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2020 Hors D’Oeuvres Results Announced!

A buzz was in the air on Friday, February 21st for the Annual Long Lake Hors D’Oeuvres Tour the benchmark event for the Town of Long Lake’s Winter Wonderland Week.   
Guests of the tour were invited to ride the Long Lake’s community “Little Bus” and visit the local restaurants to vote for their favorite appetizer.  Guests hailed from Columbia County, NY, Plattsburgh, Tupper Lake, Long Lake and Albany and other locales.  The participating restaurants included: The Adirondack Hotel, the Long Lake Diner/Owl’s Head Pub and the Long View Lodge. 
With a good turnout, Long Lake looked to neighbor in Newcomb, to use their community bus to supplement transportation for the event.  Supervisor Robin DeLoria offered his ten-passenger bus to be used for the event citing he was happy to share services between the two upstate municipalities straddling Essex and Hamilton County.  


Guests descended upon the venues one at a time, moving about the community to try three appetizers at each location.  Guests had a voting card to review and select their favorite at each venue. The judging was to consider each individual appetizer with overall impression, presentation, uniqueness, combination of flavors, pleasing to the palate and originality. 

The Long View Lodge served a Chicken Pesto Puff Pastry, a Scallop Seafood Crostini and Bacon wrapped Meatloaf over Mashed Potatoes.  The overall winner for the Long View Lodge was the Chicken Pesto Puff Pastry with one guest saying, this was the favored selection, it should be on the menu and the dish was beautifully presented.

The Long Lake Diner/Owls Head Pub served each dish individually with a sorbet palate cleanser offered between each selection.  Dishes included Chicken Sausage Chili cup in a hand-molded tortilla, Bacon Bourbon BBQ, Battered and Breaded Pork Ribs  and Fried Green Tomatoes. The Chili Cup took top honors.  Comments remarked, “Execution at the diner was excellent, loved being served the dishes one at a time, and the flavors and the chili would be great to have coming off the trails. Loved the ribs too!”

The Adirondack Hotel served a Venison Slider, Smoked Duck with Brie and Smoked Salmon.  The Adirondack took top prizes for their Smoked Duck with Brie. Fans raving that the dish was a great combination of tastes citing the onion on the duck was a very nice touch.   

Guests were impressed with the portions and were full by the end of the night.  Guests remarked at the great camaraderie of the company, the organization of the event, the chefs creativity and the excellent service. 
The next foodie involved event in Long Lake will be in May during the Eat ADK Restaurant Week,  April 30th – May 7th.  More information will be available at

Long Lake Winter Carnival 2020

On Saturday, January 18th at noon, the Long Lake Winter Carnival will be held at Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center in Long Lake, NY located at 6 Pavilion Way off of Deerland Road, NYS Route 30.  Events begin with a bonfire, snowmobile parade, and coronation of the King and Queen.  Free activities are slated throughout the day.  The Cardboard Sled Races start at 1p.m. with prizes awarded for speed and overall award for Best Decoration.  Sleds can be made with cardboard, paint, wax and tape.  Racing categories are for individuals and for teams. The ice skating rink and sledding hill will be open throughout the day.


Other events throughout the day include a Wackiest Hat Contest, Town-Wide Photo, Kids Balloon Chase, Goalie’s Day Off, Men’s Feats of Strength, the Ladies Frying Pan Toss, and fireworks at 6:30p.m.. All events are free.
The Ice Farm, featuring the talents of award-winning ice sculptor Stan Kolonko, will be on site carving ice scupltures all day long. Businesses or organizations interested in sponsoring an ice carving or race prizes are asked to contact the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Office at 518-624-3077. Cash prizes provided by the Long Lake Fire Department, Long Lake Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club and the Town of Long Lake.

In addition to the traditional events slated for the day, The Town of Long Lake will be hosting The Chazen Company at Mt. Sabattis. Chazen is in the process of creating a Comprehensive Plan; a community driven plan to articulate residents’ vision for the future and serve and as the Town’s official policy document. Planners from The Chazen Companies will be in attendance and seeking input at the Long Lake Winter Carnival on January 18th (from noon to 2 PM). They will be taking comments from residents, distributing surveys, and providing information about the planning process. 

Schedule of Events – All times subject to change without notice. The Long Lake Fire Department will provide complimentary hot food, hot chocolate, popcorn and snacks.  This event happens snow, rain or shine.  All times subject to change without notice.
12p.m. Winter Carnival Kick off, Ice Sculpture Installation Begins, Registration opens and free lunch served by the Long Lake Fire Department
12:15p.m. Snowmobile Parade – conditions permitting
12:30p.m. Coronation of Moonlighter’s King and Queen
12:45p.m. Wackiest Hat Competition
1:00p.m.  Cardboard Sled Races
1:45p.m.  Town Wide Photo
2:00p.m. Balloon Chase for Kids 9 and under
2:30p.m. One Shot Hockey aka Goalie’s Day Off
3:00p.m. Ladies Frying Pan Toss
3:45p.m.  Men Feats of Strength
6:30p.m.  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 12p.m. There will be free shuttle service running starting at 6p.m. until 2am to and from the event location and pickups throughout town.  Call 518-524-3106 for a ride.  Open to the public.   Snowmobiles welcome! 
For more information about Long Lake, or call 518-624-3077.   ##

Fenimore Blues perform a live music concert on the Long Lake Town Beach

Fenimore Blues Kick Off Music by the Lake

What is better than sitting in your beach chair or blanket outdoors, than listening to a live band on the Long Lake Town Beach in July!?  It’s way warmer than February, during snowmobile season!  Music by the Lake is Long Lake’s own Adirondack music festival in the summer months. This is a great way for family and friends to enjoy  enjoy a Saturday evening in Long Lake, NY and it’s free.  Our beach stage is located at 1258 Main Street in Long Lake. Guests are invited to bring their coolers, lawn chairs and beach blankets and settle in for a relaxing evening of tunes, while gazing at the waters of Long Lake, NY.

Saturday, July 13th | 6pm | Free
1258 Main Street Long Lake, NY
Lifeguards on Duty until 8pm. 


Fenimore Blues, based in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., is a seven-piece band that performs an eclectic mix of blues, R&B, and rock. The powerful vocals of Mary Beth Arcidiacono are backed by two guitarists and fellow musicians on keyboards, saxophone, bass, and drums, with band members doubling on harmonica and accordion. This combination enables the group to perform a range of styles and a varied repertoire, drawing on music notables from Bonnie Raitt to Aretha Franklin, Buddy Guy to Van Morrison, the Neville Brothers to the Allman Brothers, Marvin Gaye to Joe Cocker, BB King to Nora Jones.

Whether performing at an outdoor festival or an intimate club, Fenimore Blues strives to have fun on stage and to create a contagious synergy with the audience. With this band, you can always count on a good dose of humor to liven things up.

Fenimore Blues performs regularly at area pubs and restaurants. The band’s summer schedule for 2018 included concerts at the Saratoga Race Course, Congress Park in Saratoga Springs, Niskayuna Town Square, the Tang Museum at Skidmore College, the town of Corinth’s Bicentennial Celebration, and Ives Park in Potsdam. Fenimore Blues also plays at private functions, such as corporate parties, fundraising events, and special occasions.




Mary Beth Arcidiacono, lead vocals

Jim Pfoh, lead guitar and harmonica

Peter von Allmen, rhythm guitar

Chris Bailey, keyboards and vocals

Bob Moore, saxophones and accordion

Bob Kimmerle, bass

Jack Moyer, drums

Leaf Peeping Report 10.2.2017

It’s Leaving Us Wondering

Last weeks heat wave was an incredible gift.  An extension of the season, more time to spend outdoors getting ready for the inevitable season right around the corner (one that we won’t say out loud just yet – even though there was some evidence of it spotted in the higher elevations on Saturday)  Regardless, we have had quite the season.  With that said, it leaves us perplexed as to what is next for our leaves. How much has it changed, is it peak?  Is peak still right around the corner? Or is it just… well ever the optimist, it’s not over, because it’s still green.  It’s a mixed question this year as we are met with some trees which have shed their leaves, yet a good percentage still holding their greenery. 

While most birch trees have dropped their leaves and many of the maples have seen their brightest come and go, the amount of green still hanging on in the landscape lends hope that there is more to come.  

The colors appear to be a bit muted evoking a mood that is a contrast to the bright blue of the autumn sky. It is a sense of a burnt, muted season, but the scents and sweet smells of the forest fill the air.  

Looking around while hunting for scenery it feels like it’s all in the details. Examining the landscape for the tree that pops against the blue sky of October becomes a game.  What does it look like up close?  What does the light look like as it shines through the veins of the leaves?  Getting closer, stepping on the soft moss of the ground cover, hearing the crackle of your footfall crunching on recently fallen leaves. Spotting a cluster of brilliant red choke cherries. Discovering  another tree showcasing it’s plume with curling dark purple leaves reminiscent of full-bodied cabernet.

The weather this week looks to be mostly sunny and good leading up to the holiday weekend.  

One Saturday, October 7th boasts the “Some brightening, and the clearest day of the week” perfect for the Long Lake Harvest Craft Fair 10am- 4pm and  a mid-day crowd-pleasing Pumpkin Drop at 2pm. Location for the events is the Long Lake Town Hall at 1204 Main Street. 

Raquette Lake will be hosting a concert event with the talented  “Falling Waters Trio” on Saturday, October 7th at 6:30pm at the Raquette Lake School.  Doors open at 6pm and concert is free. 

Escape to the peace and quiet of our woods and find your detail and define your getaway experience.

Every day brings new sights and sounds of fall in the Adirondacks. 

Fall Foliage is Peaking! Center of the Adirondacks Upstate NY Long Lake

Fall foliage report

Long Lake/Raquette Lake Central Adirondacks

Long Lake and Raquette Lake area leaves are currently at peak just in time for Columbus Day Weekend.

Vibrant color lines the highway corridors with exuberant reds, yellows and bright oranges mixed with the darker greens. Color will continue past the weekend contingent on weather and wind.

Best bets for weekend.

Fall foliage is peaking in and around Long Lake and Raquette Lake, NY in the Adirondacks

Fall foliage is peaking in and around Long Lake and Raquette Lake, NY in the Adirondacks

Long Lake Harvest Craft Fair 10a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 8th at the Long Lake Town Hall, 1204 Main Street, NYS Route 30. Over 20 vendors, bounce house and pumpkin painting for the kids. Free Admission.

Looking for lunch and dinner options? Check out the Adirondack Growl & Grub, located behind Hoss’s Country Corner, Long Lake Diner/Owls Head Pub 1161 Main Street, Adirondack Hotel, 1245 Main Street or the ADK Trading Post, 2301 Tupper Road. The Cellar Restaurant and Pub, located at 3 Kickerville Lane, will be open Friday and Saturday night at 4:30 p.m. All offering homemade food at reasonable prices. Make sure to ride over to Raquette Lake and have a bite at the Raquette Lake Tap Room.

Adirondack Growl and Grub offers craft beers .  Get a growler to go and full service deli.

Adirondack Growl and Grub offers craft beers . Get a growler to go and full service deli.

ADK Trading Post serves up warm panini's and home-made soup.  Pick up a bottle of your favorite wine at Ali Baba's Liquors

ADK Trading Post serves up warm panini’s and home-made soup. Pick up a bottle of your favorite wine at Ali Baba’s Liquors

Enjoy dinner at The Cellar!  Will be open on Sat. October 8th for dining at 4:30

Enjoy dinner at The Cellar! Will be open on Sat. October 8th for dining at 4:30

Long Lake Diner with deck overlooking the pond.

Long Lake Diner with deck overlooking the pond.

Warm cozy, and friendly. All our dining options offer a variety of soups, sandwiches, burgers, specials, and traditional fare for all! Find your favorite and let us know about it!

Get shopping in with gifts galore at Wide River Antiques, Hoss’s Country Corner, Northern Borne, the gift shop located at the Adirondack Hotel. Don’t miss Helms Village Store on NYS Route 30 with a great selection of furnishings, accessories and gifts. Continue north towards Lake Eaton and stop at 2301 Tupper Road. Grab a nice bottle of New York State wine for the weekend at Ali Baba’s Liquor Store and a gift at the Adk Trading Post.

Paddle along the water ways to capture unique sites

Paddle along the water ways to capture unique sites

Wide River Antiques on NYS Route 30 next to the LL Marina and Northern Borne Store

Wide River Antiques on NYS Route 30 next to the LL Marina and Northern Borne Store

Great gifts at iconic Hoss's Country Corner.

Great gifts at iconic Hoss’s Country Corner.

Adirondack Hotel serves lunch, dinner and offers a gift shop

Adirondack Hotel serves lunch, dinner and offers a gift shop

OctoBEAR-Fest Cancer Benefit at Hoss’s on October 1st!

Hoss’s Country Corner announces the Second Annual OctoBEARfest at 1142 Main Street, Long Lake, NY, Saturday October 1st, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This benefit festival will be raising funds for Randy’s Patient Assistance Fund through the C.R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital. This fund helps cancer patients with out-of-pocket expenses including gas cards, co-pays, lodging assistance, pre-paid cell phone minutes and prescription co-payments. Randy’s Patient Assistance Fund was set-up in memory of Randall Favreau who was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2011.


Vendors will be on site selling hand-crafted wares, jewelry, original art, Adirondackania, ice cream, wine and more. Interested parties willing to donate silent auction items are asked to mail items to Hoss’s Country Corner, c/o Octo-BEAR-Fest, PO Box 247, Long Lake, NY 12847. Interested vendors are charged a $25 fee to directly benefit Randy’s Patient Assistance Fund. Vendors are invited to contact Steph Hample for information about space at or by calling 518-624-3077.


The festival atmosphere will offer plenty for the kids including activities, games and an up close view of a Long Lake Fire Truck. Slated to be on site include a beer tasting garden featuring local brews from High Peaks Brewery and local food vendors including the Fat River Foods Truck featuring sausage and peppers, steak sandwiches, quesadillas and more .

Solo artists and groups will perform throughout the day. Musicians include Bob Gibson performing Irish Folk Songs, country and more, Babbie LeBlanc of Reflections, Buffalo Icon, Yod Crewsy of the Splat Cats, Jacklords and Dark Marbles, Phil Mosher playing classic rock hits, the Adirondack Gypsies, a minstrel group from Newcomb, NY and Alex Smith, currently on tour promoting his new album, Close to Home and The Jones Boys from Tupper Lake, NY.

Event happens rain or shine.

Fun things to do for the event: Dress in your traditional Oktoberfest Garb and enjoy the beer and wine garden! It’s for a good cause!


Vendors are invited to RSVP to Steph Hample at 518-624-3077 or to Jules at or 800-952-4677.

Best Bets August 10th – August 14th Long Lake & Raquette Lake


Zoomobile! RL on Wed. Aug 10th at 10am, Long Lake, Noon

Zoomobile! RL on Wed. Aug 10th at 10am, Long Lake, Noon

Wednesday August 10th:
Utica Zoo Mobile- @ Raquette Lake Library 10am, and @ Mt.Sabattis Pavilion 12pm

Thursday August 11th:
Long Lake Library- Friends of the Library Booksale @ Long Lake Town Hall and Library 4:30- 7:00
Hoss’s Tent Sale- 10am

Hoss's Tent Sale.  1/2 Price Bargains and Great Finds Galore!

Hoss’s Tent Sale. 1/2 Price Bargains and Great Finds Galore!

Classical Concert with Lynn Waickman, Janice Kyle and David Carpenter @ Long Lake Methodist Church 7:30pm
Float Night- @ Long Lake Town Beach 5-7pm

The Buskers Concert- @ Raquette Lake School 7pm

Friday August 12th:
Long Lake Library- @ Long Lake Town Hall and Long Lake Library 9am-4pm

Hoss’s Tent Sale- 10am

Long Lake Association Annual Get Together- @ Long Lake Hotel 4-5:30pm – Everyone welcome to atttend! Everyone is a member of the LL Association!

Peak to Brew Relay Pit Stops in Long Lake at the DOT Garage & Mt. Sabbatis in the afternoon. Be on the look out for runners and their vans as they travel through town! Over 300 runners and volunteers participating. Use extra caution when driving! These teams will be traveling from Whiteface to Utica!

Saturday August 13th:

Town Wide Garage Sale- @ locations around town 9am-4pm.

Townwide Garage Sale - Sat. August 13th.  Maps available Friday evening!  No early birds please!

Townwide Garage Sale – Sat. August 13th. Maps available Friday evening! No early birds please!

Library Book Sale at the LL Town Hall

Library Book Sale at the LL Town Hall

Long Lake Library- @ Long Lake Town Hall and Long Lake Library 9am- 1pm
Hoss’s Tent Sale- @ 10am

Long Lake 2nd Annual Pontune Boat Raft Up- @ Kellers Bay 2-6pm

Raquette Lake Busiest Day- @ Locations throughout Raquette Lake 10am, Annual Book Sale at Raquette Lake Library 10am, Annual Fire Dept. and Ambulance Squad Auction 6pm with the infamous George Tucker!

Bags by Liz Barsuglia-Madsen

Bags by Liz Barsuglia-Madsen

Raquette Lake Juried Craft Fair 10am, RL School

Sunday August 14th:
Jam Session in Long Lake- traditional music jam will be held at the Knoshery near the Town Beach @ 2pm- 4pm. Everyone welcome to attend and bring an instrument.

Bring Your Own Chainsaw to Raquette!

Punxsutawney Phil did NOT see his shadow at Gobbler’s Knob today, Feb. 2, 2016, Groundhog Day, and so Spring is just around the corner, but in Long Lake and Raquette Lake, we like to disagree.

While Mother Nature has been sparing with her precipitation this year, we make sure to plan plenty of activities to help pass the time of the long winter months.

Things to do in February, fan favorites are the Raquette Lake Winter Carnival, recently featured by I Love NY’s Twitter Feed!

I Love NY just featured Raquette Lake Winter Carnival in their Twitter Feed.

I Love NY just featured Raquette Lake Winter Carnival in their Twitter Feed.

It’s an old fashioned small town tradition. Events range from Spaghetti Dinner on Friday, followed up by fun family activities on Saturday from sledding, skating, golf, frying pan toss, kids events, fireworks on Saturday Night. Sunday doesn’t disappoint with it’s pancake breakfast, and the infamous cross-cut and chainsaw competition. These events can happen no matter mother nature’s mood!

Friday Feb 12th
Spaghetti dinner 5pm till gone $10 to benefit the Raquette Lake Ladies Aux all you can eat, Fire Hall
Saturday Feb 13
11am Kid’s activities
12pm Ladies Frying pan toss $$$ prizes
12-2 Kids ice skating with instructor Michael Bartow
2 pm Magician in the Library – To be Confirmed! Check back!
2pm Golf on the ice $$$ prizes
7pm Fireworks followed by tug-of-war
Sunday Feb 14th – Take your Valentine to Breakfast!
9am-noon Pancake breakfast the Fire Hall to benefit the Raquette Lake Ladies Aux $10 all you can eat
Noon- Cross cut and Chain saw competition $$$prizes (bring your own chainsaw)

(Personally I love when event copy reads “bring your own chainsaw” – just one more reason I love the ADK)

Now everyone always asks when the Ice Harvest in Raquette Lake is. Well, it’s again up to mother nature. We are going to be watching the temps and keeping an eye out, but the decision always rests with Raquette Lake Supply. They make the call and sometimes it’s a call that happens at the last minute. We promise to post the information when we get it. Keep an eye on the Facebook fan page for Raquette Lake for updates.

Long Lake kicks off President’s Week with an Ice Fishing Derby on Lake Eaton, a Basket Class and a week of fun-filled kids activities. For more details click on the calendar link, print it out and put on the fridge so you know what is coming up. We may be small, but we stay busy and everyone is invited to come play with us!

February Calendar of Events

Don’t forget to save the date, Hey Jude, a Beatles Tribute Band, returns to Long Lake on Saturday, March 5th at 7:30pm. Tickets available now $12 advance/ $15 at door. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrnt program of the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.


Bernice Ende, the Long Lady Rider in Long Lake

Bernice Ende is midway through an 8000 mile, two and a half year international horseback ride from Montana, through New York State, the Adirondacks, including Long Lake and she is on her way north to Ogdensburg where she will have the horses vetted for clearance to start her journey across Canada and eventually to the Pacific Coast.

I catch up with Bernice as she arrives in downtown Long Lake.  We communicated in February about her visit, but she doesn't travel with cell phone or computer, so it was anyone's guess when she'd get here.

I catch up with Bernice as she arrives in downtown Long Lake. We communicated in February about her visit, but she doesn’t travel with cell phone or computer, so it was anyone’s guess when she’d get here.

This Lady Long Rider travels with two horses, Essie Pearl, a 15 year old Norwegian Fjord mare and Montana Spirit a 7 year old Norwegian Fjord, Percheron mare. She traveled into Long Lake on Monday, April 13th after wintering in Fort Edward and making overnight pit stops in North Creek and Minerva. She started traveling after the winter weather started to recede. She is traveling slowly, easing back into her routine having taken a few months off during the winter season. She anticipates traveling about 20 miles a day and picking up her pace as she regains her momentum and overall riding stamina. She’s looking forward to arriving in Ogdensburg by the end of this week for a veterinarian check, vaccines and paperwork so the horses will be welcome into Canada. She aims to be crossing the Canadian Rockies by August.

Bernice visits with Long Lake resident Greg Foster.  They met in 2014 as Bernice was traveling through the southern Adirondacks in the summer time.

Bernice visits with Long Lake resident Greg Foster. They met in 2014 as Bernice was traveling through the southern Adirondacks in the summer time.

This 8000 mile ride will connect her coast to coast and she’s not sure it’s ever been done before. She travels without cell phone or computer and often relies on the kindness and generosity of strangers as she travels, whether its hauling her gear to her next overnight location, or providing hay and feed until she moves further on. Bernice started her long-riding in 2005 and has been hooked ever since, logging in over 25,000 miles total.

Norwegian Fjord mare Essie enjoying some recently uncovered grass near Helms Aero Service

Norwegian Fjord mare Essie enjoying some recently uncovered grass near Helms Aero Service

She’s a spirited woman, with tons of enthusiasm, curiosity and energy. She started the trek in 2014 to celebrate 100 years of women’s voting rights in Montana. She’s truly enjoyed the hospitality and friendliness of the Adirondacks and hopes to return.

To find out more about Bernice Ende and her travels see her website at



Leaf Peeping Peak All Week

The leaves on the trees in Long Lake and the Central Adirondacks are at peak and with the five day weather forecast, this is the time to be moving throughout the park. Favorite places to spot leaves? Travel down Sabattis Road, North Point Road to Buttermilk Falls, fly with Helms Aero Service or stop in at the Long Lake Boat Tour and check out his schedule. The tour operator checks daily at tour times to see if anyone is there looking for a foliage tour. Another classic excursion is in Raquette Lake aboard the W.W. Durant. If you need more info call the tourism office in Long Lake at 518-624-3077. We want to welcome all our visitors, especially our global visitors who have been moving about. It’s wonderful to meet you!

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