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Winter Carnival Schedule Announced

The Town of Long Lake and Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club will host the annual Winter Carnival Weekend from Friday, January 15th through Saturday, January 16th.

Next weekend weather outlook looks good for winter activities with light snow predicted throughout next week with temps for Saturday, January 16 looking to be about a balmy 27 degrees! So come on out!

Friday Night Concert!

C.C. Vagabonds, a gypsy jazz band, will be performing a concert for the LL Library “Café Livre” series on Friday, January 15th at 7pm. The Vagabonds represent blend Django Reinhardt style with modern takes on classics and jazz standards. The concert is free and will be at the CVW Long Lake Public Library at 1195 Main Street, Long Lake, NY.

We have our own Feelin' Long Lakey Selfie Board! Instagram #mylonglake

We have our own Feelin’ Long Lakey Selfie Board! Instagram #mylonglake

2016 Winter Carnival Long Lake Promo

On Saturday, January 16th at noon, the Long Lake Winter Carnival will be held at Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center in Long Lake, NY. Events begin with a bonfire, snowmobile parade, coronation of the King and Queen and the first stop on the award-winning Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit. The Cardboard Sled Races start at 1pm. Prizes are awarded for speed and for Best In Show Decoration. Sleds can be made with cardboard, paint, wax and tape only. Categories are broken up by age group and teams.

New for 2016 will be the Men’s Strength Challenge to complement the Ladies Frying Pan Toss. The Wackiest Hat competition returns with a parade, voting and winners announced at 2pm. Returning in 2016 is Co-Ed Golf replacing the Men’s Golf Drive.

Schedule of Events – All times subject to change without notice. Free ice skating and sledding all day long. The Long Lake Fire Department will provide hot food, hot chocolate, popcorn and snacks. This event happens snow, rain or shine.

Fireworks delight the crowd in a wondrous display

Fireworks delight the crowd in a wondrous display

12pm Winter Carnival Kick off and registration opens.
12:15pm Snowmobile Parade
12:30pm Coronation
12:45pm Wackiest Hat Parade
1:00pm – Cardboard Sled Race and Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit
1:00pm – 3:00pm – Three Hole Golf, Teams welcome
1:45pm – Town Wide Photo
2:00pm – Awards for Cardboard Sled Racing and Wackiest Hat Announced
2:00pm – Goalie’s Day Off
2:30pm – Kids Events – Miniature Golf, Tug O War, Snow Maze & Ice Cube Spoon Race
3:00pm – Ladies Frying Pan Toss
3:45pm – Men’s Feats of Strength Challenge – New for 2016!
4:30pm – Broomball Tournament – Teams of 5 sign up by 3pm.
6:30pm – Fireworks

The Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center, Geiger Arena is located at 6 Pavilion Way across from the Long Lake Post Office on Deerland Road, NYS Route 30 in Long Lake, NY. This event is free. Parking available in the lower parking lot, along South Hill Road, Owls Head Lane and at the Post Office after 12pm. There will be free shuttle service running starting at 6pm until 2am to and from the event location and pickups throughout town. Call 518-323-5001 for a ride. Open to the public.

After the Winter Carnival check out our local pubs, retail stores and restaurants for a hot toddie, meal and entertainment.

Adirondack Growl and Grub serving deli sandwiches, beer, wine & cider until 10am-7pm. Behind Hoss’s. 518.624.2816
ADK Trading Post. 1601 Tupper Road. Homemade soup, panini’s and gifts. 518.624.2357
Adirondack Hotel serves dinner until 9pm and offers live music with Eric Peter at 9pm. 518.624.4700
Ali Babas Liquors, 1601 Tupper Road. 518.624.2020
Cellar Restaurant and Pub serving dinner from 4:30pm – 8pm. Jukebox and Pool Table 518.624.5539
Hoss’s Country Corner, Gifts, Fishing Gear, Warm Clothing 518.624-2481
Long Lake Diner/Owls Head Pub, Pub open. 518.624.3941
Kickerville Station, Groceries, Gear and Deli. 518,624.2178

Shamrock Motel & Cottages 518.624.3861
Adirondack Hotel 518.624.4700

For more information about Long Lake, or call 518-624-3077.

The Royal Family is always crowned at the start of the Carnival

The Royal Family is always crowned at the start of the Carnival

Carol and Kay, the reigning Princesses turn over the kingdom!

Carol and Kay, the reigning Princesses turn over the kingdom!

30th Annual Author’s Night Announced!


On Tuesday August 12th Hoss’s Country Corner will be hosting the 30th Annual Authors Night 7pm – 9pm, the largest book event in the Adirondacks. This is an opportunity to meet and greet more than 60 Adirondack authors, musicians and storytellers under the big red tent located behind the store at 1142 Main Street in Long Lake, NY. This event is free and open to everyone of all ages. Hoss’s Country Corner is an Adirondack landmark, a family operated business for over 40 years.

In addition to authors and storytellers, live entertainment will be provided by musicians Dan Berggren, Bill Smith, and George Ward. They will be performing traditional Adirondack music as they have for almost the entire 30 year run of Authors Night.

Lorrie Hosley has been instrumental in promoting Adirondack books, writers, storytellers and pulling them all together in one location for guests to meet and greet their favorites. This is a hallmark event for Hoss’s Country Corner.

Authors will be on-site showcasing their collections, and personally signing their work. Guests are encouraged to bring their own copies of their books to have them signed or personalized, browse new ones, and also engage in one-on-one discussions with their favorite authors. Visitors will discover new authors and find great new written treasures and music to add to their collections. Bring the whole family to what is hailed as a do-not-miss Adirondack summer tradition in the heart of the Adirondacks. Books available by these original Adirondack writers cover history, fiction, non-fiction, local lore, legends, mysteries, guides, maps, regional Adirondack activities, animals, children’s books, people, places and more.

Authors confirmed to appear include: Larry Beahan, MD, Lynn Benevento, Nancy Best, Hallie Bond, Neal Burdick, Dave Cilley, Kate Curry, Ruth Dandrea, Kathy DeLong, Vicki Dodd, Dave Donohue, Bob Elinskas, Yvona Fast, Gordon Fisher, Liza Frenette, Martha Gallagher, Pieter Gaskin, Leonard A. Gereau, Matthew Glavin, Larry Gooley, Perky Granger, Carol Gregson, Carl Heilman, Brian Heinz, Bruce Hiscock, Gail Huntley, Ed Kanze, Jeff Kelly, Susan Kiesel, Pete Klein, Dan Ladd, Kim & Pam Ladd, Kathleen Larkin, Todd Mead, Lisa Meissner, John D. Michne, Jeanne Selander, Miller, Shirley Morgan, Amy Montgomery, Spencer Morrissey, Jay O’Hern, Anne Phinney, Marty Podskoch, Carol Poole, Don Potter, Erik Schlimmer, Mary Sanders Shartle, Jamie Sheffield, Bill Smith, Mason Smith, Caperton Tissot, Justin VanRiper, Sandra Weber, Larry Weill, Donald Wharton, Sidney Whelan, Carol & David White, Jean Whyte

This event is free. Punch and cookies will be served. Hoss’s Country Corner, 1142 Main Street, Long Lake, NY 12847.

Ice Fest is Back!

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World renowned ice sculptor Stan Kolonko from the Ice Farm is coming to Raquette Lake and Long Lake for his second Ice Fest event! Festivities kick off in Raquette Lake at Noon on Friday, January 11th. Cozy up for lunch at the Tap Room then make your way over the Raquette Lake Library, 1 Dillon Rd, to witness the first of seven ice sculptures being installed between Long Lake and Raquette Lake.

At 3pm on Friday, Stan will begin his first ice sculpture in Long Lake on behalf of the Long Lake Historical Society. A sculpture of Mitchell Sabattis will be placed in front of the Town Office building along with a call for a Bring/Build Your Own Snowman event. While Stan sculpts we’ll create crowd of snow-people to join Mitchell on the Town Office building front lawn. Bring a snowman or build one here (carrots and “coal” provided!) Parking is available behind the Town Office building, 1130 Deerland Road.

Sculpting ensues Saturday, January 12th at 8am at Hoss’s Country Corner, 1142 Main Street, in Long Lake. Hoss’s will hold a Taxidermy Attire contest to be judged at 9am. The best pelted outfit wins a $20 gift certificate to Hoss’s Country Corner! Hoss’s will also be offering free coffee all day in celebration of Ice Fest activities in Long Lake!

The next carve site Stan will visit is the Shamrock Motel, 1055 Deerland Rd. Carving is slated to begin at 10am, free coffee and donuts will be offered on site! Stan will be installing a large shamrock sculpture at this Long Lake lodging destination.

A chili tasting event will take place at 12:30pm at The Long Lake Diner & Owl’s Head Pub, 1161 Main Street, while Stan goes to work on another ice installation in front of this historic business. Bystanders are invited to try various kinds of chili and breads along with hot beverage specials! The Long Lake Diner & Owl’s Head Pub is also inviting any
community members to bring their own chili to the tasting! Contact Jim or Paula Piraino for more information, 518-624-3941.

At 2:30pm, head to Ali Baba’s Liquor and Wine, 1601 Tupper Road, for an installation of Aladdin’s genie lamp! Ali Baba’s Liquor & Wine will hold a wine tasting for the duration of the sculpting. Enjoy a glass of wine whilst ogling over Stan’s impeccable work.

The final sculpture of the day will be placed at Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center, 12 Pavilion Lane, at 4:30pm. Join us for ice skating and free hot coco to round out this day of ice art! Be there at 5pm donning your tackiest Winter wear for a chance to win a prize! Prizes offered in Tacky Youth and Adult categories.

For more information about this event or any event held in Long Lake or Raquette Lake, contact Danielle at the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department by phone, 518-624-3077 or email

Black Friday in the Adirondacks

What to do, the day after turkey?

No matinees nearbys, but bowling and ice skating are offered in Tupper Lake.

Head south on route 28 to Inlet and Route 30 to Indian Lake. Make a short trek to either Hamilton County town for fun, activities and shopping, but make sure you come back to Long Lake for dinner and rest.

An Adirondack Christmas on Main Street
November 27, 28 & 29 in Old Forge & Inlet. Lots of events, activities, free shuttle bus between Inlet and Old Forge. Fun activities for families and shopping.

Indian Lake is host to their own Country Christmas Tour featuring loads of opportunities to fill a shopping cart with treasure and the cultural highlight, check out ‘An Adirondack Christmas Carol” Produced by the Indian Lake Theatre in conjunction with the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (also now known as the AC)

If staying local in Long Lake is your choice, don’t miss Black Friday sale at Hoss’s Country Corner. Participate in draw your own discount, free gift wrapping, daily door prizes, free coffee and cookies.

If staying cozy is what you want, check out the Adirondack Museum Store. A great variety of gifts, jewelry, ornaments, books, mugs, posters, calendars, furniture.. too many fun itmes to list and shop from the comfort of your home.

Mama Bear & Her Three Babies

BearsLong Lake, NY has four residents that have been visiting various neighborhoods in late August and September. Mama and her four babies have been spotted on Tarbell Hill Road in the trees at the Lustberg House, on Route 28N behind Mike & Patty Farrells home, over on South Hill Rd and in downtown Long Lake near Hoss’s. Lot’s of reports and spottings come in. Descriptions of Mama mostly mention her communication with interlopers, it generally sounds like a scratchy barking noise.

I invited a friend up to Long Lake, he works at the Intrepid Museum in NYC and he had the distinct honor of an introduction to the animals up in a tree. One of the cubs held still with his soft brown face perched over the evergreens. Mama Bear merely a silhouette in the tree, but her crackly bark intimidated him to back up carefully to the car. He was a bit nervous when I insisted we climb the Pinnacle, a beautiful vista at the top of the hill that the bears had obviously been marching around for several weeks. Didn’t see any bear scat on our journey and I told him to make a lot of noise and make himself look bigger than the bear if we stumbled upon them. The main thing, not to get between Mama and her babies. Word in the mountains has it that bears are much more agressive than they used to be, so it is best to use caution.

I recommend a visit to the Dacks before hibernation season, you never know when you may stumble upon wildlife. Like deer in the backyard, a heron on the pond and of course Mama and her three babies paying homage at the cemetery.

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