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Frank Jacobson, harpsichord and organ; Lynn Waickman, recorders; Esther Rogers Baker, cello; and Steve Lester, guitar, will perform in concert at the United Methodist Church in Long Lake on Thursday, August 24 at 7:30 p.m. They will play Early Music.

Frank Jacobson studied organ, choral conducting, church music, and musicology at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Mr. Jacobson joined the faculty of Princeton Day School in 1967 as Chair of the Music Department and served until his retirement in 2004. He was director of the school’s Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers, Orchestra, and Jazz Ensemble. He has been a Fellow of the Rutgers Athenaeum for Early Music and harpsichordist with the Newtown, PA, Chamber Orchestra and Voices Chorale of Princeton. He is currently Organist/Choir Director at the Episcopal Church of St. Luke the Beloved Physician in Saranac Lake, NY.  Mr. Jacobson has played with the Bar Harbor Festival String Orchestra as soloist and continuo player since 1989.  He and his wife, Jan, live in Long Lake.

Lynn Waickman studied music history at the University of Iowa. A career home educator, she was forced into retirement when her youngest child left for college. She was director of the Waickman Family Band, The Homeschool Ensemble, and has performed throughout Northern New York and Quebec with multiple ensembles.  Now a proud grandmother, Ms. Waickman lives in Ray Brook with her husband and continues to enjoy writing music programs and playing with friends.

Esther Rogers Baker began playing cello at age six. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt School, University of Hartford, and a Master of Chamber Music degree from San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She loves to play experimental and contemporary music, as well as Bach and traditional chamber music.  Ms Baker works as a freelance cellist, teaches cello and chamber music, and guides group composition as a teacher/facilitator. She moved to Saranac Lake with her husband in 2014.

Steve Lester has fused a large variety of musical passions and influences into an instrumental guitar approach uniquely satisfying and entertaining. As a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Army bands he has also shared his talents around the world from Russia to Korea. He now lives in Lake Placid, NY, and is owner/operator of Lake Placid Music, a full service music outlet that offers instruments, repairs, accessories, and private instruction.

This project is made possible, in part, with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and is administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts. Funding is also provided by the Long Lake Lions Club and Stewart’s Shops.

Big Easy Playboys in Concert

At 6pm on Saturday, July 25th, pull your boat up to the Long Lake Town Beach and start off your Saturday night with a healthy dose of Cajun and Zydeco from the bayou to get your blood pumpin’. Then add the sounds of New Orleans R&B and Louisiana rockabilly to the mix of roots rock and blues to cook up the Louisiana dance party known as the Big Easy Playboys.

Big Easy Playboys Performing on Saturday, July 25th, LL Town Beach

Big Easy Playboys Performing on Saturday, July 25th, LL Town Beach

The Big Easy Playboys are traveling to New York State from New Orleans on a short summer tour and Long Lake is excited to have them. From Louisiana favorites from Jambalya to the Zydeco Boogaloo, folks will be dancing the evening away. The Big Easy Playboys are based in New Orleans, but draw heavily from the Cajun/Zydeco culture thriving all around Louisiana. They incorporate the classic instruments of Cajun accordion and fiddle with the bluesy/roots rock sound of guitars and pulsing drums and gives the listener a dose of music that lives and breathes life into the Big Easy.

The ADK Trading Post will be on site serving up some favorites including Jambalaya, BBQ Pulled Chicken in a Cup and other goodies! Dance the evening away with a belly full of good food!

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.

Matt Burnett Live Art at Long Lake Harvest Craft & Fire Fest

Over the last several months regional artist Matt Burnett has launched a large-scale outdoor art installation project around the Town of Long Lake in the Adirondacks of upstate New York. Three 8×8 portraits can be seen at locations around town including the Shaw Pond Turnaround on route 28N, Deerland Road (on the Big Red Barn) and at the former site of the Blarneystone Restaurant along Main Street. In addition he recently installed three additional portraits along the Burns Road Wall on Route 30 just past the Long Lake Bridge.


The public is invited to meet Matt and participate in a public art project on October 11th at the Long Lake Harvest Craft Fair and Fall Fire Fest at the LL Town Hall on Main Street in Long Lake. This is an opportunity for Matt to meet anyone interested in discussing the project, how it evolved, where’s he’s going from here, negotiate a deal (this art is for sale if anyone is interested) and to also invite everyone of all ages to help create another large scale work. Children and adults and all levels of talent are encouraged to participate in this public interactive art project. This event is made possible with public funds from NYSCA Decentralization Regrant Program. In Hamilton County the Decentralization Program is administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.


We asked Matt.. in his own words to describe the Portraits in the Wilderness Project and what it means to him.


I can still remember my first introduction to the Seamans. I was about 13, proudly stepping up to race in the Long Lake Boat races. I had lots of time in a boat but very little time steering at this point in my life, so naturally I entered all 3 categories (guideboat, canoe, and rowboat). Let alone I had no guideboat with me!

In the midst of all the hubbub (mostly audience and support staff scattered around the Long Lake Town Beach, by the late 80s this event was waning), an older gentleman introduced himself to me. He told me that if I wanted to race in the guideboat division he could help me out.

And so I raced with Howard Seaman’s guideboat, not realizing until many years later the significance of this meeting and of his unmatched reputation racing in guideboats.

Like so many of my experiences in the small Adirondack Alcove of Long Lake, the significance of where I was, what I was doing and who I was doing it with took on much more meaning and history as I became an adult.

So it was with his wife, Francis Boone Seaman. When I was a little older and trying to make my way as a professional artist, Francis called me out of the blue and told me to drop by, she had something for me. It turned out to be a box of illustration clippings, animals, landscapes, a bit of everything, that she had been holding onto for years. She also made a point of coming to my first solo exhibition in the area.

Again at the time I didn’t really realize who was taking such an interest in me. I had always thought of Francis as the lady who had been town historian for as long as I could remember. It wasn’t until I read about her earlier years as a fire tower warden in Nehasane that I started to realize what I dynamic artist and outdoorswoman I was dealing with. I remember seeing the photograph of her in her early twenties in a red wool lumberman’s coat pulling back a long bow. Another child of the Adirondacks! I’m glad I got the chance to tell her what a striking photograph that was.

So what does it mean to be living history? The best way I can try to answer this question is tied up in the murals and portraits that I installed in Long Lake this year.

I have tried to choose subjects that would speak to the community at large, not just residents, summer people or tourists but everyone. I’ve chosen places that everyone could identify, places that are tied up with the history and memories and idea of our unique village.

For the portraits, I’ve tried to pick a few people that are a clear part of this community’s history. It was hard to start with three only; I could easily fill this wall with significant figures from our town.

This paintings are my way of answering, and of thanking.

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