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Durant Days August 2 – 4, 2019, Raquette Lake, NY
 
Durant Days celebrates the birth of Great Camps Architecture. Enjoy a special weekend of events in Raquette Lake. Harken back to the days when waterways were the highways and travel was by boat! And you can’t get there by car. Access to these Great Camps, Historic Landmarks and churches only available on is limited to a few times a season so don’t miss out on your exclusive chance to explore them all in one jam-packed weekend!
 
William West Durant left his mark permanently on the Adirondacks as a master designer and builder crafting impressive architectural masterpieces.  Durant envisioned grandiose getaway homes and self-contained villages in the middle of the Adirondack wilderness.  Through his revolutionary vision he was able to combine the architectural features of a traditional log cabin merged seamlessly with the long low lines of the graceful Swiss chalet to create a luxurious summer residence. From his first grand camp, Camp Pine Knot, sprang a distinctive school forever known as Great Camps Architecture and Raquette Lake is the place where it was born.
 
These grand camps of the wealthy in the Adirondacks attracted railroad titans, industrialists, admiring journalists and international guests to enjoy the wilds of the forest with the softer comforts of elegance and grace and touted as “the show places of the woods.”   
 
Join us in Raquette Lake, NY the first weekend in August to transport yourself back to the Gilded Age and imagine yourself enjoying the opulence of the Adirondacks as a railroad titan.  History buffs will be transported back in time. 
 
Schedule of Events for Durant Days
 
Friday, August 2nd, 2019
Luncheon Boat Cruise $69 pp inclusive of cruise, meal, tax, gratuity, guided tours. www.raquettelakenavigation.com
 
Saturday August 3, 2019
2:00-3:00 p.m. Wide Variety A Capella Group in concert on the Raquette Lake Village Green.  This New Jersey a capella group has been performing for years.  Their popular set includes renditions of popular favorites from the 40s through the 00s, including music from the Beach Boys, Four Seasons, John Legend and many more. Free Concert on the Raquette Lake Village Green  sponsored by Saint Williams Long Point, Central Adirondacks Association and the Town of Long Lake.   Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and the entire family for this fun acapella concert. This concert is FREE.

Electric Bike Demo by Artisan and Inventor – Jamie Sutliff.  Check out unique trike bikes that can carry up to 65 pounds of gear and loot in the basket.  This bike demo is brought to you by Raquette Lake Navigation.  Look for him in the Afternoon on the Village Green. Courtesy of Raquette Lake Navigation.
 
6pm Boat Parade** NEW TIME for 2019. In the village. Boats all shapes and sizes compete.  Runabouts, no-octane, party barges, if it floats, it’s a boat!

Decorate boats and compete for prizes for Best Most Creative Boat in each boat class.  The more the merrier!  Everyone invited to play.

On vacation?  Be adventurous, rent a boat at Burke’s or Birds Marina’s and show us what you’ve got.  Celebrate life on the waterways during the indefatigable Raquette Lake Boat Parade. Registration Forms available  at Burke’s or Bird Marina or 
 
August 3, 2019 cont.
7:00pm. James Warren, Magician, NEW INDOOR LOCATION! Live at the Raquette Lake Chapel Next to the RL Navigation and Little Red Caboose Gift Shop. Free. Donation Admission Appreciated.


From the Magic Castle in Hollywood! With over two decades of amazing people across America with his magic, including 13 years of performances at The Magic Castle. This is the most mind-blowing magic show you’ll ever see.  With magic sourced from the written legacy of the great masters of the art, James Warren’s show will have you astounded and amazed.  This unique event will for the first time be at Saint Williams Long Point and is not to be missed!  A very special event for the 2019 Durant Days Weekend. 


9:30pm Fireworks Extravaganza.   **After James Warren show concludes.  A special weekend celebration continues with a Fireworks show celebrating all that is Raquette Lake.  With so much history and legacy on the shores of Raquette Lake, launching fireworks is the culmination and celebration of the storied legacy of American history launched right from the shores of this small, tight-knit, historic community. Fireworks can be seen by boat from the village.   
 
 
Sunday, August 4, 2019  
10:00 am & 1:30 pm Guided tour of Great Camp Sagamore. Half-Price Admission.
Built in 1897 this former summer retreat of the Vanderbilt’s is on 1,526 acres of remote wilderness in the Adirondack Park. Great Camp Sagamore was a wilderness escape for the Vanderbilt family for half a century.  It is now a National Historic Landmark.

Reservations not required for the tour.   www.greatcampsagamore.org


3:00 pm Annual ecumenical vespers service at Church of the Good Shepherd, on Raquette Lake.  Saint Huberts, built by William West Durant in 1880 was built to serve the owners, guests and employees that Durant was creating in the area.  The island was originally named Bluff Island, but was later renamed in honor of Saint Hubert, the patron saint of hunters.
 
All events on St. Hubert’s Isle are free and open to the public.  There will be a free water taxi 2pm – 2:45pm to/from St. Hubert’s Isle from the village dock, courtesy Burke’s Marina.
 

 

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 and Boat Parade Weekend

Raquette Lake boasts an incredible weekend from August 3rd – August 5th. Formerly and fondly known as the Raquette Lake Boat Parade & Firework Weekend again this year it dovetails into Durant Days which is a celebration of the Birth of Great Camps Architecture.

William West Durant’s rampant spending on development of estates we now call Great Camps led to his bankruptcy; but his three camps remain, Camp Pine Knot, Sagamore and Uncas, and all three boast National Historic Landmark status, shining a spotlight on the tiny village of Raquette Lake.
The weekend kicks off with an exclusive Boat Tour of Raquette Lake and a special appearance by Ragtime Pianist Bob Milne. He will be tickling the ivories in two appearances on Friday.

Bob is a world-renowned ragtime pianist who will wow the crowd with his timeless appearance. This year for Durant Days he will play a concert during the W.W. Durant Raquette Lake Navigation Boat Tour on Friday, August 2nd. This treat will guarantee a transcendent, almost time traveling experience as you walk the halls and the grounds of an historic property, not always open to the public. If only the walls could talk! The day will culminate in an evening presentation and concert at Great Camp Sagamore including a PBS special premiere viewing of a special about Durant followed by a concert by Bob Milne.

On Saturday in the village of Raquette Lake be on the lookout for W.W. Durant as he pops in to check on the village ensuring the town is running in proper order and that all his architectural plans are carried out.

Music is featured all weekend in Raquette Lake. A capella group Wide Variety Returns on Saturday afternoon with a concert at the Raquette Lake School at 2pm. At 5pm join Jason Hall, a talented local musician, writer, singer-songwriter, and keyboardist ready to entertain guests from 5pm – 8pm along the shores of Raquette Lake while the boat parade kicks off. Saturday night join Johnny and the Triumphs on the W.W. Durant for the Moonlight Cruise.

At 7pm while Jason Hall sings his songs, join the crowd at the Town Dock as they gather for a long-standing tradition ‘The Boat Parade” All watercraft is decorated and ready to go for a fun, whimsical Boat Parade steeped in tradition. Cash prizes and glory will go out to registered runabouts, party barges, canoes, kayaks. If it floats and it can enter and a team puts together a great theme, prizes will be awarded! Registration forms will be available at Burke’s or Birds Marina.

Fireworks light up the sky on Saturday night at dusk.

Sunday offers a ½ price tour of Great Camp Sagamore and a visit for Vespers on St. Hubert’s, Church of the Good Shepard.

Raquette Lake is alive with history and tradition. Don’t miss out!

15th Annual Durant Days Weekend (August 2-4, 2013
Friday, August 2 Guided tour Pine Knot + Luncheon Cruise. $59* pp inclusive. Limited to the first 56 reservations. Call 315-354-5532.
*$12 of every admission goes to Pine Knot and a donation is made to St. Williams.
§ 8:20-8:40 Arrive Raquette Lake and board the Durant for water taxi service to Pine Knot
§ 8:45-9:15 Cruise South Bay and dock at Pine Knot, the first Great Camp built by William West Durant
§ 9:20-10:50 Guided tour Pine Knot http://raquettelakenavigation.com/greatcamps
§ 11-11:40 Bob Milne ragtime music piano concert. Bob Milne is considered to be the best ragtime/boogie-woogie pianist in the world. www.bobmilne.com
§ 11:45-12:00 Walk through woods from Pine Knot on south shore of Long Point to St. Williams on north shore of Long Point
§ 12:00-12:15 Visit the recently refurbished church built by Durant in 1890. www.stwilliamsonlongpoint.org
§ 12:20 Board the WW Durant docked at St. Williams
§ 12:30-1:30 Luncheon cruise with historic commentary around the rest of Raquette Lake
§ 7:30pm WMHT and Elevation Films present “The Durant Camps” Sagamore Visitor’s Center (barn) Park in tour parking lot. Free with donation at the door, followed by a concert with ragtime boogie-woogie piano player Bob Milne. Free
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Saturday, August 3
§ Free 2:00-3:00 pm Wide Variety A Capella Performance at Raquette Lake School
§ Live music in town late afternoon- Jason Hall playing from 5:00-8:00 pm under the tent by the RR station foundation
§ Boat Parade around 7 pm- Fireworks at dark (about 9:30)
§ Moonlight Cruise- Johnny & the Triumphs
Sunday, August 4
§ 10 AM tour Sagamore (Half price $8 pp) www.greatcampsagamore.org
§ 3 PM Vesper service at St. Hubert’s, Church of the Good Shepherd, established 1880 (water taxi service free of charge from the village dock)www.sthubertsisle.com

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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