Sunsets vs. Celebrities in Long Lake, Who Wins?

Sunsets and celebrities in Long Lake make for the biggests posts ever on Long Lake, NY’s facebook page.

Sunset by Anthony Stefanelli

Sunset by Anthony Stefanelli

A passer-thru Long Lake stopped to snap an image of the sky last week and kindly shared it by sending it to the town website email. From a Long Lake fan. “I drove though Long Lake last evening & pulled over by the bridge to watch the sunset. Glad I did, you have a wonderfully beautiful town in the Adirondacks. Attached is a picture I took that I find stunning, best picture I ever took. Wasn’t sure who to send picture to, but wanted to share it.” Anthony Stefanelli. Look at it here.

Last week the Guggenheim Motorcyle Club were touring around the northeast, having stopped in North Adams, Massachusetts to visit a movie theater and continue on with an honorary ride for former member, Dennis Hopper. Mohawk Theater Pitstop. A photo featuring Jeremy Irons and fellow members of the Guggenheim Motorcycle Club, including Laurence Fishburne, Thomas Krens, Lauren Hutton, Harold Perrineau and Catherine Nouvel was snapped after lunch and posted on the Long Lake Facebook page.

For Long Lake, a town in the central Adirondacks, being discovered by celebrities, seemed to be a big deal, at least on Facebook. I do know that when I showed my very unimpressed son a close up image of Laurence Fishburne he responded dryly, “Oh that’s Morpheus.” Then I dramatically stretched out my fingers to blow up the image so he could see that Morpheus was actually in Long Lake standing in front of the rock of the Adirondack Hotel. Finally in my sons eyes, I had done something right. I knew someone who met Morpheous.. right here in town in the middle of the Adirondacks of upstate New York.

“Morpheous was is Long Lake? That can’t be true, is it true? Why?”

Members of the Guggenheim Motorcycle Club at the Adk Hotel Rock. Including Harold Perinneau, Laurence Fishburne, and others including Jeremy Irons, Lauren Hutton and Long Laker Jodi Hartle (and not in that order)

Members of the Guggenheim Motorcycle Club at the Adk Hotel Rock. Including Harold Perinneau, Laurence Fishburne, and others including Jeremy Irons, Lauren Hutton and Long Laker Jodi Hartle (and not in that order)

My son seemed to look at me differently and not with his usual teen disdain, he looked at me, like “wow, maybe living here isn’t so boring after all.” For me, that was the biggest win of the week!

I mean, ok, I didn’t actually meet them, but Jodi did (she was their lucky waitress who got to enjoy the revelry and the fun of serving them lunch.) It was a great summer finale for her, because these are her last weeks waiting at the hotel as she is off to her full time career in the medical field. So why not share one of the perks of the job by sharing this touch of fame with all her friends on Facebook. And then of course, me, emailing her and saying, “hey Jodi.. is that REAL? Can I re-post that, please and thank you?”

But even with the celebrity visitation, the most important revelation to discover when anaylysing the Facebook Stats and insights, and countries of origin, and geotags, and whatever else it is that doesn’t throttle a facebook post, what is most extraordinaire in the day of Snapchat and Periscope and Twitter and Pinterest and Instagram, what makes our location so incredibly special is that it wasn’t the celebrities that impressed the most. No indeed, it was simply the incredible sunset. A happenstance of wonderful timing. A moment that comes anytime of year, when you are lucky enough to see the changing color of the sky and the clouds. It was a gift given by Anthony who kindly took the time to share his incredible moment with us, on our website. So I thank you Anthony. Thanks for having such great timing and taking such an amazing shot and most importantely, thank you for sharing.

What makes this place so amazing is what most people can see and sense. It’s the light, the latitude, the longitude and the lake. Some people would just say, “Location”

And then there is always the stats and evidence, the facts.

Celebrity photo — 739 Likes… Sunset Photo — 1537 Likes. So with that said..

Mother Nature is still the biggest star in the Long Lake.

We’ll keep our small town small. That works out just fine.

Long Lake