat Show! We had 16 boats! Thanks. Congrats to Mike and Jacquie Rivette for winning “Spectator’s Choice!”
Thanks to Mary Blanchard for coordinating the Raquette Lake Craft Fair on the Busiest Weekend of the year!
The Order of the Eastern Star #745 for the Pie Sale, donations to the Teen Center and their Adopt – A –Highway Area and much much more all summer long!
The United Methodist Women for their Annual Bazaar (thanks for moving it this summer for the lack of building space!)
The Beautification Committee to jumpstart the summer. Fred Short for helping weed at the Medical Center.. it’s a start! Sam Bateman, Pat Benton, Francie, Doug Blodgett, Michelle Helms and Doug Finlay.
Thanks to Chris Blumberg and all the volunteers planting the flowers in the barrels all around Long Lake.
Thanks to the Long Lake Association and the Raquette Lake Property Owner’s Association for co-sponsoring the Lake Steward Programs to keep our lakes healthy and prevent the spread of invasive species!
Thanks to the Forest Rangers Jim Waters & Jason Scott for helping revise the text for the Long Lake and Raquette Lake hiking brochure!
Thanks to the businesses for staying open and offering specials and events and trying new things!
Thanks to the Hamilton County News, the Weekly Adirondack, The Adirondack Express, the North Creek News Enterprise, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and the Adirondack Almanack for listing and promoting our events!
Thanks to a great Parks and Rec Staff, Cindy Black, Amanda Helms, Kelsey Tebo, Seth Baker, Devin Tokarz, Erik “Opie” Arsenault, Cari Verner, Brooke Chartier, Casey McDermott, Derek Vill, Danielle Gagnier, and Sarah Paiement.
Thanks to the Highway and Water Department of Long Lake and Raquette Lake for helping out whenever we needed you.
And again, if I have neglected to list you personally, I do apologize, there was so much going on this summer I simply couldn’t list everyone and I’m sure I missed something crucial, but that’s because the phone is ringing with plans for next summer!