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18th Annual Durant Days in Raquette Lake Aug 5-7th

Raquette Lake hosts an celebrating the Birth of Great Camps as inspired by William West Durant, Friday through Sunday, August 5th – 7th 2016.

On Friday, August 5th there is a with a special cruise with Raquette Lake Navigation on the W.W. Durant. Stops along the way include Camp Pine Knot, the first Great Camp and home to Collis P. Huntington of Southern Pacific Railroad Fame. Camp Pine Knot is not usually open to the public, so this is unique opportunity to see it up close. There will also be a visit to St. Williams on Long Point. A church, built by W.W. Durant in 1890. St. Williams is on the National Register of Historic Sites. For information and reservations for this luncheon cruise, call (315) 354-5532.

Lunch Cruise on the WW Durant and Explore Great Camps

Lunch Cruise on the WW Durant and Explore Great Camps

On Saturday, August 6th, Wide Variety, Jersey’s Premier A Cappella Group, will be performing a free concert at the Raquette Lake School. Doors open at 1:30pm with performance at 2p.m. This concert is co-sponsored by the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department and the Central Adirondacks Association.

Wide Variety Returns to Raquette Lake

Wide Variety Returns to Raquette Lake

The Raquette Lake Boat Parade takes place on Saturday, August 6th at 7pm with the best view from the Raquette Lake Town Dock. The 2016 theme is “Strictly ADK.” Boats pick up registration forms at Burke’s or Birds Marina or call Pat Deyle 315-354-4070. Cash prizes will be awarded for non-motorized, pontoon, under 14 feet and over 14 feet. At dusk there will be a fireworks showcase from the lake.

Boat Parade features Strictly ADK Theme in 2016

Boat Parade features Strictly ADK Theme in 2016

On Sunday, August 7th there will be half-priced guided tours of Great Camp Sagamore, the Alfred Vanderbilt estate, featuring 27 National Historic Landmark Buildings at 10am. At 2pm there is a water taxi service to and from St. Hubert’s Isle from the village dock for The Annual Ecumenical Vespers service will be held at the Church of the Good Sheppard at 3pm.

For more information call 518-624-3077 or 315-354-5532.

Durant Days is Coming!

Celebrate the 13th Annual Durant Days August 5th thru 7th in Raquette Lake, NY. Durant Days is a celebration of the birth of the Adirondacks Great Camps Architecture, which was born in Raquette Lake under the guidance of William West Durant.
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In 2011, Durant Days, will bring concerts, games, parades, and fireworks to the village of Raquette Lake for an Adirondack weekend you won’t want to miss!

Kicking off the weekend will by W.W. Durant luncheon cruise and guided tour of Camp Pine Knot. Board from 9am until 9:40am, enjoy a guided tour of Camp Pine Knock from 10am – 11:30am, then finish it off with a gourmet luncheon on the W. W. Durant as you tour Raquette Lake. Tickets are $56 per person including tour and lunch. Ten dollars of every admission goes to Camp Pine Knot. Call 315.354.5532 for reservations.

On Saturday, start your day off with the Wide Variety concert at 2pm at the RL School. Wide Variety is a group of six a capella singers from New Jersey who have specially designed their repertoire and crafted their arrangements to give audiences the widest variety of songs and the richest harmonies. The concert is free and all are welcome. Doors open at 1:30pm.

Also beginning at 2pm is the annual Poker Run. Head to the Village Green to register at $10 a person and check in to various local businesses to collect your cards. Players turn in their best hand at the registration table at 5pm. All participants receive complimentary tickets to the WW Durant Moonlight Cruise at 10pm.

The Boat Parade passes by the Village Dock between 7pm and 7:30pm. Cash Prizes for the Best Dressed up, creative, boats.

End the busy Saturday will be a spectacular fireworks show over the lake at dusk.

Sunday Morning is a free tour at Great Camp Sagamore at 10am and later that day, the historic Church of the Good Shepherd will hold a public worship service on St. Hubert’s Isle. Transportation to the island will be provided for those without boats by Burke’s Marina from the RL Village Dock starting at 2pm. Vespers will be held at 3pm.

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