The Town of Long Lake is gearing up to host Cycle Adirondacks on Friday, August 28. Riders participating in this inaugural Wildlife Conservation Society event will be busy during their stay on the Long Lake Ball Field located in the center of town along Main Street, NYS Route 30, in the heart of the Adirondacks.
On event day cyclists arrive on School Street in Long Lake, NY between 1p.m. and 7p.m. Cyclists will travel into town from Old Forge. Their route includes a scenic excursion to the Raquette Lake Village Green, The Adirondack Museum, Buttermilk Falls on North Point Road and continuing on Deerland Road to Main Street. The finish line will be on School Street near the Long Lake Central School parking lot. Look for traffic control to be on site at the Deerland Corner entrance to North Point Road, County Road 3 throughout the day.
Cyclists will be camping on the Long Lake Ball Field with amenities including: three-catered meals a day, a wellness center, medical support, bike mechanics, yoga, a free device charging station, water bars, vendor village, a beer and wine garden and local evening entertainment by Alex Smith with Don Woodcock. The public is invited to attend.
The Town of Long Lake will be working with local volunteer groups including: the Long Lake Fire Department, the Catholic Daughters of America, the Long Lake Lions Club, the Friends of the Long Lake Library, the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce, the Raquette Lake Preservation Foundation Inc as well as the Long Lake Highway and Water and Parks and Recreation Departments to host the event. Volunteer groups will assist with water stops along the route as well as in camp infrastructure set-up and tear-down, valet luggage transport, food serving and hospitality.
Area businesses will be showcased in the Vendor Village located on the Ball Field along with a stage and the beer and wine garden. The Long Lake Little Bus shuttle will be available all day providing rides to cyclists, volunteers, residents and visitors to help ease congestion and parking in the area and to get visitors to lodgings and local area attractions and businesses.
Events scheduled throughout the day include a free concert at the race day finish line, 1p.m. to 4p.m. on the CV Whitney Long Lake Public Library Lawn with Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazangarb. This guitar duo will be performing Americana tunes influenced by jazz, country western and classical music, pioneered by guitar geeks Merle Travis and Chet Atkins. The Long Lake Library will also be hosting a Cycling Art Exhibit Reception open to the public starting at 2pm.
Naturalist Ed Kanze will be hosting walking tours along the Long Lake Nature Trail on the shores of Jennings Park Pond. Guests can sign up at the Help Desk, located on the ball field near the Gazebo. Learn about the flora and fauna of a unique man-made pond. Tours will run hourly 1p.m. to 5.p.m.
Alex Smith, along with Don Woodcock will be performing a free concert at 7p.m. on the Long Lake Ball Field. Alex Smith grew up in Long Lake, and his music strives to echo the people of the area. He builds songs with traditional folk harmony and modern lyrics confronting today’s pressing issues and paying homage to those who came before him.
Special thank to local businesses who have donated to the Grand Prize, awarded daily to a cyclist on the tour. Participating businesses contributing to the Long Lake prize include: The Long Lake Lodge, Adirondack Museum, The Wild Center, Great Camp Sagamore, The Long Lake Diner/Owls Head Pub, ADK Trading Post, Adirondack Hotel, Raquette Lake Navigation and Hoss’s Country Corner. The prize includes a three-night stay at the Long Lake Lodge, free passes to the Adirondack Museum, Wild Center and Great Camp Sagamore. Gifts certificates to the Long Lake Diner, Adk Trading Post and Hoss’s Country Corner and a brunch aboard the W.W. Durant.
The Adopt-A-Bear Contest winner will be also be awarded on Friday, August 28th. There are over 24 bears to vote for. Voting boxes are available at the Long Lake Town Offices, Adirondack Hotel, ADK Trading Post, The Cellar Restaurant and Pub, and the Long Lake Diner. The winners of the contest will be announced on Friday night. Special thanks to Micaela Hall for the concept of the Cycle Adirondacks Adopt-A-Bear Contest.
The Concert, Vendor Village, Beer & Wine Garden and more will be open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend.
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