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Durant Days | Raquette Lake |Great Camps | Adirondack Architecture!

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.
 

 

Things to Do on a Rainy Day

So it does happen, not every day can be 85, sunny, windless and beautiful (even though we do love those days for hiking, biking, boating, fishing and Stand Up Paddle Boarding and swimming) So if it rains and you’re feeling a little cooped up, we’ve cooked up some ideas on how to answer the question.. What to do, what to do?

Plenty! Our knowledgeable Town of Long Lake Office Staff volunteered suggestions and here goes some favorites….

Steph Hample is Long Lake’s Events Coordinator and she is always creative, especially since she has two active children who keep her busy in addition to her duties for the Town of Long Lake. What to do with little kids when it is raining? Get puddle hopping. She suggests heading up to the Medical Center Complex/Rescue Squad building and splashing in the puddles. She also says, stop by the LL Transfer Station, pick up cardboard boxes and turn them into cars to watch a movie at your own personal drive-in. 

Cynthia Thompson, Long Lake’s Secretary to the Town Supervisor, recommends touring the iconic local hotspots including the Doughboys Statue, located on the school lawn. It was brought to Long Lake in 1959 by Long Lake American Legion members from the estate of C V Whitney on Long Island, sculpted by his mother Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. The sculpture is a tribute to those who served in World Wars I,II and the Korean conflict. Fun fact… how is Anderson Cooper related to Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and has he ever been to Long Lake? (No idea, but you can ask this when visiting this statue, or try googling!) Cynthia also recommends stopping by the Buttercup which is located behind the Long Lake Town Offices at 1130 Deerland Road. This boat has a storied history involving a sinking, Long Lake guides and a recovery and you can read about when you visit.

Abbie Verner is the Long Lake Archivist. She recommends a trip to Raquette Lake and a tour of Great Camp Sagamore coupled with a boat excursion aboard the WW Durant. It may be raining, but there is an indoor dining area and Captain Dean Pohl narrates this tour with historic facts, and local lore. Abbie also recommends the Long Lake Library for local art exhibits, information about the area, computer access and a newly installed mural celebrating Long Lake and painted by six local artists. The Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb has an exhibit room off the lobby, staff are always available to ask questions and it’s only fifteen minutes away from Long Lake. If the rain lets up you can even explore the nature trails around the building.

Dixie LeBlanc, Long Lake’s own Town Clerk and former operator of Camp Hilary, agrees with Abbie’s suggestion and suggests stopping by the library, get a couple of books or movies, take ‘em home to entertain the crew of summer visitors or …hide quietly in a comfy chair and read, far away from the chaos at camp.

Colleen King our town bookkeeper, aka the lion tamer, offers fun suggestions for those who are willing to hop in the car for a short excursion north twenty five minutes along route 30. Colleen lives in Tupper Lake full time, and while she and her husband both work in Long Lake and love it, they always remind me that Tupper has great activities too! Not only is it a beautiful drive, she recommends hitting the Adirondack State Theater to catch a movie, shopping for fun items at the Dollar General or Family Dollar, visit either Rite Aid or Kinney’s Drug store, or go bowling at the Lake View Lanes,1939 NY-30, Tupper Lake, NY 12986, (518) 359-2234.

Alex Roalsvig, Director of Parks, Rec & Tourism says head over to Incapahco Art Song Studio and take a class from Louisa Wright. Make jewelry,fairy houses or try your hand at something new, from Collography to Mixed Media art projects. You don’t need any experience and you take a creative project home with you. Another fun thing to do, is to take a scenic drive through town, head all the way down to Kickerville Road, turn around at the former Gatehouse for the Walker Estate and then drive down North Point Road to the bridge at the Raquette Lake Inlet. Take your picture and post on the Long Lake FB page, even in the pouring rain! Or make and take an indoor picnic. Pick up your picnic supplies or sandwiches at one of our selection of eateries and eat inside with the lights off and pretend the electricity is out, it makes for more ambience. And there is always the goto Adirondack activities of visiting the Adirondack Museum, The Adk Lakes Center for the Arts or The Wild Center in Tupper as alternative options.

And then for wild adventure and it won’t matter if you are getting rained on.. try RAFTING! Adirondac Rafting Square Eddy or Adventure Sport Rafting are excellent options and their headquarters are located in Indian Lake, NY only 22 miles down the road (and the scenery getting there is amazing, so take advantage of that great activity!)

Stumped, don’t worry, call our offices at 518-624-3077 or stop by. You can meet all of us and we’ll have more suggestions! Our office is located at 1130 Deerland Road next to Custards Last Stand.

Boat Parade Weekend and Durant Days in Raquette Lake

Explore Raquette Lake for a three day event celebrating the Birth of Great Camps! Architecture tours of Great Camps, cruises and community events are scheduled to take place Friday through Sunday, August 1st-3rd.

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Durant Days kicks off on Friday by celebrating the birth of the Great Camps Architecture with a tribute to William West Durant. A special cruise on the WW Durant Cruise Boat provides guests with a luncheon and exclusive tours of Great Camps along Raquette Lake. The Durant will stop along the way for a visit to historic Camp Pine Knot. In addition Bob Milne, American’s own treasured Ragtime Boogie Woogie Pianist will be playing a short concert at Camp Pine Knot. For information and reservations, call (315) 354-5532.

On Saturday enjoy a 2pm concert at the Raquette Lake School featuring Joe Davoli & Harvey Nusbaum. These two present various traditional fiddle styles. Their fiddle repertoire comes from new and old, near and far. Old, as in the essential music for dances and entertainment before recorded music. New, as in tunes that meld world beat rhythms into melodies influenced by the old fiddle music. Near, as in the music originating right in our own backyard, sometimes called bluegrass, jazz or old time. And far, as in the Celtic styles which originate in Ireland and Scotland. Doors open at 1:30pm.

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At 5pm near the Caboose just off the village Green, the Blues Master, Midnight Mike rolls in perform a set to warm the crowd up for the Annual Boat Parade at 7pm.Anyone can enter and prizes will be awarded to first place winners in each boat category along with a Best in Show! Call Pat 315-354-4070 for more info or to register a boat at Burke’s or Bird’s Marina. Saturday’s festivities will wrap up with a spectacular fireworks show at dusk right off the barge.

On Sunday, take a ½ price guided tour of Great Camp Sagamore, featuring 27 National Historic Landmark Buildings at 10am. 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. For more information call 518-624-3077.

Business Updates for Long Lake & Raquette Lake 2015 ADKS

Business Updates for Summer Season 2015.

Here’s what is happening in and around Long Lake and Raquette Lake for the 2015 Summer Season!

Long Lake and Raquette Lake Businesses Gearing up for Summer 2015

Long Lake and Raquette Lake Businesses Gearing up for Summer 2015

Ali Babas Liquors at 1601 Tupper Road, Long Lake NY, 518-624-2020 is open and ready for all your vacation needs. Stop by and check out the fine selection of wines and liquors right in Long Lake, NY.

Chax Handmade Knives located at 385 North Point Road in Long Lake, 518-624-3889 http://www.chaxknives.com in the summer and fall will be re-opening his Long Lake shop in mid-June. Chase travels back and forth between Long Lake and Hamilton NY almost weekly and can send pictures of his handmade knife inventory anywhere and arrange a meeting at a convenient location, bringing a few knives of interest with him.

chase.chaxknives@frontiernet.net

This nomad-like existence can be filed under “What we will do to be near our Grandchildren.”

Hours, Monday – Saturday 12pm to 8pm, Sunday 1pm – 8pm

Donnelly’s Sunset Point located at 987 Deerland Road, Long Lake, NY 12847
518-624-6551

Michelle and Tom are excited to report that as of May 7, 2015 they are open for the season and everyone should check out their new website www.donnellyssunsetpoint.com featuring images of the cottages, maps and info about their property.

The Cellar Restaurant and Pub, 3 Kickerville Lane, Long Lake NY, 518-624-5539
The Cellar Restaurant and Pub Website
Open 7 Days starting May 6th, serving Dinner 4:30pm – 8pm.
Stop in to see the new carpet, a fresh coat of paint and lots of fun, new decor. Big screen tv, lotto, pool table (after dinner hours) and juke box! We open daily at 4:30 for dinner. Stop and see the refreshed look and enjoy a tasty meal from our menu!

The Shamrock Motel & Cottages located at 1055 Deerland Road, Long Lake, NY 12847
www.shamrockmotellonglake.com 518-624-3861
Property owners Tim and Beate have been working hard since last fall on several projects. Look for some units with remodeled bathrooms and new plumbing, new sliding glass doors in the efficiencies, new queen beds in some motel units and new double beds in others. A beautiful new deck on the Lake House. New dining tables and dining bar in cottages 4 & 5. Look for five new 32 inch flat screen tv’s in a few of the units, 5 charcoal grills and 3 new recliners and fresh paint throughout each motel unit and many cottages!

Journey’s End Cottages and Lake House located at 941 Deerland Road, Long Lake, NY 12847 www.journeysendlodging.com 518-624-5381 offers 1, 2 and 3 bedroom modern, well-maintained accommodations with canoes and kayaks on the west shore of beautiful Long Lake in the Adirondacks. Beautiful sunsets at this perfect summertime vacation spot for you and your family. UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP!

The ADK Trading Post located at 1601 Tupper Road, Long Lake, NY 12847 518-624-2357 www.adktradingpost.com is excited to announce the return of Lobster Rolls on Friday, May 22nd just in time for the kick off to the summer season Memorial Day weekend. Stop by and pick up camping items, fishing lures, groceries and terrific gift items featuring Long Lake and Lake Eaton. There’s something for everyone. If it’s in stock, they’ve got it!

The Long Lake Diner/Owls Head Pub at 1161 Main Street, Long Lake, NY 518 624-3941 announcing the deck is open and the summer dinner menu features Gluten Free Pizza and a Children’s Dinner Menu. Find them on Facebook.

Helms Aeroservice and Seaplane Rides in downtown Long Lake next to the Long Lake Town Beach is open for the season. Call 518-624-3931 to book your flight today!

Hoss’s Country Corner, 1142 Main Street www.hossscountrycorner.com has brand new inventory including handmade Amish Baskets, new sweatshirts and t-shirts, bait and DEC licenses.

Kickerville Mobil, 1383 Tupper Road, 518-624-2178 is excited to announce they will have weekly specials this summer.

Northern Borne, 518-624-3271 located in downtown Long Lake will will be opening Memorial Day weekend. Full service grocery store.

Raquette River Outfitters across from the Town Beach at 518-624-2360 will be opening Memorial Day Weekend. The shop will be expanding and include lighter weight options in their large rental fleet.

Wide River Antiques, located in downtown Long Lake near the Town Dock will be open at the end of June. Look for an amazing array and collectibles and new merchandise to browse.

The Adirondack Hotel at 1235 Main Street, 518-624-4700, www.adirondackhotel.com has a new summer menu premiering Memorial Day Weekend and BBQ on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s.

Gillis Realty, Inc. has a newly designed website that is very mobile friendly and easy to navigate www.gillisrealty.com As new data or pictures are entered on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), it is directly fed to the Gillis Realty website, making our website always current and up to date. Please see www.gillisrealty.com for residential, commercial, land and vacation listings or drop by our office located across from the Town Beach. Facebook us at Gillis Realty Inc. !

In Raquette Lake

Great Camp Sagamore announces the launch of a new website. It is up and running and content will be added over time. Check it out at Great Camp Sagamore Great Camp Sagamore is also offering Central Adirondack business discount coupons for Sagamore tours and events. They will offer your guests $2 off of our award winning tours with children under 12 free. Each business that takes a bundle of tickets will also receive 4 complimentary tour tickets for use by your staff or family.

Raquette Lake Navigation, www.raquettelakenavigation.com 315-354-5532 announces that there will be a mobile friendly conversion of their website launching Memorial Day Weekend. The WW Durant also boasts a new 30 KW Catepillar generator installed plus new carpeting . Look for unqiue events including the Mitch Frasier Music Cruise on Sat June 6 3-5 pm, two for one luncheon cruise Sat June 6 11-1 and the Father’s Day Prime Rib Buffet 5:30-8 June 21. All fathers $5 off. Daily cruising launches June 27 through September 6

Raquette Lake Winter Carnival Feb 13-15th

The Raquette Lake Winter Carnival happens February 13th – 15th. A age old tradition that brings generations of families together. Fun games, warm up in the Raquette Lake Library with cookies and hot chocolate. Tug o War – bonfire.

2015 59th Raquette Lake Winter Carnival Schedule

Friday, Feb 13th – 5pm, All you Can Eat Pasta Dinner, $10, RL Fire House by the RL Ladies Softball Team

Saturday, Feb 14th
11am Kids Games near the Library, Library open for warmth. Please drop off cookies!

12pm – Ladies Frying Pan Toss, RL Village

1pm – Snowshoe Trek, Great Camp Sagamore

2pm – Ice Golf, register at the library

2pm – Bob Shelley, Magician, RL Library

7pm – Tug-O War, Fireworks, Bonfire (started earlier if its cold!)

Sunday, Feb 15th
9am – 12pm RL Ladies Auxiliary, $7 all you can eat Pancake Breakfast, RL Fire Hall

12pm – Cross-cut & Chainsaw Competition, Timed Men’s, Women’s & Mixed Divisions

Raquette Lake Winter Carnival now in its 59th year

Raquette Lake Winter Carnival now in its 59th year

A Walk Down Raquette Lake Carnival Memory Lane

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Actually I was looking through the Long Lake Parks and Recreation historical filing cabinet and it was filled with fun facts and tidbits about carnivals from yester-year.

One such event happened in February of 1989, there was the Wacky-Tacky Quadathalon found described in an I Love NY Winter in Hamilton County Brochure. So the Wacky-Tacky Quadathon was a long race. Participants started in Long Lake on Snow-shoes to the shore of Raquette Lake where a Hovercraft met them and contestants floated on a cushion of air to the Raquette Lake Village. The next leg folks zipped onto snowmobiles to travel part way down Uncas road and finished of the race on cross-country skis to the finish line in Inlet. Participants had to paricipate in feats between legs of the journey. If anyone knows anyone that may have participated in this Wacky-Tacky Quadathalon, please let us know! email info or pictures to longlakeinfo@yahoo.com Thanks!

Also in the dusty files, I found a clipping from the Hamilton County News from Tuesday, Feb 27th 1990 written by Mari Wilson. So after getting out the handy dandy caluclator determination was made that he Carnival started in 1956 (fun facts – As The World Turns premiered on CBS in 1956, Dick Clark took over American Bandstand, Liquid Paper was inventedand the Great Pretender by the Platters was the number one song from Feb 18th – March 2nd) that said RL was in it’s 34th year, so that makes this years th 59th Anniversary!

The Carnival has evolved over the years, from a volunteer driven event to now an event spear-headed by Raquette Lakes Winter Events Coordinator, Kat Forsell. In 1990 Joanna Darling helped coordinated much of the carnival and Rachel Pohl, then age 11, was interviewed by phone and she emphasized that the carnival was still on inspite of the foul weather outlook. In 1990 Don Hicks, Lou Burke and Warren Reynolds prepped meals at the RL Firehouse. One of the events of yesteryear (which we no longer have probably due to ….. insurance? Fear of injury?) was the ice-auger races. Blocks of ice were assigned to participants and with peaveys – wooden levers with metal point and hinged hook (used to handle logs) and the ice was moved along to the finish line. In 1990 the King and queen were Nicholas Meade, Glens Falls and Allison Jones, Balwinsville.

A float entitled “Sesame Street,” created by Liz Forsell, Cheryl and Charlie Morales-Freese adn George McCane took first prize.

Long Lake Itinerary for Feb 14th – Feb 22nd

Kids are on Vacation this week! What are you going to do?
Feb 14th – Feb 22nd

From the Desk of the Director. I am writing to you from the secret command center in an unknown location in Long Lake, NY. If you are seeking adventure, activities and all things Adirondack, this is your week to be in Long Lake. This is just a sample itinerary of all great offerings going on all week in our area!

Friday, Feb 14th. – Happy Valentine’s Day! Well the first thing on the list is stop by the fundraiser dinner in Raquette Lake for the Raquette Lake Softball Team at 5pm, Raquette Lake Fire Hall. $10 and byob. Bring your Valentine!

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Saturday Feb 15th – Raquette Lake Winter Carnival. It’s true, there are four of us in our family so I’d have to split the family in two! I’d send one half to the Kids Games starting at 10am in Raquette Lake. Kat Forsell is cooking up all sorts of fun games, snowshoe races, tire races, frying pan toss and more!

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Saturday, Feb 15th – Mt. Sabattis Geiger Arena. The other ½ of the family will be in Long Lake starting at 12noon located at 6 Pavilion Way/Entrance 1100 Deerland Road. We’d hit the LL skating races and snowman building. Always a fun crowd at the Geiger Arena and I’m sure to win bragging rights with my superior skating skills! DJ music with Pat Bedore and Andrew McClelland, hot chocolate and yummy snacks. See Erin and ask her about the Ice Dancing Competition!

MAGIC SHOW! Yes at 2pm Jim Perry, the Magician will be at the Raquette Lake Library. Grab some yummy cookies and enjoy the show. It’s free! I wonder if he can make people disappear? We’ll spend the rest of the day in Raquette Lake playing Golf on the lake. Then there’s the bonfire, and fireworks at dusk and the Winter Boat and the Tap Room. I’m IN! Thanks to Mike, Murray, Kat, Tommy, Wayne, Sue and everyone in Raquette Lake for pulling this event together!

Sunday, Feb 16th
At 10am In Raquette Lake there’s a Pancake Breakfast at the Fire Hall or
10am Great Camp Sagamore Snowshoe trek with Walt Linck and it’s Free. Who’s been to Great Camp Sagamore in the Winter? Not me, but it will be pretty amazing to get this opportunity to enjoy the property in the off-season, just like yesteryear!

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Also on Sunday in Raquette Lake starting at Noon – the Infamous Cross-cut and Chainsaw Competition. I’ve heard about this, and there are some serious competitors using powerful equipment! I’ll just watch, or maybe someone will invite me to be on his or her team!

SKIING! Hit the slopes at Big Tupper. For $25 a person, the whole family can ski for the cost of one holiday ticket price at any other area mountain. Bargain, Great Mountain and I know those trails like I know my own driveway because I grew up on that mountain and can’t wait to get back! Note to self: Pack a HELMET. I’m old now and it’s been a while! Rentals available! Call 518.359.3730. Be part of something that is re-igniting ski fever in the Heart of the Adk. Be a part of something amazing!

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Monday, Feb 17th
Wild Center. The kids love an adventure at the Wild Center and it’s Mammal Monday. Join The Wild Center staff as you learn about some of the Adirondack mammals that can still be seen in the winter. At 1:00 pm join SUNY-ESF Wildlife Technician Charlotte Demers in the theater to learn about winter adaptations of small mammals. Take a walk along the trails with a naturalist at 2:00 pm to discover many small mammal winter homes.

Tuesday, Feb 18th
Frost Fest at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mt. Lake 10 am – 3pm. Free exhibitions, outdoor fun hands-on fun for family including a winter-themed scavenger hunt and some open exhibits… IN THE WINTER and it’s FREE! What? The museum in Blue Mountain Lake is open in the winter and it’s FREE! WOW. I’m there! What a unique experience!

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Weekly Snowshoe Hike
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Adirondack Interpretive Center – 5922 State Route 28N, Newcomb NY 12852 | AIC Programming
Join us on our snow-covered trails as we explore tracks, trees and everything in between. All ages are welcomed. Snowshoes provided. Be sure to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. 
Sponsor: Northern Forest Institute | Contact: Kristin Pasquino, 518-582-2000

Wednesday, Feb 19th
Youth Program Tubing trip to Oak Mountain and its only $5 a person for tubing and TWO slices of pizza. Really? What a DEAL! Call 518.624.3077. Limited seats on the little bus! Sign up asap!

Wednesday Night – 7pm. Trivia at The Cellar Restaurant and Pub. I’m going to take down the Kicking Greys and Flatlanders and that team with the Norwegian guy. But I love TRIVIA! Winning!

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Thursday, Feb 20th
SNOWMOBILING. I can’t believe I haven’t gone sledding yet this week. So today I’m hitting over 70 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. I’m going to loop from Long Lake, Newcomb Indian Lake to Raquette Lake and then back to Long Lake. I’ll even try the 7th Lake Mountain trail through the Moose River Plains that NYS installed last year. I know it needs more work, but I want to try it before the season ends and I’ll go slow, I PROMISE! How cool is it to connect and loop all the way around?

Friday, Feb 21st
I’m going to eat lunch in Long Lake, I can eat at the Cyber Creek Café, the Long Lake Diner, Adirondack Hotel, the Kickerville Mobil or the Adk Trading Post. So many choices! I can get some take out and bring it with me to the Geiger Arena and spend the day. I love the sledding hill and ice-skating rink because Erik does a great job operating the place and it’s great exercise too! Ice skating conditions 518.624.3031

Friday night – Going to the Indian Lake Theater to check out Forever Snocade starting at 7pm featuring hilarious comic sketches about living in the central Adirondacks and then I’ll stick around to hear the Sons of Octomom play because Eric Peter is a groovtastic local musician and always puts on a great show!

Saturday, Feb 22nd – Free Guided Hiking Trip! Hiking with Spencer Morrissey up Sawyer and Little Sawyer. I’ve got my snowshoes, my crampons, my layers and my lunch and water. I’m in and this just in… it’s FREE. I have to sign up in advance by calling 518.624.3077 so I get a spot on the bus! This trip is free and sponsored by the Town of Long Lake part of the Winter Expedition Series.

Also on Sat. Feb 22nd is a cool Vendor Event happening at the Raquette Lake School! Look for booths for The Pampered Chef, 31, Lia Sophia, Clutter Bug and the WW Durant! 11am – 3pm. Be sure to stop in and check it out. Great entrepreneurial business owners right here in this area!

Sunday, Feb 23rd – Ice Fishing. I pick up my bait, already got my license and I’ve got my tip ups. Supplies and live bait available at stores in Long Lake! Adk Trading Post and Hoss’s.

Long Lake in the Center of It All. Don’t need to stay anywhere else!

For More Information!
Wild Center
Adirondack Museum
Ski Big Tupper
Newcomb Visitors Center
Indian Lake Snocade
Shamrock Motel Long Lake
Adirondack Hotel
Long Lake / Raquette Lake Website

Great Camp Sagamore to Host Guided Snowshoe Tours President’s Day Weekend

Rare Opportunity to See Great Camp Sagamore in Winter

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Great Camp Sagamore is excited to host two guided snowshoe hikes of their grounds February 15 and 16 as part of Raquette Lake’s Annual Winter Carnival. This is a rare opportunity to see the National Historic Landmark in the winter, a season when the former Vanderbilt family owners traditionally visited. The free, guided hikes depart from the camp’s barn parking lot at 10 am both mornings and conclude two hours later with hot cider in the Reading Room of the Conference Building.

Guides will lead groups on these hikes through the campgrounds to see building exteriors, followed by treks to different portions of the newly-designated Great Camps Historic District. Spencer Morrissey of Cranberry Lake will lead the Saturday, Feb 15th hike, around the grounds and on the trail that circles Sagamore Lake. Morrissey is a long-time Adirondack resident, outdoor enthusiast and co-author of Adirondack Trail Runner: A Sample of More Than One Hundred Trail Running Destinations.The Sunday, Feb 16th hike will be led by Walt Linck, an APA Natural Resources Planner, outdoor educator and former Sagamore staff member. Linck’s hike will include a trip out to see some of the historic ruins connected to the great camp, such as the sugar shack, farm meadow and powerhouse.

Great Camp Sagamore is a National Historic Landmark located just south of Raquette Lake in the central Adirondacks. It is an iconic example of Great Camp architecture and was recently featured on a PBS special, Sagamore Lodge: America’s Great Camp. The camp was built by William West Durant in 1897 and sold to Alfred G. Vanderbilt I in 1901. The property originally encompassed over 1500 acres – today it is 19 acres and 27 historic buildings under the stewardship of the non-profit Sagamore Institute. The camp is open for tours, overnight stays and residientialresidential programs from late-May through mid-October. The two guided hikes February 15 and 16 are the only time the grounds will be open to visitors this winter.

There is no charge for the hikes and no reservations are necessary. Guests should plan to bring their own snowshoes and are advised to allow extra travel time for Sagamore’s four-mile driveway. To reach the barn parking lot from which the hikes depart, take the right fork about 3.5 miles down Sagamore Road and turn left after the bridge. Restrooms will be available in the Conference Building at the end of the hike.

For more information about the hike call Great Camp Sagamore’s winter office at 585-285-3724. For directions to camp and general information about tours, events and programs, visit online at www.greatcampsagamore.org.

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 August 3 – 5th Raquette Lake

Celebrate the Birth of Adirondack Great Camp Architecture. Tours of Great Camps, dining cruises and community events scheduled to take place Friday through Sunday, August 3rd-5th in Raquette Lake, NY.

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W.W. Durant crafted a narrative of the Adirondacks that remains relevant to this day. Celebrate the birth of Great Camps Architecture in Raquette Lake to reflect on a day gone by when waterways were the highways.

Durant Days is a celebration of the rich history of architecture and it’s place in the historical landscape of the Adirondacks. Don’t miss out on tours of Camp Pine Knot, and St. Williams Church and Great Camp Sagamore. W. W. Durant had a hand in its development from the start, but especially after 1879, when tourism to the area exploded.
Fans of AMC series, Hell on Wheels, can take their own step back in time to discover the world of W.W. Durant, the son of Thomas “Doc” Durant, (as portrayed by Colm Meaney on AMC’s Hell on Wheels ) W.W. Durant is the architect and visionary who imagined a place where wealthy urbanites could escape the noise, smog and crowding created by the Industrial Age.

Friday, August 3

All aboard the W.W. Durant, Raquette Lake’s exclusive dining vessel with world-class cuisine and over 20 years of service. With limited luncheon cruise spots available, reservations are requested for this popular Durant Days Friday tour. Guests of the luncheon cruise are invited to stroll through the rooms and grounds of Pine Knot and a visit to St. Williams on Long Point. Call 315-354-5532 for reservations and pricing.

Durant Days Events:
Friday, August 3:
Luncheon Cruise. Water taxi to Pine Knot, St. Williams and lunch aboard the W.W. Durant boat. For reservations call 315-354-5532. Limited seating available.

Saturday, August 4th:

2pm: at Raquette Lake Free Union School. Free concert featuring Wide Variety. “New Jersey’s Premiere A Cappella Group.” Wide Variety is a group of a cappella singers who take the best of R&B, rock and roll and popular standards, add their own blend of vocal harmonies and deliver an entertainment experience.
2pm: Poker Run. Village Green. For family fun and a great way to explore the local area, sign up for the Poker Run from 2-5pm. Collect your card, visit area businesses to get stamped and the winner with the “best hand” takes the purse.
5pm: Adam Reynolds, Acoustic Artist, performs on the Raquette Lake Village Green. Adam has been playing in Raquette Lake, Long Lake, Old Forge, Utica and Syracuse for the last few years. In 2012 he braved the Pittsburgh, PA, American Idol auditions and competed with over 30,000 contestants. Don’t miss Adam’s finale performance in the Adirondacks for Durant Days. Two days after his showcase Adam heads off to Marine Corps boot camp.
7pm: Boat Parade. Raquette Lake Village Dock. Runabouts, pontoons, 2012 features a Patriotic Theme. Register by calling Pat 315-354-4070. Cash Prizes!
Dusk: An incredible fireworks display rounds out Saturday Evening sponsored by The Town of Long Lake.

Sunday, August 5th

10am: Great Camp Sagamore. Half price guided tour of Great Camp Sagamore, featuring 27 National Historic Landmark Buildings.
2pm: Water Taxi to St. Hubert’s Isle
3pm: Vespers Service St. Huberts. Visit the historic island chapel for the Annual Ecumenical Vespers Service at the Church of the Good Shepherd. The island church was the summer chapel for many families significant in the history of the United States during the second half of the 19th century.

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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